May 25, 2012 |
You've probably seen SoYeahDuh by now, yeah? Locals have driven themselves into a tizzy about the hilariously accurate GIF depictions of being a young 20-something Chicagoan with a certain amount of disposable income. The Based God Kevin Aeh even has a poll going guessing to the identity of who's behind the account. Because the streets have been asking (and because f**k work, right? It's Friday before Memorial Day weekend ), I corresponded with the person behind the account and got some insight into the mind of a GIF master.
May 29, 2012 |
It's summer in Chicago, which can mean only one thing: Our out-of-town friends are coming to visit. When the weather turns from Nordic-Midwestern misery to our three months of decent weather, out-of-town friends suddenly find an acceptable plane ticket and descend upon our fair city in droves. While this is very enjoyable, visits from out-of-town friends also typically lead to behavior most resembling power-mad monarchs from "Game of Thrones. " These friends wield the ultimate trump card, which is, "C'mon, I'm here all the way from ____.
June 28, 2012 |
(Note from the Wingman: In this column, I use the word "friends" the way Facebook does. It's basically the people you know socially who won't kill you and take your stuff if given the opportunity.) I'm not surprising anyone by saying Chicago is a city of "Who do you know?" Your associations here define the experience, and your friends can make or break your social standing. You remember "Super Friends," right? That group of big-time heroes who united to stomp evil (and hang out with teenagers for some reason)
July 10, 2012 |
As the national unemployment rate tops 8 percent, I sit here pantsless with no deadlines, eating ramen, playing "Words with Friends," watching YouTube videos and blogging. I imagine this is what heaven is like. Don't hate. My job as a copywriter was "eliminated" last month due to a "bad economy. " So I got canned. Dismissed. Booted. Discharged. God bless America. After moping around the house for days, I began to realize that being laid off can be awesomely beneficial.
March 11, 2013 |
After hearing Facebook had altered the news feed yet again, I opened my phone's app to check it out. The first message I saw was from a girl I know: "My heart is super heavy, I just lost one of my best friends, Chad Dorsey. " "No, no, no," I said aloud as I grabbed my laptop to check out Chad's Facebook page. Sure enough, the telltale sign of a man's death already was there: The "RIP" posts and testimonials about how awesome Chad was had taken over his timeline. It was true. My homie had passed away.
November 4, 2013 |
Dear Facebook, You have been present for so many of my relationship milestones. I was with you when I experienced my first "poke. " You were basically the reason I was able to stalk any of my crushes (thank you for that). You were the first I confided in that I was "in a relationship. " And I was with you when I discovered that my ex was cheating on me. We've been through so much together. And I freely admit (albeit with a bit of embarrassment) that you've played a major role in helping me with my love life.
October 30, 2013 |
Hey "Hunger Games" fans--you know all of those burning questions you have for the cast? You might just have the chance to get them answered. In anticipation for the release of "Catching Fire" Nov. 20, the film's stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and director Francis Lawrence will answer fans' questions Nov. 6 during a 45-minute Q&A on Facebook. Facebook has done similar Q&A events with other stars, most recently Oct. 30 with soccer star David Beckham, who conducted a global digital book signing and Q&A with fans.
December 12, 2012 |
The requisite year-end reminiscing has begun, and thanks to Google and Facebook, we can relive all the things from this year that we didn't really actually live but watched on the Internet. Google released its list of things people had time to search for between watching cat videos and deciding if "The Walking Dead" is for them, and Whitney Houston topped the worldwide results, followed by "Gangnam Style" and Hurricane Sandy. Topping other lists were Jeremy Lin, athletes; "Hunger Games," films; iPad 3, electronics; and One Direction in images, among others.
March 30, 2012 |
The city's Facebook page reads like a digital history book of Chicago's leaders. The Facebook timeline feature, which went live Friday for pages, shows photos of each mayor, from William Butler Ogden in 1837 when the city was incorporated to present day Rahm Emanuel, along with factual tidbits and links to inauguration speeches. "Facebook's new timeline gives us a unique way to not only show folks where we're going with the city but where we've come from," said Kevin Hauswirth, director of social media.
February 19, 2013 |
Cubs fans and irrationally overreacting to the team's moves go together like an overpriced Old Style and the Wrigley Field bleachers. Enter @facebookcubs, a Twitter feed devoted to taking a magnifying glass to the funniest overreactions to the team's moves on Facebook. "As a Cubs fan, there's a gold mine of opportunity to feed off the comments on their page," said Mike Shoro, an Elk Grove Village native and the brains behind the feed. The 18-year-old, who is studying broadcast journalism at the University of Nebraska, created the account last week after seeing a similar Twitter feed devoted to the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers.