Fun Pop Mashup Of The Week #49

by • November 6, 2015 • Social FunComments Off on Fun Pop Mashup Of The Week #493186

Hello mashers, hope you had a smashing week and managed to get that smoke smell out of your clothes after Bonfire night yesterday. I almost had to put earmuffs on the cat, we had so many fireworks going off. Patent on that product is pending by the way. Pet ear plugs ARE the future. Watch this space…

Also Read: Fun Pop Mashup of the Week #48

Without further waffling, I give you the smashing mash.

Star Wars

I am proud to say I was one of the first humans to notice the old switcheroo between the star to the heart for Favs on Twitter. And I totally tweeted about it

and a couple of people “hearted” it.

The response to the change was far from loving though with plenty of Twitterers definitely NOT feeling it:

Some even went as far as creating an app that keeps the fav Star alive! That’s right, a crazy old developer has created a browser extension for Chrome that’s designed to automatically replace the heart with the old star shape.

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The app, called Fav Forever is available in the Chrome web store and its creator Reed Kavner says:

On November 3, 2015, the lives of millions of Twitter users were forever changed. Where yesterday there were stars, today there are hearts. Fav Forever brings the stars back.

Twitter product manager Akarshan Kumar defended the move in a blog post:

‘We are changing our star icon for favourites to a heart and we’ll be calling them likes. We want to make Twitter easier and more rewarding to use, and we know that at times the star could be confusing, especially to newcomers.

Not sure this will stick…

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Bye Bye Barbie

Remember we spoke about the parody Instagram account @SocalityBarbie the other week? Mocking “hipster” social-media Insta trends like the #latteart and inspirational quotes, it gained a over 1.3 million followers in record time but is now signing off and bowing out.

Darby Cisneros, the woman behind the hipster doll, finally revealed herself on Instagram on Wednesday and wrote,

It’s been a blast running this account but I believe SB’s work here is done.

Quitting whilst on top is definitely a covetable move and here’s the post that ended it all:

Hey guys, my name is Darby and I am the creator of SocalityBarbie. I just wanted to introduce myself and thank all of you for enjoying this account. I started SB as a way to poke fun at all the Instagram trends that I thought were ridiculous. Never in 1 million years did I think it would receive the amount of attention that it did but because of that it has open the door to a lot of great discussions like: how we choose to present ourselves online, the insane lengths many of us go to to create the perfect Instagram life, and calling into question our authenticity and motives. It's been a blast running this account but I believe SB's work here is done. I will be leaving this account open for a while for people still want to look through and enjoy it. Again, thank you for following along. If anyone has any questions or just want to say hi feel free to email me at ✌️#RIP (account NOT for sale)

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Snap a Sprite

So, brands have been running towards Snapchat in droves, and Sprite is the latest to join the fun party! In Brazil, the company has been inviting users to put their Snapcodes on millions of soda cans. Snapcodes are QR codes meant to help users on the mobile-social platform gain more friends.


The effort, called RFRSH Na Lata (meaning “refresh on the can”), sees consumers submitting their Snapcodes via a microsite until the 27th of November and the accounts chosen will be featured on cans starting from December.

The move comes after a commissioned study showed that 60% of Brazilian smartphone users prefer messaging apps to communicate. To show us all how it’s done, 15 Snapchat users with big social followings have already gotten their Snapcodes printed on cans. As a result they have apparently tripled their number of Snapchat friends in the past couple of weeks.

Halloween Win

I will leave you with a run through the brands who were totally #winning this Halloween via YouTube, from spooky supermarkets to The Halloween Whopper – black bun and ALL, here are the best efforts out there:

Tesco did spooky supermarkets full of self-moving trollies and severed hands at the Butcher’s counter,

Snickers took the “you’re not you when you’re hungry” tagline to a whole new (creepy) level

Burger King went for charcoal gold with their black bun Whopper

with users tweeting their experiences after eating it with the hashtag #GreenPoop. This of course gave rise to a potentially classic Halloween costume, Whopper & Green Poop. Time will tell…

And finally, Pizza Hut, with its range of helpful advice you should definitely take on board for next year

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