Muppets Go Viral: What We Can Learn from Their Social Media Campaign

Everyone wants a post, idea, art, or product to go viral, though there's obviously no true-and-tried formula... right? I mean, yes, create something fantastic that touches people's hearts is a good place to start, but even that doesn't ensure that the world will wake up and notice. Which is why people are studying how to create viral moments, such as the very successful media campaign for the new Muppet movie. ...more
Interesting. I hadn't noticed the campaign so much before this article, but I'm going to go ...more

Viral Meme: We’re a Culture, Not a Costume

Racist Halloween costumes are nothing new, and neither are the pleas to stop them. But never underestimate the power of the Internet. This week a series of posters with the tagline “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” has gone viral. The images, featuring a Middle Eastern man, an Asian woman, a Black woman, and a Latino man each holding a photo of a derogatory ethnic costume, were created by a group of ten college students at Ohio University....more
I don't get upset when people want to be Jewish for a day.  I have seen people wearing yarmulkes ...more

UCLA Woman's Racist Video Rant Goes Viral

When I started seeing tweets and Facebook updates mentioning a “Ching Chong” YouTube video, my first thought was, Oh no, not Rush Limbaugh again! Even more disappointing, this time the remarks are being made by a young woman at one of California’s top universities —- UCLA student Alexandra Wallace. I really debated about whether I should write about this or not, as I don’t want to give these racist antics any more publicity. But, the Internet ethics it brings up are just too important to ignore. ...more
With luck, she'll never find one and this video will haunt her to an early grave. @HomeRearedChefmore

Why Chain Letters Are So Bad

Why Chain Letters are So BadYou start your email program, go to your favourite web communities and social networks. There, you are bombarded with messages from strangers, internet newbies and friends alike. You may even get notifications that friends have tagged you on their blog or social network or have posted something to your Facebook wall etc.Some of these are normally very sensible people, and some friends are people you rarely hear from, so it's exciting to know they were thinking of you and decided to get in touch again, right?Think again!...more

Suburban gangsta Nick Carter fights ‘Face of Meth’ Aaron Carter

Nick Carter throws a bitch fit after brother Aaron disturbed his rest by dancing and playing music loudly in an episode of the canceled Carter family reality series House of Carters. MTV’s Clutch blog did a round up of the 7 Totally Ridiculous Reality TV Cat Fights and listed the brotherly blowout among a haul of other hot mess moments in reality tv....more

New Twitter Tools to Benefit Advertisers and Users

A few exciting new tools have blasted onto the web that are being used to advance the Twitter market and attract advertisers and users toward new markets. Even Google has entered the Twitter universe and further support the view that Twitter is a marketing tool that is here to stay....more

Any Chinese Girl Bloggers Here?

Hello! I am Fauna and I write a blog called chinaSMACK. I heard about BlogHer from another website and have joined here. I think a website about woman helping woman is a great idea but there is not a lot of Chinese people here so far. Maybe that will change in the future? ...more

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Costco Takes Responsibility for Matzah Shortage but could social media have played a role?

When it comes to reporting food shortages, most of the media's attention this week was appropriately on rice---( some say there's a shortage, some say no). Gut Check writes, In the grand scheme of things, the matzo shortage doesn’t compare to the lack of rice in Asia or the lack of food of any kind in Haiti. But it does pose a moral conumdrum. Most of us don’t even like the stuff. It’s dry and brittle and sticks in your throat and doesn’t even taste good to compensate. (It doesn’t really taste like anything, so I guess it could be worse.) ...more