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YouTube can’t tell one burning landmark from another

Posted on April 17, 2019

Footage of the Notre Dame fire uploaded to YouTube has been bringing up information about the 9/11 attacks in an incident that reminds us that video and image recognition technology is still in its embryonic stage.

As flames engulfed the Parisian cathedral on Monday evening, many people headed to social media to keep up to date with (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Facebook popularity dropping among British youth

Posted on February 1, 2019

According to a report from Ofcom, the UK’s media regulating body, social media site Facebook experienced a dip in popularity among the nation’s youth during the (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Survey asks how social media makes users feel

Posted on January 24, 2019

An Apposphere study, which was carried out by Murphy Research and commissioned by picture messaging platform Snapchat, has revealed the key emotions, traits and attributes social media users associate with each of the major platforms.

The poll was conducted last summer and asked just over 1,000 British social media users aged between 13 and 44 how each platform makes them feel. To take part in the survey, users had to be considered ‘frequent users’, meaning that they used a certain app at least once a week. They were asked to give opinions on five major platforms – Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

A massive 95% of Snapchat users stated that the app made them feel happy. This reflects a number of independent studies that suggested social media has a positive effect on users’ moods. As well as making users feel happy, it also makes users feel silly, creative, adventurous, excited, playful, attractive, flirtatious, spontaneous and playful.

Photo sharing platform Instagram also received a lot of praise and positivity, with the app making users feel entertained, smart, inspired, attractive, flirtatious, creative, playful, adventurous and self-conscious.

The world’s largest video site, YouTube, conjured up feelings of being captivated, entertained, inspired, informed, creative, happy, curious, smart and excited.

However, some of the attributes put forward by survey participants reflect the concerns raised by various parties in recent times relating to the negative effects these sites can have on individuals, with attributes such as ‘guilty’, ‘isolated’ and ‘lonely’ being associated with both Facebook and Twitter. Many experts believe that social media can be addictive and prompt low self-esteem and isolation, especially in younger users.

As well as these feelings, Facebook was also attributed with the following mixed bag of emotions and feelings: overwhelmed, self-conscious, connected, entertained, curious and informed. Meanwhile, Twitter evoked the following sensations: anxious, depressed, self-conscious, overwhelmed, informed and flirtatious.

It would seem that two of the most successful and long-standing social media sites are evoking the most negativity in comparison to their younger counterparts.

As well as highlighting emotions, the survey also looked at how participants use the different social sites. It showed that Snapchat is an app where users can talk to their friends while sharing photos and videos about their day and play with various filters and lenses.

This compares with the likes of Twitter where users said they can follow discussions, news and current affairs, as well as sharing opinions on topics of interest. This can be considered the other end of the spectrum as the site is not really about interacting with friends, which can lead to feelings of isolation and depression, especially when negativity in the news and online feeds through into it.

Different social media sites are used for different purposes and as this survey shows, they can lead to users having different feelings about them. Therefore, can ‘social media’ in general really be deemed as addictive and negative, when users think this only applies to one or two platforms?

Posted by Alan Littler

YouTube reveals top trending videos of 2018

Posted on December 11, 2018

As we’ve just seen with Twitter, this is the time of year when major social media platforms start telling us what we’ve been following and interacting with over the last 12 months. Now, it’s the turn of YouTube, which has revealed its trending top 10 of 2018.

Unlike Twitter, where the big hitters tend to be on the (more…)

Posted by John Murray

YouTube to add popular social media feature

Posted on December 5, 2018

Video-sharing website YouTube is introducing one of the most cherished social media features to its platform.

The site will be (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Alex Jones’ miserable week continues

Posted on August 9, 2018

You know that the Internet has it in for you when even MailChimp decides to ban you.

Alex Jones, prominent American conspiracy theorist, has (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning

The maddening world of YouTube riddles

Posted on July 24, 2018

Whatever it is that you’re supposed to be doing, YouTube can always be a distraction that will stop you doing it. After all, if you can imagine it, there’s probably a video on there about it.

You can easily spend a considerable proportion of your day simply jumping from one suggested video to the next, often ending up (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Why did YouTube ban a video of a chocolate cake?

Posted on July 6, 2018

Scientists have noticed that video sharing site YouTube is increasingly taking down their uploaded content, with even a demonstration of how to make a chocolate cake considered too extreme.

Back in February 2017, the channel ChemPlayer alerted its Twitter followers that YouTube was clamping down on its videos.

With YouTube now having terminated the channel for (more…)

Posted by John Murray
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