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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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Weevmee creates colourful unique art from your Instagram feed

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Over the years we've come across so many different companies dedicated to transforming your Instagram snaps into, well, pretty much anything. Marshmallows? Check. Cushions? Check. Think of any product and there's likely to be someone pasting (or digitally printing, or whatever) an Instagram photo to it right now. Weevmee is no exception, promising to turn…

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#LetMeLibrarianThatForYou proves we were just as curious (and stupid) before Google

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Cast your mind way, way, back to a world without Google. Remember what a barren wasteland the internet was when all we had to answer our burning questions was Netscape? Well, imagine a world even more harsh and unforgiving than that: where you had to either spend hundreds of pounds on a set of encyclopaedias…

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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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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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Mr Whisper takes the Instagrammer of the Year crown #ShinyShinyAwards

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Instagram and its snap-happy community have grown a great deal over the last year, with more than 60 million photos now uploaded each day. Our shortlist for the Instagrammer of the Year award celebrated some of the app's top emerging talent, chosen for the way they use Instagram to showcase their creative photography, provide fans…

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Fireworks, and seven other photos that are always disappointing on Instagram

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It's ok, we believe you. They looked better in real life. Fireworks It is one of life's great injustices that fireworks photograph so badly. Perhaps it is their way of reminding us all to live in the moment, appreciating their transient beauty for a few fleeting moments before it fades rather than selfishly trying to preserve…

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North Korean women prefer mobile phones to engagement rings

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Despite living under one of the most oppressive regimes in the world, people in North Korea are just like us: when they get engaged, they want a ring. On the phone, that is. According to The Guardian, mobile phones are an increasingly popular engagement gift in North Korea. The country’s brides don’t traditionally wear wedding…

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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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China’s great firewall: the major websites that are currently blocked

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As pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong continue into a fifth day, the world's attention has honed in on China. The Chinese government is well-known for its tough censorship and heavy media intervention, and has attracted international criticism for often-unexplained decisions which restrict the freedom of expression outlined in China's constitution. It has threatened artists, blocked popular websites and regularly bans Western films.…

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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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Adverts will appear on Instagram from today

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Adverts are the necessary evil in the internet world, without them we'd have to pay for everything individually and despite how we might hate them we have to accept them. Instagram is following the example from people like Facebook and Google, launching adverts that will appear in the UK version of the service from today.…

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What we learned from London Fashion Week SS15: streaming, social media and fibre optic frocks

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If your name's not down, you're still coming in With 90 per cent of LFW shows being streamed live online this season, actually being there isn’t nearly as on-trend as it used to be. Which means your new excuse is 'oh of course I was invited – but who needs the hassle of the crowds…

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10 social network ideas that might just make us rich

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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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10 Ways to make your Instagram photos more awesome

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We've all been taking photos of mundane things, squeezing them into awkward square frames and furiously filtering them for a good few years now. So, we don't blame you for getting a bit bored of the same stuff (and by stuff we mean cats, hashtags, burgers you definitely didn't eat and of course a healthy dose…

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10 annoying photo trends that need to be stopped, including ring selfies and yoga posers #PhotoWeek

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There's no shame in being an amateur photographer: smartphone cameras are so much better than they used to be, it would be stupid to waste them. But as much as I enjoy scrolling through the photos of my closest online acquaintances, or seeing what our oversharing-est celebs are up to on Instagram, there are some…

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What professional photographers really think of your Instagrams #PhotoWeek

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One of the best things about the advent of apps, sharing sites and high-tech cameras in recent years is the way we all get to pretend we’re photographers. Thankfully the days of getting your holiday snaps back to find a roll of 30 blurry, thumb-obscured disasters are a mere memory – one that we’ve quickly…

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Pouting, Paint & Contrast: an ode to Myspace selfies #PhotoWeek

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Warning: this article features examples of extreme pretension and self-promotion. Readers of a weak disposition may wish to consult their GP before continuing. We know by now that selfies have been around for longer than we have. There’s Robert Cornelius’ first effort back in 1839, the Edwardian lady with her Kodak Brownie and at least…

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