Facebook and Twitter have dominated the social media stratosphere, but with the future upon us, and constant changes in social trends, the online population is always on the hunt for a new form of social interaction. Here are 5 sites that you may not know about, and that you should consider if you are feeling you need a change from the “same old-same old" in the social networking world.
Created by the co-founder of Twitter, this site is an invite-only social media platform that allows only exclusive users to share more intuitive and original ideas. All Medium accounts seem to have some sort of link to professional publication, whether it be news, journalism, or research. In that regard, not everyone is eligible to post, weeding out the arbitrary and annoying content that appears on other sites. Unlike Twitter or Facebook status updates, Medium links its “updates” to 500-1000 word articles written by the user. Only the best and brightest seem to be able to post on Medium, and it is worth creating a Twitter account in hopes of being considered as a contributor. Given that it is a more specialized and aesthetically pleasing extension of Twitter, Medium holds promise as the new and coveted form of social communication for the future.
The social networking ideas that Chris Hughes and his former college roomate, Mark Zuckerberg worked on worked on at Harvard have become a revolutionary platform remaking communications and business around the globe.
Now Hughes, who is based in New York, has launched the Beta version of Jumo, a social network that hopes to connect individuals working for global change. He described his vision for Jumo on the company blog.
I have a problem: it’s hard to find smart people doing meaningful work on the issues I care about. I’m sure they’re out there, but I can’t find them.
Bull & Bear Steakhouse at The Waldorf Astoria is keeping up with the times this summer (the financial times, that is).
Back in the day, New York City's movers and shakers would head to the Waldorf after the closing bell during the stock market's heyday. Sticking true to their history, Bull & Bear has an awesome summertime special going on based on Facebook stock. Since Facebook has often been ending the day in the red, daily cocktail discounts based on the stock market's performance that day are being offered until August 31st.
Actress, model, philanthropist, and international celebrity Pamela Anderson has conquered just about everything she has set her mind to. Since her breakout role in Baywatch, she has achieved an iconic status that few ever reach. Her latest endeavor is both fun to play and cause worthy; a new virtual Facebook app called BamPoker. Founders Elton Pereira and Jeremy Nichele wanted to introduce an interactive gaming experience that is both casual and fun to play. The Facebook App allows the online community to duel it out in Texas Hold 'em, with no money involved, using online virtual chips. Best of all, players will also have the chance to play or chat with Pamela herself! BamPoker has partnered with non-profit Free the Children and playing the game will help support the organization. Pamela chats with Joonbug about how she got involved in this online gaming experience, her upcoming return to Dancing with the Stars: All Stars, and her philanthropic background.
Fulfilling your daily dose of weird things from the internet, we bring you Unbaby.me. It’s a Google Chrome extension that works with your Facebook to filter a very specific thing: babies. More specifically, it filters out babies from your Facebook feed and replaces them with things the extension finds cooler. What’s cooler than babies? It seems it’s kittens, bacon, puppies, robots, tattoos and possibly Nutella.
Maybe the pressure’s on from relatives to start a family, maybe your friends just had a baby and that means at least 100 pictures of said baby per day clogging your Facebook feed, or maybe babies just gross you out for some reason. The internet has your solution, and while a filter for constant Instagram updates, pictures of food, or really bad memes might have been a bigger hit, it’s a solution for constant baby updates. The extension seems to have a collection of really popular images on the internet that immediately swap out image updates that have key words, including “so adorable”, “precious”, and of course, “baby”. It’s the brain child of Yvonne Cheng, Chris Baker and Pete Marqui, each New Yorkers who were apparently sick of baby updates from friends.
Times Square favorite, Carmine's, is celebrating its big 2-0 this month, but instead of receiving presents, they are giving YOU some! Twenty lucky people will win prizes from the restaurant. All you have to do for your chance to win is become a fan of Carmine's on Facebook to enter. They will randomly select one lucky winner each day until July 30th. Gifts include $50 gift cards to Carmine's, as well as the Carmine's Family Cookbook. Don't be a sore loser if you aren't one of the lucky chosen ones, just head to the resto to score some mouthwatering grub anyway!
With Internet Week in full bloom, it was only proper to wish Facebook founder/CEO and ridiculously rich gazillionaire, Mark Zuckerberg a very Happy Birthday. The social media mogul turns just 28 today but is richer than Donald Trump twice over and has literally changed the world.
Not bad for an under 30-year-old!
Happy Bday Zucks!
At the Tribeca Film Festival, audience members are finding that once the film is over, there’s so much to come together about. Whether it’s film discussion, looking for venue information or even what restaurants to hit up next, there is now a tool specifically created to enhance the Tribeca Film Fest (TFF) experience.
For those of you interested in maximizing your festie experience, Bombay Sapphire and the widely popular geo-social application Foursquare have teamed up for the first ever interactive map of New York City geared toward TFF attendees. Make the most out of the festival, which is going on now through April 29th. Easy to navigate, these series of tools and rewards will help make this year's festival experience unlike any before.
Afrojack has just announced his massive North American tour! "Jacked" will take the renowned DJ to most metropolis cities, including New York, Chicago, Philly, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Boston, Miami and Atlanta. Surprisingly, Los Angeles isn't include on the list (or any city in California for that matter) so west coast fans will have to get their fix in Las Vegas.
Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday, April 20th. Get more info and tickets at Afrojack.com , Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. Also, those of you with Citi cards are in luck; members can get presale tickets for select dates at 10am on March 18th via Citi’s Private Pass Program.
Visit Afrojack online at www.afrojack.com.
Disco influenced DJ/Producer Richard Dinsdale’s resume is impressive; he’s established a residency at the legendary Ministry of Sound in London, remixed a track for Hollywood blockbuster, The Skeleton Key, as well as for Morgan Page, Kat Graham, K’NAAN and Natalia Kills. To top it off, in 2010 he started his own record label, Tanzinite Records. We sat down with the English heavy-hitting house producer fresh off his first Ultra Music Festival performance to find out how he’s making everyone “shake what your mama gave ya” and what’s next.