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Twitter hashtags under threat and no make-up Facebook selfies raise £1m

It's social media, minus the irritating hashtags. Iona St Joseph cuts through the clutter to bring you a weekly update on the social stories you need to know. A trained journalist, Iona manages the social team at 10 Yetis' dedicated division, A Social Media Agency. You can follow her daily musings and opinions on Twitter @ionastjoseph.

Twitter’s @ replies and hashtags could be a thing of the past

It could be the end of Twitter as we know it, as there are rumours that they could be doing away with the at-reply and the hashtags that we all know and love. It’s all still very vague at the moment, but an Android test group has already seen tweets with the at-reply taken out.

Nothing has been confirmed as yet, but it certainly looks as though Twitter could be paving the way for some important new updates.No-make up selfies raise money for Cancer ResearchAnother week, another social media craze has swept our newsfeeds, but this time (thankfully) it’s not videos of oiks downing pints of vodka and toilet water. No make-up selfies have been flooding Facebook with people taking their slap off to raise awareness for breast cancer. Amazingly, Cancer Research has seen a surge in donations since the trend took off, with over 800,000 people putting their hands in their pockets to raise £1 million in just 24 hours. They have said that there were an “unprecedented” number of text donations throughout the day yesterday, and that looks set to continue today.There has been a lot of conversation about the craze, with a lot of people getting on their high horse about the fact that just posting a selfie doesn’t actually do any good, you need to be donating the money as well. Whilst I agree that it’s a bit shoddy if you’re posting a selfie to try and raise awareness for anything, and then don’t donate to charity to support the cause, it’s clear that the whole selfie phenomenon has actually helped to raise money. My favourite thing about it though is the people that try to claim that they’ve posted a no make-up selfie, but they’re covered in the orange stuff. I’ve even seen one where the subject was wearing false eyelashes. You’re not fooling anyone, hen.Katie Hopkins upsets Twitter… againIt happens so regularly now that it should probably make the news when Katie Hopkins doesn’t piss everyone off on Twitter. She’s done it again this time though, by making “outrageous” comments about Channel 5’s ‘Big ‘Can’t Pay’ Debt Debate’ show, which aired on Monday.To summarise, she essentially managed to make everybody furious by saying that she supported payday lenders, labelling them a “decent business model”. That, combined with the fact that she shouted down anyone who tried to disagree with her, meant that she was serious Twitter fodder. Why you should never scroll through Twitter live on airIn more selfie news, a US news station has been forced to apologise after it showed a penis selfie live on air duing a broadcast about a helicopter crash.The show on Fox 31 Denver was showing Twitter images of the crash in Seattle, Washington, when they decided to scroll through one users pictures, which included one of Edward Scissorhands, and the offending penis image. The camera quickly cut away from the offending image, and back to the shocked faces of the news team. It really does make excellent viewing.

App turns Instagram pictures into nail artIf you’ve looked back through your Instagram and though, “My God, these pictures are totally fabulous. If only there was a way I could make them into nail art!” then you’re in luck.A new app has launched, which is currently raising funds on Kickstarter, is making your dreams come true. NailSnaps (does exactly what it says on the tin, no?) allows you to turn any of your photos “into one-of-a-kind nail polish stickers you can apply yourself in minutes for custom, wearable art.” Groundbreaking.Using the app, you pick your pic, design your fly nail art, and they print and ship the stickers to you. If you want to make sure this happens, then head over to their Kickstarter page and donate some dollar.Arnie visits Facebook, and he doesn’t give a crapIt’s my philosophy that you can never have too many posts about Arnold Schwarzenegger in a column about social media, and this week is no disappointment.On a visit to Facebook this week, Arnie decided to break all the rules in some sort of Facebook related inception. He posted a picture TO FACEBOOK of him AT FACEBOOK, holding a cigar under a sign which reads ‘Welcome to our tobacco free campus’. What a rebel.The picture was posted on Arnie’s page along with the caption, “Facebook’s philosophy is Move Fast and Break Things, which I love. So naturally I broke some rules at their headquarters. Thanks for a great visit!”What a guy.

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