July 12, 2013 |
“Sharknado,” Syfy's latest shlocky made-for-TV guilty pleasure, hit social media Thursday night like, well, a swirling cyclone of bloodthirsty fish. Yet another offering from the minds who brought us “Dinoshark,” “Sharktopus” and “Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus,” “Sharknado” also benefited from the presence of at least two past-their-prime actors, starlet-turned-party-girl Tara Reid and “Beverly Hills 90210's” resident bro, Ian Zeiring. And, well, it's the summer and there isn't much else on. The combination of an absurd yet self-evident premise, a clumsy portmanteau title, visual effects that would leave Ed Wood embarrassed, and D-list stars proved to be the perfect storm for Twitter snarking, with seemingly everyone -- or at least seemingly everyone related somehow to the media industry -- weighing in on the campy spectacle.
October 30, 2013
Re "Social media's Roman roots," Opinion, Oct. 27 I recently finished reading James Boswell's "London Journey," a fascinating glimpse into 18th century upper-class life in London. I was impressed with the vast number of letters and notes written and received by Boswell. Evidently this was not a new phenomenon; every Scot (as Boswell was) and English child was expected to write to everyone they knew. This seems to be characteristic of every human society and not confined to the Internet age. The Internet just provides a faster way to communicate, create new ideas and meet one another than any other social media that has existed.
May 18, 2012 |
On the day Facebook went public other social media stocks have begun to drop like flies. Social media companies such as Zynga, LinkedIn, Groupon and Pandora that went public in the last year began Friday with some poor results, each seeing its stock price drop in the same fashion that Facebook stock began the day. Zynga, the social gaming site that relies on Facebook for the bulk of its users, was the biggest early loser. It saw an all-time low for its shares, at one point hitting $7.10, according to Yahoo Finance.
February 19, 2013 |
I enjoy Facebook. Maybe a little too much. Where some see "empowerboasting" and "humblebragging," I see inspiration and interesting ideas in the form of status updates. I even appreciate political views I may not agree with, so long as they're expressed with some common sense and decency. The best part of Facebook: endless links to interesting articles I might otherwise have missed. (Times senior editorial writer Michael McGough 's Facebook page is one of my news sources. No joke.)
February 21, 2014 |
Want to stay up to date on everything related to the Dodgers this season? Check out the official Dodgers social media links below. Also, be sure to follow L.A. Times Sports on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news on the team. L.A. Times Sports on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LATimesSports L.A. Times Sports on Twitter: https://twitter.com/latimessports Dodgers on Instagram: http://instagram.com/dodgers Dodgers on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dodgers Dodgers on Vine: https://vine.co/Dodgers Dodgers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Dodgers Dodgers on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/dodgersbaseball/
April 17, 2012 |
One-third of consumers are using Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites to seek medical information, discuss symptoms and express their opinions about doctors, drugs and health insurers, according to a new report. These latest results from PwC's Health Research Institute underscore the need for healthcare providers and insurance companies to engage more with consumers online since they are increasingly making medical decisions based on the information they find there. The stakes are likely to grow as millions of younger consumers comfortable with social media enter the insurance market for the first time under the federal healthcare law. “Those medical providers and payers who are able to use social media are likely to do better in the marketplace as consumers make these decisions,” said John Edwards, a director in PwC's healthcare strategy and business intelligence practice.