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Latest update : 2014-03-26

Reaction to flight MH370's 'end'

In this edition: online reactions to the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crash announcement; British web users post make-up free selfies for cancer; and a musician's time lapse video of his wife's pregnancy.

REACTION TO FLIGHT MH370'S "END" 

"I don't know what to say, what to think. I feel so lost, so blank. I'm just so tired. Good night daddy." This tweet was posted by Maira Elizabeth Nari, the daughter of the chief steward on Malaysia Airlines flight 370 after the official announcement the airliner had indeed crashed. Emotions are high after friends and family of passengers and crew had their worst fears confirmed…

They have been sharing their grief on social networks and web users have been posting messages of condolence under the Twitter hashtag #RememberingMH370, paying tribute to the 239 people on board the Boeing 777.

Sadness tinged with anger… many feel Malaysia Airlines handled the official announcement of the tragic conclusion very badly indeed. As this British journalist say on her Twitter page, the airline told families by text message that they had to accept beyond a reasonable doubt that there were no survivors. Web users have slammed the airline for breaking the news in such a disrespectful and insensitive way.

The Malaysian government is also under fire, many like this web user posting to China's microblogging platform Sina Weibo, accuse the authorities of deliberately concealing the truth about the doomed flight. Countless Chinese social networkers have shared similar thoughts, slamming the government for its lack of consideration, previous conflicting statements and letting the families agonize for 17 days... 

STATS OF THE DAY

The Malaysia Airlines story has fascinated web users. As we can in this infographic produced by American website Beutler Ink, the case has generated some 4 million tweets. The Wikipedia article has been subject to thousands of edits since it was created in the hours that followed the first reports of the missing aircraft. And web users have also been pretty busy on the Tomnod crowdsourcing platform, with over 2 million people scanning the satellite imagery for clues in the first week of the investigation.

SELFIES HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR CANCER RESEARCH

The no make-up selfie craze that has swept the United Kingdom has raised over two million pounds sterling for Cancer Research UK, according to the British charity.

The viral trend began last week when countless social networkers began posting their bare faced pics under the #NoMakeUpSelfie hashtag. Charitable organizations then followed suit, uploading photos of employees doing the same, along with a text code for donating to cancer awareness and research.

Some have criticized the no makeup selfie arguing it has little to do with fighting cancer and more to do with narcissism. But despite the backlash, hundreds of web users have joined the movement, posting photos and pledging money to cancer groups and charities.

And men have also been contributing to this explosion of selfies, turning the concept on its head and posting pics where they are covered in make-up.

This spontaneous social media campaign has raised several million British pounds in just a few days, and will provide a great boost for charities and researchers, who have also posted selfies, thanking donors

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

With the United States and the European Union threatening Russia with fresh sanctions over Moscow`s intervention in crisis hit Ukraine, activists have taken to social networks calling for a boycott of Russian products under the #BoycottRussia hashtag. Russian vodka is being heavily targeted, with people urged to switch to Finnish brands. Ukrainian women meanwhile have responded to Moscow’s annexation of Crimea with a campaign to deny sex to Russian men… 

"FIRST TWEET"

As part of its eight birthday celebrations last Friday Twitter produced the “First Tweet” tool that lets users see their, or another user`s first-ever tweet. You just have to type in the name of the account and hit enter. So Barack Obama made his Twitter debut in April 2007 for example and spoke of the end of war in Iraq. 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Tom Fletcher from British band McFly took a photo of his wife Giovanna everyday throughout the nine months of her pregnancy. He then put the shots together in this video clip, in which he performs the song he wrote to celebrate the arrival of their son Buzz…

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