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Facebook founder and CEO, if the move "The Social Network" is to be believed, can be a kill-or-be-kille businessman and entrepreneur.


But there's no denying his killer instinct when it comes to dinner.


Zuckerberg, in an email clarifying a discussion he had with Forbes' Patricia Sellers, said he's delving deeply into the idea of sustainable foods, and to a degree vegetarianism, by only eating meat he kills himself.


Yes, that's a completely serious statement from the billionaire wunderkind. Here's the email he sent on the subject:



To start, let me give you some background on what I'm doing. Every year in recent memory, I've taken on a personal challenge -- something to learn about the world, expand my interests and teach myself greater discipline. I spend almost all of my time building Facebook, so these personal challenges are all things I wouldn't normally have the chance to do if I didn't take the time.


Last year, for example, my personal challenge was to learn Chinese. I blocked out an hour every day to study and it has been an amazing experience so far. I've always found learning new languages challenging, so I wanted to jump in and try to learn a hard one. It has been a very humbling experience. With language, there's no way to just "figure it out" like you can with other problems -- you just need to practice and practice. The experience of learning Mandarin has also led me to travel to China, learn about its culture and history, and meet a lot of new interesting people.


This year, my personal challenge is around being thankful for the food I have to eat. I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. This year I've basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience. I'm eating a lot healthier foods and I've learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals.


I started thinking about this last year when I had a pig roast at my house. A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn't want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don't have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from.



Zuckerberg has already killed and eaten a goat - with a knife, apparently, a pig and chickens. And he says his new diet not only allows him to appreciate how his food is sourced, but alos maintain control over quality.


I'm eating a lot healthier foods," he said. "And I've learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals. It's easy to take the food we eat for granted when we can eat good things every day."


News of Zuckerberg's new dining habits broke, of course, via Facebook, when he posted to the 847 friends on his private page: "I just killed a pig and a goat," on May 4.

Floating Chicago - A collection of mirrored skyline timelapses from Craig Shimala on Vimeo.



Videographer Craig Shimala says on his Vimeo page that he had a bunch of timelapse bits and pieces of the Chicago skyline sitting around and decided to put them to good use.


What we get from his efforts is this trance-inducing clip of clouds and water and time flying past out city - in mirror form:


Through the past couple years I've shot a decent amount of time-lapses of the Chicago skyline. I figured why not take all of those and throw the same mirror filter that was warmly welcomed by a lot of people on this.


Shimala has a bunch of other interesting Chicago scenes documented, so check out his work.



Thanks Chicagoist for sharing.

A cast of millions. Boxes of Kleenex. Josh Groban. Four hours of raw emotion and dramatic buildup.

Yep, Oprah must have been taping her final shows after 25 years of ruling the daytime airwaves, book clubs and your soul.

Couldn't be there? Can't watch? You're in luck. A bevy of Sun-Times reporters was on hand to witness the festivities and tweeted about the whole, two-show taping extravaganza. So grab a green tea, your favorite exfoliant and some paint swatches and pick through the night that was Oprahmageddon at the United Center.

We're combing through the tidbits leading up to the latest royal coupling - so you don't have to. Make sure to check back in often for updates on Wills and Kate as they make their way toward Westminster Abbey.

May God have mercy on our souls ...


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The saga drags on.

Even as Bill Zwecker and others were reporting that the producers of "Two and a Half Men" were eying Rob Lowe as a potential replacement for Charlie Sheen, Sheen himself was ramping up to respond to his dismissal.

Taking to his personal airwaves on Ustream, Sheen is promising to address the decision to release him from the show on his livestreaming video stream of consciousness.

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The world is rapidly dissolving into two camps: Those who can't get enough #tigerblood and those who want Sheen to disappear. But with control of his own personal broadcast network, the proponent of #winning and troll bashing shows no signs of slowing down. Next installment promised for 9 p.m. Central time.

And do beware before watching, there is salty language in the Korner. Plan better.

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Charlie Sheen has had an interesting few days. And while you may not be able to handle the drug that is Charlie Sheen, there's no escaping it, either.

Now he's dealing his favorite drug in 140 characters to the masses on Twitter. And befitting his preferred lifestyle, he's doing faster than anyone else.

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Sheen started sharing his knowledge on the microblogging site on march 1. A little more than 24 hours later he had blown past 1 million followers behind 21 updates, rich with pictures of himself, hot dogs, sports memorabilia and hashtags almost cheering #winning! and #tigerblood - both of which were among Twitter's highest trending topics or search terms Wednesday.

The embattled "Two And A Half Men" star says he's there to talk to his fans and welcomes questions and comments. He also offers personal updates along these lines:

My sons' are fine... My path is now clear... Defeat is not an option..!

To put the explosive growth in perspective, it wasn't in 2009 that Twitter even saw it's first million-follower accounts after CNN and Aston Kutcher duked it out in a race to the top - about 2 years after Twitter became a public platform.

When Oprah jumped onto Twitter in April 2009 to much anticipation, it took her about a week to pick up 1 million followers.

Maybe Oprah could use a little tigerblood in her life to pick up the popularity. Then again, let's not get too crazy.

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UPDATE: The Guinness World Records folks confirmed that Sheen had shattered the previous record to 1 million followers on Twitter. It took him 25 hours and 17 minutes between March 1 and 2, Guinness confirmed Thursday.

It's well-documented that Kanye West provides some of the best content that Twitter has to offer.

Now, when you add the music of Josh Groban, like Jimmy Kimmel Live did, well, Kanye's tweets get even better.

Are you on the naughty list? Expecting coal this year? License plate read HUMBUG? Don't trust the Defense Department?

Then this is not for you.

It's time again for NORAD and Google to tema up to tell us exactly where Santa is in his delivery cycle. No, they're not tracking him with Patriot Missiles. It's a service for the parents of the world to convince the kids to get to sleep before the Big Guy shows up in town.

Google has an iGadget available to watch the Jolly Old Elf and crew as they jet around the world at 650 feet per second.

You can also follow the trip on Twitter and via Google Maps Mobile - search for Santa.

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Go ahead and gripe about it, but you know you totally want to check in to this exclusive club.

checkin.jpgIf you happen to be one of those lifecasting-obsessed souls who checks in regularly on Foursquare, the geo-locational microbloging service, then you probably have unlocked your share of badges.

Crunked. On a boat. Flash mob. And the like. But no matter how many PBRs you toss back or how many nights you go out in a row, you'll never be better than Douglas Wheelock.

See, he's an astronaut and Friday morning he unlocked the NASA Explorer badge - good for a free scoop of free astronaut ice cream - when he checked in 220 miles above the surface of the Earth at the International space station as commander of Expedition 25.

There are those that decry Foursquare, Gowalla, Twitter, etc. as stupid wastes of time. Oversharing of mundane garbage nobody but you and your narcissistic self cares about. Maybe, maybe not. But when you can boast about going 17,500 miles an hour on an orbital platform that not many more Americans will see for a while, you can use whatever platform you want to brag.

But remember, Doug, you will never get to be mayor without cheating.

Hat tip to ValleyWag.

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Kanye West just can't win.

The thought-filter challenged Chicago rapper/producer/gadfly/awards show menace is finishing work on his fifth studio album in six years - "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy". Normally a cause for celebration. But hold on, controversy has a habit of following West around.

Late Sunday afternoon he tweeted that his album art had been nixed by the nefarious "they":

Yoooo they banned my album cover!!!!! Ima tweet it in a few...

Side note: If you aren't following Kanye on Twitter, get on it now. He might be the best thing going in the microblogisphere.

But the days of keeping things under wraps are long behind us and, as promised, Kanye delivered the album art seen to the right via his Twitter stream. You may not be able to buy it anywhere, but there it is for free via TwitPic.

Banned in the USA!!! They tried to play me fam! They don't want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix!

Now, this being Kanye, who knows if it's the real album cover he had planned. But, as always, it does make for a fun moment in the spotlight.

He went on on Twitter to criticize the "they" - he's yet to elaborate - and the history of nudity on album covers.

In the 70s album covers had actual nudity... It's so funny that people forget that... Everything has been so commercialized now.

And there's this thought as his stream of consciousness continued:

I know that cover just blew yall minds ... I wish yall could see how hard I'm smiling right now!!!

More likely to come.

UPDATE: West continued to rap up on Twitter, defending the art direction and his artistic vision in regard perceived appropriateness:

In all honesty ... I really don't be thinking about Wal-Mart when I make my music or album covers #Kanyeshrug!

I wanna sell albums but not at the expense of my true creativity.

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Here's something to chew on, political wonks. President Obama may just be magical afterall.

Or at least his chewing gum is.

In the great tradition of the Reggie Bar, but likely without any of those messy licensing payments to deal with, the president's face has found its way onto chewing gum packaging from a company called Kenafric, documented by tweeting traveler Mara Abrams in Tanzania and the subject of some discussion on BoingBoing, complete with "full of hot air" jokes.

This is not the first we've seen of the Obubblegum, which comes in at least one other flavor - orange. Though you have to wonder why no grape - we do live in a purple country, according to the president. Right?

There's really very little to add to this Friday gem, aside from thanks to @garfep for posting Boba breaking down the beats of Zelda.

And, of course, the Fett himself, or @renegadeaccord as he's known on the Twitter, "Renegade Accordion, the Boba Fett masked accordion player of New York."

If you simply must know more about the busking bounty hunter, you can alsways click play, thanks to PBS 13 in New York.

New York on the Clock: Nathan Stodola, Renegade Accordion from Thirteen.org on Vimeo.

betty.jpgThe bleating of the Internets win again. Betty White will host "Saturday Night Live."

It's been the rage of Twitter and Facebook for some time, and now the veteran comedic actress has finally agreed to step onto the Rockefeller Center stage.

The 88-year-old has been a bit perplexed at the crescendo of support for the idea of her hosting, but finally relented, telling People.com that she's honored, if confused by the idea:

"I don't know why or how," she says, "but it's been wonderful."

Thing is, unless the writers screw this up, she'll probably be one of the better hosts this side of Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin and Justin Timblerlake. Her comedy chops are top notch and timing is a thing of beauty. This will be 1,000 times better than any uninspired Michael Phelps choise could be.

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UPDATE: Photos from the Monday rally of Con-heads.

mob_pitchforks.JPGThe Conan O'Brien fan revolution continues to be televised as the late-night hosting heavyweights and NBC spar publicly over network plans to rescue Jay Leno at the expense of his "Tonight Show" replacement.

But the villagers are sharpening pitchforks and lighting their torches in this mess, too, as Conan's fans prepare to march on various NBC affiliates nationwide to voice displeasure over the network's treatment of their favorite pasty redhead. The grassroots protest makes its way to Chicago Monday evening for a 4:30-9 p.m. event outside the NBC5 studios at Pioneer Court, thanks in large part to the 300,000-strong I'm with Coco Facebook page that has sprung up to capture and focus the angst of O'Brien's masses who love his off-the-wall brand of humor. Protesters carried signs, spray painted their hair orange and wore Conan masks in support of the pale, gangly 6-foot-4-inch host.

The group was created by Los Angeles illustrator Mike Mitchell (he made the Conan image up top) who characterizes the push as a protest against bad management by an everyman's fans. He tells the Trib that this is a chance for like-minded Conan-backers to make their collective voice hear, but acknowledges the long odds:

"NBC, I think, has already made their mind up. Maybe (the protest) is more of a thing to show that there's a lot of Conan fans."

Will the 485 voices outside NBC tonight mean anything in the long run? Probably not. But in a way the almost comical futility suits the ethos of O'Brien, a man who's comedic talent has frequently eluded mainstream explanation and popularity.

But like the slogan says on the page, "Cause we're with him, no matter what," so some long odds are hardly worth shutting down the movement - just war some orange and play nice if you plan to attend. Let the network execs stoop to the name calling and vitriol.

Mark Zuckerberg knows you. I mean, he really knows you.

The founder of Facebook, the social media behemoth with a user base the size of the United States population, sat down for a little chat with Techcrunch brainchild Michael Arrington to discuss his thoughts on what's public information and how much privacy any of us, especially those on Facebook, should expect in this day and age.

The short answer: Not much. Zuckerberg doesn't see privacy in today's world of constant updates as a "social norm" anymore. Here's a quick synopsis of Zuckerberg's take:

When I got started in my dorm room at Harvard, the question a lot of people asked was 'why would I want to put any information on the Internet at all? Why would I want to have a website?'

And then in the last 5 or 6 years, blogging has taken off in a huge way and all these different services that have people sharing all this information. People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people. That social norm is just something that has evolved over time.

We view it as our role in the system to constantly be innovating and be updating what our system is to reflect what the current social norms are.

A lot of companies would be trapped by the conventions and their legacies of what they've built, doing a privacy change - doing a privacy change for 350 million users is not the kind of thing that a lot of companies would do. But we viewed that as a really important thing, to always keep a beginner's mind and what would we do if we were starting the company now and we decided that these would be the social norms now and we just went for it.

Facebook and its privacy policies and murky content ownership decisions have bubbled up increasingly in the public consciousness of late. At a site where people feel free to post anything and everything about their lives - when did we become such exhibitionists? - to hear the driving force behind it eschew the strident need for privacy protection is, umm, an interesting public admission that bears cautionary attention.

But do you even care about privacy anymore? Or are you fine with status updating and geo-lacting and photo posting your way toward a completely open, available lifestyle?

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