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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.


China protests hit global markets, crypto



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The protests in China are having a negative impact on cryptocurrencies and markets around the world.

Bitcoin failed to break its descent and fell more than 3 percent.

The global crypto market cap fell over 2%, sending major cryptos into the red.

Over the last 24 hours, overall crypto market volume grew by 22%.

It comes amid a round of investor nervousness in global markets spurred by protests in China against Covid restrictions.

Protesters outraged by harsh COVID-19 regulations called for China’s strong leader to quit.

China is the world’s second-largest economy and has a significant impact on global financial markets.

Stocks and cryptos aren’t considered safe havens, leading to bearing price action.

Analysts are hoping for a sharp bullish reversal if and when the protests end.

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Crypto collapse hits BlockFi



The contagion from the FTX crypto collapse has claimed another major scalp.

Cryptocurrency lender BlockFi has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

BlockFi claimed more than 100,000 creditors with liabilities up to $10 billion.

BlockFi was founded in 2017 and is now hoping bankruptcy protection will allow it to stabilize the company and restructure.

In a statement, the company says:

“With the collapse of FTX, the BlockFi management team and board of directors immediately took action to protect clients and the Company,”

“From inception, BlockFi has worked to positively shape the cryptocurrency industry and advance the sector.”

Days after FTX declared bankruptcy, BlockFi said it had significant exposure to FTX and its other corporate entities.

BlockFi is now the fourth crypto-focused company to seek bankruptcy protection this year, following FTX, Voyager Digital, and Celsius Network.

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Did The Simpsons predict Musk’s Twitter takeover?



New Twitter boss Elon Musk claims The Simpsons predicted his takeover years ago

Elon Musk has alluded to the fact that The Simpsons predicted his takeover of Twitter in a 2015 episode.

The episode titled “The Musk who fell to Earth” showcases Lisa Simpson feeding birds in a letter box with the label “Home Tweet Home.”

During the episode, Musk flies in on his rocket ship before meeting the Simpsons family.

Before Musk leaves, the show throws to the bird house. Lisa Simpson then says “I guess humanity wants its change one bird house at a time.”

Fans of the series have been quick to jump on its so-called prediction capabilities. They often draw parallels between the episodes and monumental events in history.

Lovers of the show are convinced it predicted Donald Trump’s Presidential run, Disney’s purchase of Fox and the 9/11 attacks.

More recently, they’re certain the show predicted England and America’s 2022 World Cup match in an 1997 episode.

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