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10/20/2017 10:30 PM
Meet the young woman behind the 'chinstagram' trend
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Michelle Liu, otherwise known as 'Chinchelle',  is 'chinning' all over the world. Read more...

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10/20/2017 06:57 AM
Twitter shares its roadmap to curb abuse
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Twitter prides itself on being "what's happening," but unfortunately for the company's users, what's frequently happening is unchecked harassment. CEO Jack Dorsey apparently has plans to change all that, and today put forth a roadmap for curbing abuse on the social media platform. 

In an Oct. 19 post, the Twitter Safety team published a detailed calendar listing target dates and goals for changing the site's rules. Taking it a step further, Twitter promised to share "regular, real-time updates" on its efforts to make the service "a safer place." 

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10/19/2017 05:36 AM
Obsessively checking social media during a crisis might harm your mental health
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Survivors of three recent disasters — the northern California fires, the Las Vegas mass shooting, and Hurricane Maria — used social media and texting as lifelines to connect with loved ones, seek aid, and search for the latest developments. 

A new study, however, suggests that people who get updates during a major crisis from unofficial channels like random social media accounts are most exposed to conflicting information and experience the most psychological distress. 

The study, published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, surveyed 3,890 students whose campus was locked down after a shooter fired on people. Since it's difficult, if not impossible, to begin a scientific study during a life-threatening disaster or crisis, the researchers asked students about their experience a week after the incident and analyzed five hours of Twitter data about the shooting. (Details about what happened were anonymized at the university's request.)  Read more...

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10/19/2017 02:19 AM
The internet is very confused by Ariana Grande's album cover
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Twitter is hilariously attempting to recreate Ariana Grande's album cover for 'My Everything.' The challenge started when @McJesse on Twitter questioned just how Grande balanced her entire body on a small stool. Other people followed after, posting photos of them trying the same pose. Read more...

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10/17/2017 08:52 AM
Australia launches a world-first national reporting tool for revenge porn
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Taking steps to reporting and removing revenge porn, a.k.a image-based abuse, can be arduous, both emotionally and regarding the amount of steps required to get it done.

Australia's government is aiming to make the process simpler, with the launch of a national portal for reporting instances of image-based abuse.

The portal will allow victims to report revenge porn online, and provide immediate access to support that had been previously been unavailable, according to a statement. A pilot phase will examine the complexity and the volume of the reports before the portal officially launches early next year. Read more...

More about Tech, Australia, Social Media, Revenge Porn, and Tech
10/16/2017 08:41 PM
If you want to grow your business, start by increasing your social media following
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You've seen the job listings: "we're looking for a social media rockstar...

Social media is driving huge amounts of revenue for companies across industries, and the job market is reflecting that value. This Social Media Rockstar Bundle is one way to learn the skills that check recruiters' boxes, so you can be that rockstar and land an awesome job in social media.

Here's a breakdown of the included courses: 

The Ultimate YouTube Diva Course: Get Paid to Make Videos Read more...

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