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Indie comedy starring all your favorite Vine celebs launches Kickstarter

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Comedians and Vine stars Jason Nash and Brandon Calvillo have a new project that is largely inspired by their real lives: a full length film called FML: A Social Media Adventure.

The film centers around two men who travel across the country making short videos on a Vine-like app called Reload, trying to boost their social media following. Along with achieving viral fame, FML is also about the strong friendship between Nash and Calvillo’s characters, as well as the real-life one that inspired it.

FML: A SOCIAL MEDIA ADVENTURE • Kickstarter Campaign Video from Fantail Entertainment on Vimeo. Read more…

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Schrödinger’s Meerkat

schrodingers-meerkat We humans are mostly boring. Our daily activity, unless carefully curated by the entertainment complex, is mundane and few people outside of our immediate family and circle of friends care about us. It is into this cold, dark world that Meerkat was born. A “massive” hit at SXSW, the app allows us to stream live video to folks who follow us on Twitter. When you initiate a stream… Read More

Artists are changing profiles blue for Jay Z’s new music streaming service

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LOS ANGELES — If you’re seeing blue on Twitter and Facebook, you’re not alone

Many of the world’s biggest artists are rallying behind Jay Z‘s new music streaming service Tidal by changing their profile and cover photos to teal blue on Sunday night.

Jay Z plans to unveil Tidal’s artist-friendly game plan on Monday at New York City’s James A. Farley Post Office at 5 p.m. ET. Tidal will compete with platforms like Spotify as well as Apple‘s nearly ready and revamped music service involving Beats Music.

Among the artists supporting Jay Z’s new venture are his wife Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rihanna, Madonna, Coldplay, Usher, Nicki Minaj and more heavyweights Read more…

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Selfies taken at site of NYC East Village explosion stir controversy

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Snapping selfies has gone from cultural faux pas to accepted norm over the last few years, as our constantly connected world shares every aspect of daily life. But there are moments when taking one simply isn’t appropriate

Here’s a prime example: selfies uploaded to social media of Thursday’s East Village explosion in New York City, which left at least 22 people injured (four of them critically) and resulted in two people missing.

Friday night #eastvillage @evgrieve pic.twitter.com/8OpG1d6mPy

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Selfies taken at site of NYC East Village explosion stir controversy

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Snapping selfies has gone from cultural faux pas to accepted norm over the last few years, as our constantly connected world shares every aspect of daily life. But there are moments when taking one simply isn’t appropriate

Here’s a prime example: selfies uploaded to social media of Thursday’s East Village explosion in New York City, which left at least 22 people injured (four of them critically) and resulted in two people missing.

Friday night #eastvillage @evgrieve pic.twitter.com/8OpG1d6mPy

— EventPhotosNYC (@Eventphotosnyc) March 28, 2015 Read more…

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How to use Facebook for thank you notes

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We’re all a little lax when it comes to sending as many “thank you” notes as we should

That’s where Facebook comes in. It’s the perfect platform for thank you missives that can be personalized and shared, giving a public shoutout to someone who’s done you a solid

Here’s our how and why of using Facebook to say thanks. Let us know your ideas in the comments below

Thank you scenarios

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There are endless ways in which Facebook is ideal for sending a thank you note

  • Someone’s given you/your child/your pet a gift. Snap a picture of the recipient with said gift and create a photo post, tagging the giver as a thank you. You get to show her how much the present was appreciated and she gets a public shoutout for her thoughtfulness

  • You enjoyed a delicious meal at someone’s home. Be sure to grab a tasty-looking image of the food and the next day, post a Facebook #foodgram complimenting his amazing cuisine and tagging him as the chef. He’ll be flattered you liked the food so much to create a post

  • You were invited to a party or other event. Take some arty shots and create a mini-gallery on Facebook, tagging the organizer. Make sure you mention details (the decorations, the venue, the music, etc.) so the organizer knows you really noticed the small things Read more…

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For some strange reason, Periscope users are obsessed with your fridge

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What’s in your fridge? Periscope users want to know.

In the days since Twitter launched the live streaming video app, requests to peek into other users’ fridges have, by our unofficial polling, proven more popular than just about any other comments during a Periscope video. Some enthused users are even using the #fridgeview or #showusyourfridge hashtags on Twitter.

Aaron Trent, a 29-year-old retirement planner in Greenville, South Carolina, was checking out Periscope with a friend Friday evening when they noticed users in virtually every stream clamoring for a look at the fridge. Read more…

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5 creative ideas for one-second Snapchats (besides full frontal)

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Seriously, why do one-second Snapchats even exist? Well, besides the obvious…

We’ve got some super cute ideas for one-second Snapchat messages for your nearest and dearest

Whether you’re Snapchatting with your bae, your bestie or even your mom, these are sure to put a smile on their faces. Take a look through our sweet suggestions below

Sneak peek of a gift

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Sometimes it’s the anticipation of giving the gift that’s just as exciting as watching someone finally unwrap it. Hype up excitement levels even further by sending a hint of a forthcoming present. Just don’t give it away! Read more…

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Did Messenger just make Facebook cool for teens again? Not quite.

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Being “cool” is a fleeting sensation for Silicon Valley companies, where innovation moves at breakneck speeds, competition is relentless and users often fickle. 

But when you’re an 11-year-old publicly traded company like Facebook, it means dealing with the challenge of keeping young people hooked long after the newness rubs offMark Zuckerberg suggested as much in 2013 when he told investors that “coolness is done for us.”

And it’s no secret that two years later, the company has a problem keeping teens around. Up to 1 million teens a year quit Facebook, shirking it for other platforms like Twitter and Snapchat, by some estimates. At this year’s F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco, Facebook announced it would open up Messenger to outside app developers. Read more…

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Periscope’s new Twitter account suggests livestreams you might like

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Using Periscope, Twitter’s new app for live streaming, but can’t find any streams worth watching? A new account run by the service may be able to help.

The app has launched Periscope TV, a curated account that retweets links to broadcasts from celebrities, journalists and other notable users

The goal of the account is to surface live streams from some of the app’s more high profile accounts and give early users a way to find relevant streams outside of people they are already following

Periscope TV, which launched Thursday, has so far only retweeted streams from a handful of accounts, including Jimmy Fallon, Aaron Paul and the Huffington Post Read more…

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