Archives for the month of: December, 2013

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Facebook recently revealed two lists of the most talked about topics for this past year. What’s interesting is how the worldwide list differs from the U.S. list. It’s interesting to see what ranks in importance to different people across the globe.

Here’s the breakdown of the worldwide “Most Talked About Topics” list:

  1. Pope Francis
  2. Election
  3. Royal Baby
  4. Typhoon
  5. Harlem Shake
  6. Flood
  7. Miley Cyrus
  8. Boston Marathon
  9. Tour de France
  10. Nelson Mandela

And the U.S. list:

  1. Super Bowl
  2. Government Shutdown
  3. Boston Marathon
  4. Syria Crisis
  5. Harlem Shake
  6. Pope Francis
  7. George Zimmerman
  8. Royal Baby
  9. Nelson Mandela
  10. Presidential Inauguration

And according to a Mashable post, if you’re more interested in seeing your own highlights of the past year Facebook now also offers users the option to create their own years in review and see their biggest posts.

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If your dream is to publish the next New York Times best-seller, start a social media account. Whether it’s Twitter or Tumblr, there is an entire digital audience waiting to make your literary and artistic aspirations relevant and send you straight into a publishing deal.

Tumblr founder, David Karp, said earlier this year that at least 70 of the site’s users have gotten book deals as a result of their popular blogs. In a recent Mashable post, a list of 12 social media accounts that turned into books were noted for their humor and wisdom. “Sh*t My Dad Says” by Justin Halpern topped the list, but if you want to see the whole list click here.

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Sadly, this past Thursday Nelson Mandela passed away and the world lost an amazing leader. Millions of people took to social media to mourn the former President of South Africa and honor his political legacy.

I usually like to stay away from numbers and figures, but everything has extenuating circumstances. The number of tweets and Facebook posts on Thursday were as follows:

  • Twitter: 7.2 million tweets
  • Facebook: A total of 39 million people generated more than 80 million interactions

According to a Mashable post, these numbers don’t set any records, but they do surpass some busy moments of the year, such as this year’s past Super Bowl which generated more than 24 million tweets.

South Africa was the second country to be most active on social media surrounding Mandela’s death, only following behind the United States. President Obama posted a Facebook post stating:

“Let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived – a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.” – President Obama

What did Nelson Mandela’s death mean to you and your loved ones?

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It’s finally happened. Advertisers have infiltrated our precious Instagram. It’s been about a month since the first round of premium brands have made their mark on the ever-popular photo-sharing app, however, I only just noticed about a week ago. I was thrown off for a moment, but I didn’t really know how to feel about it. I ended up just glancing at it for a microsecond and moving right along with my life.

Do the new ads really make a difference? Do they bother anyone or are most people simply indifferent to it? I’m sure these are the kinds of questions that these brands and Instagram are asking themselves. Will these ads increase actual product sales or is this more of a strategy to increase the overall value of the brand? 

According to a Mashable post, the first set of ads featured a lot of negative comments, but after a while those started to dwindle. This may actually be a positive sign — that people are tired of complaining about the invasion and are just going to get used to it like we always end up doing to any major social media changes.

In fact, it turns out the ads accumulate more likes than actual posts by the brand’s Instagram accounts and attract tons of new followers — another positive sign.

But I guess the premium brands featured like Michael Khors and Levi’s will just have to wait a little longer and see where this new initiative will actually lead, and we’ll also be watching.

Check out the full Mashable article here.

 

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Just kidding. I don’t have any real suggestions as to why Black Friday should be outlawed, but I for one have not ever, and do not EVER plan on partaking in Black Friday. I hate going to the mall on a regular day, so why would I subject myself to the crazy herds of people that are all running around like mad-men? No thanks. Besides, what’s the point when you can get so many of the same deals online in the comfort of your own home — and hello, has anyone ever heard of Cyber Monday?! I rest my case.

Plus, if you like funny GIFS and memes, check out this article Mashable posted about the 12 Reasons to Stay Home on Black Friday. If you like a good Dwight Scrute reference, you’ll love this list. 

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Well, if this isn’t the sweetest story ever then I don’t know what is.

Little Noah just got his very first pair of eyeglasses, and quite understandably, he is not at all excited to wear them. Noah’s mom decided to take to Facebook and created a group called “Glasses for Noah” in which she asked friends and family to post pictures of themselves donning their own glasses to show her son that glasses are in fact cool. 

Little did Noah’s mom, Lindsey, know that 4,000 likes later and the page goes viral. Not only did friends and family show their support, but countless generous strangers have posted their own pictures in the group to encourage 4-year-old Noah to wear his glasses. The page features pictures from people in the military to even dogs.

Funnily enough, although Noah loves the pictures, he’s still not all that enthused to rock his new glasses. Oh well, at least there’s some funny pics floating around now. Check out Glasses for Noah yourself.