Weekly Social Pulse, Week of 9/11

Bitmoji Comes to Life with Snapchat World Lenses: Snapchat just took Bitmoji to a whole new level by allowing users to place their customized characters into the real world as 3D animated cartoons. It’s pretty fascinating to watch what was once essentially a sticker now doing things like riding a skateboard, doing yoga, hanging around the water cooler, etc. The update further solidifies Snapchat’s decision to acquire Bitmoji last year. You have to try it. Have to. (LINK)


Facebook ‘Snooze’ Button: Sick of a friend’s non-stop vacation photos or political rants? Bored of hearing about some business Page’s big launch? Now Facebook has a Snooze button that lets you temporarily unfollow friends, Pages or Groups for 24 hours, 7 days or 30 days. To initiate the feature, users can simply tap the drop-down arrow in the top right of someone’s post. Now instead of just an unfollow option, it looks like there may be a “Unfollow or Snooze” feature coming. (LINK)


Crayola Debuts New Crayon Color: Crayola announced the name of its new blue crayon Thursday, which colored our news feeds this week. Bluetiful was the top pick of fans during two months of online voting, beating out Dreams Come Blue, Blue Moon Bliss, Reach for the Stars and Star Spangled Blue. The crayon maker received nearly 90,000 name submissions before narrowing it down to five. Bluetiful will make its debut later this year. It’s replacing the recently retired color, dandelion. Nice strategy for staying culturaly relevant, Crayola. (LINK)


Geniuses Who Think Google’s Facebook Page is a Search Engine: A video has emerged online compiling mistaken posts on Google’s Facebook page. Surprising or not, many users have come to think that simply entering text on the wall of the brand-specific page will yield the results they desire from the actual search site. Unfortunately for them, their queries have simply provided an odd window for the rest of the world to watch what is going on inside their minds. The video even includes a custom soundtrack to further detail these strange posts, like “Can baking soda improve my face?” (LINK)


‘Monkey Selfie’ Legal Fight Finally Settled: A photographer has settled a two-year legal fight against an animal rights group over a “monkey selfie” picture. Naruto the macaque monkey took the image in the Indonesian jungle in 2011 when it picked up a camera owned by David Slater. U.S. judges had said copyright protection could not be applied to the monkey, but PETA said the animal should benefit. Slater said he put in a lot of effort to take the photo which was more than enough for him to claim copyright. Say “Bananas!” (LINK)