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#WrongMove: Stories of People That lost Their Jobs On Social Media

As social media becomes the common platform for communicating with our personal and business networks, separating our personal life from our professional career has become difficult. Even if your Facebook and Instagram accounts are private, posting status updates leaves a footprint online. Unfortunately, one wrong move on social media can cause a major disaster, especially in your career.

To give you a better idea on what to avoid, below are five real stories of people who got fired from a simple social media mistake.

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This Year’s Hottest 100 Was Totally Hackable – VICE

As we were preparing the Warmest 100 for a comeback in 2014 in an attempt to predict the outcome of the Hottest 100 for a second year, Matt Way, a friend and software developer let me know that he was pretty sure he could just automate the voting process to submit a ton of fake votes and spoof the whole thing using generated fake identities and bulk hotmail accounts purchased online.

I wrote about hacking the Hottest 100, and spoofing just about any online poll for Vice, have a read here.


Predicting The Worlds Largest Musical Democracy Two Years In A Row

Back in 2013 Tom Knox, Jack Murphy, Andy Thelander, and I were able to accurately predict the outcome of triple j’s annual Hottest 100 poll, dubbed “the world’s largest musical democracy”,  by collecting votes shared publicly on social media. The whole thing was a fun project in social data, and we decided to release our prediction online as the Warmest 100.

In the end, we successfully predicted 92 out of 100 songs in the final countdown, and got most of the top 10 songs in the right order. As far as we were concerned, the whole thing was a massive success.

Things didn’t  go quite as smoothly this year.

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Instagram Relaxes List of Censored Hashtags. Hello #SexualWednesdays

Since The Data Pack revealed a list of censored and unsearchable Instagram hashtags in August, it appears that the social photo sharing service has reviewed its list of hashtags that will return results when searched using the app’s Explore tab, or via Instagram’s developer API.

Users have always been able to add any hashtag to photos, but as The Data Pack’s list revealed, hashtags containing certain words returned no results when searched by users, and returned a “400 This tag cannot be viewed” error via the Instagram API.

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The Top 10 Shared Songs On Soundcloud Right Now

Over the past month or so, we’ve been monitoring Twitter and collecting every tweet that includes a link to a track on Soundcloud. The goal is really just to get an idea of what the data can tell us, and look for insights and patterns between songs that get lots of shares on social media, songs that receive a large number of plays on Soundcloud, and how they perform in the real world.

We’re going to keep playing around in the data, but in the meantime, here are the live top 10 shared songs on Soundcloud from the last 24 hours (updated hourly).

Warning: Just because something gets lots of shares, doesn’t mean it’s good. We take no responsibility for the quality of this list.

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Search Instagram Using Multiple Hashtags With Our New Tool

Check out the Instagram Multiple Hashtag Search Tool.

I’m excited to announce our new Instagram multi-hashtag search tool. After posting our banned hashtag search a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that the page was receiving some search traffic for keywords like “search Instagram using multiple hashtags”. I thought this was a great idea, and couldn’t find any existing tools that allowed users to search Instagram that way, so we built a tool to let you search more than one hashtag!

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Spike in Twitter Users “Switching To Android” as iOS 7 is Released

We’ve been keeping a close eye on the social media buzz surrounding the iPhone 5S and iOS 7 release. While the response to both Apple’s new flagship smartphone and updated mobile operating system has been mixed, we were surprised to see spike in Twitter users proclaiming they are “switching to Android” at the same time iOS 7 started rolling out to users.

With over 1,000 Twitter users including the phrase switching to Android  in their posts to the popular social network over the last 10 days, could a spike in tweets declaring their switch Android  since the widespread release of iOS 7 to Apple customers signal a growing dissatisfaction among long-time iPhone users?

These Twitter users think so:


Banned Hashtag Search Tool – What Is Instagram Trying To Hide?


After publishing a list of banned and unsearchable Instagram hashtags, our curiosity got the best of us, and we started wondering just what was Instagram trying to protect it’s users from, and were the censorship methods even all that effective anyway?

Instagram’s goal is obviously to protect its young user-base from inappropriate content, but could someone get their hands on photos uploaded to Instagram’s blocked hashtags if they really wanted?

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The Banned #Hashtags of Instagram

Update: Check Out Our Banned Hashtag Search Tool – See What Instagram Is Hiding From You!

Update: Instagram appears to have relaxed the list of blocked an unsearchable hashtags. See the updated list of banned and newly searchable tags.

In a previous post we wrote about how thousands of Instagram users are risking identity theft by publishing photos of their full, unobscured identification on hashtags like #license and #passport. This raised the question, should Instagram prevent searches on hashtags like #license and #passport to protect unwitting users from identity theft.

Instagram already blocks searches like #proanorexia and #thinspiration in the name of protecting users, but the photo sharing service is also known to block searches on hashtags that may contain lewd or pornographic content like #porn and #ass. This got us wondering what other hashtags Instagram blocks users from searching.

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