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How Does Social Media Impact Relationships?

(Image Credit: Zea Lenanet)

(Image Credit: Zea Lenanet)

There’s no doubt that social media can benefit relationships. It helps us keep in touch, lets us see what’s going on in each other’s lives and even sometimes can connect us with romantic partners. But does social media hinder us more than it helps us when it comes to sustaining meaningful relationships? Continue reading

The Best of Instagram: Cutest Dogs Edition

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(Image Credit: @montethemaltese)

Oh, Instagram. I thank you for making my photos look better, but I don’t thank you for the never-ending stream of the same type of photos on my feed. Yes, the quality of those already beautiful flowers is really boosted with Valencia, and sure that millionth picture of a cup of coffee looks so good with Lo-Fi. I’m tired of the scenery, food and selfies. Now, I turn to Instagram for man’s best friend. Continue reading

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My Life According to Instagram

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Instagram: A magical place where filters can be thrown on a not-so-stellar sunrise to transform it into something magazine-worthy, unsightly skin imperfections can be blurred to nonexistence and posting photos of your own face regularly is expected, not considered narcissistic. Sure, it’s a reflection of our daily lives in a sense, but maybe just a bit “improved.” Continue reading

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Dealing with the Temptation to Social Media Creep

(Image Credit: Zsolnai Gergely)

(Image Credit: Zsolnai Gergely)

It happens to most of us. I’m talking about when you’re on a social media website and you’re reading someone’s comment on a mutual friend’s photo or post and next thing you know you, find out everything about this stranger. You even find out the name of his or her dog. Kind of creepy for not knowing this person at all, right? Continue reading

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The Best of Instagram: New York Fashion Week Edition

Candice Swanepoel (Image Credit: Candice Swanepoel/Instagram)

Candice Swanepoel (Image Credit: Candice Swanepoel/Instagram)

Unless you’re lucky enough to be in New York during Fashion Week, you probably spent your time watching the live feed on your computer at home wishing you could be there to see the shows yourself. From the remarkable collections by the designers to the amazing street style looks worn by native New Yorkers and tourists alike, it’s impossible to keep track of everything going on during Fashion Week. Thanks to Instagram, however, we are able to relive each and every show through the eyes of the celebrities, models and photographers who were there, giving us unique perspectives on fashion’s biggest week. Continue reading

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The Best of Instagram: Celeb Summer Vacation Edition

Cara Delevingne (Image Credit: Cara Delevingne/Instagram)

Cara Delevingne (Image Credit: Cara Delevingne/Instagram)

As if we weren’t already jealous enough over the lives of our favorite celebrities, their daily Instagrams of tropical vacations and exotic getaways make us wish even more that we were in their shoes. At the same time, their gorgeous snapshots and videos can also be oddly inspiring. Whether you’re stuck at school, home or work this summer, check out the following celebrity Instagram accounts to live vicariously through these fun loving guys and gals! Continue reading

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Yay or Nay? Britney Spears attempts social media comeback

Britney Spears (Image Credit: Britney Spears/Instagram)

Britney Spears (Image Credit: Britney Spears/Instagram)

We love her, we hate her, we love to hate her, and we hate to love her. Britney Spears has a complicated relationship with the public, but she seems to be using social media to bridge the gap that’s formed between herself and her fans.

A Google News search of “Britney Spears” returns not stories about rehab or concerts or hairstyles but a smattering of news items about her Internet posts. The Huffington Post declared Britney the official “Queen Of Pop, Summer And Having Adorable Children,” largely based on evidence gleaned from her social media posts.

Are Britney’s recent posts a way to return to the public eye, a sign of a new agent or just a fun way to engage with more people? I have no idea, but do we ever know what Britney’s thinking, anyway?

The star’s Facebook & Instagram feeds are full of videos and photos of her daily life with comments like “How I spend my Saturdays….lol.” These include posts about herself and about her two sons. She also has photos and comments about her niece. A peek into Britney’s life shows it’s not especially glamorous, but seems to imply that it’s simple and not so far removed from the average person’s world.

These photos get hundreds of thousands of likes and thousands of comments. The profiles aren’t free from publicity posts, though — there are several promotional images for her Vegas show “Piece of Me,” links to vote for Britney in contests and a post promoting her sister Jamie Lynn Spears’s recent EP on iTunes. Her Twitter, Instagram and Google+ posts are generally duplicates of the Facebook posts.

The star also has a verified Pinterest page, but according to the bio it is “run” by fans and interested individuals can “curate” a board if they wish, and many of the boards have multiple contributors. The majority of the content is images of Britney through the years, organized by time or type (e.g. “Hair-ney,” “Oops…I Did It Again Tour”).

Britney has called her 2005 show with Kevin Federline, Chaotic, and the “worst decision” of her career. Heavily criticized, the show was seen as proof of the singer’s narcissism, which didn’t exactly have a favorable impact on her image.

Britney stayed out of the public eye for a while after that, and her social media comeback seems to be a way to show that she is indeed a “normal person” rather than some kind of crazy woman who shaved her head, did drugs, made a failed television show about her own life or wore a denim gown.

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The Best Celebrity Instagram Accounts: Musician Edition

Ellie Goulding (Image Credit: Ellie Goulding/Instagram)

Ellie Goulding (Image Credit: Ellie Goulding/Instagram)

What takes a celebrity from 500,000 followers to over 1 million on Instagram? It’s not all chalked up to general popularity. Fans like following celebrities who are not just posting photos in promotion of their music or events, but celebrities who post just like we do. We want to see selfies, #ootd and behind the scenes of their grand scale events. That’s why these celebrity musicians are killin’ it in the Instagram game.

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The Best Celebrity Instagram Accounts: Funny Ladies Edition

Mindy Kaling (Image Credit: Mindy Kaling/Instagram)

Mindy Kaling (Image Credit: Mindy Kaling/Instagram)

An ideal Instagram post is the perfect combination of an interesting photo and a funny caption. Who is currently dominating the Instagram scene? Comedic actors and writers who know how to pose and know how to compose. The stars of The Mindy Project, Girls, New Girl, 2 Broke Girls and Parks and Recreation have demonstrated their talents on screen and have become popular on Instagram because they post funny, intriguing pictures on a regular basis. If you’re not already following these women, grab your phone and add them for some entertaining and inspiring posts in your newsfeed. Here’s why I recommend adding them: Continue reading

Fun Ways to Enhance Your Wedding with Social Media

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It’s no surprise that, in an age where people are glued to smartphones and check their Facebook pages multiple times a day, even weddings are going high tech. Classic wedding traditions may still be well loved, but couples are getting more and more innovative with their weddings every day. Engaged couples are incorporating more and more social media into their wedding plans. Read on to learn five great ways you can use social media for your wedding! Continue reading

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The #100HappyDays Challenge

Skyline (Image Credit: Emily Parsons)

Skyline (Image Credit: Emily Parsons)

Have you seen the #100HappyDays hashtag pop up on your Facebook or Instagram feed? This popular new challenge strives to help users live in the present. You can start at any time by posting a photo of something that makes you happy every dayfor 100 days. It’s a difficult task, but Instagram, Facebook and Twitter users are participating in the challenge in order to remind themselves of the cheerful moments that they experience on a daily basis. People who are a part of the challenge tend to appreciate the little things and become more optimistic. There’s nothing wrong with that! Continue reading

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Too Consumed to Ingest the world around us?

 

Consumed by Cell Phone (Image Credit: Gabriela Pinto in article)

Consumed by Cell Phone (Image Credit: Gabriela Pinto in article)

Technology has undoubtedly improved our abilities to connect to people from around our neighborhood to around the world. But I am beginning to wonder whether we are too preoccupied with our cell phones and social media to notice the world around us and/or the people in it. Are we simply living alongside technology and embraces it advantages or are we living for it? Continue reading

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How private is your Facebook account?

Facebook (Image Credit: Neeraj Kumar)

Facebook (Image Credit: Neeraj Kumar)

There goes an “ancient” saying that states, “if you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see or hear it, neither say nor do it.” But in the age where our actions or words are only truly validated through social media, it is best for you not to post it. This is especially true for Facebook.

Being the oldest child of the social media family (Myspace doesn’t count) Facebook has tweaked its site so that it has become more and more specialized, and in that way more private. There are certain features that allow users to set their profile to private, allowing only friends to view specifics such as photos and posts. For those who have opened their profile to the public, there are still settings that can make some of the content on their page private. However, let’s be honest – nothing on the Internet is completely private. Which in that case, gets us to the main point: how private is your Facebook really? Continue reading

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Is YouTube interested in their community?

YouTube (Image Credit: Rego Korosi)

YouTube (Image Credit: Rego Korosi)

I’ve been watching (and occasionally making) videos on YouTube since I found the Vlogbrothers in early 2007. I go in and out of phases in which I comment on videos regularly, but since I do regularly like and favorite videos or put them into playlists, I consider myself part of the YouTube community. I’m one of the people who was wary, but decided to see wonderful possibilities when Google bought YouTube. I mean, there is so much more that Google’s power can do than even YouTube could have done before that.

Unfortunately, I’m not seeing that YT is doing good things with their new power though. Continue reading