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21 Instagram photos that capture common objects as works of art

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Last week, we challenged you to combine everyday objects with doodles to create unique works of art. This theme was inspired by Christoph Niemann, a world renowned artist who specializes in mixed media illustration.

"It was a lot of fun to look at all those different submissions," said Niemann, who hosted our challenge. "I've always found that setting tight rules makes for the best results in series like these, and it's exciting to see such a range of approaches despite the limitations I gave to the artists."

Niemann, known as @abstractsunday on Instagram, has had his work featured in numerous publications. In 2010, he was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame Read more...

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We watch a crazy amount of cat videos — and that’s not a bad thing

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According to ReelSEO.com, a website about video marketing, there are more than two million cat videos on YouTube. People have watched these videos more than 25 billion times, which equates to an average of 12,000 views per cat video.

The statistics speak for themselves, but they don’t tell the whole story.

Perhaps it’s because I’m a dog lover with a cat allergy, but the staggering amount of cat media available to internet users came as a surprise to me. With numbers like that, I couldn’t help but wonder: Who, exactly, is so drawn to this type of content? And what effects do cat-related media have on viewers? Read more...

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Project Lightning: Twitter’s secret plan to bring live events to its platform

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Twitter may be stepping up its live events coverage, after all.

The company is planning to release a new feature, called Project Lightning, later this year. The photo-centric tool will allow users to browse tweets based on live events. Company executives, including outgoing CEO Dick Costolo, outlined their vision for the new Twitter experience in a recent interview with Buzzfeed.

Project Lightning will be curated around live events, almost like Twitter's version of Snapchat Stories. They can include everything from major sporting events and music festivals to breaking news, such as the #BlackLivesMatter protests. In Twitter's app, these events will live in a new menu where users can browse as many as seven to 10 curated events a day, according to Buzzfeed. Read more...

More about Twitter, Social Media, Jack Dorsey, Tech, and Dick Costolo

Twitter wants you to ‘favorite’ tweets with hearts instead of stars

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If Twitter has its way, you could be seeing less stars and more hearts

Twitter's latest feature experiment sees the social network swapping out stars in its Android app for hearts to "favorite," or save, tweets. The social network is testing the change in two variations: circled hearts or borderless hearts.

Like Twitter's previous (and numerous) tests, only a small group of users will notice the change. For many other users, it's business as usual

While Facebook eventually rolls out most of its so-called "experiments" to all of its users, that's less of a guarantee with Twitter Read more...

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20 splashy photos that reflect your creativity with water

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Last week, Mashable and guest host Jose Silva asked you to photograph water in new and creative ways.

We were happy to see so many great upside-down reflections, macro shots of falling water droplets, silhouettes against waterfalls and more.

"There were so many great photos that showcased water in new and innovative ways," Silva said. "I definitely learned a few tricks while browsing the tag."

Silva, over the last three years, has attracted more than 216,000 followers to his impressive Instagram feed. His work allows him to travel to beautiful locations, eat the most delicious food and meet other Instagrammers along the way. He is constantly blown away by the creative work he sees from fellow photographers. Read more...

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Pinterest is adding verified accounts and a way to narrow your search

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Searching on Pinterest is about to get another boost

The social network is rolling out tweaks to its platform across all devices starting Tuesday to help users find exactly what they're looking for, and to do so much faster.

The improvements are small, but they add up to significant changes in how to browse the platform. Pinterest is not only used for projects like remodeling a home or planning a wedding, but also for shopping, making it a huge opportunity for ecommerce sites. So the company is verifying high-profile pinners Read more...

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Memo to Twitter’s next CEO: Save our service from the meddlers

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Dear new CEO of Twitter,

Congratulations on your ascension to one of the most high-pressure and contentious jobs in tech. If you're reading this, it means you made it through the gauntlet of three former CEOs and Twitter board members with a history of butting heads — Ev Williams, your predecessor Dick Costolo, and your interim predecessor Jack Dorsey. (It also means you were impressive enough to prevent Dorsey pulling a Steve Jobs by making his interim title permanent.)

You have also run the gauntlet, and will no doubt continue to run the gauntlet, of well-intentioned and passionate Twitter-using big shots telling you how to fix Twitter. Keeping track of these opinions could be a full-time job in itself, and we're not just talking about the 8,500-word Chris Sacca screed Read more...

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The ‘who is your true soulmate?’ Facebook quiz chose my mom

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If there's anything (or anyone?) that knows more about me than I do, it's probably Facebook. So the social network should be pretty good at analyzing my data to figure out who my "true soulmate" is. Right?

According to a new app from Captain Quizz that has been making its way through your Facebook feed, my true soul mate isn't my girlfriend. It's my mom.

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I tried the quiz again. I got my mom again

I tried it a third time. I got my mom a third time.

Now, don't get me wrong; I do love my mom and wouldn't deny someone who tried to call me a momma's boy. (But not in that way, Captain Quizz. Not in that way.) Read more...

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5 hilarious fathers on Twitter who offer up more than ‘dad jokes’

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Dads are in

Across media, entertainment and pop culture, there's a growing fascination with fathers and all the trappings of fatherhood, from the dad joke renaissance taking place on social media to the "Dad Bod" trend sweeping the nation.

The best thing about dad humor? You don't need to be one to chuckle (though the jokes may resonate more if you just spent an hour cleaning up toddler poop)

For a good laugh, and maybe some empathy, check out these nine hysterical dads on Twitter.

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Our NYE tradition is to pick an youtube clip of a ball drop, pretend it's live & still get the boys to bed by 9. Tonight we'll ring in 1991.

— ReasonsMySonIsCrying (@ReasonsMySonCry) December 31, 2014 Read more...

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3 brilliant LinkedIn summaries that will inspire you to update yours

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Like your resume and your cover letter, you know that a LinkedIn profile is must-have in your job search. It's not only a great platform for job seekers to showcase their work, but it also has the added benefit of having recruiters crawling all over it

So, it makes perfect sense for people to optimize their profile's potential. However, a surprising number of people ignore the most flexible and, arguably, most useful part: the "Summary" section

I get it, though. It's open-ended, and a blank canvas can be scary. To help you get a sense of what you can — and should — get across with your summary, here are three fantastic lessons (plus three great examples) to learn from. Read more...

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