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Tweeting from the Nascar Track: Driver Gains More Than 100,000 Twitter Followers During Daytona 500

Tweeting from the Nascar Track: Driver Gains More Than 100,000 Twitter Followers During Daytona 500 | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Brad Keselowski’s posts during a crash in the Daytona 500 helped him triple his Twitter followers. Talk about the potential perils of tweeting or texting while behind the wheel!

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Shifts and nuances in the way we communicate.
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Communications Major

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Communications Major is curated by KazzaDrask Media.

 

I've been documenting changes in the way we communicate through online and mobile sources for nearly a decade. Communications Major curates some of the shifts and nuances taking place every day as we rapidly find newer and occasionally better ways to share and stay connected.

 

Follow KazzaDrask Media on Twitter @kazzadraskmedia. Visit our website at: www.kazzadraskmedia.com.

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Here's How to Outsmart Fake News in Your Facebook Feed

Here's How to Outsmart Fake News in Your Facebook Feed | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Fake news is actually really easy to spot -- if you know how. Consider this your New Media Literacy Guide.

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While We Weren’t Looking, Snapchat Revolutionized Social Networks

While We Weren’t Looking, Snapchat Revolutionized Social Networks | Communications Major | Scoop.it

If you secretly harbor the idea that Snapchat is frivolous or somehow a fad, it’s time to re-examine your certainties. In fact, in various large and small ways, Snap has quietly become one of the world’s most innovative and influential consumer technology companies.

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Catholic Church to Release App That Might Save Your Soul

Catholic Church to Release App That Might Save Your Soul | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Dubbed "Sindr", the app will help Catholics find mass and confession times and locations.

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Here Are All the Fake 'News' Sites to Watch Out for on Facebook

Here Are All the Fake 'News' Sites to Watch Out for on Facebook | Communications Major | Scoop.it

If "fake news" sites tipped the 2016 U.S. presidential election in the wrong direction, we need to be vigilant to make sure that the next four years (and beyond) are not further manipulated.

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The Mission to Save Vanishing Internet Art

The Mission to Save Vanishing Internet Art | Communications Major | Scoop.it

A group sets out to preserve early digital works that are in danger of fading away.

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Get Your Photos Looking Better on Facebook

Get Your Photos Looking Better on Facebook | Communications Major | Scoop.it

The social network includes an option in the settings for displaying nicer-looking versions of the pictures you upload from your phone.

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Swiping a Screen Rather Than Flip a Page in Baseball

Swiping a Screen Rather Than Flip a Page in Baseball | Communications Major | Scoop.it

If a major league coach or player is scrolling through an iPad in the dugout, he is probably not perusing Facebook but rather accessing his scouting reports. A partnership with Apple has made eight iPads available to every major league club that can be used in dugouts during games to consult scouting reports and other information.

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Gun Control Advocates Reportedly Convince Apple to Replace Revolver Emoji With Squirt Gun

Gun Control Advocates Reportedly Convince Apple to Replace Revolver Emoji With Squirt Gun | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Apple is reportedly planning to introduce a number of new and redesigned emojis as part of a new operating system for iPads and iPhones. Gone will be the revolver emoji, replaced with a squirt gun.

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Twitter Bars Milo Yiannopoulos in Wake of Leslie Jones’s Reports of Abuse

Twitter Bars Milo Yiannopoulos in Wake of Leslie Jones’s Reports of Abuse | Communications Major | Scoop.it

The ban against Mr. Yiannopoulos, a technology editor at the conservative news site Breitbart and known by his Twitter handle, @Nero, follows a campaign of prolonged abuse against Leslie Jones, a comedian and co-star of the recently released “Ghostbusters” movie. The film and its stars have come under fire from various parts of the internet for months, after it was first revealed that the reboot of the 1984 film would feature an all-female cast.

 

Ms. Jones in particular has borne the brunt of the online abuse in recent days, especially since the release of “Ghostbusters” in the United States on Friday. Hundreds of anonymous Twitter commenters hurled racist and sexist remarks at the star’s Twitter account, rallied and directed by Mr. Yiannopoulos this week.

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Twitter Shreds Melania Trump's Plagiarized Speech

Twitter Shreds Melania Trump's Plagiarized Speech | Communications Major | Scoop.it

The Internet never forgets—or lets things go.

Moments after journalist Jarrett Hill observed that portions of Melania Trump’s opening night speech at the Republican National Convention were nearly identical to those spoken by Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Twitter users jumped on the apparent plagiarism.

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Is Facebook Ready for Live Video’s Important Role in Police Accountability?

Is Facebook Ready for Live Video’s Important Role in Police Accountability? | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Livestreaming has a long history of use as a powerful medium for accountability.

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This Is What Social-Media Live Video Is For

This Is What Social-Media Live Video Is For | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Democratic members of the House of Representatives held a sit-in in the chamber; House rules require the cameras, which broadcast proceedings to channels like C-SPAN, to be off when not in session. In turn, Democrats began broadcasting their effort to hold a vote on gun control on platforms like Periscope and Facebook Live. C-SPAN used those feeds in lieu of the official House platform.

 

This was an incredibly compelling use of live video

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‘Post-truth’ Named 2016 Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

‘Post-truth’ Named 2016 Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries | Communications Major | Scoop.it

The Brexit referendum and a surreal U.S. presidential election caused usage of “post-truth” to skyrocket, according to the Oxford University Press.

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The Far Right Has a New Digital Safe Space

The Far Right Has a New Digital Safe Space | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Gab, a social media network built like a hybrid of Twitter and Reddit, bans very little and has become a conservative bunker of sorts.

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AP Issues Guidelines for Using the Term 'Alt-Right'

AP Issues Guidelines for Using the Term 'Alt-Right' | Communications Major | Scoop.it

President-elect Donald Trump has faced mounting pressure to repudiate the alt-right. Now, the leading style guide for U.S. journalists says,

 

""Avoid using the term generically and without definition...because it is not well known and the term may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters’ actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience... . In the past we have called such beliefs racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist."

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How Google Knows When Your Bills Are Due

How Google Knows When Your Bills Are Due | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Gmail attempts to make life easier by scanning your messages and reminding you of pending events, but you can pick what you want to be nagged about.

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5 Vine Stars Share Why They Loved, and Outgrew, Platform

5 Vine Stars Share Why They Loved, and Outgrew, Platform | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Vine was a place for people with talents across different disciplines — it allowed artists-slash-comedians-slash-musicians to flourish.

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Snap It Promises to Calculate Calories Based on Photos of Food... Eventually

Snap It Promises to Calculate Calories Based on Photos of Food... Eventually | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Snap It proposes a simple solution to those who struggle to keep track of their caloric intake: Take a photo of your food, and immediately see its calorie count.

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Gawker’s Gone. Long Live Gawker.

Gawker’s Gone. Long Live Gawker. | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Even if you avoided Gawker.com, you can’t escape its influence. Elements of its tone, style, sensibility, business model and work flow have colonized just about every other media company.

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Twitter to Change the Way You Follow the Olympics

Twitter to Change the Way You Follow the Olympics | Communications Major | Scoop.it

During the Olympics, Twitter will let users temporarily receive tweets about events they care about.

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Obama and Clinton's Tender Hug Sparks Photoshop Battle

Obama and Clinton's Tender Hug Sparks Photoshop Battle | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Some images are just ripe for Photoshop and GIF-making.

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Inside Donald Trump’s 3,000 Bizarre Domains

Inside Donald Trump’s 3,000 Bizarre Domains | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Donald Trump owns a ton of domains. Or more accurately, The Trump Organization does. A little while back this writer obtained the full list of around 3,200 and decided to sort through them in order to find out which ones are being used, which aren’t, and to see if there’s anything of note hidden in there.

 

The investigation reveals that the Trump Organization is awash in half-baked impulses, poor management, little-to-no planning and is more concerned with its own vanity than any sort of substance or quality. In other words, it’s par for the course.

 

 

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Twitter Needs an Edit Button. Here's Why It Doesn't Have One.

Twitter Needs an Edit Button. Here's Why It Doesn't Have One. | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Deleting an inaccurate or otherwise problematic tweet is a seriously flawed solution, especially in cases where the original tweet was newsworthy, or when it has already circulated widely. But editing a tweet after the fact changes the context of retweets and other shares...

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Adding Classes and Content, Resurgent Libraries Turn a Whisper Into a Roar

Adding Classes and Content, Resurgent Libraries Turn a Whisper Into a Roar | Communications Major | Scoop.it

Far from becoming irrelevant in the digital age, libraries in New York City and around the nation are thriving: adding weekend and evening hours; hiring more librarians and staff; and expanding their catalog of classes and services to include things like job counseling, coding classes and knitting groups.

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Teens Enjoy Instagram Likes as Much as Sex

And all this time we thought sex-ed and free birth control could put a lid on teen pregnancy. Nope. Instead it turns out that the feeling people get when they think about sex or money is the same addictive happiness teenagers feel when someone likes their post on social media.

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