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Make America Kittens Again

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fuckwittery / geek / journalism / kitten block

It’s been a weird week. Back in February, someone* asked if I could do a Trump version of my UKIP blocking plugin. About five small code changes later, I had one in the Chrome store: By request: MAKE AMERICA KITTENS AGAIN: — Tom Royal (@tomroyal) February 27, 2016 Since then it’s been ticking along, used by only a couple of hundred people including me, and gaining a few users each day. And then, […]

What the Robot Reporter learned from 10,000 news tweets

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In January 2015 I put together a simple twitterbot called Robot Reporter. The idea was to see if I could keep track of breaking news by monitoring Twitter for the journalists who use it as a way to find images of newsworthy events. It works a little like this. Something happens, and a user photographs it: Fire at Resorts World Casino / Aqueduct! @ABC7NY — J.Barnes (@JBar387) May 15, 2016 A journalist spots that tweet, and […]

The Buzzfeedification of Bullshit

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Hey, heard the one about the Ugandan President’s daughter? She’s trending on Twitter, and for the best possible reason – right after her father backed some really hideous homophobic laws, she came out as gay. Except, you know, she didn’t. Ten seconds on Google tells you that Diana Kamuntu is, or at least was, married to a guy. She could have divorced him and then come out, of course, but when the sole original source […]

When bad news makes money, making up bad news is good business

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The other day a message scrolled past in my Twitter feed: Which made me think: if the sea off Fukushima really were boiling, I’m pretty sure we would have heard about it. Except if there were some sort of amazing cover-up, in which case why would NHK (which is, essentially, the Japanese BBC) be showing pictures? Doesn’t make sense. But a quick search showed that the photo was being shared left, right and centre – […]

On moving on

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Today I’m sad to announce that I’m leaving Computeractive – a great magazine that’s brilliantly focused on the needs of its readers, produced by a fantastic team with whom I’ve enjoyed working immensely. However, I’m also excited to announce my new role as CTO* at the brand-new Apptitude Media. Apptitude is a new company that we’ve created following a management buyout of the British Journal of Photography, Popular Science UK, and the team that I’ve been […]