Posts Tagged ‘social media’
Even though no-one uses QR codes, because they’re fiddly and out-dated, one man decided to try out the one that featured on a bottle of Heinz ketchup… and he got something that was a very different type of ‘saucy’. Instead of arriving on a page where he could design his own Heinz label, instead, he found himself being directed to a hardcore pornography site. Insert your own joke about ‘squirting’ here.
Daniel Korell scanned the label to find out more about the promotion, and was directed to a German porn site, with the utterly wonderful name of ‘Fundorado’.
So what happened? Well, Heinz ran the contest between 2012 and 2014, and the link expired this year, which was then taken up by a mucky website.
Korell wrote on his Facebook page: “Your ketchup really isn’t for under-age people. Even if the bottle was a leftover, it’s still in lots of households.”
“It’s incomprehensible that you didn’t reserve the domain for one or two years. It really doesn’t cost the Earth,” he added.
Heinz’s social media team were quick to apologise and replied to Korell, saying: “We really regret the event very much and we’re happy to take your suggestions for how we implement future campaigns on board.”
That’s all well and good, but Heinz were again scuppered by Fundorado, who enjoyed a load of free advertising and decided to leave a comment on the Facebook post, and offered Korell a free year’s subscription to a load of smutty films. Condimental.
Going for a slash in a public place, can be tricky at the best of times. Men have other men glancing at their junk, or some urinate so forcibly that they create a backspray that emanates from their general area, while another man belches and spits to the side of you.
Gordie Wallace, up in Aberdeen, had a whole new problem when he was at the city’s Handmade Burger Company.
Basically, while taking a leak, the dryer went off and covered his foot in his own emission.
He said: “Halfway through my urination, the dryer decided to go on full pelt and blew my stream all over the place, covering my trousers and leaving me with a soggy trainer on my left foot.”
Then, the magic happened. After seeing the complaint on their Facebook page, the Handmade Burger Company said sorry, and then offered Gordie a new pair of trainers and a year’s supply of fresh socks, as a way of saying sorry.
They also took this lovely photo of themselves while they investigated the toilet set-up.
Corporate social media is, for the most part, the most nauseating thing in the entire world. It tends to veer toward irritating pal-speak where a supermarket pretends to be your pal, or worse still, overly cutesy and self-deprecating meme-chatter, where a retailer goes on like they’re a talking cat or whatever.
However, whoever was running the Tesco account when they were contacted by a parody account of Liverpool FC’s Brendan Rodgers, got it absolutely spot-on.
For non-football fans, Liverpool have bought a number of players from Southampton FC, which Mike from Tesco thought he’d throw back at ‘Deluded Brendan’.
We hope Mike got a bottle of wine or some bonus for his efforts.
Facebook are in privacy trouble again, with the Belgian privacy commission taking the social network to court for alleged “trampling” over Belgian and European privacy laws. This legal action will be heard in an EU court on Thursday, after a report published by the Belgian privacy watchdog alleged that Facebook are breaching European privacy law, including the one about the tracking of non-users and logged out users.
The president of the Belgian privacy commission, Willem Debeuckelaere, says that Facebook are treating users’ private lives with no respect, and it needs to be stopped.
“It’s not because we want start a lawsuit over this, but we can not continue to negotiate through other means,” Debeuckelaere told Belgian news DeMorgen. “We want a judge to impose our recommendations. These recommendations are chiefly aimed at protecting internet users who are not Facebook members.”
According to the report, Facebook has been tracking users on a long-term basis who visit any of its pages, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. Of course, there’s a number of privacy cases being thrown at Facebook in Europe, which saw the European commission telling people that, if they want to protect their privacy, they should shut their Facebook accounts.
Naturally, the social network isn’t having it.
A Facebook spokesperson said: “We were surprised and disappointed that, after the [Belgium privacy commission] had already agreed to meet with us on the 19 June to discuss their recommendations, they took the theatrical action of bringing Facebook Belgium to court on the day beforehand.”
“Although we are confident that there is no merit to the case, we remain happy to work with them in an effort to resolve their concerns, through a dialogue with us at Facebook Ireland and with our regulator, the Irish data protection commissioner.”
This is a reference to the decision made by a Dutch court recently, which ruled that Facebook’s operations there were not responsible for data protection issues – that responsibility lies with Facebook in Ireland.
Twitter is based on efficiency. You get 140 characters to get your message across or, if you’re a thunderous pain in the arse, you write 7,000 consecutive tweets in a row, when you should have set up a blog and stopped mithering everyone by flooding their timelines.
Anyway, public tweets aren’t going to change any time soon, but in the direct messages, you’ll be able to tap in a whopping 10,000 characters! That’s entire diatribes you can aim at long suffering exes and celebrities who have accidentally followed you!
Sachin Agarwal, Twitter Product Manager, made the announcement for developers and that this should be available next month, in July.
“You may be wondering what this means for the public side of Twitter. Nothing! Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today,” added Agarwal.
This week, Twitter also introduced a feature to export and import block lists, which is useful to those with a lot of enemies. You can even share them with other people, should you all want to block the same people. This, it seems, is Twitter’s attempt at making their service a bit safer, as the social network has been accused of not being very helpful when people are getting royally trolled/bullied.
So there you have it. Timewasting just became very slightly different! Hurray!
You may have noticed that, recently, your Facebook News Feed has had a number of animated gifs on it. That’s exciting, for those who like to embed a reaction shot to every single bloody thing they ever say.
“We built support for animated GIFs to help people express themselves in fun new ways on Facebook. Like many features that we release on Facebook, we want to ensure that this drives a great experience for people first before rolling it out more widely. While Pages cannot currently post GIFs, we are exploring ways to enable this in the future,” said Facebook in a statement.
However, not everyone knows how to do it and have been scratching their heads about it all. Well, we’re here to help.
To post animated GIFs to the News Feed, you need to paste a link to one in the status update box, rather than upload it like a photograph. It looks like it doesn’t work through the mobile app properly, so for the time being, it’ll be a desktop-only affair.
If you’ve turned off your Auto-play settings, then you might not see them in action, but if they are on, they’ll play automatically.
Go to Settings, hit Videos, then Auto-Play Videos. If you’re on mobile, then go to Settings, then Videos and Photos, and you’ll know what to do from there.
So, in short, upload a link to gif – like you’re uploading a YouTube video – in your status box, and you should be away. If you want to make your own gif from a YouTube video, then GifMaker is a good site to use.
We suspect that, at some point, Facebook will get around to sorting it out, so that you can upload gifs like photos, but until then, this is what you need to do.
Some people go to Nando’s to eat, plain and simple. Other people – who are clearly the kind of people who need to be rounded up and flogged – go for a ‘cheeky’ Nando’s. Well, the latter type of customer seems to be rubbing off on the staff, who decided to get all lusty after a customer on Twitter.
The poultry vendors offered to come to a young lady’s house “to make things ‘hot’”. Elle originally tweeted: ”I thought I could handle Nandos hot chicken. But boyyyy the way my mouth was burning.” She didn’t @ the company itself, but searching for their own name (which is what psychopaths do), they replied with: ”can’t handle the heat Elle?” and added a winking emoticon.
She replied: “I can handle it, I just chose not to actually,” which then saw Nando’s trying to slide into her DMs, all smooth like, offering to go ’round to her house.
Of course, Nando’s said that they were only trying to offer her some hot sauce.
“We like to have fun with our customers on Twitter and reward our loyal fans,” a spokesperson said. “We wanted to send Elle a bottle of hot sauce in response to her tweet, which is where the reference to ‘handling the heat’ comes from.”
“We would never intentionally offend someone and when we realised we may have done so, deleted the tweet. This is not something we would usually do.”
Yeah, yeah, we’ve all tried that one mate.
Well, you’re in luck – and so are stalkers – as there’s a new app called the Marauder Map which hooks up with Facebook, which allows people to instantly see where you are and where you’ve been. And yes, it is named after the map from Harry Potter, which only adds to how irritating this all is.
Mercifully, this only works if you leave your location services on (and only a fool would do that). If you have, then through this Chrome extension, a bubble pops up showing where you’ve been in a map screen, every time you open up Facebook’s Messenger.
“Bubbles on the map represent the most recent location for each user, and clicking on a user’s bubble brings up all past location points recorded for that user,” say the people behind it.
“This extension was developed as a demonstration not an actual tool to creep on your Facebook acquaintances. This is not meant to be used as a tool to creep on your friends, rather a demonstration of the scary amount of information you can gather on someone just by aggregating the data they provide through messenger.”
So there you have it. This app is a bit creepy, but it is meant to be, in a bid to try and make people aware of how much of their location they’re giving away.
If you want to look at the app, click here.
After the General Election, a lot of people are suddenly finding out that social media is an echo chamber of your own views. So many have presumed that they’re making a difference by telling everyone they’ve voted and getting a bunch of likes and retweets on the issues that concern them.
However, social media is not the real world because online, you can almost entirely surround yourself with people who agree with you – and that’s no good.
A study shows that Facebook users almost only every click on links that they agree with. While you may have friends that have a wide spread of political views, people are only looking at the things that confirm what they already think – which sees people thinking they’re ‘right’, and therefore, lacking the need to sensibly debate anything.
The new research published in Science shows that there’s a self-sustaining “filter bubble”. Hark at how many people were surprised that the Tories did so well in the election, and you’ll see just how filtered some people’s bubbles really are.
The new study was overseen by Facebook’s in-house scientists, who wanted to see if their algorithm was creating this filter and therefore, creating a political polarisation.
They mapped out the site’s users according to which parties they’d said they support, and over 10 million Facebook users were mapped on a five point scale, according to whether they were conservative or liberal. The boffins then analysed news content and things they’d liked, and tried to work out how often people see stories that they weren’t expected to agree with.
And they discovered that the Facebook newsfeed largely works as an echo chamber, with users less likely to even see stories that they didn’t agree with.
So there you have it. Don’t assume you’re correct, just because ‘everyone’ on the internet agrees with you.
Facebook are tag-teaming with RiskIQ in a bid to tackle malware and adverts that are filled with horrible, computer borking stuff. They’re right too as well because the social network is riddled with games and links filled with dodgy things.
This new deal will see RiskIQ monitoring millions of Facebook advertiser landing pages in a bid to thwart anything malicious getting through. Then, with the data, Facebook will hack down anyone distributing threats.
“RiskIQ helps Facebook detect and block threats planted in third-party ads that violate our policies and can put people at risk,” said Jennifer Henley, Facebook’s director of security operations.
“The additional insight they provide helps us protect the integrity of our global network and create a trusted environment for the people on our platform.”
“We are extremely proud that Facebook chose RiskIQ to help protect their users from malicious and fraudulent activity,” said Elias Manousos, CEO of RiskIQ. “Our platform’s global visibility into the user experience on Facebook allows us to provide the social network giant with the intelligence they need to keep users safe every day.”
Basically, statuses that had links in them, were rejected by the social network. It also looks like it has retrospectively deleted updates that had already been posted. If you tried to post something to your wall with a link to something in it, you were shown a message saying that Facebook “believe the link you are trying to visit is malicious”.
This ‘bug’ only affected posts which had links to content outside of Facebook. At the time of writing, it looks like this has been partially resolved.
“An error in our system that helps block bad links on Facebook incorrectly marked some URLs as malicious or inappropriate,” said a Facebook spokesperson. “As a result, some existing posts were hidden, while other posts were blocked completely. We’ve resolved the issue and the remaining affected URLs are being unblocked. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.”
So what’s the problem? It seems that Facebook’s tool which automatically scrapes pictures from links that are posted, so you see a preview of the link with an image, is the thing causing the kerfuffle.
This is a pretty big problem for Zuckerberg though, as publishers will have lost a fair amount of traffic with Facebook, which means they’ll be looking at how much ad-money to throw at them. And while Facebook has historically had very few technical difficulties, the past couple of years have been a bit of a mess.
In January, it went down completely, while in April, the site was unavailable to some Android. Maybe if Facebook stop tinkering with absolutely everything all the time, and just let it be for a while…
Twitter is going to start messing around with everyone’s timelines. This is irritating news for those that like the platform and it’s ‘live’ feel. Of course, those that don’t like or understand Twitter will resort to making tired jokes about photographs of people’s lunches or puns like ‘twatter’.
One of Twitter’s big successes was that the information you wanted came in real time, unlike Facebook that curates your timeline and gives prominence to posts based on a variety of algorithms, rather than what you’ve decided to look at yourself.
Facebook basically take all the posts you might see, and reduces them down to around 300 posts. That means there’s a lot of things your friends (or pages you’ve liked) are disappearing through the virtual cracks.
According to chief executive Dick Costolo, Twitter won’t be applying a Facebook-style filter. “As we iterate on the logged out experience and curate topics, events, moments that unfold on the platform, you should absolutely expect us to deliver those experiences across the total audience and that includes logged in users and users in syndication.”
“By organising our content in a way that’s easily discovered and consumed, we extend the reach of Twitter far beyond the 302 million people who log in every month,” said Costolo. “We first introduced the logged out home page on desktop in the US and we intend to bring it more places over time, while also iterating on it and making improvements that keep it informative, entertaining and relevant.”
It looks like Twitter are happy to risk the irritation of early adopters in a bid to make the network more accessible for newcomers. Or, most pertinently, this will make it easier for Twitter to make some money from adverts that can’t be easily placed in the current system.
And money is on the mind of Twitter’s bosses, as trading in the social network’s shares was suspended in New York after a tweet containing the company’s latest results kicked off a drop in the company’s value. Twitter’s value dropped by 20% and when trading resumed today, the company lost more stock, even though monthly users to the site were up by 18%.
For such a huge platform, Twitter accounted for less than 1% of the $145bn digital advertising market last year, while Google’s share was over 31% and Facebook’s, 8%.
Something needs to be fixed at Twitter, but will it be something that alienates core users?
Facebook – everyone’s favourite, honest – have added a video-calling feature the Messenger app, so your massive, nasty face can appear when you’re bothering someone who was sat at home, minding their own business.
Of course, this isn’t a new thing as you’ve been able to do this on Skype for ages, and of course, Apple FaceTime is a thing. Anyway, this new-to-Messenger feature, is available immediately on Apple iOS and Android.
“Today, we’re introducing video calling in Messenger. Now you can have face-to-face conversations with your friends and the people you care about, via Messenger,” said Stan Chudnovsky, Head of Product for Messenger and Param Reddy, Engineering Manager.
You’ll be able to use it if one person is on Apple and you’re on Android, or whatever.
This follows a spate of announcements from Facebook, including the social network’s tinkering with our timelines for the millionth time. You’ll also be able to send money through FB too, if you like. They also made Messenger available on desktop too.
All these developments won’t stop people from hating the company though. There’s still a legal case knocking about, with 25,000 people suing Facebook over privacy concerns. Still, for those that use the site and maybe have family living overseas, this video-chat function might be just the thing.
The social network has announced yet another change to the feed algorithm, which apparently means you’re going to see much more of what you actually want. Of course, they’re not going to trust you to curate it yourself like you’re a capable adult or anything. Don’t be ridiculous.
Basically, this new way of doing things means that you’ll see more status updates and photos from friends whose profiles you actually visit, rather than the dribbling nonsense you normally get from businesses and that lad from your school who is depressed and racist.
Facebook wrote in a blog that they believe “people are worried about missing important updates from friends they care about.” Facebook product manager Max Eulenstein and user experience researcher Lauren Scissors (!) said: “Content posted directly by the friends you care about, such as photos, videos, status updates or links, will be higher up in News Feed so you are less likely to miss it.”
“If you like to read news or interact with posts from pages you care about, you will still see that content in News Feed. This update tries to make the balance of content the right one for each individual person.”
They continue: “Previously, we had rules in place to prevent you from seeing multiple posts from the same source in a row. With this update, we are relaxing this rule. Now if you run out of content, but want to spend more time in News Feed, you’ll see more.”
We’ll give them 3 months before they mess with it again.
For example, someone jokingly suggested Sue Perkins for Top Gear, which saw people sending her death threats. Some of these people are actual adults with actual jobs. Some people thought they’d threaten to sexually assault a woman for suggesting that Jane Austen should be on the £10 note.
Imagine getting arrested or a criminal conviction for something as lame as that?
With that, Twitter want to try and tackle the situation, which will no doubt see some people shrieking like someone with a 2-bar heater in the bath with them: WHAT ABOUT MY HUMAN RIGHTS?! WHAT ABOUT MY RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH?! While others will just set up a sock-puppet account and carry on as normal, like they’re notorious MP [comment removed under legal advice].
There’s a couple of policy changes which is looking at this. Twitter will allow its support team to lock abusive accounts for periods, then ask users to confirm their phone number, while asking them to delete certain tweets.
Shreyas Doshi, director of product management at Twitter, said: “The updated language better describes the range of prohibited content and our intention to act when users step over the line into abuse. This feature takes into account a wide range of signals and context that frequently correlates with abuse, including the age of the account itself, and the similarity of a tweet to other content that our safety team has in the past independently determined to be abusive.”
“It will not affect your ability to see content that you’ve explicitly sought out, such as tweets from accounts you follow, but instead is designed to help us limit the potential harm of abusive content.”
Now, the Twitter policy has got rid of ‘direct, specific threats of violence against others’ and is now stating that ‘threats of violence against others or promot[ing] violence against others’ is not acceptable. You can still call them names though, so don’t worry.
Do remember this though: if you’re concerned that you aren’t being allowed to say what you want on a social media platform or indeed, in the comments on a websites, your freedom of speech isn’t under threat because you can still go and set up a Tumblr account or whatever, and spout off about whatever you want, whenever you want. So stop crying like a big internet baby.