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Instagram model dies in freak kitchen accident

(CNN) – A popular social media fitness personality died after what can only be described as a freak accident involving a whipped cream canister.

Rebecca Burger was a French fitness blogger and competitor with more than 150,000 Instagram followers. According to a cautionary Instagram post written by her family, a pressurized whipped cream dispenser exploded, hitting the 33-year-old in the thorax and sending her into cardiac arrest Sunday.

“This is an example of the whipped cream siphon that exploded and hit Rebecca’s thorax, leading to her death,” her family wrote under a photo of a metal device. “To be clear: The dispenser that led to her death was sealed. Do not use this type of utensil! Tens of thousands of defective devices are still out there.”

French police confirmed the death to CNN and said an investigation has been launched by the prosecutor’s office in the…

When Size Doesn’t Matter! Value Happiness By Frequency Instead Of Intensity!

How often do you scroll through your social media feeds, seeing people having fun at weddings, parties, and events and think…

“Why am I not having fun?”

“My life is so boring.”

“Everybody seems so much happier than me.”

Many of us are guilty of this kind of thinking.

In fact, it’s been found that up to 1 in 5 of us feel depressed as a result of using social media. 1

The reason we feel bad when we see other people having fun on social media is simple:

We value big milestones more than small moments of happiness.

Luckily, we can fix this by altering the way we think about happiness.

Read on to find out how.

Are you only happy when something ‘big’ happens?

What’s the most recent happy memory you can recall?

If you’re like most people, it’s probably a big event. Maybe it’s a birthday, a graduation ceremony, or a party.

While it’s great to enjoy this kind of special occasion, it shouldn’t be your only source of happiness.

After all, why would you only allow yourself to have fun a few times a year, when you could be finding joy in small moments every single day?

We’re here to tell you how you can start feeling happy every single day – not just on special occasions!

Happiness begins with a generous spread of gratitude

Happiness doesn’t have to be about the intensity of a positive experience – it can about the frequency of positive experiences instead.

In order to feel like we’re having lots of happy moments, we need to be constantly on the look out for them.

Keeping a gratitude journal can really help with this.

Buy a new notebook, and keep it beside your bed. Before you go to sleep, take the time to list five things…

How to Stop Your Ex From Stalking You on Social Media

Social media makes it easy to keep in touch with people you otherwise wouldn’t see or hear from. If your best friend is travelling in a different country, or you’ve just moved to a new city and left your mates behind, it’s nice to be able keep up to date with what’s going on in everyone’s life.

Unfortunately, social media makes it just as easy for people you might not want to stay in touch with, to keep tabs on you and what you’re doing. This is really obvious after you break up with someone; it’s almost impossible to end things cleanly if Facebook’s News Feed algorithm keeps putting their posts front and center.

While you can go in and purge your News Feed, this doesn’t stop someone else from following everything you do. So, let’s look at how to stop people stalking you on the four major social networking sites: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.


Facebook is the easiest to deal with because everyone is (in theory) using their real identity. It only takes a few seconds to create a new Twitter account and follow someone, but creating a new Facebook account that’s believable enough that someone will accept a friend request from it? That takes time and effort.

How far you want to go to stop someone having access to your stuff is up to you. The simplest option is to just unfriend them. This way, after things blow over, you can add them again if you want. They’ll be able to see anything you share publicly but that’s it.

If unfriending someone is going to cause more drama than you want, you can also just set things so they can’t see your Facebook posts. This is a lot more subtle, but they will still be able to post stuff on your Timeline, comment on old posts they can see,…

West Suburban YouTube ‘Celebrity’ Coerced Underage Girls to Send Nude Videos on Social Media: Complaint

A Chicago-area musician with a large following of teenage girls, who once publicly apologized for asking underage fans to “twerk” for him on social media, “enticed” two minors to film themselves in sexually compromising videos, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court Tuesday.

Internet celebrity Austin Jones, 24, of Bloomingdale, was charged with producing child pornography. He was arrested at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

Jones chatted with one victim in August 2016 and with the other victim last month on Facebook and via iMessages, according to the complaint filed in Chicago.

The victim from August stated in a Facebook chat with Jones that she was his biggest fan; Jones repeatedly told her she was “lucky” to have his attention, and that she needed to “prove” that she was his biggest fan by producing the sexually explicit videos and sending them to him, according to the complaint.

Jones also said in numerous text conversations that he knew the girls were underage and encouraged them to make sexual videos for him which included them dancing partially naked—and admitted as much to Homeland Security Investigators who arrested him, the complaint states.

“Jones is an Internet personality who has accumulated hundreds of thousands of followers on various social media platforms and some level of celebrity by posting music videos online in which he performs covers of other artists’ songs,” the complaint says. “Jones’ YouTube page has dozens of videos in which he performs other artists’ songs, as well as some of his own original music. His videos have been viewed on the Internet millions of times.”

The complaint says that, based on a review of Jones’ social media accounts, the majority of his fans “appear” to be girls.

The two victims in the complaint are identified as Victim A and Victim B.

In a Facebook chat included in the complaint, Victim A asks Jones for reassurance that he won’t post a video she plans to send him anywhere, according to the complaint.

“Right. I delete them after I score them,” Jones responds, the complaint alleges.

After the girl sent Jones the video, the complaint says, he sent her more specific instructions, such as…

Chinese Censors Have New Target: Celebrity News

BEIJING — Whether read openly and voraciously or behind closed doors, celebrity gossip plays an integral role in the entertainment world, connecting stars and the big businesses that back them to an audience eager for the juiciest of details.

But to some officials in China, the bloggers that report those tidbits play another role: a threat to public order.

A large number of Chinese “celebrity news” blogs have disappeared in recent days after coming under the scrutiny of China’s cyberspace regulators. Their absence comes amid a broader tightening of online and media controls ahead of a once-in-every-five-years meeting of top Communist Party leaders this year, at which party officials will consider major decisions about who will lead the country in the coming years.

At a meeting on Wednesday with representatives from China’s leading internet companies, officials from the Beijing bureau of the Cyberspace Administration of China, the country’s top online regulator, called on the companies to “actively promote socialist core values” and create a “healthy, uplifting environment for mainstream opinion” by combating vulgar and sensationalist coverage of celebrity scandals and lifestyles.

Since that meeting, reported by the state broadcaster China Central Television, major Chinese internet companies like Tencent and Baidu and the news aggregation platform Jinri Toutiao have shut down more than 80 popular entertainment-related public accounts, according to state news outlets. Many were on Tencent’s WeChat social-media service, which is widely used in China and is increasingly a source of news and information.

Many of the closed blogs and accounts were making a tidy profit from advertising revenue, and some recently turned to venture capital investors as a route to growth. Zhuo Wei, known as China’s No. 1 paparazzo, had more than seven million followers for his coverage of celebrities like the singer Faye Wong and the Chinese actress Bai Baihe. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

At least one of the closed accounts was affiliated with a global brand. The entertainment-related WeChat account of the fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar was shut down, although its account on Weibo, another social-media service, and its general WeChat account appeared to have survived. A…

Self-Esteem: What Is Self-Esteem and What Is Not

When the subject of self-esteem is raised, the air suddenly becomes dense with the negative connotation that the topic suggests. It has become a deep-seeded issue that resonates with the majority; we can find solidarity in the fact that we never feel whole. Therein lies the problem. It has become normal to feel obsolete. Although highly influenced by external factors, our level of self-worth can come from nowhere but within ourselves.

Self-esteem issues effect our everyday performance, and basically just every moment of everyday. How you perceive yourself is transmitted through every action you take, every expression you make. You can vastly improve your quality of life by positively altering the way that you view yourself, and realize that you’re awesome, and so deserving of love and the rewards from your success. Changing your thought process is next to impossible, but it can be done. And it is quite literally, a labor of love.

Here are a few Lifehack articles (written by yours truly) covering different facets of self-esteem.

The Most Appropriate Definition of Self-Esteem

Social Media presence has such a hold on society, that we gauge or self-worth based on our “following” or “fame.”

Identifying narcissistic behaviors within yourself or others, and how to nurture self-love without allowing it…

How to Get Hired by Your Dream Company

Some people have a dream job; others have a dream company. If your dream gig is more of a “who” than a “what,” you’ll need to switch up your job-hunting technique. Use these tips, and hiring managers will be eager to extend you an offer at your dream company.

1. Do your homework

You’ll give yourself a better fighting chance if you’ve done your homework before any face-to-face meeting. Find out who the C-level executives are and what the company’s mission statement is. This ground-floor research will help you decide if the company’s views are in line with your long-term objectives. It’ll also demonstrate your dedication when interview day arrives.

“This means reading about the company in a variety of places — their own PR and website, articles about the company in industry publications, and the press,” says human resources expert Laura McLeod, founder of From the Inside Out Project. “Try to find someone who works or has worked at the company and pick their brain. Try your connections and ‘2nd degree connections’ on LinkedIn.”

Once you’ve done your research, use what you find to focus your pitch. Think about how you’ll contribute to the company culture and its bottom line. Make your best case on why you’re the best choice for the position.

2. Approach your search actively

If you’re limiting your job search to passive online applications, you may be waiting a while for a call. Instead, take a more active approach to getting what you want by letting the decision-makers within the company’s “hire-archy” know who you are and what you want.

“Your dream company is almost certainly looking for assertiveness, and this means attacking the process from the beginning,” explains Ryan Naylor, CEO and founder of “When you hear about the job, whether it’s through online job boards or an acquaintance, find a way to make contact with someone. Reach out through your network, locate someone within the ranks, and send them an email or call them on the phone. Use networking tools such as LinkedIn and even Facebook. If you make contact, you have a much better shot at getting that prized interview.”

3. Take advantage of social media

Of course, the best people to network with are those on the inside — but don’t discount those on the outside, either. Creating a rapport with your dream company’s clients and associates could turn into a good word on your behalf. It may be a slow build toward the end goal (you’ll want to establish a relationship before asking for references or favors), but if patience is your virtue, you can succeed in this endeavor.

Social media is a great way…

The social media wrap up of TNW Conference 2017

The social media wrap up of TNW Conference 2017

Last Friday (19th May), another unforgettable chapter of TNW Conference 2017 came to a close in Amsterdam.

With the likes of Imran Khan (Chief Strategist, @Snapchat), David Karp (CEO, @Tumblr) and Ray Chan (cofounder and CEO, @9GAG) joining the stage as speakers, the event turned out to be nothing less than the perfect nerd date.

We also learned what really goes on when TNW staffers dismantle the event…

What REALLY went on after #TNW2017 closed…

— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) May 20, 2017

The TNW Conference social setup

This year, our conference attracted over 25,000 attendees to Amsterdam. This physical presence pales in comparison to the 120 million people who followed via social media or watched the TNW x LiveU livestream.

In terms of TNW Conference coverage on social media, the international tech-loving community was able to follow every step of the event on Instagram Stories, Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook thanks to the incredible social media team of 10 people who spent several months planning for the event.

The event also had a Social Media Command Center powered by hip innovative social data company, who partnered with TNW Conference to create gorgeous social data visualizations.

It’s all about the hashtags, mentions and retweets

When we dive deep into Twitter’s data about the official hashtag #TNW2017, it shows us it generated an incredible 875+ million potential impressions during the week of the event, beating TNW Conference 2016’s haul of 453 million impressions.

Oh… and it was also trending in the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland and even the US!

Twitter trending in Netherlands…

Keep it coming #TNW2017

— #TNW2017 (@TNWconference) May 18, 2017

Elsewhere on Twitter – over the two event days, there were 6,691 mentions of @TNWconference and over 9,000 tweets talking about it. These generated a total potential reach of over 119 million accounts.


Top TNW Conference speakers on Twitter

The battle of the speakers on Twitter was won by DJ Hardwell who took out two number one spots as Most Popular Twitter Account and Most Popular Speaker, with his tweets generating over 7k retweets and 24k likes during the week of the conference.

CEO and Co-founder of The Next Web, Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten (@Boris), accrued the most amount of Twitter mentions,…

Behind The Poem That So Powerfully Captures Parenting In Times Of Tragedy

As news of the devastating concert attack in Manchester broke, people around the world turned to social media to share words of sorrow, fear and hope.

“Life is short, though I keep this from my children,” the powerful poem begins.

“Good Bones” first went viral on social media last June following the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando and murder of British parliamentarian Jo Cox in the U.K. After the 2016 presidential election, the poem made the online rounds again with posts from celebrities like Alyssa Milano and Megan Mullally.

Smith lives in Ohio and has a 4-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter. “I wrote the poem in 2015, thinking about how to spare my children from the harsher parts of the world, at least while they’re so young, without lying to them about it,” she told HuffPost. “How do we stay honest and also stay hopeful? Sometimes it’s hard enough to be optimistic, let alone project optimism to others.”

Watching her poem’s rise to internet fame has been an interesting experience for Smith. “I was…

Facebook leaked documents reveal how it moderates hate speech, porn, and terrorism

(Reuters) — Leaked Facebook documents show how the social media company moderates issues such as hate speech, terrorism, pornography and self-harm on its platform, the Guardian reported, citing internal guidelines seen by the newspaper.

New challenges such as “revenge porn” have overwhelmed Facebook’s moderators who often have just ten seconds to make a decision, the Guardian said. The social media company reviews more than 6.5 million reports of potentially fake accounts a week, the newspaper added.

Many of the company’s content moderators have concerns about the inconsistency and peculiar nature of some of the policies. Those on sexual content, for example, are said to be the most complex and confusing, the Guardian said.

Facebook had no specific comment on the report but said safety was…