The Week in Social: Tweet after Death, BT’s London panorama and a stunning anti-bullying video

BT London Gigapixel PanoramaBT released an astonishing 320-gigapixel panorama of London. Apparently, if this were a physical image, it would be ‘almost as large as Buckingham Palace‘. Thankfully some trees stop you from peering into our living room (others may not be so lucky). It’s funny how very peaceful the megacity seems…

“When your heart stops beating, you’ll keep tweeting, welcome to your social afterlife,” offers LivesOn which will allow a ‘you’ to continue tweeting after you die. Services such as this and DeadSocial may be the contemporary equivalent of leaving letters to be opened after you die, but they also prompt interesting ethical (and legal) questions, but “in the cold light of day, it is a very conceited thing to do,” says one lady who wishes to keep her digital self ‘alive’.

Things going viral this week include the usual silliness like the washing machine Harlem Shake, a hair tutorial going awry and a TOTES ADORBS squeaking frog. I do enjoy the glorious, guileless absurdity that the internetz throws up but sometimes ‘Marketing’ sucks the life out of a thing. Case in point: after Burger King and Jeep had their Twitter accounts hacked, brands started hacking themselves. *sigh*

If ridiculous marketing nonsense sometimes makes you despair for humankind, have a look at this rather more uplifting, useful and indeed beautiful use of social media.

To This Day’ is a ‘collaborative volunteer effort [to] demonstrate what a community of caring individuals are capable of when they come together’. Animators and motion artists were invited to submit 20 second segments that were combined over a poem by Shane Koyczan to make the stunning video.

See you in seven.

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Enda Guinan is a consultant and trainer offering advice on social media strategy and product delivery for individuals and small businesses. Get in touch to see how you can make the best use of your time and energy as you put together your social media plans.

5 Comments on The Week in Social: Tweet after Death, BT’s London panorama and a stunning anti-bullying video

  1. Tweeting from the afterlife, a topic chillingly taken upon, and expanded, by Charlie Brooker in the first of the new series of Black Mirror.

    • Which I have saved to watch later. I don’t know if you saw Caprica? A father ‘recreates’ his dead daughter using all of the data from her records, social media etc. Fascinating stuff!

      • No I haven’t, I wasn’t aware of it, so perhaps the Charlie Brooker thing wasn’t quite so groundbreaking as the story is pretty similar. Still very disturbing though.

        • He manages to make things more real at a smaller, local level which is easier to relate to the way we are now. The Caprica concept was all quite sci-fi but still spooky on a grand scale).

          • I’ve been a big fan of Black Mirror for the most part (although I wasn’t so keen on the very first one, or the one from last week), but the first in this year’s series was particularly disturbing I thought, if only because I actually can see this happen further than what you mentioned in your post. Maybe I am a bit paranoid when it comes to that kind of things, but the fact of having your Twitter account updating by itself is a scary enough prospect. Mind, I can’t be bothered with Twitter much these days, so maybe I could sign up and let this thing tweet for me…

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