Following a weekend of two mass shootings, President Donald Trump made a speech Monday regarding the events. In his speech, he called for social media companies to "develop tools to detect mass shooters before they strike. On Saturday, 20 people were killed in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Then on Sunday, nine people were killed in Dayton, Ohio. The Department of Justice didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. More info to come. … [Read more...] about Trump wants social media companies to detect mass shooters
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By all means, feel free to block a person that instigates aggressive communication. Chris Jackson/Getty Images If you're asking yourself if it's rude to block people on social media, you might actually be asking yourself if it's rude to ignore people in general. It's not usually something you're confronted with in real life, because in reality there is generally a thick, black line between when we can blatantly ignore someone and when we have to grit our teeth and bear it. If it's just an acquaintance, then simply trying to avoid them in social situations can go a long way. Of course, if it's a coworker or someone with whom we're forced to interact, we don't have a lot of choice. There might have to be a self-enforced politeness to get through the situation. But social media is different territory. A vague, uncharted territory where no one quite knows where real-life etiquette applies or some new digital decorum begins. But here's something we do know: If you unfriend or block … [Read more...] about Is it rude to block people on social media?
Do your online friends' postings make your life seem boring in comparison? Who's to say they're even telling the truth. See more mental disorders pictures. iStockphoto/Thinkstock In a world where social media Web sites spread news of engagements and breakups, job gains and losses, or even news of life and death, it's easy to become overwhelmed. Web sites such as Facebook help you keep up with friends and family, but you're realizing how easy it is to get sucked into the whirlwind of updates and data. We now live during a time when you can follow your pal's every move on his latest beach trip -- even if the only surfing you're doing is on the Web. Let's face it: Using social media can stir up many emotions, including sadness. Whether we're subconsciously comparing ourselves to friends or feeling the sting of rejection, our emotions transcend the keyboard. This is why some people have coined the term "social media depression" to informally describe the depressive thoughts … [Read more...] about What’s social media depression — and might I have it?
A sign heralds the final season of 'Mad Men' on AMC. Note the hashtag and Twitter handle at the top of the billboard. Tommaso Boddi/WireImage/Getty Images AMC, formerly known as American Movie Classics, has hit some homeruns. In fact, pretty much everything the cable channel has released has been a critical success. Two of its first attempts at original programming, "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad," are regarded as some of the greatest television programs of all time: "Mad Men" has 15 Emmy awards; "Breaking Bad" 16. That's extra impressive when you consider that it was only in 2006 that AMC started to make a concerted effort at producing original programming. But making quality television does not guarantee an audience (consider the failure of cult classic "Arrested Development"). However, AMC was one of the first networks to recognize the power of social media, and what started as simple, clever hashtags on Twitter and Facebook groups quickly turned into more aggressive styles of … [Read more...] about Did AMC’s social media strategy change TV?
The panda named Bao Bao in 2014 in Washington, D.C. The giant panda is classified as an endangered species due to its shrinking population. Mandel Ngan/Getty Images The social media world was abuzz this summer over the illegal killing of Cecil, a 13-year-old male lion popular with tourists in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. But did that outrage translate into more dollars for conservation organizations? Has it helped save other animals or species? Social media activism often gets derided for having little real-world impact. Long (well, long in terms of social media) before Cecil's death, wildlife organizations were online raising awareness, soliciting donations and stirring up the faithful. As early as 2010, conservationists and other scientists were waking up to the idea that while social media offered one more avenue for bringing information to the public, new ways of communicating via online outlets would need to be developed if they wanted to generate action: photos, blog … [Read more...] about More Than a Hashtag: Can Social Media Help Save Endangered Species?