Posts Tagged ‘social media’

Choose a digital next-of-kin with Facebook!

February 13th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

death grim reaper dead Choose a digital next of kin with Facebook!You’re going to die. Even if you have plans to store your head in a glass jar like Richard Nixon on Futurama, you’re still going to shrug off your mortal coil and end up worm food, mainly because Futurama is fictional.

While that’s not the cheeriest thing to tell you all on the morning of Friday 13th, there is some good news for users of Facebook.

When you perish, Facebook is letting users decide what they want to do while they approach St Peter at the Pearly Gates (insert another religious or non-religious thing here if Christian heaven sounds like a nightmare to you).

This new feature allows Facebook-havers to choose someone to be their digital heir, so when you pass away, someone can do one last post for you to let everyone know you’re not alive anymore. That person can also delete your account for you too.

Your Facebook next-of-kin will be able to respond to friend requests, pin posts and update your profile picture, but they won’t be able to delete photos and do a load of posts pretending to be you, doing updates from heaven. Which is a shame. There’s no clue whether you’ll be able to ‘check in’ to heaven or a grave either, which seems like an opportunity missed.

Before this, Facebook preferred to freeze a member’s account when they found out someone had died. If you don’t choose a digital heir, then Facebook will freeze your account like before and leaving everything as you left it, complete with privacy settings. Dramatically, this process is called ‘memorialization’.

If you prefer, you can leave all your passwords to someone when you die, in your will or on a bit of paper or something, tied to your toe like when people die in cartoons.

Anyway – DEATH!

Twitter wants to be a troll killer

February 5th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

Twitter Logo1 Twitter wants to be a troll killerTwitter, like the rest of the internet, has had a bit of a troll problem. Of course, they’ve not had a problem with proper trolls who expertly wind people up, but in 2015, trolling means ‘abusive people who try and make people cry’, according to the papers.

We feel sorry for proper trolls who made it an art-form, rather than people who just shout ‘rape’ and ‘cancer’ at women.

Anyway, Twitter has been blamed for a lot of abusive internet behaviour and CEO Dick Costolo is taking personal responsibility for it. That’s not to say he’s been creating fake profiles and shouting at strangers online, but rather, he’s taking accountability for the social media site’s problems with, what basically adds up to, a load of nobheads.

He’s hinting that Twitter will be taking stronger action to reduce abuse on the network.

Costolo’s comments came about after one of his employees brought up Lindy West, an American writer who was attacked following the death of her father, with the abuser setting up an account using her dead father’s image to insult her further.

Costolo, in typical internet bigwig fashion used infantile language, saying that Twitter “sucked” at dealing with abuse and that trolling was driving away “core users”.

“I’m frankly ashamed of how poorly we’ve dealt with this issue during my tenure as CEO,” said Costolo, adding: “It’s absurd. There’s no excuse for it. I take full responsibility for not being more aggressive on this front. It’s nobody else’s fault but mine, and it’s embarrassing.”

It would be unlikely for the CEO to say something was ‘embarrassing’ about his company without wanting to do something about it, so over the coming months, we could well see some new measures from Twitter to try and stop people from setting up accounts just to shout at people with. Naturally, trying to stop that is like trying to punch a cloud of botfly, so we’ll see how they get on.

Snapchat’s Discover woos more firms

January 28th, 2015 No Comments By Ian Wade

The likes of Daily Mail, CNN and Vice are among early media adopters of Snapchat’s new Discover feature.

The Discover feature grants users a snapshot of content every 24 hours, allowing Snapchat users to flick through new content on their Discover channels.

Let’s look at some filmed content:

Discovery Channel, ESPN and Warner Music are also on board with more set to follow. The Daily Mail have even dedicated a team of four to re-purpose editorial content for the app, which will no doubt point via nosy pictures at Kim Kardashian pouring her curves into a slinky winning dare-to-bare outfit, or throwing shade at various degrees of dressed down celebrities getting coffee with pixelated children.

A Snapchat spokesperson said: “Snapchat Discover is a new way to explore stories from different editorial teams. It’s the result of collaboration with world-class leaders in media to build a storytelling format that puts the narrative first. This is not social media.

“Social media companies tell us what to read based on what’s most recent or most popular. We see it differently. We count on editors and artists, not clicks and shares, to determine what’s important.”

It went on: “Discover is different because it has been built for creatives. All too often, artists are forced to accommodate new technologies in order to distribute their work. This time we built the technology to serve the art: each edition includes full screen photos and videos, awesome long form layouts, and gorgeous advertising.”

Video and group chats from Twitter

January 27th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

Bitterwallet Twitters @earlybird Video and group chats from TwitterTwitter have been tinkering with themselves again, launching two new things for their social network.

In what is a clear move to thwart some of the contenders that are stealing some of Twitter’s userbase, they’ve decided to add video capture to their mobile app, which allows you to record, edit and share clips of up to 30 seconds in length. Saves linking to Vine videos, right?

If you’re an iPhone user, you can import and edit existing videos from your camera roll and, if you’re on Android, then that’ll be ‘coming soon’.

Twitter have also added a group messaging function, which means you can tweet at a load of people at the same time in your DMs, as well as out in the open.

Updates are rolling out as we speak, but of course, if you’re on Android, the Google Play update won’t actually tell you what’s new, unlike all other updates, so leave it to us to let you know what the craic is.

Tweetbot: victim of its own success

January 27th, 2015 No Comments By Ian Wade

Twitter Logo1 Tweetbot: victim of its own successTweetbot for Mac has been pulled from the Mac App Store. The third party app has hit a cap imposed by the social network on the number of users it can have.

Tweetbot originally started life on the Mac App Store back in October 2012, and has now the latest casualty of the Twitter rule of limiting new clients to 100,000 users.

The rule dates back to August 2012, when Twitter announced that any new app which was mainly used to access the users’ timeline would need explicit permission to have more than 100,000 users.

The post was widely seen as an attempt to kill off third-party Twitter clients, and eventually forced users onto the official Twitter app.

Mainly as Twitter cannot display adverts on third-party apps, and it has no control over which of its new features get rolled out when, you can imagine why they got a bit itchy about it.

While other apps have managed to escape such a fate – the rules were imposed in August 2012 – Tweetbot for Mac fell foul and is now ostracised. The ruthless world of social media!

Facebook cited in a third of divorce cases

January 23rd, 2015 1 Comment By Ian Wade

Bitterwallet Facebook censorship Facebook cited in a third of divorce casesFacebook has been cited in a third of divorce cases, according to a law firm’s survey.

Thankfully no one is actually cheating on their partner WITH Facebook, because that would be psychologically troubling.

Leeds law firm Lake Legal said that 66 out of 200 divorce cases they examined, had Facebook mentioned in not too wondrous tones. The main cause of grievances was when partners use the site to track down and befriend ex-shags, or been a bit odd with the truth, with various mutual friends pointing out any posts that they’ve seen from one party that excluded the other.

That’s basic social media etiquette, really. Whatever you do, don’t tell anyone. Least not your online presence. Honestly, there’s no helping some people.

Lake Legal’s managing partner, Lyn Ayrton said: “Social media provides an ongoing log of our lives. The sharing of written posts and pictures, often with geo-tagging, provides a record of activities that can be used in a court case.”

“Social media provides an ongoing log of our lives. The sharing of written posts and pictures, often with geo-tagging, provides a record of activities that can be used in a court case.”

“Often, if a partner refers to an impending bonus, a new job offer, or plans for a holiday, it may provide evidence that they are not telling the truth about their financial position. At the very least, it could call their credibility into question. It’s like having a massive public noticeboard.”

“Somebody said she was not in a relationship with anybody new but then posted a message inviting everybody to a housewarming party for her and her boyfriend.”

Well, they deserved everything they got, there…

Twitter Logo1 Twitter to start telling you what youve missed, like a needy show offOne of the things that made Twitter so likeable when it first came out, was how unfussy and simple it was. While other social networks were fiddly and filled with over-complicated algorithms and such, Twitter kept things tidy and basic.

Then, they started tinkering and messing about, annoying everyone in the process. And they aren’t stopping, now they’ve announced a new feature which is designed to recap tweets you might have missed while you were away from the app.

This means that, instead of just showing a chronological list of most recent tweets, the iOS app will display the top tweets since you last opened the app. Initially, this is only being rolled out on Apple devices, but it’ll be on Android in no time, that’s for sure.

Some third party apps, when you re-open Twitter, kick off where you left it, but now the official app will curate the top tweets that would have missed among the flurry of people slagging off TV shows and the like. If the feature is anything like Facebook’s algorithm-driven news feed, then there’s going to be huge amounts of people complaining about it, as Twitter has always been good for being a real-time feed, unlike Facebook’s complete mess of a timeline.

“If you check in on Twitter now and then for a quick snapshot of what’s happening, you’ll see this recap more often; if you spend a lot of time on Twitter already, you’ll see it less,” the company’s blog post said.

Jarringly, there’ll be no way to turn the feature off either.

Ryanair just can’t play nicely

January 16th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

Corporate Twitter accounts are no fun. They’re just some poor sap in the office who isn’t allowed to be funny and spontaneous without every Tweet going through a committee, leaving business feeds stilted and dead-eyed.

In some instances however, companies allow their social media teams to do stuff on the fly, which seems to be the case at Ryanair and Aer Lingus, who got into it after a customer asked a question.

aerlingus ryanair Ryanair just cant play nicely

When Des Foley asked if the two airlines really hated each other, Aer Lingus replied that it was all just a bit of fun. However, Ryaniar constantly have a bee up their arse and replied with the pithy “we’d have to treble our fares and lose 81m customers”, singing the “trolololol” song all the while.

They just can’t play nicely can they?

[via SimonNRicketts]

instagram Instagram fix flaw that made your private photos, publicPeople who have private Instagram accounts are weirdos. They’re clearly hiding something at worst. At best, they’re paranoid tin-foil hat types that haven’t realised that the service is owned by Facebook, so your personal privacy is out of the window anyway.

To add to the peculiar notion of locked-down accounts, some of these people automatically send their photos to other services like Tumblr and Facebook, meaning everyone can see what they’re snapping regardless of the settings on the app.

Instagram, when questioned about it, said that this loophole was completely intentional, and not a cock-up on their part.

With that in mind, it interesting that they’ve now issued a patch which means that, unless you’ve had a friend request accepted by the private photographer, you won’t be able to see their photos anywhere.

“If you choose to share a specific piece of content from your account publicly, that link remains public but the account itself is still private,” said an Instagram spokesperson. Another IG bod added: “In response to feedback, we made an update so that if people change their profile from public to private, web links that are not shared on other services are only viewable to their followers on Instagram.”

So there you go. You can’t creep on hotties/cats/pictures of rainbows unless you befriend them through the app now.

Facebook Facebook to introduce warnings on graphic contentThe Facebook have come up with a series of videos and image restriction devices to help protect the young and innocent. And, well, everyone else.

It’s hoping that it will stop unwitting viewers from having to see some graphic content on their newsfeeds.

They won’t allow the flagged videos to auto-play on the site either, in case of accidental sightings of cock or beheadings.

In fact, it was the increasing amount of extremist content and the continuing adventures of Jihadi John or whatever the tool’s name is, that was being spread on the site.

A Facebook spokesperson told the BBC: “When people share things on Facebook, we expect that they will share it responsibly, including choosing who will see that content. We also ask that people warn their audience about what they are about to see if it includes graphic violence.

“In instances when people report graphic content to us that should include warnings or is not appropriate for people under the age of 18, we may add a warning for adults and prevent young people from viewing the content.”

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Facebook’s terms and conditions state that it will remove videos featuring: nudity or other sexually suggestive content, hate speech, credible threats or direct attacks on an individual or group, content that contains self-harm or excessive violence, fake or imposter profiles and spam.

Which will leave us with pretty much nothing but cat gifs and, um, actually just the cat gifs.

Too often, corporate Twitter accounts and thunderously useless. Through these channels, the best you can hope for is pointless platitudes, overly long hashtags that no-one will use and, when the complaints come rolling in, a lot of shrugging while a team leader desperately phones a marketing team, shrieking like it’s the end of the world.

However, sometimes, they come up trumps.

One plucky scamp decided to tell everyone on his feed that he’d had a poo while on a Virgin Train and there was no toilet roll. Virgin leapt into action!

B6prjiJCUAApl 5 Virgin Trains: Helping you out when youve had a dump

As you can see, instead of simply ignoring the text or offering some vouchers 3 hours after the event, the social media team got someone to take some bogroll to our faecal friend.

That, ladies and gents, is how to do corporate social media properly.

Did you hear the one about the restaurant who posted a picture of a non-paying family online, so everyone could mock them? You may have actually, because it happened over Christmas, but it is news to us.

In Cardiff, Burger & Lobster’s new place had a family who did a bunk without paying their bill. And so, to get their own back, the eaterie decided to shame them on their Facebook page.

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The post said: “To this family that walked out tonight without paying their bill, we are sure this was just a ‘mistake’ and you completely forgot, so out of the goodness of your heart please call the restaurant tomorrow to pay the bill. Thanks.”

While we think it is funny, it seems that a lot of the people who stumbled across it on Facebook weren’t. Soft gets. One disgruntled person dribbled: “People make mistakes like this all the time, especially if there is a few of them. I’ve had to go back and pay after leaving and realising. Not a very professional approach by this food chain if these customers have left in error! I don’t like the way in which you operate and puts me off ever coming into your establishment! Disgusting!”

And the hysterical shrieking wasn’t done there either. Another person left a comment saying; “Genuinely a disgrace posting this on a social media platform.”

Disgusting and disgraceful there, completely in-keeping the severity of what’s happened. Of course, a load of people thought it was funny as well, so that’s something.

Oh, and if you care at all, the family in question returned to the restaurant and paid their bill in full, which means the Facebook post worked. However, Burger & Lobster will probably go out of business now, thanks to the three people who howled in anguish at the company’s actions. A stern warning to us all.

Most Brits have internet regrets

January 2nd, 2015 No Comments By Ian Wade

facebook user 300x193 Most Brits have internet regretsThe average adult has 17 ‘internet regrets’ after posting something they wish they hadn’t, according to a new thing.

The typical Brit apparently deletes ten posts a year from their social networks, when they sober up or just basically come to their senses.

From rants about bosses, or photos of them with their knickers around their ankles or having uokhun? style outbursts get deleted from feeds when the user has usually had a word from a concerned friends.

Sam Allcock of Custard Online Marketing, who are behind the study of 2,000 people, said: “In the last 10 years, the number of Brits using social media has grown rapidly – even our grandparents are on Facebook now. But it’s important to remember how many people have access to our photos, status updates and even our reaction to other people’s behaviour online.”

“It’s perhaps not surprising that so many adults have regrets lurking on their social media profiles, as our frequent access to smartphones and tablets makes it easier for us to post photos and comments at times we really shouldn’t. We suspect that everyone has made the mistake of posting too much information online, so at least it’s something everyone can relate to.”

Allcock added: “Alcohol can play a big part in the amount of regrettable social media posts – it’s a bad mix.”

There’s a Top 15 of the most popular internet regrets so let’s look at it:

1. Unflattering photographs
2. Raucous, drunken photos
3. Immature comments
4. Boring status updates
5. Over-emotional outbursts
6. Posts giving an opinion I no longer have
7. Photos of me, doing things I shouldn’t have done
8. Photos of me in skimpy clothing/underwear
9. Loved up or soppy comments about an ex or partner
10. Bad language
11. Controversial opinions that people get offended at
12. Jokes in bad taste
13. Bitching about someone
14. Vain selfies
15. Pictures of food

Emojis are taking over the world

December 31st, 2014 1 Comment By Ian Wade

emoticon Emojis are taking over the world

The heart emoji was the top word of 2014, and it’s the first time a pictograph has won the Word of the Year honours.

The list was compiled by the 15th annual survey of the English language by the Global Language Monitor which analyses the internet, social media including Twitter and print and electronic news media.

There are currently 722 characters in the emoji universe, and there’s another 250 coming in 2015, and 37 more due for approval this next year. Social media is the thing that is accelerating the modern argot, with hashtag, photobomb, bae, “bash” tag, and clickbait all making advances up the Word of the Year chart.

It’s all a bit of a development, as in 2000, the top words was ‘chad’, the top phrase was ‘dot.com’ and top name was ‘Dubya’ for that blessed nincompoop, President Bush.

According to GLM’s president Paul Payack: “The English Language is now undergoing a remarkable transformation unlike any in its 1400 year history – its system of writing, the alphabet, is gaining characters at amazing rate. These character are ideographs or pictographs that are called emoji and emoticons.”

“There are about a thousand emoji characters now officially recognised by Unicode Consortium, the official keepers of coding that forms the basis of the internet. They regularly review new suggestions with the next 37 or so being finalised for June 2015.”

“Then the new emoji can be embedded in any number of devices for any number of languages. The AlphaBIT now includes letters, numbers, the diacritical marks that compose emoticons, as well as clever electronic solutions that provide real-time access to more than hundreds of emoji.”

We welcome our emoji overlords.

Facebook say sorry for ‘Year In Review’

December 29th, 2014 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

Facebook 300x300 Facebook say sorry for Year In ReviewIf you’re on Facebook, you’ll no doubt be aware of their ‘Year in Review’ feature, which was a crappy slideshow of people’s finest moments of 2014, including a variety of cats, cocktails, lunches and people’s selfies reflected in grubby mirrors.

Well, some people didn’t have a nice time with their year, and the function only served to show them how awful 2014 had been for them, as well as showcasing the people they’d lost and what have you.

As a result, Facebook have apologised for the grief the feature caused. Presumably, someone in the Facebook office thought: ‘If your year was awful and you didn’t want reminding of depressing things, why on Earth did you use the thing?’, but didn’t want to upset the customers.

On of the things that went viral about the nostalgia tool was a piece by Eric Meyer, who lost his daughter. He wrote a blog which a lot of people related to and it quickly went viral. In reply to this, Jonathan Gheller, product manager for the app at Facebook, said sorry: “[The app] was awesome for a lot of people, but clearly in this case we brought him grief rather than joy. The team behind the app is considering ways to improve it and will take Meyer’s concerns into account.”

Naturally, the main gripe with it was just how pushy the app was, sitting atop your feed if you couldn’t be bothered using it. It sat there, demanding attention like an emo cat.

Either way, now the year is nearly up, it’ll soon bugger off, which will be a relief to many.