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Posted by [email protected] on March 2, 2017 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (1)


Obsessing over the train wreck that is Donald Trump’s twitter account (check it out at, I found myself staring at his profile photo.


In it he scowls at the camera, frowning, his eyes locked in a forced squint – forced squints are easy to recognise since I modelled for 20 years and used my fair share of them in that time – his face that famous orange colour, and thought to myself: Even in the photo he uses to represent himself, he doesn’t look like a nice guy. He looks, in fact, like someone who would ban large swathes of a religious group from entering his country.


Then I realised, Trump mustn’t think he looks unlikeable in that photo, and I looked at it again. The hard squint, a la Clint Eastwood, the lack of a smile … maybe he thinks the photo exudes power, maybe he thinks in it he looks like how he wants to be thought of, as a strong world leader.


That’s what all of us do with our profile photos on social media – try to look good. Because, really, our profile shots are our digital handshake with the world, they’re our first impression with everybody, a still image of who we want to be and how we want to be represented – they’re us in literally and figuratively the best light.


That got me going back to my own Twitter profile shot (at It’s a black and white shot from a magazine cover where I’m shirtless and decked out in a fake moustache, while I raise an eyebrow at the camera in supposed irony.


Why did I choose this photo? Because I thought it was funny.


But looking at it from an outsider’s point of view, it’s highly probable that I look unlikeable too. I mean, sure, I’ve got a fake moustache on and that’s funny but I’m also shirtless and on the cover of a magazine. Basically, the photo is saying, “Look at me, I have muscles and appear on magazine covers, I’m awesome”. Definitely not my thought process when choosing the photo but that could be an extrapolation people make.


Maybe my shirtless, fake-mustache photo shouldn’t be my digital handshake with the world. Because just what does it say about me? Thankfully, researchers are studying everything and have an answer to that.


The University of Pennsylvania looked at 60,000 Twitter accounts and had around 400 people fill out personality questionnaires in a bid to find out exactly what profile photos say about us. Their conclusion: We typically fall into five personality types based on our profile photos:



Photo Grid latest photo site

Posted by [email protected] on February 10, 2017 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

PhotoGrid, available for free on both Android and iOS, is already extremely popular, with over 300 million downloads around the world and 15 million daily photo edits. Females account for 70 percent of its users, of which over 45 percent aged between 18 to 24 years old. With this upgraded 6.0 version, users will not only experience a smoother, cleaner interface, but a more customized and interactive vibe with the following key updates:

•Rolling comments -- Rolling comments show up at the corner in every image shared within the app, making the photo sharing experience more alive and interactive. It also brings picture sharing to the next level of discussion around the stories behind the image.

•Personalized Feed -- Featuring personalized stream of content for user to view and customized recommendation of users to follow.

•More exciting, intelligent photo-editing features -- More stickers and special effects will roll out to keep the community trendy and more relevant to users' daily life. For example, the latest Twinkle effects using machine learning technology is designed to turn your photos into shimmering, dynamic arts.


Jill Shih, VP of Product & User Experience at Cheetah Mobile comments: "We invite everyone to think beyond traditional photo editing, and exploring the possibilities of image creating experience with us. We are excited to introduce this 6.0 version of PhotoGrid, a fun and creative community for users to express themselves, discover common interest, and stay connected through images and the stories behind them."


About Cheetah Mobile Inc.


Cheetah Mobile (NYSE: CMCM) is a leading mobile internet company. It aims to provide leading apps for mobile users worldwide and connect users with personalized content on the mobile platform.


Cheetah Mobile's products, including its popular mission-critical utility applications Clean Master, CM Security and Battery Doctor, help make users' mobile internet experience smarter, speedier, and safer. The Company has attracted 612 million global Mobile MAUs as of September 2016, of which approximately 80% are located outside of China. Leveraging the success of its mission-critical applications, Cheetah Mobile has launched its line of content-driven mobile applications, including News Republic and


Cheetah Mobile provides its advertising customers, which include direct advertisers and mobile advertising networks through which advertisers place their advertisements, with direct access to highly targeted mobile users and global promotional channels, which are capable of delivering targeted content to hundreds of millions of users.



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Parents post on social media

Posted by [email protected] on February 10, 2017 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

If parents post pictures of you online, do they always ask if that's OK? And are you happy with what they've posted?


We asked a big group of 10 to 12-year-olds, who have social media accounts, and 2 in 3 of them said their parents share photos of them on social media.


More than 1 in 4 of them told us they actually feel embarrassed, anxious or worried when their parents do this.


Sometimes parents do get it right though - other children said it made them feel happy or proud.


So we want to know how you feel about parents sharing pictures of you on their social media? Do they think enough about what they post?


Does it make you feel happy and proud, or are you worried and embarrassed by it?



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When my mum sends pictures of me on Facebook it makes me feel proud of myself. She does ask me for my permission to send pictures on Facebook.


Hayley, 9


My mum sometimes posts pictures of me on Facebook. She does it without my permission. Sometimes I'm proud, sometimes I'm embarrassed.


Lucas, 10


Sometimes my mum posts pictures of me on her social media account. I do not mind my mum posting these on her social media but only if she asks for my permission, because most of the time they are embarrassing!!


Sydney, 11


On Christmas or my birthday, my mum always posts pictures of me dancing on Facebook, Instagram ,Twitter and Snapchat. It is really embarrassing and she never asks me and I get really angry because I don't want people I don't know watching me.

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Instagram latest news

Posted by [email protected] on February 6, 2017 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes when you’re looking at your Instagram selects and you can’t quite decide between a few options, or when you want to post something from your trip but also don’t want to overwhelm your followers with a bunch of different pictures in a row, you feel keenly the absence of the ability to post a gallery as a single update. Especially if you’ve seen ads that feature fun little carousels, letting you swipe through a number of different images all contained within just one post. Now it looks like Instagram is closer than ever to opening up that feature to everyone.


A new update pushed to beta testers on Android reveals the beginnings of an album-posting option, which lets you select multiple images from your phone’s camera roll to include in a single post. The update was first spotted by Droid Life, and confirmed by The Verge and other beta users — though not everyone running the latest update (10.7.0, for those keeping track) can access the feature just yet.


Droid Life says users can pick up to 10 images to post at once, with separate filters and edits available for each. This sounds like something that will change my life forever, to be honest, and I can’t wait for it to get here.




Instagram added the feature for advertisers back in March, 2015, and since then it’s been the exclusive tool of those willing to give the company money in order to hawk their wares and services. Hopefully this is a sure sign that us in the cheap seats will be able to enjoy the same privileges sooner rather than later. We’ve reached out to Instagram for more info, but they’re keeping quiet for now.


Photo: Philip Chang on Twitter.

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