Twitter came out with a new design to reflect their mobile versions.
Here’s what it looks like:
They also made the individual tweets bigger when you click into them, presumably to offer more real estate for embedded media:
Syracuse University has a rich history of musicians who have come through the school. Lou Reed, Vanessa Williams and Pete Yorn are just a few of the greats who have called Syracuse home at some point.
For the past three years I have been proud to be able to give more than 50 different independent and major label artists exposure online from the Syracuse community through the SUxSW Mixtape thanks to The Bandier Program and the iSchool.
These mixtapes have been distributed and promoted online through social networks, local press like Syracuse.com, and also via download cards passed out throughout SXSW.
The success has been huge. In total the SUxSW series has been downloaded more than 30,000 times in over 50 different countries. We have received submissions from more than 150 students and alums, and this year we’re bringing it back again.
From now until March 6th we will be accepting submissions from current students and alumni who want their band (or musical work) featured on the compilation. A special panel of music industry insiders (to be announced soon) will be choosing their favorites for the mixtape.
Submit up to (but no more than) 3 MP3’s to SUxSWmixtape@gmail.com
Include the following in the body of your email:
Listen to SUxSW Volumes 1-3 here
Get the word out…this is to show the world the talent in Cuse!
New York Fashion Week has taken center stage in recent years as a way to give fashion and luxury brands a chance to shine around hundreds of events throughout New York City in February.
This year, Instagram was at the center of the runway with marketers giving their audiences exclusive access to your average Jane through photos and 15 second video clips.
Social Curation and Analytics company Curalate used their technology to measure data from NYFW related hashtags on Twitter and Instagram and discovered that nearly 100,000 New York Fashion Week related photos were shared by more than 33,000 unique Instagram users.
Read more on Social Fresh.
Originally posted on Andreessen Horowitz:
There are a lot of companies that cut corners. There are a lot of companies that have a mercenary outlook, and will dump their idealistic goal to make a business work in the short-term. We steer clear of those. We are looking for the companies who are going to be the big winners because they are going to cause a fundamental change in the world, as opposed to making a short-term grab for revenue or a short-term grab for an acquisition.
These are the founders who come in to the firm and say, “Look, I don’t care whether I make money or not, that’s not my goal. I want to change the world in the following way. I have this mission…” As Steve Jobs used to say, “I want to make a ding in the universe. I want to make beautiful products that people love.” Or Mark Zuckerberg: “I want to make the world more open and connected.” Or Larry Page and Sergey Brin: “I want to index the world’s information.”
How they will make money is typically not part of the conversation. These companies, and Google is a great example, usually have no business model. There is this vague notion of generating revenue. So you always wonder with your investor hat on, “Am I funding a social mission or am I funding a company? What’s going on here? Will they make compromises so fatal in the direction of pure ideology that they won’t actually ever build a business?”
Good Morning All!
I just wanted to post up that today I’ll be speaking at SF Hacker News’ January panel – Marketing 101 for Hackers in San Francisco, CA
The event is today, Wednesday, January 29th / 6:30 PM
Sponsored by San Francisco Hacker News, this session titled “The Next Step for Founders/Engineers: How to Get Traction” will help founders and engineers determine what comes next after building a product. I will participate in a lively discussion on how to communicate effectively with users, build a following for your products and develop lasting customer relationships.
To register and for more information, visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-next-step-for-foundersengineers-how-to-get-traction-tickets-10092915181?aff=erelexporg
Thanks to the sponsors Optimizely!
Happy Community Manager Appreciation Day! Today we celebrate the great people who build and connect others on the web.
I owe a lot to the culture of building community. It inspired me to pursue a career in the field, and the connections I have developed all ove rthe world have given me numerous opportunities. In fact it was a Community Builders group on Facebook where I met Jenna Langer, then community manager for a small startup called Livefyre, who would end up hiring me 3 years later and bringing me to San Francisco a year ago.
Today there are a lot of great events dedicated to community managers, I’ll be checking out the CMAD 24-hour Google Hangout and attending Scoop.it’s get together. The easiest way to get involved is just to connect with others using #CMAD.
I also want to thank Shelby and Marshall over at Little Bird for adding me to their list of the Top 100 Community Managers in the World for 2014.
“Here at Little Bird, we think the inspiration behind CMAD is awesome! It’s all about practitioners celebrating their own—with results much like Little Bird finds by analyzing real human activities in context and the peer-to-peer relationships those activities build. For the second year in a row, we decided to put our Little Bird discovery engine to good use for CMAD, to further uncover and recognize the most connected community managers of today.”
You can check out the full list here, follow these folks for expert community insight.
Originally posted on Re/code:
Twitter is close to letting its users purchase products directly through the social network and is nearing a deal with payments startup Stripe to help it accept credit card payments from its users, according to a person familiar with the deal.
The deal, which is in the final stages but not yet complete, will be the surest sign that the social network is finally serious about making it easier for brands, retailers or manufacturers to sell stuff directly on Twitter.
Stripe spokeswoman Kelly Sims declined to comment. Twitter spokesman Will Stickney declined to comment.
For week 2 of this new series, we explore one of my favorite samples and a few songs that have used them. Full post here on Storify.
Brenda Russell spent some of her early years in Canada but came back and made her rounds around LA recording with her then-husband Bryan Russell before breaking out to her own solo career.
The loop that is most commonly sampled starts right at the beginning of the track – a groovy piano stab that carries throughout the entire song, with a few breakdowns along the way.
The Late Big Pun was one of the best rappers to ever touch a mic. His hard-hitting lyrics, tight flows and hefty charm made for some amazing records before his passing due to heart complications from obesity. This cut is off Pun’s debut album Capital Punishment, produced by Knobody and featuring singer Joe.
You can hear the sample start at :38 seconds into the video (or the beginning of the song). Right away you’ll notice that familiar piano stab, but in Knobody’s chop, he doesn’t use the complete loop, but isolates the individual chords in the hits to rework the melody into his own loop. Below you can hear the instrumental alone, compared to Brenda’s loop above.
Can’t give enough props to Big Pun for giving us the eternal line: not a player I just crush a lot.
Ariana Grande is one of my favorite pop artists these days. Putting aside all the bubbly photos she posts of her dog, I just think she has a refreshing personality and a killer vocal range.
The sample starts at :13 seconds into the track and right away you can hear the difference between Big Pun and Ariana Grande’s versions. Unlike in Still Not a Player, The Way uses the original loop from A Little Bit of Love without chopping it up a lot. They have built up the beat around that loop to include a number of different elements like additional piano lines over the top of the sample as they build to the hook.
Be sure to tweet me your thoughts about this week’s #FlashbackFriday @nickcicero – and Subscribe to the Spotify Playlist!