Here’s our latest overview of the hottest topics on social media in Sri Lanka and across the world in the past week.
This week our team wrote about;
- Social Media and Sri Lanka’s top exporters; are the leaders in Sri Lanka’s export sector utilizing social media as much as they should be?
Went Viral in Sri Lanka?
- Extreme Weather in Sri Lanka
It looks it’s that time of the year again when the country gets flooded. This has become almost sort of a norm now for the past few years with heavy floods following monsoon rains almost annually. The extreme weather in this case had forced open the dam at Kukule Ganga that have caused significant risk of flooding to the residents at areas like Ingiriya, Agalawaththa, Bulathsinhala and he likes. With over 9.3k views, this was just one of the videos that went viral last week with regards to the extreme weather conditions affecting Sri Lanka.
- Sarath Fonseka’s statement on Alle Gunawansa thero
Sarath Fonseka, the former Chief of Army is a personality that has always been shrouded in a bit of controversy. This has only been highlighted more, with his recent statement about the Alle Gunawansa Thero where he stated that the priest has lost his mind to the anger and disapproval of many, as can be seen clearly by the comments on the video that went viral on the Facebook page of Tharuna Aruna.
- Lalith Weerathunga found guilty of corruption
The Former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge and the TRC Director General Anusha Palpita were found guilty last week, of “misappropriating” LKR 600 million worth of funds in a Sil clothes case. They were both sentenced to three years of imprisonment with rigorous labour by the Colombo High Court. The High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga stated that both of the prosecutors have been proven guilty beyond any reasonable doubt. The views of Minister Bandula Gunawardene and others who stand by the accused and state that he is innocent were ridiculed and severely criticized by viewers when this video on Ada Derana’s Facebook page went viral.
This Week’s International Hubbub
- Earthquake devastates Mexico
Mexico and especially the state of Oaxaca, was hit by a 8.1 magnitude earthquake that now has left over 61 dead and many missing, presumably buried beneath rubble. Hundreds of others are homeless and in a state of panic after this giant of an earthquake wracked through the country. With 355k views and counting, this video on Facebook went viral instantly and hopefully also brought in more aid to the disaster victims.
- US Open Tennis Championships’ humour
With all of the natural disasters wreaking havoc on the US, it is good to look at some things in a light-hearted manner, which is exactly what happened when at the US OPen Tennis Championships, Rafa Nadai was asked what he thought of Roger Federer on the court and outside of it, to which he humorously replied “I don’t want to look like his boyfreind”. The video went viral on Facebook.
Stats of the Week
The relationship that popular TV channel Swarnavahini maintains between their YouTube channel and Facebook page is a good one. It is rather important for a television channel to reach out to a wider audience which is what, they seem to be doing. The TV channel came in among the top five fastest growing media Facebook pages in Sri Lanka last week.
Swarnavahini YouTube Channel statistics are as follows:
Total Subscribers -2,308
Total Videos -13,057
Total views -2,727,166
Things you should know
- Facebook is testing features to help you make new friends
Facebook is constantly evolving and improving, trying to give users better ways of building connections on the social media network. As part of this, there is to be a new update rolled out that will allow users to analyze what common interests they share with a person before becoming friends on the network. This will be achieved through giving users the chance to see various events both parties attended and the likes, rather than simply indicate mutual friends alone.