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Politicians want to ban bot-fueled online shopping. Experts agree....
1 month ago
You have to start somewhere, even if that occasionally means right back at square one. That seems to be the thinking of a coalition of U.S. lawmakers who, on Monday, reintroduced proposed legislation seeking to prevent automated bot accounts from dominating online sales. Dubbed the Stopping Grinch Bots Act, the measure aims to prevent what are in effect scalpers for physical goods ahead of the holiday season. "New tools are needed to block cyber scammers who snap up supplies of popular toys and resell them at astronomic prices," Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, one of the bill's four Democratic sponsors, is quoted as saying in an accompanying press release. And while the spirit of the Stopping Grinch Bots Act may be in the right place, as it was the first time it was introduced in 2019 before dying in the House, experts who support the effort caution that, without strong follow-through from officials like the Federal Trade Commission, it may not be enough to combat a problem exemplified by sold-out Nintendo Switches and impossible-to-score PS5s. So observed John Breyault, the vice president of public policy, telecommunications, and fraud at the consumer advocacy-focused National Consumers League, over email. Speaking of the similar 2016 Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act, which was signed into law by former President Barack Obama and seeks to prevent automated ticket scalping, Breyault acknowledged the difficult task of preventing bot-powered scalping and markups. "While both the BOTS Act and the Stopping Grinch Bots Acts are important consumer protection bills, we would be the first to acknowledge that they aren't silver bullets to the bots problem," he said. "Whether you're talking about the BOTS Act or the Stopping Grinch Bots Act, their efficacy in addressing the bots problem is only as good as the resources devoted to enforcing them."Indeed, without proper enforcement mechanisms measures like the Stopping Grinch Bots Act are destined to languish — that's assuming they even get signed into law in the first place. This concern, highlighted by Breyault, is based on recent history. Specifically, the Federal Trade Commission only announced its first BOTS Act-related enforcement action in 2021. That case, which saw the FTC levy millions of dollars in fines against automated ticket resellers, is specifically what the BOTS Act was designed for. That it took years for the FTC to make such a move highlights the fact that the Stopping Grinch Bots Act, like the BOTS Act before it, won't do anyone any good if the powers it grants are rarely, if ever, used. SEE ALSO: Twitter has started showing which accounts are run by bots Eric Budish, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, expressed a similar thought over email. Like the NCL, Budish, who in 2019 gave an FTC keynote on the online tickets market, said he supports efforts like the Stopping Grinch Bots Acts and emphasized the importance of action."Bots harm consumers and undermine retailers' efforts to sell their product the way they want to," he said. "I'm not a lawyer, but making a harmful practice illegal does seem like a useful step on the way to curtailing it. Enforcement will also be key."According to the office of Representative Paul D. Tonko (D-NY), the bill's sponsor in the House, 50 percent of all web traffic is generated by some form of bot.Breyault, like Budish, emphasized that there's plenty more which needs to be done. "As we have testified in the past, anti-bot legislation should be one part of a broader set of reforms that increase transparency and accountability in the ticketing marketplace," he said.In other words, stopping unscrupulous bot-armed scalpers from buying up sought-after goods is something that will likely remain on many people's holiday wish list for years to come. But, with the Stopping Grinch Bots Act, at least our elected officials have made that wish explicit.......
The Morning After: Was Black Friday 2021 quieter than usual?...
1 month ago
As you might have suspected this Cyber Monday morning, the big stories on Engadget involve good deals or even an all-time low price on gadgets, accessories for said gadgets or services to run on them. (We’ve linked to the best deals we’ve found down below, but stock and prices may have changed since the time of writing.)That said, according to early figures, it might have been a more muted Black Friday online than in previous years. Adobe estimates its combined Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day internet sales were less than last year, for the first time ever — even if it was only a mere dip from $9 billion in 2020 to $8.9 billion last week.Adobe thinks the dip reflected the multitude of internet deals out there that began ahead of Black Friday — some as early as October.— Mat SmithScientists used Mars' ambient noise to map just underneath the planet’s surfaceThey analyzed the data collected by the seismometer installed by NASA's InSight lander.NASAA team of scientists have created the first detailed image of what lies right underneath the planet's surface, showing three billion years of its history, by listening to Martian winds.More precisely, they analyzed the ambient noise (in the absence of marsquakes) collected by the seismometer that was installed by the InSight lander. On Earth, that kind of ambient seismic noise is generated by the ocean, human activity and winds, but only the last one is present on Mars.Continue reading.Sponsored by CISCOYour work-from-anywhere solutionSpider-Man' advance ticket buyers will be rewarded with NFTsIs that better than a giant plastic soda cup?AMC is extending its fondness for the blockchain to the freebies you get with ticket pre-orders. The theater chain and Sony Pictures are giving away 86,000 NFTs to Stubs Premiere, A-List and Investor Connect members who buy or reserve tickets for Spider-Man: No Way Home showings on December 16th. Redeem a code through a special website and you'll get one of 100 designs. Will it be worth millions? My limited-edition Jurassic Park cup I got from a movie theater in the ‘90s suggests not.Continue reading.Cryptocurrency mining in Kazakhstan is leading to power shortagesChina's crypto mining ban may be partly to blame.ReutersThe Financial Times reports the country's electrical grid operator KEGOC said it would start rationing electricity for 50 registered miners after their demand reportedly invoked an emergency shutdown mode at three power plants in October. They'll also be the first users disconnected if there are grid failures. The energy ministry estimated electricity demand has jumped by eight percent so far in 2021 versus the more typical one or two percent. There have been blackouts in six regions since October.Continue reading.Tesla Model Y gets an AMD Ryzen chip upgrade in ChinaThere's no word on a corresponding upgrade elsewhere.Electrek has learned Tesla is shipping the electric crossover in China with an AMD Ryzen processor running the infotainment system instead of the usual Intel CPU. Performance variant owners have noticed the swap so far, but Tesla has historically used the same computing platform for all trim levels of a given model.Continue reading. The biggest news stories you might have missedBlack Friday 2021: The best Black Friday tech deals you can get for under $50 Black Friday 2021: The best Apple deals for Black Friday 2021Black Friday 2021: The best gaming deals you can getXiaomi's upcoming EV factory will make up to 300,000 cars per yearHitting the Books: How Amazon laundered the 'myth of the founder' into a business empireLG appoints new CEO to lead its beleaguered electronics division......
AMC theaters start accepting cryptocurrency payment for movie tickets...
2 months ago
AMC announced back in August that it will start accepting cryptocurrency by the end of the year. Now, company CEO Adam Aron has revealed on Twitter that you can already use your digital coins to purchase movie tickets. And, true to the promise he made in September, AMC isn't only accepting Bitcoin, but also Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin — for online purchases, that is. Aron also said that the theater chain has started accepting Apple Pay, Google Pay and PayPal payments, as well.Big newsflash! As promised, many new ways NOW to pay online at AMC. We proudly now accept: drumroll, please… Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin. Also Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal. Incredibly, they already account for 14% of our total online transactions! Dogecoin next. pic.twitter.com/a7pqYBm7HB— Adam Aron (@CEOAdam) November 12, 2021It sounds like moviegoers are welcoming the new payment method with open arms, since it apparently already accounts for 14 percent of the company's total online transactions. Aron also said that AMC will be adding Dogecoin next. AMC almost went bankrupt due to the pandemic last year, but it was saved in part thanks to an army of day traders on Reddit and Twitter that sent its stocks soaring by around 2,300 percent. Aron fully embraced the company's status as a meme stock and told investors in an earnings call earlier this month that AMC is exploring the creation of its own cryptocurrency. AMC plans to make a foray into the world of NFTs, as well, and is in talks with Hollywood studios to create non-fungible tokens related to major films. During the call, Aron said that the theater chain is also looking into accepting Shiba Inu tokens, but he has yet to announce if it can add the cryptocurrency to its payment options.......
Pakistan won’t worry about past for India clash: Babar Azam...
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3 months ago
DUBAI: Skipper Babar Azam vowed his team will not think about Pakistan’s poor record against arch-rivals India when they meet in the high-octane Twenty20 World Cup clash in Dubai on Sunday. Pakistan have lost all seven World Cup (50 over) clashes against India as well as five games in the Twenty20 World Cup and start as ‘underdogs’. Exuding confidence, Babar stressed that the past is irrelevant to his players. “To be honest, what has passed is beyond us,” Babar told a virtual media conference on Saturday, as both nations buzzed in anticipation of a thrilling match. “We want to use our ability and confidence on the day of the match so that we can get a better result. Records are meant to be broken.” The tickets for the match were sold out within hours of going on sale after the United Arab Emirate government allowed a 70 percent crowd for the Twenty20 World Cup matches in a relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictions. The South Asian rivals have only played in multi-national events like the World Cups and the Champions Trophy as strained relations have stalled bilateral cricket since 2007. Pakistan did tour India in 2012 for five limited over matches but ties were not fully resumed as the two nations continued to be at loggerheads over multiple issues, with the disputed region of Kashmir and terrorism heading the list. Babar admitted it will be a match full of intensity. “The matches between Pakistan and India are always full of intensity so we need to perform well in all three departments of the game,” said Babar. Babar announced 12 for the match with hard-hitters Haider Ali and Asif Ali competing to make the final eleven. “The boys are excited to play the World Cup and we have a crucial match on Sunday,” said Babar, who will be leading Pakistan for the first time in a senior World Cup match. “A winning impact is necessary and then we will go match by match.” Babar said the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan — who led the country to victory in the 1992 World Cup — had shared his experiences with the team. “The Prime Minister met us before our departure and shared his experiences of the 1992 win and told us to play aggressive and fearless cricket against India.” India captain Virat Kohli, meanwhile, observed his side’s impeccable tournament record against Pakistan will count for nothing and they will need to be at their very best to overcome Babar Azam’s side. Kohli, who will relinquish Twenty20 captaincy after the showpiece event, knows the importance of beginning well and said he is not thinking about his side’s record against Pakistan which brings its own pressure. “We never discussed it within the team — what our record is, or what we achieved in the past,” the 32-year-old told a news conference on Saturday. “They distract you. What matters is how you prepare and how you perform on that given day regardless of opposition. These things are added pressure.” The match is a repeat of the 2007 final when India pipped Pakistan to the inaugural title after a heart-stopping match. Kohli said teams would underestimate the 2009 champions at their own peril. “The current Pakistan team is very strong, they always have been so. They are very talented, with several players who can change the game anytime,” Kohli said. “Against a team like that, you need to arrive with your best plans, and make sure you execute it well. We definitely have to bring our A game tomorrow.” There is lot of hype sub-continent’s feuding neighbours around the mouth-watering clash between the neighbours but Kohli said he treated it like just another game. “For me, it’s never been different to any other game of cricket that we play. “Yes, the atmosphere in the stadium is different but our mindset is no different, our preparations are no different, and our approach to the game is certainly no different.” India’s two-time World Cup-winning skipper M.S. Dhoni is with the team as mentor and Kohli said the icon’s presence in the dressing room will further ‘boost’ their morale. Dhoni led India to the inaugural T20 World Cup crown in 2007, beating Pakistan in the final, and hold a 7-1 advantage in the shortest format. Pakistan’s only win came in a bilateral series which ended 1-1. Pakistan will depend on the experience of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik while Babar, Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman hold the key at the top of the order. The bowling, led by Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali, looks potent to trouble any opposition in the Super 12 stage. Earlier this week, India won both their warm-up matches, beating England and Australia while Pakistan beat the West Indies but lost to South Africa. Like teams: INDIA: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, K.L. Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami. PAKISTAN: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Haider Ali/Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf. Umpires: Marais Erasmus (South Africa) and Chris Gaffaney (New Zealand). TV umpire: Richard Illingworth (England). Match referee: David Boon (Australia). Published in Dawn, October 24th, 2021......
New Jackie Chan Film ‘Ride On’ Start Shooting Amid Early Musings of Box Office Trouble...
4 months ago
Jackie Chan has begun shooting his next film, a martial arts-based comedy about a man and his horse, entitled “Ride On.” The 67-year-old superstar remains as prolific as ever, churning out a movie a year since 2019, despite the pandemic. While the presence of his name on a marquee continues to sell tickets, a number […]......
Will Ospreay heads to Battle in the Valley November 13; new start time set 【NJoA】...
4 months ago
San Jose Civic to get a new start time November 13 BATTLE IN THE VALLEY NOVEMBER 13, SAN JOSE CIVIC TICKETS (P1, P6 almost gone!) On Saturday November 13, Battle in the Valley will see NJPW return to the San Jose Civic for the first time in over two years for the major event known […]......
Toronto So Far: It’s Good to Be Back, but Where’s the Buzz?...
4 months ago
Out of the many ads that precede public screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival, there’s one that has drawn consistent applause this year. It comes from Bell, which welcomes fans to the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF and also to ADNOIFF, the “Amazing Date Night Out International Film Festival,” and to INBSGTBBIATIFF, the “I’ve Never Been So Glad to be Back in a Theater International Film Festival.” That last line has regularly spurred cheers at this year’s TIFF, which has returned to a model that focuses on in-person screenings and allows international visitors for the first time in two years, with socially-distanced and carefully-controlled screenings of every film in the lineup. The physical screenings have been a relief to virtually everyone in attendance in Toronto, definitely including festival organizers, like artistic director and co-head Cameron Bailey, who has introduced many films by saying, “I’m honestly thrilled to be presenting films in a theater – it’s been so long.” But make no mistake, this is a very different Toronto Film Festival. As TIFF documentary programmer Thom Powers has said in his own introductions, “We know that this is a weird year and that it takes a lot of extra effort to attend the festival.” The press and industry contingent in Toronto is markedly down, parties are small and scarce, and one of the awards-season functions of a festival – to stir up buzz in crowded theaters and in lobbies and receptions afterwards – is essentially missing. Some of the films that have screened so far are likely to be long-term contenders, Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast” and Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” foremost among them, but the circumstances simply don’t exist to give them a big word-of-mouth boost. “Have you run into anybody you know?” asked one publicist on Saturday morning. “I feel like I’m the only person here.” Most films are screening both in person and on the festival’s streaming site for the press and industry, although the movies missing from the virtual site include a number of the most substantial entries: “Dune,” “Spencer,” “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” “Belfast,” “Last Night in Soho,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “The Forgiven” and the international entries “The Worst Person in the World,” “Bergman Island,” “Memoria” and “Titane,” among others. The recent Telluride Film Festival filled its screenings to capacity and drew largely positive reviews from those who did attend, but Telluride is a far smaller event than TIFF. Working under the Canadian government’s strict COVID protocols, Toronto has created a festival environment that works if you want to see movies, but also feels weird – as does, to be fair, just about everything else in this age of the unending pandemic. Vaccination cards have been as obligatory for entry as tickets — which, by the way, are digital only, with no pesky paper changing hands. Credentials are nonexistent: no lanyards hanging around your neck with badges that’ll get you into press & industry screenings. Instead, you had to sign up for what you wanted to see during a narrow window before the festival began — and the number of movies you could sign up for was limited by the badge type. Some press members got 10 films, others got 12, certain buyers got 16 — but if you’re accustomed to binging at TIFF and seeing, say, 20-plus films in six days, you were out of luck. And if you had a habit of supplementing an eat-on-the-run festival diet with theater popcorn or candy, forget it: All TIFF venues were refreshment-free zones. Or if you liked to grab, say, an aisle seat, you were out of luck there, too: The Ticketmaster-run system assigned seats without asking your preference, which could cause big problems when most of the viewers at a sparsely-attended press screening in a huge IMAX theater were put in the front few rows, way too close for a comfortable viewing experience. The only recourse was to wait until the lights went down and then move back, as long as you told the staff where you’d moved so as not to mess up their contact tracing. (FYI, every time I use the word you in those last two paragraphs, I obviously mean me.) The huge lines for which TIFF is often known were for the most part missing, though the first screening of “Dear Evan Hansen” brought a doozy. The wall-to-wall weekend crush in the Scotiabank multiplex, home to most of the P&I screenings, was a thing of the past (and, one presumes, the future). Audiences were spaced out, and that’s not a drug reference: No theaters were filled to capacity, with tickets sold (or allocated) in blocks of one or two or four seats, with at least one empty seat between each block. And in the hotel rooms where talent did their mini-junkets to meet the press who did attend, COVID testers were nearly as ubiquitous as publicists. (Let’s not get carried away — I said nearly.) “Is anybody here going to New York who hasn’t been tested?” asked a swab-sporting tech as a group of “Dear Evan Hansen” actors and filmmakers walked out of one interview. Such is a film festival during a pandemic, which means that any comments about how TIFF was back have an unspoken subtext: “TIFF is back under these sad new circumstances, but it won’t really feel like it’s back until this damn thing is over.” As for the films, 2021 may end up being the 14th time in the last 15 years that the Oscar Best Picture winner plays Toronto, but that’s not to say that anything broke out on the first weekend the way “Nomadland” did last year (virtually, of course), or “Green Book” or “The Shape of Water” or “Moonlight” before that. The opening-night film, “Dear Evan Hansen,” was enjoyable but it isn’t really an awards film, except for Best Original Song, where a new collaboration between Amandla Stenberg and Pasek & Paul has a real shot. “The Power of the Dog,” Campion’s richly textured look at toxic masculinity in the fading days of the American West, debuted at TIFF the following night and immediately became the festival’s strongest Best Picture contender, as it was in Venice and Telluride (although the “it’s better than ‘The Piano!’” gushing from Telluride died down a bit in Toronto, and rightly so). And then Branagh’s rapturous and moving memory piece “Belfast” ended the first weekend on Sunday night in stirring fashion, drawing a rousing ovation and bringing Branagh to tears in the post-screening Q&A. Of the other films that have screened so far, Denis Villeneuve’s epic “Dune” played on IMAX screens and remains a powerhouse for tech awards, while Edgar Wright’s “Last Night in Soho” followed its Venice and Telluride raves by thrilling TIFF audiences with the way it veered from character study to horror flick. (That mixture may make it more of a dark but fun audience movie than awards bait.) Films with noteworthy performances include “The Guilty” with Jake Gyllenhaal; “The Forgiven” with Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain; “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” Chastain’s other TIFF film, in which she’s nearly unrecognizable as evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker; “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain” with Benedict Cumberbatch; and, for some, “Encounter” with Riz Ahmed. There’s more to come later in the festival — Pablo Larrain’s “Spencer,” with Kristen Stewart, and Barry Levinson’s “The Survivor” with Ben Foster, among them. But it doesn’t feel like a TIFF of years past, when half the eventual Best Picture lineup might well have been unveiled between Thursday and Monday and the entire awards race had become clearer by the end of Toronto’s first weekend. Still, there have been worthy movies throughout the lineup, including smaller films like “Montana Story” and “Mothering Sunday” — and if you’re looking at nonfiction films, the TIFF lineup has already delivered a slate of satisfying high-profile docs, including “The Rescue,” “Becoming Cousteau,” “Attica” and “Julia,” as well as potential sleepers like “Hold Your Fire” and “Reba.” But however buzzworthy TIFF’s 2021 movies might be, there’s just not that much room at this year’s festival for buzz to develop. In a way, this feels like the start of awards season, but in a way it feels as if we’re in an odd holding pattern, waiting for the old ways to return. They won’t return, at least not for the foreseeable future. So for now, we have to settle for the TIFF we can get.......
I can't stop sliding into my own DMs...
4 months ago
For more than a decade, I've carried on with a number of truly pathetic, one-sided DMs. I type, send links, share photos, and pour my heart out in these chats, but I've never once received a response. It sounds embarrassing, but don't worry, I'm not being ghosted or anything. I've just been DMing myself.OK, now that I've typed it out, I realize that does sound a little embarrassing. Before you judge, let me explain.People who send direct messages on social media primarily use them to communicate with friends, family members, acquaintances, even strangers. While I do exchange messages with other people, I also frequently use the DM features on social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to send myself messages. Occasionally, I'll text or Slack myself too. I send posts that intrigue or resonate with me, articles I want to read in the future when I have more time, and sometimes I DM content from my phone to my laptop if it's easier than using iMessage or AirDrop.Sliding into my own DMs is a convenient, practical, helpful way to collect and save information. The problem is, I never remember to check back and read all of the DM-worthy stuff I send myself. As a result, robust feeds of personally curated, long-forgotten content are tragically relegated to digital black holes of my own creation. So I set out on a journey to catch up on years' worth of messages to make things right with my past selves and restore integrity to the self-DM process. I learned a lot about myself. If you self-DM, you could too. If not, maybe you should.Ghosts of forgotten DMs pastThe realization that I never check my DMs to myself hit recently, when I accidentally clicked my own Twitter direct message thread and was greeted by a tweet I'd sent a few days prior. I'd loved the tweet, wanted to revisit it at some point, and was afraid it would get lost in my ever-growing sea of liked tweets, so I took the extra step of DMing it. The tweet was only a week old yet, sadly, I'd already forgotten it. That made me wonder what other long-lost treasures were hiding in the stack of DMs to me, from me. I scrolled up from 2021 DMs to the very first Twitter message I sent myself, in June 2017. Among the archives were helpful threads of advice, ideas for pitches I'd intended to flesh out further, relatable reaction screenshots shared from out-of-context TV accounts like @nonewgirlcontxt and @nocontextroyco, what claimed to be a recipe for the best gluten free chocolate chip cookies, and roughly 25 tweets about Chris Evans' sweater in Knives Out. It was a trip down memory lane so fascinating that I had to keep the journey going. Highly recommend DMing yourself "Ted Lasso" clips for easy viewing. Credit: SCREENSHOT / TWITTER Next up? Instagram. I scrolled back to the first DM I sent myself in June 2016 — past an array of sentimental photos, gorgeous art, and inspiring quotes. I'd sent myself lists of small businesses to buy from, accounts to follow, books to read, tips for managing anxiety, and that one deeply soothing Cillian Murphy Calm ad, so I'd always have it on hand. It was like Content Christmas. I know what you're probably thinking: Can't I just save Instagram posts to folders? It's easier and only requires a single tap, whereas DMing myself requires me to hit the share button on a post, type my own name in the search bar, and hit send. The answer is yes, I could just save to folders. But I like the absurdity of sending myself a message, and it's become a habit I can't seem — or don't want — to shake. Consider this: If we weren't meant to send ourselves DMs, then why have the social media gods made it possible? If we weren't meant to send ourselves DMs, then why have the social media gods made it possible? I can't remember the first time I sent myself a message. Maybe I used my silver Motorola Razr to text myself important reminders in middle school. Or perhaps I blew up my own DMs during my AIM, Myspace, or Tumblr years. The earliest self-DM I could locate was on Facebook, the social media platform I've begrudgingly been using the longest.On June 23, 2008, I Facebook messaged myself a perplexing Kanye West lyric that what would later become my high school yearbook quote. I sent an article about Michael Phelps dominating the Olympics that year, a StubHub confirmation for concert tickets to Beyoncé's 2009 I Am... World Tour, an essay I wrote for a Spanish class in 2010, a variety of emo song lyrics I probably intended to set as my status some day, a 2013 Buzzfeed listicle about John Krasinski, and other oddities.Much to my surprise, the trip into my DMs, which started as a joke, left me overcome with emotion. I was prepared to feel foolish after seeing just how many messages I'd sent myself and forgot to read over the years. What I hadn't expected was the swell of nostalgia that would come from scrolling back through years of my digital life. I mean, I Facebook messaged myself the final copy of my 16th birthday party invites. Talk about a blast from the past. (Also, semi-formal? Teen Nicole, please!) All you need is a light jacket! Credit: SCREENSHOT / FACEBOOK Revisiting special collections of content that touched me over the years was like gazing into digital time capsules or reading old diaries. I was so thankful I'd sent myself all those DMs. I only wished I'd checked them sooner.Was this a me problem? I wondered. Or did other people out there DM themselves and forget to check the chats, too?The common, chaotic practice of self-DMingI put a call out on Twitter with a poll to learn if other people slide into their own DMs. Of the 297 votes cast, more than 66 percent of people said they DM themselves all the time. Phew. Tweet may have been deleted It was reassuring to learn the practice is somewhat common, and several people replied to admit that although they constantly message themselves, they too forget to check their own DMs. Chaos. At least our intentions are pure. For those who love DMing themselves or want to start, I recommend setting aside specific times in your schedule to check your DMs on a regular basis. Consider setting reminders so you don't miss out on this impactful content. One Twitter user who said she usually forgets to check her DMs shared that she'll read them whenever she gets stuck or feels like she's hit a creativity lull. She uses them as an "inspo thread," an idea I adore and intend to start doing myself.If sending self-DMs isn't for you, people also shared some helpful alternatives in the tweet replies. Try texting or emailing yourself instead of DMing, that way you can easily pin or mark your messages as unread, which may make you more inclined to give them a look. You can also try bookmarking pages that you want to revisit to your browser or use any bookmark or save features that are built into social media platforms. (Keep in mind you still have to remember to check those.)If all else fails, you could download an app like Pocket, which lets you sync your personal accounts and save content from different devices, social media platforms, and publishers in one handy place.A single app for all my saved content sounds super convenient, but I know myself. I'm not going to magically remember to check another app just because all my favorite tweets, Instagram posts, and articles are in one place. More importantly, I don't want to. I like the excitement, the challenge, the unconventional nature of sliding into my own DMs, and I'm not ready to ditch the self-DM life just yet. Plus, I'm not about to ghost myself. That's just rude.......
Back the Ghirls in their home debut this Sunday from just £4 for U16s...
4 months ago
Fran Alonso’s side got their SWPL1 campaign off to a strong start on Sunday, with a 4-2 victory over Aberdeen at Balmoral Stadium. Now as the team prepare to face city rivals, Glasgow City in their first home league outing of the season at the Penny Cars Stadium this Sunday, September 12, we need every voice behind them roaring them on to victory as they set out to claim another three crucial points in their home debut. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon, than getting behind your team, and with tickets priced at just £4 for U16s and £8 for Adults – you can bring the whole gang to get involved as league action heats up for Celtic FC Women! With seven new summer signings bolstering the squad, it’s set to be an exciting season for the Hoops, so don’t miss your chance to see the new Ghirls in action this weekend. It's a 4:10pm kick-off, and tickets are on sale now – so plan ahead this weekend and book your tickets now to back the Celts at the Airdrie stadium! >......