According to a post on the Vine blog, the company has determined that a small percentage of its users are posting videos that “are not a good fit” for its community. Twitter had to respond and ban tweets of explicit material on their platform as well. Vine has become the latest internet platform to make this move, as inevitably, pornography has found its way to the platform as it has on all other platforms. (more…)
Nowadays, people’s identities have become way more complicated than simply ‘male or female’. Many people in the world today identify themselves as transgender, intersex, transsexual and many other terms that some haven’t even heard of.
One can imagine then that choosing between either ‘male or female’ on a social network can grieve these individuals. Well, the world’s largest social network has taken the first step in diversifying their gender options to more than 50 additional options.
Facebook announced yesterday that from now on, users will be able to select a ‘custom gender’ – rather than the stock standard, male of female.
This provides transgender, transsexual and any other type of person, to reveal their true identities on the social networking site. And what a pleasure it must be for them. (more…)
Today marks the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. It also marks the start of a universal event, promoting equality and acceptance, being held in a (highly) discriminating country. Queue the controversy…
It’s no secret that Russia, under the rule of Vladimir Putin, is not accepting of the LGBT community. Russia’s strong, anti-gay laws has been the subject of much discussion – especially leading up to the Olympics. And today, on the first day of the Games, Google has very subtly taken a huge stand against Russia’s ridiculous laws.
Google’s doodle today pays homage to the start of the Games, however, it is so much more than a ‘good luck’ to the Olympians.
The doodle features various Winter Olympic athletes, in the colour and pattern of the rainbow gay pride flag. Genius. (more…)
Co-founder of Twitter and all-round social networking guy, Biz Stone, has just revealed his new startup company, Jelly.
Jelly is not a dessert company or a children’s game as the name would suggest, but rather something quite innovative that seemed to confuse journalists and bloggers the world round.
In actual fact, Jelly is a mobile app that enables it’s users to to ask any kind of short question on their social network through pictures.
Its premise is very simple and to the point; users can take a picture of literally anything, upload it to their network and ask people questions about it. For instance, should you come across a new brand of your favourite cookies, you can snap it, post it and ask people what it tastes like or what allergens are present.
It is also useful to ask opinions. Opinions on where to travel, where to have lunch, what style dress to wear and really anything you can think of.
Revealed only yesterday, Jelly has managed to garner a lot of media attention (mostly because of Stone’s famous name). However, the majority of responses were, initially, quite negative. Stone and his newborn company received a lot of criticism in the space of 24 hours.
Questions like “why is it only limited to short questions” or “what is the actual purpose if there is Google” seemed to dominate the steady flow of comments.
However, it wasn’t until Stone explained the actual intention behind Jelly that the media started to shut up and listen. Because its so much more than another cool app. (more…)
Yesterday, we reported on Snapchat saying “no thanks” to Facebook’s incredible $3 billion offer to buy the budding messaging app.
Many thought it was a crazy offer to turn down, but wasn’t it a crazy offer to start with? What is the real reason Facebook is so intent on owning Snapchat?
Well, to put it bluntly, it’s because they’re nervous. In actual fact, Snapchat is quite the competition for Facebook – even though they carry the label of the ‘world’s largest social network’. (more…)
Some of the most intimate details about one of the world’s largest social networks, Twitter, will all be revealed in a new tell-all book titled, ‘Hatching Twitter’.
The book, set to be released in less than a month on November 5th, was written by New York Times columnist and reporter, Nick Bilton.
The book mostly revolves around the early days of Twitter and push to make it what it is today. The social networking company was founded in March of 2006 and officially launched in July that same year.
The front cover of the book reads: “A true story of money, power, friendship and betrayal”. By this tagline alone, the book already suggests that there are some gritty details we don’t know about the rise of the social giant. (more…)
Happy Birthday, Skype! The world’s most famous internet messaging service celebrates it’s 10th anniversary tomorrow.
The huge success of Skype was likely not foreseen when it was introduced to the world way back in 2003.
Yet, today, a whopping 300 million people use Skype on a daily basis and together they make 2 billion minutes of online video calls a day!
However, one of the best ways to measure Skype’s tremendous success, is to realize that this brand name has now evolved into an integral part of our vocabulary.
The word ‘Skype’ is now also a verb.
Can you imagine someone asking you in 2003 to ‘Skype’ them? Or someone saying ‘I’ll Skype you later’. Probably not. This is a true testament to Skype’s value and importance in our modern world.
The success of Skype has also prompted many other internet and techno-giants to create similar technologies. The most noted of these is Apple Inc.’s ‘FaceTime’.
The brains behind Skype belong to two Scandinavian technology entrepreneurs; Janus Friis of Denmark and Niklas Zennstroem of Sweden.
The two (now highly successful) entrepreneurs launched Skype in late August of 2003, by expanding on existing peer-to-peer networking technologies.
Nelson Mandela is undoubtedly a world famous icon that inspires millions of people world wide – so then what better way to spread Madiba’s inspirational words and messages than through his very own social network.
Yes, you read right. Just like Lady Gaga’s social network, littlemonsters.com, Madiba will now have his own online community; mandela.is.
Of course, the idea of a Madiba’s social network, did not come from the ailing 95-year old himself. The idea was conceived by two of Mandela’s grandsons.
30 year old Ndaba Mandela said: “It’s a social network around the inspiration my grandfather gave to the world. People can share what Mandela inspired them to do, to give back to their communities.”
mandela.is is intended to be used as a platform for users of the social network to share inspirational thoughts, photos and articles and to connect with like minded people, in order to emulate Madiba’s positive impact on the world.
Users on the social network are called ‘citizens’, thus furthering the theme of a freedom icon throughout the online community. (more…)