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Tourists Asked To Stop Taking Selfies With Bears

I'm Beary Sorry

You're enjoying a quiet morning walk at Taylor Creek, South Lake Tahoe, suddenly you hear a rustle of leaves behind you. You turn round quietly and notice that a big bear is eyeing you from between the trees. What would you do?

Common sense would dictate that you back away quietly and get out of the area as quick as you can without attracting the bear's attention. However, not everyone seems to listen to common sense anymore. More and more people are walking towards the bear instead of away. To take a selfie.

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Rio Ferdinand Gets Three Match Ban After Questionable Tweet

Rio punished for Twitter behaviour

On September 1st, Rio Ferdinand received a tweet: "Maybe QPR will sign a good CB they need one." Instead of ignoring it, the Queens Parks Rangers (QPR) defender decided to respond: "get ya mum in, plays the field well son! #sket." While to some this may seem like a harmless tweet, the Football Association (FA) were clearly not happy.


Will Ello Take Over Facebook?

Ello, Ello!

For people who are tired of Facebook ads, there is a new social media network that announces itself as totally ad-free. It's called Ello, It was created as a response to the big social media websites, riddled with ads and who don't care about their users privacy or how they use their data. When Ello was created, Facebook was under fire for forcing the LGBT community to use their 'real' names. Ello, on the other hand, let's you use whatever name you choose to identify with.

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Facebook: More Populated Than China

Ad Revenue Soars To Scary-High Levels

Facebook is taking over the world.

Although I've used this as a cheap joke in the past, the level of hyperbole associated with the phrase is decreasing by the day. For example, the site just made some new figures public for its shareholders, and the numbers are pretty terrifying. 1.35 billion people sign onto Facebook at least once a month; 864 million log in daily. These have combined to boost Facebook's ad revenue by 64 per cent in the third quarter of 2014 alone. Overall, this accounts to a total profit of $806m - a 90 per cent increase when compared to this time last year.

If these figures don't sound like much, let's put them in perspective: if Facebook was a country, it would be about as big as China. And China, in case your geography isn't as impressive as mine, ain't no one-horse town.
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Samaritan Launches Twitter App To Help Prevent Suicides

Samaritan Making Good Use Of Social Media

Suicide prevention charity, Samaritan, has announced the launch of a new app, developed with Twitter, called Radar. The aim of this app is to notify users if one of their Twitter followers is displaying signs that they may be depressed and need help. This app is Samaritan's first step towards a digital approach when offering its support to people who need it and actively preventing suicides.

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Does Social Media Mean The End Of Face-to-Face Interaction?

Pessimistic Babycakes at it again

A London-based photographer, Babycakes Romero, has taken upon himself to document 'the death of real-life conversation'. His black and white photographs eerily shows people glued to their smart phones, not looking at each other. The world and especially the media have taken this to mean that we are shying away from real-life interaction, preferring the comfort of our smart phones and online interactions. But does the growth of smart phone and social media usage really mean the end of face-to-face interaction?

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Taco Bell Kills Its Social Media Presence

Burrito On The Go!

The popular food chain Taco Bell has made an incredibly bold move in the hope that it grabs the attention of its social media fans. It wiped all trace of its social media existence, including 1.4 million Twitter followers, and all of its Facebook activity. This was to promote the chain’s new mobile app, where customers can now order food from their portable devices straight to their front doors.

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