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Direct Messages On Instagram? Here’s Instagram Direct!

December 12th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

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?  



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

October 30th, 2013 by Christen Rochon


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?

via Fox News

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 Rochon

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…




Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts Service in US

September 26th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

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.

Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts

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[username]/alerts. On Twitter for Web, you can see if an organization is part of the program when you visit its profile.

Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts

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



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

September 5th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

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Rebecca Minkoff Snapchat


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.


Not So Fast Google, Yahoo Is NOW #1!

August 22nd, 2013 by Christen Rochon

Not so fast Google, Yahoo is Now #1.  For the first time since 2011, Yahoo has actually regained it’s position as lead vs Google.  The Huffington Post reports that comScore, an independent web analytics company, released a report indicating that Yahoo’s slew of websites — everything from Flickr to Yahoo Finance — actually got more web traffic than Google. In aggregate, 197 million people visited Yahoo’s sites in the month of July. Gmail, Google’s search engine and rest of Google’s sites received 192 million unique visitors during that same period.

I’m just as surprised, now thinking that maybe I should’ve kept that yahoo email address after all.  However, many people aren’t that surprised.  Noting improved websites, market positioning and more as reasons for it’s recent jump to first place.


Recently, when people have any paid attention to Yahoo at all, they’ve really just been talking about its headline-grabbing CEO, Marissa Mayer. (Sexed up and smart: Women debate Marissa Mayer’s Vogue photo)  But her year-long tenure has gained her more than just fawning personal profiles: Yahoo is actually getting a ton of Internet traffic.  Looking back at comScore data from the past year, you can see that Google was barely edging out Yahoo for the best part of 2013. Though it’s perceived as a backwater, Yahoo has been getting a ton of traffic for a long time. Marketing Land,the blog that first pointed out the data, reports that Yahoo previously beat Google in May 2011 and March 2008 — both before Mayer came on as chief executive.



Could this be an ever-growing trend for Yahoo or will Google regain its position next month?  Who’s your choice are you still a die-hard Yahoo fan or does Google give you what you need on the world wide web?


Don’t Be An Instagram Cliche’: Top 10 Over-Posted Instagrams

August 5th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

We’ve all been there, posting the obligatory “selfie” or prized snapshot of split pea soup coupled with the hashtag #FoodPorn.  Everybody does it, right?  But does it make you an amazing Instagram users or just a copycat of everybody else?  Consider this a public service announcement:  Avoid these cliche’ Instagram photos and your followers will thank you.


10. Bathroom selfies… Because yes, everyone needs to see how hot you look and the filthy toilet bowl at the same time!


9.  Airplane wings…  Ok, we get it… you’re on an airplane!  So are 193,439 other people any given minute.

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8.  Text Message threads… Is anything left sacred?  There are two types of people in the world, people that post text messages on social media and people I trust.


7.  Sunsets.  I happen to enjoy beautiful sunsets… in person.  Instagram sunsets typically pale in comparison to the real thing 100% of the time.


6.  Skyscrappers from below.  You have finally solved the mystery of perspective.  Yes, skyscrappers are in fact HUGE!  Now can you stop filling my timeline with random buildings?  Please.


5.  Inspirational Quotes.  Everyone needs a little encouragement from time to time.  But, I’m sure Instagram was meant for pictorials, not a mashup of your favorite fonts.


4.  Nail Art.  #NailedIt #NailArt #NailPorn – I won’t even lie, I’ve been a culprit of over-posting the nail art pics.  But let’s all just ease up on the cliche shots shall we?


3.  Food Porn.  Hey while you’re busy taking photos, your food is getting cold!



2.  Clouds.  We get it.  They’re everywhere.


1.  Feet on the beach.  A picture is worth a thousand words, and that sixth baby toe is definitely not suitable for a “selfie”…


These are just a few funny observations that I’m sure you’ve been guilty of over-posting too!  Do you know any great Instagram users who post amazing photos?  Shout them out (or yourself) below!


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Jill Scott Talks Social Media & Technology With Verizon (Video)

July 16th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

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Jill Scott talks social media at Essence Music Festival

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Jill Scott sat down with Kevin Hart, Laz Alonzo and director Will Packer last week to discuss her latest projects with Verizon Wireless during Essence Music Festival weekend in New Orleans, LA.  Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times bestselling poet, and critically acclaimed actress are only a few titles held by Jill Scott. Before having the #1 album in the country with her new album, “The Light of the Sun”, performing at The White House, being named People magazine’s Top TV Breakout Star of 2010 and appearing on VH1 Divas alongside Aretha Franklin, the triple threat began her career collaborating with musical icons, The Roots, Will Smith, and Common in the late ’90s.

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Jill Scott never disappoints on stage!

Jill Scott never disappoints on stage!

Never limited to music, Jill Scott is a true multimedia brand across books, clothing, TV and film. Most recently, Jill was cast as the lead character in the HBO/BBC miniseries filmed on location in Botswana. The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency made Jill the first African-American lead featured in a one-hour, cable drama series garnering a prestigious Peabody Award. Before that, Jill starred alongside Tyler Perry and Janet Jackson in the #1 national movie series Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? and sequel Why Did I Get Married Too, as well as Lifetime Movie Network’s Sins of the Mother, the made-for-TV movie which became the second-most watched premiere in the network’s history. Scott also developed an intimates line for Ashley Stewart and founded Blues Babe, a registered 501(c)3 foundation that has raised over hundreds of thousands of dollars to support minority students pursuing college degrees.  She most recently just wrapped up filming Woody Allen’s Fading Gigolo and Baggage Claim opposite Paula Patton.

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Check out what Jill Scott had to say about her use of technology below…


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Apple Shares the Love With Twitter

June 25th, 2013 by Nicole

Apple Shares the Love with Twitter

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Apple’s CEO Tim Cook called it “the biggest change to iOS since the launch of the original iPhone.”  Apple’s next mobile operating system, iOS 7 update will include several technical, design, and app updates.  One of the major technical updates is the inclusion of social media into the makeup of iOS 7.  Smart phones are at the center of how we communicate digitally with our ‘friends’.  Smart phones drive the increase usage of social networks.  And, the newer social networks are built for smart phones first and Apple knows that.  This merging of services is making the connections we do easier and enjoyable – building social ties, multi-tasking at its best.


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Apple has made even simpler to Tweet.  Again, the technology giant tells Twitter “I Love You” by integrating Twitter in Siri and iTunes Radio.  Since the release of iOS 5, Twitter has had an intimate relationship with Apple, getting system level integration.  How?


How Apple Shares The Love With Twitter

1.  In the new ‘Shared Links’ section in Safari, you will see all the shared links from people you follow based on the Twitter timeline.

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2.  Just ask Siri!  Yes, you can ask Siri what topic are people tweeting about and Siri will display their tweets – Cool?  I think so!
3.  What music tracks are trending on Twitter? Want to know who’s talking about the new Jay Z or Justin Timberlake track?  Twitter Music can tell you all from iTunes Radio iTunes Radio the Pandora like digital radio service will include a station just from trending music tracks on Twitter.


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I see a pattern!  Is everything based on trending, links, and tweets?  Yes.  This is how social media networks get us to use the services even more – to stay connected, informed, and always on.

The research is clear -

“Consumers are taking advantage of their portable devices to watch videos, access news and information, check sports, engage in social networking and shop. The time devoted to social networking dwarfs that of streaming video or accessing sports, Nielsen found in its cross-platform report for June.

Smartphone users spent 9 hours and 6 minutes a month on social networks — say, posting status updates on Facebook, tweeting their thoughts to followers on Twitter or checking-in on Foursquare.  Apple iPad users devoted 3 hours and 41 minutes a month to social networks.”  

LA Times


We are moving into an era of social media x10 explosion ‘linked in’ with our smart phone hardware in a deeper level.



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