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Petition to shut down STOMP

Here is something that you most likely won’t see on STOMP or any SPH newspaper/websites. A petition asking SPH to shut down STOMP is gaining widespread support from Singaporeans. The petition currently has more than 15,000 signatures and growing.

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I think a lot of us have enough of the rubbish on STOMP. Everyone still remember that STOMP article about SMRT door remaining open while moving. We thought things will improve after that. It didn’t. If you go to STOMP now, you still can see lots of irresponsible reporting. The site give Citizen Journalism a bad name. It promote false information, hate speech and xenophobia. Recently, STOMP started a “Don’t be a Social Media Idiot” campaign to encourage readers to shame “idiots” on social media platform like Facebook.

I think Singaporeans had enough. It is time we demand SPH to shut down STOMP and stop tarnishing the name of Citizen Journalism.

This petition should have been started long time ago. But I guess it is never too late to start. You can sign the online petition here.

Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars selfie broke Twitter records

Ellen Degeneres was right when she said this is going to be the most retweeted in history. The Oscars host tweeted a selfie photo with a group of celebrities and it was retweeted more than 1 million times within an hour.

The selfie include celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, DeGeneres, Kevin Spacey, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o and Angelina Jolie.

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The Tweet has received more than 3 million retweets so far, beating Obama’s 2012 “Four more years” tweet as the most retweeted tweet of all time.

Twitter went down for a brief moment during the Oscars due to that tweet. That’s the power of Ellen DeGeneres.

And in case you are wondering, the selfie was taken using a Samsung GALAXY Note 3 and it is a product placement. But I guess neither Samsung nor Ellen knew it would become the most retweeted tweet of all time. In fact, Samsung has gotten so much exposure at the Oscars that they are donating $3 million to charity. Ellen will divide up the money between St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Humane Society of the United States. Cool!

H&M is not giving out $500 gift card on Facebook

Some of you might have seen the Facebook contest where you just share a page, Type Thanks H&M and get a free $500 Gift Card from H&M. Well, sorry to break your heart but that’s a fake.

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This is not the first time we see something like this. I remember seeing a Starbucks and Apple version. The biggest giveaway is the URL. Most company won’t hold contest on a weird URL. They will most likely do it on their own website.

H&M also clarified on their Facebook page that this is not organised by the company.

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So please stop sharing that page on your Facebook. H&M is not giving out $500 gift card on Facebook.

Twitter testing a major profile redesign

It seems like Twitter is testing a major redesign to the profile page. Mashable assistant features editor Matt Petronzio notice the changes to his profile page on Tuesday. The profile picture and bio is now on the left side with a lot more space dedicated to the header photo.

Perhaps the biggest change is the timeline. There will be no more vertical timeline and the new design seems to give more focus on photos and content cards.

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It is not uncommon for major Social Network site like Twitter to quietly roll out new features and design to a small group of users before tweaking and rolling out to the rest of the users.

While the new redesign looks great, I wish Twitter won’t remove the vertical timeline. Timeline are meant to be displayed in a vertical manner. And I’m also not a huge fan of giving more focus to photos. I still prefer the simplicity of 140 characters. Let’s hope this is not the final version that Twitter roll out to all users.

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Happy Birthday Facebook

Facebook celebrates its 10th birthday today. Happy Birthday! 10 years is actually a very long time for a Social Networking site.

According to Facebook, more than 201.6 billion friend connections have been formed since February 2004. The map shows the visualization of those connections.

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As port of the 10th birthday celebration, Facebook is launching “A Look Back” feature where you can see some of your biggest moments on Facebook. Too bad there’s no way to share the video with my friends.

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