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Friday, 30 August 2013

On Twerking

Well, it's happened. Twerking is now in the OED. The sexually-explicit dance designed to draw attention to the sizeable assets of "bootylicious" ladies (ironically popularised by a skinny white lass) is now a genuine, bona fide word. And I'm all for it.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Real Super Mario

What was the first video game you ever played? For many of us the answer is Super Mario on the nes. Now, there is an updated version of the game: a real life one. Watch the videoclip below to see two stuntmen dressed as Mario and Luigi and prepare relive your glorious eighties childhood.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Let the Cat Puns Commence!

We all know that the internet has some weird obsession with felines and their antics: Grumpy Cat, OMG Cat, cat breading, cats that look like Hitler; the list goes on. And on.

With cat themed content already comprising around 50% of the internet (closely followed by pornography at 44%), it seems like the inevitable has finally happened: cats now have their own private internet.*

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Hot dogs or Legs? Facebook mania for Summer 2013.

After the questionable fad of taking pictures of landscapes with a close-up a pair of legs in the foreground and posting them on social networks a parody meme emerged, and now this summer's new Facebook mania is guessing if what you see in the picture is a pair of hot dogs or genuine legs!


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

White Hat Hacking and Using Digital Media to Land Your Next Job.

In the news today we have the story of white hat hacker Khalil Shreateh. After making many attempts to inform Facebook's security team of an exploit that allowed him to post on someone wall without being their friend, all of which fell on deaf ears, Khalil took matters into his own hands and penned a message to the big man himself, Mark Zuckerberg.

Monday, 19 August 2013

What's Your Favourite Vine?

If i'm honest with you, I love vine videos! Some of them are extremely complex and impressive, whilst others are plain hilarious. The best thing about them is that they are so short, which is also a bad thing as you can end up watching hundreds in one sitting. Below is my favourite Vine, but I want to know what yours is! Let me know in the comments below.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Tinder – Romantic Proximity and Self-Esteem

Released on iOS devices a few months back, dating app Tinder arrived on Android about a month ago and, having just about had enough of Angry Birds Star Wars, I decided to give it a whirl. Purely for research purposes you understand. Honest.

The app, which bears a distinct resemblance to many “Hot or Not” apps available across social media platforms, uses your phone’s GPS to present you with photos of nearby Tinder users, their age and their proximity. These photos are plucked from their Facebook account (mercifully you can edit those photos to avoid too much embarrassment) and you’re provided a simple yes or no option on whether you think them attractive. Then you move on to the next romantic hopeful, seemingly ad infinitum. It’s rather addictive.

If a mutual attraction occurs Tinder informs you both and steps up the romantic interaction by offering you the chance to message each other in app and potentially arrange an actual, real life, flesh and bones meet up.
Unfortunately I haven’t had a match yet, so can’t actually report on how this all works, but this leads me on to a significant point about this new app: self-esteem. Whilst the fact that you’re not informed of who and how many people have dismissed you on looks alone may be presented as a means of shielding the user from rejection; using the app for long periods of time with no success pretty much spells it out for you.

There is already a huge amount of research into how social media is affecting self-esteem, and although it would be na├»ve of me to suggest that looks don’t factor into day-to-day life, there are a huge number of variables that constitute an attraction between two people.  You know, the little things; like personality. This, of course, is not translated through a handful of photos. The less photogenic may be unduly hard done by on Tinder.

Furthermore, as a free app, I wonder how much scrutiny each profile is given by the IT guys over at Tinder HQ. I’ve come across a number of suspiciously attractive young women on Tinder who I’m almost certain must be some bloke in Croydon up to no good. That or I’ve just deemed a lingerie model unattractive.

All in all, I doubt Tinder can really be deemed a “dating app” and more of an ego massage or a self-esteem destroyer. When I introduced the app to a newly single mate the other day he quickly became addicted, and has just now text me to inform me about his latest match. I’m happy for him, of course, as anyone who’s just been through a break-up could use a wee ego boost, but how many other people are suffering hurt feelings because of a lack of interest?

EDIT – I take it all back, just got a match: Tinder’s great.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

The bright side of social networks

Apart from the negative sides of that we know all too well, social networks also have a bright side. Facebook is currently demonstrating this, as well as a social conscious, by encouraging people to become organ donors.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Paxman's Beard: A Big Storm on Twitter and a Smaller One at the BBC

Jeremy Paxman's first bearded appearance on Newsnight last night provoked a storm of reaction across twitter and the wider blogosphere. Although reactions to the new facial hair were evenly split between those offering praise and those who compared him to a "rubbish Doctor Who", the real story here is in what the reaction tells us about the BBC and bearded men on television in general.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Sacked Employee to have Facebook Profile Examined

A sacked employee of Air New Zealand will have her Facebook profile examined by her former bosses, in a dispute over misuse of sick leave during her time of employment. Gina Kensington was sacked by the airline amid claims that she had misused 2 sick days that she had supposedly taken to care for her sister. She took her case to an employment tribunal in a bid to get her job back, however her former employer asked for access to her Facebook profile and bank records - in order to establish the use of the 2 disputed sick days.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Instagram: Photo-sharing for High-Flyers and Low-Lives alike

Unless you've been living in a cave on Mars for the past couple of years you'll probably be aware of this internet photo sharing thingamabobby called Instagram. It was bought by Facebook back in April for the princely sum of $1 billion and quickly caused a ruckus regarding Mark Zuckerberg suddenly having the rights to everyone's photos. Then Facebook changed the policy and everyone was happy again.

Since then, Instagram's gone from strength to strength,gaining considerable influence amongst the competitive social media marketplace. I don't usually pay too much attention to the social media platforms outside of Twitter, Facebook and Google +, but two news stories about Instagram ran this week that caught my eye, both despicable in a very different way.

The Rich Kids of Instagram

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

The Facebook Likes Market

Dispatches from Channel 4 revealed the dark side of social networks in a documentary, discovering a real market behind likes on Facebook, followers on Twitter and views on YouTube. The business, based in Dakha (Bangladesh), involves around 20-25 thousand people and runs for 24 hours per day.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Wayback Machine: Discover how websites looked in the past

If you've never heard of the Wayback Machine then you are in for a treat, as it allows you to discover how websites looked at various points in the past. Fans of Internet history and nostalgia will certainly enjoy reminiscing about how websites used to look and watching the transformations that have happened to them.

Monday, 5 August 2013

YouTube Celebrates All Things Geek

This week is officially Geek Week on YouTube, with the event centering around the reveal of the trailer for the second installment of the Thor movie series this Wednesday. Until Saturday, each day of Geek Week will be hosted by a different channel and will allow more than 100 channels to unveil new video content.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Time travel with Facebook

Facebook users who have the newest News Feed design may notice a new feature button on the right side of their page: "On This Day". This latest addition is a tool that allows you to take a walk down memory lane and see statuses, photos, posts, that your friends posted on that day the year prior. This latest addition is currently being tested only on Facebook users that have downloaded the new layout design. The On This Day button transforms your entire News Feed to what it would look like the previous year. 

The feature also has a widget to the side of the standard News Feed that displays monumental moments in your friends life that year, such as getting married or starting a new job. 
Do you think On This Day become a permanent fixture on Facebook? Is your News Feed from last year relevant to you or could you care less?