Friday Social Round up: Brazil sues Twitter, Parenting 101, Lovestgram is in the air….

Written by Nazilla Allahiary - 10 Feb 2012

Brazil sues Twitter

The Brazilian government have filed for an injunction against Twitter to prevent Twitter users from sharing the locations of police roadblocks and drunk-driving checkpoints. The injunction, which was filed on Monday, is not targeting censorship as such but is trying to enforce Brazilian law. Every year there are 55,000 casualties in Brazil as a result of traffic accidents, which helps explain why the matter is being taken so seriously.

Anyone who was to share this information could face a fine of up to £184,235. Considering Twitter have never enforced any sort of censorship before this will be an important test, with the outcome of this case possibly changing social networks and their relationships with local governments forever.

LinkedIn exceeds 150 million members

On Thursday, LinkedIn announced that it has 150 million members in its network. The company also reported revenue of $167.7 million.

Google love

We’ve all done the barrel roll, but now there is a new Google trick. If you Google sqrt(cos(x))*cos(300x)+sqrt(abs(x))-0.7)*(4-x*x)^0.01, sqrt(6-x^2), -sqrt(6-x^2) from -4.5 to 4.5 you get a lovely Valentine’s surprise!


Kaitlynn Trigger, girlfriend of Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, created her own app, which launched on Thursday. The app, named Lovestagram, uses the Instagram API to collect photos that you have shared on Instagram with your special someone. Using usernames, tags, comments and photos taken in the same location within an hour of each other, Lovestagram then turns them into a slideshow.

Trigger started this project in Autumn 2011, when she secretly started learning code to write and develop the app as a Valentine’s gift for Krieger. Despite her boyfriend being an expert coder, Trigger taught herself HTML, CSS, Django, Python, Photoshop, Jinja and jQuery so that she could surprise him with the love-themed app.


Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen….

This video has been spreading like wildfire over the internet, causing mixed reactions. Some people are saying that the dad in this video is overreacting when he shoots his daughter’s laptop to punish her for slating her parents in a Facebook post that she hid from them. I, on the other hand, remember what an ungrateful madam I was as a teenager, and feel that this is an appropriate course of action. What’s the big fuss? He seems perfectly calm and rational, not to mention he shot a laptop, NOT his daughter.

Infographic Time

As it’s Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, here is some wise internet advice on what to get your girlfriend this year: