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The week in hashtags: #BlackLivesMatter, #TheSunLogic, #OstentatiousBreastfeeding, #Love

Lauren Bravo Features, Social networking, Twitter Leave a Comment

Twitter was angry for a lot of good reasons this week – and funny for plenty more too. Tag along with our round-up of the week's trends.   #BlackLivesMatter, #CrimingWhileWhite Only a week after the outcome of the Michael Brown case sparked anger and disbelief across Twitter, another grand jury decision – this time not to…

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Is the golden age of Twitter over? Why nobody retweets anymore

Lauren Bravo Features, Social networking, Twitter, Twitter, Uncategorized 1 Comment

‘My very best gag about [X] and not a single retweet? You lot don’t deserve me!’ – another day, another person on my timeline. They may seem cheerfully self-deprecating, but under the faux outrage of those tweets there bristles a real insecurity (I’ve decided) about their place on the platform, and the future of Twitter. After…

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Somebody: Miranda July’s new social networking app is wonderfully pointless

Lauren Bravo Apps, Fashion, Features, Film, Gadgets & Apps, iPhone, Social networking, Style Leave a Comment

You’re either the type of person who will find Somebody, the new social networking iPhone app from writer and filmmaker Miranda July, incredibly lovely and charming, or the type of person who will want to throw a shoe at it. Based on the idea that ‘when you can’t be there… Somebody can’, the app bequeaths…

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10 social network ideas that might just make us rich

Lauren Bravo Features, Fun Stuff, Social networking 1 Comment

When Miranda July’s truly social new app Somebody launched last week, it inspired a vast spectrum of responses – ranging from ‘MY HEART IS WARMED AND HUMANITY IS SAVED’ to ‘strangers keep hugging me and now I hate the world more,’ with a lot of ‘but… why?’ in the middle. Meanwhile, we were thinking: what…

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Are you a giver or a taker? Find out with your Twitter account!

Hayley Minn Fun Stuff, Social networking Leave a Comment

Ever wondered just how selfish you really are? A new website has been launched which assesses whether you are a 'giver' or a 'taker', based on your Twitter activity. Fundraising platform, Give as you Live launched the quirky site to assess visitors' social 'giver' or 'taker' status, taking into account a number of selfishness indicators…

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Photo urges people to leave burning building before live-tweeting it

Becca Caddy Social networking Leave a Comment

Had to post this around the office. Just in case... pic.twitter.com/wXiIOkdZv4— Tosca Musk (@ToscaMusk) May 16, 2014 It's a little worrying how many of us reach for our phones in inappropriate and downright dangerous situations, so worrying in fact that it looks like we'll all start to be warned to put our phones away and…

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Pay for your food by taking photos at this new pop-up restaurant

Hayley Minn Instagram, Social networking, Twitter Leave a Comment

When you think of Instagram, you immediately think of #foodporn, so it comes as no surprise that a pop-up diner in London is letting people settle their bills by uploading photos to their social networks. The world's first pay-by-picture restaurant opened to the public yesterday, and allows diners to eat a two-course meal for the…

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This Game of Thrones season 3 emoji recap is ridiculous but spot on

Becca Caddy Social networking Leave a Comment

If you're keen to catch up on Game of Thrones ahead of the season four premiere at the weekend you could go back through every episode of guts and gore, check out HBO's interactive online guide to the epic TV show, actually read George R.R. Martin's books or just watch this Game of Phones recap…

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Will 'Influencer blogs' make anyone care about LinkedIn again?

Becca Caddy Social networking, Trending Leave a Comment

LinkedIn is great for creating a basic online CV and connecting with pushy recruiters. That's what we all know and love (OK tolerate) it for. But when the company starts telling us to celebrate work anniversaries (guys, that's really not a thing), recommend people for the most random of skills and now blog about our…

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Do brands deliberately screw up social media? Even Mastercard?

Ashley Norris Social networking, Twitter Leave a Comment

So Twitter is exploding with chatter about Mastercard's woeful attempt to get journalists going to the BRIT awards to tweet in a certain way. Kudos to Press Gazette for breaking such a good story. But why has this happenned? Either it is because they (Mastercard and the agency involved) have marketers who are utterly clueless…

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Five reasons why the new Bebo (and anyone else) should be targeting the teens

Ashley Norris Social networking 1 Comment

One thing you can say about Bebo's (ahem) new owner, and it has to be said original founder Michael Birch is that he is a very smart man. Buying back the company you offloaded to AOL for $850 million for just $1 million is a work of genius. What would make Birch even more of…

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Arsenal hammer the New York Yankees but Barcelona FC rule the planet

Ashley Norris Facebook, Social networking, Twitter Leave a Comment

If you have ever wondered how popular US sport, and especially American Football is in relation to football as the rest of the world, take a look at this infographic. It shows how many followers the top football and Gridiron teams have in social media. And there really is no contest. Even the most popular…

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Glastonbury shock! Mumford and Sons more popular than The Rolling Stones!

Ashley Norris Features, Music, Social networking, Top Stories, Twitter Leave a Comment

So who was the most popular act at the Glastonbury festival this year? Well it has to be The Stones right whose Saturday night performance was the festival's biggest, and some have said best, gigs ever. However when it comes to Twitter the Stones actually ran out in second place. According to research undertaken by…

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New social network for students Unii launches – guaranteed 100% parent-free

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Pesky parents. In the good old days students could get up to whatever they wanted to at Uni safe in the knowledge that their parents would remain unaware of their midnight spin dryer riding habits (or was that just me?), and much worse. Now though thanks to the wonders of Facebook drunken images are often…

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DON'T SAY HASHTAG: The French don't like our silly, internet words

Becca Caddy Social networking, Twitter Leave a Comment

Since we started tweeting, unfriending, retweeting, hashtagging, tagging, following, instagramming and blocking one another online we've started using a lot of crazy words that have well and truly ingrained themselves into our vocabulary. However, the French aren't happy that such ridiculous and anglicised 'words' are becoming so popular, so from now on the word 'hashtag'…

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Twitpic founder launches Twitter rival Heello

Becca Caddy Social networking, Twitter Leave a Comment

It's been a while since anyone's stepped up to the plate and tried to compete with Twitter - or they just fail miserably from the word go and we never end up hearing about them - but now Twitpic founder Noah Everett thinks his for something that'll rival the micro-blogging platform. The Twitter rival is…

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Abusive tweets in Kenya could now lead to jail time

Becca Caddy Social networking, Trending Leave a Comment

Over the past few years a lot of interesting questions have been raised about whether what we say online should have serious consequences in the "real world", whether it's Frankie Boyle's crude jokes, a random person poking fun at an athlete or those in the public eye breaking the law by revealing sensitive information. Here…

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TUMBLR EYE CANDY: 10 Beautiful Tumblr themes for photos, galleries & portfolios

Becca Caddy Social networking, Top Stories, Tumblr Leave a Comment

Normally the term "eye candy" refers to half naked guys and girls, but here at Shiny Shiny we unashamedly get all hot and bothered when it comes to themes. Especially Tumblr themes. The popularity of what we've dubbed "the Pinterest look" (think grid-like posts and lots of lovely images) means that everyone from The Next…

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Snowglo is a UK-based social network, game AND review site rolled into one

Becca Caddy Social networking, Trending Leave a Comment

When we see a new site, gadget or app described as "the next big thing" we usually run for the hills, but Snowglo, a social network, game and reviews site rolled into one, definitely looks interesting, full of incentives and uh... snowy. To get started with Snowglo you need to create a profile and from…

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