April 6, 2013 |
Do you remember the pulsating beat and powerful lyrics of Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, or LL Cool J? Those artists were some of the key figures of old school hip-hop. They had a message, a unique style, a following, and no doubt a contract with a major record label. Today, the pioneer rappers have been replaced by Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Big Sean. The message, the style, and fans may differ from the past, but the biggest change from old school to new school is the use of social media.
July 24, 2013 |
In the end it was, as always, a woman and her child, and the effort to deliver. But, for the circus/playground/peanut gallery of the social media, the labor of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, was an orgy of fact-mongering, speculation, and hijinks of all sorts. And social media used the occasion to play host to a huge, silly world party. Lightning-fast Twitter was a fine place to follow the timeline of events, starting from the announcement about 2 a.m. (Philly time) from Peter Hunt of the BBC that "the Duchess of Cambridge is in labour and has gone to give birth at the private Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London.
August 3, 2012 |
The firefighters union's got their pants all in a tweet after the Nutter administration issued rules for firefighters' use of Twitter, Facebook and other social media websites this week. Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers issued a three-page memo Wednesday detailing social media guidelines that prohibit employees from using city property for social media while on duty, prohibit any comments or images about patients, racial slurs, any other defamatory comments and anything that may affect the efficiency or effective operation of the department.
July 1, 2011 |
BALTIMORE - The woman had just bought a new car at the Mile One dealership, but she was sad to see her old one go. So she let a dealership staffer take a picture of her with both - and Mile One connected her with the buyer of her old car online. "They became friends on Facebook," said Nicole Hayes, e-commerce director for the Mile One Automotive Group, based in Pikesville, Md. Hayes says that such interactions, which she sees as helping to foster a community around the Mile One brand, have convinced her that the company needs to double down on social media.
September 15, 2013 |
Bashar al-Assad, president of Syria, is embroiled in civil war and accusations of chemical warfare against his own people. So what does he do? He takes the offensive. Instagram and Twitter. To the horror of many, Assad posted pics of himself, calm and in control, at work at his desk, meeting state leaders. Asma, his wife, helps out at a food line, hugs real people. And then there's the odd branding. His Mac is in view. Asma sports a hip aquamarine Jawbone UP wristband pedometer.
April 7, 2011 |
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Maryland's prison agency said this week that it will no longer ask prospective correctional officers for the keys to their social media accounts after the American Civil Liberties Union complained that requiring job applicants to divulge Facebook user names and passwords violates privacy laws. Instead, background investigators will ask those seeking guard jobs and other security-related positions to voluntarily log in to their personal websites so that investigators can review them.
April 6, 2013 |
As the U.S. Postal Service struggles to stay afloat in a rapidly changing world, could it be that social media are helping to push it over the edge? Could technology put a "forever stamp" on snail mail? "We can't continue to operate on a precipice," Joe Corbett, the United States Postal Service's chief financial officer, said at a recent news conference. Coupled with the worst recession in 80 years, the USPS is facing challenges as the world of letters, postcards and stamps has taken a backseat in the millennium of e-mail, Facebook and Twitter.
September 15, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Social TV was the buzz Wednesday on the famed set of Saturday Night Live . With the nation talking about tweets and tagging friends and other social-media jargon, NBCUniversal held a conference to showcase its social-media prowess. Highlights included the Bravo channel's "tweet tracker" and CNBC's 500,000 Twitter followers, which NBCU believes boost its relevance to TV fans and advertisers. The consensus was that social media have the potential, like Internet surfing and browsing in the 1990s and early 2000s, to radically alter the already-fragmented media industry.
June 14, 2010 |
The 2010 hurricane season, which began this month, is forecast to be a busy one. As relief workers respond to the storms, researchers at Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Lab in Cherry Hill will track the situation - not through weather maps and TV reports, but through photos and messages on social-media websites. The lab is studying posts on tools such as Twitter and YouTube during disasters and political conflicts to answer some basic questions: Who is using them? And how?
March 21, 2013 |
MOST PEOPLE post what they ate for lunch, brag about their kids or lament a slow workday on their Facebook status. Omar Woods of Kensington confessed a crime: "I'm on da run for 3 attemed [sic] murders. " That status update, along with photos that Woods later posted of himself with a handgun jammed in his waistband, now could help convict him in a July shooting in Kensington that injured three people. As social-media use grows, more scofflaws, like Woods, are posting incriminating information or photos online.