Posts Tagged ‘social media’

Facebook cited in a third of divorce cases

January 23rd, 2015 No Comments 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.

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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?

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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!

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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.

facebook 300x300 Facebook catching up as a search tool for Christmas ideasWhen Facebook aren’t recreating HAL, who will try and kill us all through the power of dead-eyed nagging, they’re apparently a portal for shopping research for Christmas consumers.

It seems that, according to research, nearly a quarter of UK shoppers researched festive gifts on Facebook. This is according to some lot called Searchmetrics, who said that 23% waltzed around Facebook looking for ideal presents.

This isn’t quite as much as Google’s 50% search share, but creeping up fast.

Of course, Amazon is still the daddy in this instance, taking the top slot with 61% of shoppers finding the answers to their gift solutions on there.

The chief technology officer and founder of Searchmetrics, Marcus Tober, reckoned: “One of the benefits of looking for product ideas on social networks is that you get to see feedback and preferences from other consumers, as well as participate in online discussions about products with a range of people, including your own friends and followers. And of course purchase recommendations from other shoppers – especially friends – can be very powerful,”

This news will gladden the heart of Mark Zuckerberg, as apparently he’s been eyeing up Facebook to become more searchy, and hopes to enhance that further.

Lower down the findings, both Pinterest and Twitter had 7% of shoppers sifting through them for ideas for gifts.

Tober has advised retailers on increasing their internet presence for Christmas: “They should be trying to increase their visibility in Google searches, as well as building a strong presence on social networks such as Facebook. And even if they are not present on marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay, they need to be checking these sites to see what their competitors are doing.”

We await the figures from the report that tells us all about people going into shops, holding something in their hand for 40 seconds and thinking “it’ll do.”

Instagram: bigger than Twitter

December 11th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

instagram Instagram: bigger than TwitterInstagram has overtaken Twitter. The photo sharing ooh-look-it-is-gin o’clock-lol site now has 300 million users compared to Twitter’s paltry 284 million.

The Facebook owned network have also revealed a new way of authenticating celeb ‘grammers too.

Instagram chief executive Kevin Systrom did a blog, and in it he said: “Over the past four years, what began as two friends with a dream has grown into a global community that shares more than 70 million photos and videos each day.”

“Instagram is home to creativity in all of its forms, a place where you can find everything from images of the Nile River to the newest look from Herschel Supply or a peek inside the mind of Taylor Swift.”

Yeah but still predominantly wonky photos of people’s dazzlingly tedious cats.

Systrom also said that Instagram would start using “verified badges for celebrities, athletes and brands,” to help users ensure they are following these members and not shyster copycats.

“We’re committed to doing everything possible to keep Instagram free from the fake and spammy accounts that plague much of the web. We’ve been deactivating spammy accounts from Instagram on an ongoing basis to improve your experience. As part of this effort, we will be deleting these accounts forever, so they will no longer be included in follower counts.”

You’re still not allowed female nipples on there though, which is weirdly prudish.

New Twitter tools to report abuse

December 3rd, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

Twitter Logo1 New Twitter tools to report abuseTwitter are bringing out a new set of tools to crack down on abuse. They mostly consist of hammers.

Actually they don’t, but they have launched a new way of reporting problem tweets and internal ways to deal with them more quickly.

The new widgets will allow Twitter’s users to flag up anything they thing is a bit awry or unpleasant. It will also allow anyone witnessing abuse going on to another user to report it as well.

The company also reckons it has upgraded various facets of its internal processes to speed up the suitable course of action required.

They also claim that it won’t alter the rules around harassment and abuse, but will make problem tweets easier for users and the company to respond to.

The changes also give users the option to see all blocked accounts, as well as stopping users from viewing profiles of those that have blocked them and these changes will be happening over the next few weeks.

Said Twitter in a blog post: “We are nowhere near being done making changes in this area. In the coming months, you can expect to see additional user controls, further improvements to reporting and new enforcement procedures for abusive accounts.”

“We’ll continue to work hard on these changes in order to improve the experience of people who encounter abuse on Twitter.”

About time. We’ve had it up to here with death threats round these parts.

Social media should be simpler

December 1st, 2014 2 Comments By Ian Wade

Bitterwallet Facebook censorship Social media should be simplerSocial media companies should simplify their conditions as no-one can understand them. That’s according to the government, sitting on the parliamentary science and technology committee.

Of course, last week, we saw just how little MPs understand social media as it is, leaving one Tory red-faced as everyone saw how much he liked dirty photos.

Anyway, the complicated terms and conditions that allow firms like Facebook access to a wealth of personal information and even control a user’s phone are drafted for use in American court rooms, according to the committee.

The committee would like a new set of guidelines that make sure websites explain themselves a bit clearer, and that laws should be in place should they not comply.

The committee has pointed to terms for Facebook Messenger’s mobile app, which is used by more than 200,000 million people a month.

Basically, Facebook can gain direct access to a user’s mobile or tablet, including to take pictures or make videos, at any time without explicit confirmation from the owner.

Committee chair Andrew Miller said: “Let’s face it, most people click yes to terms and conditions contracts without reading them, because they are often laughably long and written in the kind of legalese you need a law degree from the USA to understand,”

Miller went on to say that he’s sure most social media developers will be happy to sign up to new guidelines on “clear communication and informed consent” that the committee is asking the British government to draw up.

All hail! The external hashtag for Macs!

November 27th, 2014 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

As most people know, in the last few years, the hashtag has become a hugely popular symbol, thanks to Twitter. However, Mac keyboards don’t have one.

So someone called Ben Gomori has decided to come up with one and is raising funds on Kickstarter to create the HashKey, a dedicated one-key external keyboard that only has a hashtag button on it.

3c0f326df04ed9e02d04678daf133187 large 500x281 All hail! The external hashtag for Macs!

Naturally, there’ll be dweebs out there spitting tea from their nostrils and yelling “URGH! THERE IS A SHORTCUT Y’KNOW? JUST PRESS ALT + 3!” but that’s no fun.

Gomori said that he was tired of people asking him where the hashtag key was on a Mac, and instead of linking someone to LetMeGoogleThatForYou, he thought he’d try and make some dollar out of it. So basically, through your USB port, you pop in the external hashtag key and hey presto!

While this may be useless to people who know how to work out a tiny problem like this, it’d make for a good present for those who are persistent in not learning how to do things.