Are you lonely, deprived of attention and possibly a recluse? Then you can breathe a sigh of relief because you needn’t worry about your non-existent social life – and even more important, lack of significant other – anymore, because there’s an app for that. I kid you not.
Introducing the Invisible Boyfriend app (yes, that is seriously it’s name), a platform that will help you create the perfect man and make him your boyfriend – no courtship needed.
The idea behind the app is to help people fool their nearest and dearest into believing they have a boyfriend. Smoke and mirrors, you know. (more…)
The world is still reeling from the horrific terrorist attack on French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo in Paris last week.
Two masked gunmen entered the offices of the controversial magazine on Wednesday last week and brutally shot and killed 11 of the magazine’s employees.
Following the attack, millions of Parisians, French people and other all across the globe showed their support for freedom of speech and stood in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo – condemning the attack with the hashtag #jesuischarlie
Je suis Charlie translates to ‘I am Charlie’ in English. A powerful message clearing stating that anyone bearing the words ‘je suis Charlie’ are standing in solidarity with the magazine, as they, too are Charlie.
Of course, in our day and age, with social media being at the forefront of breaking, international events, it came as no surprise that such a powerful slogan was transformed into a hashtag that went viral. But the je suis Charlie slogan didn’t only spawn a powerful hashtag, it also spawned an app. (more…)
As if you don’t spend enough time on Facebook, especially at work (am I right?), the social giant is reportedly looking at broadening their horizons once more with the launch of an entirely new platform called ‘Facebook for Work.’
The new platform is basically exactly as the name says: it’s Facebook, but for work purposes. Facebook for Work will essentially compete with other work-focused social networks like LinkedIn.
According to a report by the Financial Times, ‘sources close to the matter’ has revealed that Zuckerberg and his minions are trying to break into a market that they have yet to enter.
They’ve got the messaging part down now, after their record-breaking acquisition of WhatsApp and the recent launch of their own, stand-alone Messenger app (which the company says has more than 500 million monthly active users) so it’s only natural that they would be looking at other avenues to generate even more revenue. (more…)
We all know that feeling; you send a text to your crush, one that you have carefully thought out and pondered about sending for the last two hours, and, after pushing the send button with your sweaty fingers, you anxiously sit and wait for a reply.
Minutes pass and you begrudgingly wonder if your crush has received the message, and, if so, they have even read it. Luckily, technology has a way of letting us know whether or not our messages have been received – kind of taking the edge (or not?) off of a seriously stressful situation.
And now, one of the world’s biggest messaging services, WhatsApp, has introduced a new feature that will change the way we communicate (especially with people of particular interest) forever.
Ladies and gentleman, say hello to the brand new ‘blue tick’ – a simple feature that surprisingly enough can mean so much. (more…)
When last did you get invited to an event through a different avenue other than Facebook? Have you recently bought a newspaper instead of checking the headlines on your Twitter feed? And can you honestly say you haven’t social media-stalked your new crush? Probably not, because this is the world we live in now.
The revolution that is social media has consumed us and in the process changed the way we interact socially. Of course, it’s wonderful and we are more connected now than ever, but it has also deprived us of real social interaction, in the real (non-virtual) world.
‘Selfie’ is a new sitcom produced by ABC that aims to expose the world in which we operate nowadays – meaning being social through the dozens of social media platforms and not IRL (that’s ‘in real life’ in case you didn’t know.)
Let’s face it, millenials are obsessed with social media and everything digital. It’s the centre of their (our) world and has shaped the way we operate irrevocably.
Satire has long been used to show the world its faults through a relatable, non-threatening, funny way. And this is exactly what ‘Selfie’ is doing. (more…)
Sparkles Smith will no longer be forced to use her birth name of Benjamin Smith on her Facebook profile, thanks to the company (finally) amending their identity policy following backlash from drag queens and the like all over the world.
Being a drag queen or transgendered person means fully embodying the ‘persona’ which naturally includes using your new self-given name in everyday life. However, the world’s largest social network didn’t quite seem to grasp this as their ‘real-name’ policy put a stump in the world of these people.
Facebook’s ‘real-name’ policy forces people to use their legal names or names used on legal documents as a security measure. However, the policy has long since been under fire from various groups and especially the LGBT community who made a case for drag queens and kings and transgender people who use pseudonyms or stage names, and who would like to use these names on their social media accounts. (more…)
In our connected world, we are pretty much joined at the hip with our smartphones. If we’re not using it browse the web or send emails and messages, we’re constantly checking for social media notifications or updates.
Thus, it has become quite the habit of many of us to check our phones regularly – if not too regularly.
This is what Checky wants to make you aware of. The new app is designed to make you aware of exactly how often you check your phone everyday. And in turn, try to encourage you to cut down on the phone checking.
The app works very simply. It just tells you how many times you have checked your phone each day while also mapping out where and for what you’ve used your phone the most. It’s clear that the company behind the app, Calm.com, is trying to encourage you to put the phone down by giving you a visual representation of your annoying habit. (more…)
The City of Chongqing in China seems to fed up with people walking while texting on their cellphones. Obviously, this can become quite the hazard when people are so engrossed in their conversations, that they don’t look where they are walking.
So, the city has enforced new ‘rules’ that look to try and curb this annoying millennial problem.
On a 30 meter stretch of sidewalk, the city has made two lanes; one for those using cellphones and the other for those who don’t. Painted on the sidewalk, in both Chinese and English, the sign reads: “Cellphones, walk in this lane at your own risk” and the other reading: “No cellphones.”
Sure, it may seem a little strange and over the top, but as anyone who has ever been stuck behind a person staring at their cellphone screen, or has had a complete strange walk into them as a result of texting and not looking, can testify, this might not be such a bad idea at all. (more…)