UK Social Media

How Much Could Fake News Cost Facebook? £44m If Germany Has Its Way

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Tech

The German government has proposed strict measures to crack down on illegal content, such as defamatory fake news and hate speech, on social media sit...

Why You Need To Try A Digital Detox

Andy Bush | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Tech
Andy Bush

At the end of 2016 something inside me snapped. I got sick of not being able to have a proper conversation with people because their eyes kept tracking down to note incessant updates from their phone -- almost as if their little plastic PA was jealous of not getting their undivided attention.

WhatsApp Will Soon Let You Delete Sent Messages, But There's A Catch

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Tech

From typos to overzealous declarations, we’ve all sent WhatsApp messages we’ve quickly come to regret. Fortunately, the company’s execs appear t...

It's A Hoax, Facebook And WhatsApp Won't Start Charging Users

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Tech

Another year, another hoax proclaiming Facebook and WhatsApp are set to start charging their users. This time, the services are rumoured to be chargin...

Get The Job You Want Using Snapchat

James Kirkham | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Tech
James Kirkham

You only have to look at the statistics - 60% of Snapchat users are under 25, 26% are 25-34 with only 12 percent of users aged 35 to 54 and just 2% over 55. Those users aren't all just selfie-obsessives. Snapchat users are also thought to be the most engaged of any social media channel.

These Four Facebook Habits Could Lead To Depression

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Tech

Tempted to accept your ex’s Facebook friend request? Don’t. That’s the advice of experts who have examined the links between depression and soc...

The Death Taboo - What's Your Digital Legacy?

Tim Snaith | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Tech
Tim Snaith

I say less developed and that is perhaps unfair. What is less developed are the policies those website companies adopt on death and the publicity surrounding the subject of how my data will be handled when the day comes.

Escaping Mediocrity

Simon Pont | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Tech
Simon Pont

Where growing-up naturally involves taking a few missteps, Social Media can become a mean-spirited companion. Ferris Bueller's day would have turned out seriously different if at any point he'd checked-in or posted to his Timeline.

The Case Against Some Viral Challenges

Angela Irvine | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Tech
Angela Irvine

I was only 11 when I received my first chain letter. I read it and ignored it. Even at that age, I could see that the letter served no purpose. Whilst many of my school chums passed these ridiculous messages on, I was the badass, who always broke the chain. Recently I have played the badass again and let me tell you why.

Social Media Speed Dating

Lucy Wigley | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Tech
Lucy Wigley

You decide this must come to an end! You've got to get back out there, on the 'scene' with normal people, doing normal things! You've got to get your brain moving again, before it falls out through your nose. So what do you do? You start a blog!

A Simple Way To Make The Internet A Better Place

Adam Hamdy | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Tech
Adam Hamdy

Our computers, tablets and phones don't just give us a window on the world: they're doorways that also allow people in. The anonymous nature of the Internet means that we will often not know the true identity of people we might interact with on social media.

The World Looks Better Through Instagram Stories

James Kirkham | Posted 25.09.2016 | UK Tech
James Kirkham

Instagram stories makes the world look a brighter, shinier and damn right funnier place. Just at a time when we need it most. This uncertain era post Brexit, and pre-Trump presidency (yes, really) means our social media is swamped by negativity, worry and where cat photos and skateboarding dogs got relegated behind the real news stories doing the rounds. None of them positive.

Charlie Hebdo Earthquake Cartoons Spark A Digital Identity Crisis

Andrew Keith Walker | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Tech
Andrew Keith Walker

This u-turn in public opinion illustrates the flawed marketing mythology of the platforms where we share our thoughts and pictures, the myth that we're all part of some big global culture. We're not. That's just a sales tactic to buy our clicks and data with warm fuzzy feelings of togetherness.

Jeremy Vine's Road Rage Video And The Rise Of Trial By Social Media

Jacqueline Hooton | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Tech
Jacqueline Hooton

Why did he take to social media to share this footage? Why was it only afterwards that the police were made aware of it? Since when does the court of public opinion carry more weight than the police or our judiciary?

Is Social Media Ruining Our Mental Health?

Sian Abigail Bradley | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Abigail Bradley

There's nothing quite like the jealously that comes from seeing flawless pictures of a beach and a poolside cocktail, or Facebook check-ins to airports and sunny selfies, whilst you're sat at home watching some Come Dine With Me re-runs.

Why Social Media Should Get More Respect

Emma Campbell | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Campbell

It's easy to get swept up in all the negatives of social media, with the rise of trolling, and online abuse. The world of social media can seem like a scary place, so why do so many young people use it?

Facebook, Frankenstein And Free Speech

Alex Krasodomski-Jones | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Tech
Alex Krasodomski-Jones

Social media companies have shown a willingness to work with governments and law enforcement in the past, and streamlining and improving this relationship is crucial. Unrealistic expectations do little to improve this relationship though, and some of the criticisms laid out in the report do seem unrealistic.

Social Media Is Hurting Young People But There Are Solutions

Danny Bowman | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Tech
Danny Bowman

So who's to blame for this? Has this issue been created by the idealism of young people or have these issues come about because of the incompetent and lack lustre approaches by social media firms to regulate and police this space.

Ditch The Social Media And Reclaim Your Power

Elizabeth Venzin | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK Tech
Elizabeth Venzin

Basically, the longer you stay on social media, the more likely you are to become envious of the things you don't have. A person with a larger network of 'friends' will be more likely to experience 'the grass is greener' symptoms than a person with a smaller network.

Social Media - The Girls Of Instagram

Ann French | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Ann French

How many times have you heard 'She's really big on Instagram'? It's all disgustingly narcissistic yet some of us ladies lap it up like the Snap Chat dogs we are. These girls are perfect. But, I'm just going to point out the basic points that make an 'Insta Model'.

Roger's Rules for Online Behaviour

Roger Dubar | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Tech
Roger Dubar

Much online behaviour is terrible. We take things personally, throw insults, shut down debate, never challenge our own ideas, and generally act like idiots. Not you, of course  - but lots of other people. There is a better way.

How Social Media Changed My Life

Debz Aiken | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Tech
Debz Aiken

As a chubby teenager I grew up without any real role models. Yes, I had teen idols and boyband crushes but I could never open up an issue of Sugar magazine and see someone like me staring back. Surrounded by thin friends and people who told me I should lose weight, it sometimes seemed like a lonely place. Thankfully I discovered the world of social media...

Making Memories Matter: How Social Networks Can Bring Light In the Darkness

Scott Rosenberg | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Tech
Scott Rosenberg

Many social networks are criticised for providing their communities with a news feed filled with angry political rants, tragic breaking news, and hundreds of posts about people struggling with illness or persona turmoil. We've turned this on its head, and developed a feature dedicated to sharing good news about advances in Alzheimer's care.

Forget Social Media, the Real Interest Is in Your Inbox

Jimmy Leach | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK Tech
Jimmy Leach

Like the return of vinyl to music, people are turning to email again as a source of wisdom.

Caitlin Moran's Daughter Using Twitter Gives Us Hope For Humanity

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK

Writer Caitlin Moran gave her 11-year-old daughter control over her Twitter account and it was pretty marvellous. Moran's 511,000 followers were su...