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Getting On The Vine: Twitter’s New Video Sharing Service IS The New Instagram?

January 25th, 2013 by Christen Rochon


Twitter made a huge announcement on Thursday — releasing an app that lets you share 6-second video clips. The new mobile service is called Vine, and it allows users to create and share looping gif-like videos.

“Like Tweets, the brevity of videos on Vine (6 seconds or less) inspires creativity,” the company said in an official blog post. “Now that you can easily capture motion and sound, we look forward to seeing what you create.”

Currently iOS-only, the stop-motion videos can include as many scenes as you can fit in. Video stops and starts when you press on your device’s screen. Your finished product can then be shared just on Vine, or with friends on Twitter or — in theory — Facebook. (Well, that is, until A few moments after Vine’s launch Facebook blocked the service from being able to access your friends lists. *H8TRS*)



I’m wondering how will this affect YouTube views and subscriber services in the future? In the meantime, we’ve created our Vine account and can’t wait to use during the upcoming New York Fashion Week shows. We’ll definitely be bringing clips like this soon:






Vine is available as a separate app, free for download on iPhone and iPod touch devices via the Apple App Store. It’s exclusively on mobile for now. To download the app, click here.




Could Vine become the new Instagram?

Will you be downloading the new Vine app?





What Social Media Trends Are Taking Off in 2013?

December 20th, 2012 by Tech Staff


(Source: TwinEngineSocial media image via Shutterstock.)

Here is what some experts predict:


Social Search - “Search based on social signals.  Facebook will change the search game -

They know what people want because they have been collecting data around comments, likes and engagement.” (Stephen Murphy of Get Busy Media)

Contextualizing of Experiences - “Facebook´s latest updates to the open graph will create a ripple effect, allowing companies to create social apps that tap into users’ social real-time actions and engage them in new behaviors.  Expect to see real-time contextualizing of experiences, offers and content that go beyond the simple ‘like’ button. For B2B brands, LinkedIn will enable new and more meaningful ways of social engagement.”  (Jonas Klit Nielsen)

“The rise of the Online Recommendation Culture – Moms’ rapid embrace of social media translates into blogs, Facebook, and Twitter becoming the new ‘picket fence,’ where Moms connect with one another to make friends, hear trusted recommendations, and gain first-person perspective.”  (Stacy DeBroff of Mom Central Consulting)

Mobile is the way of the future to how we communicate across multiple channels to multiple people.  To keep us interested there must be cutting edge, sophisticated social/mobile experiences and engagement that will keep us stimulated as well as incentives to keep increasing our usage of social media.

Skyrocket Your Fitness Goals This Winter: Join the #MADFree #30for30 Movement

December 3rd, 2012 by Lifestyle Staff

As the weather turns to cloudy skies and blistery-cold days, staying in shape and maintaining an exercise routine becomes a challenge for many of us. Image Activist Michaela Angela Davis began the #MadFree #30for30 Movement to show Black women that #FitIsFly and to keep us motivated to exercise through the New Year. This online event started December 1, 2012 with the tagline: “30 minutes can make such a difference in our lifestyle and productivity!” Facebook group members pledge to be active for at least 30 minutes per day in an effort to be happier and healthier in 2013.



Approximately 360 members have joined the group. Posts range from sharing ideas about healthy snacks, tips on DVDs, apps and unique workout routines (e.g., hula hooping with weights, dancing in a musical, plank variations), and simply sharing in the progress of building a movement where Black women stay fit and healthy. The trending topic has also spread to Instagram and Twitter, encouraging women daily.



Diva Tip: For inspiration and a frequent reminder of your pledge – for the month of December, change the lock screen on your phone or tablet to a picture of your desired body image or to a graphic of exercise tips such the Say No! to Hibernation Winter Body Workout (below) from Fit Betty. As you go about your day, you’ll frequently be reminded to set aside 30 minutes for movement, exercise and healthy eating.



Need more than that to catch the #FitIsFly bug? Watch the official #MadFree trailer here:

Feel the passion pouring from Davis through the screen, then join the movement and share your progress!

Already joined the movement? Have more winter workout tips? Share below…

Idris Elba Stans Get Ready For Some Luther Lovin!

November 30th, 2012 by Lifestyle Staff

Last week fans here in America and across the pond were ecstatic to see this image on Facebook of hot British actor, Idris Elba, on set for the first day of shooting season 3 of the intense crime-drama and psychological thriller, Luther.


Since season 2 concluded in summer 2011, hundreds of thousands of fans have eagerly awaited the return of DCI John Luther, “a man in ruins, but with a heart the size of the moon. Bloodied and battered, but somehow still standing. And still doing what he can,” says series creator Neill Cross. After the vicious murder of his wife, Luther has become just as self-destructive as he is loving towards those he cares about.


At last season’s ending, Luther was sinking into dark depths to solve serial murders (remember the masked “folklore-ish” murderer and the “roll the dice” copycat killer?), while protecting a young Jenny Jones from sleeping prostitution and pornography after her father’s imprisonment (and subsequent suicide) at the hands of Luther himself.



Season 3 trailer promises “four perfectly dark, chillingly formed episodes” but leaves the question of whether the murderous child genius and seductress, Alice, will return to the show. Join together and cross your fingers for some steamy, flirtatious exchanges between Luther and Alice! Will they take their complex, wayward “relationship” to the next level?



As fans awaited Luther’s return, Idris has kept us entranced between filming the Nelson Mandela biopic, Long Walk to Freedom in South Africa (with Skyfall Bond Girl Naomie Harris!), appearing in British GQ, interviewing superstar Lucy Lui, spinning as DJ Driis, putting out house music under his alter ego 7 Wallace, and co-directing/starring in the recently released Mumford and Sons video, “Lover of the Light.” Elba’s dark and sexy looks, Renaissance-man swag, and award-winning acting stay winning for team #IdrisElba and #Luther.

What are your favorite Idris Elba films/appearances? What are you hoping to see in season 3 of Luther? Tell us below…

To Delete or Not to Delete: The Plight Of Social Network Deserters

November 29th, 2012 by Lifestyle Staff

Everyone has THAT friend who lives on the Internet. They post every detail of their life on Facebook and on Twitter. They post tons of pictures daily on Instagram of outfits and meals consumed. (if you don’t have that friend, you need to take a look in the mirror, because that friend could be you…)  The digital world is their oyster until one day… it’s not. One person disagrees with one of their statuses, someone makes a joke about a picture they’ve posted, or their mentions on Twitter are bombarded with combative comments replying to something they tweeted.  Then their love for social media has turned to hatred and they’re faced with the dilemma to delete or not delete – possibly deserting the social media network altogether.


The Internet is no longer a friendly place.  Users find themselves in the middle of a war they can’t contain because of that pesky share button and retweet option that makes one post viral in seconds. As a result they begin the process of packing their digital baggage filled with over used hashtags and untagged photos and wave farewell to their online profiles.


People delete their accounts everyday for various reasons. The ones who leave because of drama they most likely created, I like to call them “social network deserters”. There are two types of social network deserters, the one who takes immediate action after an embarrassing or angering exchange or the one who drags it out hoping someone acknowledges their decision to leave it all behind.

The ones who drag it out spend the next few hours and sometimes days, posting that they are “done” with social networks, some even urge all of their “real friends” to request their number to stay in touch. Celebrities tend to fall into the swift action category. Most likely their PR person pulled the plug. Case in point, the most recent celebrity deserter who had a less than stellar night of communicating on a public forum:  Chris Brown.

Regardless of which type of deserter they are, one thing they both have in common is that they always come back.  When they do it’s not without fan fare. The average Joe posts an “I’m back” statement and waits for the likes or retweets to roll in. The media outlets unofficially handle the announcements for the celebrities.

History, however, never fails to repeat itself and you know what they say about idle hands, especially hands that have access to smart phones. When they do return it’s only a matter of time before another incident reminds them of why they hate allowing friends and strangers into their personal lives.

Until then there are enough social network super users who are willing to fight the good fight and provide just as much drama for those who like to watch to stay entertained.


Are you one of these social network deserters or super users?  Do you think celebrities should fend for themselves via social media or just quit the game entirely? Sound off below…



Social Media’s G.O.A.T? The Photo That Continues To Shatter Social Media Records…

November 8th, 2012 by Christen Rochon


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In late September, Media Bistro’s All Twitter blog tabulated the most popular tweets of all time – as gauged by retweets. The winner was Justin Bieber, who as of this writing had 223,376 retweets for this tweet.  President Obama shattered that record with this tweet upon the media calling Ohio for him.  After winning his second term as U.S. President, Barack Obama shared the same photo on his Facebook page that quickly became the most Liked photo ever on the social network. The picture shows the president embracing his wife Michelle with the caption: Four more years.

The image had become the most Liked photo in Facebook history: With more than 4 million likes, this Barack Obama photo is the most-liked Facebook photo of all time.


That’s yet another victory for Obama’s social-media savvy campaign team, who dominated Romney in most social media metrics.  This tweet has only skyrocketed in popularity since this victory. As of today, Obama’s tweet now has 789,780 retweets.

Discover The Side Effects Of Your Facebook Addiction…

November 3rd, 2012 by Tech Staff


If you find yourself more interested in answering a messaging alert, less engaging in real life activities and having a shorter attention span than usual – then you’re not alone.  Like many others, your Facebook addiction is affecting your mind in adverse ways.  Facebook and Internet addiction can have damaging effects, such as a decrease in our attention span — in fact, since 2000, our collective attention span has decreased by 40%.  In fact, the social media addiction epidemic is SO REAL that in China, Taiwan and South Korea “Internet Addiction Disorder” is already accepted as a psychological diagnosis. Next year it will be included in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-V), the American “bible of psychology.”


Check out this interesting infographic and discover if you’re suffering from the side effects of your Facebook addiction below…




Calling All Snitches…Facebook Wants YOU!

September 24th, 2012 by Christen Rochon

Facebook wants you to snitch on your friends.  No seriously, snitch on your Facebook friends.  Doesn’t makes sense yet?  According to TPM – Facebook is randomly surveying users about their friends’ fake usernames.

Facebook has confirmed that for the past several months, it has been surveying users about their Friends’ usernames, asking if the usernames are “your friend’s real name” or not.

“This system has been in a few different incarnations over the past couple months,” a Facebook spokesperon confirmed in a statement. “It changes depending on what’s being asked.  “Facebook wants to know if your friends’ names are real. Are you going to be the snitch?” tweeted an activist and photojournalist under the username “@chapeaudefee,” attaching the following screenshot to illustrate the survey prompt, which shows another user’s account name, profile photo and location and asks the recipient of the survey to indicate whether the person’s account is reflective of their real name or not.


The actual question posed by Facebook is phrased decidedly more delicately:

“Please help us understand how people are using Facebook,” it reads. “Your response is anonymous and won’t affect your friend’s account. Is this your friend’s real name?”

It then gives users four options: “Yes,” “No,” “I don’t know this person,” and “I don’t want to answer.”

The Facebook Terms of Service also state: “If you select a username or similar identifier for your account or Page, we reserve the right to remove or reclaim it if we believe it is appropriate (such as when a trademark owner complains about a username that does not closely relate to a user’s actual name).”

Facebook’s Help Center is even more strict, stating that “The name you use should be your real name as it would be listed on your credit card, student ID, etc.”

Despite this, Facebook itself has admitted its enforcement of this policy hasn’t stopped a sizeable portion of fake username accounts proliferating on the social network, up to 8.7 percent, which equates to 83.1 million out of 955 million users worldwide.




Does any of your Facebook friends have “fake” usernames?  (Don’t worry we won’t ask who)  Do you believe asking users to identify fake usernames will help cut down over 83 million of fakers our there?  Sound off below…

Ten Years Later: It’s Amazing How The Internet Has Changed Things

September 20th, 2012 by Tech Staff

It’s 2002, Blockbuster is a thriving business, AOL was still sending those awful internet cds in the mail and most of us knew NOTHING about social media.  My has things changed.  It’s ten years later, some businesses have gone bankrupt while others have thrived to multi-billion dollar status.  You won’t believe how the growth of the internet has exploded within the last ten years.  What you discover may surprise you…




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