The most awkward moments from Twitter, all on one app

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 22 May 2015

Imagine someone pays a compliment to the person next to you, but you think it’s for you. You quickly say thank you, then just as quickly hang your head down in complete awkwardness, wanting to curl up into a little ball so nobody sees you. Yeah, there’s an app for things like that.

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What if the ‘Friends’ characters had their own social media accounts?

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Tuesday 28 April 2015

Though Friends hasn’t been in production for over a decade, the characters of Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey, and Monica still live on. Whether it’s through Friends marathons on TV or the constant rumors of a Friends movie coming out, we just can’t escape those six coffee-obsessed New Yorkers.

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Use this app to find depressed people on Twitter so you can cheer them up

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Tuesday 21 April 2015

Social media can be used for good, too! The app named Cheer Upper is allowing Twitter users to find people’s depressing tweets and send a reply to brighten the day of these saddened strangers. Cheer Upper uses the Twitter API and MetaMind’s sentiment analysis API to collect sad tweets.

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#This_Generation posters shows the crazy link between our lives and technology

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Thursday 9 April 2015

How connected are we to technology these days? Well, if we’re honest, we’re probably a little too connected with all our blogs and social media interactions and emailing and online shopping. Designer Ajit Johnson knows this all too well and created a series of fun posters that reveal just how our daily lives are taken over my technology.

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Mum reads her son’s Grindr messages in front of him and it’s as awkward as ever

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Wednesday 8 April 2015

If there’s one thing you don’t want your mum doing, it’s reading your saucy Grindr messages. Oh, and revealing them to the world. Right? Well, in one YouTuber’s case, he asked his mother to do it.

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There’s an Instagram account showing off cute guys on the Paris Metro… and it’s kinda creepy

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Monday 30 March 2015

It might be sexist. It also might be a tad (a lot) creepy. But if someone’s going to go to the effort and create an Instagram account and fill it with pictures of cute guys (Parisian guys at that!) on the Metro, I can’t help but support the cause.

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Stop street harassment with a very simple trick: The toothy face

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Monday 30 March 2015

You know what sucks? Street harassment. But one Brazilian woman took matters into her own hands after facing a night of harassment on the streets of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The woman is Débora Adorno, who was walking home in her home city when she had to ‘slow down and hear all those things, receiving these awful pervert stares from those guys’. Being in this situation, she says, made her feel powerless and trapped.

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Do the things we do online make sense in real life? Prank video shows just how silly social media can be!

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Wednesday 28 January 2015

Last year we showed you Jena Kingsley’s hilarious Are You On The List? video where she punked unsuspecting coffee lovers at a Starbucks. Now the comedian is back with an even better video you’ve gotta watch.

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This instagram account shows guys taking on those famous ‘girly’ poses

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 5 December 2014

Bros being Basic is any gal’s worst nightmare. It’s an Instagram account that features shots of guys trying to take on ‘girly’ poses, like many females exhibit in their social media pics. Sexist? Yeah. Funny? Kinda. Some shots see guys with hands on hips, pouting into the camera.

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It was bound to happen: this toy is designed to let babies take their own selfies

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By Kenny Ong in New Products on Tuesday 18 November 2014

In her desire to speak out against parents who upload a never ending stream of pictures of their cute little bundle on Facebook, and as part of an art experiment for her graduate thesis, young Dutch designer Laura Cornet created a baby toy that lets babies take their own selfies and post status updates immediately […]

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Broken relationship? This artist knows just what you’re going through

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Wednesday 12 November 2014

If you’re a millennial and you’ve ever gone through a breakup, you’ll know that the defriending on Facebook and the unfollowing on Twitter can be harder than the breakup itself. Ok, sometimes it is. And Brooklyn-based artist Sarah K. Hallacher has created her art series User Experience of a Heartache to reflect just how some of us might feel after we’ve shared so much of ourselves on social media-especially our relationships-only to have them end.

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The newest hashtag campaign celebrities are in on? #WakeUpCall

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Wednesday 15 October 2014

So long, ice bucket challenge. Hello, #WakeUpCall. This new social media campaign is in the aid of Unicef and involves celebs taking selfies first thing in the morning-no makeup and no hair brushing. The idea was actually conceived by UK Unicef Ambassador Jemima Khan, who said on Twitter: ‘Post a video of your #wakeupcall or […]

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A funeral for the Facebook ‘like’ just took place in Amsterdam

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Saturday 20 September 2014

The Facebook ‘like’ has been dying out over the past few months as people of the Internet finally start to question its value, and over the weekend, it was finally laid to rest in Amsterdam’s oldest church, Oude Kerk.

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Stocking is the new planking, according to this blog anyway

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Wednesday 10 September 2014

Planking was fun. It grabbed you all the attention you needed and made your friends laugh. But then everyone stopped planking and social media got kind of boring. So someone invented a new trend that’s catching. It’s called stocking and it involves replicating pretty awful stock photos in the most hilarious way possible. It might not sound like much but when you see the images side-by-side, you’re in for a real treat.

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In this age of social media, even prenups include a no-Tweeting clause

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Thursday 10 July 2014

While wedding prenups are often viewed by die-hard romantics with great disdain, it seems their advocates are going from strength to strength where the minute details are concerned. The latest inclusion gives a sure nod to the digital revolution, with a social media clause that forbids the posting of one’s divorced partner on social media. ‘Each party […]

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