Social Media News • Tony McManus on 6PR

24 March 2021 9:22 pm

It has been another huge week in the world of social media news, with a Twitter anniversary, NFTs, Instagram restrictions, and a whole lot more.

As always, it was a pleasure to jump on the phone and join Saturday Nights with Tony McManus on 6PR to fill everyone in on what has been happening on social media this week.

It was great to find something else to disagree with Tony over this week, as we discussed Tony’s dislike for my personal favourite social media platform: Twitter. As it turns out, it was a timely debate to have with Tony, as Twitter celebrates the anniversary of the first-ever tweet.

Yes, it has been 15 years since Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent out the first-ever tweet on March 22 (March 21 US time), tweeting simply, “just setting up my twttr”. 15 years later and it is hard to imagine a world where 6,000 tweets are sent out daily. That’s right, daily!

OUr heated Twitter debate was a great segue into our next topic of discussion, NFTs. If you don’t know what non-fungible tokens are, you’re not alone. At its core, an NFT is a unit of data on a digital ledger called a blockchain. Each NFT can represent a unique digital item, and thus they are not interchangeable. Feeling lost? Again, you’re not alone.

Essentially, NFTs allow people to buy and sell the rights to a digital asset, like a jpg, gif, or even a tweet. In fact, Jack Dorsey’s first tweet just sold for $2,900,000 USD. Absolutely wild stuff, right?

In more positive social media news that doesn’t make you question whether moving to Mars might not be a bad idea, Instagram recently added some new tools to protect young users and a new safety guide for parents looking to protect their children online.

The biggest change here is that Instagram will now prevent adults from sending messages to any users under 18 who don’t follow them. Just like there are ways around users under 13 signing up for an Instagram account, I am sure people will find ways around these new restrictions, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.

Missed my chat with Tony? Have a listen below!

Social Media News • Tony McManus on 6PR
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