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Psychologists say Twitter, Instagram, and email relax us… but Facebook doesn’t

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Social media’s been blamed for everything from riots to loneliness to Ched Evans not being able to get a new football contract (no, really, I’m crying on the inside). The Oxford Dictionary added #FOMO as proof that Instagram makes us feel like we never do anything fun anymore, and if you aren’t complaining about having…

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Is Facebook now an older person’s game?

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Facebook is weathering the social media storm, but are we talking about a different generation now? I reached a personal milestone over Christmas. After many years of waiting, putting it off and making lame excuses, I finally accepted my father's Facebook friend request. It barely matters these days, I rationalised, as I don't do anything…

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The more Facebook friends you have, the less generous you (probably) are

Diane Shipley Tech 1 Comment

Have a lot of Facebook friends? Then why do you hate humanity so much? Just kidding, but a new study from the University of Warwick has found that those of you with 'Friends' up the wazoo are less likely to give generously to charity. (I guess un-tagging yourself from photos and writing ‘U ok hun’…

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The Bank of England will use Twitter and Facebook to set interest rates

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The Bank of England has traditionally used past trends to monitor the state of the economy, setting interest rates accordingly. But now, as Engadget reports, it’s going to be using tools that are a little more up-to-date, factoring social media into its equations. A new team will start using the internet, specifically search terms, Twitter,…

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More replies, fewer photos of sky: my social media resolutions for 2015

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Because these are slightly easier than giving up cheese. I will take one photo of the sky a week, maximum I daren't look it up for fear it's something ominous to do with climate change, but I SWEAR the sky is more beautiful these days than it used to be. Or perhaps I'm just more boring these…

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The new SentBuk app can gauge Facebook users’ moods

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In case the site’s own data collection (and manipulation) wasn’t invasive enough, now Spanish researchers have made a new app, called SentBuk, that’s designed to gauge Facebook users’ moods. The good news is it needs users’ permission in order to work. Álvaro Ortigosa and his team from the National Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity at…

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Will Facebook finally let us ‘dislike’ things?

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In a live Facebook Q&A yesterday, founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted that the company is looking into the idea of letting us dislike stuff – or at least have more of a range of human emotions. According to The Next Web, a ‘dislike’ button is still off the table, because Facebook’s not about negativity. (Just manipulating…

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How not to be a knob on social media at Christmas

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'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, every creature was tweeting – via touchscreen or mouse... Social media has entrenched itself in Christmas as firmly as sprouts or Michael Bublè, but that doesn't mean it always comes in peace. Here are the most common festive pitfalls to avoid being the knob everyone unfollows…

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Social network gaming helps keep families close

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You might think that those constant Facebook updates from family members about what they’re ‘planting’ in FarmVille are annoying, but you should probably pay them some attention. A new study has discovered that social network gaming is a great way for families to keep in touch. Colleagues Mia Consalvo and Kelly Boudreau from the Technoculture…

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Using social media affects our work performance (probably)

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Hey! You’re not reading this when you should be working, are you? No, I didn’t think so. When you’re supposed to be working you’re probably on Twitter, or Facebook, or Instagram or Pinterest, right? Let’s face it; most of us have looked at social media once or twice during work hours. (Not me of course,…

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Parents are scared of their kids’ social media use

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A new survey from digital safety non-profit the Family Online Safety Institute has found that parents are more concerned about their children’s social media use than any other online activity. (Has no one told them about p-o-r-n? Or the dark web? Or Reddit?) Anyway, as The Guardian reports, the US-based organisation found that only 26%…

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How to turn followers into IRL friendships (without it being horribly awkward)

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One third of 15 to 18-year-olds have met up with someone they met online in real life, according to a recent survey by BBC Newsbeat. It’s the kind of research probably intended to make parents shudder and double lock the front door, but for some of us a decade older (hello) and just as tech-crazed,…

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Words that have whole new meanings, thanks to social media

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'On a cold winter's evening, the whole family would gather round the wireless... because Virgin Media broadband was down to 2Mbps again.' For as long as it has existed, the internet has been taking words and claiming them as its own. Post, thread, status; all terms that would have entirely different meanings on Downton Abbey than they…

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How Instagram made me a better person

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We’re all narcissists now, had you heard? But of course you had. The news is everywhere. Self-promotion is the opiate of our masses, and vanity the virus that will eventually cause our slick, buzzy, digitally-enhanced lives to short circuit and blow a fuse. For every selfie and belfie and knelfie (that’s a photo of your…

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JustGiving hits 10 million users, becomes social platform

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Fundraising website JustGiving has just signed up its 10 millionth registered user. That makes charitable donations officially more popular in the UK than Spotify, Pinterest or Airbnb and means JustGiving is one of the country’s fastest-growing technology companies. To celebrate, the site’s re-launching as a social platform, partnering with Facebook to enhance the reach of…

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Facebook, Pinterest, Box to launch mentorship program for women in tech

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Facebook, Pinterest and Box have teamed up to announce a one-on-one mentorship scheme to help women break into the technical industry. With the pilot scheme due to begin in early 2015, the aptly-named Women Entering and Staying in Tech (WEST) will offer help to early through mid-career women who are in roles such as Engineering,…

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Facebook to enter field of healthcare with apps and support services

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Facebook is to take its first steps into the world of healthcare by creating health tracking platforms, support groups and medical apps. The social networking giant is to follow in the footsteps of fellow Silicon Valley companies Google and Apple, exploring plans to devise 'support communities' which will connect people suffering from the same chronic illnesses, as well as…

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China’s reportedly blocked Instagram due to Hong Kong protests

Diane Shipley Trending 1 Comment

What do we want? #democracy! When do we want it? [Censored]. Yep, it looks like everyone's favourite photo-sharing service is now blocked in China. Boo. As filled with other people's shoes, food, and engagement rings as Instagram can be, it's also a great way for people to record what's happening, especially when huge global events…

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