Saturday Social – Flights, Facebook and a Farewell to Flappy Bird
Farewell to Flappy Bird
The incredibly popular mobile app that swept the nation has come to a very sad end. The game was loved by millions and although it was often frustrating and stressful, it was sadly removed from the app store this week. For those who have already downloaded the game, the fun will never end, but for anyone who hadn’t yet got round to it, may never get the opportunity to play it.
Vietnamese creator, Dong Nguyen, said that the fame of the game was ruining his simple life and that it had to go, but he did say that he may be making a sequel. The game was created in just three days and was making around £30,000 a day.
Flappy bird has been downloaded over 50 million times and it quickly went viral through social media promotion. After the game got pulled, Twitter went mad with #RIPFlappyBird and #SaveFlappyBird hashtags trending and even “Save Flappy Bird” accounts being created.
KLM Lets You Book Flights on Social Media
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have announced their decision to add a payment system through social media was due to customer requests. Using Facebook and Twitter, passengers will be able to book their flights, reserve their seats and pay for any extra services they may require.
If a customer wants to pay for their travel plans using any form of social media, one of KLM’s 130 agents will send them a private message on their network of choice to help complete the transaction and then send them a follow up confirmation message when the transaction is complete.
This is a great leap forward in the world of travel technology and it is likely that other airlines will soon follow suit. Being able to book a flight without having to spend hours on hold getting through to a travel agent sounds like a great idea to us.
Facebook Adds Gender Option
This week Facebook has completely revamped their gender settings by including a whole new list of options. No longer do users have to choose between female or male when setting up their profile, the site has now introduced over 50 options including “transgender”, “intersex” and “cisgender”.
Once a Facebook user has chosen their gender, they can then also choose what pronoun they want to have when the site refers to them, they can now choose to have a completely neutral pronoun so they can simply be referred to as “they”, “their” or “them”.
The changes aim to give members of the network more choice when describing themselves – this move demonstrates that Facebook is recognising the world’s growing transgender rights movement and that it is making an effort to support it.
Twitter Rolls Out a New Look
Earlier this week, Twitter rolled out a new look and if it really is what the new redesign is going to look like, you may be understandably mistaken for confusing it with Facebook. Gone is the simple Twitter feed and in its place is a time line feature.
Just like fellow social networks Facebook and Google Plus, the new design shows a big profile picture in the top left hand corner with a larger cover photo across the top of the page and a horizontal display of updates in boxes.
The design will work very well on the mobile app, as currently more than three quarters of Twitter users predominately use the social network on their mobile phone. The new design will provide a familiar and user friendly feel, making pictures and videos much easier to see.