Distilled Weekly: Social Media Roundup

It’s time to bring the social! Even if you missed some of what happened last week in the world of social media, which you inevitably did, we at Social Distillery are here to keep you up-to-date. With everything from a man confessing to a murder to AT&T getting bombarded with hate tweets on 9/11, it was a busy week in social media, so let’s jump right in.

Instagram Announces Forthcoming Advertising
With Instagram breaking through the threshold of 150 million monthly active users, we all knew that it would only be a matter of time before they introduced advertising on this perfect canvas for company promotion. With users already engaging with popular brands like Starbucks and Lululemon, Instagram hopes that everyone will welcome this new change with smiling selfies. Good luck with this one, Instagram.

Walmart Reigns as the Most Socially ‘Liked’ Company
Statistics released last week have shown that the grocery conglomerate, Walmart, is the most liked company in America with 31 million American fans on Facebook. Big props to Walmart as companies like Target and Coca-Cola also topped the charts for American likes. I wonder where Walmart would rank if Facebook introduced the sometimes coveted ‘dislike’ button to their platform.

Drunk Driver Confesses to Murder Through YouTube
Matthew Cordle, a 22-year-old with a heavy conscience, took the opportunity to share a self indicting story about drinking and driving last week. Cordle mentions that his powerful attorneys could have at least reduced his charges if he would just lie. Instead, the apologetic drunk driver fully convicts himself with the intention to spread the message that drinking and driving needs to stop. Let’s hope that his message spreads.

AT&T Gets a Little Too Corporate on 9/11
If you didn’t see AT&T’s tweet on September 11th this year in remembrance of the events that took place in 2001, don’t feel out of the loop – it was only up for an hour. AT&T posted an image of a phone taking a picture of the Tribute Lights in New York City with the caption “Never Forget.” While this is a gesture of remembrance, the phone seemed to be a little more important in the photo than the lights and this did not go over well.

What do you think, is this message too much AT&T and not enough 9/11 for a tribute post? If you have any insights or comments about this week in social media, just tweet @Vincent_Patton and make sure to follow @SocialDistiller for the latest news on everything social media.

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