How Social Media Won The Election

Election night has come and gone, but there’s a still a lot to learn from the race about how Millennials were involved in making it the most social election ever! Besides election night breaking a record with 20 million tweets, young people have taken to the Web the past few months, sharing political memes, gifs, status updates, and more. Most Millennials will tell you that their newsfeeds have been flooded with election information, and their generation has used Facebook as a forum to express their views via status updates and comments. They’ve been much more involved in the election than they’re given credit for, and in surveying 367 Millennials this past weekend, this became especially clear. Most of all, Gen Y made their interactions around the election social, engaging their peers in political information in accessible and often entertaining ways.

We asked Millennials about their political habits on social media leading up to the election and found that they were most active on Facebook. One-third (35%) said they posted a Facebook status about the election in the past two months and 4 in 10 (41%) commented on someone’s Facebook status about the election. Moreover, a quarter (24%) tweeted about the election and a close percentage (26%) replied to or retweeted someone else’s tweet about the election. Obviously these numbers jumped dramatically on Election Day with nearly 30% of Millennials informing their network who they voted for and millions sharing their thoughts on the outcome. Apparently taking pictures of, or Instagramming your ballot, is illegal in some states, but this idea itself reflects a very Millennial mindset of wanting to document their experiences and excitement about the election across social media.

Moreover, much of the political information among peers has…

 
 

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Why don’t people seem to care as much about fake followers on Instagram as on other platforms? Because while Facebook and Twitter are bashed for feeds full of fake news, no one holds Instagram to the same standard. The image-centric platform is inherently “a hyperreality,” where no one’s candid shot is truly spontaneous, and photo-shop freely fills feeds. Where does it get tricky? With Influencers, who are expected to garner true engagements for brands. (Real Life)

Influencer marketing faced another tricky situation this week when PopSugar replaced influencers’ affiliate links with their own. RewardStyle and its Instagram product LikeToKnow.it’s network of content creators’ photos and sometimes entire feeds “were copied to the site via “thousands of ‘falsified vanity pages’ containing millions of images belonging to the network’s content creators.” The group is planning on seeking a class-action lawsuit on their intellectual property and for the lost revenue that PopSugar made each time a customer clicked to purchase. (Racked)

Colleges are giving out more merit-based aid to win over top students. Tuition discount rates have risen to a record 49.1% for first-time, full-time freshman attending private universities, up over 10% from ten years prior—according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers. By using data-driven analysis to calculate just how much aid is likely to lure a top student in, colleges are seeing success upping their prestige. However, the practice has also “created a closing of the doors for low-income students,” according to one policy analyst. (WSJ)

Apple is betting that young consumers could bring back magazines via a magazine subscription service. The tech company took a gamble by buying Texture, a subscription service for over 200 titles that’s been dubbed the “Netflix of Magazine Publishing.” The app aggregates articles into a single browsing experience, rather than being separated by title, and pays the included publications. Apple has announced plans to integrate the service into their Apple News app, the latest incarnation of their less-than-successful Newsstand app. (Bloomberg)

Function of Beauty is customizing hair care, blending up shampoo and conditioner for each customer based off a five-question quiz. Beauty companies big and small have hopped on the Customization Nation trend, and Function of Beauty takes that to the next level with their hyper-personalized hair care set. They're customizing everything from the fragrance to the chemical components, and even going so far as to print the purchaser’s name on each product. The founder explains, "Every single person is unique and different...why negate that instead of catering to it?" (Paper)

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