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.
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.
Earlier today, Twitter added a new celebrity to its ranks: Edwards Snowden, the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower. Welcome to Twitter, Edward Snowden (you’re only basically a decade late). His bio reads, “I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public. Director at @FreedomofPress.”
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…]
Saudi Arabia’s government will soon execute a young man named Ali Mohammed al-Nimr for his pro-democracy demonstrations during the Arab Spring in 2012. In response to the Saudi government’s planned execution of al-Nimr, the hacktivist group Anonymous, infamous (or famous) for its cyber vigilantism, has attacked Saudi government websites.
In the United States, (American) football is king. An entire day of the week, Sunday, is devoted to the National Football League (NFL), but if you take into account Friday night’s high school football games, Saturday’s college football games, and the NFL’s Monday and Thursday night games, in the fall, Americans are practically always watching football.
While most people may see social media as a way to share their personal activities – what they ate, where they ate, where they’re going on vacation, how they feel, #OOTD, etc. – we can no longer deny that there are other applications of social media.
Of course, there is social media marketing which benefits businesses big and small, but on the “good” side (that is not to say the above are bad), there is the connection between social media and law enforcement. And a growing one, too. [Read more…]
Reaching out to fellow bloggers, making connections, and building a network are some of the most important activities that a blogger have to focus on. That is, if you want to expand your reach and monetize your blog at some point.
These activities can be done online, of course, but offline events can also bring you excellent results. Additionally, if you’re working as a social media manager or strategist (or some similar role) for a client, holding real-life events may be a necessary component to your overall strategy.
If this is the case, how can you optimize the impact of your events? [Read more…]