If you go looking for any info about “teens” and “social media,” you’ll likely find a collection of alarmism and guesswork that will make your head spin. Luckily, there’s now a book that isn’t just well researched, but insightful, accessible and makes no attempt to box away your concerns with easy answers.
It’s Read More
Social media fame is strange. Twitter, Instagram, Vine and YouTube celebrities are kind of like reality TV stars, but with even more of an everyman feel. They’ve got low budgets and lower inhibitions, and they play characters online who are an extension of their own identities. Reading tweet after tweet, we begin to feel like we know them.
But we don’t. And meeting them in real life can be awkward. They’re not professional socializers, after all, or even traditional entertainers. They’re just people who, from the privacy of their homes, consistently craft tiny bits of entertainment for our consumption. They’ve mastered the art of connecting with people bit by bit, every day — but only when separated by the distance between two given iPhones. Read More
Update #1: Be sure to check out our latest reporting of Ello’s sudden explosion in popularity here.
Update #2: For anyone concerned about the future of Ello, they’ve assured us that the site will remain ad-free and porn friendly!
Update #3: Overwhelmed by the deluge of new users, Ello almost choked off all access for new members, but have gone all-hands-on-deck to keep Ello alive and soldier on through the hype.
For tech entrepreneurs and investors, a social network is the great white whale of startups. Successful ones scale hard and fast, generating mountains of precious user data for advertising clients.
Paul Budnitz, an artist and designer toy maker, thinks that kind of marketer exploitation is downright evil, and has organized a supergroup of artists, programmers, and designers to build a safe haven. It’s called Ello, and it’s a social network with a manifesto. Read More
Chaotic Moon has been playing around with Oculus Rift’s first developers kit for a few months. But when they heard the announcement that Facebook had Read More
In honor of it being the end of the week, we did an interview with the guy who gave rise to the Fridays we’ve all come to know and (maybe?) love: Micah Baldwin, the creator of Follow Fridays, or #FF.
Mr. Baldwin is a startup guy living in San Mateo, Ca., ten minutes south of San Francisco. He’s the owner of Graphic.ly, a company that works with publishers to help them navigate the digital world and distribute ebooks.
He’s pretty sure it all started in January 2009, when two of his friends were competing to see who’d be the first to reach 1,000 followers on Twitter. The loser had to take the winner out to dinner. Read More
While many are scratching their heads over Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of virtual reality company “Oculus Rift,” one developer has some strong words for the company.
When Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of the enormously popular sandbox game Minecraft, heard the news, he immediately withdrew his support from Oculus Rift: Read More
Awards shows are never short on stuffiness masquerading as decorum — and you’d think that a ceremony for fashion industry insiders might be extra-uptight. But last night’s Fashion 2.0 Awards were anything but.
This was the fifth annual iteration of the awards show, which recognizes the fashion brands that use digital media best. The awards presenters are style bloggers and the honorees are fashion mavens who usually stay behind the scenes. The resultant atmosphere was laid-back, fun, modern and irreverent.
Guests arrived at the Merkin Concert Hall on West 67th Street and had their pictures taken in the carpeted lobby while bloggers milled about. Since many of the honorees were social media directors and bloggers, the lines were blurred as to who should be in front of the calendar and who should be behind it. We heard more than one pair of style bloggers (don’t they always socialize in twos?) wonder, “Should we go in front of the cameras or no?” Read More
Nicolas Cage, the man whose face launched a thousand memes, publicly addressed his Internet fame at a widely attended SXSW panel in the Austin Convention Center this morning.
Most of Mr. Cage’s conversation, which was led by Joe director David Gordon Green, focused on the renowned actor’s delightfully diverse film career. Thankfully, Mr. Cage also found time to talk a little about #tech. Read More