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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Staff Picks

 

Bam Margera's First Interview After Tragedy: MyFoxPHILLY.com

Bam's Reaction

Damon:

Damon’s link starts this week’s picks out on a somber note. As you may or may not know, Ryan Dunn, of Jackass, recently died. Damon’s pick is a video of his best friend, Bam Margera, at the crash site where Dunn died.

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Mezzanine

Josh:

Josh’s pick is a fascinating story about Oblong Industries, headed up by John Underkoffler, who advised the creators of the really cool computer system in Minority Report. According to Josh’s article, that sort of computer, called Mezzanine, is very close to becoming a reality.

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Speed of Fencing long version from Holly Buechel on Vimeo.

Slow Motion Fencing

Scott:

Scott’s link is an amazing video of fencers in slow motion. You can clearly see all of their motions, which is remarkable because according to the article, the tip of a fencing blade is the fastest moving object in the Olympics besides a bullet.

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Miracle Whip vs. Mayonnaise

Quentin:

Quentin chose a different this week and chose a funny website rather than a graphic design based website. It’s all sarcastic, and all very funny, and although it’s more humor based, it’s also very well designed.

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Real-Life Social Network

Jenny:

Jenny’s link is both hilarious as well as pertinent to our social environment. It shows two men going around in public asking random people to provide them with the same information that Facebook asks for when a new user signs up.

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Check In On The Moon

Zoe:

Zoe’s link is a great example of ways in which social media can help with marketing. Foursquare has teamed up with 7-Eleven and the movie Super 8 to promote all three companies.

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My Diamonds Are Reckless

Andrea:

Andrea’a link is in line with what appears to be a trend of funny links this week. Hers is a site that takes lyrics from rap songs and presents them in a funny, sarcastic, way. It points out the ridiculousness of rap lyrics beautifully and succinctly.

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The Mountain from TSO Photography on Vimeo.

The Milky Way In A Week

Shelly:

Shelly’s link is a visually stunning video of a time lapse of the Milky Way over a mountain in Spain. It’s gorgeous as well as interesting!

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Stuxnext

Corianda:

Corianda’s link this week is mind blowing, since it describes a computer virus called Stuxnext that was poised to cause huge nuclear explosions. It really makes you think about the fact that people are both incredibly smart and incredibly stupid, since we invent amazing things that do nothing but kill us.

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iPhone 5

Margaret:

Margaret’s link takes you to a slideshow of rumors surrounding the possible upcoming release of the iPhone 5. As an avid iPhone user, she can’t wait to see which ones are true!

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Staff Picks



Here at Smarter Social Media, our team is constantly sharing interesting, funny, or thought-provoking links with one another. So to share some of our genius, and a lot of our humor, we present to you our weekly Staff Picks. Enjoy.

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The Lonely Funeral

Corianda:

Corianda’s pick for the week is a radio program called “The Lonely Funeral” from KCRW about two men in Amsterdam who conduct funeral services for people who have died alone. It’s touching, and incredibly interesting, since these men take people who haven’t been claimed from the morgue, and give them a proper funeral service.

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Carrot Vs. Ninja

Scott:

Scott chose to share a funny video by The Mill Visual Effects Studio titled “Carrot vs. Ninja”, which chronicles the faceoff between a carrot-consuming man in a car and some surprisingly rambunctious rabbits. Scott is clearly a ninja, not a carrot..

 

Going Hard

Damon:

Damon’s pick for the week is a song called “Going Hard” by Steve Arrington, produced by Dam-Funk. The song’s laidback, funky feel completely coincides with Damon’s day-to-day attitude!.


 

PSD Graphics

Quentin:

Quentin’s choice showcases his interests, since it’s a website called psdGraphics, which features awesome Photoshop templates and backgrounds. The templates and backgrounds are vividly colored, sleek, and the license to get them all is under 12 bucks.

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Altly

Jaspar:

Jaspar’s link this week is an interesting article from TechCrunch about a possible alternative to Facebook. The company, Altly, aims to provide another way for people to use social media, without as many privacy concerns and confusing options. We’ll see how it goes!.


 

The End of Blippy

Bryce:

Bryce’s pick tells the tale of the downfall of a social media website called Blippy. The TechCrunch article discusses Blippy primarily, but it’s interesting to see that what happened to Blippy happens to many other companies every year. Apparently adding the social media aspect to a company doesn’t make the company fail proof!.


 

How Ashton Invests in Tech Companies

Jenny:

Jenny’s pick is a surprising video and story from TechCrunch about Ashton Kutcher’s requirements for investing in technology companies. As Jenny said, “Ashton Kutcher’s a lot smarter than he looks!”.



 

LinkedIn Stock Soars

Jarred:

Jarred chose to break the trend of sharing links from TechCrunch, and instead provided us with an article from NPR about LinkedIn’s stock soaring because of high levels of interest in social media companies. LinkedIn is a great example of social media done right!.


 

Roasting Facebook

Margaret:

Margaret’s link is a funny CollegeHumor video, which features a faux Comedy Central Roast of Facebook. It takes the current social media environment and popular culture and brings them together in the form of a hilarious parody video!.

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Saturday, July 02, 2011

Staff Picks

Here at Smarter Social Media, our team is constantly sharing interesting, funny, or thought-provoking links with one another. So to share some of our genius, and a lot of our humor, we present to you our weekly Staff Picks. Enjoy.





 

Textures Galore

Quentin:

Quentin’s pick this week is from CG Textures, which is a website that offers thousands of textures for people to use in graphics and images, so you don’t get in trouble for stealing. It offers a huge variety of textures, and it even offers a 15 MB daily download for free! http://www.cgtextures.com/

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Digital Fashion

Jenny:

Jenny’s link mixes fashion with technology. It’s a somewhat geeky, but incredibly cool collection of pictures from an Anrealage fashion show, titled “low”, since all of the outfits are blocky like images in low-resolution. It’s very creative, and also pretty funny.

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Groupon Files To Go Public

Jaspar:

Jaspar’s link is very pertinent to the internet-business environment, since LinkedIn just went public. His article discusses Groupon filing to go public, and what it would mean for the business world, as well as for the three founders. Groupon may be valued at 20 billion dollars, which could potentially make the net worth of the three founders over 7 billion dollars.

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BeachMint's Enormous Valuation

Bryce:

Bryce chose to share an article about BeachMint, the company that owns online jewelry club, JewelMint. BeachMint’s valuation raised $23.5 million to $150 million.

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Mango's Evolution

Jarred:

Jarred’s article discusses the evolution of the Mango logo, which was recently changed to a more modern font. It’s interesting how a slight change in font can completely change the feel a store has, with Mango’s new font, it seems slightly more modern and sleek.

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Travel The World

Shelly:

Shelly’s link is a great list of the most famous streets in the world. From Lombard, in San Francisco, to the Las Vegas Strip, all of them are world-renowned. Maybe someday Shelly will have to opportunity to travel to every street on the list!

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Blogs For Business

Josh:

Josh’s link is one that all small business owners should read. It tells the reader exactly why all small businesses need a blog on their websites. It claims that blogs keep customers interested, while providing more information and pulling more people in.

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Truth Through Social Media

Margaret:

Margaret’s link goes to show the power that gossip through social media and the Internet can have. It’s an article about the now-famous couple in a photograph from rioting in Vancouver, who are laying on the ground kissing between rioters and police. Through social media, the public has now learned who the couple was, and what was really going on.

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Organic Pesticides

Damon:

Damon’s pick this week tackles a topic that’s constantly debated and argued over, whether or not pesticides are used in organic farming. His article is not only informative, but also interesting as far as its objectivity goes. Organic food can be a very touchy subject, and Damon’s pick discusses it in a manner that won’t make anyone mad!

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The National Mall by BLUEBRAIN. The First Location-Aware Album from BLUEBRAIN on Vimeo.

Location-Based Album

Zoe:

Zoe’s link is really interesting, because it’s about a band that is releasing an album as a location-based app, rather than a more standard approach. The band wrote the album while walking around a certain part of DC, and the cd will only play while people are in that area.

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Why Macs Are Better

Scott:

Scott’s link is surprising, coming from such an avid PC-user, but upon actually viewing the video, it’s obvious why he chose it. As everyone knows, Apple makes products that people can easily use for creativity, and this video of a man using an iPad to create a really cool, beautiful guitar piece is absolutely amazing.

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Twitter's Taking Over

Corianda:

Corianda’s pick for this week illustrates her love for social media, as well as photo sharing. She chose an article from Gizmodo that discusses the fact that Twitter’s new photo-sharing service is predicted become the most important in the world. Since hashtags will now link users to potentially millions of photos, it will be very interesting to see if this prediction does, in fact, come true.

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