Sri Lanka Social Media Weekly News Update

Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media News Update 08/08/2017

Here’s our latest review on social media’s hottest topics during the last week in Sri Lanka and across the world.

This week our team wrote about;

What Went Viral in Sri Lanka?

  • Anti SAITM rally from Kandy to Colombo.

The SAITM protests are still continuing all across the country and as part of the latest protests, a rally was held from Kandy to Colombo. According to reports the protests were carried out successfully. The post went viral on Facebook last week with over 8.6k views.

  • “I don’t know, I can’t remember” – Ravi Karunanayake

The biggest viral trend on social media in Sri Lanka last week, was perhaps the inquiry that was carried out against Ravi Karunanayake in the CBSL bond scam. The minister’s answer to almost all the critical questions asked where “I don’t know, I can’t remember:. The video of him speaking went viral on Facebook with over 34k views and 600 shares. There were also several memes created with Ravi’s sudden onset of retrograde amnesia in focus.

  • Discussions over the government ban on vehicle modification

The Ceylon Motorcyclist’s Association had a media conference with regards to the modification ban on vehicles that has been imposed by the government recently. When the ban was initially put in place last week, Facebook was abuzz with memes that opposed the ban. This discussion to probe into the matter, without surprise, went viral with over 63k views and 1.3k reactions and most viewers commended the discussion.

This Week’s International Hubbub

  • Friends film two men falling into 2000-ft deep valley in Amboli Ghat

A video went viral on the Facebook’s Indian Express page containing imagery of two men, who were under the influence of alcohol, fall into the Amboli Ghat precipice in a mishap. Their bodies had been spotted but recovery is proving to be tough given unfavorable weather conditions. The question though, is that nobody thought of stopping the two drunk victims, while they were videoing the incident. Was recording important than saving their lives?

  • Usain Bolt Loses His Last Ever Worlds 100m Race To Justin Gatlin

Legendary athlete, Usain Bolt lost his farewell sprint to Justin Gatlin in the 100m race. Placing 3rd for the Bronze, the champion bowed out gracefully to millions of fans and supporters across the world. The video went viral on the Facebook page of Wide World of Sports with fans congratulating Bolt and wishing him a happy farewell.

Stats of the Week

The Facebook page for Patta Kolla came in among the top five fastest growing Facebook pages last week. The criteria they post under are along the lines of lifestyle, humor, gossip and art. The page seems to be maintaining a good relationship with their Youtube channel as well, which is critical in community pages of this category.

Patta Kolla YouTube Channel statistics are as follows:

Total Subscribers -30,217
Total Videos -255
Total views -16,193,010

Patta Kolla Facebook Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media News Update

Kedella Design & Construction’s Facebook page ranked among the top five fastest growing brand pages on the platform even though they do not have a great relationship with their YouTube channel. For a page that speaks of architecture and creativity, the advantages that using YouTube in the form of relatable videos is almost limitless. In addition to reaching a  wider international audience, they can also promote trends that are unique to Sri Lankan architecture that would really give them a boost.

Kedalla Design & Construction YouTube Channel statistics are as follows:

Total Subscribers -3
Total Videos -25
Total views -1,607

Kedella Facebook Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media News Update

Things you should know

  • WhatsApp is testing colorful text status updates similar to Facebook’s feature

The colourful status themes of Facebook are now being tested out on Whatsapp’s statuses as well. Here is all you need to know about it.


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