Here’s our latest update of what went viral on social media in Sri Lanka and around the world throughout the last week.
This week our team wrote about:
- Social Media and The Sri Lankan Forces: An analytical insight to the usage of social media by the Sri Lankan armed forces.
What Went Viral in Sri Lanka?
- Crocodile found in a tea estate after floods
A crocodile and a rather large one at that has been found in a tea estate after the floods. A villager in the area had seen the crocodile and alerted others to the issue. The villagers then tied it down and removed the animal without suffering any harm to either the villagers or the crocodile. The video went viral on Facebook.
- John Amaratunga’s tiff with the media
John Amaratunga made social media headlines for his unexpected tiff with the media and journalists. When asked several questions about the garbage disposal in Bopitiya, Wattala, the minister threatened to attack journalists saying “ I will beat you all to death” which was criticised severely. The people of the Bopitiya area had complained about the smell and the potential spread of disease in the area as well.
- Sri Lanka wins cricket match against India
Sri Lanka recently won the match against India in a spectacular cricket match that also set a record for the highest batting speed of 79.6 km/h, courtesy, Kusal Mendis. The win coming after the Indian team stated that this would be a practice match for them, is quite ironic and carries the lesson of not undermining your opponent.
This Week’s International Hubbub
- The Gulf Rift that rocked the UAE
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. Egypt, Yemen, Libya’s eastern-based government and the Maldives all followed suit.This news went viral all across last week. The reason for this rift is suspected to be the fact that Qatar has been accused of having supported the ISIS, Al-Qaeda and other militant groups, which the country has denied. There were disruptions to airline activities as well with many airlines limiting or completely stopping their flights to the country. The issue trended on Twitter, with special emphasis put on the consequences suffered by the citizens of the countries involved.
+11,300 Qatari have spouses from countries that have demanded they leave Qatar, rending families apart https://t.co/EmdtcvcnDP
— Jassim Mater Kunji (@JassimbinMater) June 9, 2017
- The United Kingdom’s General Election 2017
The UK General Election 2017 was held on the 08th June. The prime minister of Uk called for a snap election in order to increase the majority and in an unexpected turn of events, has now been forced to try and form a minority government with the help of the Democratic Unionist Party. In a speech given on the morning of Friday, Theresa May indicated that the Conservatives hoped to hang on in the UK Government. The Conservatives won only 318 seats which is eight seats short of the required 326 which would have given them an overall majority. This has resulted in a “hung parliament”. This means that the leader of the party with the most amount of seats has been given the opportunity to try and form a new government. This could mean that the outcome might be a formal coalition with the other parties, where they share ministerial jobs and support a shared agenda.
Rajit, from our team, has written two posts on the various social media and marketing aspects of the campaigns. You can read them here:
Stats of the Week
LOLSL ranked among the five fastest growing entertainment Facebook pages in Sri Lanka. However, even though they are making the best out of social media in terms of Facebook, the relationship between this page and their Youtube channel has a lot of room for improvement.
LOLSL YouTube Channel statistics are as follows:
Total Subscribers -1,824
Total Videos -22
Total views -195,731
The OPPO Facebook page ranked among the top five fastest growing community pages in Sri Lanka. Their use of updated content and images as well as videos along with the good cross-promoting and correlation on their Youtube channel could have led to this rapid growth. Even though not many videos are available on Youtube and the number of subscribers is just above 1000, they seem to be promoting themselves well and opening up to a wider audience.
Srilanka OPPO YouTube Channel statistics are as follows:
Total Subscribers -1,282
Total Videos -24
Total views -3,607,303
Things you should know
- Facebook APK Latest Version for Android
After holding the F8 conference Facebook has advanced its marketing analytics. Messenger app now allows you to play games and the news feed is undergoing changes which will make it more organised and orderly. The Facebook dynamic adverts have been brought to emphasis for advertiser’s advantage.