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It turns out 'Catfish as a Service' is a thing now

It can be daunting to take the leap of faith into the world of online dating, not really knowing who is on the other end of your messages. How would you feel knowing that you may not even be talking to the same person throughout your entire correspondence? One day when I was trawling through writing jobs on LinkedIn, I stumbled across an interesting-looking...

Silicon Valley capitalists are heading to Eastern Europe

Philip Weiss, a digital nomad and travel blogger, has called Belgrade, Serbia, home for several months now. He first visited the Eastern European (EE) capital seven years ago when he was passing by en route to Croatia for the summer.  It was a very different place to what it is today, and not a very fun place to be, he notes: “Especially as an American,...

A strange 'pig couch' scam keeps popping up on Craigslist

A Craigslist post advertising a “unique pig couch” for $250 has been causing a frenzy on Twitter. But it looks like someone's telling porkies... A Craigslist post advertising a 'unique pig couch' uploaded yesterday, reads: “Got this pig shaped couch a few years ago. It was designed by artist Pavia Burroughs and is a really insane/cool addition to...

Social media predictions for 2021

Social apps are changing rapidly. Really rapidly. Here are a few of my predictions as to how social apps will continue to evolve in 2021.   There will be more censorship (ie: Twitter) and less censorship (ie: Parler) Parler is like Twitter but with zero censorship. It's the Mecca for the deplatformed, the Rome for the cancelled. It's been consistently...

Parler users are still trying to convince everyone they're leaving Twitter

Since the U.S. election, Parler downloads have skyrocketed as millions of users have signed up to escape a perceived “anti-conservative” bias among mainstream social media platforms. When I wrote about the app in the most recent issue of the Pando newsletter on Friday, it had hit the top spot in both the Android and iOS app stores. CNBC has named...

AI can now produce passable parody song lyrics

The coronavirus pandemic has caused many outbursts of creativity, but few have the potential to be as meaningful as Mark O. Riedl’s lockdown project. The academic at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s school of interactive computing has spent the last several long months producing an artificial intelligence system that’s able to produce lyrics for...

When it comes to social commerce, influencers and Twitch streamers are thriving

Atarabyte is a Twitch streamer living in South Korea who is currently doing daily streams on Amazon Live. She started last year when the platform was just taking off, and she has come a long way since she first started streaming on Justin.TV ten years ago. When it comes to selling products, she has a unique approach.  “I think since I'm one of...

Tech CEOs should stop using Science Fiction as a blueprint for humanity’s future in space

In September 2016, Elon Musk went before the International Astronautical Congress with a program that outlined an ambitious set of goals: lay out the steps that would help establish a permanent human presence on Mars.  “What I really want to try to achieve here is to make Mars seem possible,” he said. “Make it seem as though it’s something we can...

YouTube’s science communication channels have a diversity problem

YouTube is often heralded as the great leveller, lowering barriers to entry and destroying discrimination. But a new academic study suggests that the platform’s science community mirrors the world of science in real life – with all its problems of representation. Kaiping Chen of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and colleagues at Tufts University...

Social media managers are underpaid, understaffed, and overworked

A recent row over sanitary pads and period products has highlighted one of the key issues with pronouncements on social media – and the disparity between the positions of power those behind our favourite brands’ Facebook and Twitter accounts hold, and the training and pay they receive. On October 26, a shopper at Tesco, the UK’s biggest supermarket,...

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