The Wrap: 16 October

The Wrap: 16 October

It's the final countdown

On the face of it the Tikker watch is hardly a cheery idea. Its display shows how much time you have left to live. But its maker Rebecca de Rosa says its designed to change your outlook and get you making the most of every second.

We know what you're thinking, how does it know how much time I have left? According to the Kickstarter page, users fill out a questionnaire to decide a time figure to set in the Tikker. "Tikker is a wrist watch that counts down your life from years to seconds, and motivates you to make the right choices," says de Rosa. "Tikker will be there to remind you to make most of your life, and most importantly, to be happy."

Indiegogo makes crowdfunding smarter

US crowdfunding platform Indiegogo has come out with a raft of new tools to make crowdfunders smarter about their campaigns. The new Campaigner Dashboard lets you dig into all sorts of data, like which domains are driving traffic, where your contributors are, conversion rates and who is referring visitors.

You can also see at a glance which rewards you're offering are working best and pick one to promote. Campaign managers can also now integrate Google Analytics into their campaigns.

Visual cliches as satire

If you feel like you're starting to see the same kind of images on Instagram over and over again, you're not alone. Satiregram takes aim at all that's wrong with the social channel - summing up the cliches with descriptions instead of pictures.

"No filter close-up of my duck face" says the profile picture. Among the other descriptions: "my new necklace even though the focus is on my cleavage" and "a top-down shot of a pineapple and a knife on a cutting board to show that I'm going to eat some". 

You can run but you can't hide

News alert: Facebook's changed another privacy setting. Admittedly it's getting harder to keep up with these changes, but among the latest is the elimination of a setting with the long-winded title "who can look up your Timeline by name?"

Under that setting, users could control who viewed their timeline, and if they chose, completely hide from all searchers. Now Facebook says users should manage their visibility by setting the audience for the content they share. All users will now be searchable using Graph Search.