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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

Lauren Bravo Gadgets & Apps, Premium 3 Comments

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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Kirsten Dunst video pokes fun at selfie culture: have we gone too far?

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'Aspirational', the latest in director Matthew Frost’s series of fictional short films, commissioned by Vs. Magazine, stars Kirsten Dunst playing herself. Accosted outside her house by two young women who use her as a celebrity prop for their selfies before taking off without a please or thank you, she is left stunned, shaken and used.…

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

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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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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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Facebook and Twitter got the Scottish referendum all wrong

Diane Shipley Trending 1 Comment

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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Facebook will meet with LGBT community members over ‘real names only’ controversy

Diane Shipley Trending 1 Comment

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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You should judge Facebook users by their profiles, says study

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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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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

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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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Netflix’s new sharing policy is more personal

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Unlike some of my braver friends and acquaintances, I don't link my social media accounts to Spotify or Netflix or any other streaming site that wants to share what I've been consuming. No one should have to know that I listen to the Alvin and the Chipmunks version of It's Beginning to Look a Lot…

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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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How to complain on Twitter: A six step plan for sure-fire social justice

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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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UK police are breaching social media guidelines

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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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Twitter’s turning favourites into retweets, for some reason

Diane Shipley Gadgets & Apps 2 Comments

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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The Premier League wants fans to stop posting videos

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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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“Who is TAKING all these photos of you?” And 9 other comments we wish we could leave on Instagram #PhotoWeek

Lauren Bravo Gadgets & Apps, Photo Week 1 Comment

…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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Could online procrastination actually improve productivity?

Diane Shipley Fun Stuff 2 Comments

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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