Composer Jim Wilson has recorded the sound of crickets and then slowed down the recording, revealing something so amazing. The crickets sound like they are singing the most angelic chorus in perfect harmony. Though it sounds like human voices, everything you hear in the recording is the crickets themselves. The recording contains two tracks played [&]
The copyright judgment heard around the world of social media
$1.2Mthe amount that the wire services AFP and Getty Images will have to pay Haitian freelance photographer Daniel Morel after swiping a photo from his Twitter page and putting it on the wire. Morel, who covered the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, then saw that photo show up on a number of front pages around the world, most notably The Washington Post, and on TV networks such as CNN. What this means for you: If you swipe a pic off social media and put it in a newspaper, people can sue you—and win. source
While pop stars and reality show notables are among the most popular users on Twitter, movie stars have, for the most part, resisted the impulse to join the social networking fray. And though more and more are making the leap into the land of hashtags and @-replies (both Cameron Diaz and Sarah Jessica Parker signed up last week), there is still a large contingent that shuns the tool. This past week, long profiles of George Clooney (in Esquire) and Julia Roberts (in Marie Claire) touched on their aversion to Twitter, George going so far as declaring he doesn’t “understand why any famous person would ever be on Twitter.”
When I saw this headline for a hot second, I was like - wait a minute - I really haven’t seen that many movie stars online. It’s kind of true. They also mention “health risks” in why they aren’t online. Huh.
Our Tumblrs, Our Teenage Selves: "When I was a teenager in the largely pre-digital era, my bedroom walls were my Tumblr," writes Ann Friedman of New York Magazine. “They were plastered in pictures, mostly those I meticulously trimmed from mid-nineties issues of Spin and Rolling Stone: bands I was obsessed with, actresses whose style I wished I could imitate, the occasional photo of my friends. By surrounding myself with images of the people and things I admired, I convinced myself I was that cool, too. That I was one of them, that I could become them.” — Read more of “Our Tumblrs, Our Teenage Selves” in New York Magazine.
Interesting angle. People’s walls of cut-out photos they enjoyed from years and years ago could have been their version of their Tumblr back then. As a twenty-two year old myself, I have a different experience. In my very first dorm room in my college career, I had a blank wall as a canvas. I built a ten foot by four foot collage consisting of photos and quotes I thought were inspiring and embodied my personality. However, I didn’t look to the sources people years ago looked to. I looked to Tumblr. - PdeH @SFB
According to a new study, Twitter is now more popular than Facebook with teenagers, though (fortunately for Facebook) Instagram is catching up. Tumblr is steady at 4 percent, but that’s better than Google+, fortunately.
Um. diedinhouse.com, a site that claims to know if someone died in your house before you purchased and moved into it. Disclaimer: I tried to see what they had for my house but it comes with a $11.99 feed. No thanks.
Retired schoolteacher Donald Hovasse signed up for Twitter about a year ago at the urging of his daughter. He lost interest after trying the service a few times and finding lots of celebrities but few of his friends using the online social network. “I didn’t really get the point of it at all,” said the Las Vegas resident.
Twitter’s biggest problem. As it decides to go mainstream and release a IPO, the website deals with a lot of quitters and users who don’t know what the heck to do with Twitter. According to this poll by Reuters, 38% of registered users don’t use their accounts and 7% have left. That’s a lot.
While some C- and B-list celebrities joined Twitter during its formative years, it wasn’t until 2009, when Ashton Kutcher joined, that the service took a permanent turn toward Hollywood. Soon came Justin Bieber, Queen Rania of Jordan and, eventually, world leaders as diverse as President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and the Dalai Lama. By that point, Williams was regularly turning down overtures to buy the company. Al Gore pitched Williams and Stone one night over copious amounts of wine and Patron tequila at his St. Regis suite in San Francisco. Steve Ballmer, the chief executive of Microsoft, approached Williams during a private dinner at Bill Gates’s home.
From a new book on Twitter by Nick Bilton, excerpted by The New York Times. I couldn’t imagine two people I’d want to own Twitter less than Al Gore and Steve Ballmer.
This is the wrong mindset. It’s not about creating ratings. It’s about surfacing buzz. They now have a way to track buzz that doesn’t involve simply relying on a random sample of people, a way to track a passionate cult and focus energies on that cult. Beckman–who had cancelled at least one Joss Whedon-created show in his day—should know this better than anyone.
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