Category: Social Media

Social stardom: What does it take?

In 2016, fame is diffuse. People can chase their dreams of celebrity without having to make the pilgrimage to Hollywood that was once compulsory. Social media has created a culture where someone can rise to prominence on the strength of content they create in their own room. That is, of course, if they’re good enough. SXSW...

For All Your Eyes Only: Communicating Secrets at CIA

We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet. — CIA (@CIA) June 6, 2014 Admist fears for running out of content and concern for security of classified material, getting the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States on Twitter was almost a clandestine operation all it’s own. Carolyn Reams and Preston Golson...

Weekly News Roundup Feb. 22-26

Apple Making it Even Harder to Hack iPhones After last week’s recent events with Apple and the FBI, Apple engineers have started developing new security measures that will make it impossible for the government to break into a locked iPhone. “What’s at stake here is, can the government compel Apple to write software that we believe...

Weekly News Roundup Feb. 12-19

Apple takes a stand against FBI Big news this week is the announcement from Apple that the company will not comply with an FBI request to create a backdoor for unlocking iPhones. Although the FBI claims that this capability will only be used on one phone – a phone involved in the San Bernardino case...

Weekly News Roundup Jan. 29 – Feb. 5

Twitter GIFs coming to a mobile screen near you. Thousands of thumbs could be heard breathing a sigh of relief recently. Twitter is reportedly testing a new button that will relieve users of having to prowl the web for the perfect GIF to post. Some users have already been able to use the button, and it...

SXSWistful

I’m sitting in a darkened theater watching a comedy show. The room seats 90 people. It’s a late show, and I only stayed out because there’s a writer from The Daily Show performing. Then the host comes out and says, “We have a very special guest with us tonight…Mr. Judd Apatow.” That’s right, the director...

Live Music as Means for Brand Engagement

The festival model has taken the music industry by storm: Austin City Limits, Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza have all revolutionized how music is discovered and consumed. This panel consisted of Andrew Klein of AEG Live, Hank Neuberger of Springboard Productions, Jimmy Chamberlin of LiveOne Group (and former drummer of the Smashing Pumpkins), and moderator John...