Brad Pitt Joins Sina Weibo, Sends Surprising First Message
Brad Pitt joined China's Twitter alternative Sina Weibo this week, gaining thousands of followers after sending a message that raised eyebrows: "It is the truth. Yup, I'm coming." The American actor's message no longer exists on his verified account, but The Telegraph notes the seven-word message attracted more than 22,000 comments SEE ALSO: 50 Most Memorable Tweets of 2012 | How Music Ruled Twitter in 2012 Watch the video, above, to hear potential reasons why Pitt joining Sina Weibo attracted...
Posting to Facebook Makes You Less Lonely
The simple act of posting a status update on Facebook can make you feel more connected, researchers have found — even if no one pays attention to your update The study, conducted by the Universitat Berlin, focused on the Facebook posts of 100 student volunteers at the University of Arizona over the course of a week The students were asked to do two things: fill out forms assessing their mental health and well-being throughout the week, and post to Facebook more than they normally would. A...
The Imaginary War: Why Cable and YouTube Should Coexist
Traditional television and YouTube have been at war for what seems like years now. So who's winning? Neither. At least not yet. YouTube struggles with quality and regularity, while TV networks still scramble to decipher the Internet. Both must accept that they are really two different ecosystems, and people want both. SEE ALSO: Inside YouTube's Plan to Dominate Your TV YouTube has grown wildly in seven years thanks in large part to its openness. It's been a place for the users, by the users. ...
Top 10 Twitter Pics of the Week
Holy Super Junior, Batman The Seoul, South Korea-based boy band completely dominated the Internet photo sharing sphere this past week, but not without a touching appearance from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson The good folks over at Skylines sorted through 36,804,787 Twitter photos from the past week and compiled the most shared and retweeted. Check out the gallery above to see the top 10 SEE ALSO: Library of Congress Has Now Archived 170 Billion Tweets Any fun ones we missed? Share your favorite mo...
Blind Man Uses Instagram To Share Images
Tommy Edison is blind but still enjoys using the photo editing and sharing app, Instagram "It's kinda fun for me, I've never had a camera before," he says in a YouTube video In the video, Edison explains how he uses Instagram to capture, edit, caption and share images he takes with Instagram. Even though he can't see the images, Edison says he's received some interesting comments on the ones he's posted SEE ALSO: This App Identifies Dollar Bills for the Blind Using the "accessibility" feature ...
Inside YouTube's Plan to Dominate Your TV
Quick: Think of watching a YouTube video. What kind of screen pops into your head? Chances are you thought of your laptop, desktop, smartphone or tablet before you imagined flopping down in front of a YouTube video on your widescreen TV in the den But that's an attitude YouTube is desparate to change — and TV makers are eager to help them out. A number of sets launching at CES 2013 this week in Las Vegas — including sets from Bang & Olufsen, LG, Panasonic and Sony — offer t...
TV Shows, Movies With the Most-Engaged Fans on GetGlue
This week's mid-season premiere of The Big Bang Theory, a sitcom about a group awesomely geeky friends, roped in a record-breaking 19.25 million viewers The show also tops the final 2012 scorecard (see infographic below) for scripted shows with the most activity — for live episodes and re-runs combined — on social entertainment platform GetGlue. Activity includes check-ins, likes, reviews and unlocking stickers. For activity during episode premieres, fantasy drama Once Upon a Time re...
5 Fascinating Facts We Learned From Reddit Last Week
Spend a little time with r/TodayILearned, r/AskScience and r/ExplainLikeImFive, and you'll be brimming with cocktail party conversation starters in no time. SEE ALSO: 12 Bizarre Subreddits You Shouldn't Live Without We've plucked our faves from the week gone by. What have you learned from Reddit lately? ...
Teen Thrown in Jail After Boasting About Drunk Driving on Facebook
People use Facebook to spread news about job promotions, marriages and pregnancies, but one Oregon teen took sharing to a new level by boasting about his drunk driving. Jacob Cox-Brown, 18, posted a status update that exposed his New Year's Day crime Earlier that day, at around 1 a.m., police in Astoria, Ore. found evidence that two cars had been in a collision, according to local reports. Later on, police received a private message from one of Cox-Brown's Facebook friends that "got this c...
36 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed
Turning the calendar to a new year generally brings both an opportunity to reflect on the past year and an earnest sense of hopefulness that this year will be an even better one If your new year's resolution was to become more technology savvy, but you've been laid low all week from too much eating and partying -- you've come to the right place. At Mashable, we've resolved to bring you even more thorough coverage of the latest innovations, both physical and digital. At the end of each week, we r...
The Biggest Tech Controversies of 2013 (So Far)
The apocalypse didn't arrive in 2012, the world kept spinning and we made it to 2013. The top comments of the new year centered on an evaluation of our priorities and a look ahead at what's to come. We're only a week into the new year, but we're already discussing parenting, First Amendment rights and problems arising for LinkedIn. Will 2013 be the year that every child becomes the owner a smartphone? It was certainly the year that mother and blogger Janell Burley Hofmann decided that her 13-ye...
Art Organizations Say Social Media Plays a Major Role in Operations
Nearly 1,300 art organizations said the Internet has played a major role in today's art world -- from expanding audiences, finding new artists and art appreciators, and even broadening the definition of art itself The study was conducted by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. The organizations surveyed have all received funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in recent years Seventy-seven percent of respondents agreed with the statement tha...
5 Lessons Companies Can Learn From the Instagram Fallout
Dallas Lawrence is the chief global digital strategist for Burson-Marsteller. He writes about emerging media trends, online reputation management and digital issue advocacy. Connect with him on Twitter @dallaslawrence. In our modern social media universe, where billions of tweets, likes, pins, video uploads and views occur every 24 hours, two weeks can seem like an eternity. It probably feels that way for Facebook and its recent billion-dollar Instagram acquisition. They have weathered two wee...
Actress Megan Fox Joins Twitter and Tweets About 'Star Wars'
Less than 24 hours after joining Twitter, Transformers actress Megan Fox has confessed her love for Star Wars with hashtag #StarWarsNerd following a photo upload of an R2-D2 toy Fox entered Twitter's birdcage Thursday with a username she didn't want: "Every possible version of my name is already in use so for now my Twitter handle is [@MeganFox516]," she told her fans in a Facebook post announcing her new Twitter account. SEE ALSO: 50 Most Memorable Tweets of 2012 | How Music Ruled Twitter in 2...
Meet Tumblr's First Artist in Residence
For more than 100 years, artist-in-residence programs at colleges, museums and municipalities have allowed artists to immerse themselves in a new community to create original works and build their portfolios. In September, that opportunity was offered to Roger Biersborn by one of the biggest art communities in the world: Tumblr. In 2012, the blogging network made the top 10 list of the most visited sites in the world, thanks in part to more than 20 billion posts. More recently, "Tumblr" surpasse...
Facebook Starts Sending Out Notices for Sponsored Stories Settlement
If you receive a message purporting to be from Facebook with the subject "LEGAL NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTION" -- don't worry, it's legitimate. Facebook is sending proposed settlement notices to members of a class-action lawsuit against the company's use of Sponsored Stories. Facebook's offer of $20 million to settle the case was granted preliminary approval by the courts in December. An email detailing the reason behind the lawsuit as well as the terms of the settlement was sent to users...
Facebook Adds Voice Messaging to Its Messenger App
Facebook added the ability to send voice messages to its Messenger app for iOS and Android Thursday. To send a voice message, tap the + button beside where you traditionally type a message in the Messenger app. Then select Record, holding the button down to speak. When you release the Record button, your voice message will be sent to your recipient. Along with today's update, Facebook has also started testing VoIP functionality in Canada. iPhone users in the country can try the feature by t...
Report: Google+ Has 105 Million Unique Monthly Visitors
Google+ has joined Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn in the 100 million-plus-unique-visitors-per-month club, but it's lagging in mobile, according to data from comScore. The network attracted 105 million monthly users in October 2012 compared to 65.3 million in October 2011, a 60.9% increase. Comparatively, Facebook had 822.1 million unique visits, up 4.3% from 788.2 million for the same period. Twitter had 182.9 million visitors and Linkedin claimed 161.9 million Those stats refer to global usage....
12 Bizarre Subreddits You Shouldn't Live Without
Reddit is a weird place. Beyond the memes and inside jokes on the front page, there are thousands of niche communities where folks get nitty and gritty about the darndest things. SEE ALSO: A Beginner's Guide to Reddit We've plucked 13 subreddits where you'll find vibrant discussions about horse masks, infomercial actors and birds with arms. 1r/YouTubeHaiku Sometimes you find poetry in the most unlikely places. This subreddit is dedicated to short YouTube clips (less than 14 seconds) that have...
YouTube's 20 Most-Shared Ads in December
In the last month of 2012, the most-shared YouTube ads included some favorites from earlier in the year. The most popular was YouTube's own blowout year-end wrap-up/mashup. The hilarious music video, set to the year's defining pop hits, "Gangnam Style" and "Call Me Maybe," brings in viral stars like PSY, Felicia Day and Jenna Marbles. With callbacks to a plethora of news events and videos throughout 2012, watching is like playing a game in itself. How much do you remember? The rest of the list ...