Business Twitters that do this kind of thing are my favourite.
Business Twitters that do this kind of thing are my favourite.
If you build it, porn will come: Vine, the hot new Twitter app that allows users to post six-second video loops, now has an age restriction after users immediately began to flood the app with pornographic clips.
Now when users attempt to download Vine, they are first prompted to confirm that they are at least 17 years old before the app begins installing.
(Photo via Vine)
Whoa. Snapchat is on social media charts now?!
The lesson: Obama won the internet because his head of Digital was “brave enough to just let people who know their shit do what they do.”
Meet the Mind Behind Barack Obama’s Online Persona
You’ve most definitely seen it by now. Michelle Obama, wearing a red-and-white checkered dress, stands with her back to the camera. Her arms are wrapped around her husband, the hints of a smile lingering on the edges of his lips. “Four more years,” reads the text, which was posted on the Obama campaign’s social media accounts around 11:15pm on election night‚ just as it became clear the president had won a second term.
The photo, taken by campaign photographer Scout Tufankjian just a few days into the job, pretty much won the internet: 816,000 retweets, the most likes ever on Facebook; thousands of reblogs on Tumblr. And yet it wasn’t chosen by the president’s press secretary, or even a senior-level operative, but by 31-year-old Laura Olin, a social media strategist who’d been up since 4am. For the first time since the campaign ended, she talked to Tumblr, in partnership with The Daily Beast, about what it’s like being the voice of the President — where millions of people, and a ravenous press, await your every grammatical error.
I love the internet
Once upon a time, a woman named Bethany Heck launched a Kickstarter to create an old-school style baseball scorebook. “The book is designed for beginners,” she wrote. “With lots of spaces to take notes on what you ate, who sang the national anthem, where you sat and what the weather was like…The goal is to make scorekeeping fun again.” Her project was a success, and quickly became an all-time staff favorite — we still remember fondly the day our books arrived. We spent all afternoon passing them around the office, crowing over the thoughtful details, the lovely design, and fantasizing about all the hot days (and hot dogs) ahead of us at the ball park. But Bethany wasn’t finished! Since then, she’s wowed us with The Eephus League of Baseball Minutiae, a site for fans to share everything from player nicknames to baseball cards and photographs, and now, the debut of The Eephus League Magazine:Through this publication I hope to delve deeper into the nooks and crannies of our game, and preserve these small pieces of triviality lovingly and permanently. It is as much a tribute to the game itself as to its enormous and diverse group of fans. Much of the content inside was generated by passionate and talented fans, expressing their love of the game in infinitely unique and personal ways. Baseball touches each of us in different ways, and in turn the manners in which we express our connection are incomparable.With its impeccable design and spirited content, we predict many a future baseball fan to come. Be sure to check it out!
This looks really neat.
A somewhat different take on the thing we reblogged earlier, but it shows two very interesting things: First, Tumblr and Pinterest are timesucks in equal measure, and second, nobody’s actually hanging around Google+ once they sign up. The latter is the subject of this super-interesting Wall Street Journal piece. (EDIT: A good point: Don’t take that Twitter number at face value, as this graphic skips two key elements of the Twitter experience — mobile and third-party apps.)
People upset with the Stop Online Piracy Act have a small reason to cheer this morning. The anti-piracy bill, which many Internet users feel could have a chilling effect on the Web, got tabled until early next year, giving a brief respite and an opportunity for alternative bills (such as Rep. Darrell Issa’s OPEN act) to gain footing. Being a creative bunch, many users have taken to design tricks, boycotts, even music to protest what they feel is a dangerous bill. Here are just a few examples of SOPA protests online:
- one Scribd, taking a bit of a cue from Tumblr but even more ambitiously, made the articles on their site disappear yesterday, word by word.
- two A number of Reddit users have begun a movement to move domains away from GoDaddy en masse, in protest of their support of SOPA.
- three Leah Kauffman, the songwriter who wrote “I Got a Crush on Obama,” just released an anti-SOPA protest song titled “Firewall.”
The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism looked at how mainstream media outlets use Twitter.
The Federal Reserve Plans To Monitor Facebook, Twitter, Google News | Fast Company
My new piece for FastCo. Very interesting story. (via journalofajournalist)
If the Fed starts reblogging or reTweeting your shit, I think that’s a reason to celebrate, not become fearful. Unless you think Ben Bernanke’s gonna show up at your house ready to get into fisticuffs over that rant you wrote on Wordpress.
Social Experiment of the Day: Providence-based mobile app consultant Jonathan Stark recently posted his Starbucks mobile-app code to his website just to see what would happen.
After a while he discovered that many people were putting in as much, if not more, than what they were taking out. By yesterday afternoon, “Jonathan’s Card” — which had an initial balance of $30 — had facilitated $3,651 worth of transactions, with nearly 200 donating to the cause.
“It’s been a bit emotional, actually,” Stark told CNN. “People’s reactions have ranged from accusing me of stealing to thanking me for renewing their faith in humanity.”
Stark denies any professional ties to Starbucks, but the company is happy to be involved just the same. “We think Jonathan’s project is really interesting and are flattered he chose Starbucks for his social experiment,” Starbucks director of executive communications Gina Woods is quoted as saying. “We’re curious to see how his project continues to evolve.”
Jonathan’s Card has a dedicated Twitter feed which provides real-time updates on the account’s present balance.
David Karp (CEO of tumblr) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt