The stereotype of your typical Pinterest user is that she’s into four things: mason jars, recipes, inspirational quotes and — above all — weddings. We’ve always known that Pinterest obsessives had a soft spot for planning their nuptials, but we had no idea how intense it was.
Last night, Instagram leaked word of an app called “Bolt,” a new, unanticipated photo messaging service. Considering Instagram is owned by Facebook, this adds Bolt to the growing Read More
An unemployed recent college graduate by the name of Alex Wong is using his free time to “bring back the goals of [his] youth.” He’s crowdfunding the world’s largest dick drawing. Read More
In what has to be the most epic social media news of our time, the Queen of England recently staged a spectacular photobomb in an Australian athlete’s Instagram selfie. Read More
After a long day of creating shareable content, the last thing Team Betabeat wants to do is go to the gym. But this new, terrible wristband might change that. The Pavlok is a wearable fitness tracker that appears to violate the rules in the Geneva Conventions because it’ll physically shock the user if they don’t work out. Read More
UK residents aren’t embarrassed to admit they just want to sit around and watch porn sometimes.
The UK government began implementing filters on Internet porn at the end of 2013, requiring citizens to consciously inform their ISPs if they wanted to be able to view it. Now, it seems nearly 100 percent of Brits are opting into being able to access porn from their Internet plans, a recent Ofcom survey found. Read More
We live in a new world of “method journalism.”
In it, bright minds like Nate Silver and Ezra Klein have staked out new media territory, defined by the style in which their writers produce content. It’s supposed to be a new golden age for content, driven by hard data in Silver’s case, and simplified explanation in Klein’s.
Except of course, they’re not. It’s just the same pageview journalism dressed up with better rhetoric. The same end, just different means. Read More
Oyster is on a roll lately. They’ve been signing up new publishers, launching new apps, getting good reviews — they’ve even gotten people to rightfully start calling them the “Netflix for Books.”
To add to all of that, as of this morning Oyster is launching their desktop app, making their books available wherever there’s a working browser tab. Though Read More
When you’re on Tinder just looking to score a one night stand, sorting through all the saps in search of true love (or at least a first date) can be a royal pain. How is anyone supposed to get straight to it when everyone’s being ambiguous, trying to chat and whatnot?