Unpacking The Social Dilemma

Chances are that you’ve seen a lot of posts and articles recently about The Social Dilemma, the latest documentary on social media and its issues. If you haven’t seen it or heard about it, here’s the trailer to give you a quick idea about the Netflix documentary’s premise. It’s not the first of its kind, nor will it be the last. I’ve watched it twice … Continue reading Unpacking The Social Dilemma

YouTube Launches ‘Shorts’ To Compete Against TikTok (and Instagram Reels)

YouTube has stepped up its efforts to compete against Instagram and – now – TikTok with its latest feature: Shorts Another copy of TikTok – Instagram had initially thrown down the gauntlet with Reels last month – Shorts allows people to create 15 second clips set to music. According to Variety, YouTube Shorts will debut starting in India over the next few days as an … Continue reading YouTube Launches ‘Shorts’ To Compete Against TikTok (and Instagram Reels)

We’re Online More Than Ever – And It Shows

We’ve officially adapted to life with COVID-19. People, businesses, and brands have shifted their online and offline behaviours. Online, this means that there’s a slew of trends from challenges to offbeat content to news consumption on social media. It also resulted in greater transparency between brands and their followers because of activism-related events, including supporting frontline workers fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives … Continue reading We’re Online More Than Ever – And It Shows

Beirut Blast: One Month Later

It’s been a month since a massive shock wave destroyed most of the Lebanese capital, triggered by an explosion of over 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate. Rescue teams, non-governmental groups (NGOs), healthcare workers, and volunteers working tirelessly to help victims and those displaced by the blast. Last Thursday (September 3), there was a glimmer of hope when a specially trained dog from a Chilean rescue team alerted … Continue reading Beirut Blast: One Month Later

“IT’S ALL IN ASHES”

The creators of the last music video shot in Beirut before last week’s horrific blast destroyed most of the city spoke to me about their ‘love letter’ to Lebanon’s capital and how they’re mourning the loss of everything that made it so vibrant. JULY 16, 2020: CELEBRATING SUMMER Friends Roy Sabbagh and Amro Jabri were in a celebratory mood. They had just released their music … Continue reading “IT’S ALL IN ASHES”

Beirut Blast: A Snapshot of the first 24 Hours

NOTE: I am a Lebanese citizen based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The following is a snapshot of a sleepless 24 hours where I, along with fellow expats in the country, attempt to understand and process the senseless tragedy that erupted in the afternoon of Tuesday, August 4, 2020. I have made every attempt to treat this ongoing disaster with sensitivity, but there may be depictions … Continue reading Beirut Blast: A Snapshot of the first 24 Hours

Instagram’s Done It Again – New Feature Alert

Instagram’s done it again – it’s silently rolled out a new feature – this time it’s an update to its “Instagram Shopping”, which was originally launched in 2018 . The platform’s risking user fatigue since this comes hot on the heels of other recent feature announcements that I’ve highlighted in an earlier blog post. I came across news about this on Twitter where users expressed … Continue reading Instagram’s Done It Again – New Feature Alert

Twitter Hints At Subscription Model

There have been mixed reactions since it was revealed that Twitter is exploring a subscription-based model. Some corners of the platform cheered the news while others bemoaned that this could be the end of free and easy access to information and conversations. It all started when news broke of a new job listing that revealed Twitter’s new internal team, codenamed “Gryphon,” that is “building a subscription … Continue reading Twitter Hints At Subscription Model

Is this start of TikTok’s end?

India’s ban of TikTok last week cause quite a stir across the world. The social media platform allows users to upload short, entertaining videos set to music. Owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based tech company, TikTok’s popularity has exploded over the past year with a spike of users signing up as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, it has been downloaded more than 2 … Continue reading Is this start of TikTok’s end?

Instagram addict? Check out these three new features!

There’s been a flurry of social media announcements recently, some exciting; some potentially troubling. The platforms in the news: Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Byte. I’m going to focus on each one separately – starting with Instagram since it’s got not one, not two but three updates coming soon! Reels In 2016, Instagram made news when it launched Stories as a direct competitor to Snapchat. It … Continue reading Instagram addict? Check out these three new features!