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.
January 23, 2013 |
He hit 609 home runs and created one grand slam of a Pinterest page. Now, former Cub Sammy Sosa wants to answer any and all questions that you might have. Sosa announced on his Facebook page that he'll be hosting a live webcast today at noon, broadcasting to the masses live from Ft. Lauderdale. So why's he doing something like this now? His spokesperson Maggie Curran says he wants to prove to the internet that he's more real than Lennay Kekua. “After getting involved with social media Sammy realized he had many fans that were trying to reach out to him,” Curran said.
April 25, 2013 |
More often than not, the playoffs bring out the best in players - and in fans. But on occasion, they also can bring out the worst. There are a number of Bulls fans who fall into the latter category, who have been spewing hateful and vile things toward Derrick Rose lately via social media. These fans feel the Bulls could have won Game 1 of their playoff series against Brooklyn, and won by a bigger margin in Game 2 had Rose been in uniform. While he may be in good shape physically, Rose is still trying to get himself ready mentally.
August 20, 2012 |
Attention Chicagoans: There comes a time in every city when it must pool its people together for peace, justice and … Pumpkin spice lattes. For the second year in a row, Starbucks will promote its fall favorite through a series of challenges starting Monday. Based on a points system, one U.S. city and one Canadian city will receive the drink in-stores first. Starbucks will award points on three main criteria: sharing via social media (Facebook and Twitter); daily challenges including word searches and trivia; and creative challenges such as scrapbooking and pumpkin poetry.
September 24, 2012 |
Chicago Gourmet comes to the Windy City this weekend, and while we love every delicious minute of it, there's no denying that events of such a large scale can get chaotic. Bon Appetit has one practical solution to the inevitable sensory overload that sets in--oh, the minute you enter the massive annual event. They've created a mobile app that gives users the ability to customize the Chicago Gourmet experience. It debuted last year for iPhone users, but this year it's also available to Android users for the first time.
October 30, 2012
RedEye celebrates its 10th birthday today. (But really, we don't look a day over 5, right? Kidding. Sorta.) It's really not about us. It's about you, our readers. RedEye launched in 2002 with you in mind. We wanted to give you something entertaining, informative and quick to read on your monotonous daily commute. A lot has changed since 2002. We've steadily increased the paper's circulation (from 75,000 to 200,000 copies every weekday). We're no longer just a paper either. There's our online community at redeyechicago.com and our free iPhone app to help you navigate the city.
April 3, 2012 |
By the time you read this, I will have amassed 2,500 "friends" on Facebook. Ridiculous, right? I can't count to 2,500, even on a good day. While I don't take Facebook and online privacy as seriously as some people do (I'll prove it: facebook.com/ernestwilkins - come say hey), I did recently find myself wondering who these folks are. Who am I sharing the most intimate moments of my existence with? What does a "friend" even mean in the age of social media and all that jazz? (Yikes, that last sentence sounds like a title from a panel discussion I never want to attend.)
June 17, 2012 |
Most of us have high school acquaintances-turned-Facebook friends who pop up on our feeds with updates that make us feel sorry for our 16-year-old selves. THOSE were the people we chose to befriend?! The updates range from the TMI "friend" who posts frequent updates about catching her boyfriend in the act of cheating to the folks who write cryptic, passive-aggressive posts in hopes that someone will ask, "What's wrong?" My problem lies a bit beyond the above examples - it's with certain "friends" who use social media as a platform to panhandle.
August 26, 2012 |
For a guy who's partied in Las Vegas with the one Olympian seemingly everyone wants to do Vegas with, Winnetka native and Olympic gold medalist Conor Dwyer is awfully coy about what went on during his weekend in Sin City with Ryan Lochte. After all, what happens in Vegas … right? "Oh that was a good time to say the least, a good time," he said with a smile. It's been a whirlwind three weeks for Dwyer since being a member of the gold medal-winning 800-meter relay that helped Michael Phelps set an Olympic record with his 19th medal.
October 29, 2012 |
After the second presidential debate, one of my Facebook acquaintances announced in a status update that she was in the process of pruning outspoken Republicans from her friends list. "I can't take all the idiot Romney lovers anymore. For my sanity, I'm defriending all of them. Good riddance. " Others "liked" the post and chimed in with their own stories of deleting conservatives and other undesirables from their Facebook lists. Really? There are a bevy of reasons to defriend people on social media - a messy breakup, someone's mother is insulted, or they're posting compromising pictures of you in a swimsuit on Reddit.