The world record for the most retweeted tweet has been broken. If you remember, the previous record holder was held by Carter Wilkerson for asking Wendy’s to give him a year supply of Nuggets.

The new record is held by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. He posted a tweet promising to give 1 million yen to 100 people who retweet and follow him. (1 million yen = 12,453.30 SGD) The tweet has currently more than 5.4 million retweets.

Personally, I’m a bit disappointed. It is sad to see the most retweeted tweet title being bought using money. So long as you are rich, you can get that title. Sigh.

There’s no doubt that Yusaku Maezawa will honour his tweet and give out 1 million yet to 100 people. But the problem with this is that we can be sure there will be scammers trying to copy him. It’s not every day that a billionaire give out free money on social media.

If your work involve managing your company’s Instagram account, then Spatulah is going to be useful for you. Created by local Social Media Agency, GoodStuph, this tool will help you extract comments from an Instagram Post into an excel spreadsheet.

This is great if you are running a contest on Instagram and need to extract all the entries in the comment section. All you need to do is supply the URL link to the Instagram post.

I guess the folks at GoodStuph must be tired of manually extracting Instagram comments for their clients. (I swear I didn’t make them do such mundane stuff when they were my agency) This tool is great for all social media managers.
Instagram can be painful to use for companies. There’s not much open API available. Most social media management platform aren’t able to support Instagram fully. As far as I know, there is no 3rd party tool that can pull out all the comments from an Instagram account and reply directly. You can’t even schedule an Instagram post currently.
Please lah Facebook/Instagram, do something about your API.
Well, at least Spatulah help make it less painful when managing an Instagram account.

Woke up this morning finding my Facebook Newsfeed flooded with 3D photos. Yeap, Facebook is rolling out 3D photos (and I still haven’t got that feature on my account yet)

The 3D photos makes use of the depth maps that are stored with “Portrait” photos taken on iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, X, XS or XS Max. For the best results, make sure your main subject is 90 to 120 cm away and try to capture scenes with multiple layers of depth including something in the foreground and something in the background. You’ll get more of the 3D effect when your photo’s subject has contrasting colours.
So go have fun and try some 3D photos on Facebook.

WhatsApp just launched a new feature called WhatsApp Status. In short, it is just like Instagram Stories. Or should I say Snapchat since Instagram Stories is a copy of Snapchat.
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When Facebook added Instagram Stories on Instagram, I can totally see the reason why. It’s competing with Snapchat for the “Instant video and photo that will be gone after 24 hours” space. And I must say that it is a smart move for Facebook to put that feature on Instagram. It really took away some users from Snapchat.
But I don’t understand why Facebook added the same feature to WhatsApp. Isn’t Instagram Stories enough? Why create another identical service to compete with Snapchat and their own Instagram Stories?
Do we really need another platform for posting videos and photos that will be gone within 24 hours?
Let’s just say we really need another platform to do it, my biggest question is: Are you sure you want to use WhatsApp Status?
Just think about it. WhatsApp Status is shared with everyone in your contacts. Now go through your contact list. You’ll most likely have clients, bosses, colleagues, acquaintances etc in your contact list. Do you really want to share your WhatsApp Status with them?
WhatsApp provide you a privacy settings to block some people in your contact list from seeing your WhatsApp status. You can always block those that you don’t want to share your WhatsApp Status before you start using. Cool right? Not really.
You’ll need to remember to update privacy settings whenever you add a new person to your address book. What if you forgot to block a new client on WhatsApp Status after adding his number to your contact list? Are you sure you want to go through that trouble?
You might say that Snapchat and Instagram Stories also have similar problems. Yes. But at least Snapchat and Instagram make it easier to control your privacy settings and doesn’t add new followers whenever you add a new mobile number in your contact list. Your contact list is not your social network.
So are you really really sure you want to use WhatsApp Status?
Well, you can still use WhatsApp Status and be mindful that your bosses, colleagues and clients might be watching. Or you can just stick with Snapchat/Instagram Stories and save yourself the trouble.

Bad news to Instagram users in Singapore, New Zealand, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands and Venezuela. Instagram is now showing you a curated timeline instead of the usual chronological order.
Instagram announced a few weeks ago that on average, a user miss 70 percent of the post on their feeds. So in order to “improve” your experience, Instagram will change the order of your feed to show the moments that they believe you will care about the most.
As usual, that cause a big hoo-ha on social media and many Instagram accounts were urging their followers to turn on notifications for their accounts so that they won’t miss a post. Instagram had to quickly clarify that they are only doing testing on a small selected group of users.
Hmmm….. unfortunately they have chosen Singapore as one of the guinea pigs.
It’s been more than 24 hours since Instagram turned on the curated feed for my Instagram account and I must say that the experience is horrible. Maybe I’m resistant to changes. I’m used to seeing the latest photo on my feed. But with the new change, the first image I see might be something posted a few hours ago. The feed is no longer in chronological order. You can get a post from 2 hours ago follow by a post from 40 minutes ago.
Maybe it takes a while for Instagram to understand my preference. But right now my newsfeed suck big time. I keep asking why is Instagram showing this and that? And to make things worst, refreshing the feed doesn’t do anything. You’ll still get the same picture even if someone posted something new.
So yes, if Instagram is using us for testing, here’s my feedback. It’s horrible. Give us back our chronological order feed. If you really care about users missing out on “moments we will care about the most”, then put it on another tab. Give users the option of viewing Instagram in chronological order and curated order.
UNLESS the move to curated feed is simply to make accounts pay for advertisement so that their post will show up more and not improving user experience. Then I’ll say that changing to a curated feed is a good move.

Happy 10th Birthday Twitter.
It begin with a simple tweet. I guess nobody expect this simple tweet to start something amazing.
There are so many iconic moments over the past 10 years. From the Hudson River plane crash to first tweet from space. From Obama’s 4 more years to Oscar selfie. And many more……


Thank you Twitter for being with us for the past 10 years.