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You Can’t Slide Into Someone’s DMs without Being a Creep

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You Can’t Slide Into Someone’s DMs without Being a Creep

A while back, I was listening to a podcast that discussed one of my favorite Netflix dating shows, Love is Blind .. One contestant was asked by the host if she had received many direct messages since the new season. It was a flattened, yes, not really.

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She sounded bummed. I was shocked. I was horrified at the thought of stranger dudes trying to contact me on Instagram. It’s like a punishment for years of neglecting to clean the dryer’s trap in the shared laundry area. It’s not the worst thing, but it isn’t pleasant.

This got me thinking about the DM slides and the many experiences my friends have had with them. Sometimes the random notification comes from a friend or a friend that you met briefly in the store. Other times it’s just a creeper who doesn’t have much to say except “hey.” “

What are the parameters of a DM slides? If you have the right location, time and method it is possible to successfully shoot your shot. The short answer is yes. It’s also possible to make it wrong.

Admittedly, it’s hard to write blanket rules that will apply to every situation always, everywhere. Use your best judgement. If your best judgement is to hike the Himalayas looking for yourself, you can borrow Love Syncs.

And, if you don’t mind this, remember to be kind.

Here’s Love Sync’s guide to the DM slides.

When to slide

Ideally, the DM slide is something of a last resort. When you don’t have any other options, the DM slide is a way to get in touch with someone. Talk to someone, for example, in your extended friends group or weekly yoga class who you see occasionally. Get their number. It doesn’t take much to send a message.

There are times when this is not possible. It’s possible to direct message someone you have met once, but you aren’t certain if you will see them again. You might also be able to message someone who is in the same social circle as you but who you haven’t had the chance to speak to.

In any case, do not arrive at their inbox empty handed. You can establish a connection on social media with the person you are interested in before you send them a private message. You should have a warmup or a reason why you are DMing them. Once that is established, the rest will follow. It is not a good idea to go through old posts and like them all, or comment on every post. )

Otherwise, you’re going to come off as creepy. Remember Love Syncs’ number one rule: Don’t be creepy.

Consider the other person’s perspective

If I ever find myself dangling off a stone precipice a la Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, I plan on falling into the chasm yelling, “People don’t merely exist in relation to you!” Or rather: “…yoooouuuuuu. “

Ask yourself if you think it will be strange, creepy, unanticipated, or confusing to DM the person that you are thinking about. Sometimes it can feel strange to suddenly be in the tractor beam of attention from someone.

Have you ever spoken with this person before, online or offline? Are they familiar with you? Are you able to share something? Are you able to offer something half-substantial to them?

I don’t think you can only message someone that you have met. In reporting a story about people using TikTok as a dating platform in 2021, I ran into a surprising number of examples of people who met on the platform and ended up in relationships, sometimes flying hundreds of miles to meet. It all began with a DM slide. However, this is an exception to the rule. Be gentle. And… remember? Don’t be creepy. Here’s my next point.

Pick your platform

Most social media platforms offer some type of private message option. Depending on how connected you are to the person you want to message, which platform you choose will affect your choice. Let me warn you, people can be ridiculous. Consider how they use the social media platform. Are they using it for work? Casually?

Listen, I’m saying this: Love and LinkedIn InMail do not mix. If someone uses their Instagram account for selling ceramic gnome statues to make money, that’s why they are there. You are unlikely to flirt with them. Keep your messages off of your company’s internal messaging channels if you are not professional or friendly. Be smart. Be smart.

Know when to back off

As is true in the offline world, sure, you can approach someone, but they don’t owe you anything. Pay attention to the response of someone you message.

Were they open to the idea? Did they reply to my messages and keep up the conversation? Great. Are they ignoring you or giving minimal responses? This could indicate that they aren’t interested in talking to you. There’s only one thing you can do: Back off. Do not yell at them. Do not berate them. Do not try to bumble your message forward. Don’t be a stranger in their inbox.

And because I won’t feel like I’ve repeated it enough: Don’t be creepy.

CNET’s Love Syncs is an advice column focusing on online dating. For consideration, please send your question to erin.carson@cnet.com.

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Nothing announces official launch date for new Ear (stick) AirPods alternatives

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True to form, Nothing has just announced the full reveal date for its upcoming audio product, Ear (stick). 

So, an announcement about an announcement. You’ve got to hand it to Carl Pei’s marketing department, they never miss a trick.

What we’re saying is that although we still have ‘nothing’ conclusive about the features, pricing or release date for the Ear (stick) except an image of another model holding them (and we’ve seen plenty of those traipsing down the catwalk recently), we do have a date – the day when we’ll be granted official access to this information. 

That day is October 26. Nothing assures us that on this day we’ll be able to find out everything, including pricing and product specifications, during the online Ear (stick) Reveal, at 3PM BST (which is 10AM ET, or 1AM on Wednesday if you’re in Sydney, Australia) on nothing.tech (opens in new tab)

Any further information? A little. Nothing calls the Ear (stick), which is now the product’s official name, “the next generation of Nothing sound technology”, and its “most advanced audio product yet”. 

But that’s not all! Apparently, Ear (stick) are “half in-ear true wireless earbuds that balance supreme comfort with exceptional sound, made not to be felt when in use. They’re feather-light with an ergonomic design that’s moulded to your ears. Delivered in a unique charging case, inspired by classic cosmetic silhouettes, and compactly formed to simply glide into pockets.” 

Opinion: I need more than a lipstick-style case

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It’s no secret that I want Nothing’s earbuds to succeed in world dominated by AirPods; who doesn’t love a plucky, eccentric underdog? 

But in order to become some of the best true wireless earbuds on the market, there is room for improvement over the Nothing Ear 1, the company’s inaugural earbuds. 

Aside from this official ‘news’ from Nothing, leaked images and videos of the Ear (stick) have been springing up all over the internet (thank you, developer Kuba Wojciechowski) and they depict earbuds that look largely unchanged, which is a shame. 

For me, the focus needs to shift from gimmicks such as a cylindrical case with a red section at the end which twists up like a lipstick. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of theater, but only if the sound coming from the earbuds themselves is top dog. 

As the natural companions for the Nothing Phone 1, it makes sense for the Ear (stick) to take a place similar to that of Apple’s AirPods 3, where the flagship Ear (1) sit alongside the AirPods Pro 2 as a flagship offering. 

See, that lipstick case shape likely will not support wireless charging. That and the rumored lack of ANC means the Ear (stick) is probably arriving as the more affordable option in Nothing’s ouevre. 

For now, we sit tight until October 26. 

Becky is a senior staff writer at TechRadar (which she has been assured refers to expertise rather than age) focusing on all things audio. Before joining the team, she spent three years at What Hi-Fi? testing and reviewing everything from wallet-friendly wireless earbuds to huge high-end sound systems. Prior to gaining her MA in Journalism in 2018, Becky freelanced as an arts critic alongside a 22-year career as a professional dancer and aerialist – any love of dance starts with a love of music. Becky has previously contributed to Stuff, FourFourTwo and The Stage. When not writing, she can still be found throwing shapes in a dance studio, these days with varying degrees of success.  

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YouTube could make 4K videos exclusive to Premium subscribers

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You might soon have to buy YouTube Premium to watch 4K YouTube videos, a new user test suggests.

According to a Reddit thread (opens in new tab) highlighted on Twitter by leaker Alvin (opens in new tab), several non-Premium YouTube users have reported seeing 4K resolution (and higher) video options limited to YouTube Premium subscribers on their iOS devices. For these individuals, videos are currently only available to stream in up to 1440p (QHD) resolution.

The apparent experiment only seems to be affecting a handful of YouTube users for now, but it suggests owner Google is toying with the idea of implementing a site-wide paywall for access to high-quality video in the future.

So, after testing up to 12 ads on YouTube for non-Premium users, now some users reported that they also have to get a Premium account just to watch videos in 4K. pic.twitter.com/jJodoAxeDpOctober 1, 2022

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It’s no secret that Google has been searching for new ways to monetize its YouTube platform in recent months. In September, the company introduced five unskippable ads for some YouTube users as part of a separate test – an unexpected development that, naturally, didn’t go down well with much of the YouTube community. 

A resolution paywall seems a more palatable approach from Google. While annoying, the change isn’t likely to provoke the same level of ire from non-paying YouTube users as excessive ads, given that many smartphones still max out at QHD resolution anyway. 

Of course, if it encourages those who do care about high-resolution viewing to invest in the platform’s Premium subscription package, it may also be more lucrative for Google. After all, YouTube Premium, which offers ad-free viewing, background playback and the ability to download videos for offline use, currently costs $11.99 / £11.99 / AU$14.99 per month.

Suffice to say, the subscription service hasn’t taken off in quite the way Google would’ve hoped since its launch in 2014. Only around 50 million users are currently signed up to YouTube Premium, while something close to 2 billion people actively use YouTube on a monthly basis. 

Might the addition of 4K video into Premium’s perk package bump up that number? Only time will tell. We’ll be keeping an eye on our own YouTube account to see whether this resolution paywall becomes permanent in the coming months.

Axel is a London-based staff writer at TechRadar, reporting on everything from the newest movies to latest Apple developments as part of the site’s daily news output. Having previously written for publications including Esquire and FourFourTwo, Axel is well-versed in the applications of technology beyond the desktop, and his coverage extends from general reporting and analysis to in-depth interviews and opinion. 

Axel studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick before joining TechRadar in 2020, where he then earned a gold standard NCTJ qualification as part of the company’s inaugural digital training scheme. 

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Europe sets deadline for USB-C charging for (almost) all laptops

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Author: Michael Crider
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Michael is a former graphic designer who’s been building and tweaking desktop computers for longer than he cares to admit. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

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