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.
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.
March 26, 2012
Don't miss the free Small Business Services breakfast event, "How Technology and Social Media Can Benefit Your Small Business," Thursday in the Public Meeting Room at The Inquirer, 400 N. Broad St. Networking starts at 7:30 a.m., and the event is scheduled to run until 9:30 a.m. You'll learn how small businesses are integrating new technologies and social media into their business models. The forum examines Philadelphia's obsession with good food and the small businesses that provide the best digital edge in serving their customers.
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.
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.
January 23, 2012 |
The death of Joe Paterno was two events in one. The first was the close of a life of heroic peaks and a tragic denouement. The second was the gigantic Internet shadow of the event: the tweets, blogs, posts, and retweets, reposts, and comments, from thousands, perhaps millions, of people across the Web. All major news events now cast this immense shadow. And it can affect the very news itself, as it did in this case. Sadness and snark. The Internet lets thousands of individuals post their reactions instantly - to anything, an index of immediate emotion.
February 29, 2012 |
Last week, the principals of Lower Merion's two public high schools explained in a letter to parents that they had learned of a YouTube video showing students engaged in "binge drinking, marijuana use, substance-induced violence and several dangerous situations involving drugs and alcohol in vehicles. " The letter warned of significant consequences for students (e.g., suspension from athletic teams) caught on camera engaging in such activities. The administrators added that this would be the case "even if they haven't had a sip of beer, but are found to have been 'in the room' at a party where alcohol is served.
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.
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.