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Is the golden age of Twitter over? Why nobody retweets anymore

Lauren Bravo Tech

‘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

Lauren Bravo Tech

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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10 social network ideas that might just make us rich

Lauren Bravo Fun, Tech

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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Twitter wants you to keep your tweets short and sweet

Becca Caddy Tech

It's a change that many of us probably wouldn't have noticed, but soon Twitter intends to shorten its already super short tweets when you add a link into them. According to the Twitter Developer blog, the micro-blogging platform will soon start bumping up its shortened URLs by a few characters, meaning avid Twitter users will…

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Twitter (probably) won't side with UK police and reveal your identity

Becca Caddy Tech

For those crazy conspiracy theory nutcases amongst you who think Twitter and Facebook were purely set up in order to pass our details onto the government, then you'll be surprised to know that Twitter has revealed it's hardly ever handed personal information over to the police when they've asked for it. But then again they…

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DON'T SAY HASHTAG: The French don't like our silly, internet words

Becca Caddy Tech

Since we started tweeting, unfriending, retweeting, hashtagging, tagging, following, instagramming and blocking one another online we've started using a lot of crazy words that have well and truly ingrained themselves into our vocabulary. However, the French aren't happy that such ridiculous and anglicised 'words' are becoming so popular, so from now on the word 'hashtag'…

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FACEBOOK: What will the social network reveal at its event?

Becca Caddy Tech

Facebook is holding a big, top secret, super special event at its headquarters in California this evening, which has lead to all kinds of speculation today about what Zuckerberg and the team will be announcing or unveiling to a sea of hard to please tech journalists. No matter how secretive tech events are nowadays, we…

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Twitpic founder launches Twitter rival Heello

Becca Caddy Tech

It's been a while since anyone's stepped up to the plate and tried to compete with Twitter - or they just fail miserably from the word go and we never end up hearing about them - but now Twitpic founder Noah Everett thinks his for something that'll rival the micro-blogging platform. The Twitter rival is…

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Abusive tweets in Kenya could now lead to jail time

Becca Caddy Trending

Over the past few years a lot of interesting questions have been raised about whether what we say online should have serious consequences in the "real world", whether it's Frankie Boyle's crude jokes, a random person poking fun at an athlete or those in the public eye breaking the law by revealing sensitive information. Here…

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Tumblr finally launches its iPad app

Becca Caddy Tech

You've always been able to use Tumblr's iOS app on iPad devices, but the blogging service has never released an app that's fully compatible with Apple's tablets, well until today. The long awaited iOS app, which has been specially design for both the iPad and the iPad Mini, was launched earlier this morning and includes…

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NARCISSISM WIN: Download all of your brilliant tweets

Becca Caddy Tech

Have you ever wondered whether all of your snarky tweets about X Factor and hilarious little quips about those working in social media could be collected into one place, so you can just sit there and browse through your own awesomeness? Well narcissists of the internet, that's now possible, as Twitter is introducing a way…

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Pope Benedict XVI joins Twitter in eight different languages

Becca Caddy Tech

The Pope has now got a Twitter account over at @Pontifex and will no doubt be updating us about his crazy life in Vatican City over the next few weeks. Not only has an English Twitter profile been set up for good ol' Benedict XVI, but he's following German, Spanish, Portugese, Polish, Italian, French and…

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TUMBLR: Now one of top 10 US sites and 170 million people love its memes

Becca Caddy Tech

The Tumblr team have shared some short but very sweet news with their users this week, which they call "exciting and slightly overwhelming"... Drum roll please... According to stats from Quantcast, Tumblr and its network of blogs, memes and dreamy photos has become one of the top 10 sites in the whole of the US…

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TUMBLR EYE CANDY: 10 Beautiful Tumblr themes for photos, galleries & portfolios

Becca Caddy Tech

Normally the term "eye candy" refers to half naked guys and girls, but here at Shiny Shiny we unashamedly get all hot and bothered when it comes to themes. Especially Tumblr themes. The popularity of what we've dubbed "the Pinterest look" (think grid-like posts and lots of lovely images) means that everyone from The Next…

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Twitter makes a load of changes you may or may not even notice

Becca Caddy Tech

Twitter, the micro-blogging platform we all love to hate, has made a number of updates to the way you search for content and discover new things overnight, that you may or may not even notice. One of the main updates has been to the way you search Twitter. Type something into the search bar and…

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