Category Archives: Social Media

Lady Gaga and Perez Hilton Are Beefing In Public


Thanks to twitter, fights between pop stars, wannabes, Kardashians, and of course low rent news anchors (cough cough, Katie Couric) can be viewed for all of us to salivate over.

Let’s face it the world has bigger problems, but its fascinating to watch the twist and turns of a knock down twitter fight. There is an art form to doing it right. Will Gaga and Perez reach that point? Only time will tell. Yes, these are the days of of lives…..

In my humble opinion, Gaga has a stinker on her hands and she really needs to stop trying to compete with Katy Perry. She’s a totally different kind of artist (though still pop) and she’s definitely trying waaaaayyyyy tooooo hard lately.


New Apps Show Videos Are A Hot Commodity, And Just Getting Hotter


Not to be out done by Vine or Instagram, YouTube’s co-founders have created MixBit, a new video editing app that literally does it all (shoot-edit-publish) for videos. And the co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have even done one better, since the app allows for videos to be edited together as a string of clips–up to 256 actually. Nice.

You can get the app on iPhone, and as a web app, with a version for Android slated for next week.

Netflix To Offer Individual Profiles


The move will help users differentiate themselves on one account, and allow Netflix the ability to track users data with far more accuracy. Users can even create profiles based on different moods–which should prevent Netflix from recommending Judge Dredd when you’re having a eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, stay in pajamas kind of day.

Random Video Grab: It’s Maru The Cat’s Birthday

Update: Grumpy Cat may have gotten the revenge he was looking for–a movie deal.

That’s right, round up any “special” boxes you have and express ship’em to Japan because one very special Scottish Fold is turning all of 6-years-old today. Watch above as Maru rests on the arm of a couch, turns off running water, takes a nap, and tries to wrestle his way into objects way to small for his cute pudginess (extra cute bonus points here!). Awww, that adorable Maru!

And you got to respect a cat who figured out that simply by jumping into a box you can average 800,000 views. So step a side Keyboard Cat, and Stairs Cat, and yes, even you, skydiving cat, because Maru has got this. But hey, don’t hate the player, hate the game. I’ll let Grumpy Cat have the last word here.



Internet Week In NYC And The Future Of Media Discussion


This week is Internet Week New York (which kicked off on this past Monday, the 20th, so my apologies for the late post, but don’t fret if you’d still like to attend, events are scheduled to run until the 27th). You can find a full run down of the schedule here.

Last night Patrick Phillips, founder/editor of I Want Media, hosted the sixth annual The Future of Media panel discussion, and this year’s attendees consisted of Editor/CEO of Business Insider, Henry Blodget; CEO/CTO Salon Media Group Cindy Jeffers; Founder/CEO of Buzzfeed, Jonah Peretti; President/Co-Creator of HuffPost Live, Roy Sekoff; and CEO of the New York Times Company, Mark Thompson.

If you weren’t able to attend, a video has been posted on the I Want Media site.  Hot on the table for discussion were the topics of the value of video (how much is too much, BI’s Blodget thought HuffPo’s 12 hr. live feed is too much, and I agree), Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr, and a consensus regarding the new way people get their news (i.e. breaking news always through Twitter, and longer form–verified news–through other news sources). The good news is that there is still a place, and a need, for quality journalism in the digital age.

I thought Mark Thompson’s plans to engage subscribers of the NYTimes with various live events was very smart–both for further branding the NYT, and for recognizing the value of subscribers to further grow content (via new platforms). I believe in the digital age subscribers want to be recognized as valuable, and should be viewed as a brand’s “community,” capable of producing its own content (an idea your seeing more online news sites try to do such as Gawker and, of course, BuzzFeed).

BuzzFeed Creates Section For Reader Created Content, Wants You To Increase Your “Cat Power”

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The new site, aptly named “Community,” will consist of content entirely created, and submitted by, users.

But you’ll have to earn your right to post. After going through a formal submission process, users are only allowed to submit one post per day until their, what BuzzFeed calls “Cat Power” increases, allowing for additional posts. What the heck is “Cat Power” you ask? For the official explanation I went directly to the source, and included BuzzFeed’s definition below:

As you know, the Internet is powered primarily by cats, so your Cat Power on BuzzFeed is an official measure of your rank in BuzzFeed’s Community. The more you are featured and the better you get at making awesome posts, the higher your Cat Power will be, and with great Cat Power comes great Cat Responsibility, which, I don’t know what that means, but it’s fun to say.

When you first sign up for BuzzFeed, you will have one opportunity to Suggest a post each day. After your first post is accepted, your Cat Power will go from 0 to 1, and over time, as more of your posts are accepted, your Cat Power will increase, giving you more opportunities to Suggest posts for the Community page in addition to other cool perks and privileges.

So, there you have it.  Seriously, I don’t know about this whole “Cat Power” thing, but it is smart to encourage your readers to comment, I just don’t know what the cut off should be for prodding them into it. Sometimes too much, is too much. Then again, it is the internet, and people love cats, so what do I know.

BitTorrent Moves Closer To Being A Legit Content Company, Introduces Bundle

BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file sharing company wants to gain respect as a paid content provider, so the San Francisco based company has introduced Bundle, a ‘gated’ torrent which includes free content, but also “acts as a gateway to additional material, offering creators a chance to distribute (and profit from) their work by themselves, outside of traditional methods.”

Named one of 2013’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company, BitTorrent has been hoping to change their current reputation in the entertainment industry, and in particular, change how Hollywood views their service, as they move to legitimize, and monetize, content published through the site. And they’d be stupid not to, the site is used by over 170 million users, all of which are hungry for an enormous–and diverse–amount of content. Recently, Indie film studio, Cinedigm put the first seven minutes of the film Aurthur Newman on the site, in a move to promote the film before it hit theaters.  Author TIm Ferriss and musical artists Kaskade, and Death Grips, have also utilized the site with much success.

Donald Trump Wants To Fund Your Next ‘Big Thing’


Ok, so not really. But in a round about way, yes. ‘The Donald’ may not be flexible enough to change hairstyles, but the real estate mavin can recognize a good thing when he sees it, and he’s hot to get into the whole crowdfunding thing.

So, he’s starting up the site FundAnything, and its bound to be “huuuuge” (see, it looks like he’s even saying huuuuge above). As a matter of fact, the banner on the site features Trump with the statement “I’m giving away MONEY!” Ya, right. Tech Advisor Rachel Sklar calls BS on this:

“ seems to open with at best a misrepresentation, at worst a lie: a picture of Donald Trump with the tagline ‘I’m giving away MONEY!'” she said. “Nowhere on the site is there any indication that Donald Trump is contributing, donating, matching or otherwise giving any money to anyone. It very clearly states that you can raise money from your network, for which the site will collect a fee.”

Currently, the only people Trump has given away money to are Bill Zanker (Learning Annex Founder) and two entrepreneurs–Scott Tilson and Jeno Torocsik, all three of whom helped start FundAnything. However, Trump was scheduled to give away three suitcases today at the Trump Tower, claiming each would be filled with domino’s pizza cash (no amount disclosed), they would be handled out to an individual with a life-threatening medical problem, a business owner wiped out by Superstorm Sandy, and an aspiring singer-songwriter. Update: based on the site, it appears he has already done this.

See, everybody needs to relax, Trump is just a business man keepin’ his eye on the business.

Apple And Twitter Expand With New Music Services


In the ongoing drive to acquire additional content/assets, both Twitter and Apple had major advancements today. Twitter acquired the edgy music service We Are Hunted, which created its very own charts based on popular songs making the rounds on blogs, social media, and even BitTorrent. Integrated into Twitter, the streaming music service will soon be available via a new Twitter app. Could this all be coming on the heels of Coachella?

Major news on Apple’s front too, as the company is also dipping their toe into the pool of profits music could offer. It’s expected Apple will sign its first internet radio liscensing agreement with both Universal and Warner Music. Talks with Sony are still ongoingThe new service has unoffically been called “iRadio” (which seems aptly names considering Apple’s fondness for “i,” which is supposedly short for internet, by the way). Apple hopes the service, allowing people to hear more music, will feed additional profits into itunes as a result.