What’s Trending

Love in all its forms rules social media

Financial Times employee Sarah O’Connor’s tweet about a robot which killed a man in an industrial accident in Germany sparked a wave of responses which made references to the Hollywood movie Terminator (above), which had a female protagonist name
Financial Times employee Sarah O’Connor’s tweet about a robot which killed a man in an industrial accident in Germany sparked a wave of responses which made references to the Hollywood movie Terminator (above), which had a female protagonist named Sarah Connor. PHOTO: COLUMBIA TRISTAR

With close to two billion users every day, social media is by far the biggest platform on which the world interacts in real time. Every week, The Sunday Times picks the topics that have created a buzz online.

REAL-LIFE TERMINATOR?

With a name closely resembling that of the female protagonist in the early Terminator films, you might want to make sure your Tweets do not accidentally reference the films.

An innocent Tweet sent out by Ms Sarah O'Connor from the Financial Times, about an industrial accident where a robot killed a man in Germany, unintentionally triggered a barrage of responses about a robot apocalypse. Ms O'Connor, who later brushed up on her pop culture knowledge, was initially bewildered by replies from others about "Skynet", time travel and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

THE REDDIT BLACKOUT

Users of social networking site Reddit might be familiar with Ms Victoria Taylor, a paid employee who was responsible for coordinating the Ask Me Anything section.

Ms Taylor, who was allegedly abruptly sacked last Friday, had helped facilitate interviews with many trailblazers, including US President Barack Obama, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee.

Many Reddit sections, such as gaming, art, science and music, have gone dark in protest.

  • NOTABLE HASHTAGS

  • ROY NGERNG

    The blogger has been in the news for an ongoing defamation case by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

    Mr Ngerng had earlier cast doubts on how Central Provident Fund savings were managed.

  • #SUNBURNART

    Some sunbathers are turning to sunburn art, a nascent trend to allow the sun to burn a design on their skin. The Skin Cancer Foundation has released a statement against it.

  • #AMOSYEE

    The teen video-blogger is currently at the Institute of Mental Health undergoing further evaluation. In the past week, Taiwanese and Hong Kong activists, as well as Amnesty International, have called for his release.

SUPPORT FOR U.S. RULING

Social media was quick to respond to the landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court last week which recognised same-sex marriages nationwide.

Facebook offered its users a rainbow filter to alter their profile pictures, while Twitter users pushed out about 10 million Tweets with the hashtag #LoveWins over the weekend.

Singaporeans who supported he ruling included theatre practitioner Alvin Tan and Reverend Yap Kim Hao, the first Asian bishop of theMethodist Church.

#ASKELJAMES

A recent question-and-answer session between Fifty Shades Of Grey author EL James and her fans did not quite go as planned.

EL James, whose series of erotic romance novels has been the subject of controversy and parody, was asked many questions, including "Have you ever held a dictionary?" and "I need advice on making a big romantic gesture. Should I put a GPS tracker in her phone and make threats if she tries to leave?"

GOOD SAMARITAN SAVES A LIFE

The 25-year-old who founded Geylang Adventures, an initiative to provide free haircuts to seniors and migrant workers, can add another impressive feat on his resume - saving a life.

On Friday night, Mr Cai Yinzhou posted two photos of his encounter with a man lying along Nicoll Highway. The man was drenched in his own sweat and urine, and told Mr Cai he could be suffering a stroke.

Mr Cai called an ambulance and proceeded to help carry the man over a barrier along the road.

A SAD 'LOVE STORY'

In an effort to illustrate the differences in the width of Housing Board flat corridors to readers, two young reporters headed down to different estates and were photographed walking by each other along the corridors.

While the issue was a serious one, the top comment on our Facebook post was anything but. User Hari Tharan took a light-hearted jab at how the photos seemed to illustrate a sad love story. "They pass by each other at various locations, fate brought them together and yet both were reluctant to say 'hello' ". The post reached 860,000 users and garnered more than 5,000 likes, comments and shares. http://str.sg/QNG

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 05, 2015, with the headline 'What's Trending NOTABLE HASH TAGS Love, in all its forms, rules on social media'. Print Edition | Subscribe