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5 creative ways to keep in touch after graduation, besides Skype

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Trying to ace finals while keeping track of your cap and gown is stressful enough. Losing touch with your closest friends is worse As your lives go in different directions and places, it can be scary to think about staying in touch and keeping those friendships as tight as they were in the dining hall and dorm room But long-distance friendships aren't restricted to missed Skype dates anymore — there are so many other creative ways to ensure your friendships won't wane as much as your tolerance for all-nighters.

1. Group chats

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The best social media moments from #DigitalBeltway

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From cybersecurity to silicon cities, the Digital Beltway conference was designed to explore how politics and technology are interacting like never before.

And while Digital Beltway took place in Washington, D.C., the conversation on social media extended to a global audience on social media via #DigitalBeltway, which was at one point the third-highest trending topic on Twitter.

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The Oregon Trail Generation: Life before and after mainstream tech

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We’re an enigma, those of us born at the tail end of the '70s and the start of the '80s. Some of the “generational” experts lazily glob us on to Generation X, and others just shove us over to the Millennials they love to hate — no one really gets us or knows where we belong.

We’ve been called Generation CatalanoXennials, and The Lucky Ones, but no name has really stuck for this strange micro-generation that has both a healthy portion of Gen X grunge cynicism and a dash of the unbridled optimism of Millennials.

A big part of what makes us the square peg in the round hole of named generations is our strange relationship with technology and the Internet. We came of age just as the very essence of communication was experiencing a seismic shift, and it’s given us a unique perspective that’s half analog old school and half digital new school. Read more...

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18 photos that show great depth and distance

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For last week's Mashable Photo Challenge, we asked you to capture photos of things that are far off in the distance.

Our guest host was Conor MacNeill, a London-based travel photographer known as "thefella" on Instagram.

"Since joining Instagram, I've learned that I can use my iPhone like a proper camera and you needn't be limited by equipment," he said. "I've also found out that it's the most social of the social networks I'm on; I've made a huge number of good friends through it."

MacNeill, originally from Northern Ireland, shoots a wide range of styles — from beautiful landscapes to astrophotography to monochrome and beyond. One consistent theme in his feed, however, is his use of leading lines and photos of subjects standing far away. Read more...

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Google lets you look for tweets in mobile searches

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Your tweets just got a lot more searchable

Google and Twitter are teaming up to allow the search engine to surface tweets directly in search results, the two companies announced Tuesday. To start, the update will appear in mobile searches — both on browsers and in Google's iOS and Android apps

An update on Google's regular web search will follow.

This means you no longer need to go directly to Twitter to look up specific Twitter accounts, hashtags or tweets concerning given topics. If you want to search for a particular handle, for example, you can simply search "NASA Twitter" to view the handle and account's most recent tweets. Searching for specific hashtags or other topics that may be trending will also turn up Twitter results, Google says Read more...

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Pinterest gets serious about making money, rolls out video ads

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Pinterest on Tuesday announced video ads for the social network called Cinematic Pins.

Cinematic Pins work similarly to Pinterest’s current ad products, Promoted Pins, in that they’re formatted to blend in with other items in your home feed — except for the fact they're motion-based. Gap, L’Oreal, Target, Unilever, Visa, Walgreens and Wendy’s are among the first crop of paid advertisers

Pinterest is taking a slightly different approach to video ads compared to companies like Facebook. Whereas Facebook’s video ads usually start automatically (without sound) when they appear on a device’s screen and stop when you’ve scrolled past, a video in a Cinematic Pin moves in relation to how quickly a user scrolls through. Read more...

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Brands <3 Emoji

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Domino's is taking mobile ordering to the next level. Starting Wednesday, users can place an order simply by tweeting the chain a pizza slice emoji. The pizza chain — which calls for users to register their payment information, Twitter handle and regular order on its website — is the latest brand to jump on the emoji bandwagon as the characters increase in popularity.

According to Instagram research from last week, within a month of iOS launching the emoji keyboard, 10% of the captions and comments on the platform contained at least one character. Not four years later, that number has swollen to nearly 40%, with many emoji having become widely-accepted substitutes for popular Internet slang like "LOL" and "bae." Read more...

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