Social Media Matters: Soccer fans break Twitter record

Social Media MattersSocial Media Matters
By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, July 6, 2012
Metro section

Soccer fans break Twitter record

No, that wasn’t burning rubber you were smelling during the Euro 2012 soccer final between Spain and Italy — it was Twitter’s servers having a meltdown!

Soccer fans set a Twitter record during the game which saw Spain defeat Italy 4-0 on Sunday, July 1.

Euro Cup 2012According to an Associated Press report published in The Vancouver Sun, Twitter says users were posting 15,358 tweets per second at the peak when Spain scored its fourth goal in the final game, setting a sports-related record for Twitter.

According to the report, “The surge in tweets came just weeks before the Olympic Games in London are expected to spur more record-setting activity on social networking sites — from tweets to postings of photos and other user-generated material.” Twitter says fans using its site posted about 16.5 million tweets during the final Euro 2012 match.

Bernard Richard to probe Fredericton City Police handling of blogger

Bernard Richard
Bernard Richard

Former New Brunswick ombudsman Bernard Richard has been hired by the City of Fredericton to lead an inquiry regarding the Fredericton City Police Force’s handling of its recent arrest of controversial local blogger Charles LeBlanc.

Mr. LeBlanc has been critical of the police force on his blog. These criticisms led to Mr. LeBlanc’s arrest. Despite being threatened with being charged with criminal libel, Mr. LeBlanc has not been charged as of yet. (Editor’s note: It has since been announced that Mr. LeBlanc will not be charged.)

Mr. Richard, who is almost universally respected across New Brunswick for being fair-minded and thoughtful, will certainly shed some sanity on this situation that has raised many questions about how far bloggers can go, legally speaking, and how they should be dealt with, especially when the questionable comments involve law enforcement officials.

Love him or hate him, though, at least Charles LeBlanc signs his name to what he writes and doesn’t hide behind anonymity.

Facebook changes e-mail addresses

FacebookFor some bizarre reason, Facebook decided recently to unilaterally change the e-mail address on its users’ accounts to a address. When I first read about this, I thought it was a hoax until I checked — and lo and behold they’d changed the e-mail address in the About section on my personal profile page to a address that I definitely don’t want to use. (Messages to this address arrive in your Facebook messages folder.) To fix this (and I certainly did!), simply go to the About section on your personal profile, find your Contact Info section and click on the Edit icon to change it back.

Not sure what prompted the change, but it was done quietly. Check your settings!

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Every week, I feature three YouTube channels for you to check out. Have a favourite channel? Let me know about it and I may feature it here! Statistics are current to July 3.

Down With Webster
Down With Webster

1) Down With Webster (10,490 subscribers): I must be old because before this group played in Moncton on Canada Day, I’d never heard of them — but with more than 10,000 subscribers and 10 million views on YouTube, someone certainly has! According to their Wikipedia page, they are a rap rock band from Toronto with nearly 50,000 albums and 500,000 singles sold. The band won for pop video of the year at the 2011 Much Music Awards and won in the category of best group or solo artist at the 2011 Canadian Radio Music Awards. They are currently on tour in Canada and the U.S. (Most popular video: Down With Webster – Whoa Is Me – 2,898,428 views.)

Tiffany Alvord2) Tiffany Alvord (853,440 subscribers): It must be my age showing again, but this is another singer of whom I’d never heard before being suggested by reader Brad Perry of Woodstock. With nearly one million subscribers, more than 100 videos of song covers and original song, and 200 million total video views, I’m not sure how I missed her! With that many subscribers and video views, she’s definitely a bona fide YouTube star — and this after posting her first video back in April 2008 when she was 15 years old. Now 19, the California native continues to make her mark in music not only through YouTube but also on Twitter (@TiffanyAlvord – 22,696 followers) and Facebook (323,174 likes). She recently released her first pop music CD entitled Dream. For more information, visit her website. (Most popular video: The One That Got Away – Katy Perry (Cover by Tiffany Alvord & Chester See) – 11,199,213 views.)

Véronique Hébert
Véronique Hébert

3) PapayaOasis (63 suscribers): This is local singer Véronique Hébert’s YouTube channel. Véronique is a singer and dancer with McSweeney Co. Dinner Theatre in Moncton. On Sunday, July 22, she’ll be performing at the Shediac Market. Her YouTube channel features 18 videos of her covering pop songs.Véronique also sings with renowned local choir director Monette Gould’s Chorale Voce dell’ Anima and is a former flautist with the award-winning New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. Thanks to reader Charline Hébert (yup, that’s her mother!) for suggesting Véronique’s channel. (Most popular video: (Cover) Gravity – Sara Bareilles – 684 views.)

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