Tesla 'hires' witty museum sheep tweeter
- 22 May 2019
What happens when you post a picture of "an absolute unit" of a sheep to your work Twitter account and it then gets picked up by Elon Musk - also known as the 25th most powerful person in the world?
For Adam Koszary, the social media strategist behind The Museum of English Rural Life's Twitter account, it appears to have been a great career move as he says he's now been hired to be the social media manager for automotive company Tesla.
The Tesla founder has history with the museum after temporarily changing his profile picture into a photo of an Exmoor Horn aged ram that @TheMERL owned and was a viral sensation a year previously.
In response, Adam changed the museum's Twitter name to the "Muskeum of Elongish Rural Life" and its profile picture to Musk's smiling visage.
Adam revealed the move in a tweet late Tuesday on his personal account stating: "I'm no longer moving to the Royal Academy. Instead I'll be Tesla's Social Media Manager from July."
TFBoys: Wang Yuan sorry over illegal smoking
- 21 May 2019
One of China's biggest boybanders has apologised after he was caught smoking illegally in a Beijing restaurant.
Wang Yuan, who also uses the English name Roy Wang, is considered to be one of the country's most "socially responsible" public figures, so this transgression has caused Chinese social media to fall into meltdown.
Is Russia trying to sway the European elections?
- 20 May 2019
EU officials say Russia is using disinformation to influence the outcome of this week's European Parliament elections. How seriously should their warnings be taken?
"Winter isn't the only thing that's coming - so is the risk of interference in our elections," said Sir Julian King, the EU's commissioner for security, in a press conference late last year.
Moscow courier service campaign creates a stir online
- 17 May 2019
Do you pay attention to the person who delivers your food, and would it make a difference if you knew them?
In Moscow, a company called Delivery Club has launched an advertising campaign around the city, and across Russian-language Twitter, filled with photos and personal details of some of their workers.
Councillor's colour-coded knitting shows 'men talk too much'
- 16 May 2019
What do you do to stay focused? Some people like a strong coffee, others prefer some fresh air, but how about knitting?
Sue Montgomery, a city councillor and borough mayor in Montreal, learned to knit while studying in Germany, then took it up again once she was elected in 2017.
Arthur teacher comes out in children's cartoon series
- 14 May 2019
Animation plays a big part in both children's and adults' lives these days - just look at the popularity of online games, TV series such as Paddington, and recent box office hits such as Detective Pikachu.
So when long-running US cartoon series Arthur introduced its first gay wedding, it gained huge traction on social media.
Taiwanese men in skirts challenge gender stereotypes
- 13 May 2019
Men of all ages have been gathering on the streets of Taiwan wearing skirts, as part of events organised to challenge gender stereotypes and raise awareness of Taiwan's long-awaited marriage bill.
Discussions will take place in parliament on Friday, and legislation for same-sex marriage will be either passed or rejected on 24 May. If it does go through, it will make Taiwan the first place in Asia to allow such unions.
Five new things about online campaigning
- 13 May 2019
What has changed online since the UK's last nationwide election?
Labour did surprisingly well in the 2017 general election, and social media probably played a role - or at least indicated something amiss in pre-election polls.
Delta Airlines staff told 'don't unionise, buy video games'
- 10 May 2019
Delta Airlines is facing significant criticism after posters discouraging its staff from joining a union were widely shared online.
"Union dues cost around $700 [￡540] a year," one of the posters states.
Mum tributes as Australian MP pans ‘new low’ press report
- 8 May 2019
Labor leader Bill Shorten's emotional tribute to his mother has seen Australians flood social media with stories of their own mums' sacrifices.
Mr Shorten told a TV audience on Monday how his late mother, Ann, had sacrificed studying law when she left school to look after her siblings.