The Olympics are world champions when it comes to event television, so it’s no surprise that the NBC broadcasts are dominating this week’s social TV charts.
Friday’s opening ceremony garnered 8.9 million mentions, topping the total number of Twitter posts during the entire 2008 Beijing Olympics in just one day. And despite NBC’s abundant slip-ups in just the first few days of the Games (see: #NBCFail), the network’s social media efforts clearly haven’t been for naught.
Other particularly buzzworthy events thus far? Swimming and women’s gymnastics, both of which were nail-biters for Team USA. The women’s gymnastics qualifying competition had audiences and competitors in tears after a surprising upset. The U.S.’s Jordyn Wieber, the 2011 World Women’s All-Around Champion, placed fourth in the qualifiers after one Russian competitor and two of her teammates. Countries can enter just two gymnasts in the all-around final, so Wieber did not qualify to compete.
In the pool, a USA showdown between power duo Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps caused a chatter. Lochte bested Phelps in the 400-meter individual medley, solidifying the notion that this is his time to shine. After taking home a record eight gold medals in Beijing, Phelps is taking his last few laps on the international stage.
Aside from the Games, we’ve got to tip our hats to America’s Got Talent, the only program that managed to edge its way onto the chart amidst the athletic competitions.
People have a natural tendency to think they’re special or unique, but there’s only so much you can do to differentiate yourself from the rest of the crowd.
This especially applies to married couples, who have a tendency to act like they’re different than everyone else while simultaneously managing to put on an absolute clinic in unoriginality.
I’m not saying marriage is a bad thing, but I am saying that people who tie the knot have a tendency to behave in remarkably similar ways.
I should note that I’m not married, nor do I plan to be in the immediate future, so I don’t have firsthand knowledge of what it’s like to sign up to live with another person until someone decides to die.
With that being said, I do have firsthand knowledge of things married couples do to broadcast their incredible lack of self-awareness. I’m sure that some people have a reason for doing at least some of the things listed below, but that doesn’t make them any less basic.
You have a joint Facebook account
If there were a surgery to conjoin two people permanently, they’d be first in line.
You went to Paris for your honeymoon
The City of Lights (And Clichés).
You’ve used the term, “We’re pregnant”
Humans are not seahorses. Only one of these people is going to push something out of her vagina.
You have custom jerseys that only make sense when you’re together
The purse really ties his outfit together.
You schedule the nights you’re going to have sex
If spontaneity is the spice of life, your life is an unseasoned chicken breast in a boiling pot.
You need your spouse’s approval to spend more than $100
Wallet chains: fashionable, functional and fantastic for visual metaphors.
You’ve used a pet name unironically in a public setting
This is the only “babe” you should be talking about.
You picked “At Last” as the song for your first dance at your wedding
You can always go with “At Last (Etta James Dance Remix),” but it’s still a little overdone.
Every romantic night you have is documented in its entirety on Instagram
What’s the point of getting roses if you don’t subtly brag about them to people you kind of know?
You relate to married couples in network sitcoms
Mother-in-laws! Am I right, or am I right?
You look forward to doing household chores on the weekend
This doesn’t apply if your landscaping involves a chainsaw on a rope.
You have “His” and “Hers” towels and actually care about who uses which
There’s really only one acceptable “His” towel anyway.
You’ve hired someone to photograph you standing in the woods
In this case, “in the woods” is interchangeable with “in a field” or “next to a body of water.” You get extra points for trying to make it look candid and failing.
You don’t just work out together — you work out together
At least these people had the decency to do this in the privacy of their home.
You go on cruises
You get basic bonus points for reenacting the scene from “Titanic” while at sea.
You’ve rented a tandem bicycle
Exceptions may apply when awesome jumps are involved.
You DVR your favorite late night show because you go to sleep before 10 pm
Getting old sneaks up on you.
You wear matching outfits on your holiday cards
Some choices are worse than others.
All of your friends are married too
It’s so much harder to regret getting married when you don’t have to deal with single people.
You bought a car because it was practical
Being able to drift in a minivan doesn’t cancel out the fact that you drive a minivan.
You’ve renewed your vows
Make sure you use as many lame puns as possible when sending out invites.
You get mad when the other person watches porn
Trust issues? What trust issues? I DON’T HAVE TRUST ISSUES!
You celebrate more than one anniversary per year
It can be cute for a while, but after you’re married, it gets kind of creepy.
You bought (assembled) an entire room from Ikea
“Are there instructions on saving our relationship? Are they in English?”
You got married in the first place
Oh, you tied the knot with the love of your life in your mid-20s? How original.
How many apps have you installed on Facebook? More importantly, how many of them could post something in your name right now, without your knowledge? Chances are, it’s more than half of them.
Privacy protection company Secure.me analyzed some 500,000 Facebook apps, and shared the results exclusively with Mashable. The biggest takeaways: 63% of those apps ask for the ability to post on your behalf — and 69% of them want your email address.
”It has become second nature to connect various apps like Instagram, SocialCam, AngryBirds, CityVille, and Spotify to your Facebook ID,” says Secure.me founder Christian Sigl. “You just click ‘agree’ without even really knowing what you are agreeing to. What you don’t realize is that social apps linked to your Facebook profile can pretty much track your and your friends’ whole life.
“It doesn’t matter what your privacy settings are, the apps still get this information.”
What the app makers could do with that information beggars belief. Not only could they effectively hack your Timeline and sell your email address to any unscrupulous buyer — they’re also potentially well on the way to stealing your identity. Some 30% of those apps know their users’ birthdates, which would in theory allow them to uncover their social security numbers.
The permission puts your friends at risk, too. According to Secure.me, 21% of apps — 1 in every 5 — can access the personal data of the user’s friends including friends‘ birthdays, education and work history. Some 12% of the apps can grab your location information at will.
Of course, few of us are concerned about the big name apps — the Instagrams, the Spotifys. These are companies that have won our trust. But big-name apps make up just a small portion of the 500,000 total. What do you really know about the maker of that personality test or music quiz you just posted to your Timeline?
Part of the problem, as Sigl suggests, is the fact that there’s no granularity here. You can’t initially decide which permissions the app really needs, and which go beyond its remit. You can’t give an app limited permission for a day or a week. App permissions, when they first pop up, are far too one-size-fits-all.
We reached out to Facebook, and here’s an official response from a spokesperson: “We give people a variety of tools to control their app experiences on Facebook, and hold developers to our Platform polices. Apps must specifically request the data they need to operate, including email addresses and publishing capability.
“After a user installs an app, apps are not permitted to post to that person’s Timeline without their consent. If an app is found to be in violation of these policies, we will take action against it.”
How many Facebook apps have you given permissions to? Let us know in the comments.
You’re very thirsty! You KNOW the thirst is so real, and have perfected the art of having a crush. Some might even call you a crush-master. Just don’t be afraid to act on your lust IRL. You’re only human, after all.
The economy is in a slump, and getting a job isn’t easy, but you probably already knew that. If you’re currently among the ranks of the unemployed, beware. The pictures and updates you’re posting to social media could be holding you back from landing a job.
A Microsoft-commissioned study published in 2010 found that nearly 80% of employers research potential hires on the Internet. That number has increased significantly since the study was published.
“Now, recruiters can easily and anonymously collect information that they would not be permitted to ask in an interview, and the survey found that recruiters are doing just that,” the study reads.
For starters, avoid talking negatively about past or current employers. Inappropriate pictures and photos showing one drinking or suggesting drug use can also be damaging.
So job seekers, it’s probably not the best idea to post that picture of yourself playing your favorite drinking game (even if it is Edward 40 Hands).
The following infographic, created by OnlineClasses.org, summarizes data from the Microsoft study and other research. Follow the flow chart closely to successfully manage your online reputation.
More than half of the Indian population with access to the internet has a Facebook account.
1. The Bharatiya Janata Party has won a historic victory in what was the world’s largest democratic elections in India. Narenda Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, will be the country’s next head of government.
But these elections have been the first where social media has had such a great impact. In the run-up to the elections, Facebook received its 100 millionth user in India. This is no mean feat, especially considering the latest figures say there are 170 million Indian who have access to the internet.
A study earlier this year also stated this was the first election that would be influenced by social media, due to the number of Indians who are active on a variety of networks.
A 2013 study by the Iris Knowledge Foundation and Internet and Mobile Association of India said: “Social media usage is now sufficiently widespread to have the power to influence the outcome of the next elections to the Lok Sabha and consequently government formation…
“With Facebook emerging as the gorilla in the social media space, the clout that Facebook users enjoy is immense.”
And indeed, 29 million Indians discussed the elections on Facebook. On the day of the elections also ran a notice reminding its Indian users that it was election day, and encouraging them to share the fact they voted.
2. Narendra Modi is now the second most-liked politician on Facebook, with 14 million likes, coming second only to Barack Obama. But there’s more to social media than Facebook.
Despite the popularity of sites like Facebook, the election hasn’t only been fought on one front. A tweet by Narenda Modi last night is already the most popular tweet in India.
4. The chart below showcases the number of times each major political party and candidate was mentioned on Twitter. Orange refers to Modi, green to Arvind Kejriwal of the AAP and blue for Rahul Gandhi of the National Congress party.
It’s hard to say which Thanksgiving tradition is more iconic: carving a turkey, catching a football game or watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. While we know that images of Thanksgiving dinners are likely to overtake Instagram tomorrow, we’re also sure that many people on the ground in New York City will be capturing some amazing photos of the parade.
Thanks to Twitter and Instagram, we can now experience the parade from thousands of different viewpoints, rather than just the feed offered by our television stations. That’s why we want you to share your photos of the Thanksgiving Day Parade 2012 with us. Whether it’s the massive crowd surging from Central Park West to 7th Avenue or the bellies of Spider-man and Snoopy, send us your on-location pictures so that the whole Mashable community can experience this annual New York City tradition.
Tag your photos on social media with the hashtag #MashParade so we’ll be sure to see them. If you aren’t an Instagram or Twitter user you can still submit your photos below. The parade itself begins at 9:00 a.m. EST on Thursday. Happy Thanksgiving!
How to Share Your Photos
Tweet a photo of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2012 to @mashablehq with the hashtag #MashParade. If you need more than one tweet to write your caption, just send us another tweet. OR
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Pinterest has joined Twitter, Zynga, Airbnb and a host of other social-based tech companies in San Francisco after announcing Monday that it would leave Palo Alto — where earlier this year the image-sharing network exploded into one of the fastest growing social networks of all time.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee — who has made drawing tech startups to the city a top priority of his administration — touted Pinterest’s move north from Silicon Valley as a victory for the local economy.
“I am thrilled to welcome Pinterest to the ‘Innovation Capital of the World,’ and am pleased that our efforts to attract and retain the industry’s best and most innovative companies are working,” he said in a press statement.
Pinterest has signed a short-term lease for a space at Seventh and Brannan streets as it finalizes plans for a long-term relocation to the SoMa district, according to a press release from Lee’s office. The release also references “immediate growth” by Pinterest, but does not go into detail.
Airbnb and Zynga are based in the same neighborhood, and Twitter recently moved into a spacious building not far away after threatening to move out of San Francisco unless it got a set of favorable tax breaks from the city.