12 Social Media Accounts That Turned Into Books
The quickest way to get a book deal might be through social media
With the help of Twitter and Tumblr, aspiring literary and artistic impresarios now have the world at their keyboards and a digital audience waiting to discover their talents. It's no surprise that in the past few years, publishers have taken note.
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Earlier this year, Tumblr founder David Karp said that at least 70 users had turned their blogs into book deals, and San Francisco publisher Chronicle Books instituted "The Great Tumblr Book Search" to scour the platform for the very best in creative fare Read more...
Posted on Sun, Dec 2013 04:03:53
Reddit's Biggest Moments of 2013
It's been quite a year for the front page of the Internet.
Big or small, Reddit experienced a lot of change within the past twelve months. Now serving 6% of online adults and, according to internal reports, averaging 5.1 billion monthly page views, Reddit seems to keep grabbing the world's attention, making the transition from a fringe network for the "Internet savvy" to a booming web metropolis.
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Through high-profile AMAs to unfavorable media reports following the Boston Bombing witch hunt, Reddit has seen its fair share of peaks and valleys this calendar year. Here, we take a look back at the site's highest highs and lowest lows. Read more...
Posted on Sun, Dec 2013 02:18:43
9 Clever Comic Artists to Follow on Tumblr
Most casual Tumblr users view the site as a veritable goldmine of funny GIFs, memes and pictures of the Supernatural cast. What many don't realize is that Tumblr is also home to an extremely talented community of comic artists.
Tumblr's hassle-free sharing buttons and customizable templates make it a perfect place to start building a website for creative content like comics, and tons of cartoonists and illustrators have taken note.
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"At first, I decided to post my comics on Tumblr simply because it was free," Safely Endangered artist Chris McCoy told Mashable. "But the kind messages and words of encouragement from users, and even other artists, are why I still post there." Read more...
Posted on Sat, Dec 2013 01:06:34
Google+ Auto Awesome Turns Your Holiday Photos Into Twinkling GIFs
Google is taking your holiday photos to the next level — a much more twinkly level
The Auto Awesome feature on Google+ was updated on Thursday to add sparkle to photos that feature items that could use an extra twinkle or two — think Christmas trees, holiday lights, or a Menorah. Images that feature snow will be updated so that it looks like snow is actually falling over the picture
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Users' original images uploaded to Google+ will not actually be altered. Instead, Google will automatically create a new image in the form of a GIF with the necessary updates and send users a notification on Google+ when their new image is ready for distribution Read more...
Posted on Sat, Dec 2013 12:33:52
Millions of Mourners Take to Social Media to Honor Nelson Mandela
Former South African President Nelson Mandela died on Thursday, leaving behind a heartbroken global community and a legacy that will far outlive any of his mourners
Millions of people took to social media to honor the great political leader. On Twitter, users generated 7.2 million tweets about his death, including a peak of 95,000 tweets per minute, according to a Twitter spokesperson
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That total surpasses some busy Twitter moments from this year, but doesn't set any Twitter records. For comparison, the Super Bowl in February between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens generated more than 24 million tweets, including more than 231,000 per minute during the game's power outage Read more...
Posted on Fri, Dec 2013 10:14:23
Does Facebook Need a 'Sympathize' Button?
Maybe you too have had this experience: you're browsing Facebook and see a sad status update from an acquaintance or friend you've lost touch with. They've been fired; they've had a death in the family; maybe they just had a bad day
You want to show that you care, but you don't know them well enough to say anything that doesn't sound trite. Then you see that someone has — perhaps accidentally — hit the Like buttonWhatever you do, you think, don't be that guy.
One Facebook engineer has come up with a solution for such a situation: a Sympathize button. We learned this Thursday from Facebook's annual Compassion Research Day — yes, the social network devotes a whole day to sharing various ways it's trying to "build empathy and foster trust" with users. Engineer Dan Muriello revealed that one of his colleagues had designed the Sympathize button during a recent hackathon. Read more...
Posted on Fri, Dec 2013 09:37:40
Show Us the View From Your Window for Our Photo Challenge
Seasons are changing around this time in each hemisphere across the globe. In some areas, the winter snow has already fallen and is now melting away. In others, beautiful palm trees are swaying under the summer sun and rain
We want you to show us a view from your window for this week's round of the Mashable Photo Challenge. Take a peek out your bedroom window, your fogged-up car window or your floor-to-ceiling window at work and check out all there is to see. Is your lawn covered with golden leaves? Do you have a picturesque view of the whole city from your balcony? You can include the frame of the window in your photo or stick your head out to get a clearer shot of just the outside. Read more...
Posted on Fri, Dec 2013 09:15:10
Report: Internet-Free Twitter Service Coming to International Markets
Twitter will soon be available to some international mobile users without Internet access, according to Reuters
Twitter is partnering with U2opia, a Singapore-based mobile applications provider, to bring aspects of its Twitter service to users on phones that don't have Internet capabilities. Users will need to type in a short code and will then have access to trending topics on Twitter from their respective areas.
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A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the partnership to Mashable but did not comment on how many international users will have access to the new service. According to Reuters, users will only have access to trending topics, meaning the majority of tweets will not be viewable. It does not appear users will be able to send tweets using U2opia's application. Read more...
Posted on Fri, Dec 2013 02:09:41