In this edition: web users celebrate the release of four French hostages; the Vatican takes to the web ahead of the double pope sainthood ceremony; and the Super Mario Bros theme tune revisited.
WEB USERS CELEBRATE RELEASE OF FRENCH HOSTAGES
Web users across France have been celebrating the release of four French journalists who were freed late Friday night, after being held hostage in Syria since June 2013. There has been widespread commentary on social networks where news professionals have been expressing their joy and relief to see their colleagues safe and sound after a long and tough ordeal.
Political figures have been posting similar messages, hailing the release of Didier François, Edouard Elias, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torrès. Dozens of politicians, from all parties, have been tweeting about this happy ending and praising the intervention of French diplomacy.
But some web users are questioning the conditions under which they were released. And challenging the French authorities` official version of events, suggesting the kidnappers were bribed and given something in exchange for the hostages. Others say either way it does not matter, as seeing the journalists released after ten months in captivity in Syria is all that counts.
VATICAN TURNS TO INTERNET FOR DOUBLE POPE SAINTHOOD CEREMONY
Nuns, priests, believers… strutting their stuff to the Pharrell Williams track and waving pictures of John Paul II and John XXIII… The Vatican released their version of the global mega hit “Happy” to YouTube a few days ago to celebrate the upcoming double pope sainthood ceremony. The video is part of a massive social media marketing campaign currently underway.
Web users can follow the campaign under the #2popesaints set up at the beginning of March by the Vatican. It applies to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and also Google +, and comes with multi language posts with information updates for the 5 million or so Catholics from around the world expected to travel to Rome for the April 27th event.
There is also the official purpose built website for this double canonisation, which gets web users to comment on different daily themes such as faith or interfaith dialogue. Web users are also asked to read quotes from and information about John Paul II and John XXIII, and reflect on the accomplishments of the two former popes.
The future saints are also starring in a series of comical pics which are posted daily. The comic strip-like pictures are created using the “Bit Strips” application and show them up in heaven and also talking about their work on the phone.
NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
South African web users have been posting under the #VoteNo hashtag calling for a boycott of the ANC, the ruling party of President Jacob Zuma. The movement was started by former members of the ANC ahead of the May 7th general elections; they say the political organization has become corrupt and is guilty of nepotism. South Africans are also urged to sign an online petition denouncing the authorities` lack of transparency in the running of the country.
CROWDEMAND, A NEW FASHION CROWDFUNDING PLATFORM
Crowdemand.com is a new crowd funding platform for fashion designers. They post their work on the site and during a two week campaign period consumers will pre-order the items they want. If a minimum number if orders are placed then the items will be produced and shipped to customers. The site was created by two fashion lovers from New York City who hope to features twenty or so designers on the site over the coming weeks.
DAD RECREATES CLASSIC ALBUM COVERS WITH HIS SONS
Music lover Lance Underwood spends quality time with his two sons recreating classic album covers. Taj and Amar, directed by their dad, have posed as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Nat King Cole and more. The photos are then touched up with some image editing software and published on the “QT Albums” Tumblr blog.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
48 glasses of wine, 2 pencils and a frying pan… these are the unlikely instruments used by Dan Newbie to reproduce the theme tune from the well-known video game Super Mario Bros. You can check out this very original version of the famous melody on Dan`s YouTube channel.