Pete Cashmore is one of the most interesting and inspiring success stories of the blogosphere. At just 26 years old he has accomplished more than people twice his age, and continues to innovate not only within the tech world but in the media business as a whole. He stands as a figure of originality and what can be accomplished when you strive for your goals. His journey from teenager to media mogul started back in Aberdeen, Scotland when he was just 13 years old and suffered complications after having his appendix removed. His condition left him bedridden and his only escape and connection to the outside world was through the internet. By the time he was nineteen he had launched Mashable.com. His little personal blog (he described as "not very good") went on to become one of the biggest most influential blogs in the world. We were lucky enough to get in on his Webby Session at Internet Week yesterday to hear his story and insights live. (And for those of you wondering, yes, he is just as tall and dreamy in person!)
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Here's how it works: with the click of a button, you can receive instant updates from friends, celebrities, and public figures who want to share their thoughts with the the world.
The "subscribe" button, Facebook's most recent invention (besides its expected $10 billion IPO), is as close to a Twitter feed as you can get. But like Microsoft in the 90's, Facebook is capable of taking someone else's idea, relabeling it, and making it accessible to everyone.
You've always been subscribed to your friends: whenever one of them changes their status or posts a photo, it automatically pops up on your news feed. But with Facebook limiting personal accounts to five thousand friends (Angelina Jolie still hasn't accepted my friend request or my numerous phone calls), it can be difficult to keep track of your favorite athletes, movie stars, journalists, and web personalities. By clicking "subscribe," your news feed keeps you updated with any news they feel compelled to share.
While the computing power of Facebook allows its users to share more photos, links, and info than its compeTwitters (not to mention its newly-upped character limit of 63,206), the subscription service is new, and only a handful of celebrities are taking advantage. With its unequaled Facebook stalking skills, the Joonbug staff has compiled the Best Facebook Subscriptions thus far.
Hey Ladies (and gentlemen?), contrary to popular belief, there are still single eligible men left. Well, at least according to New York Observer ,who released their '2011 50 Media Power Bachelors' list a couple days ago. If you're like me and you have a predisposition for loving nerds, you will dig this list. It includes well-knowns like Anderson Cooper, Shepard Smith, and the extremely drool-worthy "Brad Pitt of Media," Pete Cashmore of The Mashable. (Who would be my #1 stalking choice if I was still single.) Honorable mentions go to lesser-known cutie patooties, Jeff Bercovici (Forbes), Tyler Hicks (NYT), and Jason Kincaid (TechCrunch).