This Week In Social: Amazon Server Outage, T-Mobile Launches Free Facebook Calls, Facebook Upgrades Safety Features

By Rob McNair

Amazon Server Outage, T-Mobile Launches Free Facebook Calls, Facebook Upgrades Safety Features, Facebook Studio Unveiled YouTube Announce Royal Wedding to be Streamed Live, Obama at Facebook Streamed Live and Facebook Status Helps Build a Boat

Amazon Server Outage Brings Down Social Sites

Cloud computing is all well and good until something goes wrong, Reddit, Wildfire, Quora, Hootsuite and FourSquare are just some of the sites that have suffered from the Amazon server outage causing them to go down completely this week.



T-Mobile Launches Free Mobile Voice Calls Via Facebook


The new Bobsled application provides Facebook’s more than 500 million users worldwide with free, one-touch calling to their Facebook friends from a personal computer and through the social platform’s chat window. With Bobsled, T-Mobile is giving voice to social networking.

Facebook Release New Suite of Safety Features

Facebook have this week released the newly redesigned Family Safety Centre. There, you’ll be able to find useful articles for parents and teens and videos on safety and privacy, as well as many other resources. Facebook have also unveiled a new social reporting tool that allows users to notify a member of their community, in addition to Facebook, when they see something they don’t like. Two Factor Authentication is also being introduced aimed at preventing unauthorized access to your account.

Facebook Studio Unveiled


This week saw the release of Facebook Studio, designed as a place to learn, share your work, and find inspiration. It was created as a way to showcase how agencies and marketers can make an impact by marketing with Facebook. Here you’ll find great creative ideas from around the world, as well as the resources you need to find answers and create your own campaigns.

Royal Wedding to be Streamed Live on YouTube


The Royal Household has announced that footage of the entire ceremony will be live streamed on their official YouTube Channel. The live stream will begin at 10:00am GMT on Friday, April 29, and will follow the wedding procession, marriage ceremony at Westminster Abbey and balcony kiss. Alongside the live stream, The Royal Channel will also feature live blog commentary of the event to give timely updates and insights as the day unfolds.

Obama at Facebook Streamed Live


President Barack Obama and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat down at Facebook headquarters this afternoon to have a Town Hall meeting that was streamed live to the Web.


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Facebook Status Helps Build a Boat


Last year Manila resident Jay Jabonetta found that 200 primary school children on the island of Layag-Layag had to swim half a mile to the mainland school each day. Shocked by this Jay posted this as his status on Facebook. Close friend and marketing expert Josiah Go saw the status and was so touched he immediately started a fundraising campaign. The Zamboanga fund raised $1,618 and decided to spend the money building a boat for the children. The boat, named Bagong Pag-asa, or “New Hope,” gives children free rides to school during the week.

Will you be making the most of T-Mobile’s free voice calls? Are you going to be watching the Royal Wedding live on YouTube? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…

This post was written by Rob McNair

Rob has experience advising some of the worlds most iconic brands. He thrives on helping improving social media knowledge within organisations with the ultimate goal of making theirs brands more social, transparent and accountable.