February 26, 2014 |
Like most big events, the Sochi Winter Olympics was two sets of events in one: the actual Games (curling, hockey, the highly puzzling biathlon) and what social media made of them. Failed rings! Fashion uprisings! Mammalian hoaxes! The fastest-growing (and most hopeless) petition in Change.org history! Over on TV, the Games were great for NBC. Prime-time viewership averaged 22.1 million through Friday. U.S. teams had a bad last weekend, so viewership faded, but it should still land between the 2010 Vancouver Games (24.4 million)
February 20, 2014 |
IT'S BEEN A MONTH since Penn freshman Madison Holleran died by suicide. An athletic and academic standout in high school, she had been dismayed by her 3.5 grade-point average at Penn and had struggled to balance her studies with her varsity track training. By Jan. 17, she was so despondent, she took her life. Three weeks later, Penn sophomore Elvis Hatcher did the same. Both suicides ignited much debate about the life-or-death pressures of college life (particularly in the Ivy League)
February 19, 2014 |
Shortly after verdicts were announced Saturday night in the Jacksonville, Fla., trial of Michael Dunn, social media flared. Dunn, charged in the killing of Jordan Davis, 17, was found guilty of three counts of attempted second-degree murder but acquitted, by a hung jury, of a first-degree count. That caused hurt and objection - and sadness among Davis' family members, who said they though his image had been unfairly tarnished. On Nov. 23, 2012, Dunn pulled into a service station next to an SUV carrying Davis and some friends.
February 12, 2014 |
The storm was a virtual fantasy, the first flakes a good 60 hours or more away. Yet just before daybreak Monday, the National Weather Service did something highly unusual. It predicted a snow total for a storm almost three days away. Blame "Weather Boy"? As the Philadelphia region endures its 10th-snowiest season on record, forecasters find themselves battling not just snow and ice, but social media minions. In the era of viral tweets and posts, storms can become legends before their times.
February 11, 2014
C ORTNEY COHEN, 27, of Old City, owns the Geisha House, a women's boutique on 3rd Street below Race, in Old City. Cohen, a former nurse, opened the boutique in December 2012, and it quickly attracted a following for its sexy, edgy blouses and boho maxi dresses by mostly Australia- and California-based designers. Q: How did you come up with the idea? A: I have a nursing degree from Thomas Jefferson University and was a nurse for three years, but starting a boutique was always a dream.
February 5, 2014 |
Saying a New Hope-based social media company's website endangers minors by allowing them to provide too much personal information, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sued MeetMe Inc. in California Monday. The lawsuit cites criminal cases around the nation in which adult men were either arrested for or convicted of sexual crimes against teenage girls they met through the site. To make connections, members can search by age and geopersonal information, learning, for example, that another member is within 500 feet.
January 28, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA A union that has been involved in organizing teachers at Olney Charter High School is set to file an unfair labor practice charge Monday over a new social-media policy the union said was an attempt to silence staff. The Alliance of Charter School Employees, a local affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania, alleges that Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania, the nonprofit that runs Olney, bars workers from making negative comments about their employer on social media, including in blogs and online forums.
January 21, 2014 |
THE MORE you laugh, the longer you live," 19-year-old Madison Holleran, a University of Pennsylvania freshman, wrote on her Twitter profile. Now, Holleran's friends, family and classmates are trying to figure out when her laughter stopped and why she decided she couldn't live anymore. Holleran, a native of Allendale, N.J., jumped from a parking-garage roof on 15th Street near Spruce in Center City about 7 p.m. Friday, according to Philadelphia police. Her death was ruled a suicide.
January 17, 2014
E VAN URBANIA, 33, of Southwest Center City, and Matthew Ray, 43, of South Philadelphia, are co-founders of ChatterBlast Media on 13th Street near Sansom in Midtown Village. The firm builds online strategies to target customers through social media, multimedia and advertising. Urbania is CEO; Ray is creative director. I spoke with Urbania. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for ChatterBlast? A: After the markets collapsed in 2008, Matthew and I weren't working full time and had small consulting gigs.
January 12, 2014 |
'Information is now a core of our business," says Kim Scott Heinle. He is assistant general manager of customer service at SEPTA. You'd think he'd be talking about snow and ice, bus detours, dead equipment, backward-rippling train delays. But here he is, talking like some IT guy: "It used to be just running buses, trains, and trolleys, but now it's information, too. " "Our riders want it," says Ron Hopkins, assistant general manager of operations. And they want it "in real time.