May 2, 2013 |
When it came to their wedding to-do list, Antoinette Marie Johnson and Tyler Westnedge started with the standard fare: Book a venue, select flowers, arrange dress fittings, hire a caterer. But then, there was more to be done: Create a hashtag, develop a social media brand, and connect with more than 30,000 friends, relatives, business contacts, and total strangers along the way. Over several months leading up to their April wedding in Fairmount Park, the couple took to sites like Twitter, using the hashtag #atwed.
April 29, 2013 |
IT'S THE Phillies' Opening Day, and Jim Gardner opens up TweetDeck, his preferred client for posting to Twitter, his preferred social network. Gardner writes: "'Breathe in the smell of beer, mustard and funnel cake. Ah, we are reborn.' Quote from anonymous Mayan philosopher.#phillies. " Gardner waits. Nothing. Huh? Why isn't anyone responding? C'mon! That one was funny, he thinks. Kind of, at least, right? For those of us whose lives have become enmeshed with social media, it's a familiar scene.
April 26, 2013 |
ABC's sultry prime-time hit Scandal is a quick-paced drama starring Kerry Washington as high-powered crisis manager Olivia Pope. Pope, a no-nonsense-yet-emotionally vulnerable black woman, is having a steamy affair with the white Republican president of the United States, Fitzgerald "Fitz" Grant, played by the guy you'll remember as the baddie from Ghost, Tony Goldwyn. It's crazy, it's dizzying, and we love it. Scandal's success this season - it ranks a strong second in its 10 p.m. time slot in total viewers ages 18 to 49 - is more than confirmation that America loves a good nighttime soap.
April 25, 2013 |
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - If you can stand straight with your knees together and see a space between your upper thighs, you have what thousands of teenage girls are willing to starve themselves for. The thigh gap, as it is known, is a small space with a huge following on social media. You can follow supermodel Cara Delevingne's thigh gap on Twitter or peruse thousands of thigh gaps on Tumblr with images of ultrathin women in bikinis, hiked-up skirts, and lingerie, all baring thighs so thin they don't touch.
April 22, 2013 |
Friday morning America woke up to more mayhem - a manhunt for a terror suspect in suburban Boston. The whole city on lockdown. One suspect dead. Officer slain. Another officer shot. Thousands of officers geared up and ready for battle. It was utterly captivating. It was also almost unendurable, even at a distance, far from Boston. A person would be forgiven for turning off the television, shutting down the computer, and going back to bed to hide under the covers. For those of a gentle disposition, this was all too much like an episode of 24 or a Bruce Willis movie.
April 12, 2013 |
RYSHEED JORDAN won't be playing college basketball maybe a mile east of his North Philly home. Instead, the Roberts Vaux High superguard announced via Twitter just before 9 a.m. Thursday that he's headed for St. John's. Temple, St. John's and UCLA were the members of his Final Three. "I wanted to go [to Temple] since I was little," Jordan said Thursday afternoon by cellphone. "Coach [Fran] Dunphy did a great job recruiting me. Came to my practices and mostly all my games.
April 10, 2013
THESE PETS have found social-media celebrity: * Nora the Piano Cat The musical feline skyrocketed to fame in a viral YouTube video. Nora was rescued from Camden and adopted by Betsy Alexander and Burnell Yow of Center City before she became a famous musician. Alexander said Nora learned to play the piano by imitating her. ph.ly/nora * Darwin the Ikea Monkey In December, customers in a Toronto Ikea were entertained by an adorable, coat-wearing monkey that had escaped its owners.
April 7, 2013 |
Nonprofits have taken advantage of social media's ability to reach out for new volunteers and supplies in ways that are faster than ever before. An increasing number of nonprofit organizations are using social media to reach their target audiences to meet their needs and to keep in touch with members. Creating a page on any network is quick, easy, and - more important - free. Once a page is created, millions of social network users can access the page. Allowing every user on social media to access the page is important for bringing in new ideas and new people to the nonprofit.
April 6, 2013 |
"She said what!?" The two students used to be friends until one of them started flirting with the other's boyfriend on Twitter. The next day, the fight spilled over from social media into the classroom, leaving one of the two pepper-sprayed and beaten up. Because of the sensitivity of the incident, names have been withheld, but the teacher who intervened was shocked because the students had been best friends. While fighting in school is nothing new, technology and social media have changed the nature of conflict - freeing students to make comments to each other that they'd unlikely say face to face.
April 6, 2013
Amid the vast and growing array of online platforms, musicians and bands may never have to pass out fliers again. Through technology and social media, publicizing an artistic endeavor is much easier and appealing. Social media and technology have made it so much easier for musicians to share their music, as it cuts out the complex and strenuous process of going through studios, agents, and promotion people. Making music is basically the same as it always has been. Musicians need to be gifted with some God-given talent, they must hone their skills over countless hours of practice and rehearsals, and finally they must master their instrument.