by Kim Niemi
As another year draws to a close, it’s time to take a look at the ways that social media drew us closer together and made the world a little smaller in 2014. Amidst the typical viral vids and silly memes were serious conversations about racism and rape culture in America, forcing us to look deeper at ourselves and recognize the power of social media to effect change. While this list is hardly comprehensive, it’s a good snapshot of what went down this year on the various social networks. Will our standout picks match yours? Time to find out.
by Will Viharo
Need a New Year's Resolution? Here's one: finish writing that book, then publish it. The writing part is up to you, and will take as long as you need in order to tell the story or convey the information properly. But the act of just getting your work out in the world is, or should be, the least of your worries. Here are the basic steps you'll need to take on that pending pathway to self-publication...
by Geoff Gillette
The end of the year is always a good time for lists. Lists of things that were the best of 2014, things we’re going to do in 2015 (usually stuff we didn’t end up doing in 2014) and predictions of what is to come. Social media has seen exponential growth in the last two years and more and more companies are jumping on board and pushing the evolution of this communications medium.
So what do we have to look forward to?
by Olivia Collins
Snapchat’s most recent feature is leaving many confused. With Snapcash, users connect their bank account to Snapchat and can transfer funds to another user simply by typing in the dollar sign and however much cash they’d like to transfer. Frankly, I don’t understand why they thought this would be a good idea.
The average age of a Snapchat user is eighteen, according to Forbes.com. Truth of the matter is, most eighteen year olds don’t have much money to throw around. And I’m sure the older users would know better than to give their credit card information to an app that has a history of getting hacked.
by Lily Bradic
While the holiday season is generally a lot of fun, it’s also a time of repetition — the same songs, the same movies, the same conversations with elderly relatives. And it’s no different online. If your news feed has been filled with memes, elves, and Christmas countdowns, here are four holiday posts you won’t miss after tomorrow: