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Women say their mental health and reputations are being damaged by trolls targeting them on a gossip forum.

Lauren Harris says she’d never heard of the website Tattle Life until a friend messaged her to say she was on it.

“The comments started with gossip, just people wanting to know more about me that I hadn’t shared on social media. But then it got more toxic,” says Ms Harris.

Ms Stobart (left) and Ms Harris have both been talked about on Tattle Life and they both said reading the messages impacted their mental health negatively

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Ashely Stobart (left) and Lauren Harris have both been talked about on Tattle Life and they both said reading the messages impacted their mental health negatively

Ms Harris says her Instagram following has grown in recent years. She now has 23,000 followers.

“As I did more on Instagram, the comments got worse on Tattle Life.”

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She says the most damaging posts involved some of the site’s users speculating about her income.

“They actually wrote that I was a drug dealer. That isn’t gossip, those are serious allegations that are untrue, and you can’t take back one once they’re out there.”

Tattle Life describes itself as a “commentary website”. It has a gossip forum where users can write about people under categories including “Bloggers” and “Celebs”.

The most popular section is “Instagrammers”.

Lauren Harris (left) and Ashley Stobart started a podcast called Nip, Tuck, Not Giving a F***, where they talk about online bullying and their experiences with Tattle Life

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Ms Harris (left) and Ms Stobart started a podcast called Nip, Tuck, Not Giving a F***, where they talk about online bullying and their experiences with Tattle Life

Ms Harris says the posts on the site go way beyond gossip.

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She noticed that when she posted a picture of a friend on social media, they then became part of the conversation on the forum.

Ashley Stobart says she was horrified at what users were writing about her after spotting her on Ms Harris’s Instagram.

Despite believing that people should not be able to be anonymous online, Ms Sheldon acknowledges this would be difficult due to privacy concerns. Pic Em Sheldon

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Despite believing that people should not be able to be anonymous online, Ms Sheldon acknowledges this would be difficult due to privacy concerns. Pic: Em Sheldon

“I just don’t have the mental capacity to take some of that stuff in. They ridicule your looks, they ridicule how you are as a mother,” says Ms Stobart.

“We’re normal people, we’re mums, we’re not going on [social media] and promoting weight loss products and getting paid thousands of pounds, we don’t have fashion endorsements.”

Ms Harris and Ms Stobart have now started a podcast series, called Nip, Tuck, Not Giving a F***, where they talk about online bullying and their experiences with Tattle Life.

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Ms Sheldon is one of many who have been subject to trolls on Tattle Life's gossip forum. Pic Em Sheldon

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Ms Sheldon is one of many who have been subject to trolls on Tattle Life’s gossip forum. Pic: Em Sheldon

“We wanted to be able to speak back to these people. Their posts made my mental health so bad. It gave me such terrible anxiety,” says Ms Harris.

Em Sheldon is a fashion and lifestyle blogger who has also been talked about on Tattle Life. She installed cameras at her home, after reading posts containing details about her property.

“This is the scariest thing. It goes into more than just talking about someone’s appearance. It’s a privacy and a security thing. I don’t think anyone should feel unsafe ever,” says Ms Sheldon.

Ms Sheldon thinks trolls shouldn’t be able to hide behind anonymous profiles.

Em Sheldon had to install security cameras outside her house after reading the messages on Tattle Life. Pic Em Sheldon

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Ms Sheldon had to install security cameras outside her house after reading the messages on Tattle Life. Pic: Em Sheldon

“It would be great if there was a way of protecting everyone that meant people had some form of ID connected to a social media account,” she says.

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But she acknowledges that would be a difficult policy to enforce because of privacy concerns.

Imran Ahmed is the chief executive of the Centre for Countering Digital Hate.

He says there are other ways to crack down on abuse online and explains that advertisers often don’t know where their content is being used.

“We’ve argued for a transparency bill, which would actually help advertisers to find out where their ads are appearing, and ask them to publish that on their website,” Mr Ahmed says.

“If that happened, no advertiser would take the risk of allowing their ads to appear on sites that might damage their brand.”

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In a statement, Tattle Life said, “Tattle life has a zero-tolerance policy towards content that is hateful, abusive, threatening and we take the privacy of social media influencers far more seriously than they do themselves in many cases.

“We’re far more stringent with our rules and moderation than any of the big social media companies on our moderated forum.

“We allow commentary, critique and praise of people that choose to monetize their personal life as a business and release it into the public domain.

“Like all social media sites anyone can join and post a comment and we encourage people to report any that overstep the line as we take all reports very seriously. People that come to post abusive or hateful content are banned.”

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Looking to up your skills for a job change or career advancement in the second half of the year?

This will help – today, LinkedIn has published its listing of the 20 most popular LinkedIn Learning courses over the first half of 2022. In addition to this, LinkedIn’s also making each of these courses free to access till the end of the month – so now may well be the best time to jump in and brush up on the latest, rising skills in your industry.

As per LinkedIn:

As the Great Reshuffle slows and the job market cools, professionals are getting more serious about skill building. The pandemic accelerated change across industries, and as a result, skills to do a job today have changed even compared to a few years ago. Professionals are responding by learning new skills to future-proof their careers and meet the moment.” 

LinkedIn says that over seven million people have undertaken these 20 courses this year, covering everything from improved communication, project management, coding, strategic thinking and more.

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Here are the top 20 LinkedIn Learning courses right now, which you can access via the relevant links:

  1. Goal Setting: Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) with Jessie Withers
  2. Excel Essential Training (Office 365/Microsoft 365) with Dennis Taylor
  3. Interpersonal Communication with Dorie Clark
  4. Cultivating a Growth Mindset with Gemma Leigh Roberts
  5. Project Management Foundations with Bonnie Biafore
  6. Using Questions to Foster Critical Thinking and Curiosity with Joshua Miller
  7. Essentials of Team Collaboration with Dana Brownlee
  8. Unconscious Bias with Stacey Gordon
  9. Learning Python with Joe Marini
  10. Communicating with Confidence with Jeff Ansell
  11.  Speaking Confidently and Effectively with Pete Mockaitis
  12. Learning the OWASP Top 10 with Caroline Wong
  13. Power BI Essential Training with Gini von Courter
  14. Strategic Thinking with Dorie Clark
  15. SQL Essential Training with Bill Weinman
  16. Developing Your Emotional Intelligence with Gemma Leigh Roberts
  17. Communication Foundations with Brenda Bailey-Hughes and Tatiana Kolovou
  18. Agile Foundations with Doug Rose
  19. Digital Marketing Foundations with Brad Batesole
  20. Critical Thinking with Mike Figliuolo
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If you’ve been thinking about upskilling, now may be the time – or maybe it’s just worth taking some of the programming courses, for example, so that you have a better understanding of how to communicate between departments on projects.

Or you could take an Agile course. If, you know, you don’t trust your own management ability.

The courses are available for free till August 31st via the above links.

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Instagram has added a few more social features to the platform, with Reels Replies being rolled out. Along with the Replies, anew feature is being tested that shows when two users are active together in the same chat.

Reels has been performing much better than perhaps even Instagram ever anticipated. The TikTok-inspired new video format (which officially claims to have absolutely no relation to the former) had some trouble really finding its footing initially. However, Reels has grown massively and while it may not be a source of the most direct competition to TikTok, it is indeed a worthy alternative.

Reels has grown to the point that it has a massive creator program attached to it, and the video format has even been migrated to Facebook with the goal of generating further user interest there. Naturally, with such a successful virtual goldmine on its hands, Instagram has been hard at work developing new features and interface updates for Reels, integrating it more and more seamlessly into the rest of the social media platform. Features such as Reels Replies are a major part of such attempts at integration.

Reels Visual Replies are essentially just what they sound like: A Reel that is being used to reply to someone. It’s a feature that’s been seen frequently across TikTok as well. Reel Replies essentially take a user’s comments, and reply to them in video format. The comment will then show up within the Reel itself as a text-box, taking up some amount of space, and showing both the user who issued said comment along with the text. The text-box is apparently adjustable, with users having the ability to move it around and change its size depending on where it obstructs one’s Reel the least.

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Overall, it’s a fun addition to the Reels format, even if the credit should be going to TikTok first. At any rate, it’s an example of Instagram really utilizing Reels’ social media capabilities, outside of just serving it up as a form of entertainment.

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Speaking of social media capabilities, a new feature might help alleviate one of the most common frustrations encountered across all such platforms. Isn’t it annoying when you see that a friend’s online, but isn’t replying to your chat? Sure, they’ve probably just put their phone down to run a quick errand, but there’s no way for you to know, right? Well, there sort of is now! Instagram is beta testing a new feature via which if both users are active within a chat, the platform will display that accordingly. It’s a work-around, sure, and one that’s currently being tested for usefulness, but it’s still a very nice, and even fresh, addition to the social media game.

Now, the active status will only appear when you are both active at the same time.#Instagram #instgramnewfeature@MattNavarra @instagram @alex193a pic.twitter.com/2chGZP9hr4

— Yash Joshi  (@MeYashjoshi) December 10, 2021

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5 apps for scheduling Instagram posts on iPhone and Android

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Alright, we get it. You’re an Instagram Nostradamus.

You know exactly what you want to post and when you’re gonna want to post it. Maybe there’s a meme or comment you want to make that you know will be totally relevant for a future moment or event. Or it could be that you’re an influencer and you want to make sure you keep a steady stream of content coming, so you want to schedule posts for times when you know you won’t be active (or won’t have internet access).

You’ll be happy to know there are apps that are specialized for just such situations. So listen up, InstaNostradamuses…Instagrostra…Instadam…Insta…uh…you guys (we’ll workshop it. No we won’t. We’ll probably just abandon that effort completely. You’re welcome) — these are the Instagram-post-scheduling apps for you.

While all of the iPhone apps below are free to download, they all have some in-app purchases.

1. Planoly

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We’ll start with “official partner” of Instagram, itself, Planoly — an Instaplanner that uses a grid to let you plan, schedule, and publish posts (as well as Reels) on Instagram. The app also lets you see post metrics and analytics so you can make sure your post didn’t flop.

Planoly is available for iOS on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

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2. Buffer

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Buffer is another Instagram post scheduler that helps you plan your posts and analyze feedback once they’re published. Use a calendar view to drag and drop posts into days/time slots for easy scheduling.

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Buffer is available for iOS on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

3. Preview

PreviewCredit: preview / app store

Preview offers typical post-scheduling tools and analytics along with a few helpful extras. Get caption ideas, recommendations for hashtags, and more.

Preview is available for iOS on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

4. Content Office

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An Instagram post scheduler with a visual boost, Content Office allows users to plan and schedule Instagram posts while learning “marketing and visual guides to grow your brand on Instagram.” Like aesthetics and using visuals to create cohesive themes? Maybe this is the Instaplanner for you.

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Content Office is available for iOS on the Apple App Store.

5. Plann

PlannCredit: plann / apple store

You’ll never guess what “Plann” lets you do…

Aside from scheduling posts, get content ideas and recommendations, as well as strategy tips to ensure you’re maximizing your Instagram engagement. Ever wonder when the best time to post something is? Plann can offer you some help with that.

Plann is available for iOS on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

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