Social media

Is online dating really worth it?

photo credit: Cali4beach via photopin cc

photo credit: Cali4beach via photopin cc

Online dating has been an option for many people. With the age of technology rising more than ever, people have more options and a variety to online dating. There is much controversy over whether online dating is really worth it and whether it’s safe.

There are millions of online dating sites available to the public, both free and with a price. The dating sites range from a vague category, to a very specific category, such as religion, race and gender.

Due to these categories, we would assume that online dating narrows down your choices to what best fits your needs in your partner. Furthermore, in individual dating sites, one is allowed to search for partners according to their specific preferences, such as height, weight and even income.

However, according to a study by Daily Infographic, called “Is online dating worth it?”, 81 percent of online daters provide inaccurate data on their profiles regarding height, weight or age. In addition, when it comes to weight, women claim to be 8.5 pounds thinner than they really are and men describe themselves as two pounds thinner and a half inch taller. Also, according to the study, women use profile photos taken 1.5 years earlier and men use profile pictures that are 6 months old on average. (more…)

Keek: A new way to communicate to the world

Young teen using Keek as a form of social media

Young teen using Keek as a form of social media

As social media applications, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and many more become increasingly popular, some competitors are also on the rise.

One such competitor is Keek, which is a quick method to share video updates with friends. Keek allows a maximum of 36-second video updates via webcam, iPhone, Android and Blackberry.

Not only does Keek allow users to upload 36-second videos, but also allows users to post keekbacks. This feature allows one to post a response, or feedback, to a certain keek. “Simply press the ‘Keekback’ button underneath a keek and record your video comment. Add an ‘@mention’ in the caption and they’ll be instantly notified that you posted a keekback for them,” stated keek.com.

Keek also provides the freedom to send private keeks. “If you and another user are following each other, you can send them a private keek. Go to your Dashboard → Keekmail → Private keeks and click the ‘New private keek’ button. Simply enter your friend’s Keek username and record your message,” stated keek.com. (more…)

Are social media sites becoming the new source for news?

Instagram on laptop

Instagram on laptop

Social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook have become substantially popular in the recent years.  At the moment, Facebook, and to a lesser extent, Twitter, dominate the intersection of social media and news.

According to the Pew Research Centers for Excellence in Journalism, more people use Facebook over Twitter for news.  On any device, 7% get their news on Facebook more than the 3% who do on Twitter. Those numbers may grow as we transition into an even more digital world of journalism. Another 19% say they get recommendations via Facebook, and 4% get recommendations via Twitter.

The populations of Twitter and Facebook news users are not equal, however. Fully 82% of those who ever get some news via Twitter recommendations also get some news via Facebook recommendations. (more…)