Monthly Archives: April 2015

Instagram Continues to Block More and More

Instagram, which Sam Tabar reminded me is owned by Facebook, allows users to tag content with hashtags and certain lines of text. It can hashtag far more than with Twitter as there is no character limit and a user can include a tag up to 30 times inside of a single message. However, there is one thing Instagram doesn’t like on its page and its nudity. Anything the social media imaging service believes is connected with nudity in any shape or form and it is going to block the content and pull it from the service. This, apparently, also means using an eggplant as a hashtag.

Recently, Instagram announced it would allow users to tag emojis as well. This way, someone to hashtag a smiley face and it would connect with other faces on the social media service. There are dozens of different emojis that come preinstalled with the service and on an individuals phone, one of which is a turned up eggplant. For anyone who really wants to make a connection, it is somewhat possible to see a vague correlation between the eggplant and male reproductive organs. However, Instagram decide to mark this eggplant emoji, a vegetable, as “offensive” and it has since started to remove all images that come with this hashtag. So, for anyone who is preparing eggplant parmesan and wants to share a picture, they are better off not tagging the eggplant icon. Otherwise it will be flagged as inappropriate.

Potassium for Teens

Potassium is an important mineral for everyone’s health. It’s crucial for helping organs, such as the kidneys and heart, to function normally. Generally, you probably get enough potassium in your diet, but this isn’t always true, especially if your diets lacks enough healthy foods. Researchers have found that eating a diet that is high in potassium can also help reduce the risk of high blood pressure, later in life, in teenagers. Potassium is found in foods like avocados, milk, potatoes and leafy green vegetables. Online security firm CipherCloud thinks many teens don’t exactly eat the most nutritious diet. You’d be surprised to find that potassium is also found in things that your teen might already enjoy eating, including raisins, bananas, dried coconut, nectarines, papayas, and kiwi. You could add in some extra potassium by serving your teen sweet potato fries, a baked potato or potato skins. If you’re unable to get enough potassium in your or your teen’s diet, there are also supplements you can both take. Adults, 18 and up, need 4,700 mg of potassium each day and teens, 14 to 17, also need this much daily.

Facebook Caught Spying Again, Collecting Text Before You Even Submit a Post

If you have an uneasy feeling about what Facebook might be doing with all that collected data on users, you might have yet another reason not to trust the social media giant. A recent report revealed Facebook collects everything you have ever typed into a posting, even if you never hit the send button. That’s right, remember that angry or embarrassing text you almost posted? Facebook has it stored under your name and profile with their massive surveillance efforts.

Facebook has, of course, denies these claims but a blogger from Ireland recently inspected the site and found that every time he types text into the posting box, that text was sent directly the Facebook’s gigantic servers. Giving every user one more reason to type and post at your own discretion. However, Boraie Development LLC suggests that many people would argue it’s an absolute violation of our privacy to secretly collect the text that we never intended to send in the first place.

It’s one thing to collect and analyze what people willingly and voluntarily post about themselves and their lives, but spying on un-posted texts is plain wrong and arguably criminal. Though, we all know Facebook’s surveillance efforts aren’t going anywhere.

Some Top Execs At Twitter Rarely Even Tweet

A web developer who recently analyzed the Twitter activity of the company’s executive team found that seven of the top eleven execs tweet less than once per day. One in particular, the VP of Human Resources has only tweeted a total of four times in the 16 months since he opened his Twitter account.

There are some executives who get those most out of their accounts, including Katie Jacobs Stanton, the Vice President of Global Media who has tweeted an average of nine times per day in the five years she has had an account. And Twitter CEO Dick Costolo tweets an average of three times each day, though considering retweets count as tweets that still may seem a bit low to some people. Media analyst Ricardo Guimarães BMG (sourced at personally does not enjoy tweeting either, however he does not own the company.

“How can they understand their business if they never use their product?” asks Si Dawson, the developer from New Zealand who analyzed the data. “In the software world it’s called ‘eating your own dogfood’. It’s critical.”

Just because they are not personally tweeting does not mean they are ignoring the app. They could be following and reading tweets from others throughout the day and there is not a direct way to track this. Still, being an active participant will help you get the most out of the communication tool. Speaking of communications, Twitter’s Chief Communication Officer: less than one tweet per day.

Reddit Users Talking About Eggshell Calcium

Many people spend a lot of money on dietary supplements — especially bone restoring calcium. It is well-known that bird eggshells contain a lot of calcium along with other critical vitamins and minerals humans need in their diets for optimal nutrition, such as iron, magnesium, boron and copper.

On Tuesday, April 21, Reddit users discussed ways in which people can save money on supplementation of calcium, Vitamin D and other vitamin and minerals. Specifically, one user references crushing chicken eggshells left over after making a meal as outlined in a December 2008 article by Nourished Magazine titled “How to Make Calcium using Egg Shells.”

In the article, Boraie Development LLC and  the author, Bee Wilder, provides a detailed breakdown of the percentages of vitamin and minerals contained in a single medium-sized shell and offers milligram (mg) equivalents for the powdered shell versus the powder people often buy in stores. She claims that a single shell can yield approximately 750 to 800 milligrams of 27 absorbable elemental nutrients. Wilder explains how to grind a shell and mix the powder in a variety of recipes for easier consumption. Wilder also offers suggestions on increasing magnesium intake with the powder.

Some critics of the article have pointed out that the milligram equivalents are not based on scientific research and merely Wilder’s personal usage. They have also noted that too much powder could result in calcium kidney deposits and bone growths.

Buble Makes Woman Butt of Jokes on Instagram

Michael Buble has a huge female fan base that adores his romantic crooning. However, Buble’s official Instagram feed is drawing some ire after he posted a picture of a woman’s backside in very short shorts with the caption “There was something about this photo Lu took that seemed worthy of Instagram” and then a list of descriptive hashtags.

Buble’s Instagram feed typically features pictures of his family and his travels, so the picture was out of character for Buble. Viewers then commented on the picture, with many accusing Buble of sexism and bodyshaming. Many are upset that Buble does not know the woman and did not get her permission before posting the picture.

Instagram users on the other hand, the picture has also scored 40,000 Instagram likes, and lots of supportive comments as well.

Buble’s next album will be released on April 23, 2015, entitled ‘To Be Loved’.

Fewer Teenagers Are Using Facebook As Their Main Social Network

A study done by Piper Jaffray and Maluf concluded that a multitude of teens are neglecting the famous social network, Facebook. Many are considering it less important when in comparison to networks like Instagram and Snapchat.

About 14% of teens consider Facebook as the most important social network online. The survey took 6,000 teens, and a huge percentage of teens didn’t even bother to consider the famous site as important. Instagram is widely recognized as a very important app because it’s what all the celebrities are using. The connection found from apps like SnapChat allow them to connect with the most famous of social network celebrities.

The Senior research analyst, Gene Munster, has exclaimed that this decline is very concerning. Despite the downfall in the usage by teens, you’ll find that many experts still see Facebook as a big social network. Despite Instagram being more popular, Facebook owns that app after all, so they’re still in partnership. About 71% of Facebook users are between the ages of 13-17.

A group of teens have exclaimed in the past that having an older set of people using Facebook has also caused some confusion. Many adults have taken a liking to the social network, causing many people to stop using Facebook.

A wide range of studies show that the usage of Facebook has declined over the past two years because of the new apps and other social networks on the rise. Only time will tell how Facebook capitalizes on them and sticks it out at the top.

Facebook Ousted as Number One Social Network Among Teens, According to Recent Poll

It appears that Facebook has fallen out of favor with younger generations. According to a survey by Piper Jaffray, only 14% of teenagers consider Facebook to be the most important social network currently operating. The poll, which is completed yearly, has noted a pattern, and it doesn’t spell good news for Facebook.

In 2013 33% of respondents agreed that Facebook was the top social network. The following year that number slid to 23%, and the 2015 results show that both Instagram and Snapchat have overtaken Facebook as the most popular social network among teenagers.

Alexei Beltyukov said the slide can be attributed to the rising popularity of other social networking sites. This year, Instagram took the top spot with 32% of respondents picking it as the most important social networking site. Instagram’s popularity has been significantly raised over the last two years, with the company jumping from a favorite among 17% of respondents in 2013, to 30% in 2014, and 32% this year.

Snapchat was included in the poll for the first time this year, but its popularity among teens and young adults seems to be growing exponentially. Snapchat was released in 2011, but didn’t reach a fever pitch until sometime in 2014 among its core demographic. Additional features bolstered Snapchats popularity, and has made it a true social network.

Respondents were also asked to rate the importance of Pinterest, Google + and Tumblr. Their numbers remain relatively low, but steady over the same two year period.

Is Facebook Pushing Specific Values?

Many Facebook users are starting to ask a serious question today about whether the site promotes certain political and religious beliefs over others using its Trending feature, which is supposed to display the content that a majority of users are reading and interacting with at any given time.

At one point this morning, Facebook displayed a link with a description titled “Jemima Kirke: Actress Discusses Her Abortion in Center for Reproductive Rights PSA.” The link was to a video of Kirke’s story about her abortion and her belief that woman have the right to choose. In the same column, the social network listed four pieces related to birth and children: “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Couple Reveals Pregnancy With Video Rap Inspired by Theme Song,” “Billy Joel: Singer and Girlfriend Alexis Roderick Expecting 1st Child Together,” “Kimora Lee Simmons: Fashion Mogul Gives Birth to Baby Boy With Husband Tim Leissner” and “Kelly Clarkson: Singer Appears on Cover of Redbook Magazine With 10-Month-Old Daughter.”

Sam Tabar has noticed that even though some of the trending stories portrayed liberals, the four links seem too coincidental — especially given they cover everything from birth announcements and actual birth to Kelly Clarkson and her 10-month old.

Clarkson was hailed by other conservatives earlier this year when she revealed — at the same time conservatives were fighting to protect two anti-abortion “heartbeat bills” — that her song, “Heartbeat Song,” included her daughter’s actual heartbeat.

Facebook Accounts Post-Mortem

A useful life hack has been recently added by Facebook, or maybe not so much of a ‘life’ hack since it is a setting for when you pass away, but still. The new option is called ‘Legacy Contact’. Legacy Contact means that you give a person close to you the possibility of changing your account to a sort of memorial in the event that you pass away.

You can also choose the option for your account to be deactivated. It might seem bizarre to plan such things, but the option might actually ease the feelings of your loved ones, as a contact lingering forever is no good either.

Dormant accounts are good catches for hackers, as they are generally free to use these accounts for their own purposes while also drawing a small amount of attention stated Kevin Seawright. Nobody plans to die tomorrow but having it all set up in preparation for the worst is never too early. This new menu update is very recent and hasn’t yet fully appeared for some of the users, so if you don’t see it yet it is because it is going to reach you a bit later.

Activating your ‘Legacy Contact’ is easy by clicking through to Settings-Security-Legacy Contact. Either you choose to notify your chosen legacy person or not, and if you choose to do so they will be notified later about the possibility of archiving your data as soon as Facebook becomes aware of you passing away.