October 29, 2012 |
It's warm and sunny here in Los Angeles, but on my computer, a storm has been brewing all day. From my cubicle in downtown Los Angeles I've been nervously anticipating the arrival of Hurricane Sandy since arriving at work this morning - -following along on social media networks as people share news stories, crazy weather photos (both real and fake ), their fears, and choice quotes from the Twitter feeds of governors of the states that will soon be hit. We don't need to be from New Jersey or watching television to know that Gov. Christie is deeply disappointed in the people who didn't evacuate, and shocked by the images coming out of the Jersey Shore.
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!"
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.
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foundation after being accused by some of instigating the group's decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood (Komen rescinded the decision late last week).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.
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 13, 2013 |
As expected, social media erupted Saturday night when George Zimmerman was found not guilty on Saturday of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The reactions that poured in from around the country ranged from agreement with the verdict to outrage. A number of Twitter users also expressed sympathy for Martin's family. The entire trial was widely discussed and tracked on social media. Thousands tweeted and posted on Facebook with hashtags such as #Zimmerman and #StandWithTrayvon.
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August 22, 2013 |
Hannah Anderson defended her use of social media in the days following her kidnapping and rescue, saying in her first interview after her rescue that sending and receiving the online postings "just helps me grieve. " The San Diego County 16-year-old's first comments about her ordeal came in an interview with NBC that aired in two parts Thursday morning on the "Today" show. In the second segment, she addressed those who have criticized her recent online activity. "I didn't know people could be so cruel," she said.
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.
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.
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.