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October 3, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
Ryan Salvino and Brian Padove met on opposite sides of a baseball diamond. As athletes at Nazareth Academy and Marian Catholic, respectively, the two only knew each other as competitors. They soon moved on to Butler University, where they were both recruited as baseball players, and became teammates. Teammates turned into roommates, and roommates soon became co-workers and co-founders of one of the youngest social networks on the web, Zaptones. But don't let this familiar story of college-buddies-turned-social-network-superstars fool you: Zaptones is no Facebook.
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April 2, 2014 | Jordan Monroe Schultz, @MonroeSchultz and Web editor
Early yesterday morning, I played a pretty terrible April Fools' Day prank on myself. Nursing a lingering groin pull, I accidentally applied Icy Hot to my nether region. Ouch. But hot-and-cold genitals were somehow less painful than the April Fools' Day pranks that I rubbed up against on social media. Case in point: a friend changed her Facebook relationship status to “engaged.” She, in her mid- to late 20s, has been dating a younger-than-21 year old for just over a month.
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July 10, 2012 | By Jessica Galliart and RedEye
Melodramatic? Maybe a little. But, seriously, your obsession with social media and your Instagram feed is probably sending you straight to Crazy Town.   I tend to roll my eyes at every report about a new “study” just released that contains mostly alarmist “results,” because, much of the time, context is not provided and a “study” of a few hundred people by some crackpot scientist isn't the most reliable piece of information. That being said... a new survey conducted in the UK about the effect of social media on human beings seems pretty spot-on.
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March 22, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
Two downtown marches have been organized for Friday as a peaceful sign of support for the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old who was shot and killed last month in Florida. Marchers are encouraged to wear their hoodies just like Martin wore when he was walking home from a convenience store and fatally shot on Feb. 26 by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, who has not been charged. Both marches are intended to be calm, civil and peaceful, organizers said. The Justice for Trayvon march is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. by the bean in Millennium Park and head to State and Lake streets near the ABC News studios, said organizer Mikael Abdullah, 30, who grew up in East Chatham and now lives in Hammond, Ind. "Growing up, I lost so many of my friends to gun violence and gangs and it just sickens me," he said.
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March 7, 2012 | RedEye
We asked our friends on Facebook and Twitter what they would do to get their hands on a shiny new iPad. Surprisingly, most folks seemed to have made up their minds before the new tech toy was even presented. Here's what they said. Facebook " Promise to write 3 columns free of charge for the RedEye. " --Colin Joliat " Not much. I have an iPhone,and a powerbook. What would i need it for?" --Jason Squires " Dawn a dolly parton wig,Wear heels and lipstick and sing 'working 9 to 5' by dolly parton.
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August 22, 2013 | By Stacey Andeen, @curvesandnerves and For RedEye
"Some days I feel like I was just a palette cleanser between his last girlfriend and whoever comes next - just a means to exorcise the demons. " - Me, in a blog post a few years ago Sometimes life sneaks up on you and smacks you upside the head with something like a breakup or a friend being a jerk or someone just not returning your texts. There are any number of reasons for people to feel sorry for themselves, but having a pity party about it on the Internet is rarely the best solution.
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May 31, 2012 | Stephen Markley
If the 2012 election teaches young people anything, it will be that if you're someday hoping to hold elected office, start behaving yourself now. And by “young people”, I mean first graders. For most of us in the Facebook generation, it's already way too late. The general election campaign between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney - still in its hot, sloggy summer days - has increasingly demonstrated that the past is not only fair game but will be vaunted, vilified, deconstructed, and debated with a fury normally reserved for all things Kardashian.
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February 9, 2012 | RedEye
Love is certainly in the air wiith Valentine's Day just around the corner. Naturally, we at RedEye want to find out about some of the biggest dating fails out there. We asked our Facebook fanbase to tell us their worst first date story and here's what they said. (Submit your own at redeyetalk@gmail.com or join the Facebook conversation and it could be added to the list.) "Oh gosh, I have one but it is much too wrought with horrors to put it all in here. The short short version, Waka Flaka as our mood music.
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February 12, 2012 | Andy Downing, For RedEye
Band name: Summer Girlfriends Sound: This up-and-coming, pizza-obsessed group (seriously, check out the number of pizza mentions on its Facebook page!) laces its catchy garage-rock output with '60s girl-group melodies and a welcome dose of surf-rock guitar. Think Best Coast if frontwoman Bethany Cosentino ditched her pot stash and cat for a black leather jacket and ample reverb. Need to know: The quintet recently finished in fourth place in an online battle-of-the-bands competition put together by an apparel company--more than respectable considering over 800 acts entered the national contest.
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December 8, 2011 | By Jessica Galliart, RedEye
I do my best to check out and usually join most social media networks - it's my job or whatever - but only when I think I can get genuine enjoyment out of it. Who doesn't love a good Twitter fight about racial inequality, after all? Then along came Pinterest, some say the worst thing to happen to your Facebook news feed since that girl from high school started posting her sonograms. The "vision board"-esque service launched in May, and pageviews have skyrocketed 2,000 percent since June, according to marketing research firm comScore.
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