Trump games, Twitter in Iran, Liife... social media updates

Have you played any of the Donald Trump games? If not, you are missing some fun that is playing out on mobile apps at the cost of the controversial presidential nominee in the forthcoming US elections. 

Latin Americans are especially cheesed off with the billionaire after he made uncharitable remarks on them. Their revenge? Trumpealo, a game in which you hit Donald Trump with shoes, bottles and clubs whenever he speaks something indiscreet.

If you wanted to hit this politician with a stick, you better play Trumpinata. You'll get to hit him till his parts fall apart.

Donald also gets a special treatment from pumpkin artists. When you paint Trump on a pumpkin, you get a Trumpkin, that's how Paras Pumpkin community like to call the art.

Some opening up of social media?

Iran has lifted ban on Twitter and YouTube after economic sanctions on it have been lifted by the EU and the US. Whether this lifting of ban is the outcome of economic easing or not, or whether the opening up will last is anybody's guess.

According to a survey by Al Jajeera, even during the ban about half of the people could use Facebook and a third Google+ using VPN and other tracking-proof methods.

Among other countries that have put a clamp on social media (China, North Korea, Vietnam and Turkey to name a few), Pakistan has lifted ban on YouTube after the online video giant launched a localized version. If that's what will bring at least a sanitized version of YouTube to China, YouTube should agree and help the people of China to enjoy internet a bit more, isn't it?

But clamping down on social media happens in smaller dozes even in the most open societies. Facebook's Friend finder, a feature that gets information from e-mail contacts and then invites people to join Facebook has been declared illegal by Germany's highest court. Finer details of the verdict are not yet out but the writing on the wall is clear.

FriendsReunited closes; Liife gets birth

It is no big news, in one sense. In the social media crucible, new formats keep taking birth and old ones keep dying at a rather fast pace. GeoCities and Orkut might have gone out of memories of many avid users of these free platforms.

FriendsReunited was a great way to unite with school buddies, and in that way to keep one's cherished teenage memories alive. It thrived in pre-Facebook era, then changed hands, then declined, and finally has been put to rest.

The creators of this nostalgic social network have now announced Liife, a place where you could share your present and past memorabilia with - unlike Facebook - only those who share them with you. It will be interesting to see whether people used to 'likes' that often don't mean much will lap up a sharing platform that cares for real liking of each other's lovely moments.

In this post, one of the founders writes about the journey of FriendsReunited.

When Facebook COO wants you to like terrorists, you need to take note.

You can help liquidate hard-core terrorists such as ISIS by a 'like attack' on their Facebook accounts. Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg said so at the World Economic Forum at Davos this week.

She gave an example of a neo-Nazi page, which was once filled with hatred and was now overwhelmed with messages of tolerance and hope due to activism by Facebook followers. She believes, Counter-speech to the speech that is perpetuating hate we think by far is the best answer.

Top global CEOs don't go to social media

Most CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are not in love with social media, the Social CEO Report of says.

In a survey of use of the popular six social networks (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, it was found that 61% of CEOs have no social presence at all. 

Others are active on one or more, but none on all six platforms. LinkedIn and YouTube seem to be the platforms of choice among those present on social media. Even if they were active on Twitter, only 60% of them were really tweeting. 

Though they did not have their own accounts, it does not mean CEOs were not available on company accounts - at least they were featured there.

When read with a study published in Harvard Business Review last year, it appears that top global CEOs have of late started taking greater interest in social media but are constrained by shortage of time and various priorities. In fact, overall social engagement of top 50 global CEOs has more than doubled in five years: while only 36% of them were social in 2010, now 80% are on social media.