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

#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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Lauren BravoThe week in hashtags: #MFW, #HeForShe, #LessClassicallyBeautiful and more
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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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Twitpic is no longer shutting down

A few weeks ago the owners of Twitpic announced that the site would be shutting down due to legal threats from Twitter related to a trademark filing from 2008. Now it's been announced that this will not be happening. According to a tweet from the site's official account, Twitpic has been taken over by an unspecified…

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Tom PritchardTwitpic is no longer shutting down
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What we learned from London Fashion Week SS15: streaming, social media and fibre optic frocks

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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Lauren BravoWhat we learned from London Fashion Week SS15: streaming, social media and fibre optic frocks
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The week in hashtags: #Phones4U, #WhyIStayed, #LFW and more

#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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Lauren BravoThe week in hashtags: #Phones4U, #WhyIStayed, #LFW and more
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People in Redcar swear the most in the UK (on Twitter)

Some of us (not me of course, I would never) have been known to let out our frustrations on Twitter from time to time with a crass well-placed swearword. Or two. Or three. In fact, Dr Hannah Fry and Dr Ed Manley from University College London's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis were so curious about…

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Diane ShipleyPeople in Redcar swear the most in the UK (on Twitter)
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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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Twitter’s in-tweet buy button goes live today

It's been speculated about for quite some time, but today it has become official -- you can now buy products from within Twitter at the click of a button. For the time being, only a select number of artists and brands will be able to sell you things through Twitter itself. Examples include Burberry, (RED), and…

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Tom PritchardTwitter’s in-tweet buy button goes live today
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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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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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Our top 8 apps for photo sharing and storing #PhotoWeek: Instagram, Flickr, Path

It seems we're all so obsessed with editing our photos that we've forgotten where we should be sharing them. Here's our rundown of the top 8 apps to share, store and save your photos, whether you're looking to build followers, join a dedicated community or just keep everything in one organised spot. 1. Instagram This…

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Laura KiddOur top 8 apps for photo sharing and storing #PhotoWeek: Instagram, Flickr, Path
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Our top 8 apps for photo sharing and storing #PhotoWeek [part two]: Instagram, Flickr, Path

5. Path A viable alternative to the at-times screeching noise of Facebook TMI overload, Path offers an altogether calmer, more reflective social media space. A "private social network", it’s well suited to sharing photos and thoughts with close friends and family only, so if you want to share all 50 of those cute baby photos…

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Laura KiddOur top 8 apps for photo sharing and storing #PhotoWeek [part two]: Instagram, Flickr, Path
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Are these your next 4 social networks? Shots, Secret, Pencourage, PumpUp

If you're getting bored of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you're obviously not the only one, as there are so many more social networks out there that are still managing to tempt new users away from the social media giants. With users tiring of being trolled on Twitter, there are social networks popping up everywhere trying…

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Hayley MinnAre these your next 4 social networks? Shots, Secret, Pencourage, PumpUp
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INSIGHT – Why favouriting tweets should be stopped

I’m sorry everyone. I’m going to have to come out and say it. I don’t like people who favourite on Twitter. I’m guilty of doing it too, and thus a hypocrite, but here’s why it’s rubbish, and shouldn’t be a thing. Twitter is not Facebook, and shouldn’t be used in the same way. Like everyone…

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Hayley MinnINSIGHT – Why favouriting tweets should be stopped
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5 shocking pictures of last night’s thunderstorm

Unless you’re the deepest sleeper in the world (or you don’t live in London), you’ll have been rudely awoken by a really loud thunderstorm last night, complete with lightning. While we weren’t very impressed by the lack of sleep we got from this meteorological nightmare, we’re very impressed with some of the pictures and videos…

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Hayley Minn5 shocking pictures of last night’s thunderstorm
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The new narcissism: why am I addicted to my own Facebook profile?

I’d like to admit something, and ask politely that none of you judge me. We are all friends here, in the cozy and confidential circle of trust that is the internet, aren’t we? Right then, here goes. My name is Lauren, and I Facebook-stalk myself. I am ashamed of the amount of time I spend…

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Lauren BravoThe new narcissism: why am I addicted to my own Facebook profile?
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The World Cup broke loads of social media records!

Were you watching the match last night? The World Cup Final broke records on Facebook and Twitter last night, for social media usage. Facebook revealed that 88 million people left more than 280 million posts, comments and likes about the Germany vs Argentina game, surpassing the previous record of 245 million interactions, held by the…

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Hayley MinnThe World Cup broke loads of social media records!