What is Vinepeek? Vinepeek Lets You Spy on People 6 Seconds at a Time

For one reason or another, we seem to be fascinated by spying on people. We love to watch people who can’t watch us back. Whether it happen by webcam, binoculars, telescopes, tinted windows, or even videos posted online for people to see, we love to see people live out their lives.  Because of that, it’s no surprise that Vinepeek, a website that collects videos from Vine, became so popular so quickly.

Vine, Twitters new video app, is an application that allows you to upload 6 second videos. Since it came out, people have given it different names from The Next Gif, to the Instagram of Video.

Vine and Vinepeek are two completely different things. Vine was created by Twitter as a way to share 6 second clips. Vinpeek, in the other hand, is just a website that collects the vines and displays the vines on a constant stream.

After about one minute, you’ll begin to feel like the Architect from the Matrix watching the lives of thousands of people – six seconds at a time. From a baby playing the piano, to a concert goer who records the money shot. Vinepeek in all its essence is just a collection of snippet videos that leave you in shock, suspense, and awe.

Regardless of what you think at the moment, give it a shot while it’s still up. Eventually it will be taken down once Twitter shuts down access to the Vines.

Img Credit – Vine.co Via: Buzzfeed | Vinepeek

Cyberbullied: How Bullies Have Moved From the Playground to the Web

Traditional schoolyard bullying has taken a backseat to an equally, if not moreso, damaging form of bullying – cyberbullying. Much like traditional bullying, cyberbullying involves name-calling, rumors, and other harassment tactics, but unlike face-to-face bullying, online threats tend to go under the radar of adults. The growing online presence of teenagers on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites has significantly increased the rate of cyberbullying among today’s youth. Smartphones have also changed the way teenagers communicate and access the Internet. An increase in technology usage has opened the door for more malicious and damaging threats. In fact, more teenagers bully online because it is much harder to get caught by adults. Not only is it easier to get away with, but bullies can also humiliate their victims on a larger scale, often instigating others and ganging up on victims. But even with a wider audience witnessing online bullying, 90% of teens ignore it. Victims are often reluctant to report bullying to their parents or an adult because they’re afraid of being called a snitch.

Bully victims often struggle academically and skip school because they fear seeing their bullies. What’s worse is that one in five cyber-bullied kids thinks about committing suicide and about 4,500 teens actually follow through with it. The graphic below provides a comprehensive look at the issue of cyberbullying and how it is negatively impacting today’s youth.

Cyberbullying Infographic
Source: Accredited Online Colleges

Timeline Images: A Cover Photo With A Copyright Infringement Hidden Weapon

The timeline feature that was released in the latest Facebook update brought with it a new “cover photo” area that really changed the Facebook wall experience over night. People across the internet started to look for new creative ways to express their “life” using images. Now to facilitate the process, Timeline Images is going to start selling you pictures that cost as little as $1.00. But really, what’s the point of selling an image for a buck since Shutterstock already sells images for cheaper? Well, they claim that timeline images only caters to one type of customers – Facebook users – and their pictures are going to be “unique” to the facebook experience.

The cool thing about this type of business model is that facebook is going to change again, eventually the “cover photo” will change to something different, and when it does, you will be forced to purchase a new image and license fee. But what’s the dirty little secret? I mean, what kind of person would spend money on an image so they can modify their facebook appearance? I know I wouldn’t,  but I also know that if I manage to get my hands on an AWESOME cover photo, I can guarantee you that some of my friends will steal it and use it on their profiles… AND THAT’S going to be Timeline Images’ secret weapon.

Think, Getty Images, the stock photo company that scours the internet in search of images that belong to Getty, and then they file a copyright infringement law suit on anyone who uses their images without their consent. This is exactly what I picture Timeline Images doing in the future, think about it, if they manage to get an image to go viral on Facebook and a couple hundred people share and use the image, all they need to do is scour the facebook timelines in search of their images and then slap their users with a copyright infringement law suit.

Now, of course this is just speculation, but when Getty Images started to pull off the Copyright card from underneath the table, no one really suspected a thing until it was to late. I’m going to give Timeline Images my benefit of the doubt, but don’t say I didn’t tell you so when and IF it happens.

[Timeline Images via PetaPixel]

Facebook Cracking Down on Spam Video Apps

If you’re anything like me, then you are probably annoyed by the videos that appear on your social feed that say – X and Y watched this video on SocialCam – the only problem is that the video is often times a youtube video that has been renamed to trick people into clicking the link.  Another important difference is that in order to watch it, you need to install the SocialCam or Viddy application which automatically posts the video you watched on the news feed. Basically, it’s a spam app that tricks you into watching stuff and annoys the living life out of your friends.

Now, facebook is trying to put a stop to that by adding a couple of guidelines to the application’s that use the Open Graph – Video apps must now inform you that they auto-share and provide an option to opt out on the page where a video is watched.

The actual guidelines state that: “You must provide users with the ability to remove any video stories you publish to Facebook, and include this option on the same page where you host the video content” and “Youmust give the user clear, ongoing, and in-context messaging that their watch actions will be published on Facebook.”

Once you see the sign that says: “You are about to post – Justin B. is fights off angry mom crowd – on your facebook wall” you can quickly decline the action and shut down the post. Now all we need is for someone to find a way to stop – Like this and Share if you agree that Red is beautiful.  Via: TechCrunch

Senators Want to Ban Facebook’s Co-Founder from America Forever

Eduardo Saverin the Co-Founder of Facebook is about to get owned by a couple of Senators, Chuck Shumer and Bob Casey, they want to permanently kick him out from the country.

In case you’re not familiar with the news, Saverin threw away his US Citizenship and moved over to Singapore, once facebook goes public he’s going to make more than enough money to keep him, his family, and his family’s family “rich” for a very long time. He’s supposed to pay 30% of the money he gains to the government in taxes, but now that he’s no longer a citizen of the US of A, he doesn’t have to pay a single dime of his money to anyone.

So now, the senators are trying to make it impossible for him to ever be able to set foot in the USA ever again. If he comes into the US, they will kindly tell him to get back on the plane and go back home. But, who cares really, if I had enough money to just sit back and enjoy my life in other countries, I’d do it too. According to the senators, any money that Saverin still has in the US is going to be taxed extremely high.

The senators believe that he used the American People to become extremely wealthy, and now that it’s time to pay back his dues, he’s turning his back on the people and revoking his rights as an American.

Who needs him here anyway 🙁  Via: Gizmodo image: Jason Kempin/Getty 

Twitter Is Trying to Patent “Pull to Refresh”

By now we have all grown familiar with the “pull down to refresh” action on mobile websites. Especially websites like Twitter and Facebook, but now Twitter is trying to patent the action – which means we’re going to see that small but extremely useful little trick less and less.

Loren Brichter filed for the “User Interface Mechanics” patent back in 2010, when he still worked for Tweetie, the move is something that really makes sense. Instead of having to press a “refresh” button, simply pull down and it will do the actual refresh automatically. The system is described as:

A method, comprising: displaying a content area; receiving input associated with a first command, the first command including a request to scroll the content area; and based on the first command, performing a second command, the second command being independent of the first command

Since the description is kind of “way out there” and doesn’t really say – Pull Down To Refresh – this means that if twitter gets the patent, any website that uses a pull down to refresh command is going to be breaking the patent which means you’ll have to sit around jerking your phone up and down trying to refresh your news feed looking over your shoulder making sure no one is trying to file a lawsuit for crude gestures in public.

This is the only thing I hate about patents, instead of making life easier on everyone else; we’re stuck in their stupid legal debates. Imagine if someone patented a cure for cancer and didn’t allow anyone else to use it – yet, they had no way of actually putting the cure to good use.   [USPTO via iPodNN]

People Discovery Apps

In a world where new socialization is being more and more focused online, people are losing the process that existed for thousands of years beforehand. That would be actually meeting them in person either through similar likes or by mutual acquaintances. Now, app designers are coming up with ways to unite people in real life again.

One of the newest additions to this mix is the iPhone app Highlight created by Paul Davison. It will run on user’s devices in the background and can make connections with people up to 50 meters away. When connections are made either by address, Facebook likes, photos, or mutual connections, each user will receive the other’s profile.

Another new app currently in its beta is called Uberlife. This app also only currently available on iPhones works by creating hangouts or linking users to hangouts in whatever vicinity they choose. Users can be connected through similar likes. It’s a way of making real-life connections by using the user’s interests.

Glancee is an app that many people have probably already heard about. It works a lot like Highlight, and is available on iOS and Android. Users can be notified by connecting through Facebook when someone they know is in close distance at events. It will also notify users whenever someone is nearby who share similar interests. So far, this app has over 10,000 users.

Sonar is really like the rest of these apps. Its purpose is to notify the user of connections they may be missing by “highlighting shared friends, networks, and interests.” This one requires that users sign up using Foursquare which does in return require user to sign up with Facebook. It kind of seems like a reason just to use Foursquare.

One last app is Banjo. This one is a little too extreme for my tastes. While it does work to connect people that are using different social networks. It is more about not missing anything that happens in these other people’s lives than just connecting on a real life scale. While it will keep each user constantly up to date about the other by using Foursquare. I just think allowing an app to automatically check you in every place you go is a bit much.

Out of these I would say Glancee is by far at the top of the list in my opinion. I like how it finds people based on similar likes, but is not shoving it down your throat about every place that they go. Uberlife will most likely be great once it gets more users. By actually creating a hangout, it does not invade privacy, and gives the user the opportunity to meet new people. I would like to have more to say about Highlight because it looks very cool, but I use an Android system phone, and there is no web based app.

Warning: You Are Not Safe Online!

We’ve heard it a million times before: protect your privacy and don’t do anything stupid on the Internet. However, with the growing trend of social media and online interaction, more of us become less hesitant when it comes to sharing our information. Even if we think we’re being careful, companies have found all kinds of ways to collect our data and use it for other purposes. It’s no longer just about not making careless decisions like posting your address or publicly uploading your photos.

The graphic below illustrates this in detail, but it also provides some tips to make sure that we have some layer of protection. Though some of these are somewhat obvious, I think a lot of us these days simply forget the power of a secure password code and taking those extra steps to change our privacy settings.

You Are Not Safe Online
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