Rise of TikTok

Rise of TikTok

TikTok is a widely used and popular social media app. It allows users to create and share short-form mobile videos. These videos are usually around 15 seconds long, and the type of videos shared include lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos. In creating their videos, users can choose from a wide array of songs, sound effects, and sound bites.   The Chinese-owned app brings together individuals from across the world, creating a sense of community and encouraging creative expression. Users can collaborate with others, for example,  through a duet with a fellow…

Sri Lankan Digital Journalism Through Social Media

Sri Lankan Digital Journalism Through Social Media

The rapid growth of social media usage across Sri Lanka in the last five years has had an impact not just one people’s daily life, but also on businesses and journalism in the country. These changes are explored in a research paper, titled, Social Media as a new trend in Sri Lankan digital Journalism: A Surveillance, in the  Asian Social Science Journal. “ The research study particularly examines the parallel growth in digital journalism, and also emphasizes  that the audience reach of social media is much higher than that of…

Top YouTube Channels in Sri Lanka

Top YouTube Channels in Sri Lanka

The number of YouTube users in Sri Lanka has continued to grow, and this week, we are bringing a roundup of the top 5 YouTube channels in the country.    TV Derana  With a total viewership of 1,054,923,092, TV Derana is in the lead at the moment, and  mostly features news and other programmes that are telecasted on the channel.    Handiworks  This Youtube channel has a total of 76.80M views and a subscriber base of 845.19K. The channel offers a variety of tips on hand embroidery, decoration, stitching, paper craft,…

Brigadier Vs LTTE supporters Vs Social Media

Brigadier Vs LTTE supporters Vs Social Media

For past four days, Social Media is having a great number of mentions of Brigadier Priyankara Fernando. This was due to his throat cutting gesture to the protesters who were waving LTTE flags outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in London on Sri Lanka’s independence day. After the incident,the brigadier was immediately suspended for inquiries by the foreign ministry of Sri Lanka and later he was reinstated as ordered by President Maithripala Sirisena. We have picked a few from the large number of social media mentions regarding the matter. Outraged…

Alcohol Ban On Sri Lankan Women

Alcohol Ban On Sri Lankan Women

Since lifting the alcohol ban on women last week, social media had many postings regarding the decision and more and more opinions are being posted after President Sirisena reinstating the ban. As always with lifting the ban both positive and negative thoughts were published on it. Although the Spokesperson of Finance Ministry has said “The idea was to restore gender neutrality”, a lot of criticism was going on saying the government is encouraging the drinking and this would threaten the nation’s Buddhist values. Then on Sunday the President has said…