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Blog / 20 Dec 2016

#Newsfeed: Facebook delivers one more Christmas present; Twitter to live stream Golden Globes red carpet; Pop superstar teases new music with Instagram Stories

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Plus why the internet is breathing a sigh of relief.

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In what is fast feeling like Facebook’s “12 Days of Christmas”, yet another product announcement has been made – this time introducing Group Video Chat in Messenger. Both mobile and desktop versions of the messaging service will receive the update, which will allow up to six people at a time to speak and see one another (although up to 50 friends can join in and choose to just listen in and join via voice, or be on camera).

Read more on the official Facebook blog here.

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is aligning itself with the 21st century, and allowing the 2017 Golden Globes’ red carpet to be streamed live on Twitter. The January 8 event will utilise both the Twitter Moments and the official Golden Globes Twitter account, and include a combination of exclusive interviews with celebrities, celebrity content from Twitter, and the live video feed from the red carpet event.

Read more here.

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Katy Perry has teased some new music via Instagram Stories overnight. Some keen Katy Kats were quick to share the footage, which includes audio and lyric samples of two new songs.

Read the full story here.

Thinking about sharing your top Instagram content from 2016? The Next Web has identified two great tools for doing so. For a simple animated slideshow GIF of your most popular posts, use Instagfy. If you want to stick to a more classic approach, #16bestof16, will generate a grid containing 16 of your best shots from 2016. Just type in instagram.16bestof16.photos/[insert your Instagram handle here] into your browser and let the loading commence.

Compare the two tools here.

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The best things in life are free – and the team at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival are delivering the goods to music fans. Launching a new podcast called “Laneway Presents Side Of Stage”, the free interview series is hosted by event co-founder Danny Rogers and A&R man Dom O’Connor, and offers fans an insight into the music industry.

Read the full story here.

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Social media was in a slight panic yesterday, with Keith Richards becoming a trending topic. Presuming the worst (2016 has been a shocker of a year afterall), fans were relieved to discover it was in relation to the rocker’s birthday, rather than his demise.

Read some of the heart-stopping reactions here.

One Minnesota man took it upon himself to address a malfunctioning advertisement at a bus stop, creating a video of himself dancing to the soundtrack of Skrillex’s “Kill Everybody.”

Watch the bus rave party here.

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JADEN JAM: On this day back in 1957, Elvis Presley received his U.S. Army draft notice.

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