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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 in under two minutes.

Watch the video above as the complexities of the fantastical saga are captured through the language of a modern day generation: emojis. Featuring timeless favourites like ghost-face, dancing woman and lots of little dragons, you're taken on an epic journey through Westeros that manages to recreate some of the most iconic scenes from the past season.

The question now is: does this beat the emoji version of Drunk in Love? Well who knows, but it's certainly a contender.

linkedin-cookie.jpegLinkedIn 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 business lives the purpose of the site seems a bit scattered and it becomes, I hate to say it, just plain annoying.

According to Reuters, LinkedIn's decision to add in blogging functionality is because it wants to become more like Facebook (when was the last time anyone blogged on Facebook? 2007?) and intends to encourage people to create and share content on the platform instead of just drop in to stalk ex-colleagues. The company hopes this will increase engagement given recent stats that its page views have dropped again for the second quarter.

Well-known business minds have been able to write blog posts on LinkedIn for some time, but it seems all the boring, normal people can join LinkedIn's elite blogging club, which will be called its "Publisher Platform" now too. LinkedIn will allow people to write what they want and will then be using algorithms to serve up the most relevant, shared blog posts to its users.

If LinkedIn was planning on taking a leaf from Medium's book - with a minimal yet beautiful design and intuitive interface - then the additional blogging feature may work, but we worry it's just going to be a stuffy place for recruiters and social media "gurus" to share lame tips about their respective bubbles.

robbiewilliamsbrits.pngSo 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 about the way the media and journalists work. This does seem to be happening a lot and some of my more cynical journalist friends believe that it is because there is a generation of marketers who understand how social media works from an operational perspective, but have come from an ad or digital agency background and don't understand the sensibilities of journalists.

Or maybe it is this?

Did you know that Mastercard was sponsoring the BRITS - nope me neither. You do now though. And you can bet that the hash tag #pricelesssurpises is going to be used a lot more now that it would have been had Mastercard not been so cheeky. There are already hundreds of spoofs on Twitter like this one

As a fellow journalist tweeted - How else would anyone care enough to tweet about the BRITS these days?

There are examples of brands who have suffered massively because of this type of social screw up, but not many. In the short term it might make Mastercard look silly, but when everyone from Mashable to Metro starts writing about it the brand gets a lot of free publicity...

So is their an evil master plan behind this? Or is it just huge social egg on Mastercard's face.

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 a legend though would be turn Bebo into a network that actually became something new and exciting.

New Bebo has started well - the video where he introduces the new service is both clever and funny. Very soon though it will be time to lay the network's cards on the virtual table. And I do wonder if Birch and his team have picked exactly the right time to relaunch Bebo.

They basically have two options. Try to get all those people with accounts to reignite them. Or go for a new young audience? If Bebo opts for the former it has a huge task. Those 14 year olds are now pushing 20 and probably very ensconced in Facebook and may have negative views about Bebo and what happened to it. Nevertheless Birch has hinted in an interview with the Standard that the new site will target its original users.

I do wonder though if Birch is missing a trick with not actually going for the youngsters. There appears to be a massive online hole for 13 year olds that Facebook isn't going to fill. Here's why I think there is an opportunity for Michael Birch, or anyone else for that matter.

1 13 year olds are up for grabs now - As Ruby Karp wrote so eloquently on Mashable yesterday as a 13 year old she is on Facebook but none of her friends are. Facebook is the network of older siblings, parents and (ulp) grandparents. Her pals are on Instagram, SnapChat and lots of other places, but not Facebook. Why would they want to share their embarrassing images with their parents?

2 Ask FM has become a sullied brand
- As a concept its 'ask a anonymous question' is perfect for youngsters. However the bullying scandal that surrounds it has undermined it in this country at least. What might have been a very real emerging social network now looks like it has issues.

3 There's a BlackBerry shaped hole too - A few years ago it was all about BBM. Your parents didn't understand it and couldn't access it. Not many young teens are keen on BlackBerry devices now. WhatsApp has partially filled that role, but if a network can offer instant messaging as part of as suite of facilities it could step into the breach.

4 It is all about mobile now - The Bebo team, or anyone else, can build a mobile first platform and that is not a luxury that has been afforded to existing networks.

5 Constrained media is an opportunity - The whole social networking world is being turned on its head by the idea of constrained media. The concept is that there are limits to how much content you can share whether that be 140 characters of Twitter, the 15 seconds of Instagram video or the thumbnail images of Dribbble. It seems that constrained media really does chime with the kids as it is easy to use and ideal for instant communication and there have to be ways that it can be reinvented too.

Well Michael Birch always has something up his sleeve - I can't believe that he hasn't got a killer app or two which he is just waiting to deliver.

We will just have to wait and see.

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 US team, the New York Yankees, has only half the followers of the third most popular British team Arsenal. And if you add all of the followers of all the Gridiron teams together they still work out less than the staggering 60 million followers that Barcelona has. It is worth noting too that Man United are rated as having 35 million followers. This is set to change significantly this year as the club has only been on Twitter for a matter of weeks.

The infographic, published on Forbes shows the teams listed in order of franchise value on the right along with the combined number of Facebook fans and Twitter followers. The size of the bubbles represents their social following.


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Well as you know all too well the BBC were all over this year's Glastonbury and today released a few stats about its coverage:

A record 1.5 million unique browsers - an increase of 98 per cent from the last Glastonbury in 2011, this means that not only was there more coverage, there were more people enjoying that coverage.

The Rolling Stones' performance was the most requested Glastonbury programme with around 700,000 requests (TV and radio) - the most requests for any programme that day. The Arctic Monkeys were second with 379,681 requests on Friday and 163,650 requests for Mumford And Sons on Sunday.

There was a YouTube broadcast available which claimed around 1 million views with the most popular being The Pyramid Stage with 635k requests.

There were also quite a few video clips available with some of the most popular being Jake Bugg's 'Lightening Bolt' with 70,580 requests, followed by Rita Ora's 'RIP' with 39,280 requests.

The Arctic Monkeys saw more mobile and tablet requests (59 per cent of overall traffic) than any other performance. So now you know what your licence fee is spent on...

mumford glasto win.jpgSo 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 MC Saatchi the band that got the most Twitter action was actually Sunday's headliners - folk pop troubadours Mumford and Sons

The company reports that

At its peak, nine of the 10 UK trends on Saturday night related to the festival.

However on Sunday The Mumfords notched up over 70,000 tweets an hour, nearly 10,000 more than the veteran rockers had the night before.

So how can the Mumfords beat The Stones? Here are few theories

1 The Mumfords have a younger audience than The Stones - and therefore more likely to be on social media sites

2 A lot of people were tweeting about how much hated the Mumfords. I would love to know the negative/positive sentiment of the tweets on Sunday (how about it MC Saatchi?) The Mumfords really are the Marmite of UK pop.

3 More people were out on Saturday night, whereas on Sunday they were preparing for the return to work with a spot of Twitter powered TV.

Or it could just be that Mumford and Sons are more popular than the Rolling Stones. And on that bombshell...

Btw here's Ronnie accepting defeat gracefully

unii.jpgPesky 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 accompanied by a cheery comment next day from a parent advising on hangover cures - or even worse disparaging comments and suggestions that you need to get back to your studies.

So what do you do? Well maybe use Facebook for nice shots of you in the library and post all your interesting stuff on a site that your parents can't see - like Unii a new social network for students which has just launched.

Its makers claims that uni is a place for experimenting and embracing new found freedom, so the last thing students want is their parents checking up on their every move. To prove the point they have commissioned a survey which discovered that over half of British dads confess to checking up on their kids via Facebook at least once a month

So with Unii, you need a university email address in order to sign up, which is perfect unless of course your mum is an academic.

The site has plenty of Facebook style networking facilities as well as places to post those oh so embarrassing night before photos and loads more. It laos has a serious aim too and feature a comprehensive jobs board showing the latest internship placements, helping students to find their first crucial placement when or before they graduate.The site is here.


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' is no longer an acceptable thing in France.

Instead of saying 'hashtag' when they refer to... um... hashtags... French people now must say "mot-dièse", which translates to 'sharp word' in English. There's a department of the French government called Commission Générale de Terminologie et de Néologie, which was set up to promote the awesomeness of the French language (we're pretty sure they just can't get enough of the word awesomeness). It's these guys that have been working on the big ol' 'hashtag' dilemma, because they want to keep France hip and relevant to the internet, but not let any silly, English words infiltrate their beautiful language.

But don't worry, if you find yourself in France and accidentally say 'hashtag' you wont' be prosecuted by some crazy, Orwellian secret police service and even French Twitter users won't get told off, but it is now a legal requirement for official correspondence and legislation to use 'mot-dièse' instead.

As Mashable writes, it's not the first time the French have felt a little irritated by internet-y words, as the government replaced 'email' and 'courriel' with French ones, attempted to replace 'blog' and have banned the words 'Facebook' and 'Twitter' from TV and radio shows in order to stop the promotion of brands.

For many it can be seen as a positive nod to patriotism that a country would want to protect their language so fiercely, but as more and more similar words become commonplace in our everyday conversations we really wonder how long such strict protection can last and how much widespread impact governmental laws like this one banning 'hashtag' will actually have on the way regular people converse in their daily lives. We'd guess very little.

[Via Mashable]

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 called Heello, which is cute and catchy, and allows you to share posts, photos, videos and check-ins privately or publicly.

The micro-blogging platform is clearly trying to position itself as a Twitter rival and addresses issues of ownership and closed networks on its website:

"As other social networks are walling themselves off, we are committed to providing an open ecosystem for everyone, with our user's best interest always in mind.

"Also as a user you will always own your data."

The Next Web draws similarities between Heello and, but it looks like Everett's offering will be more appealing to most for now because it's free.

We're not sure whether there's really a market for ANOTHER Twitter-alike right now, but it'll be interesting to see if some irritated users do start to jump ship and look elsewhere over the coming months, because if they do Heello is certainly a good option.

Check out:

[Via The Next Web]


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 in the UK the laws are still rather blurry and there's no hard and fast rules about what's considered right and wrong. In a way this means there's a lot of confusion, but it also makes sense to take everything on a case by case basis.

Well that definitely isn't the situation in Kenya anymore, as the government has declared it'll be making a commitment to monitor social media and take serious action against those who incite violence or use hateful language.

The decision has been made recently in order to keep an eye on the way people talk about the candidates and political parties involved in the general election that's taking place on the 4th March.

According to The Next Web, the Secretary at the Ministry of Information and Communication in the country, Bitange Ndemo, has declared that huge fines and jail terms of up to three years could be issued to those who use "abusive or threatening words on the likes of Facebook and Twitter". This is obviously a one off case for now, but it's interesting that a whole government would look to introduce such a broad brush approach. We just wonder how the Ministry of Information and Communication is looking to define what's "abusive", which is clearly very subjective.

Related: TWITTER: So what can and can't you REALLY say online?

[Via The Next Web]

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 Web and eBay to our gran has been changing their website to mimic the just-can't-get-enough layout of Pinterest that has users hooked for hours on its virtual crack.

Although some might argue it's just a trend, there's no better way of browsing through photos, galleries and portfolios, so here are our all time favourite Tumblr themes that are hot, sexy, minimal and look a bit like Pinterest.

Enjoy (and then go take a cold shower).


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 there you can collect friends, follow others and most importantly review things, like a film, a product or just anything else. The site tries to be friendly and quirky by telling you that you can review a rainbow or the view from your window, but don't expect many other people to really care about any of that stuff, at the moment games, films and tech products are proving to be the most popular.

You can browse through reviews and if you find someone who writes about things you like in a way you like then you can follow them and gather followers yourself by writing awesome stuff. Other followers give you kudos for your content and you can earn badges, awards and eventually money the more you write. Of course adding in gaming features isn't really new or surprising, but it's a nice touch and a way to incentivise people to leave more reviews of a better quality.

We don't mean to sound fluffy here (alright, sometimes) but we kinda love and hate the fact you work your way up through different animals as you get more kudos, starting off as just a snowflake then becoming a yeti or a wolf and stuff. Oh and did we mention the logo is a big polar bear? Yep...

We're not sure whether Snowglo should really be described as a social network, but it's admittedly a pretty subjective term. Just because you're kind of interacting with other people online are you on a social network? Maybe, but it seems much more of a review platform than anything else.

We're not sure Snowglo will take off given there are so many similar offerings and places people turn to for reviews already, like Amazon, but it's an interesting concept and the inclusion of game mechanics, the light hearted tone and easy-to-use features may certainly pull in a jolly reviewing crowd.


There are all kinds of cool things to do and visit in London, like museums, art galleries and historical stuff, but arguably the best thing about the capital is the FOOD. But the thing is it can be really hard to keep up with the latest hot dog joints, pop-up restaurants, dining experiences, outdoor eating feasts, we really could go on and on. Then there's the issue of who you take to watch you eat those burgers like a cannibal, you said you'd go with a friend from work, your flatmates, but you'd also like to meet new people and chat about new things. OK, OK we know it's a #firstworldproblem, but it's a problem nonetheless.

Well enter nibblr, a social network that aims to connect you with fellow food lovers, plan meals at great venues and most importantly eat to your heart's content.

So let's address the name, yep it's totally cliche (let's just add an R to the end, yeah? YEAH?), but it's also cute and catchy, so we'll let it slide...

To get started with nibblr you sign yourself up for an account with all the usual stuff, like your basic details, a photo and a bit about who you are and why you'd be interesting to eat with. If you're not interesting don't worry, you can still sign up or just lie.

Once you've got an account you're ready to go and can start browsing eating experiences in your local area that have been submitted by local restaurants. You can read a bit about what you'll get, how much it'll cost and who'll be joining you.

If you're into networking nibblr is a brilliant tool because you can view (read:stalk) the people that'll be joining you before you sign up yourself. But don't worry you don't have to be some neurotic social butterfly all the time, you can put your name down for a meal on your own so you can meet a whole table of new people or bully your friends into joining you too.

Neil Rafferty, nibblr's CEO, said:

"Eating has always been a social thing, but finding a restaurant is a social experience too. We're trying to bring people together over a shared love of food in a way that is useful and exciting. The whole process of deciding where and what to eat, organising who we're eating with, through to reviewing how the night went is why we decided to launch nibblr - we felt there needed to be a place to do all of that online."

We can't wait to get started, get meeting new people and obviously get eating. Our only problem with the nibblr experience is that in the dining tips section users are urged to not sit and Instagram their food or overshare too much with people they've just met, which are both integral parts of our eating experiences....

Visit and stuff your faces.

tumblr-maintenance-page.jpgif you're a gif-loving, photo collecting hipster you'll have already logged into your Tumblr account today to find that the site will be down for maintenance this weekend.

According to the message that pops up on your home screen, the team are working hard to improve the performance and reliability of the blogging platform, but that means the site will be down for at least a few hours starting at 9am here in the UK on Saturday morning.

You know what this means boys and girls? We may have to all face up to the shocking prospect of a morning (or god forbid, whole day) without dancing gifs. We know, it's hard, we might not all make it, but we'll be here to help you on the other side. Good luck.

Related: 5 Laugh out loud Tumblr blogs to follow: When in London, Suri's Burn Book

crazy-computer-woman.jpgDo you ever wonder whether your incessant checking of your ex's Facebook page around 5,696,393 times a day or that 12 hour long Pinterest session till 4am could mean there's something actually wrong with your brain? No? Just us? Well according to reports over in the US, the American Psychiatric Association is ready to add "Internet Use Disorder" to its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is a long-winded way of saying your worrying addiction to Facebook could become an actual, like, THING.

Although we receive stats and studies about internet addiction all the time, and many in the field have commented on it being just as hard to kick as nicotine and even drugs, an actual internet disorder hasn't been officially recognised. However, now it might be added into the APA's big book of mental disorders there could be a number of implications for how we view and treat those who claim to have an actual addiction to the web and cat videos and Facebook stalking.

According to Digital Trends and the New York Post, some of the symptoms include:

Preoccupation with online gambling and a need to spend more time wagering via the Internet.

Withdrawal symptoms when computer use is denied.

Continued excessive Internet use by an individual, even if he or she knows how dangerous the problem has become.

Lying to shrinks and loved ones about excessive Internet use and online gambling.

Losing interest in other forms of entertainment and hobbies.

Just don't take a week off in the coming months and claim you're drained and battling an internet addiction, that's not going to be a valid excuse. Not yet anyway.

[Via Digital Trends]


Yesterday the whole of the world imploded when Metro France reported that old private messages are now appearing on user's timelines for all of their friends to see. OH DEAR LORD.

Although the rumours began over in France it wasn't long before people from all over the globe were scrolling back through their timelines (most of the problems seemed to occur in 2007, 2008 and 2009) and finding that some of their once private messages had been made visible.

Since everything started kicking off yesterday evening A LOT has happened, the story was picked up by every major news outlet, people started freaking out about what they'd said, others were frantically going through their Facebook accounts and making everything private and some users even went to extreme measures and deleted their profiles. FOREVER.

This morning, after an official statement from Facebook in TechCrunch, it seems that most agree there wasn't a private message security breach after all, but the messages we're seeing on our profiles are just old wall posts that were written back when we were all excitedly using Facebook, back when timelines didn't allow us to dig up the past, back when comments and likes didn't exist and back when we didn't have as much self restraint about what we said for all to see.

Here's a snippet of the statement:

"Every report we've seen, we've gone back and checked. We haven't seen one report that's been confirmed [of a private message being exposed]. A lot of the confusion is because before 2009 there were no likes and no comments on wall posts. People went back and forth with wall posts instead of having a conversation [in the comments of single wall post.]"


"A small number of users raised concerns after what they mistakenly believed to be private messages appeared on their Timeline. Our engineers investigated these reports and found that the messages were older wall posts that had always been visible on the users' profile pages. Facebook is satisfied that there has been no breach of user privacy."

Although all of that certainly seems plausible (and makes perfect sense in retrospect), there are still many users who are still adamant the messages they saw were private and claim that Facebook is just trying to cover up its mistake by calling them all crazed liars.

Obviously it'll be fascinating to see how this all pans out, whether there has in fact been a leak among some users or whether it's all just us working ourselves into a frenzy. However in the cold light of day we don't think it matters too much whether it's true or not, because it's taught us some very, very interesting things about how we behave, our attitude to Facebook and all of the bitchy things we've been saying.

We're all saying too many bitchy things online

I was with a few different people when I heard about the "Facebook message leak apocalypse" and followed the story really closely online. The main thing that became apparent from everyone's crazed tweets was just how many people were worried that the scandalous/dirty/cheating messages or those bitchy things that were said by X about Y could be exposed (myself totally included).

Poppy Dinsey (@poppyd) the founder of summed it up brilliantly in a tweet last night:

"You know the scene in Mean Girls where photocopied pages from the burn book go all around the school? That's Facebook's privacy leak."

We don't think a (maybe fake) Facebook security breach will change humanity and stop us all being such dirty little gossipers, but maybe we should all take a long, hard look at ourselves and the things we've been saying and just be a little, well, nicer because there's always a chance someone else (i.e. Mark Zuckerberg) could get their hands on your burn book at anytime they please.

We now use the social network in very different ways

Even if some of those old posts were private messages and others were wall posts, it's clear that we did use Facebook in a totally different way a few years ago.

Now users generally write on timelines when they want to ask a quick question, share a link or post a photo, but back in 2007 posts that we know were on our profiles are much longer, rambling and full of things we wouldn't want others to be reading nowadays. We imagine a whole research paper could be written on this very subject, but it's partially to do with the design of the social network changing dramatically over the years and partially to do with us getting more savvy (or secretive and bitchy) when it comes to what we say and share online.

We probably need to spend less time on Facebook

When you found out about the security breach what were you most worried about? Bitchy things? Personal information? Those drunken messages you sent to your crush? (NOT GUILTY) Whatever it was it's scary to think many of us use the social network so much to write about super personal things and even if there wasn't a breach, just imagine if there was one an even more epic scale in the future? Scary, huh? Maybe we should take things into the realms of emails, call people or oh god talk about our feelings face to face? Scrap that, we'll stick with emails.

Some people get REALLY aggressive if someone tries to prove them wrong

It's no surprise that last night some users were getting really upset about having their private messages exposed and others thought they were all just being hysterical.

Twitter arguments are always fascinating, but last night it was even more interesting to see how defensive others got, so as well as being less bitchy, let's all be a little less agressive too, OK?

Looking like a Pinterest for your personal and branded social media platforms, RebelMouse aims to gather most of your digital footprint in one handy place for others to see (Facebook, Twitter and Instragram for now but we expect them to tie in other channels as the platform matures).

Besides the initial questions surrounding Facebook and how its privacy settings work, this startup looks promising. Still in beta, with a growing list of tech titans and social media personalities signed up to it already, the service could just be exactly what we've been waiting for.

So what is it that could make RebelMouse the next big thing in social curation?


RebelMouse clearly got the memo that visual content is compelling. Taking the formula of bite sized posts with a header, subheader and an image (already proved popular through the success of Pinterest), you're instantly drawn into the stories or updates as you scroll through a user's profile.

To remind you of that all-important image, RebelMouse has created its own share button 'Stick it!' (like the 'Pin it' of Pinterest or 'Take it to Branch' of.. well Branch) for when you want to share a story you've stumbled across on the web.

This brings me to the next point. RebelMouse also focuses on the user-experience. Like a blog come Twitter come Facebook, it makes it very easy to (re)produce content with just a couple of clicks. Hassle-free content creation and aggregation!

From the opposite perspective, for visitors it is a great way to learn about the person or brand in one go without having to look at all three of their social streams. Who knows what you might have missed when you were busy doing other things?

You can also invite 'collaborators' to appear in your stream, which will be very handy for companies or publications where their employees' social media activity is as important as the company's.

Design wise you are fairly limited to what your profile looks like. The current minimalistic look appeals to me, but when coming out of beta and into advance mode you will be able to 'hack your own CSS for your RebelMouse site.

But how does RebelMouse plan to make any money off its free service, besides the planned personalised iOS apps? According to Mashable '"[it] hopes to monetise organically by providing businesses an e-commerce platform, allowing people such as photographers and fashion designers to sell their wares in a dynamic, visual way. Another form of monetization they plan on is sponsored content'.

A note of warning though. When you sign up to RebelMouse (using your Facebook, Twitter or Instragram log ins), you're giving it access to grab your content from these profiles. If you, like me, use social networks for different purposes - private (Facebook) and public (Twitter/Instagram) - you should perhaps think twice before granting RebelMouse access to all networks. From what I could see, it only curated my 'public' Facebook updates, but I revoked access either way just to be on the safe side.

Are you ready to be curated?

This story was first published by digital content agency Sutro Digital.


We all know that there are hundreds of ways to share important events, holidays and trips with our friends and family, whether it's constant updates on Twitter or some dreamy photos over on Instagram. However, this means that often everything has been fragmented across multiple platforms and we don't have a big, accurate picture of what we really got up to while we were away.

Well now a new service called Irrive (which only exists online right now, but would make a great app), which is being described as a "social scrapbook" aims to streamline all your photos, updates, check-ins and any other kinds of things you do online and bring them together in one place.

You begin by providing Irrive with access to your social networks and it'll then use that data to collect together everything about your holiday or road trip or life event in a way that makes much more sense and seems like you're telling a story rather than just sharing random snippets.

Now admittedly it looks a little bit twee and will no doubt appeal to those who create irritating things, like wedding pages and Facebook events for their cat's birthday. However, what we do find interesting is the very different approach to storytelling, instead of separating data across multiple platforms based on different types of content and different audiences, it's being squeezed together in a way that makes much more sense, like a proper story about what happened.

[Via Gigaom]


Another day another legal battle in Zuckerberg land as Facebook is being sued by a Chinese company, which claims to have created a feature identical to the Timeline long before the social network implemented its own version.

Cubic Network, a Pinterest-style start-up founded by Harvard graduate Xiong Wanli, has been using a chronologically scrolling page to present videos and pictures since February 2008. While it'd certainly be easy to mark the similarities to Facebook's Timeline (which was rolled out incrementally to users from November 2011) as purely coincidental, things take a slightly more suspect turn once you learn that Zuckerberg attended a talk by Wanli detailing the timeline feature. SCANDALOUS.

Wanli also claims the logo to Facebook's annual F8 developer conference is very similar to Cubic Network's own, and that the Chinese network's R&D centre was called F8 long before Zuckerberg founded his annual event.

Inspired, a rip-off, or merely coincidence? Well no one's quite sure and the courts will undoubtedly have to make that decision, but it's not as if Zuckerberg is one to back down from a controversial legal spat. Watch this space.

[Via Tech Digest Via The Register]

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