Opening Snapchat lately feels like peering into the back of a dark, old wardrobe, and finding nothing but dust.
I still receive the odd enjoyable one-to-one or group Snap, but Snapchat's desolation shows, badly, in the stories feed.
It's no secret that Snapchat is losing out to Instagram. Instagram has 1 billion monthly active users, while Snapchat has 191 million. That's fewer monthly active users than even the amount of stories that Instagram says its users create every day: 300 million.
Those gargantuan numbers are only comprehensible in comparison (where else is 191 million small?) But I can make sense of them on a personal level, too, because my own small social media universe reflects the morbid story that they tell. Read more...More about Instagram, Snapchat, Snapchat Stories, Instagram Stories, and Tech
Don't believe what the cartoons have taught you — if you want to distract a dog, you don't need a string of sausages.
All you need is a simple towel.
Over the past week or so, people on Twitter have been taking part in a new challenge. The hashtag is #WhatTheFluffChallenge, and the premise is simple: stand in a doorway with a towel (and a dog) in front of you, hold the towel up so it conceals you, then dart to one side at the exact moment you let go of it.
Here's what that looks like in practice:
So much canine confusion. Read more...More about Dogs, Magic Trick, Culture, and Animals