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Who Runs Social Media More? Men VS Women [Infographic]

March 4th, 2014 by Christen

You may think that just like with many other areas of online tech men are also paving the way for the use of smartphones and tablets for social media activities, but you’d be wrong. It’s actually women who are the most influential power that will shape how Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter will adapt to future generations of mobile devices.

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The infographic shows that women not only use social media more often than men, but they use these sites in more ways.  More women also use the top social media sites and they dominate the visual-type social websites, which are the fastest growing social networks today.

 

 

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You’ll see that while men may be more interested the latest mobile gadgets – it’s women who use them for online interaction with their friends and loved ones, or checking the latest gossip. The difference for tablets is especially huge. You can find more details and the numbers behind the infographic here.

Top Social Media Moments From Last Night’s OSCARS

March 3rd, 2014 by Christen

Lupita, Lupita, Lupita!  The 86th annual Academy Awards was a big night for the rising star!  Ellen ordered a lot of pizza and then set a Twitter record with her celebrity-packed selfie. For every award that Gravity didn’t win, 12 Years a Slave did.  Here are my favorite social media moments from the 86th annual Academy Awards.

 

 

1.  Lupita Nyong’o – Most GOOGLED dress of last night, illustrations & inspiration sweep the net.

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Lupita Nyong’o wins Oscar for supporting actress

 

 

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Lupita Nyong’o hit the Oscar red carpet in a custom Prada light blue silk georgette gown with a deep V-neck and low cut sides.

 

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2.  Ellen’s Samsung Selfie most shared tweet of all time (surpassing President Obama’s “Four More Years” tweet)

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3.  Samsung backstage debacle.  Ellen exposed for using iPhone for backstage photos during OSCARS.

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4.  Lupita Nyong’o dances with Pharrell Williams during his performance of “Happy” at the Oscars

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 5.  Jared Leto takes social media sharing viral – going where no reporter has gone before… backstage…

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Reporters aren’t allowed to take photos backstage at the Academy Awards, if you didn’t know. Because, you know, it’s the Oscars, and the Academy doesn’t care for reporter selfies. But, Jared Leto doesn’t care. He encouraged reporters to take photos and he himself took his fair share of selfies, photobombs and more during the show.  Plus Jared Leto was the first winner of the evening to mention Venezuela in his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.  Kudos to Jared!

 

What were your favorite moments from last night’s Oscars?  Was Leo robbed for best actor?  Should Matthew McConaughey become a motivational speaker?  Did you cry during Lupita’s acceptance speech?  Share your favorite moments below…

 

 

Six Spring Cleaning Tips To Protect Your Social Life Online

February 20th, 2014 by Christen

The sun is shining and it appears that the Polar Vortex has said goodbye for good.  Could Spring is on the horizon?  Making Identity Protection a Spring cleaning priority shouldn’t just be a thought by Spring, you should start working on rejuvenating your social and online life now.  We’ve compiled some of the easiest steps that you can begin working on starting with six Spring cleaning tips from the experts at Experian’s ProtectMyID to protect your social life online today.

 

Protect Your Social Life OnlineStreamline your social networking. In this age of social media, it’s not uncommon for people to have hundreds of online “friends” on any given social site. Keep in mind that on many social media sites, accepting a connection request gives that individual access to all the information in your profile. Keep profile information minimal and general, and never accept a friend request from someone you don’t actually know.

Shed, shred, shred. Spring Cleaning creates a good opportunity to get rid of things you no longer need, including old documents. But don’t just throw them away; shred sensitive personal documents you don’t need to keep.

As Seasons Change, So Should Passwords. Passwords are an important part of your identity in the digital age. How well you protect them directly affects your ability to protect your identity. We recommend changing passwords with the change of every season. Strong passwords have at least eight characters, including numerals, upper and lowercase letters, and special characters. They should never be obvious – like part of your name or your mother’s maiden name – and you should have a different password for every account.

Clean out your wallet. What you don´t carry in your wallet or purse is just as important as what you do carry. For preemptive protection, only carry what you need on a daily basis. If you have multiple credit cards, only carry the one you use most often. Don´t write PINs or passwords on the back of your credit or debit cards or on pieces of paper you keep in your wallet. Don’t carry your social security card in your wallet – keep it filed in a secure place at home along with other sensitive documents like passports and birth certificates. Further, if any of your identification cards from a school, library or gym use your SSN as your member number, ask the organization for a randomly selected number and a new card. Be sure to shred the old one.

Protect your phone. Your phone allows access to important information and accounts. Be sure to activate a few safety features on your phone. For starters, set your phone to lock automatically after just a few minutes of inactivity. You’ll also want to establish a password or PIN that’s needed to unlock the device. Then enable remote finding and wiping software that will help you track your phone if it’s missing and, in the worst case scenario, wipe all of the data from it if it looks like it’s gone for good.

 

Get serious about security software. Most computers purchased today come with some security software on them, but often people allow product trial periods to expire – leaving their computers unprotected. Make sure you have up-to-date virus protection, anti-malware and anti-spyware software on your computer. Check to make sure your computer’s software is current and set it to update and run automatically every day.

 

New Year’s Resolution: Become A Social Media Champion

December 31st, 2013 by Nicole

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The smartphone is the hub of our digital lifestyle. We can perform all kinds of things on them from updating our social media accounts, paying bills, listen to music, watch video, and instantly buy products in seconds. Need more? Here are 3 things for pics, selfies, and etiquette that will make you an awesome (and courteous) social media champion for the new year!

 

How to Take Better Instagram Food Photos

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This goes beyond eating pretty looking food. Whatever you are about to enjoy you can make it look great with the perfect angle of your smartphone. The best way to get the best look is to position your smartphone at a 90 degree angle or right above your food (try not to drop the phone in your food!) and turn the flash off.

Here are some other great tips from @sonyayu, a popular food photographer on Instagram:
How to take a shot like @sonyayu:

· Order colorful food and wait for the entire meal to be served before shooting.
· Stand up on your (stable) chair to capture the grub from above.
· Get the light right! Always sit by the window, avoid overhead spotlights, and never, ever use a flash – it’s food porn murder.
· Not all foods are equally photogenic, but that’s not the only factor in a tantalizing food photo. The dining surface, drinks and silverware can add allure and a distinct atmosphere to even the plainest, ugliest foods.

 

 

Make Sure Your Selfie Is Magazine Ready

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Don’t be shy. You can do this too. Kim Kardashian has mastered the selfie and so can you. Here are some great prepping ideas to make that selfie pop from frashionpost.com:
Pump up the volume – your hair that is.

“Oftentimes, because images are flat, what works in real life requires a little tweaking for the camera. “Your hair needs more volume both up top and around the sides, as photos tend to shrink it.” Highlighting the texture in your mane.

Do as the models do.

“Hold your phone high above your head and away from you at a 45 degree angle so that you look slim and trim in your selfie.”

Let there be light.

Want your selfie to seriously shine? Then step outside! “Early morning or late afternoon is the ideal time for lighting,” reveals seasoned Instagrammer and Social Media Account Manager at /excelamktg, Dara Minchew. Also, don’t reverse the camera on your phone so that you can see yourself, she warns. “It lowers the quality of your photo.” (ß—- I did that)

Get your angles right.

First things first, experiment in front of the mirror to determine which angles are most pleasing for your face, advises photog to the stars Matthew Rolston. “The majority of people look best when their face is tilted at a slight angle to the camera, as opposed to straight on,” he adds. “If your nose curves to the left, favor the left side of your face, otherwise, the curve of your nose may be greatly exaggerated. If emotional engagement is what you’re seeking, the best eye line is directly to the lens.”

 

Social Media Etiquette – My Two Cents

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This topic is about cell phones during meal time. Hey, if you want to talk and text during your own personally time enjoying a meal by yourself, great. However, when you are lunching or having dinner with someone, be in the moment with them. Listen. Learn. Show some manners and put the phone down (not on the table) for the next 45 minutes and enjoy their company. Whoever and whatever is texting, calling, or notifying you can surely wait. And FYI – Don’t walk and text at the same time.  (…or you’ll wind up wet like the fountain lady….)

 

 

If you put any of these social media practices into your daily regime, you’ll become a social media champion in no time!  What are your social media resolutions for the new year?  Share them below…

Direct Messages On Instagram? Here’s Instagram Direct!

December 12th, 2013 by Christen

Instagram is bringing the power of direct connections allowing users to share pictures and videos directly to friends and not all followers with a new feature called Instagram Direct.

 

 

Announced earlier today during a press event, Instagram proclaimed over today’s festivities by sending physical Instagram images printed on canvas to members of the press.  The company clarified that only those who you follow can send direct pictures and videos. If you don’t follow them, you will receive a pending request to view the content.

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“Communication is really core,” an Instagram spokesperson said. “It’s not about photography necessarily. We aren’t built into cameras. We are built into phones, and phones are communication devices.”  The update is available for iOS download and Android starting today. The Windows Phone version is in beta.

Now that Instagram has given users a little privacy to “protect the thirst” – it’s going to be a whole new playing field and #ManCrushMondays and #WomanCrushWednesdays will never be the same again? (LOL)  At the moment, you can only send direct photos or videos but with the continued evolution of the app, I’m sure messaging (or creative captioning) will get thrown into the mix somehow.  It’s a brave new world when it comes to social media and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

 

First there were photos, then videos, then ads and now direct messaging – what do you think about the latest Instagram upgrade? Do you plan on sending Instagram Direct messages anytime soon?  

 

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How Facebook Can Predict Your Break-Up Before You Do…

October 30th, 2013 by Christen

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Facebook can predict when you’re going to break up.  Apparently the fate of your relationship is not written in the stars but in your social circle.

Cornell University researcher Jon Kleinberg and Facebook senior engineer Lars Backstrom proved as much when they presented their co-written research paper at a social computing conference in February.

The researchers took the datasets of 1.3 million Facebook users listed as being in a relationship, and found that the more well connected their mutual friends were, the more likely they were to break up.  This theory is described as dispersion.  Couples with high dispersion have mutual friends who are not well connected.  Couples with low dispersion have mutual friends who are well connected.

 

How Facebook Can Predict Your Next Breakup

The Facebook theory suggests if you and your partner share the same social circle on Facebook (low dispersion), you’re less likely to have your own lives and therefore the relationship is more likely to implode.

A healthy relationship, according to Facebook, is one where both partners have connections to a lot of different groups of people, even if those friendships aren’t particularly strong.

“Instead of embededness, we propose that the link between and an individual u and v his or her partner should display a ‘dispersed’ structure: the mutual neighbours of u and v are not well connected to one another and hence u and v act jointly as the only intermediaries between these different parts of the network,” the researchers wrote in the study.

Of course, this algorithm might not take into account the fact that some couples don’t take their social circles on Facebook particularly seriously and therefore might look like they don’t have as wide group of friends when they actually do.  Probably because they are out living their lives.

Next, Facebook will be able to predict when you’ll get fired from your job or the name and sex of your unborn child… Who says social media isn’t grand?

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You Need to Know – What’s New in Social Media

October 15th, 2013 by Nicole

 

There’s a lot of changes going on with your fave social media apps. Since you’re often using these apps, these updates might slip by. Be on the lookout for the new features these changes will bring.

 

 

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Microsoft Windows Phone Customizes Tweet Notification

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Want to follow your favorite tweeter without accessing the Twitter app?  Yes you do.  Twitter just updated their app for the Windows Phone users to view tweets from their favorite accounts directly on their home screen.  How is this different from other smartphone and Twitter integration?  It can get really annoying then you get screen notifications from all Twitter accounts you follow.  For this new update, you select your favorite Twitter accounts to follow and you receive notifications on your smartphone screen every time they tweet.

 

What’s New With Foursquare? – What’s Nearby

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With its newly designed interface, Foursquare just added a ‘nearby’ button to its app.  The button will tell you which one of your friends is near you.  They are also testing with iPhone users the ‘real-time’ recommendations feature, which tells you something about your current location, like the best food to order at the restaurant you are at based on customer ratings.

 

Facebook Updates its Privacy Settings – Again

That Facebook privacy setting, ‘Who can look up your timeline by name’ is over.  It’s no longer a feature for your privacy, preventing your ‘unwants’ from finding you.  What does this mean?  This alters the visibility of your profile.  Previously, you were able to opt-in to this privacy setting but no more.  A Facebook’s spokesperson said, “Whether you’ve been using the setting or not, the best way to control what people can find about you on Facebook is to choose who can see the individual things you share.”

Husband Cheats And Is Now 3000 “Likes” Away From Reconciliation

September 27th, 2013 by Christen

It’s a story making headlines and creating quite the social media buzz.  When Ivan Lewis cheated on his wife Sonya Gore, there was no way he could’ve imagined that THIS would happen.  One wife has found a very creative way to put her husband on blast for stepping out on her, and an even more unique method of deciding his fate.

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“Looking for LIKES”…Ivan needs your help for reconciliation in his marriage.

Sonya Gore asked her husband, Ivan Lewis, to post a photo of himself on Facebook holding a sign that reads: “I cheated on my wife. (And she was ugly!)” – Ivan also revealed in the caption that his wife says she’ll take him back if he gets 10,000 likes on Facebook, so he’s hoping for a little help from friends and family. Currently he’s a little over 7,000 likes since he originally posted the picture on September 22 and support is growing fast.

 

Would you publicly shame your mate for breaking your heart?  Guys, would you admit your wrongs on social media in hopes of reconcilliation?

Is this a case of when social media goes wrong or when social media possibly does good?  Share your thoughts below…

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Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts Service in US

September 26th, 2013 by Christen

Yesterday, Twitter launched Twitter Alerts, a new feature that gives users important and accurate information from credible organizations during emergencies, natural disasters, or moments when other communications services aren’t accessible. Currently only organizations in the US, Japan, and Korea can send Alerts, but Twitter says it we will expand the service to include more public institutions and NGOs around the world.

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Here’s how it works. First, you have to sign up to receive Twitter Alerts from a given account (so that you only receive relevant information). Once you do, you will receive a notification directly to your phone whenever that account marks a tweet as an alert.

To sign up, you can go directly to an account’s setup page, which you’ll find at twitter.com/[username]/alerts. On Twitter for Web, you can see if an organization is part of the program when you visit its profile.

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Notifications are delivered via SMS, and also appear differently on your home timeline from regular Tweets (they are indicated with an orange bell). If you use Twitter for iPhone or Twitter for Android, you’ll also receive a push notification; you need to be using at least Twitter version 5.10 for iOS or Twitter 4.1.6 for Android.  Many already use the social network during emergencies, so building on that use case can only help the service grow in the future.

 

Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts

 

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New York Fashion Week Goes Social With Rebecca Minkoff Snapchat Sneek Peek

September 5th, 2013 by Christen

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With designers in search of new ways to make collections generate fashion week buzz, many of them resort to social media as the “go to” for the masses.  For its Spring/Summer 2012 show, Burberry decided to debut its collection via Twitter, sending the brand’s name to Twitter’s list of global trending topics at the time. Just last week, it was announced that Carolina Herrera has launched her first social media contest to boost awareness of her bridal line.  It’s no longer show attendees that get the first glance at fashion week looks — this season, for Rebecca Minkoff fans at least, that honor falls to the users of Snapchat.  Now with the power of social media, Rebecca Minkoff has solicited the power of the Snapchat app to debut her Spring 2014 collection moments before they appear on the runway.

 

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Snapchat is a two-year old iPhone and Android app that allows users to send messages, photos and videos that automatically self-destruct seconds after they’re viewed.  Sharing sneek peeks of the Spring 2014 collection allows fans to experience the star fashions of the shows even before most editors and show-goers can.  The Rebecca Minkoff team believes  that fashion week involves the consumer just as much as it does the designers, editors and buyers.  Uri Minkoff, the CEO of Rebecca Minkoff says, “We believe in a different approach. We believe the consumer is part of [fashion week], and that their inclusion is going to grow. The consumer has a voice and say in [our] brand, they should get special perks even if they can’t attend the show.”

Are you keeping up with the New York Fashion Week excitement from the comfort of your computer screen?  Check out all the runway shows in it’s entirety here.

Will you be following the Rebecca Minkoff releases on Snapchat?  We’ll be sure to post some of the exclusive sneek peeks via Instagram for your New York Fashion Week enjoyment.

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