If Social-Media Apps Were Parties…


Inspired by The New Yorker’s article of the same name, I give you a guide on how to deal with the parties we are obligated to attend… Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, Instagram and Livetree edition. 

So, you’ve just woken up on a Saturday morning after a long week’s work. You’re in the midst of your third lockdown during a global pandemic, and you’re tired of everything. You have already taken every walking route from your gaff, and you’ve already met each of your friends for a coffee break on a cold bench. You’re way of socialising-without-actually-socialising? The internet. 

You grab your phone and you start your morning stroll. No, not stroll, SCROLL (oh, how times have changed). Before you know it, you’ve been scrolling for a half hour… 

Much like parties we are obligated to attend, social media is the 21st century’s version of that annoying friend who doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. It demands our presence, and we’ve already used up all our excuses. 

So, we’re going to the party that never ends… what’s the dress code? Who’s there? What’s the ‘vibe’? 


Your uncle takes to the dance-floor for the third time, but this time he does his hip in. It’s almost as embarrassing as the time he took to the internet to lambast Black Lives Matter protests. ‘In my day…’, I think that’s how it started? So, this party is you and a bunch of boomers no doubt arguing about the prevalence of cancel culture and what the plus stands for in ‘LGBTQ+’. You leave by 11pm and you’re in bed by 11:30pm… sorry Facebook, you’re not worth sticking around for. 

Dress code: Anything that annoys your conservative auntie. A short skirt? Check. Low-cut top? Check. A sense of self-worth and confidence? Check. 


This is made up of your pseudo-intellectual friends from uni, only everyone’s uncomfortable because they all know they’ve over-shared on the internet. In contrast to the Facebook party, these individuals aren’t your family, in fact, they barely know you. Subsequently, you’re not all partying merrily together. You’re all sectioned off into various rooms of the house, entirely based off of which candidate you voted for in the last general election. All except for that one dude who ‘respects’ Jordan Peterson. You somehow spot him in every room, ‘playing devil’s advocate’ with anyone wearing a communist hat.  

Dress code: A Daunt Books tote bag that you can’t find at the end of the night, because guess what? There are over ten of them in a pile by the front door. 


An Instagram party is like a gallery exhibition which lures you in with free house wine. Anyone can walk in, but not everyone belongs. Underneath the smiles, toasts and feigned appreciation for bad abstract art, all attendees share the same knowledge. There is an after-party that not everyone will be invited to. Unlike the Twitter and Facebook soirees, at the Instagram party no one actually knows each other – but they act like they do. Just like you do with your Instagram app, you’ve got a 1 hour time limit on this bulls**t. 

Dress code: Casual elegance paired with a ridiculously small bag. 


The TikTok shindig is our annoying 10-year-old cousin’s birthday party. It’s 10am, and the bouncy castle has already been deflated by a group of kids who wear TikTok hoodies like armour. The parents don’t tell them off because they know these kids have the type of confidence that could make a grown man cry. On the internet since they were 2, these kids don’t cry anymore, they just blow all your cousin’s birthday candles out for clout, and worst of all, no one bats an eyelid. Least of all, your cousin, who actually filmed the whole thing.

Dress code: NEUTRALS. You’re more mature than these juveniles and they can’t hurt you… 


Shameless self-plug, we know. But if you don’t back yourself, who will?

The Livetree party is the best party. In fact, it’s closer to a festival. You float from stage to stage, having new realisations and meeting new friends. Unlike the rest of the parties you’ve attended, the Livetree party lasts all day and all night – and, you don’t feel the hangover the next day. There is no hedonism involved, because the fun is sustainable and it can last forever if you want it to. There is no planet B, but with Livetree, we only need planet earth. 

Dress code: Your choice, baby. 


Music from the New Jungle

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Tipping the Scales – Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency

Is it a bold new play by the world’s largest social media platform or a last bid attempt for Facebook to regain trust after the loss of faith of millions of users after the past few years of data mismanagement?  Whatever the case, on Tuesday 18 June 2019, Facebook published a whitepaper for its new global digital currency Libra. So what is Libra? And what could be motivating the tech titan to move into cryptocurrency? Moreover do its proposals stack up with traditional notions of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology? And most importantly… do we want private companies having so much access to our data whilst also controlling our finances? Continue reading “Tipping the Scales – Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency”

Payments with Seed on Livetree

Seed (SED) is a cryptocurrency created by the LiveTree team in early 2018. Seed tokens can be used throughout the LiveTree platform for a wide range of functions such as payments, voting, rewards and referrals! LiveTree TV users can pay their monthly subscriptions with Seed tokens at a valuation of one Seed to one US dollar. Crucially, Seed tokens are used to back new projects. LiveTree users can put as many Seed tokens as they like into individual projects or an entire catalogue presented by a community. The project’s revenues are then converted into Seed and distributed proportionally to all of its backers. Continue reading “Payments with Seed on Livetree”

Knock-knock… you have a super-snooper


Close your eyes and imagine a best friend… in fact imagine a friend that’s even better than your best friend if that’s possible. This friend is so good, he or she will always remember your birthday. They’ll remind you of your friends and family’s birthdays too. They know your favourite colour, your favourite food, what you like to do at the weekends, where you like to shop, what makes you laugh and what makes you cry. They also know where you’ve been on holiday for the last few years… your entire relationship history… your shoe size and maybe even what underwear you’re wearing. They’ll know your deepest, darkest secrets – the ones that you thought nobody knew and they’ll even be working tirelessly to figure out what you want to buy next…

All of a sudden they’re starting to sound like they’re not your best friend at all… they’re definitely at the top end of the “creepy” scale and you wouldn’t be unreasonable if you thought of them as a snoop.

In fact, this “friend” is the stalkiest stalker there will ever be, and the reason they are stalking you, is because the more they know about you – the more money they can make from you.

The “stalker” that we’re describing is actually a collective group made up of the search engine you use, the social media websites you go on and even your internet service provider (ISP). Between them, they collate information on everything you do in your life on a daily basis. These corporates make billions from your personal data.

“So what’s the problem?” you’re probably thinking… “if it’s happening to everyone, who cares?”

At LiveTree, we don’t believe that big corporations should hold control of being able to make money from your online activity. We think, that if it is going to happen – it should be transparent and you should be in control. You’re not a product to be sold for mega-bucks. After all, it’s your data, through online searches, things you share with friends, things you like and photos you upload.

That’s what LiveTree believes and that’s why we’ve developed a revolutionary, social marketplace which enables you to browse the latest fashion, search out the latest music and even connect to and help fund some of our partnered charities. But what makes LiveTree different from anything else, is that it’s built to help you make money transparently from the things that you would normally do anyway.

It’s really easy – just browse LiveTree for the things you like, hit the “Branch” button to push a post out to your friends and if they buy the item that you’ve just shared – you’ll get paid branch commission. What’s more, we promise that we won’t be “stalkering” you in the background – take a look at our privacy policy right here.

So if you’re ready to own the web and become an internet pioneer in the process, register yourself as a new user by clicking on the link below. LiveTree is an exclusive platform and once registered, you’ll need to wait for a special invitation before you’re able to begin your LiveTree journey.

Thanks for reading, #owntheweb


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