Category Archives: Social Media

Top Social Media-Inspired Halloween Costumes for 2010

It’s beginning to look at lot like. . . Halloween! In 2009, we looked at the top costumes inspired by YouTube videos. This year, we are expanding our scope and recommending the top five social media-inspired costumes. Let us know if you dare to dress up like any of these digital characters – or if you have others to add to the list.

Old Spice Guy: One of the most talked about social media campaigns this year was certainly the Old Spice Guy who created unique videos in response to Twitter @-replies. To achieve this look, fellas, grab a towel and, well, that’s it. Now you are the best smelling man in the world for Halloween.

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A New Breed of Celebrity

It’s no secret that I am a TMZ watching, Us Weekly reading, pop culture fanatic. There is good reason why I’m not alone in this thinking. Whether it’s the chic and brilliant Johnny Depps and Meryl Streeps of the world, or the not-quite-sure-why-they-are-famous Kim Kardasians and Heidi Montags, the fascination is due to the fact that these people are beautiful, wealthy, and – at least in some cases – talented. The constant swarm of salacious gossip doesn’t hurt either.

But lately, we’ve seen a new breed of celebrity: digital business leaders.

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The Social Network

“We are talking about taking the entire social experience of college and putting it online.”

Radiohead’s “Creep” + Justin Timberlake acting + Mark Zuckerberg in his pre-billionaire state = “The Social Network”

For now, check out the trailer and let us know what you think.

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Happy Social Media Day!

Today is Social Media Day. Because this blog focuses on two of my favorite things – social media and pop culture – I thought I would help you all merge these elements in your real life. So, here is a list of the top 10 pop culture attractions happening today, during which you can tweet, blog, bookmark, update, check in, or . . . whatever:

10. Discuss your favorite Larry King moments. We’ll miss you, Lar.

9. Give props to your favorite World Cup player. GOAL!

8. Meet the newest cast of Big Brother on CBS. No, I don’t care either.

7. Cast your vote for VH1’s Do Something Awards. Do something good!

6. Watch the premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm on the TV Guide Channel. Be aware of the heavy editing.

5. Soak in the culture at the MoMA’s Summergarden. Chic!

4. Have a drink at the Museum of the City of New York’s first Prohibition Party tonight. Flapperific.

3. Listen to Passion Pit at Governor’s Island tonight. Don’t be a Sleepyhead.

2. See Eclipse in theaters. Team Edward or Team Jacob?

1. Attend a Mashable MeetUp. I love you Pete Cashmore.

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An à la Mode Afternoon

Hump Day is usually one of the longest days of the work week. Yesterday, however, was pleasantly interrupted by two guys, a truck and a case of ice cream.

If you live or work in New York, you may be privy to the Ben & Jerry’s NY Scoop Truck which is tour the city all summer promoting the brand’s latest frozen concoction: New York Super Fudge Chunk. While the truck itself is a sight to see, the real story behind the mobile tour is its social media program.

Active Twitter, Flickr and FourSquare accounts are alerting Manhattanites of the truck’s location, and monitoring requests for specific ice cream party location.

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Forget “Tweet”

The editors have spoken. Phil Corbett, standards editor at The New York Times, distributed a memo among its staff stating that said “Tweet” can no longer be used as a verb. Because “tweet” has not yet been formally introduced into the English language via a printed dictionary or encyclopedia, The New York Times staff must uphold the sanctity of the written word and completely ignore colloquial pop culture speech.

Corbett states, “Except for special effect, we try to avoid colloquialisms, neologisms and jargon. And “tweet” — as a noun or a verb, referring to messages on Twitter — is all three. Yet it has appeared 18 times in articles in the past month, in a range of sections.”

Acceptable alternatives to this now taboo term include “use Twitter, post to or on Twitter, write on Twitter, a Twitter message, or a Twitter update.”

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Twitter Account Spawns CBS Sitcom

I’m guess that most of us are frantically looking for a new show to tune into once LOST concludes this Sunday night. Well, for us social-media-loving folks can rest easy: ‘Bleep My Dad Says,’ a sitcom based off of Justin Halpern’s Twitter account, has just been picked up by CBS.

Launched just last fall, the Twitter account @ShitMyDadSays has garnered more than 1 million followers. The account is simple; Justin posts the blunt, curse-filled and hilarious things his father says to him. Here are a few examples:

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