Posts Tagged ‘social media’

Can you be on Facebook with a nickname or not?

July 29th, 2015 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

Bitterwallet Facebook censorship Can you be on Facebook with a nickname or not?There’s been a lot of trouble about Facebook and their need to have users using their own names on the social network.

Some people think Facebook are being heavy-handed, while in more extreme cases, users think Facebook are jeopardising people’s safety (such as those who have abusive ex-partners and the like). A lot of people are very, very irritated by the move, locked out of their accounts for using pseudonyms that everyone knows them by.

In Germany, Facebook have been prevented from stopping users creating accounts under nicknames and name’s that aren’t on their passports.

The Hamburg data protection authority said that Facebook could not change people’s chosen usernames or ask them to provide any official ID. You see, Facebook not only ask you to use your real name, but also prove it by sending them copies of your passport, driver’s licence and other photo ID. Obviously, a lot of people aren’t keen on sending a company like Facebook anything like that.

“The use of authentic names on Facebook protects people’s privacy and safety by ensuring people know who they’re sharing and connecting with,” the company said. Zuckerberg recently said that, if everyone knows you by your nickname, then you should be able to use it as your main name on Facebook – however, they’ve not provided any way of users doing that.

The German watchdog said making users sign up under their real names violated an individual’s privacy rights, and on top of that, rejected an argument from Facebook, where the social network said they didn’t have to listen to the Germans because they’re based in Ireland, so should be subject to Irish law.

Hamburg’s commissioner for data protection, Johannes Caspar, said: “Facebook cannot again argue that only Irish data protection law would be applicable. Anyone who stands on our pitch also has to play our game.”

So, for now, it appears that you can’t have a nickname and be on Facebook, and, if you want to change it to your real name, you’ll have to provide the social network with images of your photo ID and the like.

You can appoint a Facebook heir

July 28th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

facebook 300x300 You can appoint a Facebook heirWhen you die – and you definitely will at some point – you might not have the time or wherewithal to sort out what happens to your social media accounts. You might not care. For those that do, Facebook have launched their legacy feature for people in the UK.

Basically, you can appoint an ‘heir’ who can decide what happens to your account once you shrug off your mortal coil and join the choir invisible.

Facebook describes your heir as “someone you choose to look after your account if it’s memorialised.”

With this feature, those of you who are over 18 years old, will be able to appoint a Facebook friend or family member to get the admin rights to your account. They’ll be able to send out one last message on your behalf or “provide information about a memorial service,” as well as being able to update the cover and profile photograph, and all that.

In a darkly comic turn, Facebook will get your corpse to try and win them more customers, as your heir will be able to add “old friends or family members who weren’t yet on Facebook”.

Your legacy contact will also get the opportunity of being able to download the photo archive, an archive of posts and profile details shared on Facebook. Facebook say that this contact won’t have the rights to change existing friends and settings, remove or edit posts or see your private messages, which is something.

Of course, you could just write your passwords down and stick them in an envelope to be opened on your demise, if you prefer, but then people will be able to read everything in your inbox.

If you want in, go to “Settings”, then “Security” and then hit the “Legacy contact” option.

Are Amazon spying on you?

July 27th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

peeping tom spy Are Amazon spying on you?Are you the kind of person who likes to review things on Amazon? Well, you might not want to after a rather serious allegation has been made against the online vendor. They’ve been accused of spying on reviewers’ social media profiles.

The kicker is this: a blogger from New York called Imy Santiago, wrote a book review on Amazon, and it was censored on a number of occasions, saying that she’d violated the rules of the site. Imy questioned Amazon’s decision and found that she had been blocked from reviewing the book in question, because they thought she knew the person who wrote it.

Amazon said: “We cannot post your Customer Review for (book title deleted) by (author name deleted) to the Amazon website because your account activity indicates that you know the author.”

“Customer Reviews are meant to give customers unbiased product feedback from fellow shoppers… we encourage family and friends to share their enthusiasm for the book through our Customer Discussions feature or Editorial Reviews feature.”

The problem was, that Santiago doesn’t know the author at all. So, how did Amazon jump to this conclusion? Well, it has been suggested that Amazon are snooping around reviewers’ social media profiles, looking for connections between those leaving reviews and authors.

On her blog, Imy wrote: ”The Big Brother mentality Amazon is employing is appalling, and crosses an ethical line of unfathomable proportions.”

“What quantifiable and verifiable ways is Amazon using to determine if I know the author of a book, or not? The fact that they refuse to elaborate as to how I ‘know the author personally’ is highly concerning.”

She added: “I applaud Amazon for trying to curb unethical positive/negative reviews from being posted. What I don’t find congruent is them monitoring social media activity as basis to determine associations, because as an indie writer I use social media to network and promote my books, like thousands before me. I never consented to that in their terms and conditions. If Amazon is data mining, we deserve to know, and I stand my ground in saying I do not know this author on a personal level as Amazon claims.”

Facebook to go all ‘Siri’

July 14th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

facebook mobile 300x200 Facebook to go all SiriFacebook are growing ears and want you to talk to them, as they become the latest company to get their own version of Siri. Of course, Siri wasn’t the first of its kind, but it is the most famous, so shut up moaning about it, alright?

The social network wants to make their own digital assistant, which will apparently be called ‘Moneypenny’. You’ll be able to ask it things like ‘why won’t you show me posts from pages I’ve signed-up to see?’ and ‘how can I stop Brenda from work being such a massive racist?’

Now, there’s got to be a difference between Moneypenny and the rest of the pack, so what’s the deal?

Well, unlike Siri, Facebook’s version will let you get information and assistance from real people. Almost like you could just message someone who knows about these things, already. It is thought that users will be able to ask for help researching and ordering stuff and other services.

Of course, there’s no release date as yet, and information about Moneypenny is thin on the ground.

How it’ll be better than asking people through the existing channels, is anyone’s guess, but rest assured, if there’s some money to be made and some data to be mined, Facebook will be all over this like a virtual rash.

M&S yelled at by people about a teabag

July 13th, 2015 6 Comments By Mof Gimmers

Don’t mess with people’s tea. Seriously. Cups and pots of tea are more valuable and cherished than family members to most people, which Marks & Spencers found out recently.

One lady ranted about the strength of the tea offered to her elderly mother at a Marks & Spencers. And she wasn’t messing about. Her spleen, which you can see below included the line “SHAME ON YOU”, as well as the typical threat of ‘and me and absolutely everyone I know or have ever met will never shop at any of your stores for as long as we collectively live’.

MandS teabags rant M&S yelled at by people about a teabag

Now, you might thinking that everyone else on Facebook would’ve laughed and pointed out that there might be an overreaction afoot… but that wasn’t the case at all.

Turns out everyone else is really good at summoning disgust at the drop of a hat.

One person spat: “Marks and Spencer you should hang your head in shame, disgraceful behaviour to anybody never mind their age, how much is a tea bag compared to good customer service?”

Another chipped in with: “The sad thing is if the staff member gave the tea bag he or she would of losing there job for a tea bag. A company that has forgotten how to treat staff and there customers. [sic]“ Someone jumped in: “That’s me and my family finished shopping in your store. Your deeds have been despicable to say the least. Shame on you.”

An eyewitness charged in too! “Marie I was standing there when your mum asked and I couldn’t believe this, neither could she, it’s an absolute joke as some people like tea strong and a tea bag costs less than 1 cent and I can’t see their reason for not giving her an extra one”

Naturally, some people mocked the whole reaction, which, if you’d like to see the venting and shrieking, you can click here to see the M&S Facebook TEA SCANDAL.

Facebook want to get into the music industry

July 10th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

facebook 300x300 Facebook want to get into the music industryFor a world that is meant to be dying, there’s a lot of people wanting to throw money at the music industry. 2015 saw Apple muscling in on the action, with Google, Spotify, Tidal and Amazon already doing their thing.

And now, Facebook wants to join in the fun.

We’ve seen the social network getting busy with videos, which they’re all set to monetise, and now, Music Ally have reported that Facebook are looking at doing deals with the music industry to provide an audio service, as well as a video service for them.

Once they’ve gone toe-to-toe with YouTube, it appears that they’ve got their sights set on Spotify et al. Seeing as everyone else is trying to recreate the social element of music, Facebook are obvious well versed in that and have the upper hand if anything.

And of course, seeing as FB want to keep as many people on their network as possible, getting them to listen to music through it is a sensible area to look at. For the social network, it also means they can keep tabs on even more of that lovely data you generate. If you’re walking around, listening to music when you wouldn’t normally be using Facebook, this could be very valuable to them indeed.

Basically, Facebook don’t want people linking to third-parties if they can help it. From now on, they’re going to try and persuade users to host music and video through them, rather than linking to YouTube or Spotify playlists.

Naturally, Facebook will be able to make loads of money out of it all, if they play it right and people actually want to use their services.

Facebook haven’t made an official statement about any of this, so obviously, this could be little more than rumour, but the whole thing makes sense when you break it down. Really, it’d be more weird if Facebook weren’t looking into this field. They’ll be going after Netflix too, if this works out.

Russians warn idiots not to take selfies

July 8th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

Selfies are great. It is nice to see people having the self-confidence to show themselves off. Besides, generations before them were forever checking themselves out in shop windows and the like.

That said, selfies aren’t very good if you’re a thundering idiot.

In Russia, the police have launched a campaign which warns people against taking unsafe self-portraits, after over 100 injuries happened last year, thanks to idiots with cameras on their phones. They’ve even made some logos to help them out, in case reading words or listening to spoken advice isn’t effective enough.

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“A cool selfie could cost you your life,” say the interior ministry, warning that “a selfie with a weapon kills”.

The reason they’re telling people about this is to show how badly things can go if you’re a complete nincompoop. This year, a woman accidentally shot herself in the head while taking a selfie with her pistol. Earlier in the year, two dimwits died when they thought they’d take a selfie while holding a hand-grenade which had the pin pulled out.

Another gasping dunce took a photo of themselves while climbing on a railway bridge, and came into contact with live electrical wires. The phones might not be the problem here.

“Unfortunately we have noted recently that the number of accidents caused by lovers of self-photography is constantly increasing,” said Yelena Alexeyeva. “Since the beginning of the year we are talking about some hundred cases of injuries for sure.”

“The problem really exists and leads to very unfortunate consequences.”

“Before taking a selfie, everyone should think about the fact that racing after a high number of ’likes’ could lead someone on a journey to death and his last extreme photo could turn out to be posthumous.”

girl twitter Find out who deleted you on Facebook and TwitterAre you massively paranoid and demand to know exactly who has deleted you from social media? One clue is that people who aren’t talking to you, don’t really like you. If that isn’t enough for you, then there’s some technological help for you.

Now you can be told when you someone has unfriended you. You won’t know why they’ve done it, but you’ll know they’ve done it. If you were annoying beforehand, you can get really annoying by learning these facts and then tapping out loads of passive aggressive updates like; “Looks like some people are two-faced” and whatnot.

If you use Google Chrome, you can get the extension called Who Deleted Me. Of course, there’s loads of apps and add-ons like this, but this one links in with Facebook, and not many do that.

How to find out if someone has deleted you on social media

On Facebook, the Who Deleted Me extension has been growing in popularity (so much so that the site keeps going down thanks to the volume of traffic). It won’t tell you who has deleted you historically, rather, it’ll alert you to the people that delete you after you’ve installed the extension.

You log-in to Facebook via the app, and hit the ‘Show Me Who’ button and you’ll get all manner of information you don’t need.

On Twitter, you can try the service. It will also tell you who isn’t following you back, should you be crazy enough to care. Go to the site, add your Twitter account and put your details in. You have a range of options you can choose to maximise your paranoia.

If you’d like to know the comings-and-goings on your Instagram account, again, is your best bet. You use it in the same way you do with your Twitter account above.

If you want to know who has unfollowed you in real life, ask them if they fancy going for a drink a few times and if they keep blowing you off, then chances are, they hate you.

Facebook videos, now with adverts

July 2nd, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

facebook mobile 300x200 Facebook videos, now with advertsFacebook videos are about to get themselves loaded up with adverts. Great news if the autoplay feature wasn’t annoying enough.

Anyway, there’s a lot of videos that get millions of shares on the social network, and now, it looks like you’ll be able to try and make some money on it all, just like you can on YouTube. Facebook are going to be trying out a new feature called ‘suggested videos’, and it will appear in your newsfeed and will show videos from people who have paid a lot of money to get placed adverts in your eyeline.

Remember when your newsfeed was a linear timeline that you could work out and see what you wanted, rather than the mess it is now?

Anyway, it looks like Facebook will swipe 45% of the revenues, with partners taking the remaining 55% and the NBA, Fox Sports, Funny or Die and some other people we haven’t heard of are first in the trial. ”We’ve heard consistently from media companies and other video creators that if they were able to make money from their videos, they would publish more,” Facebook’s vice president of partnerships Dan Rose told Variety.

Looks like Facebook have cottoned on to the fact that celebrities and business are embedding YouTube videos into Facebook, when the social network would prefer everything in-house, where partners can upload more videos directly. Knowing Facebook, they’ll tinker with their algorithms so that their own videos take greater prominence over links to YouTube vids.

Of course, this could meet some friction as people won’t want to hamstring their income from their YouTube videos.

Facebook have some things to sort out too – a lot of content creators have complained that Facebook is hosting too many videos that have been ripped by others, which means the people who want to monetise it can’t, and lose control of their product. This is galling if a video is doing the rounds, with 1bn views and the person who created it isn’t seeing a penny.

While YouTube has Content ID, which helps people to identify when their copyrighted content is being swiped, Facebook (at the moment), does not.

Heinz send customers to filthy websites

June 18th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

porn Heinz send customers to filthy websitesEven 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.

peeburger1 500x303 Urine hand dryer accident gets man socks for life!


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.

peeburger2 500x252 Urine hand dryer accident gets man socks for life!Bravo to all concerned.


Tesco troll Liverpool FC manager

June 16th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

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.

supermark Tesco troll Liverpool FC manager

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.

[via FootballRamble]

facebook mobile 300x200 Belgium takes Facebook to court over privacy and trackingFacebook 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 ditches 140 character limit in DMs

June 12th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

Twitter Logo1 Twitter ditches 140 character limit in DMsTwitter 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!

How To… post gifs on Facebook

June 3rd, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

facebook 300x300 How To... post gifs on FacebookYou 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.