Diner en Blanc in Singapore: Incensed bloggers launch pop-up protests
The pop-up, invite-only picnic Diner en Blanc has caused a furore in Singapore this week. Singapore was chosen to be the first Asian country to host this glamorous event that originated from France, but while foodies here rejoiced initially, the mood has been soured after a local food blogger was told to remove a blog post suggesting that diners bring local delicacies to the dinner.
The blogger in question, Daniel Ang, was told by organisers that his local food suggestions were “not in line with the image” of Diner en Blanc and was subsequently uninvited from the dinner. Following the protests that have inevitably followed, Diner en Blanc’s Facebook page has since been suspended and the event organisers have apologised, but many are clearly still incensed.
Fellow bloggers and several high-profile online influencers have not only rallied in support of Daniel, some are even organising their own rebel picnics in protest – such as Super White and Diner en Singapour, both scheduled to take place at the same time as Diner en Blanc.
Read more here.
FeelPress: Share your emotions with the world
FeelPress is a fun Japan-based social media app that is dedicated to communicating a wide range of your emotions – you can now literally tell the world exactly how you feel.
Users start by either sharing how they feel (above, left) or sharing their impression of something. A timeline records the emotion you choose to share and you can also follow other users’ feelings in the public stream (much like Instagram).
Besides sharing your feelings, users can also attach photos, mark locations and write comments – essentially helping you keep a journal of your emotions and log important moments in your life.
Why do we need yet another social media platform, you ask? Just imagine a bad day at work – if you look through your FeelPress timeline and come across a happy work-related journal entry you logged a while ago, wouldn’t that be a wonderful reminder of why you do what you do and a great source of motivation to keep going?
Read more here.
Burpple: Instagram for foodies, now available in Japanese too
When Instagram experienced an outage due to bad weather in Washington in June, the incident spawned dozens of jibes online aimed at foodie Instagrammers – “What am I going to do with my food now, eat it?”
As if this was a harbinger of things to come, foodies can now officially use Instagram to log their meals on Burpple, a Singapore-based food journal app.
The service has officially linked up with Instagram, allowing users to cross-publish photos simply by linking their account and including the #burpple hashtag when they make a post. The photos they take will be automatically synced to their Burpple food journal complete with location and meal-type information. Instagram photos with food-related hashtags will also be synced retrospectively, ensuring consistency across the board for Burpple users.
Following the Chinese version launched in June, the Burpple team has also just rolled out a Japanese-language version – a fitting move to capitalize on Japan’s huge social food sharing movement.
Read more about Burpple’s new features here.