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Facebook app simulates dementia, Twitter shares fall and Ryanair complaint goes viral

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.

Facebook dementia app aims to raise awareness

Twitter shares fell on Wednesday

Alzheimer’s Research UK has launched a Facebook app which ‘takes over’ your Facebook page and temporarily erases important memories mimicking how dementia affects the brain.

Now, I’m all for supporting charities, but I think this app could’ve been more effective in terms of the idea that they’re trying to execute by having your actual Facebook page come up, and then making things disappear from there.

When you consider how popular the #nomakeupselfie was, it will be interesting if any other charities try to emulate that success.

You can have a go at the app here.

Twitter shares drop 11 per cent

Bad news for Twitter yesterday, as shares in the site dropped to their lowest levels since the company’s stock market floatation, as it reported slower than expected user growth.

This is despite the fact that it saw higher user growth than the previous quarter, and that the rise in active users came after four consecutive quarters of declining growth. However, it doesn’t seem that the turnaround was strong enough to convince investors.

I’m looking forward to seeing the numbers now that Twitter has introduced its new design, and whether it does see an increase in users as a result.

I don’t think that Spotify has anything to worry about at the moment.

Mobile tech increases workload

A recent poll has revealed that over a third of ‘millenials’ say that mobile technology greatly increases the amount of work they do out of hours.

There are two slightly annoying points about this article. The first is that surely that information is pretty bleedin’ obvious, no? You can’t be surprised that having a phone that picks up emails means you’re checking your email more.

The second is that if you have a problem with switching off, then all you need to do is switch off. Literally. Just turn off your laptop/phone/tablet and Bob’s your father’s brother.

Google launches YouTube Mix for Android

YouTube Mix is a new service for Android, which means you can auto generate playlists on the site. Obviously YouTube is looking to compete in the music streaming arena, but this is actually a pretty cool feature.

It’s something that has been available on desktop for a while, but all you have to do is search the name of your desired artist, and then it will come up with the option to create a playlist of their most popular videos.

Ryanair complaint goes viral

In some incredibly surprising news, Ryanair has had a complaint. Once again, someone has taken to Facebook with a customer services issue, but this one is slightly more than just “OMG, flying with Ryanair is the worst experience of my life. Disgusted.”

James Lockley, who had foolishly booked a flight through the service expecting that it would actually get him somewhere, posted a lengthy complaint letter on the company's Facebook page.

I won’t spoil the content of the letter for you, but it seems to be that he’s not the only one that is unimpressed with Ryanair's services, as the post has been shared 51,213 shares in just under a week.