What's Trending with Brett Whitmarsh 03/17/16

He's no Dear Abby, but we do bring him all of our social media questions.207's Social Media Contributor, Brett Whitmarsh, shares his advice and a few trending videos.

He’s no Dear Abby, but we do bring him all of our social media questions.

207’s Social Media Contributor, Brett Whitmarsh, shares his advice and a few trending videos. 

You're really geeking out about a new feature on Facebook, Facebook Live. We’ve seen Tom Johnston and Todd Gutner do this a lot and other folks at the station, but you’re saying everyone can do this now?

I love this. Facebook has opened up the option for every user on an iPhone, iPad or Android device to be able to do live video on Facebook. This option was exclusively only available for celebrities or folks who were verified, but now with one quick tap, you can do it yourself. This is Facebook’s answer to other live streaming apps like Periscope or Meerkat and they’ve seen lots of success.

Well speaking of Facebook Live, you used it so we could we’re trying something new tonight. You’re going to answer some social media etiquette questions from our viewers that we got from Facebook Live. Let’s start with this:

Jen from Norway asks:

“Simple and general Facebook de-escalation tips. How to calm yourself or someone else down before things either get said that shouldn't have or before things really start to get out of hand?”

Kirk from Newmarket asked a good question: When is it OK to post spoilers?

This is actually a tough one. Stephen King actually got a lot of flack for a spoiler shortly after he joined Twitter, but the TV show had aired and the plot was in a book for many years. So was he in the wrong? The main school of thought is, if the show is currently on TV, and you don’t want it spoiled, avoid social media until the noise dials back. But once the episode airs, it’s pretty safe the spoilers are out there and can strike. You can try asking your friends, or stay offline, but really after 24 hours it’s fair game to post spoilers. Now anything like a show on Netflix of Hulu is different as we have no idea when people are watching. Shows like those, you need to wait months.

Another Jennifer, from New Durham asks: What do you do when someone you know uses your photo as their banner without asking and without giving credit?

Well for starters, that’s really rude. Don’t do that to someone. Ask permission and give credit. But, if this does happen, private message the person and politely ask them to not do that, take it down or give you the credit for the image.

Our last advice question, comes from Nicole. She asks: What do you do when you’ve accidentally said something you shouldn’t have when you didn’t realize you were in a group chat or message the wrong person by accident?

You’ve got two options: Own up to it and apologize or try very hard to make a joke out of it and hope for the best. Often times our comment’s meanings get lost over social media. Sarcasm is very hard to pull off in text. So play it off as a joke, but really, just be honest.

Alright, before you go though, some trending videos for us. Starting with a well dressed horse?

The Cheltenham Festival is this weekend in the UK and is said to be like our Kentucky Derby. This year, racing horse Morestead, is going in style in the word’s first tweet suit designed for a racing horse. It was designed by Harris Tweed. Participants at the festival are known for being decked out in Tweed, the folks in the video say roughly 200 miles of tweet are worn there.  

You also have a series of baby elephants that just want hugs?

The Huffington Post compiled this video, now at 77 million views, of baby elephants that think they’re lap dogs. They note that baby elephants can start at 200 pounds.

And you’re leaving us tonight with a dog playing with a baby bunny?

With over 2 million views on Facebook, Meg the 11-year-old yellow lab, sounds some quality time becoming BFF’s with the baby bunny named Little John Stamos.

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