Social Media Frontiers

21/10/2014

Tinder To Offer Premium Services

Hook-Up App Goes For Profit

How much would you pay for love? Young and old across the world have been swiping left and right on Tinder, with 15 million matches a day. So far, they’ve been doing it for free; Tinder hasn’t been asking users to pay for any of its services or even put ads in the app. Rather it’s relied on cash from investors which have so far valued the company at around $5 billion.

That’s all about to change, though: Chief Executive Sean Rad has announced that Tinder will launch a premium service from next month. The update will likely allow users to pay to access additional features within the app above and beyond the standard location-based Hot-or-Not game.

tinder profit
Source: tinder.com

Twitter Experiments With New Features

Tweeters: “We Don’t Like Change”

If there's one way in which Twitter has always been considered an improvement over Facebook, it’s the control it gives us over the content we see. While Facebook is increasingly guilty of swamping our newsfeeds with the things our acquaintances have chosen to like (as opposed to, y'know, us), Twitter has always brought us exactly what we ask for, without cramming too much corporate sponsorship down our throats. Aside from the occasional “promoted tweet", which is usually marked clearly enough to avoid being intrusive, Twitter works because what you follow is what you get - an increasingly rare phenomenon in the economically-driven world of social media.
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source: phandroid.com

Mishal Husain: Combat Isis On Social Media

The Battle Continues Online

BBC presenter Mishal Husain has had her say on how to tackle the apparent growing threat of Isis. She has recently called on British Muslim scholars to utilise social media when combating extremism. The Today Programme host is the most high-profile female Muslim broadcaster in the United Kingdom, and is now using her popular image to urge scholars to tackle the group in the virtual world.
Source: theguardian

Figure 1 - Instagram For Doctors

All The Doctors Will See You Now

The potential for social media as a professional attribute has been well-established, most notably by LinkedIn, but thus far it’s primarily served as little more than a digital meet-and-greet. There are plenty of industries which thrive on communication, from hushed tips between City traders to the hashing out of best routes between taxi drivers, but for the most part these happen offline in much the same way they have for time immemorial.

In no industry is the free flow of knowledge between members more essential, however, than with doctors: no one medical professional can know everything, and so they rely on informal chats and consulting with their peers to clear up mystery cases. The main problem with this is that, on the whole, individual doctors only really have access to fellow practitioners in their hospital or department.

Enter Figure 1.

figure 1 app
Source: betakit.com

Facebook Condemns DEA Agent For Impersonating Woman

Social Media Network Takes Official Stand

It had recently come to light that a DEA agent was impersonating a woman on Facebook, using her name and pictures to talk to criminals. Not only did the DEA agent put that woman's life in danger by conversing with known criminals under her name and without her knowledge, he also posted racy pictures of her from her phone without her consent. As soon as Sondra Price found out that her identity and pictures were being used without her knowledge, she sued the DEA agent for violation of privacy and putting her in danger.

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source: money.cnn.com

20/10/2014

Texan Tourist, Trapped In UK Bookstore, Saved By Twitter

Waterstones Under The Bridge

Occasionally, internet dwellers remind us that social media is more than just a tool to allow desperate trolls their fifteen tweets of infamy. Sometimes, we get lucky enough to hear about something that makes us smile - instead of just leaving us shaking our respective heads about the future of mankind. Today, I'm pleased to report on the internet's latest tale of feel-goodery, and it comes from the most unlikely of sources: an empty Waterstones store in central London. Or, at least, a central London Waterstones that should have been empty.


Mental Health Not Taken Seriously On Social Media?

Amanda Bynes' Struggle Highlights Worrying Trends

Reports are suggesting that Amanda Bynes is yet again in a California psychiatric facility against her will, and the whole world knows about it due to the exposure of this troubled young woman. Social media exploded when the news was released, but are the responses sympathetic, and is the media doing enough to inform the masses that mental health is a serious issue?

Source: thelawyermichigan.com