What’s happening @Twitter? One minute, it’s laughing into the void. 2:57 Tags Twitter can’t believe no one got that I changed my twitter handle cuz I left for new york city— hey there Drelilah (@DreRonayne) January 10, 2019 Hahahahahahahaha— Twitter (@Twitter) January 8, 2019 Twitter’s new voice, which comes as the 12-year-old service is losing users, is drawing both praise and criticism. Some users are getting a good laugh from interacting with the corporate account, with @Twitter tweeting “You. In emojis” and “knock, knock.” But Twitter’s social media strategy has baffled some digital marketing experts who say it does little to repair the company’s bruised image or attract new users. Twitter reported 326 million monthly active users worldwide in the third quarter, a drop of 9 million users compared with the previous quarter. The company attributed the decline in part to its crackdown on bots, spam and malicious accounts.At a time when a photo of a brown egg is the most-liked photo on Instagram, some social media experts also see the cryptic tweets as an attempt by Twitter to grab the attention of a younger audience.Teens spend a lot of time on social media, meaning companies need to attract those users to continue their growth. Twitter makes money by showing targeted ads to users who engage daily on its site. 0 Taking advantage of the WTF moment, Twitter left it up to users to interpret the tweet, as if it was a work of modern art. “People really related to an empty space,” @Twitter said. Some commented on the tweet with remarks like “My bank balance on Monday” and “My soul”, and even with a photo of a blank piece of paper. Twitter is keeping the identity of its tweeters a secret, saying only “a few little birds” tweet from the @Twitter account. Dorsey isn’t one of them.”No one wants ‘edit button’ shouted at them in the street,” @Twitter quipped in an email when I asked why they wanted to stay anonymous. Twitter users often ask the company for a way to edit their tweets.Peter Wood, group director of the content lab at digital marketing agency 360i, said that with millions of users worldwide, the company has to find some “unifying way” to chat with its audience without excluding users in certain areas. He thinks the tweets are “very light-hearted” and “fun.””It just seems like they want to play with their audience,” Wood said. Laughter, after all, is universal.When Twitter tweeted “Hahahahahahahaha,” Twitter user @flashbackgray responded with “Can’t relate.” The Twitter user, who wants to remain anonymous, said in a direct message he wasn’t “feeling so good” that day. @Twitter fired back with the cheeky remark “Come back to it later.” It just seems like they want to play with their audience. Peter Wood, of digital marketing agency 360i Shama Hyder, CEO and founder of marketing firm Zen Media, said Twitter’s approach is “a little tongue-and-cheek.””At the same time, they’re trying a little too hard to make Twitter cool, edgy and relevant,” Hyder said. “This has always been Twitter’s challenge, by the way. They have a great platform, but they’ve never quite known what direction to take it in.”Guy Kawasaki, a former marketing executive at Apple, called Twitter’s tweets “pathetic” and “vacuous.” Instead, Twitter’s corporate account should set the “gold standard” for how to use social media.”With power comes responsibility,” said Kawasaki, who has nearly 1.5 million followers and has been tweeting since 2007. “And when you have the power of [56 million] followers, you would think you would do something useful.”The @Twitter account has tweeted phrases like “Weekends spark joy,” “Mmhmmmm,” “Awkward,” “The” and even nothing. That blank tweet on Nov. 29 was shared more than 61,200 times and garnered more than 222,100 likes. Roughly 15,000 users replied to the tweet. Twitter CEO and NBA head talk latest tech partnership Ronayne’s tweet and her username was a nod to the song Hey There Delilah by the Plain White T’s.”What’s it like there?,” @Twitter asked, referencing lyrics from the song. “Wish you weren’t a thousand miles away,” she responded with the next line of the song. At first, Ronayne was taken aback because she didn’t follow the @Twitter account. She also didn’t use the @ sign to alert the company about her tweet. Still, Twitter’s response gave her a good laugh. “I just found it really funny that they understood the joke in my tweet,” she said. “and went along with it.”Hahahahahahahaha.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game. Share your voice Last week, @Twitter tweeted “brb.” Users chimed in. Bring back food, poop or some edit buttons, they said. At one point, Twitter said it was grabbing pizza “with no pineapple.”The goal of the @Twitter account is to “spark conversation,” according to the company. So far, that seems to be working.The amount of likes and retweets @Twitter received totaled 5.3 million from Sept. 1 to Jan. 23, up from 449,000 interactions in the preceding five-month period, according to CrowdTangle data. Twitter also said the number of replies to its tweets has grown 14 times.Dre Ronayne, a 23-year-old YouTuber from Los Angeles, changed her Twitter name to “hey there Drelilah” after she traveled to New York for work. The next minute, the social media site’s own Twitter account acts like your parents.”Go to sleep,” @Twitter told the account’s nearly 56 million followers on Jan. 10 at 8:30 p.m. PT. Tweets from @Twitter are meant to reflect “the lighter, more conversational nature” of the social network. Through absurdist humor and a dash of mystery, more than 70 of the company’s tweets posted since September are aimed at encouraging people to tweet more. That’s why the company prompts its own users to post with the question “what’s happening?””Tweets can stem from anything from a trend or joke we are seeing from Twitter users, to something going on in the world,” a Twitter spokeswoman said in a statement.But like Facebook and other tech firms, Twitter and its CEO, Jack Dorsey, are under fire for not doing enough to combat harassment, hate speech and the spread of misinformation on their platforms by Russian trolls during the 2016 US presidential election. In September Dorsey spent hours before Congress defending Twitter from allegations of political bias, and he pledged to improve the “health” of the platform. They’re trying a little too hard to make Twitter cool, edgy and relevant. 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Now playing: Watch this: 0 1:59 You decide: Is the app cheesy? Or a gas? (Excuse us.) Baskoro Lanjar Prasetyo/Getty Images They say there’s an app for everything. Now there really is. A new app has now been released called Fartr, and it’s exactly what you’re thinking. The program lets you record, analyze and share your farts. Fartr cuts through the old taboos and calls itself the “official app of the body positive movement.”All you need to do is hold anywhere on the screen and, well, pass gas (preferably away from your loved ones or strangers) to make a recording. Fartr interprets the audio with a special algorithm and analyzes your flatulence based on volume, length, pitch and rhythm. The app will also provide a unique description of the “sound.” Fartr might describe it like a tuba, a flute or “two farts holding hands,” according to the app’s description. The fun doesn’t stop there. Next, you’ll get your Fartr score, which can be shared by way of text, email or social media if you’re particularly proud or competitive. Post a comment Share your voice Tags “At Fartr, we believe flatulence can be beautiful and unique, and we have built an app to capture that,” the company said in a release on Thursday.It’s $2 to take part in this potty humor, but a percentage of the proceeds are donated to causes that support Crohn’s and Colitis research, the release said. Fartr is available on Android and iOS. Get started with animoji on iPhone X Mobile Applications
Film festivals are often described as a melting pot of cultures and that’s exactly what the much revered Indian Film Festival of Melbourne stands for. Taking their theme of courage forward, the year’s most notable Tamil film Super Deluxe is all set to be screened at the festival. The film, directed by Thiagarajan Kumararaja, has been nominated in the Best Actor, Best Director and Best Film categories at the event and has been hailed as the bravest film to come off Tamil cinema in a long time.Since IFFM is symbolic of the celebration of Indian cinema, it was necessary that the curated films be representative of the current wave of cinema in the country.Festival Director Mitu Bhowmick says, “In times of social media, when films can be consumed in a personal space, we are viewing films regardless of the language they are made in. Super Deluxe became an instant hit and the social media couldn’t stop raving about its nuanced treatment. It is essential for the world to see Indian cinema as more than just Hindi films. Though the explosion since Bahubali has rightly moved the focus to films made in regional languages, a broader audience have to be exposed to gems like Super Deluxe to understand the real power and potential of Indian films. It was, thus, essential for me to bring this beautiful film to the Indian audience in Melbourne. The film’s leading actor Vijay Sethupathi, actress Gayathri and the director Thiagarajan Kumararaja will also be at the festival to talk about this wonderful film”.Considered to be the right blend of pop culture and philosophy, the film’s director is equally excited to take his baby to a whole new set of viewers. He said, “An artistic work gives pleasure in two phases 1. When it is made 2. When it is consumed. I am very happy that Super Deluxe is transcending territories and language barriers. I’m looking forward to being at IFFM Australia” A poster from Vijay Sethupathi’s Super Deluxe.PR Handout RelatedVijay Sethupathi to play Muttiah Muralitharan in Sri Lankan legend’s biopic: ReportSpider-Man: Far From Home strikes gold in Chennai, outperforms Raatchasi and Kalavani 2Amala Paul’s nude act in Aadai costs Vijay Sethupathi’s VSP33; actress breaks silence on unceremonious ousting
An 18-year-old married woman was crushed to death by a speeding truck, which hit the motorbike on which she was pillion riding, in South Delhi’s Sarita Vihar area on Sunday night. Two other persons – her husband and sister-in-law – also suffered injuries but were reported to be in a stable condition by Monday evening.The deceased was identified as Shilpi (18). She was reportedly pillion riding with her husband, Govind (24), on a motorcycle. Govind’s sister, Babita (14) was sitting between Govind and Shilpi. The accident was reported around 11.30 pm as they were heading for their residence in Sant Nagar in Old Faridabad, said a police official. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreHe further said that they were hit by a speeding truck from the back and Shilpi, consequently fell off the motorbike. She landed under the gigantic wheels of the truck, which dragged her across a few metres on the road. She died on the spot and her skull was split open.Locals gathered immediately and one of them informed the police. All three of them were rushed to the AIIMS Trauma Centre, where Shilpi was declared brought dead and the other two were admitted with several injuries. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedLocals also got hold of the truck driver, identified as Raj Kumar (44) and handed him over to the police. Raj Kumar is a resident of Panipat. He was taken for a medical test, but he was not found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. A case under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 304A (causing death by negligence) of IPC was registered immediately at the Sarita Vihar Police Station.“It is also not clear whether the pillion riders were wearing helmets or not. It is possible that Shilpi’s helmet – if she was wearing one, was crushed due to the immense pressure,” said the police official.The three of them – Govind, Shilpi and Babita – had gone to visit Shilpi’s parents at Ganesh Nagar near East Delhi’s Mother Dairy area and they were approaching Faridabad through the Aasram Chowk, intending to take the Mathura Road.
Come November, winter in Calcutta will get warm and cozy as the culture capital gets set to witness the first ever International poetry extravaganza. The festival presented by The Chair Literary Trust will host poets from across the world and some from our home too. The stellar lineup of poets who will be part of these evenings are, Vladimir Matinovski (Macedonia), John W Sexton (Ireland), Miriam Van hee (Belgium), Alfred Schaffer (Netherlands), Les Wicks (Australia), Barbara Pogacnik (Slovenia), Yekta (France), C P Surendran, K Satchidanandan, Nitoo Das, Rajesh Joshi, Arun Kamal, Manglesh Dabral, Subodh Sarkar and Binayak Bandopadhyay. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The festival aims at building consciousness through poetry. Art and Poetry are the expressions of human consciousness. We endeavor to bring together the civil society in an interaction with thoughts, ideas, and questions related to human existence,” festival director Tushar Dhawal Singh said. “As the planet becomes progressively anxious with sociopolitical, radical, cultural, ethnonational skirmishes, we consider the role of Poetry as a restorative and a potent mean of diffusing values and experiences – all the more pertinent”, festival co-director Sonnet Mondal added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe inaugural programme of the fest will take place on November 23 at Rotary Sadan Hall, followed by Calcutta Heritage Bungalow readings, Walk through the City and readings at Sasha’s studio on November 24. The finale, November 25, will be a floating event with poetry on the cruise over the river Ganges.The trust has also declared a ‘Poet in residence program’ to be hosted in Kolkata during the winter months. The residency will host two to three poets from across the globe where they would be offered a stay for a month in the city with a scholarship to cover up their costs in the city. The poets will also be offered an opportunity to present public readings in the city. During their stay, the poets will interact for a cultural exchange with culturally interested people, artists, organizations, and writers in West Bengal.
Friday, November 16, 2018 Tags: Agent Incentives, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts TORONTO — Bahia Principe’s first-ever travel agent appreciation event took place in Toronto last night, with close to 100 of its most loyal agents in attendance despite the city’s first major snowfall.But the snow simply added to the night’s festivities, which also included a glamourous photo wall, photo props, prizes and hors d’oeuvres at Labora restaurant. Bahia Principe’s top supplier partners, including Transat, were also in attendance to thank travel agents for their continued support, particularly during a year marred by hurricanes and tropical storms.“This night isn’t about us, it’s about you,” said Dennis Vondenhoff, Regional Sales Director, Caribbean & Mexico at Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts. “We want to thank you for your support this year, which may not have been an easy year.”Helen Montijano, VP Sales & Marketing, USA & Canada, also told Travelweek that nearly 90% of Bahia Principe’s bookings are done through travel agents.“Travel agents are so important to us as that is where we get the majority of our bookings. The support we receive from agents in Canada is tremendous, and to thank them we have launched a rewards program. We want to thank agents as well as want them to come and stay with us,” she said.L-R: Susan Nunez, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts; Brad Dean, Quadra Innovations Group, Erin Oddleifson, Transat; Michael Price, Quadra Innovations Group; Dennis Vondenhoff, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts; Paula DeCampos, Transat; and Vera Pinto, Transat.Through the BP Rewards program, Bahia Principe offers incentives via its proprietary points system, with awards based on bookings. For example, 100-125 points are given for each room booked, and can be used towards free stays, spa discounts and other perks.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesTo entice agents to join the program, Bahia Principe is offering 1,000 welcome points simply for signing up.“The rewards program offers partners the information and tools necessary to be provide their clients with exceptionally planned vacations, and the opportunity to ‘experience happiness’,” said Montijano. “It is the best tool we offer to keep the travel agent community informed, and to show them our appreciation for their continued loyalty.”Bahia Principe also offers a brand centre that holds brochures, fact sheets, presentations, logos and more, which agents can download directly from its site. “Additionally, we are constantly coordinating and hosting interactive webinars to discuss brand updates,” Montijano added.For winter 2018/2019, the resort company is reminding agents of its four newly launched hotel categories and experiences aimed at differentiating properties to cater to differing client needs. These include: Luxury Bahia Principe, the brand’s most luxurious properties; Grand Bahia Principe, which features five-star hotels; Sunlight Bahia Principe, featuring all of the brand’s Spain-based properties; and Fantasia Bahia Principe, family-friendly themed hotels.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA Sales“The goal of the reorganization was also to simplify the selection for guests,” said Montijano. “We urge agents to take advantage of this new breakdown when advising clients and to familiarize themselves with it.”In addition to categorizing resorts by their individual personalities, Bahia Principe further defined its offering by ‘experience’, emphasizing the specific characteristics that make them unique:Treasure experience focuses on hotels in unique and off-the-beaten path locations that are ideal for clients seeking remote tranquilityEscape experience is for properties where amenities and experiences are curated specifically for adultsFamily & Friends offers a wholesome experience featuring family-driven programing for varying age groupsDuring a short presentation, the Bahia Principe team also encouraged agents to keep its various properties top of mind during the winter booking season. These include Fantasia Bahia Principe Punta Cana, a family-friendly themed resort, and Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar, a fully renovated resort for adults only in Punta Cana that features modern rooms, newly added swim-up suites, refurbished restaurants, and a new coffee shop, sports bar and gym. The newly rebranded Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine in Punta, an adults-only property, also offers updated amenities and revitalized entertainment options.Bahia Principe also offers four additional properties in Samana: Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado, Luxury Bahia Principe Samana, Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa, and Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo.For more information go to bahia-principe.com. Posted by Share Agents come first: Bahia Principe thanks partners for their strong sales Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>