Social Media Round Up – The battle of the airlines and #ComicSans

Twitter update

After deciding to stop counting photos, videos and GIFs in its 140 characters limit last year, Twitter is now doing even more to ensure users can really say what’s on their minds. The social network giant has recently announced that Tweeps’ usernames will no longer count towards the 140 character limit when responding to a tweet. The username of the person (or multiple people) you are responding to will now appear above the tweet which will allow more precious characters for free flowing conversations. 

Tweeters react to ‘legsit’ 

The Daily Mail was in hot water with the British public this week after a sexist front page headline (we’ve all seen it and we won’t give it any more air time here). Twitter users, in the way only they can, responded in two ways. One: with scorn – the likes of Jeremy Corbyn posting “It’s 2017. This sexism must be consigned to history. Shame on the Daily Mail”. And two: by belittling the national newspaper with humorous posts, notably responding by simply posting photos of their own legs. Bravo Tweeters!

Battle of the airlines

This week United Airlines received backlash on social media after two girls were stopped from boarding a flight because they were wearing leggings. After a fellow passenger tweeted about the situation, a number of celebrities have since responded by tweeting at the airline about the policy which polices the way women dress. The airline is standing by its decision on preventing the customers from boarding the flight, defending the dress code for ‘pass travellers’ (those who fly using a family member’s discounted or complimentary ticket). 
 
In response to the drama on social media, competitor airline, Delta tweeted saying “Flying Delta means comfort. (That means you can wear your leggings)”, a metaphorical slap in the face to United Airlines. We are certainly #teamDelta in this battle of the airlines!

#ComicSans

There’s no doubt that Comic Sans has been made the outcast of the font world, but this week the inventor of the playful typeface spoke to The Guardian about how and why he created it. It may not come as a surprise to many that the font was initially inspired by a children’s cartoon with the creator, Vincent Connare, wanting to make a fun font for “cheery messages” such as parties and birthday events. Connare admitted to receiving a lot of backlash from the public wanting to ‘ban’ the font and it being labelled as the ‘most hated text’. 

In response to the article, the hashtag #ComicSans trended on Twitter as it seems everyone has their own opinion on the font. One user tweeted: “Comic Sans and Daily Mail both trending which is ironic because The Daily Mail should be typed in Comic Sans” andanother saying: “We cannot expect to evolve as a species until the Comic Sans font is rooted from our society”. While a small part of us feels bad for Connare, he did admit in the article to using never once using the font himself.

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