KnowTechie: Here’s why your Twitter feed is filled with these red flag emojis

KnowTechie: Here’s why your Twitter feed is filled with these red flag emojis. “If you’ve spent any time on Twitter over the last couple of days, no doubt you’ve seen a bunch of posts using the red flag emoji quite liberally. As tends to happen on social media, the emoji has become the subject of a pretty major trend, with its use on the platform skyrocketing over the last couple of days. So what does it mean?”

Mashable: Posting memes will get you banned from Instagram

Mashable: Posting memes will get you banned from Instagram. “Since March, my accounts have been disabled five more times. One backup was actually deleted while I wrote this article for an innocent image of a man kissing a baby’s head. I’m not kidding. [I will bet you $10 Facebook’s AI thought the baby’s head was a breast. I’m not kidding.-TJC] Adiòs to another 14,000 followers, I guess. No matter how many appeals I send, nothing happens. I never fully understand why my account gets disabled, but I always try to play by Instagram’s distinctly vague community guidelines. Instagram did not reply to multiple requests for comment on this story, but when they do talk to the press, they usually say some version of, “Instagram has a responsibility to keep people safe.” While that may be true, how exactly does disabling an account for posting a Coachella meme have anything to […]

Make Tech Easier: 10 Meme Generators to Create Your Own Memes for Free

Make Tech Easier: 10 Meme Generators to Create Your Own Memes for Free. “Want to turn a picture into a meme? You can do it with help of meme generator apps, which offer an advantage for a wide variety of templates, especially the trending ones, such as meme fonts and a dedicated interface. Let’s take a look at the best meme generator apps for Android, iPhone, online tools, and desktop.” EXTENSIVE annotation and instructions.

HuffPost: Trump Insiders Are Quietly Paying Teen Memers For Posts

HuffPost: Trump Insiders Are Quietly Paying Teen Memers For Posts. “In the fever swamps of Instagram, a network of right-wing meme accounts run by teenage boys and young men has erupted into an advertising powerhouse reaching millions. These memers — who regularly post far-right conspiracy theories, anti-vaccine propaganda and other incendiary clickbait — first caught the attention of obscure brands selling cheap MAGA merch, who started paying them to display ads to their rapidly growing conservative audiences. The money wasn’t great, as a few memers told HuffPost last summer, but it still felt like a big deal to watch their Instagram pages blossom into mini businesses. Little did they know, members of Donald Trump’s inner circle would soon come knocking.”

Mashable: How to save a GIF from Twitter

Honestly saving this one for myself, as I have a sad, sad GIF game. Mashable: How to save a GIF from Twitter. “So you saw a fun GIF on Twitter. That’s cool, good for you, seems like fun. Now you want to save it for your own personal use. That’s cool, too, but unfortunately a bit more involved than you might think. The task isn’t difficult, necessarily, but it does take a few more steps than you might’ve previously thought. But once you master the process, you can take a fun GIF from Twitter and add it to your library in no time at all.”

Laughing Squid: An Explanation of Medieval Art Memes

Laughing Squid: An Explanation of Medieval Art Memes. “The Archivist at Curious Archive digs into the origins of some of the oddest art images from the Medieval era that have since become popular as modern memes. He notes that while a number of pieces reflected such trends as ‘homunculus’ (‘little man’), the ‘Danse Macabre’ (‘Dance of Death’), and ‘The Vitalis of Milan’, many others were created with a sense of humor, perhaps to make their audience laugh.”

The Globe and Mail: An internet museum sounds like a great idea. But here’s why it shouldn’t come online

The Globe and Mail: An internet museum sounds like a great idea. But here’s why it shouldn’t come online. “The internet could certainly use more resources to maintain and secure parts of its archive, and regulations to protect its users, including the intellectual property of its content creators. But any thriving internet culture has, should, and does resist its own museumification.”

NBC News: The milk crate challenge is exploding on social media. Some platforms are trying to remove it.

NBC News: The milk crate challenge is exploding on social media. Some platforms are trying to remove it.. “Dr. Vonda Wright, an orthopedic surgeon in Atlanta, said surgeons like herself have been sharing videos of the challenge and encouraging their followers to abstain. ‘This is probably the one that I’ve seen that has the highest potential for bodily injury that will take people out not just of their daily lives, but could have lifelong implications,’ she said.” It also seems like a kind of dumb thing to do even when ERs and hospitals are not bursting at the seams, but when they ARE…

The Canadian Press: Conservatives delete ‘Willy Wonka’ ad from Twitter after copyright complaint

The Canadian Press: Conservatives delete ‘Willy Wonka’ ad from Twitter after copyright complaint. “The Conservative party has deleted an ad mocking Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau from Twitter after a copyright infringement claim was made against it. The ad, which was released on Friday, depicted Trudeau’s face pasted on top of an image of a bratty character from classic children’s film ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’”

Upworthy: Meme artist raises more than $2 million in 5 hours to rescue Afghans on Taliban kill list

Upworthy: Meme artist raises more than $2 million in 5 hours to rescue Afghans on Taliban kill list. “We’ve all spent several days watching the news from Afghanistan with a mixture of horror, sadness, and frustration. Images of crowds of people clamoring to get onto planes at the Kabul airport, human beings clinging to a flying jet before falling to their deaths from the sky, hordes of men, women, and children desperate to escape a violent, extremist regime crammed like sardines into U.S. cargo planes—it’s all too much. We know there are so many people we can’t help. That’s the tragic reality. But there are people we can help. And that’s happening, right now, on the internet and on the ground in Afghanistan.”

TMZ: Jerry Messing On Ventilator With Covid-19

TMZ: Jerry Messing On Ventilator With Covid-19. “Jerry Messing — the “Freaks and Geeks” actor who’s also the face of a famous meme — has COVID and is fighting for his life in Florida … TMZ has learned. His father, James, tells us … Jerry lives with his parents in an apartment in Tampa, and a few days ago he started feeling really sick all of a sudden and having shortness of breath, but assured his dad he was breathing fine.”

BusinessWire: Logitech and Billboard Debut Song Breaker Chart, the First Ever Creator-Centered Music Chart (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Logitech and Billboard Debut Song Breaker Chart, the First Ever Creator-Centered Music Chart (PRESS RELEASE). “This new monthly chart is the first of its kind to give credit to creators, recognizing their role in helping songs break into the coveted Billboard charts through memes and dance challenges originated or amplified on social media by the creators.”