Social Media Matters: Beyonce’s baby news breaks Twitter record

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, Sept. 2, 2011
Metro section

(Please note: The “Facebook releases new features” section has been revised from the version published in the newspaper since the linking bugs I described seem to have been fixed.)

Beyonce’s baby news breaks Twitter record

During last Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, Beyonce sent fans into a tizzy when she announced that she was expecting a baby. The subsequent frenzy broke a Twitter record with users posting 8,868 tweets per second (TPS) after the announcement, breaking the old record set during the final moments of Japan’s women’s soccer team’s victory of the U.S. in July (7,196 TPS).

According to an article on, other recent significant Twitter events include New Year’s Eve 2010 in Japan (6,939 TPS); Japanese earthquake and tsunami (5,530 TPS); Osama Bin Laden’s death (5,106 TPS); Super Bowl 2011 (4,064 TPS); and the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton (3,966 TPS).

Prison officials want Facebook to ban inmate accounts

Prison officials in Olympia, Wash., are asking Facebook to ban inmates from creating accounts, according to a Washington Post article. Although an official admits that most communication occurring is with friends and family and is not criminal in its intent, the article does say that one California inmate tracked down his victim on Facebook.

Party advertised on Facebook loses control

Another out-of-control party is being blamed on party organizers losing control of invitations because it was being advertised on Facebook.

According to an Aug. 29 “Campus Overload” column by Jenna Johnson published in the Washington Post, at least 3,000 people showed up at Colorado State University’s annual pool party after it was organized on Facebook.

The Rocky Mountain Collegian student newspaper reported that at least 10 people were taken to hospital, while four people were arrested in connection with a fight.

This latest fiasco follows incidents in Germany and Australia where private parties got out of hand after being heavily advertised on Facebook without strict controls.

Facebook releases new features

As many Facebook users know by now, the site unleashed more massive changes on users recently. For a good overview of the recent changes brought to Facebook, check out this very informative article by Jackie Cohen on

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Each week, I feature three YouTube channels that you may want to check out. All subscriber numbers are as of Aug. 29.

VlogVault (9,006 subscribers): VlogVault is a YouTube “collab” (i.e. collaboration) channel made up of 16 young YouTubers between the ages of 13 and 20. I haven’t watched all the videos, but the ones I’ve seen seem to be good, decent vlogs made by good, decent young people. Translation: They seem pretty safe to let your teens watch. With that said, it’s always good for parents to check out any channels to which their children are subscribed. Like other vlog collab channels, each week has a theme that the vloggers talk about, i.e. art. Most popular video: Epic Meal Time Spoof (32,391 views).

Monty Python (179,529 subscribers): If you’re a fan of the famous British comedy troupe, then you’ll love this collection of videos culled from their popular television show, live performances and interviews. Most popular video: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (6,747,499 views).

Google (357,516 subscribers): Yes, even Google has a YouTube channel! Here, you’ll find various tips on how to best take advantage of Google’s features. There’s also a section specifically dedicated to Google Plus, the search engine giant’s new social media site. Most popular video: Explore the Sky in Google Earth 4.2 (21,038,099 views).

Big Brother spoilers

I love CBS’s Big Brother! It’s my summertime guilty pleasure. If you can’t wait until the show airs to find out who won competitions or who’s nominated for eviction, check out the excellent spoiler website Big Brother Network. (Warning: Some content not suitable for minors.)

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