Posts Tagged ‘social media’

Google+ will stop forcing you to do things

September 22nd, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

google plus logo Google+ will stop forcing you to do thingsGood news Googlers – you no longer have to have a Google+ account tied in with your activities.

Google are said to have quietly snuffed out the service, which demands you tell it everything during the sign-up process, and then chains itself to your radiator* (*every move on the internet).

Now when you create a new Google account, there’s the option of signing up for a G+ account. And now, you can instead use the new “No thanks” button, and they’ll be on their way.

It doesn’t mean the end of the network, oh no, it’s suggested that they will continue to perservere with it, and improving aspects such as Google Hangouts.

But it sort of gives the idea that Google may not be arsed at foisting it on people willy nilly, and accept that it will never be the level that Twitter and Facebook enjoy.

However you can carry on ignoring it as usual, but it may hamper you leaving app reviews and uploading videos to YouTube and that.

A Google spokesperson said: “We updated the signup experience in early September. Users can now create a public profile during signup, or later, if and when they share public content for the first time (like a restaurant review, YouTube video or Google+ post).”

Anti-deathwatch: Bebo

September 15th, 2014 1 Comment By Ian Wade

It looks like Bebo is back. Back. BACK.

The apparently dead social network posted a teaser video on YouTube last week, which gave the impression that it was an app.

The ad – bugling itself as ‘#Bebo – probably not for boring people’ (hark at them), illustrates how users are able to create avatars for their messages.

LET’S LOOK AT IT

Also, the whiteboard feature will make a return, with users able to send drawings to each other. Remember that Draw Something thing?

It’s still in its infancy of returning, but while the mothership has lain dormant, the company has launched Blab, and plans another two releases later this year, including something called Hug.

At one point, Bebo was the third largest social network behind MySpace and Facebook, and then sold to AOL for $850 million. It was brought back by the couple who originally owned for a mere $1 million after it went bankrupt.

That’s some good businessing.

Screen Shot 2011 11 24 at 09.17.44 300x236 Topshop to show off new stuff online before catwalkTopshop are doing a first this weekend, and showcasing its Spring/ Summer 15 (SS15) Unique collection on Facebook before the catwalk.

As part of London Fashion Week, on Sunday (September 14th), their looks will be seen on their social media channels before the likes of the front row of mostly bored looking F-listers get a gander.

Five of Topshop’s users will be filling up the social media channels with the wares and exclusives available in the range.

The high street giant has also turned to Instagram to deliver content around the show.  Five users of the platform have been chosen to populate Topshop’s social channels and website over the course of the week.

Their content, alongside other posts and pictures from fans who use the hashtag #TOPSHOPWINDOW will be pulled in to a custom-designed installation in the window of Topshop’s flagship store on Oxford Street.

There will be an interactive digital mosaic type-thing acting as something of a livestream of the show, and anyone can dig what they see and walk in and get it.

A lady named Nicola Mendelsohn, VP EMEA, Facebook said: “It’s such a trailblazing move to premier part of their SS15 collection on Facebook and off the runway, and further demonstrates Topshop’s bold use of digital to reach fashion lovers around the world and offer them a truly unique way to interact with the action from London as it happens.”

That Sir Phillip Green is keen to make Fashion Week more of an accessible thing to his punters: “This season, the strength of our social community allows us to be the first brand to debut looks from a catwalk collection on a social network granting unprecedented access online”.

“I believe that enabling Topshop’s fans to view key looks from the collection before our industry insiders is a real revolution – and one that we are proud to pioneer.”

Get them!

Facebook to add view counts

September 10th, 2014 1 Comment By Ian Wade

facebook 300x300 Facebook to add view countsFacebook have just updated its video features!

The new look video will now add a new view counter so that the narcissists can find out their “digital reach” or some such bollocks.

The company claims that the soon-to-be-rolled-out feature will allow both those who have posted the video as well as those who are viewing it to see how many people have viewed a particular clip. The view counts will be displayed next to the ‘like’ and ‘comment’ area.

This is similar to the view counter on Vine, where people find out quite quickly how unpopular they are and just how few people are looking at their videos, for maximum despondency.

Facebook is also reportedly testing another feature on mobile that will suggest related videos after users finish watching a clip.

They’ve not said anything about fixing the autoplay videos, which is running up needless bills and gobbling data where you’re away from a WiFi connection, but there you go.

All Hail! The Domino’s customer who is rather dim

September 2nd, 2014 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

The anticipation when ordering fast food is unbearable. You order your food and get hungrier and then realise that, if they bugger your order up, you’ll be so starving by the time it comes that you’ll probably eat it, even if it is a dish of raw chicken thighs.

Well, one scamp ordered a pizza from Domino’s and opened the box and got a nasty surprise!

The surprise for @SadderDre was that he can be prone to bouts of thundering thickness. He thought Domino’s had send him just the base of the pizza, but that wasn’t the case.

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We can only be thankful to this young fella that he partook in this query in public, just so we could all see and snort with laughter at his daftness.

Marvellous.

Snapchat soon to be an ad-fest

August 20th, 2014 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

snapchat 300x300 Snapchat soon to be an ad festSnapchat is about to change the way it does things. Soon enough, you’ll be seeing ephemeral adverts, news and videos from brands, as well as the usual 5 second shots of people’s penises and boring videos of cats.

The company is working on a new service called Snapchat Discovery that will show ‘branded content’ to users.

It’ll inevitably end up with a bunch of people complaining about it on Twitter.

Apparently: “The product would let users read daily editions of publications as well as watch video clips of TV shows or movies by holding down a finger on the screen, like they do with photos and other messages on the app before disappearing.”

Of course, Snapchat need to make some money on their popular app and have gone to the people who like spending cash the most – advertising companies. Snapchat turned down a huge bid from Facebook who tried to take over it, and since Snapchat refused all offers, pretty much all messenger services decided that it’d be easier and cheaper to simply copy Snapchat’s product.

Snapchat Discovery looks like it’ll see the light of day in November, just in time for everyone to get swamped with Christmas adverts and the like.

 Facebook ruin The Onions jokes like massive spoilsportsAre you the kind of person who responds to a joke with “REALLY?!” Then you’re the kind of person who has probably been hoodwinked by a headline from The Onion, which all right thinking people know, is a satirical outlet.

Funnier than The Onion is the people who rant and whine after believing one of their stories, getting themselves in a fluster while everyone else laughs at them.

However, that may be a thing of the past as stupid Facebook are going to flag The Onion’s articles with a ‘satire’ tag in news feeds, just so stupid people don’t get caught out. Spoilsports.

A Facebook rep told Ars Technica that they’d “received feedback that people wanted a clearer way to distinguish satirical articles from others in these units,” which they should’ve ignored or not completely invented.

Of course, once The Onion heard about this new feature, they produced an article about a fictional man who required a tag to understand his News Feed.

If Facebook decide to roll this out, it’ll be bad news for the brilliant blog Literally Believable, who chronicle all the idiotic responses from people taken in by Onion stories.

This all reminds us of the time when someone complained about a Chris Morris sketch from The Day Today, which saw Morris responding with a typically withering put-down.

Handily, Cookdandbombd recently uploaded it and you can watch it below.

car selfie Third of young drivers take selfies while drivingYoung people are vain. This is nothing new. Before cameras, they’d preen at their reflections in shop windows and such. Unless, of course, you’re a hideously ugly human and don’t ever want to know how awful the front bit of your head is.

Well, with camera phones, you can take pictures of your own face and then put them online where other people tell you how handsome you are, how strong your eyebrow game is and that your new haircut is incredible.

However, as many as a third of young British drivers have taken a selfie while driving a car, according to a survey from the Ford Motor Company showed.

33% of British kids confessed to taking photos of themselves while at the wheel. The figures in other European countries were lower. In Germany and France it stands at 28%, while Romanians are closely behind with 27% of 18-24 year olds taking self-portraits from their cars. In Italy 26% do it, and Spain it is 18% and Belgium 17%.

The Europe-wide survey found that 25% had used social media while driving. Young men are the worst offenders.

“Taking a selfie has for many young people quickly become an integral part of everyday life. But it’s the last thing you should be doing behind the wheel of a car,” said Jim Graham, manager of Ford’s Driving Skills for Life programme. ”It is deeply worrying that so many young drivers admit to taking a photo while driving and we will be doing all we can to highlight the potential dangers through driver education.”

 

Apparently, you can drive the equivalent of a football pitch while distracted by your phone, which is obviously bad news if you’re a dreadful multitasker.

Of course, kids pissing around on Facebook and crashing to their deaths could be seen as natural selection, but the worry comes if they start mowing down pedestrians or what have you. Unless, of course, those same pedestrians are messing about on their phones and not looking where they’re going.

RAC technical director David Bizley said: “Mobile phone use has been a problem for some time and there’s not been enough action to tackle it. Using a hand-held phone or texting while driving must be made socially unacceptable.”

SexFit measures how good your man is in the sack

August 8th, 2014 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

Dirty vendors Bondara have released a thing called SexFit, which just so happens to be a device that straps onto the base of a man’s wang and measures bedroom performance.

No pressure.

Basically, it’s a cock-ring and once you pop it on, it utilises an accelerometer and Bluetooth module which tracks your ins-and-outs. The data is then transferred to the accompanying app which you and your lover can romantically digest together and coo at the number of calories burned and how many thrusts per minute you’ve done.

sexfit 500x317 SexFit measures how good your man is in the sack

It gets better! You can turn sex into a competition with your pals online as SexFit allows users to compare the humping sessions with each other on social media!

Never mind what your partner wants! You’ll need to beat Steve from the office who is currently top of the leaderboard and clearly has an arse like a hummingbird’s wing!

The device also has a “revolutionary pacing mode that vibrates in time to a pre-set rhythm”. Bondara says: “Match the rhythm with your thrusts for the most effective stimulation. Notification lights on the top of the ring will also show what mode the SexFit is in, and illuminate in the centre when the rhythm is steady.”

Is this the most romantic thing that’s ever been made?

Listen up everyone – the world is coming to an end. Cineworld is trialling allocated seating and the internet is going into meltdown.

It started off with someone called We Are Vultures (real name, Weven R. Vultures) sending a snotty tweet to Cineworld Cinemas, who then had the audacity to tell the truth.

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This has been panic and outrage spreading across social media. So much so that someone’s gone to the trouble of setting up a designated account about allocated seating at Cineworld. Seriously. You can see for yourself here.

The main gripe is that you can’t just turn up to the cinema with your mates and watch a film. Presumably, you can, but that’s not the point is it? Making images like this are the point.

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This harks back to the riots that spread across Britain when people had to buy tickets for seated gigs and theatre productions years ago, when 30,000 people lost their lives after refusing to take it From The Man.

You can assume that Cineworld will charge more for premium seats, which of course, some cinemas have done for years. Again, that’s not the point is it? The point is…

…well… we don’t know. Maybe you can go to the Odeon or something instead? Or download films and watch them at home? What kind of lunatic goes to the cinema anyway?

Facebook launched their Messenger service not too long ago, in a bid to muscle in on the market that WhatsApp have enjoyed so much. If you have the FB app on your phone, you were pretty much forced to download the Messenger app because Zuckerberg wouldn’t let you read your inbox without it.

Most people weren’t too fussed – it is just another app right?

Well, if you look in the terms and conditions, as spotted by IA there’s some very dodgy looking stuff in there. Not surprising that Facebook are being shady, but it makes for grim reading.

facebook messenger 500x476 Facebook Messenger recording your calls without permission?

As you can see, the t&cs say that having Messenger on your phone allows Facebook to read your phone call log, read data about who you’re contacting and when, and most worryingly, allows Facebook to take pictures and videos without your consent and record audio of your calls.

Of course, there’s still going to be people who aren’t bothered about this because they think their lives are too humdrum to warrant recording, but this is worrying. It isn’t the only app that asks for permissions such as this.

Naturally, you can uninstall the app if this makes you jumpy, or at least toggle the security settings. This seems to be the permissions for the Android version of the app, with the iPhone version being slightly different.

Facebook. Looks like they’re at it again.

facebook mobile 300x200 Facebook offering money to you, to test SlingshotFacebook are offering money to users to test out their new photo-messenger app, Slingshot.

The social network behemoth says that, if you want to get paid, you’ll have to play with the app for “about 1-2 hours per week” over a three-month period, and in return, you’ll get $200.

You’ll be looking for glitches, testing functionality and generally spouting off about the things you find good and bad about it. Of course, you could sign-up and conduct a test on Facebook and not tell them about it and get paid for trying to upset them with your findings.

They won’t mind, will they?

Slingshot was launched as a rival to Snapchat, which Mark Zuckerberg tried to buy for $3bn, but saw their advances batted away. Like all big businesses, Facebook thought ‘well, if you can’t buy them, copy them’. Of course, Facebook have already tried a similar thing with an app called Poke, but everyone was very thorough when ignoring it.

Anyway. If you want to test Slingshot for money, then click here to find out how.

okcupid 300x300 OkCupid is actually a massive psychological experiment Looking for someone with their own teeth, face, head and a GSOH who shares your love of craft beer/cat memes/potholing? Well, chances are you’ve dabbled with online dating.

If you’ve got a profile on OKCupid, however, start getting worried. Its founder Christian Rudder, recently wrote a blog post, and admitted that the site used Facebook style psychological tricks (without users’ knowledge).

The post, subtly entitled ‘We Experimented on Human Beings!’ told the world that the company removed text from profiles, hid people’s photos and even told users that they were a perfect match when actually they completely incompatible.

Why? ‘We might be popular, we might create a lot of great relationships, we might blah blah blah,’ Rudder wrote. ‘But OKCupid doesn’t really know what it’s doing. Neither does any other website. Experiments are how you sort it all out.’

Their first experiment was called ‘Love Is Blind’, and removed pictures from all the profiles and found that conversation flowed and message responses were up 44%. (Of course, as humans are irretrievably shallow, these conversations stopped as soon as the profile pictures went back up.)

Then they tried to work out how much the text on the profile mattered – compared to the photo – and found that you may as well have just written skduskwehlwhfjfdjhsjsrslrsekajeskhjr and posted a photo of a hot girl in a bikini. Text mattered less than 10%.

But perhaps most heinously, OKCupid deliberately mismatched couples to see what would happen. Thankfully, the couples figured out that they were awful for each other straight away.

While these experiments are pretty revealing, and show what a crock online dating actually is, not telling users what they’re up to is still pretty dodgy. But Rudder is unrepentant.

‘Guess what, everybody: if you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site.’

*secretly massages your algorithms*

Google Glass 4 We don’t want no Tech Utopia...we dont need no thought control... Do you think the world would be just dandy if it was a headset wearing, liquid food-eating homogenised utopia run by massive tech companies?

Well, you’re in the minority. It seems like there’s a old school backlash brewing against the constant onslaught of technology – so you’d better watch out where you wear your Google goggles.

San Francisco, home of Google, is rebelling. And if the recent anger aimed at Silicon Valley is anything to go by, it looks like we really don’t want tech companies and their inventions interfering in our human interaction and daily routines.

In California, there have been vocal demonstrations and attacks on Google’s private employee buses, which operate in the Bay Area. Then a Google Glass wearer, Sarah Slocum, was attacked in a bar by a woman who claimed that Google was ‘killing the city’.

The onslaught of tech is also killing jobs. San Francisco restaurant workers are campaigning for a wage increase –and in response a Conservative lobby group who works for the US restaurant industry to threatened to replace staff with iPads.

And some of Silicon Valley’s ideas are verging on the insane. It’s even happy to crowd fund the sinister liquid food replacement Soylent – with Google’s Justine Tunney actually suggesting that they could feed it to poor Americans to make them healthy and productive.

So the old idea that if you don’t like technology, you’re a prehistoric fossil, is over. San Francisco may be a hub of artists, hippies, punks and musicians, but it’s clear that people getting increasingly concerned about the influence that social media and new tech products have over our minds and choices.

What do you think? Are we in danger of becoming oppressed Orwellian robot slaves? Or is Glass just a handy way to find a good restaurant?