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Inventive teen used a smart fridge to tweet after her mother took away her phone

Kids these days, eh? Can’t even take away their smart devices, and they go ahead and access social platforms and tweet from smart-home devices

How Twitter is helping the Scots language thrive in the 21st century

Journalist Eve Livingston’s recent article for The Face examines the many social and cultural features of Scottish Twitter. But the fact it has provided a medium for written Scots language to evolve in a way that wasn’t possible before the advent of social media is equally fascinating.

Twitter isn’t just for political hashtag warriors. Many still use the social network to just hang out

As a social media platform, Twitter does not have the most glowing reputation. If you just rely on what you hear about it, you might think Twitter is no more than a hotbed for raging politics and viral campaign hashtags. But is that all there is?

Twitter launches its new desktop design, and we hate it

Twitter revealed its new look today, and the social network reckons it’s designed to conform with its mobile app design. And we're not convinced.

Twitter went down last night and nobody could complain on Twitter about it

The platform everyone heads to when Facebook or Instagram is down was down on Thursday night. Twitter went down around 21:00 on Thursday evening across parts of the world including South Africa, the US and the UK. Users reported being unable to access the platform on web and mobile devices. Twitter users trying to access the platform started reporting issues on DownDetector, a site that monitors w...[Read More]

From Twitterbots to VR: 10 of the best examples of digital literature

These days all text is digital. From writing an email to publishing a new edition of War and Peace, text nearly always exists on a computer first. Yet there are writers who take full advantage of the computer’s possibilities, utilising new technologies to broach complex subject matter. Electronic or digital literature does not refer to e-books, but to works that depend on electronic “code” to exis...[Read More]

Emoji aren’t ruining language: they’re a natural substitute for gesture 🔥🔥🔥

Gestures and emoji don’t break down into smaller parts. Nor do they easily combine into larger words or sentences (unless we’re using a clunky version of the grammar of our language).

Big tech surveillance could damage democracy

The more tech companies know about their users, the more effectively they can direct them to goods and services that they are likely to buy. The more companies know about their users, the more competitive they are in the market.

6 ways to protect your mental health from social media’s dangers

More than one-third of American adults view social media as harmful to their mental health, according to a new survey from the American Psychiatric Association. Just 5% view social media as being positive for their mental health, the survey found

Twitter now lets you add GIFs, images, and video to retweets

Twitter can be many things. A place to look at all the good dogs, Bront. A digital field for harvesting GIFs. A fine place to increase your blood pressure. A spot best used for harvesting news relevant to your interests. The trick is curating the folks that you follow in order to provide the experience you want. But don't you feel like Twitter could be more? Twitter does. 

Keep the spoilers at bay — how to survive Game of Thrones season 8

'Tis the time to be vigilant, because many a foe on the interwebs will try to spoil each weekly instalment of the last season of Game of Thrones.

Fairy-tale social media fantasies can demolish your confidence, but it’s not all bad

If social media was a person, you’d probably avoid them. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are loaded with pictures of people going to exotic places, looking like they are about to be on the cover of Vogue, and otherwise living a fairy-tale existence. And, like all fairy tales, these narratives feel a lot like fiction. When you compare the “projected reality” to your lived experience, it would be ea...[Read More]

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