UK Social Media

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...

An Earworm Nightmare Waiting to Happen

Kieron Hayes | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Tech
Kieron Hayes

The thing is, I don't care about your cat. I don't find it cute. I don't find other stuff about cats cute either. I don't really want to know what you've had for dinner either. I also don't want to know that you miss your poor old Mum and I really don't want to know about the fact that you've got a sore throat.

Myspace to Real life - How Tony Visconti Found Me on Myspace

Stephen Emmer | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stephen Emmer

Way before Facebook took over, before Whatsapp and Twitter updates and global news every second, there was, once upon a time, MySpace. I was an avid member of it around 2007, as most musicians were at the time. I posted some music of my own on my profile page and one day I got a call from NYC, from a person who said he represented a well known music producer.

Twitter Picks Top Tweets, Pictures And Users Of 2012

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK Tech

Twitter has revealed its favourite tweets, trends and pictures of 2012. One day after looking back in a different way by adding vintage filters to...

Website Scans Your Tweets To Find And Publish Your Address

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 13.10.2012 | UK Tech

A website which crawls your Twitter feed to guess where you live and then publishes your address has led to controversy online - and an apparent overl...

Who Will Update Your Facebook Status If You Die?

Melanie Hick | Posted 09.01.2012 | UK Tech

How are you going to update your Facebook status when you're dead? This real (after)life problem has a solution thanks to the iDie Facebook app. I...

Hackers Reveal UK Military And Civil Servants Details

PA | Posted 10.03.2012 | UK Tech

British military officials, civil servants and parliamentarians have had their email addresses published on the internet after they were obtained by h...