WeChat healthcare, World Cup fever and GIFs on Twitter | This Week in Social Media

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Many people could (and do) say there is room for improvement when it comes to healthcare. This is no different in China where doctors have even been attacked over patient frustration due to excessive wait times and alleged cases of bribery from doctors, among other things. Now, some officials are now looking at ways to alleviate the anger by improving efficiency with the use of  China’s most popular mobile messaging app, WeChat.

By posting WeChat QR codes in a hospital, users may scan the code to connect to the hospital’s WeChat account to view information about specialists, make appointments and even pre-pay registration and medication fees. As if that weren’t enough, patients can even order a taxi to get home quicker!

World Cup fever takes over social media

Unless you live under a rock, you are probably aware that the World Cup is currently taking place in Brazil. Though Americans are traditionally less enthusiastic about soccer, or futbol, America’s win over Ghana this week undoubtedly made it to your newsfeed. After all, nearly 5 million tweets about the game were sent out, which was also the highest-rated World Cup game to ever air on ESPN.

It’s likely that Sunday’s game against Portugal to advance into the next round will generate even more buzz and excitement from the good ol’ U.S. of A.

Of course, this IS social media and the internet, where things are not always roses and teddy bears. The reigning World Cup champions from Spain were dealt a humilating 2-0 defeat by Chile, launching a worldwide meme-centered mockery of the Spaniards.

GIFs finally arrive on Twitter!

Finally, this week, GIFs are now available for use on Twitter! The feature was teased a few weeks ago, but now you can officially post all the GIFs you like to your heart’s content. We’re pretty excited about this. Here’s how you can get in on the fun.