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.”
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.
If you’re an avid reader, you probably already use devices like Amazon’s Kindle or Apple’s iPad for flipping through those page-turners, but you may not be familiar with other aspects of the internet that can change the way you experience books. Self publishing, personalised children’s books and social media are changing the technological landscape for avid readers. Social media readings sites that give readers an opportunity to meet and discuss what they are reading virtually. Slowly, these social media networks are replacing your traditional book clubs, and that may be for the best. [Read more…]
Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), also known as Ansar Bangla, has published a list of bloggers that they have threatened to kill if their demand to strip the bloggers of their citizenship is not met. A number of secular bloggers are listed on the ABT’s blogger hit list, including at least two Americans.
Pop quiz: if hashtags about Pope Francis in America weren’t trending on Twitter, would he really be in America? In the news today, Pope Francis starts a trend (or two) on Twitter. Catholics and non-Catholics alike are buzzing over the Bishop of Rome’s visit to the United States.
A little after 10 AM eastern time, Donald Trump tweeted that he would be participating in a 2016 Q&A hosted by @TwitterNYC. Then, Twitter exploded. #AskTrump promptly started trending across the United States. Soon after, it started trending worldwide.
In July 2015, Gay Catholic blogger Aaron Jay Ledesma began writing a blog entitled “The Gay Catholic,” and in just a few short months, Ledesma has attracted the White House’s attention. In what he calls a miracle from Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House responded to Ledesma’s contact form and invited him to the White House during Pope Francis’s visit to the White House. [Read more…]
The social impact of Bin Laden’s recent death has been incredible and it also became an incredible force across blogs and other Web sites. Countless bloggers, even those who usually don’t cover news-related topics, felt the need to peak out on the breaking story and, along the way, dip their toes into news and political blogging.
But with so much attention being focused on how blogging and social media is changing journalism, there are still scant few resources that give bloggers and other webmasters access to the media used by mainstream outlets.
The problem is that, while there are countless great sites on the Web for stock photos and other images, they are more targeted at providing attractive, but generic images for a blog post. If you need a photo to indicate friendship or represent something being locked down, these sites are great. However, if you need a photo of a recent rally in Washington D.C. or of a particular celebrity, they are virtually useless as most of the photos they have are not timely and not related to current events.
However, there are a few sites that offer news-related images for free on your site. All you have to know is where to look and how to search them correctly.
Here are some of the options to consider. [Read more…]