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Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 6:58AM EST
Viral "BBC Dad" returns to the BBC, sans gatecrashing kids
South Korea-based Professor Robert Kelly's cute kids didn't disrupt his interview with BBC over the weekend. Kelly returned to BBC 11 months after he went viral, to talk about the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 9:42AM EST
Snapchat to show live video of NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage
The social media app is launching a tool that will let TV networks put snippets of live broadcasts directly into Snapchat. The new tool will be launched on Saturday to coincide with the Winter Olympic games. ALSO: Uber passengers to be treated with Olympic highlights.
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 11:08PM EST
Riverdale’s “Karma is a bitch” challenge has become a sensation on Chinese social media
The challenge has gone viral, taking over the Chinese social network Weibo.
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 11:08PM EST
It’s time to drop the second screen
“Staring at your phone, tablet, or computer while a program plays on another screen is adding nothing to your viewing experience,” says Lea Palmieri. She adds: "There’s a reason we were all so obsessed with theorizing about Lost, or listening in on Tony Soprano’s therapy sessions: we largely watched these shows without the presence of a smart phone or tablet (The Sopranos premiered in 1999, and Lost in 2004). We weren’t browsing the IMDb pages of every actor or scrolling through their recent tweets. We let ourselves fall into those worlds, no matter how foreign a mysterious deserted island or suburban New Jersey seemed at the time. We weren’t aimlessly picking up cases of fomo from our 'friends' on Instagram or developing hives from seeing a news headline in our feeds: for that hour we belonged to those characters only.”
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 12:03AM EST
How TV networks juggle live-tweeting, Twitter emojis and avoiding spoilers on trending topics
Networks encourage live-tweeting of their shows, but they also actively work to avoid spoilers -- for such shows as This Is Us and The Bachelor -- from ruining the viewing experience for Twitter users in other time zones. “Our digital strategy team watches all shows in advance and identifies storylines and key moments that we anticipate fans will respond to,” says Erin Weir, ABC’s senior vice president of marketing strategy,. “We then create content (memes, gifs, clips, etc.) tied to those moments so people can have assets to share and react to in real time. We also share content with our talent so that they can be an active part of the conversation. We will tease and promote on the platform, often counting down throughout the day to help drive excitement for tune in.”
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:41AM EST
Meghan Markle deletes her social media accounts
The Suits star won’t be live-tweeting the final season of her USA series, as her Twitter as well as her Instagram accounts have been shut down.
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 7:47AM EST
Was it wrong for NBC to refer to Oprah as “OUR future president” on Twitter?
“Nothing but respect for OUR future president,” NBC’s official Twitter account tweeted near the beginning of the Golden Globes ceremony. “This is a strange tweet,” responded The Hollywood Reporter’s Kim Masters. Yashar Ali of The Huffington Post added: “I have watched every episode of the Oprah show in history, I credit her with saving my life, there is no bigger fan...so I feel I have some moral authority when I say that this is a strange tweet for a broadcast network.”
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 5:21PM EST
Southern Charm cast members have been ordered to temporarily stop posting on social media
Producers of the Bravo series are worried that the reality show's stars are giving away spoilers from the new season.
Posted Friday 12/22/17 at 11:25PM EST
Twitter has become superior to late-night TV when it comes to hilarious political comedy
Unlike late-night TV, Twitter isn’t dominated by white male comedians trying to appeal to the masses. “The Twittersphere can provide humor and commentary from all walks of life, provided you follow a diverse enough set of users,” says Inkoo Kang. “Twitter’s comic advantages over late night are myriad, insuperable, and perhaps obvious,” adds Kang. “If you’re the kind of person who needs to laugh about politics to stay sane, especially during the past two years, the social network can supply funny takes densely, immediately, and practically speaking, ad infinitum. Without the standards of middlebrow taste enforced by a mass viewership or corporate sponsors, Twitter’s political jesters are free to be arcane, absurd, nihilistic, or (sigh) cruel. They also enjoy freedom from the monologist’s setup-punchline, setup-punchline structure; many of the platform’s most iconic joke structures hinge purely on images, fake dialogue, text that’s better read than spoken aloud, or any number of variations on how people make one another laugh through the internet.”
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 10:23PM EST
2017 saw the rise of the “no-context screenshot” from TV shows
No-context screenshots from TV shows have always been around. “But this year, “ says Kathryn VanArendonk, “it feels like they busted out of that particular niche and spread across the broader social-media landscape, where they’ve developed a distinct flavor. The no-context screenshot is no longer just intended for fans of a show, who will love an image precisely for its context. Now, the no-context screenshot has become a deliberate act of yanking a particular moment out from its original framework.”
Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 9:22PM EST
Game of Thrones was the most dominant TV show on Facebook and Twitter in 2017
The HBO series averaged 2.566 million interactions across both social media networks. The Walking Dead was No. 2 with 870,000 interactions, followed by Empire, This Is Us and The Bachelor.
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 12:56AM EST
George Takei will no longer be paid by six media publishers to share their articles in wake of his sexual harassment scandal
Slate, Upworthy, GOOD, Futurism, Refinery29 and Mic have been paying an influencer network that includes Takei to share their articles on social media in exchange for a commission. As of Tuesday, those six publications had cut ties with Takei.
Posted Friday 11/10/17 at 2:47AM EST
How Russia’s influence campaign is a lot like a reality TV show
“The Russians are running a reality show through Facebook and Twitter, and their contestants are all of us,” says Farhad Manjoo. “Over the past few days, I reached out to several reality show producers, asking them to compare the Russian digital influence campaign and the world of unscripted TV. The more they told me about reality shows, the more the metaphor seemed to explain Russia’s trolling campaign — how it worked, what it aimed to do and why campaigns like it will be so difficult to fight.”
Posted Friday 11/03/17 at 1:59PM EDT
ESPN’s new social media policy tells employees to not “embroil the company in unwanted controversy”
“Do nothing that would undercut your colleagues’ work or embroil the company in unwanted controversy,” reads the new guidelines that come weeks after Jemele Hill’s suspension for embroiling the company in unwanted controversy.
Posted Thursday 11/02/17 at 2:11PM EDT
Russian hackers used an Aziz Ansari image in an attempt to discourage voting during the 2016 election
Among the items presented at this week’s Congressional hearing on how Russia used social media to influence the election is a tweet featuring an image of the Master of None star encouraging voters to stay home and cast your vote via Twitter.