Mark Zuckerberg Immortalized by Madam Tussauds
Starting in June, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will spend his days at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco taking pictures with visiting tourists
At least, that's what the wax version of Zuckerberg will be doing
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Madame Tussauds, the world famous London-based wax museum, unveiled a life-size wax figure of Zuckerberg on Wednesday as part of a promotion for the museum's grand opening in San Francisco in June. The figure was unveiled alongside two other celebrity figures: actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and recording artist Rihanna
Zuckerberg, shown barefoot and sitting lotus with a laptop, joins a handful of tech luminaries immortalized by Madame Tussauds in years past. His predecessors include Apple cofounder Steve Jobs and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates Read more...
Posted on Thu, Apr 2014 03:35:35
Play With Your Food for Our Snapchat Challenge
Playing with your food doesn’t have to be a dinnertime faux pas. Add a little flavor to your Snapchat game and craft your cuisine into an unforgettable snap for this week’s Mashable Snapchat Challenge
Whether it’s bringing your lunch to life or snapping a sandwich selfie, we’re expecting some delicious doodles. Send us sweet and savory snaps for this week’s food-themed challenge, and we’ll feature our favorites on Mashable.
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Image: Snapchat Dasha Battelle
If you haven’t already, add "Mashable" on Snapchat.
Send us your snaps by Monday, April 28 at 5 p.m. ET.
Be sure to select 10 seconds for your snap, as we’ll need time to absorb your snapsterpiece. Read more...
Posted on Wed, Apr 2014 10:45:40
Facebook Passes 1 Billion Monthly Mobile Users
A year and a half after Facebook first announced 1 billion monthly active users, the social network has more than 1 billion monthly active users on mobile devices, too
Facebook announced the milestone alongside its Q1 earnings on Wednesday, reporting record totals for profits and active users as well. Facebook's monthly active user total is now at 1.28 billion worldwide, and has increased every quarter since the company went public in 2012
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Facebook reported $2.5 billion in revenue, a 72% increase over revenues from Q1 2013. That number was slightly lower than the $2.56 billion Facebook took in during the company's record-setting 2013 Q4 report from January, although that isn't uncommon as advertisers typically cut back following a holiday splurge Read more...
Posted on Wed, Apr 2014 08:59:43
9 Years Later, YouTube's First Video Is Too Real for This Internet
On April 23, 2005, Jawed Karim uploaded an 18-second video to a site called YouTube that he helped create. We'll get back to that video shortly, but let's take a minute to think about what nine years means in the digital age
The web was a very different place. The title of "social media maven/guru/ninja" was just a twinkle in some charlatan's eyeTwitter was still about a year away from existence, and an early iteration of the Facebook we now know was just gaining traction on college campuses
Heck, we had yet to meet the ubiquitous viral video back in April 2005. And online media had yet to suffer through many hard years before discovering the life-giving secrets of the listicle, heartwarming advertisement and fatuous cat video. In short, the social explosion had yet to make the web the — Epic! Unbelievable! Shocking! — look-at-me, click-on-this cacophony it is today Read more...
Posted on Wed, Apr 2014 12:01:47
Internet Users Send 204 Million Emails Per Minute
A lot can happen in 60 seconds. A decent typist can write approximately 80 words, the Wright brothers can make their historical first flight five times and YouTube users upload 72 hours of footage.
While social media can create the sense that the Internet is a small town where everyone is connected and, for the most part, gets along (outside of election season), the truth is quite the opposite. The data transferred on the Internet each minute by its roughly 2.4 billion global users is vast and incomprehensible.
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In one minute, email users send 204 million messages, Amazon makes about $83,000 in online sales and Apple users download 48,000 apps. On the social front, Facebook users share 2.46 million pieces of content, 277,000 tweets are tweeted and Tinder users swipe left or right 416,667 times. Read more...
Posted on Wed, Apr 2014 10:06:12
75% of Brands' Facebook Posts Are Photos, Study Says
Ever since Facebook officially launched Timeline for businesses in 2012, brand marketers have found increasing success at engaging their audiences on the social network.
But what do brands actually post? According to a new study from Socialbakers, single photos make up 75% of Facebook brand content worldwide. Since Facebook's design lends itself to visuals, that isn't too surprising — however, only 10% of brand posts are links, while text-only statuses comprise 6% of content.
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The following chart, created by Statista, breaks down the primary types of content posed by Facebook brand pages. Socialbakers compiled the data from 1.3 million posts from more than 30,000 brands. Read more...
Posted on Wed, Apr 2014 03:00:23
Twitter's New Profiles Are Now Available to Everyone
Twitter's redesigned profiles, which the company has been testing for months, are now available to everyone.
The Facebook-like redesign emphasizes larger text, images and a customizable profile that is designed to be a more in-depth summary about the user. You can activate your new profile here.
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The new rollout showcases a user's most popular tweets in a larger font. Users can also pin a specific tweet at the top of their feed, and they can now filter feeds so that they only show tweets with images and/or video, regular tweets or tweets and replies. Read more...
Posted on Tue, Apr 2014 08:22:14
B.J. Novak: Social Media Is Making Us Better Writers
Could the next great novel be simply a collection of tweets and status updates? For most, the idea may seem preposterous. The depth allowed in literary fiction couldn't be more dissimilar to the brevity valued by social media. But for producer and actor B.J. Novak, the idea of social media as literature might not be so far-fetched.
"[Social media] makes everyone aware of the minutia of conversation in literary form," Novak told Mashable. “A status update contains so much fear and hope and worry and fakery and inadvertent honesty and style and attempts to not try too hard."
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Posted on Tue, Apr 2014 06:35:06