Media App – Link 123 http://link1-2-3.com/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 11:59:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://link1-2-3.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2-150x150.png Media App – Link 123 http://link1-2-3.com/ 32 32 Friends create social media app Engayge to meet the needs of the LGBTQ community https://link1-2-3.com/friends-create-social-media-app-engayge-to-meet-the-needs-of-the-lgbtq-community/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 07:54:33 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/friends-create-social-media-app-engayge-to-meet-the-needs-of-the-lgbtq-community/ DIGHTON — Many companies claim to be LGBTQ+ friendly. Some say it, others think it. That’s the kind of thing the co-founders of new social media platform Engayge, Somerset resident Jamie Gagnier and Dighton resident Maryellen “Rudy” Founds had in mind when launching their new online venture earlier this month. “Just because a company says […]]]>

DIGHTON — Many companies claim to be LGBTQ+ friendly. Some say it, others think it.

That’s the kind of thing the co-founders of new social media platform Engayge, Somerset resident Jamie Gagnier and Dighton resident Maryellen “Rudy” Founds had in mind when launching their new online venture earlier this month.

“Just because a company says it’s gay-friendly doesn’t mean it always will be, or that everyone will have that experience by going there,” Gagnier said.

According to the founding partners, the launch is a “soft launch” and the site currently has two main features: a friend finder app, much like many we all know but aimed at LGBTQ+ audiences, and a business based on the crowd. directory, which Gagnier compared to a “queer Yelp”.

From left to right, Renee Matton, Jamie Gagnier, Maryellen

How Engayge Works

“But instead of, you know, the traditional rating and rating based on the service provided like you would on Yelp or some of these others, it’s more focused on rating and rating based on their friendliness towards homosexuals.”

Of course, Engayge isn’t just a contender in this space, with a number of sites with friend-finding capabilities and business directories aimed at the LBGTQ+ community, many of which offer listings and reviews. anecdotal, but Gagnier and Founds said Engayge is taking a new course.

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The Action Network: Best race day bet for Nashville https://link1-2-3.com/the-action-network-best-race-day-bet-for-nashville/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 15:33:45 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/the-action-network-best-race-day-bet-for-nashville/ Meg Oliphant | Getty Images The Action Network specializes in providing sports betting news/analysis and is a content partner with NASCAR. Check out more NASCAR betting analysis here. I took a very conservative approach to betting on Sunday’s NASCAR Ally 400 (5 p.m. ET, NBC, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM) at Nashville Superspeedway. In my […]]]>



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The Action Network specializes in providing sports betting news/analysis and is a content partner with NASCAR. Check out more NASCAR betting analysis here.

I took a very conservative approach to betting on Sunday’s NASCAR Ally 400 (5 p.m. ET, NBC, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM) at Nashville Superspeedway.

In my mind, there are simply too many unknowns heading into today’s race to become too much, from a punter’s perspective, on the Ally 400.

However, 50 minutes of training on Saturday helped clear up some of those questions.

While I still don’t anticipate a big betting card for today’s race in Nashville, a driver’s odds of winning the Ally 400 are just too good to pass up.

NASCAR at Nashville Pick

*Sunday morning odds

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From the start of practice on Saturday, it was clear that the Toyota teams showed up with speed, especially in race trim.

The Toyota drivers finished first, second, fifth and sixth on average over 15 laps in practice, which is quite impressive considering there are only six Toyotas in the field.

As for my favorite value, I take Martin Truex Jr., who drives the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, 15-1.

Truex didn’t have much short-term speed in practice; however, that didn’t seem to matter in qualifying as he earned a respectable 10th starting place.

But where Truex’s car really seemed to excel was on the long stints.

The JGR rider posted the seventh-best 10-lap average in practice and improved to the fifth-best 15-lap average.

Perhaps more important is the fact that Truex confirmed his pace during an interview during qualifying, saying the car has great long-term speed.

When a former Cup Series champion driver, in the best gear in the series, really likes a car that showed a lot of speed in practice, I pay attention.

When this driver is also available at odds of 15-1 (DraftKings), I bet.

The bet: Victory for Truex (15-1).

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How to delete yourself from the internet https://link1-2-3.com/how-to-delete-yourself-from-the-internet/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 11:05:30 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/how-to-delete-yourself-from-the-internet/ Placeholder while loading article actions You can’t completely get rid of the Internet. A small part of you will always remain, whether it’s in data brokerage databases, on old social networks you’ve forgotten, or behind someone else’s vacation photos on Flickr. This is no reason to give up! You can absolutely take steps to protect […]]]>
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You can’t completely get rid of the Internet. A small part of you will always remain, whether it’s in data brokerage databases, on old social networks you’ve forgotten, or behind someone else’s vacation photos on Flickr.

This is no reason to give up! You can absolutely take steps to protect your privacy by cleaning up things like your Google results. To get the best results, you’ll need time, money, patience, and living in a country or state with strong privacy laws.

This week’s Ask Help Desk question is for data brokers: “How do I remove my information from data aggregators?” asks Jennifer Swindell, of Sagle, Idaho. But first, let’s take a step back and start with something a little more public.

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Google is what most people think of when they worry about their data online. The search engine is the biggest index of websites, but it’s often just the messenger. Be aware that anything you manage to remove from a search result will likely still live on the site hosting it, unless you remove it as well. You will want to ask those sites to remove it as well.

First, Google yourself. Keep a list of where your information appears and look specifically for anything personal, such as your address or phone number, any type of identifying details (driver’s license number) or other information that you find inappropriate. Combine your name with your address or phone number in the search field.

Google recently added a form where you can ask it to remove certain results or information, including explicit photos if they’re fake, posted without your consent, or just randomly displayed on your behalf and don’t represent you. There is an option to delete information that could be used to dox you, such as ID numbers, financial information, medical records, your physical address, and other contact information.

Turn off, turn off some more

Now that the cosmetic requests are made, it’s time for the data brokers. There are hundreds of data brokers in the United States, and you can find listings at organizations like Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. To get started, let’s practice on big names like Acxiom, CoreLogic, Epsilon Data Management, Equifax, and Experian. You can refuse to have these sites share your data and, in some cases, you can ask them to delete it. Naturally, each site has different steps you need to go through, such as sending an email, filling out a form, sending or faxing a letter, or confirming your identity.

As with Google results, removing your information from data brokers doesn’t mean it’s no longer available, and asking them not to share it doesn’t mean other sites don’t already have it. They got it from a myriad of sources, including apps you voluntarily installed on your phone, your browser, or websites you visited, your purchase history, and your public records. The information may be used to target advertisements or appear on publicly-facing person-finding sites.

Limit what you upload

The best thing to do is to limit the information about you that exists online to begin with. Use our Privacy Reset Guide to turn on stronger privacy settings for major apps or devices you use regularly, including your smartphone, banking sites, and social media sites. If you post on social media, be careful about the type of information you share and make sure your settings are set to private if possible.

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Use a privacy-focused browser and search engine, and look for a global privacy control option or setting to prevent cross-site tracking. Avoid signing up for anything that might share your personal information, such as surveys. Delete any apps you don’t use (or trust) from your computer, smartphone, and tablet.

In 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) went into effect, giving state residents more options to protect and delete their data. Under the law, companies are required to delete your personal data upon request, but you will need to confirm your identity. Some companies have gone ahead and made this option available to people living anywhere in the United States, while others only make it available to California residents. (You can also request a copy of your data, or that a company not sell your personal information, with this law.)

To help you get started with your first CCPA requests, Help Desk’s Tatum Hunter has created a guide.

How to ask a company to delete your personal data

Use a third-party service

If you didn’t know this before starting this article, now you know how much work it takes to really stay on top of deleting your personal information. There are paid services that can do much of the deletion for you, and are a good option if you’re worried about your personal safety (even if they admit some data is out of their control).

DeleteMe starts at $69 per year and offers to regularly scan data brokers and websites for your personal data and request that it be deleted. OneRep is a similar tool that starts at $8.33 per month. If you’re worried about identity theft, you can sign up for Norton’s LifeLock. The Jumbo app attempts to maximize your privacy settings across all apps and offers both free and paid versions. AccountKiller is a tool to delete your old online accounts.

There are also centralized opt-out sites you can visit, such as the FTC’s Do Not Call Registry and OptOutPrescreen.com.

Doug MacMillan contributed to this report.

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Caesars Sportsbook: “We’re not trying to be a content company” https://link1-2-3.com/caesars-sportsbook-were-not-trying-to-be-a-content-company/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 16:09:21 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/caesars-sportsbook-were-not-trying-to-be-a-content-company/ Seven days ago, Richard Sherman announced he had been hired to be part of Amazon Prime Video’s latest football venture. He now has another confirmed teammate with the hiring of newly retired Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitpatrick will be a pregame analyst alongside Sherman and previously announced Tony Gonzalez. That makes a three-man analyst team for pre-game, […]]]>

Seven days ago, Richard Sherman announced he had been hired to be part of Amazon Prime Video’s latest football venture. He now has another confirmed teammate with the hiring of newly retired Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Fitpatrick will be a pregame analyst alongside Sherman and previously announced Tony Gonzalez. That makes a three-man analyst team for pre-game, half-time and post-game analysis, or so it has been reported so far.

The veteran spent seventeen seasons in the NFL before a hip injury cost him the entirety of last season. Now he is a broadcaster. He confirmed the news in an interview with The post office. He said that after injuries and playing for nine teams, moving his family each time, the end of his playing days was near.

“It kind of opened my eyes to life after football,” Fitzpatrick said. “And here we are.”

“Amazon jumped on me,” Fitzpatrick said. “In terms of it’s something that’s fresh and new. It gave a lot of meaning to what I was trying to get into.

Fitzpatrick said he also likes the idea that Amazon’s game will take place on Thursday. This will allow him to attend his children’s football matches and football tournaments. He has seven children aged 3 to 15.

“And also so I can sit down with my kids and watch some of those games on Sunday,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s something I haven’t had a lot of time to do in the last 17 years.”

Desktop configuration for Thursday night football is still without an anchor/host. Fox’s Charissa Thompson has been reported to be negotiating with Amazon for the job.

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Shortage of stamps: Instacart says it is having trouble fulfilling orders https://link1-2-3.com/shortage-of-stamps-instacart-says-it-is-having-trouble-fulfilling-orders/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 18:59:00 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/shortage-of-stamps-instacart-says-it-is-having-trouble-fulfilling-orders/ New York CNN Business — Tampons are in short supply and the global supply chain is once again to blame for the shortage of a basic necessity. Stores and manufacturers acknowledged shortages of the product last week, confirming complaints that have been circulating on social media for months. On Monday, on-demand grocery delivery service Instacart […]]]>


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Tampons are in short supply and the global supply chain is once again to blame for the shortage of a basic necessity.

Stores and manufacturers acknowledged shortages of the product last week, confirming complaints that have been circulating on social media for months.

On Monday, on-demand grocery delivery service Instacart provided more evidence.

Searches for tampons increased by 13% on the platform’s app last week compared to the previous week. The company said the rate at which its personal shoppers were able to find pads on store shelves to fulfill those orders fell to 67% as of June 19, the lowest since the first weeks of the pandemic in April 2020.

As more women learn of the shortage, Instacart said it is seeing an increase in shoppers potentially looking to stock up, with sales of tampons on its platform up 29% week-on-week. on the other.

“We are starting to see turbulence of stamps appearing in the Instacart app in response to growing shortages, with buying behavior beginning to rival that of the start of the pandemic as customers shift to stockpiling behavior,” Laurentia Romaniuk , Instacart’s trend expert and senior product manager, said in a statement.

Romaniuk said Instacart’s app is able to alert customers if stamps are out of stock at a particular store they’re ordering from and will suggest an alternative.

The tampon shortages appear to stem from supply constraints around key materials such as cotton and plastic, which are also used in personal protective equipment and have been in high demand since the start of the pandemic.

The war in Ukraine has further reduced supply, as both Russia and Ukraine are major exporters of fertilizers, used for growing cotton. A drought in Texas didn’t help either.

A representative for Procter & Gamble (PG), which owns the Tampax and Always tampon brands, told CNN Business last week that the Tampax team “is producing tampons 24/7 to meet the increased demand. “.

“We understand that it is frustrating for consumers not to find what they need,” the P&G spokesperson said in an email. “We can assure you that this is a temporary situation.”

Walgreens and CVS (CVS) said they are aware of shortages of tampons and other women’s health products in some areas and are working with their suppliers to ensure they can restock as soon as possible.

Market research firm IRI, which tracks out-of-stock products at retailers nationwide, said stores were 92.5% in stock with pads for the week ending June 12. .

“In total, 92.5% is good enough in stock for any category these days,” KK Davey, IRI’s president of customer engagement, said in a statement.

“Many categories have streamlined their assortments, and in general the number of unique items (or products) you see on the shelves has decreased over the past few years as manufacturers have struggled with material issues. raw materials, labor, packaging and transportation,” Davey said. “So shoppers, especially those using specialty or niche products, may not find some of their top picks on the shelf at some retailers. We think some of the headlines about tampon shortages might fall into this category.

– CNN’s Allison Morrow contributed to this report.

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What is the human feeling quiz on TikTok and how to take it? https://link1-2-3.com/what-is-the-human-feeling-quiz-on-tiktok-and-how-to-take-it/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 22:09:12 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/what-is-the-human-feeling-quiz-on-tiktok-and-how-to-take-it/ A FEELING quiz has taken social media by storm. TikTokers flood the app with a myriad of interesting results. 2 TikTok and Twitter users rack up views/likes to showcase their human sentiment quiz results What is the human feeling quiz on TikTok? A quiz titled “what human feeling are you” is currently going viral on […]]]>

A FEELING quiz has taken social media by storm.

TikTokers flood the app with a myriad of interesting results.

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TikTok and Twitter users rack up views/likes to showcase their human sentiment quiz results

What is the human feeling quiz on TikTok?

A quiz titled “what human feeling are you” is currently going viral on social media.

Users take the test to try to determine which specific human feeling relates to their being.

Quiz questions include: “choose a drink”, “choose a random life event that suits you”, “what would you like right now” and more.

After answering a total of 10 questions – each with four answers to choose from – users get scores ranging from “sincere love” to “humble” and “discouragement”.

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How do I take the human feeling quiz?

The quiz is posted on a site called Uquiz; a website where users around the world can create their own quizzes to share with their online community.

To access the quiz, click here.

However, since the quiz is in Russian, users must translate the page into English, or any other preferred language, using a web browser.

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What are people saying about the quiz?

TikTok and Twitter users rack up thousands of views/likes for showcasing their quiz results.

Social media has led to the growing popularity of the quiz.

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One user took to Twitter to share that her sense of humanity was “lying in a meadow on a sunny day” and wrote:

“I did the quiz “How human do I feel” and the result made me happy :)”

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Instagram makes changes for parents of kids addicted to the app https://link1-2-3.com/instagram-makes-changes-for-parents-of-kids-addicted-to-the-app/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 15:24:21 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/instagram-makes-changes-for-parents-of-kids-addicted-to-the-app/ Many teenagers spend hours browsing social media apps and now Instagram is making changes in a bid to fix this problem. Kids can quickly become addicted to social media and other apps. Instagram is therefore launching supervision tools for the accounts of British teenagers. This will allow them to keep tabs on their profiles and […]]]>

Many teenagers spend hours browsing social media apps and now Instagram is making changes in a bid to fix this problem.

Kids can quickly become addicted to social media and other apps. Instagram is therefore launching supervision tools for the accounts of British teenagers. This will allow them to keep tabs on their profiles and set daily usage limits.

The changes will also allow parents to see who their children are following and who is following them. The new monitoring features first launched in the US in March, but are now being rolled out to the UK and Ireland for the first time.

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It works by parents sending an invitation to their teen to initiate monitoring of their account. Once this has been agreed, the parent will be able to set daily limits for how much time their child can spend on the app and schedule breaks at specific times.

The tools also allow parents to see who is following and being followed by their child, and get insights when the teen reports an account or posts on the platform.

Young people can also invite a parent to supervise their account. In addition, parents will be able to view a dashboard on the platform showing their child’s daily habits. Instagram has confirmed that parental monitoring features automatically end when the child turns 18.

The rollout will coincide with a new ‘nudges’ feature being tested in the UK and Ireland, which will see a notification encouraging them to switch to a different topic on the platform if they repeatedly view the same type of content on the app. Explore tab. Instagram said it designed the feature because research suggested “nudges can be effective in helping people – especially teens – be more aware of how they’re using social media right now.”

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Ukraine says it still controls Sievierodonetsk factory housing hundreds of civilians https://link1-2-3.com/ukraine-says-it-still-controls-sievierodonetsk-factory-housing-hundreds-of-civilians/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 11:18:19 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/ukraine-says-it-still-controls-sievierodonetsk-factory-housing-hundreds-of-civilians/ Smoke rises after a military strike on a complex of the Sievierodonetsk Azot chemical plant, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in the town of Lysychansk, Luhansk region, Ukraine on June 10, 2022. Oleksandre Ratushniak | Reuters Fierce fighting raged in Sievierodonetsk, but the region’s governor said Ukraine still controlled an industrial zone and a chemical […]]]>

Smoke rises after a military strike on a complex of the Sievierodonetsk Azot chemical plant, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in the town of Lysychansk, Luhansk region, Ukraine on June 10, 2022.

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Fierce fighting raged in Sievierodonetsk, but the region’s governor said Ukraine still controlled an industrial zone and a chemical plant in the east of the city where hundreds of civilians are sheltering from relentless Russian shelling.

A Russian-backed separatist group claimed on Saturday that 300 to 400 Ukrainian fighters were also trapped at the Azot plant.

Governor Serhiy Gaidai earlier acknowledged that Russian forces now controlled most of the small town in Luhansk province, and said the Russian shelling of the factory had sparked a large fire after an oil leak. It was unclear whether the fire was still burning on Sunday.

In neighboring Donetsk province to the west, Russian media reported that a huge cloud of smoke could be seen after an explosion in the town of Avdiivka, which is home to another chemical plant.

Sievierodonetsk has become the epicenter of the battle in eastern Ukraine for control of the industrialized Donbass region, made up of Luhansk and Donetsk provinces. Weeks of fighting have pulverized parts of the city and have been among the bloodiest since Moscow began its invasion on February 24.

After being forced to scale back its initial campaign goals, including withdrawing troops that threatened Kyiv, Moscow turned to expanding control in the Donbass, where pro-Russian separatists hold a swath of territory since 2014.

Putin calls the invasion a “special military operation” to disarm and “denazify” Ukraine. Kyiv and its allies call it an unprovoked war of aggression to capture territory.

Ukraine said some 800 people were hiding in bomb shelters under the Azot plant, including employees and townspeople.

The eastern city of Sievierodonetsk suffered intense artillery and missile strikes from the Russian army.

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“No one can say if there have been casualties and how many there have been in the past 24 hours in Sievierodonetsk, where intense fighting continues,” Gaidai said on the Telegram messaging app on Sunday.

“Yes, people are constantly in shelters, but the Russians are firing on residential areas for hours on end, using high-caliber artillery,” he said. “Everyone wants to evacuate now, probably, but so far there is no such possibility,”

In Lysychansk – Sievierodonetsk’s twin town across the Donets River – a woman was killed in Russian shelling while four houses and a shopping center were destroyed.

South and southwest of Sievierodonetsk, Russian forces were firing mortars and artillery around a number of settlements, according to a daily update from the Ukrainian General Staff.

But he said Ukrainian forces had repelled Russian attempts to advance towards some communities.

Reuters could not independently verify reports from the battlefield.

Resilient Ukraine, needs support

Ill-equipped Ukraine appealed to the West for faster deliveries of heavy weapons, including missile systems, to turn the tide of the war.

Ukrainian forces have proven more resilient than expected, but the American Institute for the Study of War says that by using the last of their stockpiles of Soviet-era weapons and ammunition, they will need constant Western support.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, the governor of Donetsk, said two civilians were killed in Russian shelling on Saturday and at least 10 injured.

Ukrainian tankers fire at frontline positions near the town of Soledar in the Donetsk region on June 10, 2022.

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In the northeastern city of Kharkiv, some students returned to their destroyed school to hold a ball, dance and pose for photos in the ruins.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi will visit Kyiv ahead of a Group of Seven summit in late June, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported, citing French and Ukrainian government sources.

None of the three have been to Kyiv since the Russian invasion. Macron has sought to maintain a dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a stance that some Eastern European and Baltic countries see as undermining efforts to push him into negotiations.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the European Union executive’s opinion on Ukraine’s application for EU membership would be ready in the coming week.

The 27 EU governments would have to agree to grant candidate status to Ukraine, after which there would be in-depth discussions on the reforms needed before the country could be considered for membership.

Volodymyr Trush, governor of the Ternopil region in western Ukraine, said on Saturday evening that there had been a Russian airstrike in the area of ​​the city of Chortkiv. Russian planes had not attacked the area since early April. The mayor of Chortkiv urged all residents to stay in shelters.

Russian authorities have started distributing Russian passports in two occupied Ukrainian cities – Kherson and Melitopol, Russian news agencies reported. It is not known how many were distributed.

Speaking at an Asian security conference in Singapore, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe urged all parties to continue peace talks.

“China is committed to promoting peace talks. China supports the talks between Russia and Ukraine. We also hope that the United States and NATO will hold talks with Russia to create the conditions for a quick ceasefire,” Wei said.

China has refused to call Russia’s action an invasion and says sanctions won’t solve the problem.

In response to a question, Wei said that China has never provided material support to Russia. However, the data shows that he has increased his purchases of Russian oil.

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Actor Sonu Sood wants to ‘get people hooked in a good way’ with his social media app Explurger https://link1-2-3.com/actor-sonu-sood-wants-to-get-people-hooked-in-a-good-way-with-his-social-media-app-explurger/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 06:15:49 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/actor-sonu-sood-wants-to-get-people-hooked-in-a-good-way-with-his-social-media-app-explurger/ Actor, philanthropist and entrepreneur Sonu Sood recently launched his travel-based social media platform Explurger, calling it a made in India app for the world. It offers features such as automatic travel diary, bucket list, future travel plans, location ratings, rewards and more as it leverages never-before-seen social media gamification with artificial intelligence integrated. With this […]]]>

Actor, philanthropist and entrepreneur Sonu Sood recently launched his travel-based social media platform Explurger, calling it a made in India app for the world. It offers features such as automatic travel diary, bucket list, future travel plans, location ratings, rewards and more as it leverages never-before-seen social media gamification with artificial intelligence integrated. With this – Co-Founder Sood and Founder Jitin Bhatia, a seasoned IT professional who has developed several apps for the government, talks to Business prospects on what sets their platform apart, how the free app will make money, and the way forward. Edited excerpts:

You (Sood) have developed other apps related to blue-collar jobs and rural travel (Pravasi Rojgar and Travel Union), dabbling in technology yourself as an electronics engineer. Why social networks?

Sonu Sood– We’re all on social media and spend a lot of our time there, but we’ve always wanted a platform that lets us do things that other social media platforms don’t. If you spend time on it, what do you get out of it? We all worked really hard to create this much needed world that had a lot of things that other social media platforms lacked. The travel diary, for example. When you’re on Explurger and post about your travels, it creates a travel diary and every mile counts. When you accumulate miles, you start growing on the platform and get rewards with which you can benefit from many discounts. We also create more benefits.

Jitin Bhatia – We have also introduced the concept of gamification where every time you get engagement on your post you gain accounts and based on this your level increases which also unlocks more rewards. We have created a social media application for travelers with the concept of gamification with integrated artificial intelligence. The intention is to give back benefits to users. If they commit and spend time here, they should get something in return.

The social media space is already dominated by big players like Meta, Twitter, TikTok, etc. with people hooked to these platforms. Why would a user switch to Exprurge?

Jitin Bhatia – Product, product and product. If our product is good, we will have users. Over the past few months we have seen how people have joined our app. On the beta version of our app itself, we had around 5,000,000 people from over 40 countries and that too organically. We hadn’t started advertising it because it hadn’t launched, but we got love and support from people outside the country when they didn’t even know it was going to happen. was an Indian app. They come there because of its features and the product itself which is our core. There are many platforms but all these platforms coexist with each other. Until and unless you provide basic functionality or differentiators, you cannot survive. Facebook came as a generalized social media app, Instagram came as the first photo-specific platform and is now famous for reels, TikTok came with short video format, Twitter is for news and news and Reddit has a completely different flavor. There was a big void for social media apps for travelers. We are the only global social media platform for travellers. I think we can coexist with everyone.

Sonu Sood – We’ve always thought about what happens when people join a social media platform – how long you can engage them and how excited it is to stay there – because there are so many diversions. When we started the Explurge journey, that was the first thing in mind – how we need to get people addicted in a good way.

What is your business model? How will this differ from, say, Meta or Twitter?

Jitin Bhatia– We have five monetization goals that we will start working on over the next six to seven months. In 12 months, we will have a real monetization plan. Everything is free for users and monetization will come from the brands and other models we create. Online advertising is one, but because we have a niche audience, we can look at many more. Rewards for users for their social activity is a key differentiator. The rewards we will be offering is one of our models going forward and we have a revenue link with the brands. We try to connect with some of the biggest airlines in the world as well as some global brands. We have already established links with more than 40 brands and we are trying to get the big brands in the country. Sonu has been associated with many of them. We have also created a team to look at brands outside as we have users there as well. Affiliate marketing is another model and we are looking at three or four other models.

In terms of advertising, we have seen what happened with Facebook and how data was shared with third parties. How will you approach your advertising model?

Jitin Bhatia – We are very particular about it. Data security and privacy are paramount to us and we want to stick to it. We do not share user data in any way because it is very confidential. We have servers all over the world. Indian user data will be stored on Indian servers and US data is stored in the US and shared via cloud. We put measures in it and we want to make sure that it is a safe platform for all our users. The days of selling data are over and nobody does it anymore because there are many restrictions even from brands like Apple and Google. We came with the pure intention of giving something back to users and that’s what we’re going to do.

What type of investment was made? Do you have other investors on board?

Jitin Bhatia – In October 2021, we did our pre-series round and raised $1 million from platforms like LetsVenture and lead investors like Jaipuria Group. We had a nice handful of investors in the round while my co-founder’s name wasn’t even announced and we were able to raise money purely on the merit of the product. A lot of our sweat and money went into it in the first two and a half years as well. Three months ago Google recognized us and included us in a bucket of top 100 start-ups in India and two weeks ago our name was in the top 30 start-ups list. We are the only social media app on this list and they offer full mentorship to our tech team with some of their top technocrats guiding us. Getting recognition from investors as well as technology companies is very encouraging.

What is your growth objective for the next 12 months?

Sonu Sood – You name a brand and we are in talks with them and want them on board. Sky is the limit when it comes to the experience that can be offered to users. We always say Explurger won’t just be an app, it will be a guide and a friend that tells you what to do and where to do things.

Jitin Bhatia – There are currently 4 billion users on social networks across the world and around 3 billion share their travel photos while on the go. It’s the target market and the reach. We are the only player in this field and there is no direct competition. Now the whole goal is to acquire users and make it a really big and really global app.

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TikTok Shop’s troubled expansion in the UK: staff exodus and culture shock https://link1-2-3.com/tiktok-shops-troubled-expansion-in-the-uk-staff-exodus-and-culture-shock/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 04:00:18 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/tiktok-shops-troubled-expansion-in-the-uk-staff-exodus-and-culture-shock/ A culture clash between TikTok’s Chinese owners and some of its London employees has sparked a staff exodus and complaints about an aggressive corporate ethos that runs counter to typical UK working practices. The friction has centered on the social media company’s e-commerce initiative, TikTok Shop, which launched in the UK in October. Joshua Ma, […]]]>

A culture clash between TikTok’s Chinese owners and some of its London employees has sparked a staff exodus and complaints about an aggressive corporate ethos that runs counter to typical UK working practices.

The friction has centered on the social media company’s e-commerce initiative, TikTok Shop, which launched in the UK in October.

Joshua Ma, a senior executive at ByteDance in China – owner of the viral video app – and head of e-commerce at TikTok Europe, outraged London-based staff at a dinner this year when he said that as that ‘capitalist’ he ‘didn’t Companies that don’t believe should provide maternity leave.

The episode is emblematic of a larger clash within the e-commerce division. At least 20 members of the London e-commerce team – around half of all staff – have left since TikTok Shop launched, while others say they are close to quitting. Two employees were paid working conditions settlements.

“There are people who leave every week, it’s like a game every Monday we ask who was fired, who quit,” said a current employee.

Ma’s visit was to check out TikTok Shop’s launch in its first market outside of Asia. The feature is an effort to bring QVC-style shopping to UK users. Brands and influencers livestream on the social media app, selling products through a clickable orange shopping cart on the screen.

TikTok has launched a formal investigation into Ma’s alleged comment and other allegations presented to the company by the Financial Times following interviews with 10 former and current members of the London e-commerce department, speaking as covered with anonymity. The company said it has a clear maternity leave policy in the UK, including 30 weeks of paid leave.

ByteDance raised $5 billion in December 2020 at a valuation of $180 billion, and revenue grew 111% last year to $34 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

It seeks to justify this valuation by expanding its e-commerce offering, using a model that has proven lucrative for Douyin, TikTok’s sister app in China. Rivals YouTube and Instagram are developing similar features in Europe, while TikTok’s rapid growth and popularity among younger users has recently been cited by Meta, Facebook’s parent company, as a threat to its business.

Members of the e-commerce team in London said they would frequently have to work more than 12 hours a day, starting early to answer calls with China and ending late as live streams had more success in the evening, with “comment reports” to be filed immediately afterwards.

Images of employees working until the early hours were celebrated in internal communications as examples of ‘commitment’, while a handover in which an employee said he would be working on his vacation was shared as an example of good practice.

TikTok said employees are sometimes required to work flexible hours that “match customers’ usage patterns” and that it aims to make this “the exception rather than the norm”.

Several employees fell ill due to stress while some staff members were removed from customer accounts or demoted after taking leave.

“Culture is really toxic. Relations there are based on fear, not cooperation,” said a former London-based team leader. “They don’t care about burnout because it’s such a big company, they can just replace you. They rub shoulders with the TikTok brand.

As a revenue stream, TikTok Shop appears to lack traction in the UK, operating at a loss, while many live streams generate no sales.

Employees have complained that they have been given ‘unrealistic targets’ of up to £400,000 a month in total sales from live streams, when a successful broadcast from an average seller could generate less revenue £5,000. TikTok takes a 5% commission, which is often waived to attract new brands to the platform.

Those who failed to meet goals or respond to after-hours work requests were singled out and reprimanded on the company’s internal messaging system, former employees said. A former member of the management team said the culture almost pushed it to the bottom.

“TikTok Shop has only been operational in the UK for a few months, and we are rapidly investing in expanding resources, structures and processes to support a positive employee experience,” TikTok said. The company offers health and wellness support, as well as training and mentorship, he added.

TikTok Shop’s strategy is to source directly from cheap manufacturers in the UK and China and sell products at low cost.

Popular deals include a £14 ‘Dyson dupe’, a hair-styling device that resembles a Dyson Airwrap, which has a recommended retail price of £450.

Dyson said he did not approve of “inferior copycat products” and encouraged TikTok to take a more active role in removing “dupe products from sale”. TikTok said it has a counterfeit product monitoring team and has strict product guidelines.

Established brands such as Lookfantastic, L’Oréal and Charlotte Tilbury sold products through TikTok Shop. Brands are encouraged to offer flash sales and deep discounts, which TikTok often subsidizes. Operating costs associated with carrying out influencer livestreams, such as studio space and technical staff, are also often funded by TikTok.

“The model doesn’t work because it’s a different market and ecosystem in the UK, but management aren’t listening and refusing to make changes,” said a current employee. European brands were not comfortable with the level of discount on their products, said employees who dealt directly with the brands.

TikTok has hired people with experience in e-commerce and luxury brands such as Harrods, Asos and Amazon, offering login bonuses and sharing options.

Staff have used their contacts to lure big brands to the platform, but some said their long-term professional relationships with these companies have been ruined by having to aggressively negotiate discounts and sometimes terminate contracts without explanation. “I lost all credibility with traders,” said a current employee.

TikTok said it is “constantly learning, iterating and improving [its] service” and lets itself be guided by its community, its influencers and its merchants.

Influencers are supposed to stream every two weeks, receiving a pre-agreed commission for sales. They sometimes receive lump sum compensation, but this has been reduced recently for some, leading many people to drop out of the partnership.

“The TikTok Shop model does not work in the UK,” said a former employee. “It will only work if the business is willing to listen to how to do it in a culturally acceptable way that works for UK brands and consumers.”

Additional reporting by Hannah Murphy in San Francisco.

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