Posts Tagged ‘social media’
Do you like people you’ve potentially never met, judging you? Well, you could just get a Twitter account and say something (anything) about race, but that might not be enough for you. You might want a proper review, that stays on the internet for all to see.
Well, there’s a new app in the works called Peeple, which aims to be something like TripAdvisor, only for human beings.
You’ll get a 1 to 5-star rating in professional, personal and dating categories, so if you’ve angered anyone or have loads of sarcastic mates, you’ve had it. Your name will be dirt, and then you’ll spend your entire life exacting revenge on anyone your mind can summon.
Developers Julia Cordray and Nicole McCullough have been reviewed quite harshly themselves, thanks to the announcement of this app. Their profiles are going to be a trial by fire, clearly. Some people have pointed out that this app will give people the opportunity to harass others.
On Facebook, in relation to these accusations, the Peeple page says: ”Hey Visitors to our page: We hear you loud and clear. 1. You want the option to opt in or opt out. 2. You don’t want the ability for users to start your profiles even if you would only get positive reviews if they did (Our app does not allow negative reviews for unclaimed profiles).
3. People are genuinely good even though Yelp has over 47 million reviews and all the users are anonymous and in that 47 million reviews there are 79% positive reviews. (We are not anonymous as users of the Peeple app which should make our positivity even higher than Yelp)
4. You want this available on Android too (We are building it now)”
The app launches next month and offers no way to remove yourself once someone has started rating you, which is nice. And there’s no way of deleting your reviews either. This is not an opt-in service. Or an opt-out one for that matter. You’re stuck with it, basically. Until someone with a bit of money sues Peeple, you suspect.
You can be added to the app and reviewed by anyone who has your phone number, and when someone adds you, you’ll be notified via text, and that’s it. You’re doomed.
Facebook is all set to introduce a new function where you can have a gif or a 7 second looping video as your profile picture. It is very similar to the profile picture service that already appears on Snapchat.
There’s a bunch of changes going on, on the social network (but they won’t be charging for privacy), and some have already rolled out. First, there’s a rejig of the design of your profile (it now looks like Twitter), as well as easier controls for the ‘About’ section.
The thing people will want to know most, at the moment, is how to get a gif as your profile picture – well, let us explain.
How To Get A Gif Facebook Profile Picture
Firstly, one thing you should know is that, at the moment, only people with iOS software can do this new thing. That means it is iPhone only at the minute. As there are more Android users in the world than iOS users, there’s probably going to be some rants online (as seen with those who can’t get the new Snapchat lenses).
If you can access the new feature, you need to access Facebook through the mobile app.
Once you’re there, go to the ‘More’ tab, and then click your name to access your profile. Easy enough so far. Then, you’ll see you have the option for a gif profile picture, where you’ll be able to access a new creative suite to make one.
Hit your profile image in the middle of the page and, sure enough, you’ll note that there’s a flashing icon between the camera and video symbol. Click on that, and hit the ‘video’ option. Then, you can spend ages pulling daft faces, trying to get the perfect/daftest moving profile pic for your Facebook pals to see.
Easy peasy. It should roll-out across all platforms soon enough, so sit tight if you’re on Android.
Another week, and another Facebook hoax doing the rounds. This time, there’s been a lot of chatter about Facebook charging £5.99 as a subscription to keep your profile private. Of course, everyone knows that the social network couldn’t give a monkeys about privacy.
The post that was going around Facebook said: ”Now it’s official! It has been published in the media. Facebook has just released the entry price: £5.99 to keep the subscription of your status to be set to “private”. If you paste this message on your page, it will be offered free (I said paste not share) if not tomorrow, all your posts can become public. Even the messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. After all, it does not cost anything for a simple copy and paste.”
Even though it is obviously complete tosh, that hasn’t stopped loads of people cutting and pasting the message onto their timelines.
We know this because, with minimal snooping, this hoax has been around since 2013. And of course, the notion that you’ll be protected from something by simply cutting and pasting some text is preposterous – since when did the internet work like that? And of course, Facebook would be in a world of trouble if they lifted the privacy protections just like that. More importantly, the social network wouldn’t want to alienate all those customers they have.
So how do you keep your page (relatively) private?
Well, first thing you do is to hit the little triangle in the top right of your Facebook page. There, you’ll see your Settings. If you’re on your phone, hit the three horizontal lines in the top right to get at your settings.
Once you’re in Account Settings, hit the ‘Privacy Settings’ tab. When you’re in there, you’ll be able to toggle all manner of things, the main one being ‘Who can see your future posts?’ You’ll want to hit ‘Friends’ if you only want people you know looking at your account. If you’re after more privacy, hit ‘Limit the audience for posts you’ve shared with friends of friends’ or ‘Public’, and click ‘Limit Past posts’.
If you want to check what your account looks like, use a pal’s Facebook account to see what they can see. You can also click on the three dots below your Cover photo, and click ‘View as’, which will show you how much or how little the public can see.
Facebook has been crashing a lot recently, meaning that a number of people were quick to log-in to Twitter and make jokes about giving Farmville requests to people in person, and having to post letters to friends with Candy Crush requests.
Basically, it crashed last night and that’s the third time in three weeks. People weren’t able to log-on at all, and then, they faced huge loading times and the like. It was an inconvenience at worst, but people went mad when faced with a message that said: ”Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can.”
The social network apologised to its 1.5 billion users, blaming the outage on a ’configuration issue’.
The down time hit around the world, and wasn’t a local issue. Of course, a lot of companies and establishments decided to get in on the act by making gags on Twitter. Kingston Metropolitan Police in London urged distressed users not to call them about the problem, lololol.
Of course, a load of ancient people tutted under their breath and muttered something about actually leaving the house to talk to another human, face-to-face, like in the olden days when everything was better.
Some people are still having problems with it at the time of writing, but for the most part, Facebook should be working as normal now. Maybe Facebook were configuring the Unlike button?
Turtle Bay were involved in that tipping scandal, and now, people are calling them massive racists. Why? Somehow, an entire company managed to fail to spot that putting dreadlocks on your customers, who you have blacked-up, might cause grief.
If you missed it, Turtle Bay ran a hashtag and game called #RASTAFYME, where people we invited to submit photos of themselves, and they would be turned into Rastafarians.
Now, seeing as Turtle Bay deal solely in Caribbean food, you’d think they’d be a little sensitive to people actually from the Caribbean, wouldn’t you?
Of course, their social media has been an embarrassment of mock-patois since the company started, saying ‘ting’ about everything and in one case, referring to a drink’s ingredients with “mek de perfect Jammin’ cocktail”.
If that gave a clue of the company having little or no connection to Caribbean culture, then it is fair to assume that Turtle Bay had no idea what they’d get themselves in for by using Rastafarianism for a marketing campaign. In short, what with it being a religion, when you start taking the piss, you get yourself in trouble.
And then there’s the whole Blacking People Up In 2015 thing too.
Turtle Bay tweeted: “Guys Sorry for the offence caused. This was from an external person who has been dealt with. We have just got to the bottom of it. Apologies”
So there’s the apology, but really, this must have been signed off by numerous people in the company before it got to their social media accounts. Obviously, they’ve deleted all the offending tweets now, but checking the #RASTAFYME hashtag on Twitter, they’ve made a lot of people very unhappy.
Golden rule of marketing – try not to offend anyone.
You might think Facebook is little more than a bunch of admin you have to do, or a distraction when you’re having a poo. Well, it is much more serious than that – if you unfriend someone, you could be bullying them. No, honestly. 2015 everyone.
A workplace tribunal has ruled exactly that, in a case between two former colleagues at an estate agent in Australia.
The tribunal heard that two people had fallen out with each other over a lost sale, and then, at some point, one of them unfriended the other on the social network. Apparently, this behaviour showed a ‘lack of emotional maturity’.
Rachael Roberts, the victim in all of this, was being upset by Lisa Bird. Roberts went to her boss to complain about Bird, and on exiting the meeting, the Roberts found she’d been unfriended on Facebook. Nicole Wells, of the commission said: “Mrs Bird took the first opportunity to draw a line under the relationship with Ms Roberts … when she removed her as a friend on Facebook as she did not like Ms Roberts and would prefer not to have to deal with her.”
This constitutes “a lack of emotional maturity and is indicative of unreasonable behaviour”. Bird also told Roberts that she was ‘like a schoolgirl’, running off to grass on her to the boss. This was “provocative and disobliging”.
The tribunal noted that Roberts was signed-off work as a result of all this, and thanks to Bird’s behaviour, posed a risk to the employee’s health and safety.
So there you go. We advise that all Bitterwallet readers don’t make friends with anyone, in case something like this happens. Shouldn’t be too difficult, should it?
Facebook have been quite cocky about the whole Spying In The EU thing, but that might be about to change.
The 15-year-old agreement which has allowed American tech companies and social media businesses to send personal data to the States could well be invalid, says a top lawyer. The very internet sounding Yves Bot, who is the European Court of Justice’s Advocate-General, reckons that countries should be able to suspend the transfer of data, if it turns out it is a violation of European rights.
Now, as it stands, this is only a recommendation to the court, but one thing worth noting is that these recommendations are very rarely overruled. This is a sticky situation for Facebook – one they’ll presumably throw loads of money at to go away.
This agreement to share data is known as “Safe Harbour”, and has been a thing since 2000. However, things have changed a lot since that time. If this agreement becomes void, there’s a lot of far reaching consequences for a lot of online businesses.
Max Schrems, who brought the case to court, says: ”Companies that participate in US mass surveillance and provide, for example, cloud services within the EU rely on data centres in the US may now have to invest in secure data centres within the European Union.”
“This could be a major issue for Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft or Yahoo. All of them operate data centres in Europe, but may need to fundamentally restructure their data storage architecture and maybe even their corporate structure.”
This is set to rumble on and on.
Facebook are constantly being accused of spying on people, and lawyers who are representing the Belgian data protection authority are saying that the social network has been acting like the American National Security Agency, snooping around on European users without authority.
We’ve previously reported about the action being taken by Belgium, and in court, the opening arguments, Frederic Debussere who is representing the Belgian privacy commission (BPC), referred to whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations.
“When it became known that the NSA was spying on people all around the world, everybody was upset. This actor [Facebook] is doing the very same thing, albeit in a different way,” he said.
Facebook have denied any of the BPC’s claims, which include users being tracked after they’ve logged out and, indeed, people who are non-users being tracked by the company’s cookies also. As such, BPC is threatening Facebook with a fine of €250,000 per day.
A Facebook spokesperson said: “We will show the court how this technology protects people from spam, malware, and other attacks, that our practices are consistent with EU law and with those of the most popular Belgian websites.” Of course, one thing the BPC might try and do, is sue everyone else who has the same methods as Facebook.
Paul Lefebvre, who represented Facebook, said: “How could Facebook be subject to Belgian law if the management of data gathering is being done by Facebook Ireland and its 900 employees in that country?”
Of course, this is a big case with the whole of Europe watching. Should the Belgians win their case, then other countries will pile in too. Over in Holland, they’ve started to get suspicious of the social network over privacy concerns.
Today, across the globe, Skype is having a nightmare. Skype themselves tweeted: “We are aware of an issue affecting Skype status at the moment, and are working on a quick fix”, and then they linked to a message saying they were looking into it.
You can access Skype online, here.
There’s been connection problems, and thousands have taken to Twitter and Facebook to moan about it, saying they can’t sign-in and complaining of general outages.
With Skype acknowledging the problem, it is hoped that the problem won’t last for too long, and a fix will be issued soon. Making Skype calls are currently the biggest problem, but you can use things like WhatsApp or an actual telephone if you need to make an urgent call. Instant messaging is working sporadically, so by all means, give it a try if you want.
Either way, if you’ve been wondering what the hell has been going on, don’t worry, it isn’t just you.
A spokesperson for Skype said: “Some of you may experience problems with Skype presence and may not see online. We have detected an issue with the status settings of Skype.”
“Affected users will not be able to change their status, their contacts will all show as offline and they will be unable to start Skype calls to them.
“We’re working on a fix for this issue and hope to have an update for you soon. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused while we get this resolved.”
Facebook are likely to introduce a dislike button, years after anyone actually had any interest in such a thing, and now, they’re also looking at missing children.
The social network has said that they’re going to start displaying photographs of children who have gone missing in people’s news feeds. The pictures you will see, will be from those who are missing or at risk in your area. Facebook want to get people sharing information around their communities, to help the authorities.
FB have teamed up with Missing People, the National Crime Agency and Groupcall Limited to launch Child Rescue Alerts.
“More than half of the people in the UK use Facebook. All over the world, we’ve seen communities rallying together in times of need, using Facebook to spread the word – and these alerts will make that quicker and help to reach more people than ever before during these exceptionally stressful and worrying times,” said Emily Vacher, trust and safety manager for Facebook.
“Working in partnership with several of the UK’s most critical support organisations, we hope we can enlist even more people to help reunite children with their families.”
So, if the police or government put out an alert, and you’re within the area of it, then an alert is going to show up as the second item in your Facebook news feed. If you haven’t told Facebook where your location is, then Christ knows what you’ll end up getting issued with. Either way, through the post, you’ll be able to share information easily, and there’ll be direct access to phone numbers if you have any information.
Now, we wait for someone to troll the crap out of it, and someone else to try and hack or hijack it, because this is the internet and that’s what people do.
Now, some users will have done an update, and can’t see any difference at – it seems there’s some bugs in the system and that it might not work on all phones. For those who can, you can now do all manner of animations with your face. There’s one where you can look like a zombie, and another one that will allow you to vomit a rainbow.
That’s going to make some dirty photos interesting, isn’t it?
There’s also a trophy section where you can unlock arbitrary achievements, in return for… well… no-one knows. Probably nothing, other than the feeling of well-being or something. Or the inevitable creeping doom of having wasted your life talking to people who don’t like you.
The most contentious thing included in the update is the new replay option. You can now re-run some snaps you’ve received, three times, for the price of 69p.
Snapchat say: “We introduced Replay in Additional Services almost two years ago, and we’ve used it to relive those amazing moments (or the ones we weren’t paying attention to…) just one more time before they disappear.”
“We’ve provided one Replay per Snapchatter per day, sometimes frustrating the millions of Snapchatters who receive many daily Snaps deserving of a Replay. But then we realized — a Replay is like a compliment! So why stop at just one? Today, U.S. Snapchatters can purchase extra Replays, starting at 3 for $0.99. You can use a Replay on any Snap you receive, but you can only Replay any Snap once. They’re a little pricey — but time is money! ”
So, it is only in America at the moment, but they’ll roll this out worldwide, much to the annoyance of everyone who likes to have things for free.
Here’s a video of someone’s face doing horrible things.
Mark Zuckerberg, the head honcho of the weirdly invasive social network, said in a Q&A session, that his company are indeed working on the Dislike button, and they’ll be testing it soon. Previously, they’d not entertained the idea because it was ‘too negative’.
Zuckerberg said: “We’ve finally heard you and we’re working on this and we will deliver something that meets the needs of the larger community.”
“People have asked about the “dislike” button for many years, and probably hundreds of people have asked about this, and today is a special day because today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it, and are very close to shipping a test of it.”
Zuckerberg hopes that the use of this button won’t be negative, implying that he’s hoping it’ll be used as a button of empathy, rather than people telling others that they’re shit. Of course, the latter is the thing most people will use it for, upvoting and downvoting things, just like Reddit.
He added: “Not every moment is a good moment. If you share something that’s sad like a refugee crisis that touches you or a family member passes away, it may not be comfortable to like that post…I do think it’s important to give people more options than liking it.”
Facebook have agreed to pay out on an undisclosed amount of money in an out of court settlement, to the parent of a girl who, it has been claimed, “was exposed to online sexual predators at the age of 11″.
The parent, who has chosen to remain anonymous, sued the social network because they failed to enforce their age restriction policy. There was supposed to be a full trial this month, after years of wrangling, but this out-of-court payment means it’ll now be done.
The family’s lawyers claimed that Facebook had a “duty of care” towards the youngster, and was “negligent” because they have no system in place to stop users from misrepresenting their ages. Court documents said: “By registering an account and using Facebook the child might be exposing herself to sexual predators or other grave risks affecting her emotional and physical health.”
In case you didn’t know, to use Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Tumblr, you must be 13 years old, or older.
“People have to be 13 to sign up to Facebook. When we become aware that someone is under 13 and they have therefore lied about their age, we remove their account,” said Facebook. ”Regarding this legal case, all the parties are bound by the confidentiality terms – including Facebook.”
For the most part, complaining online, in public, is rather unseemly. However, sometimes, people feel like they’ve no other option and take to Facebook and Twitter for a moan.
And so, to Jennifer Bennett who posted a complaint about a restaurant in Chorlton, Manchester.
She’d booked a meal at a place called Lusitano, and when she arrived to eat, she found that it was closed. On the company’s Facebook page, she wrote: “Had a table booked for Friday at 7:30, turned up and you were closed?! I’ve emailed you about it and still awaiting a response and there’s no answer when I call.”
“After spending £6.50 on a taxi to Chorlton we ended up having to eat elsewhere so it was not the cheap night out we had hoped for!
“And having read some recent reviews on here I’m not even sure if I actually want to redeem my Groupon voucher now … Although Hotspot Ess Paradies round the corner was a good find so not a completely wasted evening.”
As you can see from the image above, the response from the restaurant was a bit on the impolite side.
Talking to the Manchester Evening News, she said: “You just don’t expect it, especially when I was going to be a paying customer. I was really shocked to be spoken to like that. I thought their Facebook account might have been hacked so I tried to call the restaurant again but there was no answer.”
“It looked like it was locked up. The sign on the door said something about being closed for repairs, but we had called up two days previously and they had made no mention of it or called to tell us. We were hungry so we found a little German restaurant around the corner. It turned out okay in the end but it was not the cheap night we had hoped for.”
“I’m not annoyed because they were closed. I’m sorry if they’ve gone out of business. If they had just replied to my original email asking when they were reopening it would have been fine. I don’t expect an apology – I just can’t tolerate bad customer service.”
BW rang Lusitano, but alas, no answer. Looks like they’ve f*cked off.
On Twitter, you can open your direct messages to complete strangers and now, those very people can rile you up, woo you and abuse you over 10,000 characters, rather than the usual, piddling amount.
Great news for those who like to drunkenly ramble to someone they fancy, eh?
Twitter announced this months ago, but they’ve finally got around to doing it, presumably in a bid to go toe-to-toe with Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and a load of other messaging services.
Sachin Agarwal, Twitter’s DM product manager, said: “We believe that private messaging is a core part of the twitter experience. Where we see our advantage [over apps such as WhatsApp] is that there’s so much amazing content on Twitter already, that we want to enable people to have private conversations about those things.”
The reason this took a while, according to Agarwal, is to get all third-party apps up to speed as well: “What we didn’t want was for it to be enabled for one client but not for others.”
He continued: ”One of the really interesting uses of DM is talking to business and getting customer support, and those are using third party clients. We have a number of partners that build clients for these businesses and so we wanted to make sure they had the time to update and be ready.”
“Let’s say that I’m talking to a business and I write them a direct message that is 160 characters long and that business doesn’t read the last 20, for me as a consumers that’s a really bad experience. And that was how we looked at it, the users’ perspective, making sure they have a really great experience.”