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There are now over 3 billion social media users in the world — about 40 percent of the global population

There are now over 3 billion (!!!) people logging onto social media accounts around the world, meaning that almost half of the world’s population spends at least part of their day updating their status or story.  A new report compiled by Hootsuite and We Are Social and published by The Next Web found that there[…]

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What your Instagram posts might reveal about experiencing depression

Whether you realize it or not, you leave a trail of clues about your mental health on social media. Emerging research suggests that words, characters, and even emoji can reveal information about people’s moods and mental well-being.  That might seem obvious when it comes to explicitly emotional posts, but information about mental health can be[…]

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Rethinking the Publicis Pullout: Awards Shows Like Cannes Are About More Than Just the Awards

Aftershocks from Publicis’ decision to take a year off from major conferences and awards shows are still reverberating through the cafes and nap rooms of top creative agencies around the world. It’s about more than ros? and parties, we say. It’s even about more than the best global creative talent and ideas all in one…[…]

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MDC Media Partners’ First Tech Chief Talks About How AI Will Soon Touch Everything We Do

For the past several years, everyone with even a passing interest in the marketing and tech disciplines has heard quite a bit about the coming AI wave. But how will artificial intelligence truly affect our lives–not to mention the many ways in which businesses promote their products within them? “The Internet of Things permeates our…[…]

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Arthur Sadoun’s Twitter Q&A About Marcel and Awards Shows Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

Publicis Groupe chairman and CEO Arthur Sadoun’s decision to announce, in the middle of last week’s Cannes Lions festival, that his network’s agencies would skip all awards shows and trade events next year in order to create an AI platform called Marcel, was either a brilliant move or a big mistake. The announcement was met…[…]

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Boomer Phelps’ Instagram is the best thing about social media these days

If social media usage ever becomes an Olympic sport — which is truly not that unthinkable at the rate we’re moving — there will be but one participant worthy of a gold medal: Boomer Phelps. The one-year-old son of Olympic legend Michael Phelps and his wife, Nicole, first captured the hearts of America while cheering on[…]

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This 4-Minute Ad for an All-Natural Deodorant Is About as Different as the Product Itself

Let’s talk personal hygiene. But to make a delicate subject slightly less awkward, how about we toss in some silly choreography, Oprah-style product giveaways and hippie satirist JP Sears? For its first advertising, all-natural deodorant brand PiperWai launched a four-minute digital short Thursday that crams in as many dance moves and yoga poses as ingredient…[…]

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Anderson Cooper DGAF, literally talks about Trump taking a dump on his desk

We’ve all marveled at Anderson Cooper’s brutal eye roll. But now he’s slinging some serious … well, you’ll see.  On Friday, the Coop was talking with conservative commentator Jeffrey Lord. The topic, naturally, was the news that Donald Trump told Russian officials at the Oval Office that firing that “nut job” James Comey took pressure[…]

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Twitter trolls Trump’s anti-immigrant hotline with calls about space aliens

Seen a space alien lately? Maybe you should tell Donald Trump about it.  On Wednesday, his administration unveiled  the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office, or VOICE, which gave out a hotline number for those impacted by “criminal aliens.” (Back to that in a second.) SEE ALSO: Twitter celebrates Trump’s first 100 days with the[…]

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Facebook’s fake news problem was so bad even Barack Obama talked to him about it

After a long, confusing, fake news-filled 2016 election in which Donald Trump became President of the United States, Barack Obama was one of the many people to take shots at Facebook’s role in spreading fake news. But according to a new New York Times Magazine article published online on Tuesday, Obama didn’t just complain about[…]

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Trump’s tweet about women just made the internet’s head explode

No Donald. Just, no.  The president tweeted out a video Thursday about how “only by enlisting the full potential of women in our society will we truly be able to (you have not heard this expression before) make America great again.” Only by enlisting the full potential of women in our society will we be[…]

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The internet is very upset about the mistake on Trump’s green #MAGA hats

It’s not St. Patrick’s Day until you’ve got your green and gold “Make America Great Again” hat securely on your head. SEE ALSO: Muslim group subtly trolls Trump with ‘Making America Great’ billboards That’s why the GOP and Donald Trump’s team have been pushing sales of the $ 50 hat since last week — to[…]

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Worried about your public Facebook data? You might want to try these tools

If you’re a Facebook user, by now you probably know that every “like” and piece of information gets aggregated into a set of anonymized data, which eventually turns into advertising dollars for the social media giant.  Facebook offers multiple layers of privacy settings so the world doesn’t have to see every cringeworthy photo your mom[…]

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Figuring out what Aussies think about Trump on Twitter is pretty difficult

Australians reacted more “positive” than “negative” to the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, according to a sentiment analysis study of tweets that were posted at the time. Only tweets sent on November 10, 2016, (just after the result of the US election) that included the word “Trump” and[…]

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This Ad About Dangerous Driving Is 100% Not Headed Where You Think It Is

Imagine a road without rules—one where you can drive like a madman, cut people off at will, and stop wherever you want for an impromptu selfie. That might sound either awesome or awful. Luckily, none of us has to experience it in real life … or do we? This riotous spot on the subject veers[…]

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What a teen’s recent livestreamed suicide reveals about mental health and social media

On Dec. 30, Katelyn Nicole Davis turned on the livestreaming app Live.me at her home in Cedartown, Georgia, and broadcast her own suicide. As that video spread across the internet and social media, it demonstrated how quickly technology can turn casual spectators into traumatized witnesses. The video also left those who encountered it online or[…]

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These simple badges are helping social media users talk about mental illness

People living with mental illness and other invisible conditions are fighting stigma head-on, thanks to a new social media campaign. A collection of simple online badges, created by 28-year-old mental health advocate Kat Selwyn Layton from North Carolina, features declarative statements about mental health on colorful backgrounds. Called #EndTheStigma, the campaign lets users post the[…]