Ten of the best #FeministHackerBarbie responses on Twitter

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First, screenwriter, bestselling author and long-time blogger Pamela Ribon highlighted the fact that children's book 'Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer' not only doesn't teach kids what engineering involves, but promotes the message that women need a couple of dudes to hand for even the simplest task. (Genuine line from the text: '"I’m only…

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Sweet tweets: what got Twitter laughing in 2014

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Another year, another 200 billion tweets. How's a girl to sort the wheat from the chaff? For everything mildly amusing that happens in the world – no matter how minor – someone, somewhere, is tweeting about it. Nothing is too ridiculous: copyright issues over a selfie - taken by a monkey? Tick. Patronising woman on television…

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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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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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The week in hashtags: #BeenRapedNeverReported, #Catcalling, #iStandSunday, #NaNoWriMo

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From raising awareness and hijacking hate to moustaches and writer's block, here are the biggest hashtags from the past week... #BeenRapedNeverReported One of the most powerful hashtags of late, #BeenRapedNeverReported was started on Thursday night by Antonia Zerbisias, a writer for the Toronto Star, as a defence of Canadian actress Lucy DeCoutere, one of nine women…

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How to turn followers into IRL friendships (without it being horribly awkward)

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One third of 15 to 18-year-olds have met up with someone they met online in real life, according to a recent survey by BBC Newsbeat. It’s the kind of research probably intended to make parents shudder and double lock the front door, but for some of us a decade older (hello) and just as tech-crazed,…

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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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Samaritans’ new Radar app spots tweeters in mental distress

Diane Shipley Gadgets & Apps, Health & Fitness 4 Comments

The Radar app is a new mental health tool from Samaritans. The charity is best known for lending a listening ear to people in emotional distress, but they also offer help via text and email, so an app was probably the next logical step. But rather than offering psychological support, it tracks the people users…

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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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The week in hashtags: #NeverOK, #StandUp2Cancer, #BringBackOurGirls

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#NeverOK Exeter University has launched Never Ok, its campaign against sexual harassment. Inspired by Manchester Uni's We Get It campaign earlier this year, it's also a response to a recent NUS survey on 'lad culture', which found that two thirds of students had heard rape jokes on campus, while 50 per cent of students felt there was…

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The week in hashtags: #WakeUpCall, #NHSstrike, #ThorneTravel, #GBBOfinal

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#NHSstrike Today, thousands of NHS workers from across six different trade unions are striking in protest at the government's refusal to give all staff a one per cent pay rise. Messages of solidarity have spread across Twitter, with celebs including Sue Perkins, Rufus Hound and David Schneider all tweeting their support for the strikers.  …

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Dataminr for News is a Twitter tool for breaking news in real-time

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Twitter is just about the only social network that is good for sourcing information in real-time, but with the sheer amount of tweets that are being sent it can be difficult to make sense of them all. Dataminr for News is a new tool that allows journalists to identify breaking news stories when they occur on…

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The week in hashtags: #MFW, #HeForShe, #LessClassicallyBeautiful and more

Lauren Bravo Premium, Trending 1 Comment

#HeForShe Proving she can stand up to more than just dementors, Emma Watson had the crowd spellbound with her speech at the launch of the United Nations’ He For She campaign. Hogwarts puns aside, it was an emotional, provocative speech that challenged perceptions of women’s rights, inviting men and boys to become advocates for change…

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Facebook and Twitter got the Scottish referendum all wrong

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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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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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The week in hashtags: #Phones4U, #WhyIStayed, #LFW and more

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#Phones4U After its final remaining network EE cut ties with the company on Sunday night, Phones4U has gone into administration. The store may have been one of the less soothing retail experiences out there, about on par estate agents and the Primark returns queue, but with 720 outlets the cheap and cheerful mobile merchants were…

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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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