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Gas is the new positive social media app for teens



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Gas is the new positive social media app for teens, designed to disrupt the industry 

A new app called Gas is dominating social markets, and its core focus is positivity.

Launched in August 2022, Gas has amassed millions of users in the highly sought after teenage market.

Currently only available in a limited number of states across the USA, Gas requests users to respond to multiple choice-style questions about fellow students in their school.

This is often in classic year book style categories such as “the most beautiful person you have ever met”.

Despite its limited availability, Gas has become the most downloaded free iPhone app and the top social-networking download in the Apple App Store.

How is it different?

The premise of the social network is its focus on encouraging users to compliment (or “gas up”) their classmates. They can do this by anonymously voting for them in the various categories presented on the app.

Users receiving the compliments are alerted with notifications, also known as flames. They are only provided with the grade and gender of the students voting for them.

Gas is a stark contrast to the many other mainstream platforms currently facing accusations of promoting toxic content.

2021 saw Meta whistle blower, Frances Haugen, report to the U.S. Senate ‘The Facebook Files’. At the time, Haugen said Meta knew that they were “leading young users to anorexia content”.

In true Instagram style, the platform is already working on a BeReal clone feature in response to the new “authentic” platform’s rise in popularity.

One would assume it’s only a matter of time before it copies Gas as well.

Hopefully the new wave of popularity in more positive social media platforms such as Gas and BeReal will be a welcome trend among the existing platforms.

Perhaps they will promote greater positivity in terms of content and interactions for users.

Dr Karen Sutherland is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast where she designs and delivers social media education and research. Dr Sutherland is also the Co-Founder and Social Media Specialist at Dharana Digital marketing agency focused on helping people working in the health and wellness space.

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Disney trumps DeSantis with legal loophole



Disney has outplayed Ron DeSantis by leaning on a decades-old royal clause

In February, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis moved to take over Disney World’s governing body.

It was all in retaliation to the company’s public stance against the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

But now, new reports suggest this whole plan may have backfired.

Members of the new governor-appointed board argue the previous members stripped the board of its power before they left.

It was all part of an agreement, which was approved a day before DeSantis assumed more control of the land around Disney’s theme park.

Disney is leaning on a property law which essentially makes the company the government of the area.

New board member Ron Peri says the board has lost the majority of its ability to do anything beyond maintain the roads and basic infrastructure.

For just under six decades, Disney has operated its expansive theme park and resort in Florida under a specially designated district.

A board oversaw the area and had free reign of development processes.

Disney also had the authority to appoint district board members.

But this special status came under threat when Disney clashed with DeSantis and his “Don’t Say Gay” law.

Florida lawmakers the passed a bill in February to end Disney’s self-governing status and give the governor the authority to appoint new board members to the district.

DeSantis appointed five supervisors, including a parents’ rights activist and three Republican donors.

But the new supervisors say previous board members entered an agreement before they left their positions – effectively stripping them of any powers. #trending #featured

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The Power of Play



Let’s take a look at the history of video games and the exciting future of the gaming industry.

From classic arcade games to the latest consoles and online multiplayer experiences, gamers have been lining up for decades to get their hands on the hottest games.

But what goes on behind the scenes to create these immersive worlds? The Power of Play takes you behind the curtain to explore the hard work and dedication of game developers as they bring these virtual experiences to life.

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Avoiding mass company layoffs



What alternatives can companies implement, other than just sacking employees, to save something in the short-term?

Let me give you some numbers: Meta, 18,000; Amazon, 9,000; Disney, 7,000.

No, that isn’t the amount of daily subscribers joining the respective platforms, but the amount of job cuts each company has recently announced.

As sexy as that headline ISN’T – it’s a fact of reality that after spending too much during the pandemic, the financial books need to be reined in.

And yes, this may look good to investors in the short-term, but what does it do for the employee – and company morale – going forward?

Are there other alternatives that may satisfy all parties involved?

Digital transformation expert Kamales Lardi discusses the matter.

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