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There's nothing worse than coming across a catfish – especially when you kinda fancied them.

That gorgeous lad with blonde hair and crackin' abs actually turned out to be the exact opposite and you're left devastated.

Sure, catfishing is so common that MTV has aired a show about it for years now.

So that's why we were delighted to hear that the dating app, Badoo, has finally taken steps to combat any ill-suitors.

According to Cosmo, Badoo is actually the world's largest dating apps, with an insane 300 millions users, so it's no wonder it's come up with a way to combat the annoying issue.

One of the app's new anti-catfishing features is the 'Selfie Request' function.

So, if you're chatting to someone you fancy, but suspect that all is not as it seems, you can send a 'Selfie Request' to them so they can take a picture right there and then.

If your new interest accepts the request it'll be pretty easy to cop if they're telling the truth or lying. And if they deny the request, well… see ya later, mate.

Another feature for fighting off any liars is the 'Photo Verification' step when you first sign up.

This will ask the new user to send a selfie of a very specific pose, which will then be assessed by one of Badoo's 5,000 moderators. They'll be able to tell if the photo is real or fake, and if it's fake, well then sorry, there's no entry into the site for you either.

As well as that, Badoo has also introduced a video function for users' profiles, which means you'll be able to give an nice little intro to any potential love interests, and you'll also be able to seek out who is real and who is lying.

With all that in order, it should be easy to find a nice partner… right?


It has been only a few weeks since Nev Schulman announced that he and his girlfriend were having a baby together.

And now, the Catfish creator has popped the question to his lovely girlfriend, Laura Perlongo.

Nev revealed that he and Laura are getting married in a series of cute Snapchats where he showed off Laura's VERY large engagement ring.

The couple were on a date night – in a bowling alley, no less – when Nev got down on one knee.

He was snapping throughout the night, with pictures of him cuddling up to his fiancé, pictures of the ring, and pictures of them bowling.

We're delighted for them. Congratulations!


Technological change, as we know, tends to provoke linguistic and cultural change, too.

It’s the reason why, several times a year, dictionaries add in new and trendy words.

But more interesting than the new words are the old words that have gotten new meanings,  such as cloud, tablet and catfish, which have very long pre-Internet histories.

So here, we look at words that had totally different meanings than they did when we were all kids.


Then: “to be placed in front of something, such as a road or path, so that people or things cannot pass through.”
Now: to prevent someone from contacting you on a social network like Twitter, or from viewing your profile.”



Then: “a freshwater or marine fish with whisker-like barbels around the mouth, typically bottom-dwelling.”
Now: “a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes.”



Then: “a visible mass of particles of condensed vapor (as water or ice) suspended in the atmosphere of a planet (as the earth) or moon.”
Now: “any of several parts of the Internet that allow online processing and storage of documents and data as well as electronic access to software and other resources.”



Then: “a track or mark left by a foot or shoe.”
Now: “a unique set of characteristics, actions, etc., that leave a trace and serve as a means of identification.”



Then: “one attached to another by affection or esteem.”
Now: “to add a person to one’s list of contacts on a social-networking website.”



Then: “to go or come after or behind someone or something; to pursue in an effort to overtake.”
Now: to subscribe to someone’s updates on social media.”



Then: “to be suitable or agreeable to.”
Now: “to indicate one’s enjoyment of, agreement with, or interest in website content, especially in social media.”



Then: “an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture.”
Now: “a cultural item in the form of an image, video, phrase, etc., that is spread via the Internet and often altered in a creative or humorous way.”



Then: “a representation of something in outline; a concise biographical sketch.”
Now: “the personal details, images, user statistics, social-media timeline, etc., that an individual creates and associates with a username or online account.”



Then: “a criticism or insult that is directed toward a particular person or group; a swinging movement of a person’s hand, an animal’s paw, etc.”
Now: “to move the fingers across a touchscreen.” 



Then: “a flat piece of stone, clay, or wood that has writing on it.”
Now: “a general-purpose computer contained in a touchscreen panel.”



Then: “to supply with an identifying marker or price; to attach as an addition.”
Now: to link to someone else’s profile in a social media post, commonly a photo or status update.



Then: “a book or other piece of writing; especially : one that is studied.”
Now: “to send a text message.” 



Then: “a table listing important events for successive years within a particular historical period.”
Now: “a collection of online posts or updates associated with a specific social-media account, in reverse chronological order.”



Then: “a dwarf or giant in Scandinavian folklore inhabiting caves or hills.”
Now: “a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people.”



Then: “a chirping note.”
Now: “a very short message posted on the Twitter website.”


Audrina Patridge, former star of the MTV reality series The Hills, has admitted that she is being impersonated by someone online, and she is not happy about it. 

In an interview with HuffPost Live the 30-year old was informed by a fan that he had spoken to her online previosuly. He said that she had contacted him on Facebook. However, as Audrina was quick to point out, that wasn't her. Someone online is impersonating the star and contacting her vans through social media. 

The First Look host explained that this is not the first time this has happened to her and wanted to elaborate on the online nightmare further. 

“She knows everything. My address… she pretends to be my parents, my siblings, my friends from high school. She knows everything.”

She added that: “Whoever that girl is, she’s ruining people’s lives." 

The fake Audrina has contacted a number of male fans and explained that one even believed that they were going to be walking down the aisle. A man from Texas supposedly drove to the home of Audrina's parents because he thought they were getting married. 

“I was in New York filming, and my dad answered the door and was like, ’Who are you? Why are you here?'” 

Audrina explained that the 'Catfish' activities don't stop at fake marriage proposals and wedding plans, she explained that they have begun to have an effect on her professional life too. 

The Catfish has started to contact charities around the country and sign Audrina up for commitments that she knows nothing about and could not fulfill. Audrina has even tried to reach out to the individual personally and ask her to stop, but it hasn't worked. 

After getting the person's phone number from a 'friend of a friend', Audrina called and tried to reason with her. It didn't work out, and the TV star is still living with an online impersonator. 

Well, we will be reconsidering that friend request then.



MTV’s Catfish star, Nev Schulman, has been accused of punching a woman in the face when he was a student at Sarah Lawrence University in the US.

The incident happened in 2006 and Nev recalls it in his book In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age. In the book, Nev describes how he hit the person in self-defence during an LGBT event where he was taking photos: “While I was photographing, an individual who didn’t like that I was taking pictures attempted to tackle me and smash my camera on the ground … In an effort to free myself, I punched the person and ran off; when I returned minutes later, I discovered that the short, stocky, crew-cut style individual I’d fought with was a woman – a fact I hadn’t been aware of in the heat of the moment. The next thing I knew, I’d been arrested.”

Nev was later expelled from the college.

However, according to the woman involved in the altercation with Nev, this is not how things went down – at all, as she told New York Magazine: “To be quite clear, Schulman’s account of the events of that night is as suspect as all his other endeavours … I confronted him, and asked him to stop taking pictures. I didn’t tackle him and I certainly didn’t choke him with his camera strap. I tapped his shoulder and he turned around at hit me out of nowhere, I went down and he held me in a head lock and repeatedly punched me while I tried to get free.”

The incident has come to light following NFL player Ray Rice punching his wife in an elevator, about which Nev tweeted: "Cowards make me sick. Real men show strength through patience and honour. This elevator is abuse free." The tweet has since been removed. 




People might think you’re mad – but you’ve fallen for someone online.

You’re not alone as so many people in this technological generation are finding love through dating sites, on Facebook, or anywhere else.

However, while it may be legit and for real, there are some steps you should take to ensure this person is who they say you are.

It’s a lot easier than pretending there is no chance and being hurt later on.

1. Google, google, google
Use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Skype to make sure this person is who they say they are. If they have more than one social profile with the same picture/name/details then there is more of a chance the are who they say.

2. Facebook photos
If their Facebook photos are all of their “modelling” or DJing” days then that may be a bad sign. Is there photos of everyday things also? Of that same model doing normal things, looking normal? It may also be a bad sign if there is only one or two pictures.

3. Videochat
Insist of videochat – they will surely want to if they have nothing to hide, right? If they hold off or have some terrible excuse (“I have no camera”…please) then there is probably a reason why.

4. Too good to be true?
So they are a billionaire with their own helicopter and spend 4 months of the year cruising the Greek Islands in their own private yacht…Right. Ok, it’s not impossible, but don’t be naive either.

5. Face to Face
Try to meet up as soon as you establish mutual admiration. Always, always meet in a very public place in daylight hours and bring a friend. Don’t put yourself at risk.