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SPORTS
February 6, 2013 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
Who knew taking a nap on a long flight could be so nerve-racking? It is when you're a pro athlete and your teammates have a smartphone handy. Having fun at your friends' expense and sharing your personality are social media staples, and they're catching on in the Bulls locker room. The Twitter and Instagram accounts of Nate Robinson and Carlos Boozer are particularly entertaining. Off the court, "Booz" is one of the more affable guys on the team, and his Internet presence is a reflection of that, even though it took him some time to get into social media.
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NEWS
November 1, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
The CTA joined the Twitterverse on Tuesday morning. At about 11 a.m., @CTA tweeted: "An official announcement from the CTA: Hello. " The same message was posted to the CTA's new Facebook page. This is the transit agency's first official foray into social media. The CTA said it plans to tweet breaking news updates and connect with riders. "We've long kept up with what people are saying about CTA on blogs and on Twitter, but haven't been a part of that conversation until now," CTA President Forrest Claypool said in a news release Monday.
NEWS
September 20, 2012 | By Jessica Galliart, @jessicagalliart
Social Media Week is fast approaching--Sept. 24-28--and Chicago is taking center stage with more than 90 events around the city as part of the global celebration of social media nerdery. RedEye's been on the social media game for years and years--we just celebrated our 4th Twitter birthday!--so we had to get involved. Just in a slightly different way.  Join us for RedEye's The Social , a web- and social media-focused talk show that both celebrates and laments all things social media.
SPORTS
September 18, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
He's got a seat with one of the best views in all of sports in the Wrigley Field press box, but on a Cubs game day you'll almost never find the team's communications manager Kevin Saghy in it. "I love the view from the press box, but it can be hard to engage as we would want to if we sat up here for all nine innings," he said. Saghy, who along with colleague Mary Reisert serves as the voice behind the team's @cubs Twitter feed, prefers to spend his days at the ballpark using the account to connect with fans on a personal level.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 6, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Instead of searching every social media platform, residents now can go to one place to find and track Chicago's mayor. The mayor's office on Sunday launched Chicago Digital at digital.cityofchicago.org . The site is designed to make it easier to find information and quicker for Chicago to learn about projects and apps, said Kevin Hauswirth, director of social media for the mayor's office. “It should be easy to find the information that people need from us and you shouldn't have to dig through a website to learn about digital innovation happening in city of Chicago,” Hauswirth said.
NEWS
May 6, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
As soon as you're done watching and sharing, look up.  "Look Up" is a video with a message of how much we miss by constantly consuming ourselves with social media and our smart phones. It has gone viral, garnering approximately 20,000,000 views since it was posted to YouTube April 25.  The video, itself, is beautiful. Gary Turk, a London-based filmmaker, tells the story of a man who stops to ask for directions instead of consulting his iPhone. With a spoken-word rhyming convention that would make Dr. Seuss grin, Turk narrates the rest of the man's life with the woman who helped him find his way, from first dates to his spouse's death.  The underlying message is as powerful as the storyline: How much are we really missing staring into the small glowing rectangles every day and sharing our every activity?
SPORTS
February 28, 2012 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
It's silly to me that whenever sports are represented in a novel or movie set in a dystopian future, it's always about how people will be forced to murder each other as part of a grotesque professional sport/reality show. If anything, recent rules changes have rendered most sports less violent, making anything in "The Hunger Games" or "Rollerball" pretty unlikely. A more realistic piece of science fiction involving sports would be something like this: In 2020, the New York Jeremy Lins (Linsanity, indeed!
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett
Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas' awared-winning restaurant Alinea has officially switched from traditional reservations to the online ticketing system used by its sibling restaurant Next. Achatz and Kokonas announced a release of August tickets via Facebook and Twitter on Thursday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. A small number of tickets still appeared to be available at 5:30 p.m., according to alinearestaurant.com, the site where tickets are sold. Ticket releases for September through November will be announced via the same social media outlets, according to an announcement on Alinea's Facebook page .
NEWS
January 10, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko and RedEye
In case you were wondering, it really is Sammy Sosa, the real Sammy Sosa, on social media. Rebecca Polihronis, marketing manager for Injex 21, a company that makes needle-free technology for drugs that are injected, confirmed Thursday that the former Cubs star has joined the image-sharing site Pinterest . Sosa is the CEO of Injex 21. “We're learning social media, we're not pros at it yet, but we're working on it,” she said, also confirming...
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