Category Archives: Social Media

The NYT brings its news – and a mini crossword – to Snapchat Discover

 The New York Times announced today it’s joining Snapchat Discover – the feature in Snapchat which includes updates and news from a variety of media publications. The paper’s “daily edition” on Snapchat will include a handful of The NYT’s stories, distilled down to the quick, more consumable format that’s common on the medium, and will heavily focus… Read More

Every feed app should steal Pinterest’s “More Like This” button

 ‬This is the best new social app feature in a long time. Twitter should copy it. Instagram should copy it. Facebook probably already is copying it. I’m talking about Pinterest’s “Instant Ideas” button that started testing in February but is slowly rolling out to more people. As soon as I tapped it, I was hooked. Essentially it’s an elegant “show me more… Read More

This British teen standing up for gender equality is our feminist hero

Liv Jones didn't wake up one morning and decide that she was going to be the face of teenage feminism. 

But with one tweet, the shy 14-year-old found herself at the forefront of an online social media movement.

It began when Liv's school decided that its newly built classrooms would be named after inspiring historical figures. Each teacher had put forward lists with five potential names. Upon seeing the lists, Liv was disappointed that only one in five of the figures was female. 

With the encouragement of her mother and a few close friends, she started a petition and Facebook page called Rooms of Our Own. The petition on asked that the administration would give the student body fair representation and name half of the classrooms after women. Read more...

More about Teenager, Gender Equality, Feminism, Uk, and Social Media

Meet the woman who created a Google doc on how to tactical vote

The resistance is alive in Britain, and it's armed with a spreadsheet.

A super detailed, exquisitely crafted Google spreadsheet called "How to Vote to Stop the Tories" started doing the rounds on social media almost immediately after a snap election was called last Tuesday. 

It's a detailed guide on how to vote tactically for the best chances of ousting the Conservative Party in each individual seat. It's basically a spreadsheet nerd's dream come true. 

It went viral straight away. Safe to say, its creator, Becky Snowden, was floored. Read more...

More about Spreadsheets, Google Docs, Voting, General Election, and Uk

The small corner of Reddit where people share their darkest secrets

Somewhere in the world, a man is sat behind a computer screen telling a group of strangers his most shameful secret.

The story is long, but the details are thin. At some point when he was 15, he writes, he got wrongly accused of bullying a girl in his class.

“We were in maths, and I accidentally knocked her bag off the desk so I went to pick it up because her things fell out,” he explains. “She must have thought I did it on purpose and she screamed like someone stabbed her.”

Apparently the girl had been a victim of bullying before. After the incident with the bag, though, the man’s classmates treated them both differently. They were kinder to her, and cold towards him. Read more...

More about Depression, Mental Illness, Mental Health, Subreddit, and Confession

Q&A app Quora valued around $1.8 billion in $85 million fundraise

 Quora just became the unicorn of subjective human knowledge. After eight years carefully cultivating an ntelligent question and answer community, it’s just raised an $85 million Series D round co-led by Collaborative Fund and Y Combinator’s Continuity Fund. Quora tells me it’s “roughly doubled its valuation since our last fundraise” of $80 million in 2014 that… Read More