December 10th, 2013
Today, something amazing happened: President Obama took a selfie with David Cameron and Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
But it wasn't any old normal selfie–it was a funeral selfie.
Yes, you read that right: a funeral selfie. Popular enough to have their own Tumblr page (where the photo of President Obama originated from), funerals selfies are taking the world by storm.
And that's important for more reasons than one.
December 10th, 2013
As the year draws to a close, there are more than a few things on our minds: buying presents, heading home for the holidays, vacation, and even those sure-to-be-dropped New Years resolutions.
One thing that's (un)suspiciously missing from that list? Blogging.
Sure, blogging is in a completely different category than any of the other things we just mentioned, but that doesn't change the fact that not many people are thinking about blogging–or even just getting on the internet–over the holidays.
Some estimates show that peak time internet usage is 27% lower on Christmas Day than usual, followed closely by Christmas Eve and New Years Day. But no matter how you look at it, traffic over the holidays (especially the week of Christmas and New Years) is poor.
That leads to a few difficult questions as a business owner running a blog. Should you bother posting during the week of Christmas? What about New Years? If you actually do post, what should you post about? Is it worth going on posting as per usual if you know that no one's going to be looking? Continue Reading
December 4th, 2013
The telethon is back.
Or maybe we should say, "updated."
Today, Google+, Mashable, and a new organization called #GivingTuesday teamed up for the first ever Google Hangout-a-thon. Promising "12 hours of giving, live on Google+," the Hangout-a-thon was used to drive more traffic to cyber Monday's philanthropic cousin, #GivingTuesday.
Since Google+ Hangouts were launched, there's been a lot of confusion and discussion about their best uses. And while the so-called Hangout-a-thon (which admittedly isn't nearly as pleasing of a portmanteau as telethon) does clear up that question to some extent, it also represents a very exciting step forward for social media in general.