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J.K. Rowling made a huge correction to this 'Daily Mail' headline

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Just after midnight on Monday morning, a man drove a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers outside Finsbury Park Mosque in London.

Ten people are injured and one man is dead, the BBC reports, and counter-terrorism officers are in attendance.

For awhile after the attack happened, though, some news headlines weren’t mentioning the word “terrorism”. This didn’t go unnoticed.

This is not an accident, it’s not a collision, it’s not revenge. It’s terrorism. The media should be calling it as such#FinsburyPark

— Tez (@tezilyas) June 19, 2017 Read more…

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Man in giant fish finger outfit beautifully upstages politician

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General election night in the UK is a long, tiring business, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t moments of joy too.

The joke candidates that stand purely for the pleasure of being on TV in their silly outfits, for instance.

249! A new Buckethead record! Something to celebrate, eh? #GeneralElection17 pic.twitter.com/cCx7Utc8EL

— Lord Buckethead (@LordBuckethead) June 9, 2017

One of these candidates is a man who goes by the name “Mr Fish Finger.” He was standing in the same constituency as Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron after he managed to successfully crowdfund over £2,300 (more than enough for the £500 pledge). Read more…

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Elon Musk's weird Ambien tweets are back

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Don’t tweet while on Ambien.

If you didn’t already know that before, let Elon Musk’s series of bizarre tweets on Tuesday night serve as an example kids. 

Case in point: 

A little red wine, vintage record, some Ambien … and magic!

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 7, 2017

Once you add the vintage record player, it’s all good

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 7, 2017

It started off with him talking about the Tesla shareholder meeting — and then things quickly take a very random turn. 

And um … not trying to brag or anything, but I think I look good for 500

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 7, 2017 Read more…

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Sean Hannity is desperate for your retweets

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For a moment, it seemed like the Sean Hannity conspiracy train had come to a halt. 

The Fox News host announced on his show Tuesday night that he would stop talking about the debunked claim that murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich had leaked thousands of emails to WikiLeaks “out of respect for the family’s wishes.”

Apparently, not discussing the matter means immediately going on Twitter and hitting Kim Dotcom with an OMG. 

Then he posted a tweet with lots of caps, so you know to take it seriously. 

Ok TO BE CLEAR, I am closer to the TRUTH than ever. Not only am I not stopping, I am working harder. Updates when available. Stay tuned!

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 24, 2017 Read more…

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Queen Cersei gives student A+ acting advice on how to play Queen Cersei

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If you want to get some top-level acting tips, you might as well go straight to the original source.

On Tuesday, actor M. Browne sent a tweet to Game of Thrones star Lena Headey. He was set to play Cersei Lannister in his next class, apparently, and he was looking for some advice.

@IAMLenaHeadey I have to embody Cersei for a class next week. Any advice? #acting #homework

— M. Browne (@Brownemint) April 18, 2017

Luckily, being the all-round nice person that she is (and actually nothing at all like Cersei IRL), Headey responded. Read more…

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Policeman's safe cycling demonstration goes very wrong, very fast

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You know exactly what’s going to happen in the clip below the minute you start watching it.

All the elements are there: the crowd of onlookers, the steep flight of concrete steps, and the policeman in the helmet and the high-vis yellow jacket, who was apparently on hand to demonstrate cycling safety to children. It was only ever going to go one way.

“Police were staging a safe way for kids to go down the stairs on their bikes and the policeman failed miserably,” said a man named Derek, who uploaded the clip to Twitter, was quoted as saying in the Daily Record. Read more…

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Twitter launches a ‘lite’ mobile web app that’s optimized for emerging markets

 Twitter has taken the wraps off a new data-optimized version of its service that it hopes will be a hit among emerging. It’s called Twitter Lite and, unlike similar ‘Lite’ apps from Facebook and others, it is browser-based — living at mobile.twitter.com. It is essentially a data-optimized version of the regular Twitter service that, the company said, loads fast and… Read More

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'Serial' team's new podcast is a murder mystery ripe for bingeing

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Remember that magical fall of 2014 when all everyone could talk about was Serial? The murder mystery podcast from This American Life happened to be serialized — a new episode every week — but their latest endeavor, S-Town just dropped in full.

S-Town is about a lot of things, with a voice distinct from Serial and production quality of equal caliber. John, a This American Life listener, asks producer Brian Reed and the investigative team to come to his “pathetic little Baptist shit town” and explore a murder and a sexual assault allegation.

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Social media firms facing fresh political pressure after London terror attack

 Yesterday UK government ministers once again called for social media companies to do more to combat terrorism. “There should be no place for terrorists to hide,” said Home Secretary Amber Rudd, speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr program. Read More

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The World Cup of Biscuits 2017 is here and it's so British it hurts

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Ask any English person about their favorite biscuit and you’ll get a passionate, definitive response. The argument over biscuit superiority can be a point of contention.

TV host Richard Osman is about to officially answer this age old question with the World Cup of Biscuits tournament. Osman is responsible for other entertainingly divisive tournaments like the World Cup of Crisps 2016 and the World Cup of Christmas Films 2016.

1.3 million votes already in the World Cup Of Biscuits! Quarter-finals live on @rednoseday this evening. Last-16 votes are still open….

— Richard Osman (@richardosman) March 24, 2017 Read more…

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As hyper-conservative media surged, Republicans’ trust in news cratered

 In 2000, Republicans, Democrats and Independents were all within six percentage points of one another in terms of their trust in the media, ranging from 47 percent to 53 percent. But since that time, figures for both Independents and Republicans have been declining, with Republicans generally declining at a sharper rate. Read More

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A UK politician just became editor of a newspaper and Twitter is flipping out

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You might think being a Member of Parliament in the UK would be a full-time job, but apparently you’d be wrong about that.

On Friday morning, it was confirmed that former Chancellor of the Exchequer — and current MP for Tatton — George Osborne will be the new Editor of the London Evening Standard.

1/ EXCLUSIVE: @George_Osborne APPOINTED EDITOR OF THE LONDON EVENING STANDARD (ES). Will continue as MP.

— Amol Rajan (@amolrajanBBC) March 17, 2017

Yep, that’s right: “Will continue as MP”.

Apparently, Osborne will edit the paper “an average of four days a week”, giving him time to continue with his duties as MP. Read more…

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Dear Twitter: Please verify me. Love, Julian Assange.

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Fine, whatever. Julian Assange didn’t want to be verified anyway.

He does, however, seem a little p*ssed at Twitter. Calling himself a “deplorable,” the WikiLeaks founder tweeted Thursday that the social media platform has a “binary class system with proximity to power represented by ‘blue tick’ insignia.”

Twitter typically verifies celebrities and accounts “determined to be of public interest” with a tick. The process used to be invite-only, but anyone, including controversial Australians apparently, has been able to apply online since mid-2016. Read more…

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Prominent Twitter accounts compromised after third-party app Twitter Counter hacked

 A number of prominent Twitter accounts were hacked to tweet Nazi messages after Twitter Counter, a popular tool for analyzing Twitter followers, was hacked. Official Twitter accounts belonging to Amnesty International, Forbes and other prominent organizations, not to mention many regular users, were accessed to post swastikas and other Nazi-related messages in a move thought to be… Read More

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Twitter is now marking entire profiles as 'sensitive'

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Twitter is trying to take on its troll problem in 2017, but the campaign is not without problems.

In addition to a range of tools aimed at filtering abusive tweets, the platform now appears to be quietly marking entire accounts as sensitive. 

On Thursday, a Mashable reporter clicked on the profile of technology analyst Justin Warren. Instead of showing his image or his tweets, the account blocked his profile image and included a caution: “This profile may include potentially sensitive content.” 

The reporter could still ultimately view the account, but only by clicking that he agreed to continue despite the possibility of seeing “sensitive images or language.” Read more…

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Forever alone: Why too much social media use might lead to loneliness

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The more time you spend staring at your smartphone — scrolling through Facebook, trolling on Twitter, snapping on Snapchat — the lonelier you’re prone to feel, researchers say.

A national study on young adults found that frequent use of social media might be associated with increased feelings of isolation. As anyone with FOMO knows, watching other people’s digital lives is an imperfect substitute for real-world interactions.

“We are inherently social creatures, but modern life tends to compartmentalize us instead of bringing us together,” said Brian Primack, the study’s lead author and director of the Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health at the University of Pittsburgh.  Read more…

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Pizza dipped in milk is the most disrespectful pizza crime yet

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As head of the Department of Pizza Crime (just go with it), I hereby denounce pizza dipped in milk as the most heinous pizza offense yet.

The ghastly combo hit the internet earlier this week, when a 20-year-old college student posted a photo of it to Twitter. She’s since made her account private, but people have reposted it anyway—accompanied, of course, by their opinions.

Pizza + Milk = a great combination😋😋😋 pic.twitter.com/G9LGvTatjF

— zack (@IsaiahDaGawdd) March 3, 2017

Okay. Here are some reasons why this is the worst: Read more…

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Lily Allen quits Twitter after trolls attack her over son's death

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Lily Allen has taken a break from Twitter following a barrage of abuse from online trolls over the weekend.

The singer was attacked after revealing she has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after her son was stillborn at six months in 2010.

Allen’s friend Dennis has since taken over her account and is blocking trolls in an effort to stop the abuse. 

Hi , I’m Dennis,I’ll be looking after lily’s twitter for a while.I can only communicate in gif form,and I’m going on a hate blocking spree.

— Lily (@lilyallen) February 25, 2017 Read more…

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5 years later, celebrities put their hoodies up for Trayvon Martin

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On Feb. 26, 2012, an unarmed teenager carrying iced tea and candy was shot and killed on a Florida street.

His name was Trayvon Martin, and five years on, the movement inspired by his death lives on. Left for dead by a Neighborhood Watch volunteer, the fate of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin’s son fanned the flames that became the Black Live Matter movement.

An image of Martin dressed in a hoodie was seared on the American conscience, and the act of “putting your hoodie up” became a protest against a culture that makes instant criminals of black boys. Read more…

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How to predict the president's next bogus tweet: Just watch Fox News

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Donald Trump’s obsession with live-tweeting his morning cable news binges has made his erratic timeline…incredibly, disconcertingly, comically predictable.

One Boston journalist proved it on Saturday morning, with his own impressively prophetic tweet.

David Bernstein was watching Fox and Friends when he saw guest Hermain Cain (Remember him? The Hermainator?) regurgitate a bogus stat—one clearly too tantalizing for our Twitter-egg-in-chief to resist amplifying.

Cain claimed, somewhat misleadingly, that the national debt decreased $12 billion during Trump’s first month in office,  compared to a $200 billion jump in the same time on Barack Obama’s watch. The talking point can be traced back to a sketchy right-wing blog known for peddling conspiraciesRead more…

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Mike Pence's pro-Israel tweets really couldn't have gone worse

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Mike Pence is here to support Israel, so he’s…throwing up that Nicaraguan flag?

As the veep began his speech for the Republican Jewish Coalition on Friday, the @VP social media team decided to reiterate his pro-Israel stance by tweeting out its flag.

Unfortunately, they tweeted the Nicaraguan flag instead: not once, but twice.

Someone please tell the Pence social media team that’s the flag of Nicaragua, not Israel pic.twitter.com/6KpfsCOCV6

— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 25, 2017

As much as we’d like to find a “to be fair” caveat here, there really isn’t one. The flags both have blue stripes, we guess, but let’s face it: They just aren’t that similar.  Read more…

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Barack Obama and Malia had an awesome night out in NYC and looked awesome doing it

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After a nice Italian dinner on Thursday and a rock star’s welcome from the public Friday afternoon, Barack Obama continued his post-vacation jaunt around NYC—and he took cool teen Malia along for the ride.

On Friday night, the two were spotted at a performance of the current Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s play The Price. The show stars Danny DeVito and Mark Ruffalo, which made for a pretty decent photo op afterward — one of those rare ones where all parties involved are excited to be meeting a celebrity.

Malia reportedly wants to be a filmmaker, so perhaps this was also a preliminary casting call. (Danny DeVito appears to be in the lead so far, yes?) Read more…

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People can't, can't, can't believe how much some are paying for Justin Bieber's concert tickets

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We told you that Justin Bieber is performing in India for the first time. 

Understandably, there’s a lot of excitement, especially in millennials who can’t have enough of the 23-year-old pop sensation.  

But now there’s a problem as we discovered once the tickets went on sale.

Firstly, there’s a queue. Even if you wait, you are never sure that you’re going to get a ticket. What if they are exhausted by 2,000 or even 3,900?

And you thought only ATMs in India have queues? At least those were to get money, not spend it #JustinBieberIndia pic.twitter.com/6plre83R7c

— Sarit Ray (@saritray2001) February 22, 2017 Read more…

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Crunch Report | Apple’s New Campus Will Open in April

Apple’s new campus will open in April, never-ending turnover at Twitter, Instagram adds a carousel feature and Snapdeal to lay off 500-600 people. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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Internet turns to @Sweden on Twitter after Trump appears to invent terror attack

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If you needed extra evidence the world’s quickly sliding into the Upside Down, here it is: People are turning to a country’s Twitter account for details about a terror incident the President of the United States appears to have made up.

The whole thing started at a rally in Melbourne, Florida on Saturday, where Donald Trump defended his “Muslim immigration ban” before a crowd of thousands. “We’ve got to keep our country safe,” he said.

Trump, discussing terror, seamlessly mentions incident “last night in Sweden”.

There was NO “incident” in Sweden last nightpic.twitter.com/XtcC4PRiNU

— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) February 19, 2017 Read more…

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People with disabilities destroy stigma on Twitter with #DisabledAndCute

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News flash: You can have a disability and be cute — and a new hashtag is putting people who think otherwise on notice.

The hashtag #DisabledAndCute is bringing fun yet radical body positivity to people with disabilities on Twitter, encouraging the community to share photos of themselves that make them feel attractive or adorable. It brilliantly combines revolutionary self-love with unapologetic visibility, all to empower people with both visible and invisible disabilities.

Twitter user Keah Brown, who lives with cerebral palsy, created the tag this week to show appreciation for her community, and push against the idea that people with disabilities can’t be stunning. Read more…

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Dorsey: Twitter still has “a long way to go”

Jack Dorsey Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey spoke on stage with COO and CFO Anthony Noto at the Goldman Technology Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. The leaders of the social media giant reiterated Twitter’s mission as a real-time information platform and spoke of its latest accomplishments, but also talked about the challenges of growing what is already a widely-used site. “We… Read More

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How I, Bridget Trump, became a Valentine's Day sex goddess

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Note from the Editor: You may already heard of the v, v important political parody Bridget Trump? The love child of Donald Trump and Bridget Jones has been gathering fans around the world with her hilarious tweets that are remarkably similar to a certain businessman turned POTUS. 

The brainchild of British comic Tiff Stevenson, Bridget Trump, is obviously very, very busy. Miraculously she found the time to share a Valentine’s diary entry with us. Here’s how it went:

February 13th

Gah! Another year of Valentine’s Day humiliation. No way will I get any cards. Toy with the idea of flirting energetically with anyone I think might be induced into sending me one, but dismiss as immoral. Instead I put the phone down on Malcolm Turnbull, fire off a couple of executive orders and listen to Elton John.  Read more…

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Yes, Hillary Clinton tweeted about the end of Michael Flynn. Yes, it was glorious.

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Hillary Clinton only puts down the cheese platter and logs off Netflix for special occasions these days (she deserves a break). And today was special.

White House national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned late Monday after reports emerged that he mislead the administration about his talks with Russia before Donald Trump even took office. We won’t got into it here, but it’s juicy.

Needless to day, Twitter enjoyed itself. After all, Flynn was trotted out regularly on the campaign trail to harangue Clinton about her email scandal, accusing the Democratic candidate of thinking she was above the law. And now, well. Read more…

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J.K. Rowling calls out Piers Morgan after he claims he's never read 'Harry Potter'

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Piers Morgan, a man who has always had trouble with criticism, responded to a brutal Saturday burn from J.K. Rowling by saying he’s “never read a single word of Harry Potter.”

But, Piers, what about that opinion piece, hm?

It all started when Rowling declared her joy at seeing Piers Morgan decimated on live TV by Jim Jefferies on Real Time with Bill Maher.

Yes, watching Piers Morgan being told to fuck off on live TV is *exactly* as satisfying as I’d always imaginedhttps://t.co/4FII8sYmIt

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 11, 2017 Read more…

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Crunch Report: Twitter’s Ad Revenue Stalls

Today’s Stories 

Twitter’s advertising business is stalling
Zenefits is laying off 45% of its workforce
Airbnb is buying Luxury Retreats for around $200M
Facebook can now replace your weather app
The Analogue Nt Mini is the perfect NES console for video game lovers

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Written and hosted by: Anthony Ha
Edited by: Joe Zolnoski
Filmed by: Matthew Mauro
Teleprompter: Tomas… Read More

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How Social Media Helps Students Study

Social media in education is a no-brainer and many studies and experiences have proven its efficiency.  Once you get serious about your education, you then realize that you must take the hand of as many resources as you can.  Studies reveal that more and more students like yourself believe that the technology they use to study should have the same format as social media.

We are social creatures.  Whatever we do good, we seem to do it better in a social context where there are more people around us.  It is no different with studying.  According to the Social Learning Theory, we learn best when we interact with people.

Social media can help you in many ways if you use it wisely.  For instance, let’s say you need help with picking a topic for your next essay.  Now, if you google essay topics, you will get tons of resources.  But if you go to social media, you will find suggestions by real people based on real experiences.

Let´s take a look at the specific ways that social media can help students study.

Connections and Community

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When it comes to intensive and in-depth projects and group work, social media allows you to centralize all your knowledge to make communication more efficient.  For instance, you can create a hashtag such as #Economy101 to have people connect under the same topic. You now can build a community where everyone contributes with their piece of knowledge.

Think of all the interactions and connections that can take place on a Facebook page or group.  Forums are a great place to make questions and get answers.  You can even invite the professor to join this group or the chats.

Sharing

Social media is all about sharing.  Most of our FB friends share everything from their location and activities to the one-hundred pictures of their weekend that nobody is going to see.  Now, you also get the opportunity of sharing resources to enrich a content.

Using the designated hashtag, you can share links to resources.  You can also share experiences, joys, and even frustrations.  This input will be available to everyone, at any time.

Some things that can be put into practice when sharing:

  • Stream a class through live video on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Google Hangouts, or YouTube. This will be saved and used later by those who were not able to attend a class.
  • Google Hangouts is a great resource for online study sessions.

Organization

Given the extent and reach of social media, a large number of resources can become overwhelming.  You need to curate this information.  Create topic boards on Pinterest or a blog service such as Tumblr.

For resources that have not been posted online yet, you can use cloud-storing services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, or Box, to organize it.   If you are working on a team project, work on a Google Doc.  This will keep a neat organization and help take notes for all to see and share.

Meaningful Conversations

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There are hundreds of chats taking place on Twitter.  These are conversations that take place at a certain time where all participants use a particular hashtag.  This creates a timeline of people having a meaningful conversation about a particular topic.

You can plan your own Twitter chat to get the convo going.  This conversation can take place in a Facebook group as well.  The advantage of Twitter chats is that they are more open and universal.  Experts on a particular subject might participate too.  For instance, you could have an author discuss literary aspects of the novel you have to make a book report about.  That would be pretty neat!

Authors and experts are already on social media.  If Albert Einstein were alive, he’d probably be on Twitter.  Just imagine what his Instagram would look like!  You can ask direct questions to these influencers (not Einstein, he´s dead).  This will get you the best insight on a particular topic.

Supplemental Materials

You can use social media to find additional content that will reinforce what you have learned in class.  These materials are out there waiting for you.  The great part about it is that you also get honest opinions and ideas on how to make these contents work best.

Find YouTube videos for assistance with challenging topics.  Khan Academy is a widely used source that organizes YouTube videos into courses.

Follow already existing hashtags in a particular area.  You will find rich amounts of help there.  You can also look for keywords, experts, topics, etc., across all your social media channels.

See Also: 5 Tips to Use Social Media for eLearning Content 

Conclusion

When it comes to social media, not everything in the garden is rosy.  There are some downsides on the use of social media.  But since you are one responsible kid, you will take full advantage of the resources all the media offer you.  Use social media well and have meaningful and useful connections that will help you get through your education.

 

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There's a chocolate manhole cover in Japan and we don't know why

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It’s a weird shape to mold chocolate into.

@38beem, a Japanese Twitter user — in an effort to make a chocolatey gift for Valentine’s Day — created what seems to be a manhole cover set into a sidewalk out of chocolate.

He documented the process on Twitter: 

マンホールチョコの部分はマンホールのシリコン型を作り、溶かしたチョコレートを流し込むオーソドックスな工程で作られています。 pic.twitter.com/cdjeSkBEC0

— おでこし(金谷)Berryzデスロード (@38beem) February 6, 2017

First, he produced a silicone mold for the manhole cover, then filled it with chocolate. 

マンホールチョコレートできたよ〜!
ビターなおすい味だよ〜! pic.twitter.com/tsuu4RSP17

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Ted Cruz congratulated a woman on having multiple sclerosis. Seriously.

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There are many appropriate responses to when someone is sharing a difficult situation his or her life. To congratulate that person is not one of them. 

Sen. Ted Cruz squared off against Sen. Bernie Sanders in a CNN debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act Tuesday night. And, unfortunately, when Cruz was asked a question by an audience member who suffers from multiple sclerosis, he chose the wrong response.

He said, “Congratulations.”

Multiple sclerosis patient on Medicaid asks @tedcruz what will happen to her coverage w/repeal
Cruz: “Congratulations on dealing with MS.” pic.twitter.com/13jC26k1tK

— Omar Ghabra (@omarghabra) February 8, 2017 Read more…

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Crunch Report | Waze Carpool Grows in Bay Area

Twitter rolls out updates to combat abuse on its platform, YouTube launches mobile live stream and Super Chat exits beta, Waze Carpool grows in the Bay Area, Apple Beats are expected to drop February 10th and a recap from the 10th Annual Crunchies. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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Norwegian paper publishes spectacularly viral Donald Trump burn

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LONDON — The current trend of Trump-based mockery is spreading across Europe like wildfire.

We’ve had parody videos from the Netherlands, parody videos from Switzerland, and now we Norwegian people crow-barring Trump jokes into their newspapers.

Earlier in the week, journalist Kim Rathcke Jensen shared an extract from a Norwegian paper and added the translation. It’s since gone viral in a big way:

From a Norwegian paper:
– If you were stranded on an island, who would you bring along?
– I’ll take one for the team and bring along Trump pic.twitter.com/HMPo5FQQ7K

— Kim Rathcke Jensen (@kinablog) January 31, 2017 Read more…

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Don't ever try to use 'Harry Potter' against J.K. Rowling in an argument

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LONDON — As we’ve learned over the past week, throwing insults at J.K. Rowling on Twitter is a very bad idea.

But attempting to use references from her own books to win an argument? That’s an even worse plan.

Following on from her repeated shut-downs of the people threatening to burn her books, someone else accused her of using “the mark of the beast in a children’s novel”.

It didn’t end well for them.

Nicolas Flamel doesn’t die in the Potter books. Seriously, read before you burn, it’ll make attacking me so much easierpic.twitter.com/cU8AOMS21F

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 2, 2017 Read more…

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'Idol' contestant besieged by pro-Trump Twitter users because of his name

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Twitter and mistaken identities go hand in hand. Seems like not a day goes past that someone isn’t getting the hate (or praise) that’s meant for someone else with the same name.

This particular story is a little more unusual though, given that it involves a comedian, a famous musician and, uh, the son of the President Of The United States.

See, Shannon Noll is an American comedian known for her off-kilter impressions, as well as her self-described likeness to Barron Trump. In fact, she’s putting on a play called Barron Trump: Up Past Bedtime. But the controversial decision to “take aim” at Trump’s 10-year-old son means she’s coming serious under fire.  Read more…

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Twitter staff donate $1.59M to the ACLU to fight Trump on immigration

twitter headquarters Twitter is the primary communication platform for U.S. President Trump, but that hasn’t stopped staff of the social media company from donating to one of the most prominent organizations opposing him. Nearly 1,000 employees made a $1.59 million donation to ACLU, which fought Trump’s recent executive order banning citizens of seven countries from entering the U.S. and is… Read More

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Milo Yiannopoulos speech at UC Berkeley canceled after campus protests

Image: One of Milo’s lesser-seen incarnations, “Ivana Wall,” speaking at a previous academic engagement. Say the name out loud and you’ll get the joke. “Right about now your dick is probably confused,” read one of the slides on stage during the performance. Image: Reddit.


Pro-Trump and extremist right wing/white supremacist personality Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to deliver a speech at U.C. Berkeley, but his appearance was canceled by university officials tonight after big protests on campus that got out of hand with some people setting some objects on fire. No arrests or injuries reported.

Yiannopoulos is doing a speaking tour on college campuses to promote his male “Privilege” scholarship fund.

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Twitter’s Blackbirds launch bot for Black History Month

twitter blackbirds Twitter’s employee resource group for African-Americans, Blackbirds, is launching a Twitter bot for Black History Month. The group is the first ERG at Twitter to use the tool, which Twitter launched in November. To chat with the bot, all you have to do is direct message @Blackbirds. From there, the bot will tell you one of four things: a today in #BlackHistory fact, a community event… Read More

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This airline took to Facebook to announce its Twitter account has been hacked

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Twitter has a security problem — and businesses are paying the price for it.

The official Twitter account of Indian airline IndiGo has been hit with a breach. The verified account, which previously had over 100,000 followers and several hundred thousands of tweets, now appears to be in possession of a user who goes by the handle @activevibezzz1. 

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Earlier Tuesday morning, IndiGo’s Twitter handle was changed to “activevibezzz1”. Twitter allows users — including businesses — to change their username. As part of the transition, all existing followers of IndiGo airline are now unwittingly also following the compromised account. The compromised account posted a few mysterious tweets Tuesday. Read more…

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Crunch Report | Tech Execs Are Matching Donations to ACLU

Tech execs are matching donations to the ACLU, Starbucks unveils a virtual assistant, Dropbox touts a $1 billion revenue run rate, robots are making coffee and Fitbit cuts six percent of its workforce. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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WeRateDogs Twitter combats Muslim ban with 'unconditional love'

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The @dog_rates Twitter account is protesting Donald Trump’s #MuslimBan with adorable photos (naturally) and messages of love.

It started innocently enough on Saturday, during widespread airport protests railing against the Trump administration’s immigration ban — which affects an outsized proportion of Muslims. The WeRateDogs account shared a photo of a cute pup protester wearing a sign that read: “I wag 4 refugees.”

Here’s a very loving and accepting puppo. Appears to have read her Constitution well. 14/10 would pat head approvingly pic.twitter.com/6ao80wIpV1

— WeRateDogs™ (@dog_rates) January 29, 2017 Read more…

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OurMine just hacked a bunch of WWE accounts

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Notorious hacker group OurMine is back at it, hacking social media profiles to let the world know just how easy it can be to get inside an account. 

This time, the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) group is at the receiving end. 

Several Twitter accounts affiliated with WWE, including those of WWE Universe, WWE NXT, wrestler and celebrity John Cena, WrestleMania, WWE Network and Summer Slam were hacked Saturday with the group OurMine claiming responsibility.

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Some of the tweets have already been taken down, but others are still visible to the millions of people who follow WWE accounts. Additionally, WWE’s official Tumblr page was also compromised.  Read more…

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Justin Trudeau takes on Trump with a perfectly timed photo

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In the chaotic, heartbreaking wake of Donald Trump‘s “Muslim ban,” Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau is projecting a markedly different message.

On Saturday, Trudeau tweeted in solidarity with refugees, including those unable to enter the United States under the president’s executive order. “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith,” he said. “Diversity is our strength.”

To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada

— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017 Read more…

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Justin Trudeau takes on Trump with a perfectly timed photo

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In the chaotic, heartbreaking wake of Donald Trump‘s “Muslim ban,” Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau is projecting a markedly different message.

On Saturday, Trudeau tweeted in solidarity with refugees, including those unable to enter the United States under the president’s executive order. “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith,” he said. “Diversity is our strength.”

To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada

— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017 Read more…

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