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April 6, 2013 | By Mary Kate Foley, DOWNINGTOWN WEST HIGH
Gone are the days of just buttons and banners for politicians to reach their constituents. Welcome to the new political arena full of commercials, blog posts, and hundreds of tweets. Through social media, politicians are now able to constantly display their message through endless commercials, see direct responses to their actions via Facebook or Twitter, and connect with a single person at the push of a button. As State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D., Chester) introduced legislation last year that would strengthen Pennsylvania's animal cruelty laws, his camp was overwhelmed with positive feedback from the animal-loving community.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
'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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 6, 2013 | By Brenden Graulau, CONSTITUTION HIGH
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.
NEWS
April 6, 2013 | By Katie Denshaw, PENNSBURY HIGH SCHOOL
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.
NEWS
December 27, 2013 | By John Timpane, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 26, 2011 | By Jill Lawless, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
September 29, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 20, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Red Alert Israel is an app, and it is harrowing. Tied into Israel's early-warning system, it sends an alert to your phone whenever a rocket is fired into Israel. With the current Israel-Hamas conflict, it goes off all the time. Lawrence Husick, senior fellow and codirector of the center for the study of terrorism at the Foreign Research Policy Institute, calls Red Alert Israel "a punch in the gut" that "gives a dramatic sense of what it's like to live in a state of threat. " Welcome to the social-media war-within-the-war.
NEWS
October 13, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Normally two islands in a sea of social media, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia have had recent audience triumphs radically revising old notions that Twitter and other social media work only for young millennials. On Oct. 2, the Philadelphia Orchestra played to a full Verizon Hall on six hours' notice, aided by social media, after a prestigious visiting engagement at Carnegie Hall was abruptly canceled. The strategy: Massive contacts via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter.
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