The Week in Social: Cmdr. Hadfield’s legacy, Evil Google and #eurovision

Google being evil, Commander Hadfield's Space Oddity and Cezar represents Romania at EurovisionBowie’s in space. So farewell then, Commander Hadfield. After five months tweeting us stunning images of ourselves from space, the Canadian astronaut came back to Earth but not before uploading the first pop video from outer space: his goosebumps-inducing version of Space Oddity. For your services to science, education and the use of social media, we properly salute you.

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Eurovision. If Twitter hashtags weighed anything, there would be some serious balancing issues on Tuesday and Thursday as the semifinals of the annual sneerathon/song contest took place in Malmo, Sweden. Just as the rest of the world is a bit baffled when America goes #superbowl crazy, now it’s payback time. Americans looking for an explanation of Eurovision should read this before the real deluge unfolds on Saturday. Could Cezar, the Romanian countertenor, snag it?

Good Google, Bad Google.  There was no escaping Google this week (is there ever, you may ask). The company announced its music subscription service, the cumbersome-sounding Google Play Music All Access which will take on Spotify directly while stealing a march on Apple. Meanwhile, the company finds itself under intense scrutiny in the UK over allegations that all is not quite right in how they report their tax affairs. Margaret Hodge, chair of the public accounts committee told Google’s northern European boss “You are a company that says you ‘do no evil’. And I think that you do do evil.”

Seven Million UK Adults Have Never Used The Internet. Can you believe it?

 

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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.