Social Media

1:31am

Mon October 6, 2014
Shots - Health News

Social Media, The New Weapon In The Battle To Lose Weight

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 12:25 pm

Photos from Liz Paul's blog entries on Prior Fat Girl. The blog chronicles women's weight loss journeys.
Courtesy of Liz Paul/PriorFatGirl.com

On a recent Sunday night, Liz Paul was tired. She'd worked in the morning, spent a full day with her family and she did not feel like going out for her daily jog.

"I tweeted out, 'Well, it's 9 p.m. on Sunday and I didn't work out,' " she says, "I really shouldn't go run in the dark should I?"

The response was immediate. The network of people Paul is relying on to help in her battle to lose weight chimed in with advice. Some tweeted back, "Yes, get out and run." Others offered alternatives like a video workout. But everyone said, "Do something!"

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5:16am

Fri May 23, 2014
All Tech Considered

What Those Baby Photos On Social Media Can Teach Us About Moms

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 5:52 am

"People are grappling with identity when they become parents, and they're also grappling with identity in terms of who we are online," says psychologist Daphne de Marneffe (not pictured).
Jonathan Ross iStockphoto

You can't miss 'em. Baby pictures have flooded so many Instagram and Facebook feeds that an app is now available to block them, if you want. But as the newness of social media collides with an experience as old as time — motherhood — researchers are beginning to study its sociological and psychological impacts.

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5:00am

Tue April 1, 2014
April Fools

Scratch That: One Cat's Struggle With Internet Stardom

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 9:08 am

No matter what the market's doing, a certain breed of entrepreneur tends to come out on top — or should we say, breeds? Domestic short hair, Persian, Siamese — if you have the right breed of cat, or at least one with a certain look, you may be feeding kitty treats to a potential gold mine.

Luckily, there's a road map to feline stardom — published Tuesday, it's called How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity: A Guide to Financial Freedom.

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5:28am

Wed March 19, 2014
All Tech Considered

For Pro Sports, Public Relations Going High-Tech, Real Time

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 8:28 am

In the NASCAR Fan and Media Engagement Center, 13 46-inch TV screens display charts, tweets and live races.
Michael Tomsic WFAE

Gone are the days of waiting for angry letters.

Social media allows the NFL, NASCAR and other pro sports leagues to hear from fans in real time. And that feedback has become so important, leagues have built what are essentially social media command centers to monitor trends and engage directly with fans.

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10:39am

Wed March 12, 2014
The Salt

Who Says Food Porn Has To Be Dominated By Junk Food?

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 3:51 pm

Relax with Food Porn Index's "melon meditation." Om ...
Courtesy of Bolthouse Farms

It's one of our guiltiest pleasures on the Internet, and though some of us may not like to admit it, chances are, we've done it. Some are even addicted. That's right, we're talking about the endless consumption and distribution of food porn.

Photos of fatty foods like grease-laced bacon and glistening donuts abound to satisfy our virtual cravings, yet their healthier counterparts — fruits and veggies – just haven't been getting as much love online.

But why should the junk food guys have all the fun?

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