Topic / Social Media

How the Qantas Frequent Flyer program taught me about bad security practices

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Source: QANTAS I got three push notifications just as I got to my seat before I left to Melbourne from Dubai. One from Instagram, as a comment to something I posted on an Instagram story: “You should delete this.” One from Facebook Messenger: “Hey. Are you still in Dubai?” One from Gmail: “TERENCE, your Qantas Frequent Flyer PIN had been reset.” I didn’t reset my PIN. Well, fuck. “I didn’t […]

Gap’s brilliant response to racism

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Recently American clothing company Gap (or ‘The Gap’ as most people love to call it) has unveiled a new marketing campaign aimed at promoting tolerance and diversity. Suitably named ‘#MakeLove’ the campaign features billboards containing images of models of differing ethnicities, genders and sexualities on display around New York. Earlier in the week New York based photographer Robert Gerhardt shared a picture on his Instagram which showed one of these […]

Channel Seven in social media firestorm after grieving mother slams news report

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Channel Seven is in a social media firestorm after a mother of a 13-year-old girl who died in a quad bike accident slammed the network for showing footage of her grief before she could tell her family members. The girl, 13-year-old Molly Lord, died in an accident nearly a fortnight ago. Her mother, Linda Goldspink-Lord, wrote on Facebook: The Facebook comment, where she also notes that a Channel Seven helicopter […]

From this to Kony 2012? Those other Invisible Children videos

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Kony 2012 might be the only video you may have seen from Invisible Children, but turns out there’s more. Only spending a third of their revenue actually in Africa, the other two-third happens to be spent on advocacy and making videos such as Kony – and also these other videos spread across Vimeo, YouTube and other platforms. The only problem is that they are hiding some of these videos – […]

Psychiatrist calls on use of Facebook, Twitter to treat youth mental health

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Image: Tom Solari/ While there is now a debate if Facebook and other social media websites could lead to addictions, a psychiatrist is calling for the use of such sites for treating young people suffering from mental health issues. Talking to the ABC’s AM programme, Associate Professor Jane Burns – who is also the CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre based in Melbourne – says that Facebook […]

2011 – A Year of Many Things: A recap of the big events of the year

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The year 2011 was one year that we will all never forget. Even though they were all in the beginning of the year, the floods in Queensland and Brazil, the earthquakes in Christchurch and the tsunami in the north of Japan are still present in all of our minds. We also saw the death of a tech luminary, Steve Jobs; and the powerful News Corporation losing its influence over politicians […]

Infographic: Is Social Media Ruining Students?

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Since stumbling on, I thought it’s about time we decided to highlight some of the really good infographics out there. So, here’s our new segment – Infographic Sunday, where we post one infographic every Sunday. Today’s infographic is asking the question “Is Social Media ruining students?”, contrasting the pros and cons of the impact on sites like Facebook and Twitter on education. Embed the above image on your site […]