Splendour In The Grams: A Live Instagram Feed Of The Byron Bay Festival

One of Australia’s biggest music festivals, Splendour In The Grass, kicks off this Friday in Byron Bay. The festival experience can be perfectly summarised in Instagram collages, but there’s never been a great way to view all the social action in one place. Until now. Enter Splendour In The Grams, a real-time social Splendour collage from the designer of the Triple J Warmest 100 prediction chart.


Twitter, Facebook And Snapchat Are Turning Into Storefronts

Earlier today, three of the biggest names in social network land — Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat — all announced major pushes towards mobile payments. But it’s not your friends they want to help you funnel money to — it’s advertisers.


How The Internet Is Helping A Father Fight An Illness Unknown To Science

In 2012, Matt Might sat down to write a blog post. The 5000-word essay titled “Hunting Down My Son’s Killer,” which was also republished on Gizmodo, documented his and his wife’s harrowing attempt to make sense of their son’s mysterious illness. The post went viral online — setting the family down a road that could change medical research. In the New Yorker, journalist Seth Mnookin tells the story of what’s happened since.


US Drug Administration Wants Companies To Tweet Side Effects

Realising that social media isn’t a passing fad, the Food and Drug Administration has finally laid out its highly anticipated guidelines for how US drug companies should act on the internet. The Wall Street Journal reports the agency has laid out tentative regulations, including a proposed rule that if a drug’s side effects and other information can’t be relayed in a single tweet, firms should “reconsider using Twitter for the intended promotional message”.


Slingshot's Designers Say We're Using It Wrong

Facebook’s new app, Slingshot, is confusing. The premise behind it is that you can send images to your friends — but they won’t be able to see your image until they send one back to you. As a messaging service, it’s flawed. But, according to the app’s designers, it’s not a messaging service. It’s something entirely different.


7 Corporate Twitter Accounts That Are Actually Not Terrible

Sometimes, corporate Twitter can be a soul-sucking place. All that shilling. All that engagement. #So #many #hashtags. So I went on the search for a few brands that didn’t make me want to unfollow life. To my surprise, I found a few.


Should You Go To Jail For Making Threats On Facebook?

The US Supreme Court announced that it will hear the appeal of Anthony Elonis, a man convicted and sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for making threats over Facebook — threats that were often in the form of rap lyrics — according to The Morning Call, the local newspaper covering the case.


The British Government Just Set A Dangerous Precedent For Online Spying

Today, the British government revealed its justification for surveilling its citizens’ every move on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. UK citizens communicating using the aforementioned services are considered to be using “external communications”, as the companies are not based in the UK. It’s a distinction with staggering implications.


Hackers Created A Fake News Site To Friend US Officials On Facebook

The extent to which hackers think up elaborate schemes to win people’s trust online never ceases to amaze. The latest ones to be so bold are a crew of Iranian hackers who won the trust of American leaders by building a fake news site, along with phony social media profiles for all its fake writers. And it worked.


Yes I Unfriended You. Don't Take It Personally.

Facebook is boring, it used to be great now it’s boring. I used to have 200 friends now I have 1500. There is no way I know 1500 people. Draconian measures must be taken to save my relationship with the social network. The unfriend button is my path to making Facebook an enjoyable experience once again.