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

Lauren Bravo Premium, Trending 2 Comments

'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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The OnePiece pop-up shop lets you pay with your social media followers

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It turns out that focusing on the number of people hanging on your every word or photo on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and the rest isn’t a completely shallow pursuit with no real-world applications after all. (I knew it!) According to Engadget, onesie brand OnePiece has opened a pop-up shop in New York where people can…

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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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Could social media slow the spread of HIV?

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Social media could slow the spread of HIV, according to a digital analyst. Sean Young (not that one) from the UCLA Center for Digital Behavior presented his ideas in an article in the journal Trends in Microbiology. He says that people often share health and personal information freely on sites like Twitter, and that hospitals,…

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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, Must read 4 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?

Lauren Bravo Fun Stuff, Gadgets & Apps Leave a Comment

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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