This piece was written by Yvie McCormick, who is currently carrying out work experience at sobananapenguin.
Everyone knows that with a new year comes new fads, and 2016 is no different. We're only halfway through and there are many new social media trends taking the world by storm.
One of the biggest has to be live broadcasting, especially on Facebook. More and more people are starting to share their lives whilst in their homes, at work, at college, and out and about with friends, as well as showcasing talents like singing and dancing. It is most commonly used by Viners, bloggers and mischief-makers, such as Lance Steward who is well known for pranking his grandma, usually with an air horn. Online celebs also use live streaming to run Q&As with their fans and interact with them more closely.
Next, what I believe will never stop trending: emojis and GIFs. This year has brought with it emojis that display almost every possible emotion there is, many of them now available in gold. There are pages and pages of emojis waiting to be used, and on iPhones the categories include Smileys & People, Animals & Nature, Food & Drink and many more. You can now have any conversation using just icons, with the extent to which they can be used made clear in the TV show Pretty Little Liars, with the "Amoji" named after the sinister character known simply as A. Meanwhile, in the real world, the prospect of getting Kim Kardashian emojis has got fans really hyped.
As for GIFs, they've been around for a while, yet never have they been used to the extent they are today. GIFs are moving pictures that repeat after a few seconds, often taken from films but also from everyday situations. They are used in many ways, such as to add at the end of a message, to have a joke with someone, and even as memes that take the online world by storm.
The main purpose of emojis and GIFs is to make social media and communication a bit more fun. And as you’d expect, being endorsed by celebrities makes them even more popular.