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The rise of the wedding hashtag: do you REALLY need one?

Apparently 55 per cent of couples now have a dedicated wedding hashtag. That’s 55 per cent of couples surveyed by Mashable and The Knot, not 55 per cent of couples in the whole wide world – but still. Having leapt from only nine per cent in 2012, that’s a heck of an epidemic. And by…

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Lauren BravoThe rise of the wedding hashtag: do you REALLY need one?
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China’s reportedly blocked Instagram due to Hong Kong protests

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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Diane ShipleyChina’s reportedly blocked Instagram due to Hong Kong protests
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Facebook and Twitter got the Scottish referendum all wrong

Just after 6 AM today, the results were in: Scotland had voted to stay in the United Kingdom by 55% to 45%. Whether it was because of Gordon Brown’s unexpectedly rousing speech, the Better Together campaign’s uninspiring ad, or just because people tend to stick with what they know, the final result was 2,001,926 votes…

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Diane ShipleyFacebook and Twitter got the Scottish referendum all wrong
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Facebook will meet with LGBT community members over ‘real names only’ controversy

When you find yourself in a drag queen's bad books, you know you've seriously slipped up, so it might be time for Facebook to re-examine its life choices. Last week, anyone not using their legal name to access the site was suspended from logging on. As Mashable reports, drag queen Sister Roma was one of…

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Diane ShipleyFacebook will meet with LGBT community members over ‘real names only’ controversy
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You should judge Facebook users by their profiles, says study

Ever looked at a friend of a friend’s Facebook profile, made a snap judgement about them, and then felt guilty because you can’t really tell what someone’s like without actually interacting with them? Well, it turns out you were right the first time. Researchers from the University of Kansas have found that looking at someone’s…

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Diane ShipleyYou should judge Facebook users by their profiles, says study
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Is the golden age of Twitter over? Why nobody retweets anymore

‘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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Lauren BravoIs the golden age of Twitter over? Why nobody retweets anymore
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Somebody: Miranda July’s new social networking app is wonderfully pointless

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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Lauren BravoSomebody: Miranda July’s new social networking app is wonderfully pointless
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10 social network ideas that might just make us rich

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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Lauren Bravo10 social network ideas that might just make us rich
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How to complain on Twitter: A six step plan for sure-fire social justice

Whether it’s dodgy products, bad food or collective public rage, Twitter is now apparently the quickest way to get a response from a brand. But that’s only when they do respond. It’s also the least satisfying channel for complaints, with only 39 per cent of UK organisations able to answer questions successfully through their Twitter…

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Lauren BravoHow to complain on Twitter: A six step plan for sure-fire social justice
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Twitter confirms its (terrible) timeline changes are real

A couple of days ago, we speculated that Twitter might just be toying with us/playing a prank/having a momentary aberration in its decision to treat favourites like retweets for some users. But the company has now confirmed its new policy, which means we should all brace ourselves for the change. Their updated support page says…

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Diane ShipleyTwitter confirms its (terrible) timeline changes are real
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UK police are breaching social media guidelines

Police forces in England and Wales have investigated 828 police breaches of social media guidelines since February 2009. We’re used to criminals being stupid on social media, whether it’s sharing photos of stuff they’ve, er, dishonestly acquired, or logging onto Facebook using other people’s property. But we expect the police to be a little more…

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Diane ShipleyUK police are breaching social media guidelines
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Twitter’s turning favourites into retweets, for some reason

Twitter is experimenting with a new feature that effectively turns favourites into retweets for some users. Whereas Facebook wanted to mess with our minds, it seems that Twitter just wants to mess with our feeds. But it’s hard to tell which might be the most irritating. Twitter’s long been a fan of experimentation and often…

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Diane ShipleyTwitter’s turning favourites into retweets, for some reason
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The Premier League wants fans to stop posting videos

Football fans and broadcasters alike are excited for the new season to start tomorrow, but the Premier League is in a grump about the potential money-losing effects of smartphone video. As they told the BBC, they’ve developed software to track online uploads of gifs and Vines that show goals or other momentous moments (red cards,…

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Diane ShipleyThe Premier League wants fans to stop posting videos
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“Who is TAKING all these photos of you?” And 9 other comments we wish we could leave on Instagram #PhotoWeek

…but never will because ultimately we’re good people, damnit.  "Careful, you’re almost out of loo roll…" Ain’t it just one of life’s cruellest tricks that the most flattering lighting is always in the toilet? Still, anyone looks great next to an avocado bathroom suite. "D’you know, I think the 13th hashtag might be overkill?" But…

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Lauren Bravo“Who is TAKING all these photos of you?” And 9 other comments we wish we could leave on Instagram #PhotoWeek
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Could online procrastination actually improve productivity?

Next time you have a huge work deadline, you should probably open up Twitter or Facebook. No, really. According to a new study from the University of Cincinnati, taking breaks to click around the internet can improve productivity. Researchers conducted in-depth interviews with professionals from a range of industries, 62% of whom were women. They…

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Diane ShipleyCould online procrastination actually improve productivity?
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Social media is increasing our complaints against doctors

Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook are making us more apt to moan about our GPs and surgeons. At least, that’s the conclusion from a new report from the General Medical Council (GMC). They asked a team of researchers from Plymouth University to blame the internet investigate after the number of complaints against doctors almost doubled in…

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Diane ShipleySocial media is increasing our complaints against doctors
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13 lies you tell yourself about your social media addiction. Every. Single. Day

Oh we know, you barely check Facebook, Instagram likes mean nothing to you and a dead phone doesn't even make you break out into a sweat. WHO ARE YOU KIDDING? We're all in this together, so let's stop with the lies and accept the fact it's too late for us all. 1. Lie: Oh… Maybe that…

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Becca Caddy13 lies you tell yourself about your social media addiction. Every. Single. Day
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INSIGHT – 8 things Pinterest has ruined forever: weddings, relationships and hair

A new study has shown that Pinterest is now more popular than Twitter in the US. But while our favourite social scrapbooking platform makes the world look just a little bit prettier, it’s also destroying everything we’ve ever loved… Relationships Sure, you’re in love. But why aren’t you in love in a meadow? Or coyly…

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Lauren BravoINSIGHT – 8 things Pinterest has ruined forever: weddings, relationships and hair