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I Said It First

Have you heard? If you plagiarize on Twitter, you’ll be reprimanded. Well, your tweet would be taken down and your followers would be able to see your copyright infringement. It’s like being in school all over again, only this time you can’t copy their homework or the world will know you’re a fraud, sorry Conan. So I guess we can say this is a good thing. It all started with Olga, a comedian and her (not that funny) tweet about overpriced juice cleanses, was being copied by other Tweeters. Twitter then removed the copycat’s tweets and explained it was for copyright reasons. Hooray!

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We’ve also heard that Conan O’Brian has been accused of stealing jokes from Twitter and using them on his show. If that’s the case, then good on you twitter! A well needed addition to an already great social media site. If you happen to come across some stolen material, you yourself can report tweets in violation of copyrighting.

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Sometime in the future we may be able to see stars rise, comedians come out, and philosophers be born through Twitter and its legitimacy! A new age is born.

So now if you really did say it first, Twitter will have your back and no more condescending “yeah yeahs” from your friends.

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No Facebook

5 Things To Do When Facebook Locks You Out

You know those times when you’re stuck reading a huge stack of comments below a (fascinating and enticing) Facebook post? Yes, of course you do. I, for instance, do it all the time.

Well, a few days ago, I was right in the middle of the reading of an engaging and absorbing post about the best lunches to bring to work and then a wary pop-up appeared. “Please log in to continue”. I hesitated for a moment while looking at the computer screen perplexed. I typed my login details again and, all of a sudden, Facebook went like “Are you sure, uh? Are you sure this is your real name? I mean, are you super super super sure?” I was like “Oh my, come on, I’ve been here for the last decade along with my real name, what do you want from me now? Let me go back to that post, I need to know what the best thing to bring for lunch tomorrow is, please!

But instead of letting me go they asked for a copy of my ID. As soon as I sombrely uploaded it, an automated message appeared: “Thanks, we’ll let you know, now go, get lost” along with a GIANT log out button.

I kept on staring at the screen for a few minutes, then I went through all the stages of loss, from shaking my fist at the screen to crying (well, not literally) to accepting it: Facebook locked me out for using my real name.

Open Sesame

 

So I decided to move on and do something else. Here are 5 things to do when Facebook locks you out.

 

  1. Give Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist a go. (By the way, have you noticed the Spotify icon is greener than usual? It’s like a Hulk kind of green now.)Spotify Discover Weekly
  2. Fall in love with Twitter againTwitter Love
  3. Cook, bake, read your weekly copy of TimeOut, go for a walk, explore your neighbourhood, catch up with friends IN REAL LIFE or do whatever you like more.Star Wars Aerobics Horizontal Running On the phoneActivities
  4. Make a photo wall with all your Facebook photos and cover them with like stickers.Facebook Stickers
  5. OK, that’s it. Turn off your computer and do something constructive.
    It was 1994 circa and I had just finished Monkey Island 2. I’ve been fascinated by this list of constructive things to do since ever. You should watch it too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1XstQdo6d0
    (Don’t know what is Monkey Island 2? Even better, retro gaming is so cool. )

    Turn off your computer

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Pizza Winking Face Dot Com

Two technical geniuses George Kedenburg III, a product designer at Facebook, and Eric Nakagawa (the “I can has cheezeburger” guy) have created a marvel of a website. We can now turn our boring text links into emoticons! We decided to give it a go, this is what TheSocialShop.co.uk would look like in emoticon.

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It’s awfully easy to use, if you’re an owly or bitly regular, Linkmoji won’t be much of a stretch for you- it’s pretty much the same concept, just more interesting. They’re even working on making the links customisable- for businesses, it would be a huge hit- like they say, a picture speaks a thousand words. Hopefully this would put more pressure on the emoticon creators to extend their already fruitful database.

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Maybe they’ll add branding emoticons, the possibilities are endless. What do you think? Is this a fad or the beginning of something emotical?

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Facebook’s new News Feed preferences

Big changes at Facebook this week. The social network is introducing a way to pick the people you want to see first when you load your News Feed. Don’t worry, it’s secret — only you can see your picks. Basically, this means you’ll see everysingleupdate (argh!) from the friends you select, so you won’t miss out on the stuff they post (AKA how to make stalking easier than ever).
The upgraded settings section will now display who’s shown most in your feed and let you unfollow them (yes, we understand that sometimes everysingleupdate could be way too much), refollow people you’ve hidden, and discover Pages based on your interests.

The update rolled out this week for iOS users. All you have to do is navigate to News Feed Preferences, you can then choose to “prioritize who you see first,” giving little blue stars to the people you want to see in your feed. Then, the next time you load Facebook, new posts from those friends will pop up at the top. You can scroll down to see the rest of your News Feed normally.

The same preferences page can also help you in the opposite situation: everyone has a friend who posts too often and floods your news feed with annoying memes and baby pictures. Facebook has a few ways you can rid them from your news feed. That’s not new, but Facebook is now making it easier to re-follow that friend if you’ve changed your mind or felt too guilty. Just hit “reconnect with people you unfollowed,” select their profile, and they’ll be back. For now.

Want more? Have a look here: https://vimeo.com/132961281

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Thumb-Free & Proud!

Finally! The moment our carpel-tunnel has been waiting for!

Snapchat has dropped their hold to view and has replaced it with tap! No more slipping of the finger and missing out on that one second snap. We now can tap our screens and witness the image for the length they’ve chosen to show it to us. This also means that print-screening will be easier and no longer gymnastic of the fingers.

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The $16 billion company has very kindly added a “Nearby” feature that will let friends in the same area as you add each other to their friends lists. We smell a Periscope rival on the loose, but with better reach and we think, user-friendly.

Snapchat has been uber busy in the past few weeks, from updates of the app to videos with Evan Spiegel trying to explain Snapchat’s benefits to parents who might seem sceptical: “Pictures are being used for talking. So when you see your children taking a zillion photos of things that you would never take a picture of, it’s cos they’re using photographs to talk.”

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We hope they keep up the good work, this app has proved to go further than once thought. Stemming from being a sneaky application to send pictures, to now being one of the uncles of social media with companies fighting for a spot in their “Discover” option. We wish them luck and we’re excited to see where else they can take the snappy company.