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  • Jul 23

    William Shatner Slams Facebook App Designed for Celebs Like Him 450905188


    Memo to Mark Zuckerberg: next time you launch an app aimed at making Facebook easier for celebrities, consider asking William Shatner to beta-test it first.

    Shatner — yes, that Shatner, the singer, raconteur and sometime starship captain — launched a blistering broadside against Facebook Mentions on his Tumblr account Tuesday. "I’m not quite sure why Facebook released this app," Shatner concluded at the end of a comprehensive review of its features. "It seems to be ill conceived."

    If you don't know what Facebook Mentions is, that's probably because you're not famous enoughLaunched last week, the app is supposed to make life on the social network easier individuals who command large numbers of fans. They get to swoop in on conversations where fans mention them as well as conduct Q&As from the comfort of — well, anywhere. Read more...

    More about William Shatner, Social Media, Facebook, and Facebook Mentions

    Posted on Wed, Jul 2014 12:20:14

  • Jul 22

    Vine Loops Don't Mean What You Think They Mean Vine_loops_v2


    When Vine prankster Lele Pons recently broke the 1 billion loop milestone, I realized we finally had proof that the view measuring system Vine introduced on July 1 is a crock.

    Lele, who famously “does it for the Vine,” has over 3.4 million Vine followers and many of her humorous and sometimes outrageous six-seconds bits have millions of loops. I’m sure she earned the loops — but how hard is it to earn them?

    For instance, as I type this, one of Lele Pons' less shocking Vine videos is looping over and over again in the background. I can glance over and watch the loop number rise. It actually jumps because, I think, a number of other people around the world are viewing her Vine videos at the same time Read more...

    More about Vine, Social Media, Twitter, and Vine App

    Posted on Tue, Jul 2014 10:53:19

  • Jul 22

    Vine Challenge: Simplify Classic Films Into 6-Second Videos Vine-challenge-fight-club


    Film fanatics, this is your challenge: We want to see simple takes on classic films on Vine. Using everyday objects and your creativity, recreate movie posters and iconic scenes in minimalist animations.

    Stop-motion artists Hunter Harrison and Frank Danna will guest host this week's Mashable Vine Challenge. Upload your Vine videos by Monday, July 28, at 5 p.m. ET using the hashtag #MiniRemake. Harrison and Danna will choose their favorite submissions to feature on Mashable.

    Harrison joined Vine the day the app launched. It didn't take him long to start playing around with animation, and it soon became one of his go-to social platforms Read more...

    More about Entertainment, Movies, Vine, Stop Motion Animation, and Film

    Posted on Tue, Jul 2014 10:15:59

  • Jul 22

    Stealth Marketing: How Brands Infiltrate Vine With Product Placement Sneakyvine


    With sights set on its 40 million users — many of whom are teenagers — advertisers are getting crafty in their efforts to break into ad-free Vine.

    The six-second video platform, which is owned by Twitter, is one of the largest social networks that doesn't yet run paid advertisements. Marketers can't sponsor or promote videos the way they do on Twitter and Facebook (a sponsored post is clearly marked and shows up in front of people it wouldn't otherwise surface for). But that doesn't mean they're sitting idly by

    Instead, brands are utilizing a form of stealth advertising, paying the platform's most popular users to "organically" push products to their massive followings. (Brands already use Vine to create their own videos, but the message is much different when it comes from a "regular user" instead of the brand itself.) Read more...

    More about Twitter, Advertisements, Vine, Social Media, and Theaudience

    Posted on Tue, Jul 2014 10:10:28

  • Jul 22

    Israel Is Losing Control of the Gaza Media War Wounded-child


    The picture from Gaza seemed like so many other conflict zone photos — until you began to notice the details.

    The lifeless arm of a Palestinian boy cradled by an adult running across the beach. The sand studded with what looks like brush, but is really pieces of something shattered. A small child lies face down in the sand, legs jutting out at odd angles, seemingly struck dead.

    Tyler Hicks/@nytimes

    — Carlos Saul Duque (@saulduque) July 17, 2014

    The picture, shot by the New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks, quickly became one of the most discussed pictures of the conflict. With heartbreaking clarity, it showed the faces of a few of the Palestinian civilian victims killed by Israeli rockets, and quickly ricocheted around Twitter and Facebook Read more...

    More about Twitter, Israel, Social Media, Gaza, and Media

    Posted on Tue, Jul 2014 06:38:55

  • Jul 22

    Following Login Changes, Facebook Extends Social Login Dominance Zuck-fb-login


    Facebook's recent login changes are returning some measurable, positive results.

    The social network has extended its dominance in the area of social logins, now claiming 55% of all social logins, according to recent data from Gigya, social-login provider for customers like Verizon, CNN and ABC. Clicking "log in with Facebook" on a site — or Twitter or Yahoo, for that matter — is considered part of the social login market; Facebook is used more than half the time.

    That is up from 53% in Q1 of 2014, and 52% a year ago

    Instead of creating a new username and password for these different sites, users routinely have the option to sign in with an existing account — one they've created on a social site like Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. Facebook has dominated this area for along time, but the company extended its lead on Google+ last quarter, which holds a 27% share Read more...

    More about Google, Facebook, Social Media, and Social Logins

    Posted on Tue, Jul 2014 03:00:09

  • Jul 22

    Hillary Clinton: Social Media Shouldn't Be Used as a 'Weapon' Hillary-clinton-2


    Hillary Clinton has high hopes for the future of social media — but we're not there just yet

    The former U.S. Secretary of State spoke at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco Monday night, capping off a day in Silicon Valley during which she also visited Facebook and Google

    Clinton was interviewed on stage in front of a packed house of Twitter employees, and took time to discuss a variety of subjects, including female empowerment, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the rising costs of higher education

    The former Secretary of State also laid out some lofty expectations for the future of social media, an area she hopes will mature over time. "We have a lot of people communicating, but they're not listening and they're not looking for common ground that they could occupy together," she said. "It is a fact of social media right now that too often people use it as a weapon instead of an opportunity." Read more...

    More about Twitter, Hillary Clinton, Dick Costolo, Social Media, and Politics

    Posted on Tue, Jul 2014 02:26:20

  • Jul 21

    Husband Wakes Up to Wife's Sweet Social Media Surprise From Strangers Gary-jennifer-hamilton


    Gary Hamilton is one lucky man — "the luckiest guy in the world," if you ask him

    The seasoned television reporter for the New York Yankees woke up for work Saturday to discover his wife, Jennifer, had orchestrated quite the birthday surprise on social media.

    He calls her Jenn, and she's not on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter. Jenn spent the previous night taping fliers emblazoned with Gary's smile and a loving message asking strangers to send birthday wishes to him on Instagram and Twitter

    "She wrote, 'He's seriously the best,' but the real truth is that she is," Gary, 32, told Mashable on Sunday as birthday tweets and Instagram photos of the thoughtful flier continued to trickle into his notification feeds from people he's never met and likely never will Read more...

    More about Social Media, Love, Birthday, Entertainment, and Tv

    Posted on Mon, Jul 2014 11:28:50

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