February 26, 2013 |
Instagram, the popular photo-sharing social network purchased by Facebook last year, has reached a milestone important for any social network: 100 million monthly active users. The mobile app, which has recently begun expanding its Web presence , announced the news Tuesday by uploading a photo to the social network. "Today, we're excited to announce that there are currently 100,000,000 active users on Instagram," a caption for a photo of the Instagram team says. "You read that number right -- one hundred million people use Instagram every month!"
February 7, 2012 |
Social media sites were once again alive with people posting their reactions to the latest in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure saga. On Tuesday, Komen Vice President Karen Handel resigned from her position at the breast cancer foundation after being accused by some of instigating the group's decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood (Komen rescinded the decision late last week). "I am deeply disappointed by the gross mischaracterizations of the strategy, its rationale, and my involvement in it," Handel's resignation letter read.
July 20, 2012 |
As Colorado reeled from a late-night mass shooting at a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," social media offered glimpses of the chaos as it occurred -- and of the horrific aftermath. Early this morning, a Denver Twitter user named Caitlin (@dingos8myTARDIS) tweeted “Shots fired in the theater.” “It was my theater,” she told a friend. “I'm outside, one of my friends is still inside. No one knows what's going on.” She added, “Oh God, I don't know what to do.” Photos: Scene of the shooting | Hollywood reacts A YouTube video showed the scene outside the doors of the movie in the wake of the shooting; there was no screaming, but moviegoers can be seen filing out of the theater, including one man covered in blood around the 0:50-second mark of the video.
February 16, 2012 |
The U.S. Department of Transportation doesn't want you tweeting on Twitter, poking on Facebook, or giving a "thumbs up" to new music on Pandora when you're behind the wheel -- unless your car is parked. And to that end, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on Thursday the "first-ever federally proposed guidelines to encourage automobile manufacturers to limit the distraction risk for in-vehicle electronic devices. " Translated, LaHood and the Transportation Department are calling for an end to distractions caused by our in-car infotainment systems, which are increasingly relying on touch screens to operate and bringing navigation, music and even social networking apps into the cabin of our rides.
July 12, 2011 |
The rollout of a new Velveeta dinner kit might not seem like cause for celebration, but spurred by social media and the chance to try the product first, some 5,000 people threw parties recently in honor of Cheesy Skillets. Far from a spontaneous show of affection for the latest incarnation of Kraft Food Inc.'s venerable processed cheese product, the house parties represented a carefully orchestrated national campaign marrying Tupperware kitsch and Twitter cool for a new generation of in-home marketers.
November 19, 2012 |
George Takei got himself a Tumblr page this weekend, and if you find this information thrilling, you are not alone. The page is titled "Are you talking to Meme?" and the featured post is a giant grinning Takei giving the thumbs up sign with the caption, "I tumbl. for you. " Beneath that is another caption that reads, "My nephew asked why I don't have a Tumblr account, given my love of goofy pics. So here it is! To celebrate, I've paired with Tumblr and Humans of New York to help with their Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser . " With Takei's help, the fundraiser has already doubled its initial goal of $100,000.
October 25, 2013 |
It's time now for another media mini-feud! This bout features two media personalities who are no strangers to duking it out in public: CNN host Piers Morgan and Fox News contributor (and former politician) Sarah Palin. This skirmish began when Morgan tweeted a link to an article on the satirical site Daily Currant on Thursday. The story claimed that Palin, during an appearance on the Fox News program "Fox and Friends," talked about the ways in which Jesus Christ celebrated Easter during his lifetime.
May 8, 2012 |
Researchers at Harvard have gotten to the bottom of why so many of us are compelled to share our every thought, movement, like and want through mediums like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram and Pinterest. In a series of experiments, the researchers found that the act of disclosing information about oneself activates the same sensation of pleasure in the brain that we get from eating food, getting money or having sex. It's all a matter of degrees of course, (talking about yourself isn't quite as pleasurable as sex for most of us)
January 26, 2014 |
A couple of centuries ago, Northern California was a magnet for legions of men, young and old, in search of riches. They had heard that millions could be made by anyone who showed up and worked hard. Some did achieve great wealth, but most left with nothing more than they had when they arrived. That was the California gold rush of the mid-1800s. But now another boom is drawing in the dreamers. The technology industry, whose spiritual home is Silicon Valley and San Francisco but whose reach is global, is a bright spot.
December 27, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- How do new inmates cope with the lack of privacy in prison? What advice would an inmate give someone facing a long prison sentence? What are the effects of incarceration on inmates' families? All good questions, none of which had good answers online -- until recently. Through a partnership with the Last Mile, a high-tech incubator at San Quentin , question-and-answer service Quora has made it possible for inmates to make their voices heard on social media.