January 27, 2013 |
As a guy whose job it is to make sure the White Sox brand remains strong, the Manti Te'o fake girlfriend hoax represents one of chief marketing officer Brooks Boyer's worst nightmares. "When you think of how big the Manti Te'o brand was during the season, that brand has been knocked down," Boyer said at SoxFest. "That can happen to the White Sox, it can happen to Pepsi, it can happen to anybody. " Lennay Kekua might not be a real person, but Boyer said Te'o's fake girlfriend does serve as a real-life cautionary tale for all pro athletes, especially given the fact that social media has completely changed how they interact with the public.
September 23, 2013 |
The WWE returns to Chicago when RAW broadcasts from the Allstate Arena on Monday. In the fold will be Dolph Ziggler, the self-proclaimed "show off" who has gone from a top "heel" (bad guy) to "face" (good guy). Ziggler spoke to RedEye about advancing his career in social media and working the stand-up comedy circuit. You're one of the WWE superstars who has been most active on social media. How has engaging with fans in that way affected how they view you? It's great for someone like me who every week is somehow in a match, but usually not talking.
June 15, 2012 |
Popular classes > > How to be a DJ, Silver Room, 4-5 PM > > Beekeeping and urban chicken farming, Jackson Junge Gallery, 4-5 p.m. > > Meditation for the Urban Warrior, Jackson Junge Gallery, 1-2 p.m. Practical classes > > Planning your 401k or understanding taxes, North Avenue Day Nursery, 11:30 AM-12:30 p.m. > > Social media strategies, 826 Chi/The Boring Store, 1-2 p.m. ...
June 20, 2012 |
This isn't going to help Cubs fans shed the stereotype of disinterested followers who only come to Wrigley Field for the scene or the party or the opposite sex. Facebook has compiled the most social landmarks around the world, and Wrigley Field ranks first in Chicago. The social media giant used check-ins on Facebook and apps that use Facebook's API to arrive at their list. Here is the Top 5 in Chicago. 1. Wrigley Field 2. United Center 3. Navy Pier 4. Soldier Field 5. Millennium Park (Transportation hubs--airports, train stations, bus stations, etc.--were excluded in the study.
March 6, 2013 |
Chicago just got pounded with a monster blizzard, and all of your friends are wearing sandals and prancing around in the Texas sunshine at SXSW for the next week. Awesome, right? Nah, it kind of blows. Confession: I'm one of those a-holes who will be soaking up the warmth at the music and tech festival for the next week, and, well ... sorry I'm not sorry about that. But here's the thing: I am kind of sorry you have to deal with a barrage of tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram photos reminding you how much fun you're missing out on while you're buried under a foot of snow and someone's armpit on the Red Line.
November 22, 2013 |
Mrs. Kennedy is organizing herself. It takes longer, but, of course, she looks better than we do when she does it. - JFK_1963 (@JFK_1963) November 22, 2013 John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago today, and his namesake library is marking the anniversary on social media. Using the handle @JFK_1963 , the library is tweeting the events of Nov. 22, 1963 in real-time, using historical photos and records to tell the story of the assassination as it happened.
January 27, 2014 |
I tried to totally avoid writing about, talking about or directing any attention to something that happened on the Internet -- ha, like it's a real place like a Panera Bread -- Monday. But, I basically get paid by the Internet, so, here I am. After a message from the chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alerted students that classes would continue as usual on Monday despite record low temperatures, some began sharing racist (the chancellor is Asian) and sexist (also a woman)
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.
April 1, 2013 |
Conan O'Brien must be having a big ol' chuckle today. Jay Leno continues his feud with NBC, seemingly pushing the network into replacing him with Jimmy Fallon as host of "The Tonight Show," a job O'Brien had, then lost when Leno decided he wanted to return to it. Well, O'Brien is experiencing no such turmoil over at TBS. The network has renewed his "Conan" talker through November 2015. "When we invited Conan O'Brien to come to TBS, we knew he would bring with him a passionately loyal following of young adults," Turner honcho Michael Wright said in the statement below "Conan and his colleagues at Team Coco have gone far beyond that by making 'Conan' the top late-night brand in the digital arena.
July 22, 2013 |
Robin Ventura may have put Hector Santiago in the White Sox starting rotation, but there's one place the reticent manager isn't following his loquacious lefty. Twitter. "No," Ventura said flatly when asked if he'll ever have an account. "No. [The players] can have [Twitter]. It's all theirs. " The social media-savvy southpaw, on the other hand, is more than happy to pick up his boss's slack. "I'm up a lot at late hours and up early so it's kind of easy for me," Santiago said, shrugging.