April 6, 2013 |
While players and coaches may not agree about social media, they know to be careful with it. Once the game starts, Cardinal O'Hara's Thadd Smith puts away the cell phone. "I have to stay off and stay focused," he said. But off the field, the junior football player stays active on social media as he tweets out his scholarship offers and recruiting trips. With each football scholarship he receives, Thadd Smith goes straight to social media to spread the world. "Just picked up my 5th offer," Smith tweeted on Feb. 21 after receiving a scholarship offer from Toledo.
April 6, 2013 |
As the confetti fell from the ceiling and President Obama took the stage for his 2012 victory speech, there may have been a factor he forgot to thank - social media. And as Republican candidate Mitt Romney learned of his defeat, there may have been a factor that wasn't foremost in his mind - social media. In a world where people yearn for information at lightning speed, where perception via social media sites like Twitter and Facebook can be a candidate's best friend or worst enemy, it has become increasingly crucial for today's politician to master the information technology of the day. Kevin Arceneaux, an associate professor of political science at Temple University, has watched the use of social media grow from 2004, where they played a minor role, to the present day, where they have become "a central tool for campaigns.
September 5, 2013 |
First there was the selfie. Those were the self-shot, self-portraits posted on social media that - inadvertently? - invited the world to dish out the compliments. It was the image of your best self being candid and cute, and it fit nicely with the bazillions of other carefully curated pictures you posted online of you with your good-looking boyfriend, your marathon trainer, your enviable house, your adorable dog, your BFFs. Yet in a what's-your-status world filled with overwhelming pressure to look camera-ready at all times, it can be liberating to drop the facade and laugh at society's obsession with the exterior.
February 26, 2014 |
Like most big events, the Sochi Winter Olympics was two sets of events in one: the actual Games (curling, hockey, the highly puzzling biathlon) and what social media made of them. Failed rings! Fashion uprisings! Mammalian hoaxes! The fastest-growing (and most hopeless) petition in Change.org history! Over on TV, the Games were great for NBC. Prime-time viewership averaged 22.1 million through Friday. U.S. teams had a bad last weekend, so viewership faded, but it should still land between the 2010 Vancouver Games (24.4 million)
July 17, 2013 |
'We contend that social media in this day and age cannot be ignored," says a message on the website gzlegalcase. There could hardly be a clearer statement of the role of social media in the Trayvon Martin case. Especially since the website was created by Mark O'Mara, George Zimmerman's defense lawyer, in April 2012 to help raise money. It joined The Real George Zimmerman, a site Zimmerman himself had created. Starting from the first news in 2012, the Trayvon Martin case prompted sustained churn throughout social media.
August 26, 2011 |
LONDON - More than two weeks after the end of riots in London and other English cities, Britain's government and police met social-media executives Thursday to discuss how to prevent their services from being used to plot violence. But authorities did not seek new powers to shut down Facebook, Twitter, or BlackBerry Messenger in times of crisis. Police and politicians contend that young criminals used them to coordinate looting during riots in England this month. Prime Minister David Cameron has said police and intelligence agents would look at whether there should be limits on the use of social-media sites or services such as BlackBerry Messenger, which is largely cost-free, in times of disorder.
September 29, 2013 |
Nature-watching - an outsider's hobby, right? Geese crisscross the sky, eagles nest all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey, hawks and falcons are on their way, and elk whistle ghostly in Benezette. But birders, hunters, conservationists, and animal enthusiasts of all furs are also turning to Twitter, Facebook, blogs, apps, and a proliferation of "hawk cams" and "eagle cams" to get their beast on. Here, as in so many realms of human life, social media help people build communities around shared interests.
July 9, 2013 |
SANFORD, Fla. - Trayvon Martin's killing garnered worldwide attention when the man who fatally shot him wasn't arrested for weeks - a backlash fueled largely by social media. Now, social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook have permeated George Zimmerman's trial both inside and outside the courtroom. A witness who testified via Skype was inundated with calls from other users on the Internet-based phone service, and a defense attorney was tripped up by a photo his daughter posted on Instagram.
November 27, 2011 |
If you want to use Facebook and Twitter as networks of people and businesses that can guide you to good deals and money-saving - or moneymaking - opportunities, then check out these helpful sites. For yourself. Social media have many uses beyond commenting on Justin Bieber and the weather, so be on the lookout. The same channels you use to announce your arrival at a party are also exceptionally handy places to find and relay tips on shopping deals, generate and save money, find a job, barter, or recycle.
December 27, 2013 |
This is the year the social medium stopped being new and took its well-established place as an information source and cultural force - and farce. Not new anymore. Facebook, which turns 10, sort of, in February (when undergrad Mark Zuckerberg and pals launched Thefacebook.com at Harvard), is now a billion users strong. Its gewgaw, Instagram, the beautiful images-and-video site, passed 150 million in September. Meantime, Twitter is now big biz. At an estimated 462 million users in January, Twitter zapped past 500 million by June and now entertains an estimated 557 million registered users.