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Tinder has created a collection of healthy dating guides

2023-03-19 06:14:13

Tinder has created a collection of healthy dating guides

Tinder has launched a series of "healthy" dating guides, in collaboration with No More(Opens in a new tab), a global non-profit dedicated to eradicating domestic violence and sexual assault.

Tinder has created a collection of healthy dating guides(图1)

The guides will approach subjects across every step of dating, offering considerations along the way. Some guides examine potential red flags, others look into how to approach the subject of sex and intimacy. There's a range of information about going on an in-person date safely, and maintaining respect throughout the dating process.

The guides, written in an accessible, conversational style, are also framed to empower. For example, one guide reads, "Never feel the pressure to do or be someone you’re not. For example, if you don’t want to drink, don’t. Also, don’t feel obligated to share your personal details whilst you’re still getting to know each other. As charming and brilliant as they may appear to be, take your time. There’s no rush to jump into anything you’re not ready for".

Credit: No More / Tinder.

The content is available on No More's website(Opens in a new tab), and will be found in-app on Tinder starting on November 26th for to weeks. This will appear via a swipe card that will re-direct Tinder users to No More's site.

No More, which has over 1,800 allied organisations and chapters around the world, works on changing culture and increasing awareness. According to(Opens in a new tab) the NGO, one in four women experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes, while one in nine men experience the same. Meanwhile, one in three women and one in six men have experienced sexual violence in their lives.

Through No More's research in the field of online dating, they found 72 percent of 18-25 year-olds are as concerned with their emotional safety as their physical well-being during dating.

Pamela Zaballa, CEO at No More, says, "Given the focus on using dating apps nowadays, one of our aims is to provide guidance on how to message and communicate with someone you’ve matched with online". Zabella added that the guides are "a positive step forward in creating a conversation about dating".

SEE ALSO: Tinder launches significant redesign to its sexual violence reporting system

Tinder has launched various safety features and protocols over the course of this year alone, including a new background check tool.

"The release of the Healthy Dating Guides is a welcomed additional tool for our members," says Rory Kozoll, head of trust and safety product at Tinder. "Working with No More, we're able to continue our mission of supporting those entering online dating to form healthy relationships from the start."

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    Numerous viral videos have captured police officers assaulting visibly peaceful civilians(Opens in a new tab) at these protests, as well as indiscriminately targeting journalists and bystanders without provocation. Not even people standing quietly on their own front porch(Opens in a new tab) are safe.

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    Twitter user @campster(Opens in a new tab) captured their near-universal style perfectly with this meme.

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  • How tech leaders can do more for racial justice than just tweet

    How tech leaders can do more for racial justice than just tweet

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    Many tech leaders and companies have tweeted out support(Opens in a new tab) for the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of George Floyd's death and police brutality protests sweeping the nation. Acknowledging tragedy and injustice at all, and not actively enabling racism — we're looking at you, Mark Zuckerberg — is a positive for the often whitewashed tech industry. Floyd died after a police officer, who has since been charged with 3rd-degree murder, kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

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    "We’ve seen a number of leaders and companies speak out, but Black and brown people in tech are still waiting to see if this will lead to transformational change," Aniyia Williams and Syreeta Martin, of Black & Brown Founders(Opens in a new tab), an organization that supports entrepreneurs of color, wrote over email. "Use your privilege, platform, resources and influence to help bring about a change. A change that is measurable, sustainable, shaped and led by Black and Latinx people."

    Diversity among tech employees has remained dismally low(Opens in a new tab), despite many commitments by companies to improve. At major organizations like Google(Opens in a new tab), black employees comprise around 4 percent to 5 percent of the workforce. Diversity hiring programs over the past five years have only yielded a single percent or two of improvement. What's more, Karla Monterroso, the CEO of Code2040(Opens in a new tab), an organization that works to empower people of color in tech jobs, said since the election of President Trump progress has stalled in both attitudes towards diverse hiring, and actual hires made.

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    Some tech leaders such as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg(Opens in a new tab) and Uber's Dara Khosrowshahi(Opens in a new tab) have pledged money to Black Lives Matter and other criminal justice causes in social media posts (Facebook pledged $10 million; Uber promised $1 million). However, some leaders say that creating systemic change within the tech world would be much more powerful than a tweet, and even a donation.

    "While I think it’s great that they are giving money in this moment, there are things in your backyard that are happening that you are not giving money for," Monterroso said.

    Mashable spoke with leaders of organizations that are trying to improve racial equity in tech. Here's what they had to say for how tech leaders can do more to support black lives than just tweet.

    1. Face the tech world's blind spots

    The mythology of Silicon Valley revolves around meritocracy: that the best ideas (and people) will rise to the top. However, the economic and societal barriers that keep people of color out of higher education, job interviews, and board rooms tells another story. Correcting that problem involves acknowledging the implicit racism within the tech world — and reaching out directly to black people to help.

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    There are a host of other problems Sampson said leaders need to take a hard look at. Chief among them is how tech hubs disrupt and gentrify(Opens in a new tab) communities of color, and how job opportunities don't make their way(Opens in a new tab) to local communities. The first step to solving those problems? Taking an honest look at yourself.

    "Tech being so influential in really being a driving force of innovation throughout the world, really opening up and being transparent about their shortcomings is critical," Sherrell Dorsey, the founder of a website covering black innovation, The Plug(Opens in a new tab), said.

    2. Be accountable to your promises

    The outpouring of support from the tech world caught Dorsey by surprise. She and her team began cataloguing(Opens in a new tab) all of the statements made by tech leaders and companies, and comparing them to donations made, diversity statistics, and more, in order to keep a record of these extraordinary times. Not letting the promises made in tweets float into the social media ether will be a critical next step in translating solidarity into action.

    "Whatever the place is coming from to make these statements, all the attention is on the next move."

    "I think transparency is definitely key," Dorsey said. "Whatever the place is coming from to make these statements, all the attention is on the next move. This list continues to grow."

    What's more, it shouldn't be up to people of color to hold the white tech world accountable. That responsibility has to come from within. Martin, with Black & Brown Founders, encourages tech leaders to 1) "Make space for our presence" and 2) "Acknowledge our experiences and our truth."

    "When you or your white colleagues, friends or families, find yourselves falling short on #1 and #2, call it out and take accountability through action, not just words," Martin said.

    3. Put your money where your mouth is and actually hire people of color

    Before COVID-19, according to Monterroso, there were 700,000 open jobs in tech. And yet reports show(Opens in a new tab) that people of color are not being hired for them.

    "You have an available talent pool, you have a lot of open jobs," Monterroso said. "We are not giving jobs to every person who gets trained."

    Tech has touted its commitment to diversity again and again, yet jobs have not materialized.

    "I'm actually fairly done with the 'commitments' to hire more people," Monterroso said. "They've been committing to hire more people since 2014 at least, if not more than that. That is not enough. Hiring them is enough. Actually do the hiring."

    4. Revamp the hiring process, evaluation, and retention

    The tech world contains barriers that both keep people of color out of jobs and undermine their success. Hiring, evaluation, and workplace environment needs an overhaul.

    To help people get their foot in the door, hiring managers should stop using elite educations as a way to pre-screen candidates.

    "By making university pedigree the largest factor in screening, what companies do is disproportionately take out black and Latinx people [from] a university system we already know is disenfranchising students," Monterroso said. "They are outsourcing their hiring to a university system that requires money, not just for entrance, but for preparation for standardized testing."

    Multiple experts brought up problems with employee retention at tech companies. Monterroso said that black employees get disproportionately low marks on performance reviews, which most likely speaks to bias in assessment, not performance. Additionally, workplaces can inadvertently push out black employees by fostering unwelcoming environments. One former Google employee wrote eloquently(Opens in a new tab) of the phenomenon in a memo circulated last year of how he "never stopped feeling the burden of being black" while working at Google.

    "Make space for our presence," Martin said. "This means not questioning whether we should be somewhere that you're at — be it personally or professionally. And definitely make space at the table from which you sit and lead."

    5. Reinvest in black businesses and venture funds

    Hiring is not the only way to empower black people in tech. Sampson pointed out a huge discrepancy(Opens in a new tab) in investments in startups with black founders, particularly black women founders. This should be a moment for change in how black businesses and funds get supported. There are also specific corporate incentives(Opens in a new tab) created to fund businesses that benefit low income communities, called opportunity zones; investors should educate themselves on how to take advantage of these programs. Additionally, companies can also look to their operational budget to work with black-owned vendors.

    "A company may argue they don’t have extra money to do hiring right now, they could spend money with black-owned businesses," Sampson said.

    Sampson wants to see the promises of this moment translate into black board members and funded companies.

    "Forget the virtue signaling," Sampson said. "Write a check. Write a large check. If you want to fund black economic empowerment, fund black businesses."

    6. Develop progressive products. And please, make sure your current products don't enable racism

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    "New technologies are actively and/or passively oppressive," Deldelp Medina, of Black & Brown Founders, said. "From the automation of jobs to the elimination of well-paid work (for folks of color and Black folks in particular), to the gathering of personal data which is used to prosecute, give sentencing guidelines, and incarcerate, we are seeing it increase, not level off."

    From facial recognition software that could enable the surveillance of protesters to algorithms that amplify messages of hate, tech has often been complicit or enabling of racism and racist institutions. If tech leaders are tweeting in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, they can start with not actively contributing to the problem.

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    Some tech companies have taken steps to reorient their products and business deals in ways that don't enable hatred. But Sampson, and others, want to see more real world action.

    "It’s not time for kumbaya solidarity," Sampson said. "It’s gotta be transactional."

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    John Boyega makes emotional speech to Black Lives Matter protesters in London

    Star Wars actor John Boyega is one of the many people taking action in wake of George Floyd's death.


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    Thousands of people in the UK gathered to protest in solidarity with the U.S. over the weekend, and on Wednesday, the British actor was seen delivering an emotional address in the middle of a Black Lives Matter protest at London's Hyde Park.

    Photos show Boyega speaking to the crowd of fellow protesters through a megaphone, and videos shared to social media caught snippets of his powerful speeches.

    "Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain't waiting," Boyega shouted into the megaphone.

    SEE ALSO: Thousands protest racism and police violence around the globe in solidarity with U.S.

    The 28-year-old was seen wiping tears from his cheeks at the event, and also encouraged everyone around him to take a knee at one point.

    "Thank you for coming out today. Thank you for being there to show your support to us. Black people, I love you. I appreciate you. Today is an important day. We're fighting for our rights, we're fighting for our ability to live in freedom, we're fighting for our ability to achieve," Boyega said. "Today, you guys are a physical representation of that."

    You can watch Boyega's full speech below.

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  • Signals new blur tool will help hide protesters identities

    Signals new blur tool will help hide protesters identities

    Secure messaging app Signal has announced a new in-app blur tool that will allow users to censor faces in photos before sharing them. The feature is being introduced to protect protesters currently demonstrating against police brutality by helping to hide their identities.


    "Right now, people around the world are marching and protesting against racism and police brutality, outraged by the most recent police murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor," Signal wrote in a blog post(Opens in a new tab) on Wednesday. "At Signal, we support the people who have gone into the streets to make their voices heard."

    Floyd died on May 25 after Minneapolis police handcuffed him and knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Taylor died on March 13 after Louisville police entered her home(Opens in a new tab) and shot her multiple times. They are just two among countless black people who have been needlessly assaulted or killed by law enforcement, sparking the widespread protests.

    SEE ALSO: How to demand justice for George Floyd and support Minneapolis protesters

    Many feel it important that the civilians currently protesting are able to remain anonymous, as police have largely responded to the protests with further unprovoked violence(Opens in a new tab), and law enforcement has a history when it comes to using facial recognition technology, as does ICE.

    As such, Signal's blur tool will enable users to censor photos before sharing them, obscuring protesters' faces so they can't be easily identified.

    The new blur feature will be able to automatically detect and hide faces in an image, with all processing taking place on the user's phone to ensure security. Signal users will also be able to manually censor parts of a photo by tapping on the blur tool in the image editor. Face-detecting software isn't always perfect, so this will allow users to pick up any faces that might have been missed.

    The update will roll out "as soon as possible" on both the Android and iOS Signal apps, having already been submitted to the app stores.

    Signal will allow users to manually blur images before sharing them. Credit: signal

    Signal has seen significantly increased traffic over the past few days. The encrypted messaging app has been downloaded thousands of times since Floyd was killed and the protests began, with 121,000 downloads in the U.S. alone. This may be partially because Signal doesn't keep its users' message data, making it ideal for those concerned the law enforcement might try to subpoena their chat logs.

    In further support of the protestors, Signal has also announced they are currently looking into manufacturing masks and distributing them for free. Details are currently being finalised, with more information to come.

    As the company's blog post noted, "One immediate thing seems clear: 2020 is a pretty good year to cover your face."

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    Meghan Markle on the killing of George Floyd: The only wrong thing to say is to say nothing

    Silence speaks volumes.


    But silence is not an option after the killing of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, prompting widespread protests across America and around the world.

    In a virtual commencement speech(Opens in a new tab) addressing students graduating from her former school Immaculate Heart High School, Los Angeles, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, gave a powerful statement on these times.

    "I wasn't sure what I could say to you. I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that I wouldn't or it would get picked apart," she said.

    "I realised the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing."

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    Markle then went on to say the names of black people who were killed by police.

    "Because George Floyd's life mattered, and Breonna Taylor(Opens in a new tab)'s life matter, and Philando Castile(Opens in a new tab)'s life mattered, and Tamir Rice(Opens in a new tab)'s life mattered, and so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we do not know. Stephon Clark(Opens in a new tab), his life mattered," she said.

    Markle then reflected on the words a teacher once said to her in her sophomore year of school: "Always remember to put others' needs above your own fears."

    If you're looking for more information about how to demand justice for George Floyd, read this. To learn more about how to become anti-racist, read this.

  • Gamers take to Toontown to stand with Black Lives Matter protesters

    Gamers take to Toontown to stand with Black Lives Matter protesters

    As protests and demonstrations flood the streets of the United States and beyond with people calling for the end of police brutality and abuse of power, there's one place packed with vocal Black Lives Matter supporters that you won't find on any map: Toontown.


    Players in Toontown Rewritten (a free-to-play, not-for profit, and barely legal recreation of Disney's defunct MMORPG Toontown) are bringing messages of support to oppressed and abused communities with messages containing "Black Lives Matter" and calls to action to sign petitions and defund the police.

    It just goes to show that you can show up and support this movement no matter how old you are.

    As the Toontown Rewritten community comes together to spread these messages, the developers behind the game released a statement that they support players who are using their game as a platform for positivity around diversity, equality, and inclusion. Additionally, the team noted that they will suspend any player using the game to spread any form of hateful oppression.

    Toontown Rewritten players were previously being warned for sharing messages containing "Black Lives Matter," according to some users(Opens in a new tab), but the game has been updated(Opens in a new tab) to allow players to use that phrase and other relevant messages within the game without any penalty.

    Toontown Rewritten is a child-focused game, so messages promoting violence are still not allowed in the game. Still, players seem to be able to get their points across.

    Toontown may seem like a bit of an odd platform for people to spread their messages against police violence and abuse of power, but its core has always revolved around the struggle against systems and people in power. The main enemies in Toontown are Cogs, which are robotic corporate people who are trying to turn the town into a cookie-cut version of their own ideals. There are business Cogs, law Cogs, and cash Cogs, and players take them on by doing gags like hitting them with seltzer or pies.

    Club Penguin, another kid-focused online game from the mid-2000s, also saw protests spring up in the Rewritten version of the game that officially closed down in 2017.

    For those who either can't get out to protest themselves or are looking for ways to support the movement in creative ways, this method is certainly surprising but ultimately a positive direction as the world expresses its rage and frustration at the systems that continuously do harm to the communities they're supposed to protect.

  • The NFLs backtracking apology forgot one thing: Colin Kaepernick.

    The NFLs backtracking apology forgot one thing: Colin Kaepernick.

    Say his name, Roger Goodell.


    The NFL would like to apologize for ignoring players who have protested police violence and racial inequality since 2016. There's just one problem: Colin Kaepernick is still being erased.

    "We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a video statement released Friday night. "We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier, and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest."

    It's a nice enough statement if you're willing to overlook the fact that it's coming four years late, and pointedly ignores the man responsible for getting players to protest. It is a well-known fact now that Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, put the spotlight on the NFL in 2016 when he started kneeling during the pre-game national anthem.

    Over the years, Kaep's critics have embraced a bad faith framing of the protest being an intentional act of disrespect toward the American flag, and by extension U.S. troops. That's a lie, plain and simple. Kaepernick spelled out his intent very clearly in 2016.

    "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he told(Opens in a new tab) the media arm of the NFL. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

    Just a few days after those quotes surfaced, Kaepernick pointed out that his protest isn't a show of disrespect for the flag or for U.S. troops, as many had leapt to assuming. "I have great respect for men and women that have fought for this country," he said during a press conference, as reported by Sports Illustrated(Opens in a new tab). People who listened and took the man at his word actually got it(Opens in a new tab).

    Unfortunately, the NFL wasn't among those who listened. Kaepernick played through the season and then opted out of his contract ahead of the 2017 season. No team stepped up to sign the promising young quarterback, leading to suspicions that he'd fallen victim to a coordinated effort to keep him from playing professionally again. That suspicion eventually gave way to a lawsuit, which the league settled(Opens in a new tab) in 2019.

    Even after that, and with Kaepernick expressing a continued interest in playing professionally, no team would have him. All throughout, both before and after the lawsuit, the league's handling of Kaepernick, whose protest caught the eye and ire of Donald Trump early in his first term, was marked by unusual events.

    There was, for example, the very strange moment when Kaep's name was removed from a song on the Madden NFL 19 video game's soundtrack. On the YG track "Big Bank" during Big Sean's guest verse, a direct reference to the former 49er by name was censored out.

    The next year, months after the lawsuit had settled and midway through the 2019-2020 season, there was supposed to be a confidential NFL-sanctified workout session for Kaepernick. A moment when he could show the league that he was still up to the challenge of playing professionally.

    Unfortunately, the whole thing fell apart at the last minute. There's a lengthy story(Opens in a new tab) behind the undoing of the workout, but it boils down to two major points of contention: a liability waiver from the NFL that Kaepernick refused to sign due to disagreements over the waiver's outside-the-norm demands, and the fact that the league went public with the workout despite prior discussion to the contrary.

    There are other examples, including the league's efforts to stamp out all acts of protest in a post-Kaepernick world, but you should see a picture forming here. Outwardly, the league stuck to a company line of Kaepernick being a free agent. But the reality was that Kaepernick, a proven talent, failed again and again to generate any traction with quarterback-hungry teams.

    Even now, in the midst of all the unrest and what could accurately be described as a more mainstream recognition of the systemic racism that's plagued the United States since its birth, the NFL sticks to that line. On May 30, league spokesperson Joe Lockhart suggested that the Minnesota Vikings should have signed Kaep in 2017.

    He then added: "Colin is a free agent. Clubs may sign him if they choose to do so."

    Lockhart was doing the press rounds(Opens in a new tab) in the aftermath of the NFL's initial response to the current round of protests. Many saw the statement, which expressed solidarity with Black Lives Matter and acknowledged the country's deeply rooted racism, as deeply hypocritical. The statement made no mention of Kaepernick, no mention of player protests of any kind.

    Days later, a group of prominent NFL players released a powerful video in which they expressed solidarity with Black Lives Matter. The video was a direct response to the NFL's May 30 statement.

    The video provides the NFL with a blueprint, from the players, for a statement on current events that isn't openly hypocritical and ignorant of the league's own recent struggles with systemic oppression. Goodell's video statement, which arrived the very next day, is an almost word-for-word reproduction.

    SEE ALSO: The 49ers, Kaepernick's last NFL team, criticized for Blackout Tuesday post

    Unfortunately, the league didn't take the obvious next step of naming Kaepernick. He's a victim of the same system of oppression that's made COVID-19 (and the ensuing economic destruction) a greater threat to black Americans. It's also the same system that killed George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and a heartbreakingly long list of others. Kaep kept his life and leveraged his platform to find success in other ways, but he lost the career that he apparently loved.

    For years, the NFL has gone out of its way to passive-aggressively erase Kaepernick from the narrative around the protests that he himself started. That erasure continued on Friday with Goodell's statement.

    The league clearly still has a lot to learn.

  • Protesters turned Donald Trumps #BabyGate fence into something beautiful

    Protesters turned Donald Trumps #BabyGate fence into something beautiful

    The fence Donald Trump had erected around the White House because he's too cowardly to have protesters exercising their First Amendment rights on his doorstep has been transformed.


    The barrier that was quickly dubbed #BabyGate has now become something of an art installation for protesters gathered around its perimeter. They may not be able to air their grievances in front of the White House anymore, but they can decorate every inch of the fencing as they mass around it.

    That's exactly what has happened. Based on the photos and videos appearing on social media, the fence is now partially or wholly covered with signs of protest. Literal signs, I mean. So even when the protesters have dispersed, the protest itself lingers on right where it's most important for those grievances to be heard.

    The protests in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere continue to surge onward, almost two weeks after the killing of George Floyd, who died on May 25 in police custody. The death occurred after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the 46-year-old black man's neck for almost nine minutes while three other officers either simply watched or actively helped "restrain" Floyd.

    As the protests spread out from Minneapolis and arrived in D.C., crowds began to mass in front of the White House. (As much as Trump would like to relinquish all responsibility for bad things that happen, the buck still stops with the U.S. president.)

    The fence went up not long after Trump's desire for a photo opp led to the forced removal of a peaceful protest(Opens in a new tab) from in front of the White House.

    SEE ALSO: How to find a protest near you to seek justice for George Floyd

    It's not clear how long our image-obsessed president will allow the fence postings to remain sitting on the fence, especially in the midst of daily curfews sending D.C. residents back to their homes. But you can bet that for every item removed, protesters will return with more as these ongoing protests carry on.

    Related Video: Want to donate to help the Black Lives Matter movement? Here's how.

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  • My money dont jiggle jiggle jingle has surprising roots

    My money dont jiggle jiggle jingle has surprising roots

    Like the rest of us, TikTok grappled with the leaked draft majority Supreme Court opinion that could strike down Roe v. Wade. TikTokkers called for a Mother's Day Strike and shared abortion resources.


    But that doesn't mean we all didn't participate in some good old-fashioned escapism on the app this week, so without further ado, here are some of the best dances and trends of the week from TikTok. 

    SEE ALSO: TikTokkers call for a Mother's Day Strike to protect abortion rights

    The money don't jiggle jiggle 

    One of the most viral songs on TikTok has unexpected roots. The "my money don’t jiggle jiggle" jingle that's so popular that even the Riverdale girls made a video(Opens in a new tab) to it is actually an auto tuned clip of British-American journalist Louis Theroux on Chicken Shop Date with Amelia Dimoldenberg, a YouTube series where Dimoldenberg conducts charmingly awkward interviews that resemble a first date. In the interview Theroux reminisces on the rap song he wrote for an episode of Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends back in 2000. 

    On March 16, the producers @dukeandjones(Opens in a new tab) added autotune and backup music to the clip of Theroux rapping as part of their "Adding auto tune to random videos'" series on TikTok. Their version of the clip racked up over 43 million views and nearly 6 million likes. 

    Like any popular TikTok song, it soon got its own dance created by @jessqualter(Opens in a new tab). In the original dance video the two friends perform the understated dance that quickly gained traction. Their video has over 33 million likes and 4.5 million likes. The song has been used in over 1.2 million videos. 

    The original dance. Credit: TikTok / jessqualter

    But the song isn't just used for dancing, it's the go to song to accompany any TikTok and surely will be stuck in your head. 

    SEE ALSO: Shakira dances to 'jiggle jiggle' in Jimmy Fallon TikTok challenge

    The best part of this plan is that no one can stop me 

    TikTokkers are posting things no one can stop them doing with an animation of a giant bee, an obvious combination. They're using an audio that dates back to April 2020 that was first posted by @charlie.mosey(Opens in a new tab). The soundbite is a distorted voice that says, "The best part of this plan is that no one can stop me," that's accompanied by dramatic music. The audio has been used in over 224,000 videos. 

    The current trend to the song features a large bee that flies on screen with an honestly gorgeous sunset in the background. The animation was created by @eddyin3d and it is not so aptly called "tiny bee." The effect is featured in over 335,000 videos. 

    It’s a classic TikTok trend where creators overshare in hopes of going viral.

    It’s a classic TikTok trend where creators overshare in hopes of going viral. Some funny examples of the trend include @lilnazf's video (Opens in a new tab)that reads, "Me otw to LinkedIn to see if I can find my dating app match’s last name so I can find him on social and see if I really want to commit to the conversation." Then there's @angelica.t01(Opens in a new tab)'s video that says, "me omw to buy another concert ticket without checking my bank account or my schedule, and not knowing how i am going to get there. Not caring if I only know 2 of the artists songs or have their entire discography memorized. Knowing that it doesn't matter even if I've seen the artist 292727 times, I'm still going to go." 

    No one can stop you! Credit: TikTok / lilnazf

    About damn time 

    Lizzo's latest track, "About Damn Time" has unsurprisingly spurred a very popular and fun dance. The dance was created by @jaedengomezz(Opens in a new tab) and is set to the second verse of the song that includes the legendary lyric, "Feelin' fussy, walkin' in my Balenci-ussys." Lizzo's song is the soundtrack to over 144,000 videos and yo'’re guaranteed to be in a good mood after scrolling through the videos under the song. 

    I’ve been watching @marieannacaufour's "About Damn Time" ootds(Opens in a new tab) and they are consistently the highlight of my time on TikTok. Navigate to her page daily for some outfit serotonin and we all know we could use some! 

    My new fave TikTokker! Credit: TikTok / marieannacaufour

  • The Apple Watch Series 8 (GPS) is available at an all-time low price — plus more of the best deals f

    The Apple Watch Series 8 (GPS) is available at an all-time low price — plus more of the best deals for March 9

    We've rounded up the best deals we could find on March 9 — check out some of our top picks:

    • BEST TECH DEAL: Apple Watch Series 8 (41mm, GPS)(opens in a new tab)$329 $399 (save $70)

    • BEST TABLET DEAL: Amazon Fire Plus 10.1-inch 32GB (2021)(Opens in a new tab)$119.99 $149.99 (save $40)

    • BEST GAMING DEAL: Xbox Elite wireless controller Series 2 Core(Opens in a new tab)$110.99 $129.99 (save $19)

    • BEST HOME DEAL: Dyson V12 Detect Slim(Opens in a new tab)$519.99 $649.99 (save $130)

    It's raining deals, friends. You might not be expecting to see too many discounts in your daily forecast given that we're still a little ways out from any major holidays or events, but there are still plenty of sales to be had.

    If it's savings you're looking for, they're out in full force right now. You can save big on the Apple Watch Series 8 (GPS) as it returns to its all-time low price, snag a great new tablet, or even a vacuum with these sales.

    We've gathered up the best deals we could find today and arranged them here for some super simple shopping. Keep scrolling to see our top picks on March 9.

    Best tech deal

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    Our pick: Apple Watch Series 8 (41mm, GPS) (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $329 at Amazon (save $70)
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    Why we like it

    We named the Apple Watch Series 8(Opens in a new tab) our favorite smartwatch overall, and it's not hard to see why. It comes with a wide variety of features, like ECG tracking, a temperature sensor, and a fall detection feature that uses a built-in gyroscope and accelerometer to track any accidents you might have. Plus, it has the same buffet of options from prior iterations.

    Best tablet deal

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    Our pick: Amazon Fire Plus 10.1-inch 32GB (2021) (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $119.99 at Amazon (save $40)
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    Why we like it

    The Amazon Fire Plus 10.1-inch 32GB (2021)(Opens in a new tab) comes with everything you need to browse online, play your favorite games, check out shows and movies, or even get some work done. It comes equipped with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, with an option to expand. It boasts a 12-hour battery life as well, perfect for long travel days. Note that this price is for the ad-supported lock screen tablet, with the option to pay a fee to remove them later.

    Best gaming deal

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    Our pick: Xbox Elite wireless controller Series 2 Core (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $110.99 (save $19) at Amazon, Target, and the Microsoft Store
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    Why we like it

    The Xbox Elite wireless controller Series 2 Core(Opens in a new tab) is a more affordable version of the pricier Series 2. Available exclusively in black and white, the Elite Core comes equipped with adjustable-tension thumbsticks, short hair trigger locks, and a wrap-around rubberized grip that keeps it secure in your hands. It supports the same button remapping options as the fancier Elite Series 2 (via the Xbox Accessories app), and offers the same impressive 40-hour battery life — you can go literal days without juicing up.

    Best home deal

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    Our pick: Dyson V12 Detect Slim (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $519.99 at Walmart (save $130)
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    Why we like it

    Dyson's best bang for your buck, the V12 Detect Slim(Opens in a new tab), has finally beaten the $100 discount we've been seeing for weeks. The lightweight Mashable Choice winner comes with two cleaning heads, including the iconic laser head that points out microscopic dust the naked eye won't catch.

    More tech deals

    Laptop, tablet, and monitor deals

    • Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet (2022 release)(opens in a new tab)$59.99 $99.99 (save $40)

    • Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus tablet (2022 release)(opens in a new tab) — $79.99 $119.99 (save $40)

    • Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Pro tablet(opens in a new tab)$99.99 $149.99 (save $50)

    • Sceptre 24.5-inch curved gaming monitor(opens in a new tab)$149.97 $199.97 (save $50)

    • Sceptre 29-inch IPS UltraWide monitor(opens in a new tab)$149.97 $209.97 (save $60)

    • ASUS 11.60-inch Vivobook L210 laptop (Intel Celeron N4020, 4GB RAM, 128GB eMMC)(opens in a new tab)$199.99 $249.99 (save $50) + one year of Office 365 Personal

    • Apple 2023 Mac Mini (M2 chip, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)(opens in a new tab)$557 $599 (save $42)

    • HP 23.8-inch All-in-One PC with FHD micro-edge touchscreen display, (AMD Ryzen 5, 12GB RAM, 512GB SSD)(opens in a new tab)$699.99 $870 (save $170.01)

    • MacBook Air 13.6-inch laptop (M2 chip, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)(opens in a new tab)$1,049 $1,199 (save $150)

    • MacBook Pro 14-inch laptop (M1 Pro chip, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD)(opens in a new tab)$1,599 $1,999 (save $400)

    Audio deals

    • Echo Dot (3rd gen, 2018 release)(opens in a new tab)$19.99 $39.99 (save $20)

    • JBL Vibe 100 TWS true wireless earbuds(opens in a new tab)$29.95 $49.95 (save $20)

    • JBL Vibe 200TWS true wireless earbuds(opens in a new tab)$29.95 $49.95 (save $20)

    • Sony SRSXB33 wireless waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker(opens in a new tab) $79 $178 (save $99)

    • Jabra Elite 4 Active Bluetooth earbuds(opens in a new tab)$79.99 $119.99 (save $40)

    • Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro noise canceling earbuds(opens in a new tab)$84.99 $169.99 (save $85)

    • Sony SRS-XE200 X-Series portable Bluetooth speaker(opens in a new tab)$93.94 $129.99 (save $36.05) + 4 free months of Amazon Music Unlimited

    • Beats Solo3 wireless headphones(opens in a new tab)$130.01 $199.95 (save $69.94)

    • Beats Fit Pro true wireless noise-canceling earbuds (new color options)(opens in a new tab)$159.95 $199.95 (save $40)

    • Beats Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds(opens in a new tab)$179.95 $249.95 (save $70)

    • JBL Xtreme 2 portable Bluetooth speaker(opens in a new tab)$179.99 $349.99 (save $170)

    • Samsung MX-ST40B sound tower(opens in a new tab)$184.95 $497.99 (save $313.04)

    • Bose SoundLink Revolve+ (Series II) portable Bluetooth speaker(opens in a new tab)$229 $329 (save $100)

    • JBL PartyBox portable Bluetooth party speaker(opens in a new tab)$229.95 $349.95 (save $120)

    • Sony SRS-XG300 X-Series portable Bluetooth party speaker(opens in a new tab)$245 $349.99 (save $104.99) + 4 free months of Amazon Music Unlimited

    • JBL Boombox 2 portable Bluetooth speaker(opens in a new tab)$299.95 $449.95 (save $150)

    • Bose portable smart speaker(opens in a new tab) $319 $399 (save $80)

    Other tech deals

    • Tile Mate (2022) Bluetooth tracker(opens in a new tab)$19.99 $24.99 (save $5)

    • Fire TV Stick(opens in a new tab)$19.99 $39.99 (save $20 with code NEW23)

    • Fire TV Stick 4K(opens in a new tab)$24.99 $49.99 (save $25 with code UP4K23)

    • Tile Pro (2022) Bluetooth tracker(opens in a new tab)$27.99 $34.99 (save $7)

    • Fire TV Stick 4K Max(opens in a new tab)$32.99 $54.99 (save $22 with code FTVMAX22)

    • Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)(opens in a new tab)$89 $129 (save $40)

    • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 Core(opens in a new tab)$110 $129.99 (save $19.99)

    • Fire TV Cube(opens in a new tab)$124.99 $139.99 (save $15)

    • Nintendo Switch (OLED Model)(opens in a new tab)$305.79 $374.99 (save $69.20)

  • Todays top deals feature the Roborock S7, Lenovo Tab M8, ProForm adjustable dumbbells, and more

    Todays top deals feature the Roborock S7, Lenovo Tab M8, ProForm adjustable dumbbells, and more

    We've rounded up all the best deals we could find on Jan. 12 — here are our top picks:

    • BEST FITNESS DEAL: ProForm 25 Lb. adjustable dumbbell(Opens in a new tab) — $39 $79 (save $40)

    • BEST TECH DEAL: Lenovo Tab M8 (3rd Gen) (MediaTek Helio P22T, 3GB RAM, 32GB SSD)(Opens in a new tab) $69 $119 (save $50)

    • BEST HOME DEAL: Roborock S7 robot vacuum and mop(Opens in a new tab)$409.99 $649.99 (save $240)

    • BEST STREAMING DEAL: Showtime subscription(Opens in a new tab)$3.99/month for six months, plus your first month free $10.99/month (save $65.94)

    • BEST TAX SOFTWARE DEAL: TurboTax Home and Business 2022 tax software(Opens in a new tab) — $75.99 $119.99 (save $44)

    Looking to treat yourself to kick off 2023? You've got plenty of deals to choose from on Jan. 12.

    You can invest in hands-off cleaning with $240 off one of our favorite hybrid robot vacuums, reinvent your workouts this year with adjustable dumbbell deals, get a jump start on taxes with software savings, and more. Take your pick from our list of the top deals of the day. We've rounded them all up and sorted them into categories for easy shopping. Go nuts.

    Best fitness deal

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    Our pick: ProForm 25 Lb. adjustable dumbbell (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $39 at Walmart (save $40)
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    Why we like it

    You don't always need the fanciest new fitness equipment. If you're looking for a simple and affordable way to spice up your workouts this year, check out this deal on a ProForm adjustable dumbbell at Walmart. It's conveniently compact and delivers the same value as five individual sets of dumbbells in one, saving you tons of space and time. Its easy-adjust weight selection system lets you change the dumbbell's weight from five to 25 pounds in five-pound increments. So, as your strength improves, you can bump up the weight without buying more gear. Usually $79, you can snag a ProForm adjustable dumbbell for just $39 on Jan. 12.

    More health and fitness deals

    • Hydroflask water bottles(Opens in a new tab) — starting at $21.42 (save up to 50%)

    • Sunny Health and Fitness smart magnetic rowing machine(Opens in a new tab)$224.99 $399 (save $174.01 with on-page coupon)

    • Peloton Guide strength training device(Opens in a new tab)$245 $295 (save $50)

    • Sunny Health and Fitness slim walking pad treadmill(Opens in a new tab) — $295.11 $369 (save $73.89)

    • NordicTrack 50 Lb iSelect adjustable dumbbells(Opens in a new tab)$340 $429 (save $89)

    • Sunny Health and Fitness Premium smart magnetic rowing machine(Opens in a new tab)$344.69 $449.99 (save $105.30)

    • Schwinn IC3 indoor bike(Opens in a new tab)$399.99 $699.99 (save $300 as a MyBestBuy member)

    • Sunny Health and Fitness Synergy Series magnetic indoor exercise bike(Opens in a new tab)$400.48 $649.99 (save $249.51)

    • NordicTrack Commercial Studio cycle(Opens in a new tab)$1,099 $1,499.99 (save $400.99)

    Best tech deal

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    Our pick: Lenovo Tab M8 (3rd Gen) (MediaTek Helio P22T, 3GB RAM, 32GB SSD) (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $69 at Walmart (save $50)
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    Why we like it

    Looking for a kid-friendly tablet? The Lenovo Tab M8 is one of our top picks, and it's currently on sale for $10 less than its Black Friday price. This third-generation tablet boasts a built-in kids' mode and Google Kids Space, which offers quality content to help kids discover, create, and grow. And when their screen time is up, you can enjoy nonstop entertainment yourself. Watch videos, check social media, listen to music, and more with this ultra-portable, ultra-affordable tablet. Save $50 at Walmart and scoop it up for just $69.

    More tech deals

    • Reserve a new Samsung Galaxy smartphone or Samsung Galaxy Book(Opens in a new tab)get up to $100 in Samsung credit (see details)

    • Blink Mini indoor plug-in smart security camera(Opens in a new tab)$24.49 $34.99 (save $10.50)

    • Fire TV Stick 4K Max(Opens in a new tab)$39.99 $54.99 (save $15)

    • Anker Soundcore Rave Neo portable speaker(Opens in a new tab) $63 $139.99 (save $76.99)

    • Lenovo Tab M8 (3rd Gen) (MediaTek Helio P22T, 3GB RAM, 32GB SSD)(Opens in a new tab) $69 $119 (save $50)

    • HP P22va G4 21.5-inch 1080P monitor(Opens in a new tab)$89.99 $149.99 (save $60)

    • Jabra Elite 5 wireless Bluetooth earbuds(Opens in a new tab)$99.25 $149.99 (save $50.24)

    • New Fire TV Cube with Alexa(Opens in a new tab)$124.99 $139.99 (save $15)

    • Samsung Galaxy Watch4 (44mm)(Opens in a new tab) — $199.99 $279.99 (save $80)

    • HP Chromebook x360 (Intel Celeron N4500, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC)(Opens in a new tab)$299 $419 (save $120)

    • ASUS Zenbook 15.6-inch laptop (AMD Ryzen 7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)(Opens in a new tab)$499.99 $869.99 (save $370)

    • HP ENVY x360 15.6-inch 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop (Intel Evo Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)(Opens in a new tab)$649.99 $949.99 (save $300) + six months free of Webroot internet security with antivirus

    • Amazon Fire TV 75-inch Omni 4K UHD smart TV(Opens in a new tab)$799.99 $1,049.99 (save $250)

    • Samsung Galaxy S22+ (Unlocked, 128GB)(Opens in a new tab)$845.45 $999.99 (save $154.54)

    • Microsoft 13.5-inch Surface 5 laptop (Intel Evo Platform Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)(Opens in a new tab)$849.99 $999.99 (save $150)

    • ASUS VivoBook Pro 16X OLED slim laptop (AMD Ryzen 7, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD)(Opens in a new tab)$1,099.99 $1,449.99 (save $350)

    • LG Gram 17Z90Q ultra-lightweight laptop (Intel Evo i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD)(Opens in a new tab)$1,196.99 $1,799.99 (save $603)

    Best home deal

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    Our pick: Roborock S7 robot vacuum and mop (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $409.99 at Amazon (save $240)
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    Why we like it

    Read our full review of the Roborock S7.

    Mashable's resident robot vacuum expert Leah Stodart said the Roborock S7 "nailed hybrid cleaning" and "can be trusted to do both jobs without getting itself into trouble." Anyone in the market for a robot vacuum that doubles as a mop can breathe easy knowing the S7 won't require constant babysitting and does a thorough job cleaning carpets and hard floors. While it's not perfect, it can do almost as good of a job as you. Usually $649.99, it's currently in stock and sitting at just $409.99. That's 37% in savings.

    More home deals

    • Dash Tasti-Crisp digital air fryer (2.6-quart)(Opens in a new tab)$49.99 $79.99 (save $30)

    • Breville Juice Fountain compact electric juicer(Opens in a new tab) — $79.99 $99.99 (save $20)

    • Shark CH964AMZ 2-in-1 cordless handheld vacuum(Opens in a new tab)$99 $149.99 (save $50.99)

    • Ecovacs Deebot U2SE robot vacuum and mop(Opens in a new tab)$115 $249.99 (save $134.99)

    • Wyze robot vacuum with LiDAR(Opens in a new tab)$149 $329 (save $180)

    • Dash Chef Series 7-in-1 convection toaster oven cooker(Opens in a new tab)$149.64 $229 (save $79.36)

    • SodaStream Art Sparkling Water Maker Bundle with CO2, DWS bottles, and Bubly Drops flavors(Opens in a new tab)$159.99 $199.99 (save $40)

    • nutribullet Slow Juicer(Opens in a new tab)$161.40 $199.99 (save $38.59)

    • eufy Security SmartDrop Package Drop Box(Opens in a new tab)$199.99 $399.99 (save $200 with on-page coupon)

    • Ecovacs Deebot N8 Pro+ robot vacuum and mop(Opens in a new tab)$449.99 $699.99 (save $250)

    • Roborock Q7+ self-emptying robot vacuum(Opens in a new tab)$549.99 $799.99 (save $250)

    • Roomba i7+ self-emptying robot vacuum(Opens in a new tab) — $549.99 $899.99 (save $350)

    Tax software deals

    • H&R Block Deluxe tax software + state 2022(Opens in a new tab)$34.97 $44.99 (save $10.02) + 2.75% Amazon bonus

    • TurboTax Deluxe 2022 tax software(Opens in a new tab)$44.99 $69.99 (save $25)

    • TurboTax Premier 2022 tax software(Opens in a new tab) — $64.99 $104.99 (save $40)

    • TurboTax Home and Business 2022 tax software(Opens in a new tab) — $75.99 $119.99 (save $44)

    Gaming deals

    • PlayStation Store holiday sale(Opens in a new tab)Save up to 90% on games and DLC (see details)

    • Nintendo New Year sale(Opens in a new tab)Save up to 75% on select digital games (see details)

    • Ubisoft+ game subscription(Opens in a new tab) $1 for your first month $14.99 /month (save $13.99)

    • Razer Barracuda wireless gaming and mobile headset(Opens in a new tab)$80.99 $159.99 (save $79)

    • Logitech G502 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse(Opens in a new tab)$89.99 $149.99 (save $60)

    • Acer Nitro XF273 27-inch full HD monitor(Opens in a new tab)$179.99 $299.99 (save $120)

    • ASUS TUF Gaming 27” LED gaming monitor(Opens in a new tab) — $190 $299 (save $109)

    • Microsoft Xbox Series S (512 GB, All-Digital) holiday console(Opens in a new tab)$249.99 $299.99 (save $50)

    • Dell 32-inch gaming monitor(Opens in a new tab)$349.98 $449.99 (save $100.01)

    • Refurbished PlayStation 5 Console(Opens in a new tab)$459.99 $499.99 (save $40)

    • Acer Predator X34 34-inch Curved UWQHD IPS gaming monitor(Opens in a new tab)$899.99 $1,099.99 (save $200)

    Streaming deals

    • Apple TV+(Opens in a new tab)free $6.99/month (save $20.97) for three months

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  • Bumble is bringing Ted Lasso dating app Bantr to life

    Bumble is bringing Ted Lasso dating app Bantr to life

    Apple TV+'s Ted Lasso charmed us all, and now dating app Bumble is bringing one element of the show to life: Bantr, the fictional dating app that brought together characters Rebecca Welton and Sam Obisanya.


    In the show, Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) is Sam's (Toheeb Jimoh) boss — but they didn't figure out they were talking to each other due to how Bantr functions. The app doesn't show users each other's photos and instead lets them connect through a text-only conversation. Beginning this Thursday, Bumble users will be able to experience Bantr for themselves.

    Bantr Live, a weekly event available to Bumble users for free, launches on Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m. local time. It'll be, of course, Ted Lasso branded in the app. Users can RSVP to the event starting today.

    SEE ALSO: 'Ted Lasso' footballers, ranked

    Here's how it'll work: Once you RSVP, you'll be automatically connected with someone based on your search preferences once the experience starts. Like on Bantr, Bumble users will connect with personality first, without any photos shared. They'll chat for three minutes and then will be asked if they want to continue the conversation. If both daters match, the chat will live on the usual queue and they'll be able to see photos.

    "The premise of Bantr is a dating experience many of our members have expressed interest in over the years," said Bumble global VP of partnerships Olivia Yu in a press release. "Bantr Live enables our community to connect with someone unexpected and learn more about a person before seeing them. We look forward to people on Bumble having fun with Bantr Live and connecting and dating in a new and exciting way."

    Bantr Live will be available to Bumble users in the U.S., UK, Canada, and Australia. The experience will be weekly until the end of the year, and users can RSVP to each one and receive a reminder. Bumble users will also be able to redeem a two-month subscription of Apple TV+ so they can watch Ted Lasso themselves.

  • Want Trump off Facebook forever? Heres how to make your voice heard.

    Want Trump off Facebook forever? Heres how to make your voice heard.

    The Facebook Oversight Board is reviewing the decision to ban former President Donald Trump from its platform, a decision that made a fair number of folks happy and, obviously, upset lots of Trump supporters. Now those decision-makers want your help.


    Really – they want your thoughts. The Oversight Board is soliciting comments on the decision to ban Trump, and his potential comeback. So if you, let's say, want to ensure the former commander-in-chief remains off social media, you have a way to help.

    Here's the link to the Oversight Board's instructions(Opens in a new tab) on how to comment on the case. The TL;DR, your comment must:

    • Be sent by 10:00 a.m. ET on Feb. 8.

    • Be no more than 2 pages in Times New Roman 12pt font.

    • Include your full name and organization.

    • Address the issues identified by the Oversight Board.

    • Not be irrelevant, abusive, or disrespectful of the human and fundamental rights of any person or group of persons.

    At the bottom of that instruction page is a button to click that'll take you to a landing page(Opens in a new tab) to submit your comment.

    The Oversight Board says it's interested in hearing comments on whether Facebook had violated its responsibility to respect freedom of expression, how the company should assess offline context to whether a post incites violence, and how it should treat the expression of political figures, among other things.

    Here's what the Oversight Board wrote, in its own words, about what it's interested in hearing comment on.

    Here are the parameters for comment  on the Trump ban. Credit: Screenshot / Facebook oversight board

    Trump was banned for two posts made during the storming of the Capitol. One was a video where he insisted the election was stolen while rioters stormed and another was a post that said "these are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots."

    The Oversight Board, an independent body created in 2018, has shown a willingness to overturn decisions to remove content. It decided its first five cases on Friday, and reversed the decision to remove content in four instances.

  • How to make an activity private on Strava

    How to make an activity private on Strava

    If you want to get in on the hype of using Strava to track your workouts, but you have concerns about posting your running and biking routes for the whole world to see, fear not because you can make your activities private.


    Strava is an exercise tracker that doubles as a social media platform. It allows you to share your workouts with your followers and compete in challenges with users around the globe. Posting your daily run to Strava raises some safety concerns, but there are ways to limit who can view your runs to just your followers or you can make them completely private.

    We will show you how to change your settings to make all your activities private and how to make individual activities private. However, it should be noted that when you make an activity private it won't count toward any challenges.

    Follow the steps below to make your activities private.

    How to make all your activities private on Strava:

    1. Open Strava app

    2. Tap the gear in the upper right hand corner

    Tap the gear icon to access your settings. Credit: screenshot: Strava

    3. Scroll down and select "Privacy Controls"

    Select "Privacy Controls" to control who can see your activities. Credit: Screenshot: strava

    4. Select "Activities"

    Select "Activities" to control who can see your activities. Credit: Screenshot: strava

    5. Select "Only You"

    Tap the circle next to "Only You" to make your activities private. Credit: SCREENSHOT: STRAVA

    This makes it so only you can view your workouts. The downside to making all your workouts private is your activities cannot count towards any challenges.

    How to make an activity private on Strava:

    1. Select "Finish" at the end of your workout

    Tap "Finish" to finish recording your activity. Credit: SCREENSHOT: STRAVA

    2. Scroll down to "Privacy Controls" and select "Who can see"

    Select "Who can see" to control who can view your activity. Credit: SCREENSHOT: STRAVA

    3. Select "Only You"

    Tap the circle next to "Only You" to make your activity private. Credit: Screenshot: strava

    4. Select "OK"

    5. Select "Save Activity"

    Tap "Save Activity" to finish editing your activity. Credit: SCREENSHOT: STRAVA

    How to retroactively make an activity private on Strava:

    1. Navigate to the activity you want to make private

    2. Tap on the workout

    3. Tap the three orange dots in the upper right hand corner

    Tap the three orange circles to edit your activity. Credit: SCREENSHOT: STRAVA

    4. Select "Edit Activity"

    Tap "Edit Activity." Credit: SCREENSHOT: STRAVA

    5. Scroll down to "Privacy Controls"

    6. Select "Who can see"

    Select "Who can see" to control who can view your activity. Credit: screenshot: Strava

    7. Select "Only You"

    Tap the circle next to "Only You" to make your activity private. Credit: Screenshot: strava

    8. Tap "OK"

    9. Tap "Update Activity"

    When an activity is private a lock will appear at the bottom of the screen.

    The lock will appear when an activity is private. Credit: screenshot: strava

  • TikToks first user to hit 100 million followers is Charli DAmelio

    TikToks first user to hit 100 million followers is Charli DAmelio

    Charli D'Amelio's meteoric rise on TikTok just hit a milestone that no one else has so far: 100 million followers(Opens in a new tab).


    It's a huge number for the platform, where no other user even comes close to D'Amelio's follow count. The second most followed account on TikTok as of Nov. 22, 2020 is Addison Rae(Opens in a new tab), who currently stands at 69.6 million. Zach King(Opens in a new tab) is at #3 with 52.8 million, and everyone after that clocks in below the 50 million mark.

    They all rank higher than numerous celebrity superstars, including Will Smith, Ariana Grande, and The Rock. It's also, hilariously, more than double the number of followers keeping up with TikTok's own official account.

    While the achievement is a big one for D'Amelio personally, it's also a reflection of TikTok's rapid growth as a platform. It took YouTube firebrand PewDiePie, who launched his channel in 2010, nine years(Opens in a new tab) to hit the same figure. D'Amelio, meanwhile, shared her first TikTok in May 2019.

    Although YouTube is more analogous with TikTok, it's a similar story over on Twitter and Instagram. Katy Perry was the first on Twitter(Opens in a new tab) to hit 100 million followers, and it happened eight years after she joined. It took Selena Gomez less time to get there on Instagram, where she was the first, but not by much: Her account went live(Opens in a new tab) in 2013 and she reached the 100 million milestone(Opens in a new tab) in 2018.

    SEE ALSO: The case for shaming influencers for not social distancing

    D'Amelio is a Connecticut-based internet personality who is best known, obviously, for her social media presence, particularly on TikTok. She regularly shares dance videos set to the hit songs of the moment, and she's leveraged her success with that in some surprising directions.

    In fact, D'Amelio is one of the few people who will have reasons to look back on 2020 fondly. In addition to the TikTok milestone, she also had a high-profile appearance in an ad that aired during the 2020 Super Bowl. A few months later, she and her sister struck a deal with the Ramble Podcast Network, and a few months after that, word got out(Opens in a new tab) that the D'Amelio family is the subject of an in-development reality TV series.

  • Theres a huge sale on cheap home stuff from Amazon Basics

    Theres a huge sale on cheap home stuff from Amazon Basics

    Save up to 20%: As of Sept. 30, a ton of Amazon Basics(Opens in a new tab) items are on sale as a Deal of the Day, including a great selection of home items under $50.


    Between the shift in seasons and the looming holiday season, your list of stuff to buy (and subsequently, your spending anxiety) is probably growing on a daily basis.

    You may be able to check some items off of your list for cheap at this huge Amazon Basics sale(Opens in a new tab), running as a Deal of the Day ahead of Amazon's second Prime event of the year. Tons of home items — kitchen gear, bathroom towels, dumbbells, and more — are on sale, with many hitting the "under $50" or "under $20" cutoff.

    Items under other Amazon private brands, from furniture to stainless steel wine glasses, are also strewn throughout the list of deals.

    The official deal terminology says "up to 20% off," but savings are closer to 50% off on a lot of items, and finding 'em doesn't require digging to the eleventh page of the sale. Feel free to peruse the whole thing on your own(Opens in a new tab), of course, or take a quick glance at our favorite deals:

    Amazon Basics 8-Piece Airtight Food Storage Containers(Opens in a new tab)

    Organization TikTok, rise up. This set of eight round and rectangle food storage containers can take your pantry from chaotic to coordinated, and they'd make a great wedding gift, too. The airtight lid is ideal for keeping dry goods like sugar, coffee, and cereal fresh.

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    Amazon Basics 6-Piece Nonstick Bakeware Set(Opens in a new tab)

    The first step toward doing all of that fall baking you've been talking up? Having something to bake in. This nonstick bakeware set should cover your bases: It consists of six carbon steel pans (a loaf pan, two round 9-inch cake pans, a 12-cup muffin pan, a roast pan, and a baking sheet) that can go in the oven.

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    Amazon Basics Hanging Closet Shelf(Opens in a new tab)

    Anyone living in a college dorm could probably use one of these bad boys. This sturdy fabric shelf has six tiers and can hang on a wall or on the back of a door, creating extra storage space for towels, shoes, or sweaters.

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  • Twitter permanently bans Marjorie Taylor Greene for COVID misinformation. Naturally, people love it.

    Twitter permanently bans Marjorie Taylor Greene for COVID misinformation. Naturally, people love it.

    Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene — the conspiracy-touting, gun-toting, fake info-spreading congresswoman from Georgia — has been permanently suspended from Twitter on Sunday for spreading COVID misinformation.


    That means Greene, like President Donald Trump before her, can no longer access her personal account. If you try to pull it up now(Opens in a new tab), you'll just see a message reading that the account is suspended. Twitter said that Greene has violated its five-strike policy on COVID misinformation, which means her account will be suspended forever.

    "We’ve been clear that, per our strike system for this policy, we will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations of the policy," Twitter said in a statement.

    In general, Greene has posted online like that family member nobody wants to come to Christmas. Naturally, she's played all the dangerous, false conspiracy theory hits during the pandemic. She's been suspended in the past for her anti-vax posts, but it wasn't clear what put her over the edge on Sunday.

    For the most part, people online were pretty happy to see Greene go.

    It's worth noting that Greene's official government account(Opens in a new tab) remains up. Still, it's only a matter of time before right-wing people get outraged over Greene's ban, almost certainly yelling about how it's dangerous for free speech. But Twitter has every right to keep people off its platform, especially when they spread lies about a disease that has killed millions.

  • The 7 TikTok recipes of 2021 that actually deserved the hype

    The 7 TikTok recipes of 2021 that actually deserved the hype

    Where I was once skeptical, I am now a convert: TikTok is fantastic for people who love cooking, eating, and learning about food.


    There are a lot of talented cooks and creators on the app — a personal favorite is chef @sad_papi(Opens in a new tab) — but there are those singular dishes that transcend the platform to become global trends in and of themselves. This year, certain TikTok recipes, somehow, someway, ended up just as popular as the renegade dance. We're talking "ingredients became hard to find" popular.

    With 2021 coming to a close, let's a take a moment to remember the viral recipes that went from our FYPs to our dinner tables this year.

    1. The folded quesadilla

    Remember this sucker(Opens in a new tab)? Basically, all you do is cut a slit in a large tortilla(Opens in a new tab), load each quarter of the wrap with different ingredients, and then... fold it. The result is essentially a quesadilla sandwich. It's a useful culinary trick from TikTok if you want a quesadilla on the go.

    Look at this fried chicken quesadilla — a hot n' saucy, cheesy monstrosity made by user @woodfireandwhiskey(Opens in a new tab). 10/10, absolutely would eat again.

    CHEESE. Credit: Screenshots: TikTok / @woodfireandwhiskey

    2. The baked feta pasta

    If you didn't see this trend(Opens in a new tab), on or off TikTok, I honestly don't know what you were doing this year. It was nearly impossible(Opens in a new tab) to get a block of feta in February and March because everyone was trying this recipe at home.

    Part of its appeal is the simplicity: You bake garlic, cherry tomatoes, olive oil, and a whole block of feta in the oven for roughly 30 minutes. Throw in some herbs when it's finished baking, and then toss in your favorite cooked pasta. Bam, you have the viral pasta(Opens in a new tab). (Spoiler alert: It's actually really good.)

    3. Air fryer pasta chips

    I actually tested this recipe out for Mashable's weekly series AirFryDay and found it to be meh at best. Yet, it was undeniably popular. In effect, you boil some pasta then air fry it, creating crunchy pasta chips that you can use a vehicle for more flavorful dips and spreads.

    But ultimately, I found the snack to be far too heavy and neither airy nor crisp like a classic potato chip. Though, there's nothing a generous helping of dipping sauce won't fix.

    4. The ubiquitous Gigi Hadid vodka sauce pasta

    Is it kind of weird that a lot of TikTok users probably think that model Gigi Hadid invented penne alla vodka? Sure. But she did show people how to make a very tasty, super easy pasta(Opens in a new tab) dish. Those people then posted it all over TikTok(Opens in a new tab).

    There are a number of variations of the dish, but pretty much every version starts with sautéing oil, onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Then, you stir in some tomato paste, deglaze with a glug of vodka, douse with heavy cream, and plop in a pad of butter before tossing your cooked pasta into the sauce. It's easy and delicious.

    5. Emily Mariko's salmon and rice bowl

    If you don't know and love Emily Mariko, the patron saint of farmers' markets and soothing cooking TikToks, then stop what you're doing and read my story on the queen of salmon bowls right now. Her leftover creation — which involves microwaving rice (don't forget the ice cube!), shredded salmon, then topping with Kewpie mayo — took the world by storm.

    And it's since afforded Mariko with a passionate following of aspiring home cooks and people who generally want to feel like they have their lives together.

    The recipe that took over the world. Credit: TikTok / @Emilymariko

    It was such an approachable, healthy, but actually filling recipe that inspired so many others to follow in her footsteps.

    6. Nature's cereal

    I'm going to be honest: I did not try this one. Nature's cereal, as TikTok called it, was a trend where people put berries and fruit in a bowl, topped it with coconut water, maybe some ice, and then dug in with a spoon. It originally went viral from a post by @natures_food(Opens in a new tab) but really took off after Lizzo endorsed it(Opens in a new tab).

    Berries and coconut water...OK then. Credit: Screenshots: TikTok / @Lizzo

    This trend definitely benefitted from having a catchy name. Nature's cereal just sounds fresh and tasty. The Cut's verdict was(Opens in a new tab) that while it was pleasant to snack on a crunchy fruit bowl, nature's cereal was not as delicious as, you know, actual cereal.

    7. Air fried corn ribs

    And finally, our last recipe is a pretty odd one. It became a TikTok trend this year(Opens in a new tab) to cut corncobs into quarters (roughly the shape of a pork rib), add a healthy amount of seasoning, and air fry. The end result was a crispy, curly, appetizer-sized corn rib. This February recipe from @spicednice(Opens in a new tab) racked up more than 14 million views and helped spark the corn rib craze.

    These do look tasty, to be honest. Credit: Screenshots: TikTok / @spicednice

    Is it odd to put in that much extra effort to make air fried corn? Sure. But I could actually see this being a great party snack, and the folks who made it seemed to really love it.

    It just goes to show, don't knock any food trend from TikTok in 2022 until you've tried it. It might seem silly, but you could discover a new favorite dish.