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.Events, Social Media, Technology, Politics, and Digital Beltway
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 Catalano, Xennials, 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...More about Myspace, Aol, Napster, Internet, and Social Media
For last week's Mashable Photo Challenge, we asked you to capture photos of things that are far off in the distance.
"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...More about Photography, Instagram, Social Media, Mashable Photo Challenge, and Mashable Photo Challenge Guest Series
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.
See also: How to search your own tweets on Twitter
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...More about Google, Twitter, Social Media, Tech, and Apps Software
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...More about Social, Advertising, Pinterest, Social Media, and Apps Software
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...More about Twitter, Social Media, Burger King, Ge, and Instagram
Facebook Messenger users can already video call, pay friends and chat it up with businesses. But they may soon be able to play games, too.
Facebook has confirmed it is in talks with several developers to make games for Messenger. It's currently unclear how exactly these games will work with the messaging app and when the first games might arrive.
"Currently, we think Messenger Platform is best suited for apps that focus on content creation and curated content," a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable. "But, one of the reasons we were excited to announce that Messenger Platform is open to all developers is to see what people build. From there, we’ll think about what else might make sense." Read more...More about Social, Facebook, Messenger, Facebook Messenger, and Social Media
Facebook's 1.44 billion users create hundreds of thousands of events on the service every single day. Those events range from small, private dinner parties to Burning Man-themed ragers with guest lists in the hundreds.
As Facebook continues to grow in size and influence, its Events team — a group of 30 or so employees, including three data analysts — continues to experiment with new features and tweak current ones to enhance the ways users interact with one another and ultimately keep folks engaged with the social network for longer periods.Social, Facebook, Facebook Events, Social Media, and Apps Software
If you've ever sat in the audience at an event and sighed at the lack of gender diversity on stage, someone has made the perfect Tumblr for you
Congrats, You Have an All Male Panel! is a compilation of event photos, posters, rosters and lineups featuring male experts with not a woman in sight
Each example comes with a faux "stamp" of approval from the apparent patron saint of all-male gatherings: the actor David Hasselhoff