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
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”
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 – 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
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
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?
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!
Quarantine has disrupted our lives in many ways to the point where it seems as though we’ve entered the predicted “new normal” phase. One thing that book lovers, me included, have done to deal with this is to turn to our beloved books from treasured favourites to newly discovered tales – whether fictional or not – to finally tackling the ever-growing pile of To Be … Continue reading The Quarantine Reading Renaissance
Like the majority of people, I’ve taken steps to start self-isolating as a precaution against the Coronavirus. It was fun at first, spending most of the time binge-watching Netflix shows that I’d been meaning to catch up on for months but I started getting antsy after a few days. While “spring cleaning” my home as a way to pass the time, I stumbled upon a … Continue reading COVID 19, My Notebook, and Me
If you’re on Twitter, chances are that you’ve seen some (or a lot) of these pop up on your timelines. They’ve probably brought a smile to your face or caused you to hum your favourite song. I started seeing several of these pop up on my timeline and loved how each version revealed a different side – or was perfectly “on brand” – for the … Continue reading Coronavirus Singalongs