Tag Archives: Social media

The flat-pack filter

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IKEA is a great place for young people to buy tables/ chairs/ shelves/ ice cube trays. Instagram is a great place for young people to share photos of their food/ trainers/ post-work pint (#longday). So it was only a matter of time before the two paths crossed, which they did in Russia recently.

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Brief encounters

We’ve all been there (well, fifty per cent of our readers probably have). You put on your bestest, frilliest, laciest, naughtiest underwear, put up with discomfort all evening, only for everything to be whipped off in seconds and discarded on the floor in the heat of the moment.

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Cash, card or Instagram?

This isn’t just a roast dinner. It’s slow-cooked lamb shank, falling effortlessly off the bone, on a bed of red cabbage, with crispy potatoes on the side, filtered with X-Pro II, framed in black and liked by 17 of your friends.

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Tweety buy

Is one-click shopping slowing you down? Do you yearn for the day when you can buy things just by clicking your fingers? Firstly, you need help. Secondly, your dreams are a little closer to becoming a reality.

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The pinner takes it all

Mark Zuckerburg has 12,836. Michelle Obama has 56,045. Oprah beats them both with an impressive 102,528. We’re talking Pinterest followers here. 70 million accounts worldwide and an estimated value of $3.8 billion.

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Brains, trains and autobiographies

Writers are a funny bunch. James Joyce wrote in bed. D.H. Lawrence wrote underneath a tree. Dame Edith Sitwell wrote lying in a coffin. T.S. Eliot wrote with his face covered in green powder. Wherever writers get their ideas from, we’re likely to be seeing more of them on the trains across America as Amtrak have opened a ‘writers’ residence’ on their long-haul journeys. (Cheers, Alex.)

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Clean up your newsfeed

The sponsored tweet from British Gas. The now obsolete Breaking Bad memes. The inappropriately named ‘best Vines on the web’ posts.

Any Facebook or Twitter user will know the feeling of having their social media feeds clogged up with the unnecessary and frankly annoying posts of pages they don’t even remember Liking. But now cleaning brand Ajax has the perfect answer to all the unwanted mess, with their new app, Social Wipes.

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It’s no longer complicated

For many people it’s the simplest of questions: male or female? But now, after consultation with LGBT activist groups, Facebook has finally announced that users in the US are no longer required to pick between two choices for their gender.

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Tweeting rough

It’s all too easy to get used to seeing people sleeping on the streets. But if anything’s going to change, we need to talk more openly about the issue.

Canadian artists Patricio Davila and Dave Colangelo are trying to encourage people to do just that. After finding out that an estimated 5,000 people sleep rough every night on Toronto’s streets, they started a ‘public data visualisation project’ called In the Air, Tonight.

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Breaking the (jelly) mould

Naming’s something we’ve done our fair share of here. Be it descriptive, associative, or abstract, we know a trick or two. So we assumed that Jelly – the latest app from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone that combines search engines and social media – falls very much into the abstract category.

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