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Has Social Media Really Killed Off Traditional Media?

“Every day fewer and fewer people get breaking news from a newspaper or even TV.” — Social Media Today, “Is News Dead?”

A tallyboard for historical ship replicas touring the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. provided one indication this week to the contrary:

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HP Bends the Rules to Trend with its #BendTheRules Twitter Campaign

The ancient technology corporation Hewlett Packard (long since KFC’ed to “HP”) is trying to recast itself as young and rebellious with a social media campaign this week. Here’s a sample from the microblogging platform Twitter:

Show us what you’re doing to #BendTheRules and get your name on @IanWalsh4's surfboard. http://t.co/fEGnrOMJMx

— HP (@HP) June 25, […]

Billionaires Stage “Grassroots” Protest in Pennsylvania

Here’s how “Americans for Prosperity” describes itself on a national scale and in the context of Pennsylvania:

“Americans for Prosperity is a grassroots movement of over 2.3 million activists nation wide who advocate and promote limited government, lower taxes, and more freedom. We have over 117,000 activists across the state of Pennsylvania who are taking […]

Monday Likes

451 Facebook users like the U.S. House of Representative Committee on Rules.

2,069 Facebook users like the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

6,676 Facebook users like the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means.

4,491 Facebook users like the Republicans alone on the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services […]

Bernie Sanders / Bank Of America 2016 Big Data Running Mates For The White House

Bernard Sanders is a frequent critic of Bank of America. So, the senator’s own Twitter feed, as well as Twitter feeds of his supporters, often include the phrase “Bank of America”. Twitter’s predictive system is too stupid, however, to notice that Sanders and his fans are describing Bank of America as heartless, corrupt, abusive, and vile. […]

What Kind Of Plants Map Has No Map?

Update: Plants Map has now added mapping to its web site, and it makes a huge change. The site, which is really a budding social network for gardeners, suddenly makes a great deal of sense. I’m making my account active, and I’m hoping to see the site grow in the future.

It’s almost May. It’s […]

Hashtags: Where Conspiracies Cross

For some time here at Irregular Times, we’ve followed what might delicately be termed “mysteries” and what might more coarsely called “conspiracy theories”: claims that secret evidence (seemingly always about-to-be-revealed) proves the existence of hidden realities or long-smouldering schemes or special dangers that They don’t want you to know about. In our Mysteries thread of […]

How Can I Curate Content That Isn’t Common?

About a year ago, I joined Scoop.it, a web site that promised to curate for me – to pull information relevant to the topics I’m interested in from all over the Internet. It was a swell idea, except that Scoop.it doesn’t seem able to actually find that information for me.

If I was interested in […]

The Politics Of Horned Sea Creatures In The Workplace

Quora is a social media site that’s organized around questions and answers. Members ask each other about things they want to know, and provide insight where they can. Questions range from the professionally practical to the abstractly philosophical.

And then there’s this one, posed by an anonymous user: What kinds of issues could arise from […]

The Most Inexplicable Political Twitter Profile I Have Ever Seen

Adam Parkhomenko followed me today on Twitter. Why? I’m not a Hillary Clinton supporter, and I haven’t even mentioned Hillary Clinton. The answer is clear when we find out that Adam Parkhomenko has followed 15,801 people on Twitter. “Who needs smart friends anyways,” Parkhomenko tweeted an hour ago. The strategy seems to be to […]

How to Get into Heaven (the Social Media Way)

How can you get into heaven? Line for Heaven knows.

Line for Heaven is the social media “website for people who are religious or just want to go to Heaven.” According to Line for Heaven, all you need to do to get into heaven is rack up enough “Karma points,” and just as in any […]