Despite exposing the government's most precious secrets and illegal activities, being the subject of an international manhunt, getting called a traitor and accused of high treason, ending up exiled from his own country, and having to make his home in a foreign country hostile to his own interests, it's nice to know that Edward Snowden is keeping his sense of humor about him.
Social media hoaxes are the 24-hour colds of the internet. You go to sleep with your Facebook feed healthy and hale, only to wake up and find it absolutely festooned (as the screenshot above demonstrates) with paranoid text posts claiming that Facebook will soon be charging its users to keep their content private.
The U.S. attention is on the Eastern seaboard as the Pope makes his way to the city of dreams. He's currently in New York everyone, and has all but shut down our not-so-fair city. With a groundbreaking Emmys this past weekend, a new hero amongst us (looking at you #PizzaRat, and more, Twitter was a hotbed of trending topics. Let's look at the social intelligence data behind them now.
If you use an aggregator or visit sites like Buzzsumo for your social media news, you probably saw multiple news stories today about a single event that seems important but actually isn't. Actually, this happens every other day on the internet, but I'm using today's example as a jumping off point, so here we go.
Football fans cringed at Draft Kings adverts, the second GOP debate garnered possibly the most meme-worthy nuggets (to date), and the social media world got what it’s always wanted; a dislike button (sort of). Oh also, Apple released a new iOS (what else is new?).
Feeling addicted to your phone? Don’t worry: there’s an app for that. Well, not if you’re technically “addicted.” But if you have a dependency, look no further than Talkspace, an app with over 200 therapists on the roster serving text-based therapy. You'll have 24/7 access to your therapist for $100 per month--on your smartphone.
We’ve heard it a thousand times: LinkedIn is your public resume, a place where potential employers can check out your professional qualifications. But should they also feel free to check out (and comment on) your physical attributes?
The world has turned to social media to share tragic and distressing news from around the world, and the plight of a global epidemic around war-ridden countries has transformed itself into a viral hashtag, #RefugeesWelcome. Another powerful example of how the global force driving social media conversations is using these public social platforms beyond connection and information-sharing, but as a forum to encourage governmental change and public awareness.
The social content model has long been the same: publish enticing snippets of your content on social platforms, lure people to click, and drive traffic back to your site, where the money is to be made. And for a long time, this content model has worked. But lately, we’re seeing an evolution in the move towards “distributed publishing,” and Business Insider is the latest high profile company to experiment with it.