A Mustard Minute: 12 December 2014

December 14, 2014

It’s time again for our weekly wrap up of trending news and social media happenings on the web this week. Let’s review…

  1. Instagram has overtaken Twitter in the number of growing monthly active users. One theory of its success is because is due to its “nice factor” – or, that doesn’t contain those breaking news stories that make a Twitter feed look like a war zone. Another reason may be that it’s owned by Facebook, which has an audience of 1.35 billion.

twitter and instagram logos overlapping
Image Source: appadvice.com

  1. Hinge has raised $12 million to take on Tinder in the dating app market.

hinge app in an iphone
Image Source: wired.com

  1. Move over Yo. Meet Yo, Bitch. Aaron Paul’s (Breaking Bad) new app, now featuring Christmas-themed callouts such as “Merry Christmas, bitch”, and “let it snow, bitch”.

aaron paul
Image Source: John Shearer/Invision/Associated Press via mashable.com

  1. A Hungarian design student created the coolest Harry Potter covers. They even glow in the dark!

harry potter glow in the dark book design
Image Source: KINCSŐ NAGY via mashable

  1. Speaking of Potter – sad news, Potterheads. J.K. Rowling isn’t releasing 12 new books on Pottermore for Christmas. “Sorry to disappoint fans, but…even Pottermore wouldn’t be that generous.”

pottermore facebook post about the Twelve New Stories for Christmas media reports
Image Source: facebook.com

  1. Best Buy is hit by a Twitter storm over an insensitive tweet referencing the popular podcast Serial. For those who haven’t been roped in by the cold case investigation series, Best Buy was the location of where a murder supposedly took place 15 years ago. They apologized within the hour.

best buy serial tweet
best buy serial apology tweet
Image Source: twitter.com

  1. The Golden Globe nominees have been announced!

golden globe nominees announcement 2014
Image Source: goldenglobes.com

  1. In post-Movember spirit, Lumbersexual men are Christmas-ising their beards…with Beard Baubles.

christmas baubles on a man's beard
Image Source: adweek.com

  1. The Pantone colour of 2015 has been announced – and we approve. And not just because it sounds like something that belongs in The Lion King.

marsala colour by pantone Colour of the Year 2015
Image Source: pantone.com

  1. And finally, YouTube’s epic #YouTubeRewind “celebrating the moments, memes and people that made 2014.”