Here’s our latest update of what went viral on social media in Sri Lanka and around the world
This week our team wrote about;
- The latest venture of Telcos in Sri Lanka; Innovative developments in Sri Lanka media and content creation
What went Viral in Sri Lanka?
- Provincial elections to be held before 31st January 2018
The brief interview that media held with Prasanna Ranatunga, from the United Opposition stated that there have been several rumours around to suggest that the UNP and the SLFP will join hands in the provincial election. However, he also mentioned that anything is possible and that the current government cannot be trusted and the only option there is, is to wait for the elections to happen. The video went viral on the Ada Derana Facebook page.
- Petrol shortage in Sri Lanka
Another piece of news that went viral on social media is the shortage of petrol in the island. While many people had posted on Facebook to say that there is no way to get the fuel pumped into their vehicles owing to the shortage, this particular tweet gives fantastic insight into the plight of consumers in the face of the fuel outage by indicating that the queue at the Navy petrol pump was over 800 metres long.
— Rasika Nanayakkara (@ceylonerana) November 5, 2017
This Week’s International Hubbub
- Truck Driver Kills Eight in Lower Manhattan
The news that was shared on the Facebook page of Dateline NBC went viral quickly among the masses. The news refers to the act of terror committed by a box truck driver who drove onto the bicycle lane in Lower Manhattan where it mowed down several people and injured others taking the lives of eight in total before crashing into a school bus. Officials have hailed it as the deadliest act of terror in NYC after 9/11
- TV presenter flashes audience after thinking a spider had crawled up her dress while live on air
Daily Mail posted a news article, with a generous amount of humour in it with regrad to a TV presenter who accidentally flashed the spectators when she thought that a spider had crawled up her dress. However, while the news item went viral for the humour that it carries, many viewers had also criticized the page for deviating from more important news that should go viral like the killings in Kenya.
Stats of the Week
It is not the first time that the Facebook page Bro has ranked among the top five fastest growing community Facebook pages in Sri Lanka despite the fact that they do not, still, maintain a good relationship with YouTube. It is important to note therefore, that sometimes, even though YouTube is a great medium which should be used, if a community of a page has gotten acclimatized to a certain medium and if the admin know how to do their job well on that medium, it could still be a success.
Bro – බ්රෝ YouTube Channel statistics are as follows:
Total Subscribers -61
Total Videos -8
Total views -59,358
- Fastest Growing Society Facebook Page in Sri Lanka -Patali Champika Ranawaka
Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka’s Facebook page ranked among the top five fastest growing Facebook society pages in Sri Lanka. He does not maintain an well updated YouTube channel.
Patali Champika Ranawaka YouTube Channel statistics are as follows:
Total Subscribers -1,773
Total Videos -267
Total views -368,791
Things you should know
Facebook to become the next money transfer method?
Facebook could possibly start testing two main features known as “ red envelope” that would make it possible for users to send money to other users via the platform and also a “breaking news” feature that would enable publishers to let users know about the latest incidents around them.