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April 16, 2013 | By Jessica Galliart, @jessicagalliart
It's hard to keep up with everything floating around about Twitter, Facebook and the like. We know. So here are a few social media noteables to keep tabs on this week. Twitter music app -- nope, still not out The new music community app from Twitter launched exclusively to music "influencers"--like Ryan Seacrest? OK ... -- last week on an invite-only basis, and, so far, it sounds promising. According to tech bloggers who have tried it, Twitter Music will have both a web interface and a downloadable app; integrate with YouTube and Vevo; pull in tracks from Spotify, iTunes, Rdio and Soundcloud; include a charts feature from We Are Hunted, the app Twitter recently acquired; and allow for track purchases.
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October 30, 2013 | By Hector Luis Alamo Jr., @hectorluisalamo and For RedEye
The end started a couple of Sundays ago. Rocio and I had picked up some wings and fries and were watching "The Walking Dead" when she got bit. I didn't realize she'd been bitten. There were no signs of infection. No rotting flesh. No dilated pupils. Just a bluish glow on her face. I thought she was scrolling through Facebook. Then my phone lit up. It was a Facebook notification. Ro had sent me what seemed to be a comic strip panel. There was a character that looked like me stirring a pot on a stove while another character that looked like her sat at a table, fork in hand.
NEWS
January 3, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
If you ride the train Sunday, you'll need a CTA pass but you won't need pants. The annual No Pants Subway Ride kicks off at noon Sunday at 1210 W. Arthur St. The ride, which is scheduled to last three hours, is the same day as New York's annual No Pants Subway Ride, which began 10 years ago as a prank by an improv group. Chicago's event has been held for more than five years. More than 285 people signed up on Facebook to participate, as of Tuesday afternoon. More than 200 CTA riders took the Red Line last year sans pants, according to news reports.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | RedEye
The Date Report reports: What is the best profile pic to use with your dating site profile to get maximum attention? Dating website Zoosk conducted a study to answer that question. It found that outdoorsy pictures are best for men while women get more attention from indoor shots. Oh, and full-body pictures are best. Read the full story: thedatereport.com . Need to give your dating life a boost? Sign up for RedEye Dating . Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
NEWS
January 23, 2012 | RedEye
Finally, Sh*t Chicagoans Say is in the works. After weeks of watching videos about what sh*t other people say, a Chicago filmmaker announced Jan. 23 on Reddit that he is making his own, and asked for feedback. Naturally, we posted on Facebook, and you (readers) commented. Here's what you had to say about what should be included in the Sh*t Chicagoans Say video: "where is my coat at" or "if you go, can I come with?" --Maddi Srajer "I shop at Jewels" --Cheryl Wisniewski "Dare's a foot a snow on da ground?
NEWS
June 17, 2012 | By Jessica Cantarelli, RedEye
Most of us have high school acquaintances-turned-Facebook friends who pop up on our feeds with updates that make us feel sorry for our 16-year-old selves. THOSE were the people we chose to befriend?! The updates range from the TMI "friend" who posts frequent updates about catching her boyfriend in the act of cheating to the folks who write cryptic, passive-aggressive posts in hopes that someone will ask, "What's wrong?" My problem lies a bit beyond the above examples - it's with certain "friends" who use social media as a platform to panhandle.
NEWS
July 31, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
For your friend's birthday, you don't want to buy a lame gift card but you want to do more than just write a message on his Facebook wall. Local startup Boomerang launched Tuesday in Chicago as a social gifting platform tapping into the $100 billion gift card industry to help people give more personalized gift cards that can be delivered quickly and redeemed conveniently at local businesses. Lightbank, the investment fund behind Groupon, invested about $1 million into Boomerang, said founder Zach Smith, 25, of River North.
NEWS
November 28, 2011
Chicago's own Kanye West took the title last year--but who should RedEye name 2011's Pop Person of the Year? We'll be unveiling the winner in RedEye in December, but until then, we're looking for readers to weigh in on who they would pick from these top five contenders. Cast your vote in our online poll, and stay tuned for some fun sneak peeks, trivia and more on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram (search: redeyechicago) and Tumblr . Or maybe you're the best choice for Pop Person of the Year?
SPORTS
February 11, 2014 | Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins | RedEye Sound Board
Say what you want about Martellus Bennett, at least he's consistent. The Bears tight end has released a new mixtape of original raps with the clever title of "Year of the Orange Dinosaur. " This release follows 2011's "Fast Food. " If you're concerned that this new venture will be a distraction, fret not: Bennett took to Twitter to let everyone know not to expect a long rap career from him. "I am not a rapper or musician nor do I want to be. I'm just c reative trying to express myself in as many ways as possible," he tweeted.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
*** 1/2 ( out of 4) "This joke doesn't connect to anything I've talked about and won't connect to anything else I'm doing, aw hell, let's get into it. " That setup (followed by an unprintable punch line) may seem odd, but if there's anyone on Earth who can take a that vague sentence and turn it into a great line about palm readers and masturbation (told you we couldn't print it), it's Hannibal Buress. In his third stand-up special (after 2012's "Animal Furnace" and his breakout 2010 special, "My Name Is Hannibal")
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