In this edition: American web users react to president Obama’s State of the Union address; a Russian website highlights corruption in the Sochi Olympics; and Swedish marines dancing to Grease.
USA: WEB USERS REACT TO STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
Barack Obama's State of the Union address was widely followed by American web users. Twitter has announced the annual speech to Congress saw the microblogging service record some 1,700,000 tweets relating to the address.
The US president's reference to popular TV series “Mad Men” during his section on equal pay for women received the most comments, with over 33 000 tweets posted in the space of a minute.
And then came his vow to raise the minimum wage to 10 dollars and 10 cents per hour, despite fierce opposition from Republican lawmakers. The democrats are hoping to gain public support by campaigning via social networks under the #RaiseTheWage hashtag. Countless Americans, like these restaurant waiters, have retweeted the phrase and told of their difficulties in making ends meet.
Barack Obama has also promised to respond directly to web users questions about his speech. Questions can be submitted via social media platforms under the #AskObama2014 hashtag. The president will take to ‘Google Hangouts’ on Friday to chat with citizens from different parts of the country.
RUSSIAN ACTIVIST LAUNCHES SOCHI CORRUPTION WEBSITE
With just over a week to go until the Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony, all eyes are on the Russian city of Sochi. As we can see from these images recently posted online by Google and Digital Globe, the seaside resort has undergone a massive transformation in order to host the event. But behind this façade of prestig... Go on reading on our web site.
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