Reddit Users Get Remorse Over Nude Pictures, Try Donating to Charity
UPDATE, 5:32 p.m. ET: The Prostate Cancer Foundation has shut down the charity page referenced below and released the following statement:
A post appeared on Reddit late Monday afternoon, September 1, 2014. A Reddit user directed other Reddit users to make a donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation without the Foundation’s knowledge. We would never condone raising funds for cancer research in this manner. Out of respect for everyone involved and in keeping with our own standards, we are returning all donations that resulted from this post.
Remorseful Redditors are attempting to absolve their guilty consciences over looking at leaked photos of celebrities — by donating to prostate cancer research, allegedly because "Jennifer Lawrence has donated to help cure prostate cancer." Read more...
Posted on Tue, Sep 2014 08:58:26
Modern Authors Delve Into Digital and Visual Storytelling
Storytelling is one of humanity's earliest and most celebrated traditions. From the era of Homeric epics to today's 140-character Twitter updates, people have cherished telling and listening to stories in a variety of formats since the dawn of time — and in the digital era, everyone seems to be describing themselves as a storyteller.
For authors, journalists and creative writers, self-publishing platforms and the explosion of digital and social media is a game-changerTwitter, Facebook, blogging — even newer platforms such as Vine or Snapchat — can all be valuable resources for authors trying to gain exposure, get published, respond to feedback and connect with fans. Read more...
Posted on Tue, Sep 2014 07:19:31
'Never Be Bullied Into Silence': Robin Williams' Daughter Zelda Is Back on Twitter
Robin Williams' daughter, Zelda, has returned to Twitter after deactivating her account last month. She left the platform, she said, because of "cruel and unnecessary" tweets about her late father, who died on Aug. 11 in what has been ruled a suicide
The 25-year-old actress returned to Twitter over Labor Day weekend with a simple "thank you" message and a link that directed her 220,000 followers to a quotation on her Tumblr page she attributes to actor Harvey Fierstein
See also: 'I'll Try to Keep Looking Up': Zelda Williams Says Goodbye to Her Father
"Never be bullied into silence," it reads. "Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself." (Fierstein appeared in Mrs. Doubtfire, the 1993 comedy starring Robin Williams.) Read more...
Posted on Tue, Sep 2014 05:39:35
Obama Says Social Media Magnifies the Dangers of a 'Messy' World
Islamic State militants making gains in Iraq and Syria, raising fears of terror attacks in the west. A tense truce between Israel and Hamas after weeks of bloodshed. Russian forces entering Ukraine in a throwback to the Cold War.
U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday that the world's challenges can seem "pretty frightening" to Americans. But he argued that they pose no greater threat than in previous decades — it's just that social media makes the dangers seem closer to home.
See also: Obama on Islamic State in Syria: 'We Don't Have a Strategy Yet'
"The world has always been messy," Obama said, speaking at a barbecue for Democratic donors in Purchase, New York. "In part, we’re just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through." Read more...
Posted on Sat, Aug 2014 03:08:05
29 High Contrast Photos That Use Harsh Mid-Day Light
Light is arguably the most important factor in photography. Knowing when to avoid it, when to use it and to what extent — these are skills sought by many and mastered by few
Last week, we challenged you to implement harsh mid-day light in your photographs. Though it's a difficult situation to tackle, we were incredibly impressed with what we saw
"The submissions for the challenge left me in absolute awe of the vast talent that is out there," guest host and freelance photographer Jose Silva said. "It’s not always easy to shoot in harsh light but many of the talented artists that submitted work seem to have mastered the art form." Read more...
Posted on Fri, Aug 2014 11:24:40
8 Vines That Will Make Your Head Spin 360 Degrees
Why look only at what's in front of you, when you can see the world in 360 degrees?
We took that thought and made it a challenge this week. Partnered with Hewlett-Packard, we asked you to showcase objects and scenes in 360 degrees on Vine.
See also: 8 Vines of Transformations Happening Before Your Very Eyes
From dizzying videos in fisheye effect to creative motion-graphics animations uploaded using Vine's newest feature, we saw tons of head-spinning submissions
Take a look at the videos shared using the hashtag #HPBendTheRules. Here are a few of our favorites:
Posted on Fri, Aug 2014 05:24:52
Mashies Late-Entry Deadline Extended to September 5
Last year's Mashies awards program saw the most creative Vine videos and GIFs to the most innovative uses of YouTube channels and branded content series. The bar was set high in 2013, but we are expecting this year's submissions to exceed expectations.
We are now accepting late-entry submissions until Friday, Sept. 5.
Categories for this year's awards are expansive, including “Best Branded App,” “Best Interactive Ad Execution,” “Best Social Media Campaign,” among many others. Submissions will then be judged by a panel of experts within the industry, and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in New York City. Read more...
Posted on Thu, Aug 2014 07:23:34
Twitter Now Lets Anyone Check How Many People Saw Their Tweets
Twitter analytics are now available to all users.
In June, Twitter began experimenting with opening its analytics dashboard to users outside of its advertisers.
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Then, last month, Twitter rolled out an updated analytic dashboard to marketers, verified users and Twitter Card publishers
The dashboard lets users see how many impressions each tweet has received (how many times users saw the tweet on Twitter), the number of favorites their tweet has received, how many times others have clicked on their profiles, and the number of retweets and replies on a certain tweet. It also shows how many times users engaged with a tweet and what that engagement was. Read more...
Posted on Wed, Aug 2014 09:54:55