On Thursday, the High Court in Singapore dismissed video blogger Amos Yee’s appeal against his jail sentence. Justice Tay Yong Kwang ridiculed Yee during the proceedings, arguing that Yee “gave no respect to anyone – the police, the court and someone who had just passed away.”
What do bloggers and Halloween have in common except for writing posts related to the season to get some eyeballs?
Well, quite a lot, actually. In fact, there are what I call “Halloween lessons for bloggers”, which can bring your blog significant benefits.
Do you want to learn a thing or two? Read on. [Read more…]
For years, Tumblr’s user base has been growing steadily. With Yahoo’s $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr in 2013, the micro-blogging site became part of the Yahoo brand. Near the end of 2014, Tumblr had at least 420 million users — that’s huge for a website with a bit of an identity crisis. Tumblr’s gigantic user base is really enticing for many bloggers, but it may not be worth your time. Is Tumblr for bloggers? Real bloggers?
Believe it or not, Fortune 500 company blogs are few and far between. According to UMass Dartmouth research, less than a quarter of the F500 host regularly updated public blogs. However, those that do regularly update blogs definitely have it right. With consistent updates and positive, brand-relevant content, a number of these companies serve as amazing examples of corporate blogging masters. [Read more…]
If you’ve been on Twitter recently, you might have noticed a new little tab, adorned with a lightning bolt, situated between your notifications and messages. It’s Twitter’s new Moments feature, and it’s here to help give Twitter its identity.
Twitter just gave us a new way to purchase things on the web: buying via tweets. Vendors using one of the three major e-commerce sites will now be able to sell to their customers directly through their Twitter timeline; merchants can now embed a buy now button into their tweets. Twitter’s buy now button will undoubtedly shake up e-commerce, making it easier for merchants to connect with and sell to their customers.
As a result of 24-hour cable news cycle, relentlessness of the internet and ubiquitousness of social media, for better or worse, we are, in some ways, more in tune with the world than ever before. Twitter helped spur on the Arab Spring in 2011, ignite the search for Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army, force governments to take action over #BringBackOurGirls and spread other news stories internationally quickly. In the case of the Syrian refugees, however, we see the limits of what’s become known as hashtag activism.
As early as November, you will be able to let someone known exactly what you think of them as a human being—albeit indirectly. The new social media app called Peeple is billed as the Yelp for humans. It’s all of the insane and inane things that you hate about Yelp but, you know, about people. Actual human beings. The upcoming Peeple app embodies the worst of social media.
Blogging involves many tasks – from conceptualization to creation to promotion – but at the center of it all, I believe, is writing.
It is true that you don’t have to be the best writer in the world to be a good blogger. You don’t have to be a badge-carrying member of the Grammar Police. It does pay to work on your writing skills, though, and when it comes to that, it’s best to listen to the some of the most recognized writers.
If you need a bit of inspiration or you want to pick up an insight or two, read these writing quotes for bloggers. You’ll walk away a better equipped writer. [Read more…]
Since Twitter’s former CEO (and former stand-up comedian), Dick Costolo, left the social media giant on July 1, investors have been vehemently searching for Twitter’s new leader, and it looks as if Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s current interim leader of Twitter and Square’s chief executive, may be the best candidate. Will Dorsey be Twitter’s next CEO? Potentially.