October 30, 2013 |
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.
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.
October 3, 2013 |
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.
August 22, 2013 |
"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.
August 12, 2013 |
Imagine being on the other side of the world, having enemy soldiers trying to kill you and finding out that, while you were in a relationship when you left for battle, you're not going to be in one when you get home. “I'd say a solid half of the guys in our unit had relationships and marriages that fell apart via Facebook and electronic communications during our deployment,” said retired Army Spc. Matt Marcus. “You get bad news over Facebook I think a lot easier than you get bad news over a letter.” “The electronic 'Dear John” letters,'” retired Army Staff Sgt. Chris Lyke, a 41-year-old Bucktown resident, added with a chuckle.
August 1, 2013 |
I'm set to meet someone this week I met via OKCupid (one of the few times I've felt inclined to actually reach out). We've exchanged some pleasantries and seem to have a very similar background. She's offered up her Facebook profile already. My concern is this: I'm very reluctant to add anyone on FB unless I've actually met them in person or have a very, very, very good connection to them. How would be a good way to say, "Let's just wait till we meet in person before we Facebook stalk each other?"
June 13, 2013 |
Smart phone. After a South Lawndale teen robbed a woman of her smart phone on Tuesday, he took a photo of himself with it, state prosecutors said. That photo became his undoing, they said, when the phone automatically posted it to his victim's Facebook account. Jesus "Bam Bam" Anaya was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with theft, robbery, and indecent exposure after police officers saw him urinating in the street near his West 21st Place residence and recognized him as resembling the alleged phone robber, according to court records.
April 16, 2013 |
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.
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.
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.