Social Media

Where are they now? How these 9 social networks have fared since Twitter was born
March 22, 2016 at 9:35 am

A lot has happened in the ten years since Twitter was founded — Apple’s App Store and Google Play have come to fruition, the app economy is a billion-dollar industry, and mobile phones have become the new computers. This shift in the way people communicate and interact with each other opens many opportunities not only…

An interview with the realest social media managers in public transportation
March 21, 2016 at 8:41 am

On Wednesday, San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) experienced an electrical issue that took out a portion of track, forcing the agency to use a fleet of loaned buses to transport passengers and causing massive delays. Naturally, riders took their frustrations to Twitter, complaining about the near-constant service disruptions and the nagging feeling that…

Are you drinking while tweeting? This algorithm can tell
March 17, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Tweeting under the influence may not get you in as much trouble as drunk driving does, but it can still mean a whole lot of hot water. Now there’s an algorithm that can tell when you’re drinking while tweeting—and also figure out where you’re imbibing. Using machine learning, researchers at the University of Rochester have…

Pope Francis is joining Instagram
March 16, 2016 at 11:31 am

Italian wire service ANSA reported that Holy See prefect for communications Dario Viganò told Vatican radio that Pope Francis will be making his Instagram debut Saturday, March 19. This is an addition to His Holiness’s social media presence, which currently includes hisTwitter account with 8.9 million followers. This news follows the pope’s recent meeting with…

Facebook buys selfie face-swap app Masquerade
March 10, 2016 at 9:55 am

Facebook has bought photo-editing app Masquerade, which lets people change their appearance in real-time. The app can transform faces - often in a cartoon-like fashion - and overlay make-up, animal features or accessories on live video. Masquerade's filters have been compared to those in rival Snapchat, which Facebook tried to buy in 2013. One expert…

Major League Baseball takes Snapchat to the dugout during games
March 4, 2016 at 1:08 pm

Snapchat isn't new to sports coverage, but with Major League Baseball this season, the social channel is making a big push at the ballpark. The collaboration between the app and the league kicks off next Friday (March 11th) when MLB will allow players to use cellphones in the dugout for the first time. Before, during…

How Two Llamas And A Dress Gave Us The Internet's Greatest Day
February 26, 2016 at 11:09 am

From two llamas escaping an Arizona retirement community to fashion’s most notorious optical illusion, February 26, 2015, was the day that everyone — everyone — came together online to cheer, then argue. One year later, the people who accidentally created a phenomenon remember the internet’s perfect storm and what it wrought.

'Bernin' for you: How Bernie lovers are finding love through ASU student
February 25, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Much like the man it’s modeled after, seems to have exploded out of nowhere. The site got so many views on its first day a week ago – nearly 1 million – that it crashed after 1,500 people joined in just an hour. It now has thousands of users and has been covered by The…

Facebook goes beyond Likes with new Reactions for anger, sadness, love, and more
February 24, 2016 at 11:27 am

Good news for those who want to react to bad news on Facebook: the “like” is no longer your only option. Facebook began rolling out Reactions to users worldwide on Wednesday. The new feature will be available on desktop and mobile versions of Facebook and gives you the option to add context-appropriate emotions to friends’…

There Are Now 200K Advertisers On Instagram
February 24, 2016 at 11:26 am

Instagram announced today that it has 200,000 monthly active advertisers. To compare, Facebook said a year go that it had more than 2 million active advertisers, whileTwitter says it has 140,000. Probably the most impressive thing about the Instagram number is the fact that the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service only had a few hundred advertisers back…