The Weekly Spread: Instagram Records, Facebook Anxiety, Baby Hashtag, and Defriendtion

We’ve gathered the most relevant, noteworthy, interesting (and sometimes ridiculous) social media stories and tips of the week to keep you in the loop. Here’s what you missed:

Instagram confirmed our obsession with food pictures by breaking all kinds of records on Thanksgiving.  Ten million photos were shared at a rate of 226 per second, making it the busiest day in history for the photo sharing service.

According to a new study, your popularity on Facebook is probably stressing you out. New research suggests the more Facebook friends you have, the more anxious you may be.  

In other news, the Obama administration is taking to Twitter to battle over the year-end “fiscal cliff.” 

Speaking of Twitter, it turned out to be huge Black Friday flop. Less than 1% of sales were generated from social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

On the other hand, social media now accounts for 18% of the time we spend online

In awkward news, a bug on Facebook caused users to find themselves re-engaged with groups that they had either left or been removed from.   

Speaking of awkward, someone decided to name their baby Hashtag.

In other social news, Facebook is trying to gather more data about you. The social network seems extra motivated to get your credit card information and physical address in their re-launch of Gifts

Speaking of motivated, LinkedIn is trying to attract some large-scale marketing campaigns. The professional social network announced a new Ads API on Wednesday

In related news, it turns out Facebook ads really do work.  Samsung’s three week ad campaign for the Galaxy 3S smartphone generated $129 million in sales, a 13-times return on the $10 million ad buy.

And in closing, we all have friends who post questionable activities on Facebook and sometimes they need to be called out. Thanks to the new app, Defriendtion, you can do just that. 

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