Category Archives: Social Media

The New Frontier

I love my archaic flip phone — it’s sturdy, reliable and gets the job done — but that doesn’t mean I don’t have bouts of tech envy when I long for a smart phone to call my own. 

Usually, this happens when I’m lost in NYC and cursing my terrible sense of direction or when I’m bored on my commute; however, lately I’ve been wanting a smart phone so I can participate in social media platforms, especially Foursquare.

For those who’ve never heard of Foursquare, it’s basically an online application where users can “check in” and announce their location at any moment — allowing them to connect with friends nearby, receive great deals from participating companies and get a whole slew of suggestions of new places to see based on where they’ve checked in previously.

Foursquare seems to be the next big thing in the world of social media, and I hate that only people with smart phones can fully access and use it.  I’ve been telling myself that this trend will pass, that it’s totally for status hungry college students who just want to show off where they’ve been, but I guess I was wrong because someone respectable just checked into Foursquare from, wait for it, OUTER SPACE!

If a NASA-trained astronaut finds it important to check into Foursquare during a mission to the edge of the galaxy, I guess it’s time for me to invest the $30 a month for a data plan.


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The Social Network

I can’t wait to see this movie!  I don’t know if that means I have questionable taste (apparently, the fact that I like the CW’s new fall show, “Hellcats,” means I do), but I don’t care.  I haven’t been excited about a movie like this in quite some time and am determined to see this in theatres!

The topic is definitely interesting (I never knew there was so much drama behind making Facebook) and how catchy is that music on the trailer?  But what ultimately caught my eye is the cast.  Justin Timberlake AND Brenda Song?  The casting director definitely doesn’t mind taking risks.  Sorry, Disney alumni, but let’s be real.  One of you got hired because you’re an internationally recognized pop star and the other because you’re Asian and that girl from “Real World San Diego” is starting to get too old to play a college student.  Nowhere did I mention your acting prowess.

If anything, the entire hope of this movie making the grade seems to rest on the scrawny shoulders of Jessie Eisenberg of “Zombieland” fame.  Of course, he will be playing none other than Mark Zuckerberg himself, and he seems as lovable as ever.  But I might be biased.  I nearly had a heart attack when I saw a glimpse of a Jew fro on the trailer and the inevitable coinciding thought, ANOTHER Michael Cera movie?  My resulting adoration is therefore equal parts obsession and relief.

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Bieber’s Revenge

I’m not exactly raging with ‘Bieber Fever,’ but you got to hand it to the prepubescent man-child; he is absolutely unbeatable when it comes to the world of Twitter.  In fact, ‘Justin Bieber’ had been lodged firmly on the trending list for so long that Twitter actually changed its formula.  Now, instead of what trending topics have been popular in the long run, the updated algorithm measures what topics are popular at the moment. 

But that doesn’t even compare with Bieber’s latest Twitter stunt: unleashing his rabid fan base on his enemies.

When Kevin Kristopik somehow managed to get Bieber’s cell number and sent him a slew of unwanted messages, Bieber retaliated by posting Kevin’s number in a tweet to his fans, urging them to contact him.  Within a few hours, Kevin received 26,000 text messages and tons of calls to the point that he had no choice but to cancel his phone plan.  

Luckily for Kevin, Bieber’s millions of fans are mostly middle school students and can wield nothing more menacing than a cell phone.  It’s going to be a scary world when they grow up and have cars at their disposal, ready and willing to obey Bieber’s every command.

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The Rise and Fall of Google Wave

I didn’t even know what Google Wave was and now it’s already gone.  But that just seems to be the trend when it comes to Google and its social media ventures.  If only some of the more annoying Google applications would disappear too.  (Google Buzz.  Need I say more?)

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Facebook From Beyond The Grave

I go on Facebook nearly everyday as do many of its other 500 million users.  But I never gave much thought to a sensitive issue that Facebook deals with on a daily basis — death.  What is Facebook — as both a fun-loving, social phenomenon as well as a serious, multi-billion dollar business — supposed to do with deceased user accounts? 

According to a recent New York Times article, Facebook used to simply delete such accounts, but after the Virginia Tech shooting, people wanted to keep these walls active to memorialize their loved ones forever in cyberspace. 

The problem is that Facebook’s flawed social algorithm, from time to time, suggests users reconnect with someone from beyond the grave — managing to creep people out or even offend them as they mourn.  And with more than 350,000 Facebook users for every Facebook employee, there seems to be no practical means of scanning profiles for deceased users as of yet. 

Regardless of this one flaw in the system, I must admit that I do find it all rather comforting.  In fact, I still look up a SU classmate that has since passed away and it’s heartwarming to read all of the messages and pictures people have posted and continue to post on her Facebook profile.  I’m sure her parents find encouragement in seeing that their daughter was well loved and will be dearly missed.  May she rest in peace.

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Wheat Thins To The Rescue!

Talk about instant gratification.


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Tweeting for the Big Bucks

As a recent college grad, I know firsthand how frustrating the whole job hunting process can be, especially when it comes to salary negotiations.  So imagine my surprise when I saw a headline promising a six-figure salary for a position at MTV in New York City.  Too good to be true, right?  The popular entertainment company is apparently in search of a TJ or “Twitter Jockey” — a social media guru to relay messages to MTV’s audience and keep the executives up to date with the latest trends.  You can check out all the action on Follow Me: The Search for the First MTV TJ and even vote for your favorite candidates.  Think you can be wittier in 140 characters or less?  Nominate yourself!  I mean, it’s a bit counter-productive to self-nominate for a contest that requires some social prowess and popularity, but what the heck THIS IS AMERICA.  It’s not like you’d be the first unqualified person to be voted in (cough cough Alvin Greene).

P.S. Follow me on Twitter (@mintymin)
Maybe I can make some money off of Twitter too?

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