November 14, 2013 |
The last status update that Brendan DeVoue posted to his Facebook profile was a birthday greeting to his older brother. That was more than two months ago - an eternity in social-media time. The King of Prussia 18-year-old, though, has been sharing plenty online with his friends over at Twitter, the telegraphic platform that limits posts to 140 characters. DeVoue tweets about high school, soccer, and random life observations (I get cranky when I'm sick) multiple times a day. He also shares Vines, six-second-or-less looping videos.
November 13, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA In an age when everybody has a camera and a Facebook page, it seemed for sure, for a while, that the carriage horse was dead. And even when it was plain that the horse was alive, it didn't lessen the animosity between those who want horse-drawn carriages off the streets of Philadelphia and those who think animal activists live to create drama. It was about 5 p.m. Saturday when the horse, Silver, stumbled and fell near Seventh and Sansom Streets in Center City. Juan Carlos Cruz, who on Twitter describes himself as a communications executive in Philadelphia, posted a photo of the white horse lying on its side in the street, the carriage awkwardly turned toward the sidewalk.
November 10, 2013 |
'I think it feels divided because it is divided," says Sue Halpern by e-mail, "not only culturally, but within ourselves. " She's talking about our love-dread of social media. In a recent New York Review of Books article, Halpern, a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, surveyed seven books, all of which worry, profoundly, about surveillance and the Web. About governments looking at our e-mail, our posts, our tweets, our info. "Many of us rely on the Internet," Halpern says, "take pleasure in social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, and yet understand that we are also leaving ourselves vulnerable - whether to employers or to the government or to advertisers and marketers or to anyone who might use the information we share in ways that we never imagined.
October 31, 2013 |
ON THIS NIGHT, 75 years ago, nothing happened in a little slice of New Jersey no one's ever heard of, and the story's only grown ever since. It was Oct. 30, 1938, and Orson Welles and cast members of the "Mercury Theatre on the Air" put their own twist on the H.G. Wells science-fiction classic, War of the Worlds , telling CBS radio listeners that Martians had landed on the Wilmuth Farm in the Grover's Mill section of West Windsor Township, about...
October 14, 2013 |
Looking for a great recipe for apple cinnamon sugar cookie bars? Need suggestions on where to go pumpkin picking? Local real estate agency Philly Home Girls is attracting customers by sharing favorite Philadelphia restaurants, local events, and do-it-yourself interior-design projects on social-media sites. The two-woman sales team, based at Coldwell Banker Preferred's Old City office, shifted its marketing approach earlier this year, launching a new website and Instagram account and using Twitter and Pinterest differently, along with an already-established Facebook page, to connect with clients.
October 13, 2013 |
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.
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.
September 21, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - This is a place that specializes in the ephemeral. Sand sculpting. Bathing beauties crowned one moment, dethroned the next. Temporary art parks built on borrowed empty casino lots. The summer season. And now, chalk art. Situated on Indiana Avenue near what is perhaps the most ephemeral thing of all - the eroding shoreline - artists from around the world are in Atlantic City this week for a 3D Chalk Art Festival. With chalk and tempera paint, they are creating works that, when viewed through a lens from a fixed point (marked by the artists with tape or a footprint)
September 20, 2013 |
Can tools and insights from the world of social media improve the experience of patients in a hospital or doctor's office? That's the hope of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Yorn, a Philadelphia start-up's plans for changing how companies relate to customers. After a three-month pilot project, Penn was convinced. On Wednesday, it announced a multiyear contract to bring Yorn - which stands for "your opinion, right now" - to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and to its other hospitals and outpatient facilities.
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.