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The Best of #SochiSelfies

It’s officially the Olympics of the selfie.

Athletes, spectators, etc. are tweeting them with the hashtag “#SochiSelfies” and sharing their view of the games with the world.

Now, I hate selfies. I used to take them back before they were cool (I mean, how else were me and my friends supposed to all get in a photo together?!) and I guess I’ve gotten bitter with the focus on filters and perfectly “messy” hair.

Anyway, despite all of that, I think it’s super cool to see these behind-the-scenes glimpses at the Olympics.

Here’s my favorites:

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Coach Franklin says goodbye to Vanderbilt

We’ve been so excited to learn about Coach Franklin here in Penn State country, that the fact that a University that loved him lost him, just like we lost Bill O’Brien.

I was reminded of that fact this morning on Twitter, when I saw a tweet from Keri Potts, of ESPN, and paused.

To me, that’s a nice way to say goodbye, and begin a new era. It hurts, but you have to do it, just like we had to a couple weeks ago. But I’m not sure that the message translates, especially when you’re in mourning for a coach you loved.

But you know what? These fans will move on. Just like we did, and just like others will do in the future.

For now: WE ARE! Welcome Coach Franklin!

First snow of the year, ughhhh.

photoWell I woke up to a very unpleasant surprise today:  snow.

I don’t like snow. It’s cold, it requires a lot of maintenance and it’s messy. And it’s already started.

I don’t think I can take four months of this, people!

Anyway, the Valley got it’s first dusting last night, and it was coating cars (including mine, at right). Yards were also displaying a fine layer of the white stuff.

This really signals the end of fall and pumpkins and mums and the beginning of winter and cold and snow, because once you bring out the ice scraper, it’s a slippery slope to shoveling your own parking space out of snow mounds and putting a lawn chair in its place to ensure no one takes your spot.

These are the things that we in the northeast think about, people in warmer climates.

Other people were taking to social media to talk about their snow experience this morning. Here’s some more snow tweets from across the region:

 

And someone after my own heart:

A new age in elections: the social media factor

Today, it’s not only enough to hold a press conference to announce your election plans, as candidates discover – you’ve got to tweet it too!

Gov. Corbett kicked off his re-election bid Wednesday with a live event, and he tweeted that decision too simultaneously

This is a far time from the earlier days of election announcements, when candidates had to wait until the next day’s paper or until a post on a website could confirm their campaign.

Now, it’s instantaneous.

I would watch for more and more of this as time goes by.

Colleges using social media for move-in

When I left for college, things were simpler than they are now.

We maybe took some photos, but the ones we did were just for use on your flip phone – nothing major.

Now. Well, it’s different.

Now with social media the photos you take of your parents lugging boxes up the stairs are meant for public consumption on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and colleges are taking notice and encouraging students to share.

Which is actually a pretty smart thing to do since it gives prospective students a behind-the-scenes look at your institution.

Susquehanna University is preparing for the big freshman move-in:

Like I said, this seems like a cool way to connect with new students and showcase a right-of-passage for new students to prospective students in a way that reaches them on their terms.

I’ll be monitoring the hashtag to see how it turns out!

Have you noticed other cases like this? What are other schools doing?

LLWS mania – at least with me

I’m going to be hard to talk to for the next several days – My body may be here, but my heart is in Williamsport with the Little League World Series, which I fell in love with as a college newspaper intern, covering the news side of the games.

It got me up close and personal with the huge event and started my love for pin collecting.

I wish I could just take 10 days off and go stay there – but I can’t because I have a real life now with responsibilities.

So I am forced to watch the action unfold via social media until I can make my annual pilgrimage there to hunt for pins and have some fun.

The games get underway today – here’s some people tweetin’ it up from the scene:

My new social media obsession: Vine

vine-app-hed-2013I resisted getting into Vine – a social media application which helps you make six-ish second videos and easily put them online, on Twitter, Facebook, whatever.

I didn’t really see the need for it at first – in a world with Youtube, do we need another video service?

The answer, as it turns out, is yes. And I’d like to apologize for doubting you, Vine.

I downloaded the application after seeing it come up in the App Store on my iPhone. I wasn’t sure I’d use it, but I decided to give it a try.

I was amazed. It is so easy to use, and it is a fun way to give a snapshot of what you’re doing and where you are with little to no effort.

You simply press down, record and bam – your video is there.

Here’s one I made this weekend while riding the Grand Carousel this weekend with my fiance.

It took me literally 10 seconds to do. And it shared right on my Twitter page.

And I’m not the only Daily Item staffer using it. Photographer Amanda August is too.

I’m pretty excited to see how it evolves, though I love where it is now – simple, fast and fun. It’s exclusively on mobile, which means that its exclusively made for app users and people on the go. Which I like, because that keeps the app focused.

Are you on Vine? What do you like about it?

Following Gettysburg action on Twitter

One of my biggest disappointments this week is that I can’t be in Gettysburg, enjoying the celebrations for the 150th celebration.

(I mean, in a way that’s OK, because I’m sure it’s crowded, but I’d still like to be there in the middle of it).

Anyway, despite being two hours away, it’s possible to still be in the middle of the action all through the help of social media.

People are tweeting up a storm from the battlefields, and here’s some of what they have to say:

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Big Supreme Court decisions coming, possibly Thursday

Today, the Supreme Court made some decisions,  you know, as they are apt to do:

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But the big ones, like decisions on gay marriage and affirmative action, weren’t released today.

The next time the court is releasing big decisions is Thursday morning.

The Supreme Court’s website has a live feed to follow along, while Twitter generally does a good job of posting real-time updates.

I’ll be on Twitter posting live then @wisashl

Rain on Twitter

Last night and through this morning it stormed something fierce here in the Valley – and despite the sunshine currently outside our windows, it’s supposed to get rainy again this afternoon.

The entire nation has been under a severe weather alert for the last two days with a “Derecho” taking hold.

The best place to see everyone’s storm photos? Twitter, obviously.

Here’s some of the best from the East Coast, which is currently under the thumb of the storm.

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