ShinyShiny snippets: Russian troll factory ‘plaguing social media with propaganda’

Britain has accused a "sick Russian troll factory" of "plaguing social media with Kremlin propaganda" after funding what it said was expert research into the organisation. Known as Cyber Front Z - adopting the military insignia used by Russia's invading forces in Ukraine - it was first uncovered in March by the news organisation Fontanka based in…

1 in 3 adults make diet choices based on social media

  Drinking water instead of eating snacks, setting intake limits and cutting out all snacking are among the top changes people have already made to their diet due to social media influence. While more than a quarter of adults have cut out all bread, more than one in five have cut dairy entirely and 23…

1 in 4 pet owners created social media accounts for furry friends

A study of 2,000 cat and dog owners found that of those with pet social media accounts, 35 per cent set it up for their beloved animals to show them off to the world. While 34 per cent wanted to enjoy the positive reactions shared over their pets online. These pampered pets have an average…

6 ways to make your social media images stand out

Emeka Ikechi, Director, Vanity Studios, gives his tips on how to make your social media images have more impact.... Good photography comes down to three essentials: lighting, composition, and background. It’s important that you think about these when selecting images for your social media accounts. 1. LIGHTING The number one rule is: don’t use your…

Snapchat launches feature for remembering birthdays

Snapchat has launched a new feature to make it fun and easy to remember and celebrate your Snapchat friends' birthdays! The Birthdays Mini pulls together a list of all your friends who have allowed their birthday to be seen on Snapchat (instructions on how below), so you can see all the upcoming and recent birthdays,…

World data suggests TikTok is most popular social app, claims study

TikTok may have the crown as the most downloaded social media app globally during the pandemic, but new research by comparethemarket.com reveals that Facebook is still Brits’ favourite platform – and that only one in 10 (11%) favour the video-based app. Following data revealing the top eight downloaded apps over the pandemic, comparethemarket.com polled UK social media…

Half of employers regularly check workers’ social media accounts

Research collated by Instant Offices shows that almost half of UK employers (47%) admit to checking up on current employees via social media.   Additionally, 34% say that they have gone one step further and reprimanded or even fired an employee in the worst-case scenario due to the content they posted on their social media. …

UK adults spent more time online in 2020 than those from other nations

UK adults spent more time online on computers, smartphones or tablets in 2020 than those in other European countries, according to Ofcom’s annual study into the nation’s online habits. Its Online Nation 2021 report looked at an unprecedented year, when communication, entertainment, culture, retail, work and education moved more online. UK adults spent more than…

Book review: Always On by Rory Cellan-Jones

Smartphones haven't just replaced several consumer devices in one, they've also had a profound effect on society, helping to prevent the spread of everything from covid to cancer. Blogger and editor of Where Are We Now? Simon Poulter reviews BBC Technology Editor Rory Cellan-Jones' new book, Always On: Hope and Fear in the Social Smartphone…

Who is most likely to leave social media? US citizens top list, claims study

Image Credit: Frank Gaertner / Shutterstock Social media has become an essential part of our daily lives. And while it has many positive attributes, it can be a very toxic environment at times. This was recently exemplified by retired French footballer Thierry Henry quitting social media due to cyberbullying and racism.…