How many times have you seen depressing tweets from that friend who can’t seem to have a good day? Or maybe a newsfeed full of Nickleback music videos from one undeniably purge-worthy friend? Continue reading Avoiding social media missteps
In this edition of From Our Perspective, the staff discusses the 14 year-old girl who tweeted a bomb threat to American Airlines and got arrested. Afterwards, she bragged about receiving thousands of new followers, prompting several other people to try the same stunt. Continue reading From Our Perspective: Twitter terrorism and selfie olympics [PODCAST]
Twitter blew up in a firestorm of “I’m offended” tweets when “The Colbert Report’s” official account tweeted a racy quote from the show. Michelle Malkin, a blogger and Fox News contributor, was a prominent member of the trending hashtag #CancelColbert. Continue reading Nice try Malkin, Colbert’s not going anywhere
Coca-Cola became the center of attention on Super Bowl Sunday when the score board started getting lopsided and people released their anger on twitter.
In their new ad campaign #AmericaIsBeautiful, Coke featured American classic “America the Beautiful” sung in a variety of different languages to embrace multiculturalism. However, the message fell on deaf ears when Twitter blew up in a storm of racism at the idea that Coke would dare sing a patriotic song in anything but English.
I always hear my older family members say that “technology is making you kids socially awkward.” My response to that is usually to tweet about how much I hate family dinners. Continue reading Is social media making us socially awkward?
My Facebook newsfeed was flooded with upset emoticons and question marks on Saturday when Paul Walker died in a car accident at the age of 40. The star of the “The Fast and the Furious” franchise was the passenger of his friend’s speeding car, which burst into flames after it hit a tree during a charity event for victims of the typhoon in the Phillipines. Continue reading Do you really care about celebrity deaths?
Coincidentally, the day the government shut down on Oct. 1st, NASA celebrated its 55th birthday. They were hit the hardest during this shutdown leaving only two people in their facilities to maintain communication with the astronauts 250 miles above the Earth’s surface on the International Space Station.
While I thought everything was going perfectly for the Kardashian family after the highly anticipated June 15 birth of baby North West, things quickly went downhill for the Kardashian crew.
Ted Cruz recently popped onto the political radar as a Tea Party presidential hopeful. He seems to know just the right words to get conservatives behind him because he has absorbed all of the media focus. His recent 21-hour speech to block Obamacare certainly didn’t hurt his odds either.
We have made so many great advancements in civil rights since this country was formed. We pride ourselves in being the melting pot of the world. Every year, countless people flock to the US for a chance at a better life because of the opportunity we offer to such a diverse group of people.
So when history is made and a woman of Indian descent manages to win the Miss America pageant, why does the nation feel the need to run to Twitter and try to squeeze in as many racist insults they can into 140 characters?
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Internet community came together via sites such as Twitter, 4chan and Reddit to scour video recordings and pictures to try to aid investigators in finding the identity of the bombers. They searched for suspicious people in the videos taken before and immediately after the bombs went off. They magnified pictures to try to find people with backpacks that matched the description of the backpacks the FBI believed held the bombs. One Internet user believed he had reconstructed the scene using pictures to the degree that he knew where one of the bombs went off within an error of two meters. Continue reading Internet detectives
Whenever microblogging is mentioned, thoughts inevitably turn to Twitter. But while Twitter may have a monopoly on public attention, it is by no means the only microblogging platform out there. Following are some less popularized but useful options, as well as reasons you should consider adding them to your online presence. Continue reading Microblogging beyond Twitter
In this day and age, almost everyone has a smart phone with the latest features. These typically include access to the Twitter feeds and Facebook pages. The following is a list of pages and feeds every student should check out, “like” or “follow” to be an informed highlander. Continue reading Radford University social media pages
I’m fairly new to the world of Twitter; in fact, I’ve only been using the network since I started writing for Whim in February. But long before I started following, hashtagging and retweeting, I was aware of the impact that a 140-character chunk of thought could have. Most memorably, the 2010 Arab Spring protests showed me — and countless others — just how powerful a tool this sort of media could become. Continue reading Is Twitter’s country-specific censorship a bad thing?
For many major institutions, their star athletes are their brand. One company offers to monitor student athletes’ online social network activities for $7,000 to $10,000. The company is called Varsity Monitor. Continue reading Company monitors student athlete tweets for major universities
The Internet is becoming an increasingly important tool to any soon-to-be college graduate. The Internet is one of the most common ways through which people obtain jobs. If a job seeker knows where to look, the Internet can be a useful tool for both job seeking and networking. Both are vital in the hunt for employment.
There are a number of resources out there for job seekers to use, all of which have their benefits and drawbacks. Below are some useful tools in the search for employment. These resources should provide a good base for any job seeker and help them decide what to do once they have that all-important interview. Continue reading The Internet: A vital tool to any job search