1. A strange 'pig couch' scam keeps popping up on Craigslist

    A Craigslist post advertising a “unique pig couch” for $250 has been causing a frenzy on Twitter. But it looks like someone's telling porkies...

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Social media predictions for 2021

    Social apps are changing rapidly. Really rapidly. Here are a few of my predictions as to how social apps will continue to evolve in 2021.

    By Greg Isenberg , written on

    From the Disruption desk

  3. Parler users are still trying to convince everyone they're leaving Twitter

    Since the U.S. election, Parler downloads have skyrocketed as millions of users have signed up to escape a perceived “anti-conservative” bias among mainstream social media platforms.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the Twitter desk

  4. AI can now produce passable parody song lyrics

    The coronavirus pandemic has caused many outbursts of creativity, but few have the potential to be as meaningful as Mark O. Riedl’s lockdown project. The academic at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s school of interactive computing has spent the last several long months producing an artificial intelligence system that’s able to produce lyrics for parody songs, similar to those produced by Weird Al Yankovic.

    By Chris Stokel-Walker , written on

    From the Culture desk

  5. When it comes to social commerce, influencers and Twitch streamers are thriving

    Atarabyte is a Twitch streamer living in South Korea who is currently doing daily streams on Amazon Live. She started last year when the platform was just taking off, and she has come a long way since she first started streaming on Justin.TV ten years ago.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the Ecommerce desk

  6. Tech CEOs should stop using Science Fiction as a blueprint for humanity’s future in space

    In September 2016, Elon Musk went before the International Astronautical Congress with a program that outlined an ambitious set of goals: lay out the steps that would help establish a permanent human presence on Mars.

    By Andrew Liptak , written on

    From the Odd Futurism desk

  7. YouTube’s science communication channels have a diversity problem

    YouTube is often heralded as the great leveller, lowering barriers to entry and destroying discrimination. But a new academic study suggests that the platform’s science community mirrors the world of science in real life – with all its problems of representation.

    By Chris Stokel-Walker , written on

    From the Culture desk

  8. Social media managers are underpaid, understaffed, and overworked

    A recent row over sanitary pads and period products has highlighted one of the key issues with pronouncements on social media – and the disparity between the positions of power those behind our favourite brands’ Facebook and Twitter accounts hold, and the training and pay they receive.

    By Chris Stokel-Walker , written on

    From the Culture desk

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