When will you get 1,000,000 Twitter followers

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For many people, the main objective of Twitter is to have your voice be heard by as many people as possible. Many times, Twitter users will come up with creative ways to increase their number of follows.  (I have even heard of people creating multiple Twitter accounts so that they can follow themselves across accounts to increase their number of followers.)

An article from Wired outlines a mathematical formula to figure out exactly how long it would take you to reach 1,000,000 followers, based on how many followers you have now.

The math and accompanying formulas are a little complex, but the author basically says that the more followers you currently have, the quicker you can reach 1,000,000 followers. He says that with more followers, it’s much easier to collect even more followers. Based on his calculations he found that it would take him 12 years to accumulate 1,000,000 followers.

Who knows if Twitter will even be around in 12 years!?


If all movies had cell phones….



I came across this video by College Humor a couple of years ago, but I just recently realized how well it relates to our class.


The video goes through a bunch of famous movies (such as The Notebook, Forrest Gump, and Fight Club) and shows how the whole premise of the movie would be ruined if the characters had access to cell phones.


I find it really interesting that some of these movies take place fairly recently, and yet life in the movies is completely different because there were no cell phones. It definitely makes you think how different our lives would be if we didn’t have cell phones and all of modern day technology.


Ellen Takes a Buzzfeed Quiz

Buzzfeed quizzes have been a recent Internet trend. When taking a Buzzfeed quiz, the user answers questions by choosing through an assortment of random pictures and topics. Buzzfeed quizzes have been published on all sorts of topics such as “What kind of Sandwich are you?”, “How lazy are you?”, and “Which U.S. President are you?”

Although many people like to take these quizzes because they’re easy and fun, some people may wonder how much they actually reflect your true character.

Well, Ellen DeGeneres tested the validity of Buzzfeed by taking the quiz “Which Queen of Comedy are you?”, in which Ellen herself was one of the possible results that you can get.  On her show, Ellen takes the Buzzfeed quiz and answers questions like “Pick a TV show”, “Pick a drink”, and “It’s Friday night, where are you?”.

Hilariously, in the end, Ellen’s result is that she is Chelsea Handler.

This video is funny because it just shows how inaccurate these quizzes can be but how much people still buy into them.

Do you ever take Buzzfeed quizzes? Have you ever gotten a disappointing result?




Know Your Meme

Do you ever log onto your favorite social media site and see new memes or jokes that you just simply don’t understand? You may feel like the rest of the world is in on an inside joke and you’re just simply not getting it.

Well, look no further than “Know your Meme.” A website dedicated to keeping you updated on the latest Internet jokes, posts, videos, and more.

It seems that the social media world is exponentially growing. It is often difficult to stay updated when there are millions of videos, articles, and pictures being posted everyday.

An example of something posted on Knowyourmeme.com is their April Fools post, which outlined many of the April Fools day pranks happening around the Internet. In case you missed out on some of the jokes floating around the Internet yesterday, here is the link to the knowyourmeme post: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/2014-april-fools-day .

Know your meme also has a Youtube channel where they post video explanations of internet phenomena. This is a link from the Knowyourmeme YouTube channel explaining the phenomenon of the “Friend Zone”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISb0sdWVNjA

So now, if you feel like you’re missing out what the rest of the world is laughing at, just turn to Knowyourmeme.com.


Iphone + Blackberry Keyboard = Typo


A couple of days ago someone posted about the glorious days of the Blackberry. I remember when I had a Blackberry a couple of years ago. When I was considering getting an iPhone or a Galaxy for my next phone my biggest hesitation was losing out on my Blackberry keyboard. The idea of having a virtual keyboard instead of having physical buttons was the only thing stopping me from getting an iPhone immediately when they came out.

Well, Ryan Seacrest has developed a case for the iPhone called “Typo.” The case snaps into your iPhone and gives you a real Blackberry keyboard for your iPhone. If I had an iPhone I actually might consider spending the $99 for this kind of case.

Unfortunately, however, Blackberry is suing Typo for stealing their keyboard design. The case is in the courts, but for now you can’t buy a Typo keyboard. Oh well. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how this plays out. For now, its back to the virtual keyboard.

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If you needed another reason to put away your cell phone

After watching everyone’s video essay projects a couple weeks ago, it seems clear that a lot of us think we spend way too much time on our cell phones. However, if you needed another incentive to stay off your phone, UNICEF introduced one earlier this week.

UNICEF has created a cell phone app that tracks whether or not you are using your phone throughout the day. For every ten minutes that you are not on your phone, sponsors will provide water for a child in need for a day. This is a really important cause because millions of people go every day without access to water. By simply abstaining from using your cell phone, you can contribute to this worthy cause.

This seems almost too good to be true. The only catch is that the program ends on March 31st, so if you’re interested you should sign up soon!


Click here for the full article:



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Live Blogging

A form of media that hasn’t really been touched upon in this class is the concept of live blogging.  I think live blogging strays from conventional forms of media because with live blogging, you can obtain media in real time as it is happening. Live blogs are fairly popular when it comes to tech conventions or TV shows. They are great if you can’t attend a conference or catch your favorite television show, but still want to stay updated.


My brother recently started live blogging about American Idol. He sits in front of the TV when the show is on and quickly gives a summary and commentary on the show as it is happening. This way, people who cannot watch the show on TV can still get a play-by-play of what’s going on.


The coolest thing about modern technology and the Internet is the way anyone can connect and share their work with other people. My brother is not a professional journalist or author by any means, he is just an avid fan of American Idol. However, because of the Internet he is able to sit in the comfort of his own room and reach out to hundreds of other American Idol fans (his last blog post had over 650 comments!).


Here is a link to his live blog from this past week: http://www.mjsbigblog.com/american-idol-season-13-top-10-results-live-recap.htm


Do you ever follow live blogs? Have you ever done a live blog?

The Million Dollar Website

It never ceases to amaze me how creative people find ways to make money on the internet. In 2005, a college student named Alex Tew came up with a genius idea to raise money for his college tuition.


Tew created a website composed of 1 million pixels and sold each pixel for $1. His idea and his website became very popular and advertisers began buying blocks of pixels to post their company logos.
After about a year, all of the pixels were sold and Tew successfully raised $1,037,000. Not bad for an investment of only ~$70 to create the website.

Since Tew’s website, many others have tried to create similar websites to sell pixels to advertisers. However, Tew noted that the reason his website became so popular is because it was new and exciting and this brought a lot of media and attention to it. Newer websites just don’t have the same novelty.


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Link to the website: http://www.milliondollarhomepage.com/

Keyboard Shortcuts


Since most of the people in our class use Macs, I thought it would be cool to learn about some of the lesser-known shortcuts available on a mac.

Most people know about “command+C” to copy, and “command+V” to paste (and if you didn’t know that, then you just learned something new!).

But, Apple actually created many more keyboard shortcuts to make using a Mac even easier. The article posted above has a list of the 10 coolest keyboard shortcuts, but as a quick summary I listed my favorites below:

1)   “command+shift+4”: allows you to take a screen shot of just a portion of your screen. You hit those three buttons and a small cursor pops up that you just drag over the section of your screen that you want to take a screen shot of. When you let go you screen shot appears on your desktop.

2)   “fn + delete” : this allows you to delete whatever is in front of your cursor (as opposed to backspace, which deletes whatever is behind your cursor)


3)   “control+option+command+8”: this allows you to invert the colors on your screen. This is meant to help visually impaired people, but it also just looks cool.


4)   “command+ option + M”: this will minimize all of the windows you have open so you can clearly see your desktop.


Do you know any cool keyboard shortcuts that aren’t listed above? Feel free to share them!


Going Viral

With the invention of digital media and technology, anyone can be a producer of media. But what is a producer without an audience?

Even before the invention of YouTube, laypeople used to use the Internet to try and spread their creative works to the masses. Nowadays we have a term for this, we call it “going viral.”

Even dictionary.com now has a new definition of viral. They define viral as “relating to or involving an image, video, piece of information, etc., that is circulated rapidly and widely from one Internet user to another.”

The first two viral videos that I remember are:

(1)The Oogachaka Video of the dancing baby. This video was circulating before the days of YouTube and therefore it only has 2 million views on YouTube. It’s kind of funny to see the difference in image quality between 1996 and 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5x5OXfe9KY

(2)The second viral video I remember was the “Numa Numa” video (Although I’m not sure if the guy in the video had intended for his video to be seen by over 53,000,000 people).


I this it is really cool that nowadays anyone can post a video on YouTube that, if funny enough, can be seen by millions and millions of people.  Before the internet, how would a layman get their work out to masses?

What’s your favorite video or image that has gone viral?