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Alpaca accounts are underrated social media treasures

In the vast world of animals with social media accounts, common household pets like cats and dogs typically reign supreme. But if you’re not following your fair share of alpacas on the internet, you’re sorely missing out.

Though social media accounts dedicated to alpacas are rare, they’re remarkable —  like delicious pieces of hay in the ridiculous needle stack that is the internet. You have to do a bit more searching than you would to find a cat or dog account, sure. But when you do happen upon a dedicated farm or fan posting camelid content, it doesn’t disappoint.

Since following several alpaca accounts like Alpacas of Instagram, Barnacre Alpacas, and The Woolly Army, I’ve found the animals’ presence in my daily digital life, though small, to be a real mood booster. After noticing that lighthearted alpaca content makes Twitter and Instagram significantly more bearable, I decided to reach out to some leaders of the alpaca social media movement to learn more about the underrated animals, and what it’s like making a space for them online. Read more…

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Not nice: Trump just ruined 69 jokes

Rest in peace, 69 jokes.

It brings me no pleasure to report that President Donald Trump included “69” and “nice” in the same tweet on Wednesday, effectively killing the internet’s most beloved tradition. That’s right, folks: 69 jokes will never be the same again. Blame the president.

The Gallup Poll just announced that 69% of our great citizens expect their finances to improve next year, a 16 year high. Nice!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2019

Trump’s tweet referred to a Gallup poll released earlier this week in which 69 percent of respondents said they expected their finances to improve over the next year. So the number can’t be helped. But it does raise a disturbing question: Does Trump know about 69 jokes, or is this tweet simply a coincidence? Read more…

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Manipulating an Indian politician’s tweets is worryingly easy to do

March For Our Lives activists go dark on social media to mark Parkland anniversary

To mark the first anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, March For Our Lives and its organizers will go dark on social media between February 14th through the 17th.

They say their silence, which includes declining requests for interviews during that period, is out of respect for the friends, classmates, and school staff killed in the shooting. (In order to interview a student organizer about the blackout, Mashable agreed to publish this story no later than February 13.)

“We’re taking this route because it’s a chance for us to look back at our community and for us to give ourselves time and really allow the victims’ voices to take the microphone,” says Adam Alhanti, the director of special projects of March For Our Lives, who will graduate from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this year.  Read more…

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2018 really was more of a dumpster fire for online hate and harassment, ADL study finds

Twitter is experiencing a weird bug that’s affecting likes and retweets

Something is up with Twitter.

It’s not only that it’s hard to follow a conversation between two people on the platform, but rather there’s a weird bug that’s messing up likes, retweets and notifications, something which Twitter is working on resolving.

As reported by a number of Twitter users in the past day, the bug seems to cause likes and retweets to fluctuate wildly, or appear much lower than usual.

Here’s the word thing happening with Twitter right now (they said they’re going to fix it)

Look at the likes and retweetspic.twitter.com/TAPOXhoziM

— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 12, 2019 Read more…

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