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Social Media's Microbloggers Vote For Lady Gaga Or The Pope To Appear On Conan?

In advance of the much anticipated return to the airwaves debuting on TBS, November 8, Conan O'Brien is using social media as a thrifty advertising vehicle to promote his new show (see related post, "Social Media's Geolocation Promotes Conan's Return To Late Night"). With blimps flying the friendly skies, Conan is coupling his current Foursquare promo with a Twitter voting contest urging the Twitterati to vote for #ConansFirstGuest that could pit Lady Gaga against the Pope (talk about both ends of the moral spectrum)!

2 Hours Of TV Or Computer Gaming: Find Out What They Do For Your Kids

.... The PEACH Project was to determine if watching TV and/or using computers for non-educational purposes was the cause for psychological difficulty scores or if the scores were caused by being sedentary as a bi-product of watching TV or using the computer.  The study results were surprising and should be of concern to parents.

 


Social Media Spoof Equates Facebook To The Invention Of The Wheel

They say that impersonation is the highest form of flattery. And while Mark Zuckerberg may be having a hard time dealing with the "sins of his past" exposed in the widely-popular film "The Social Network" - he should take solace in the fact that you know you've made it in life when you are satirized on Saturday Night Live. Zuckerberg has successfully gone from geek to pop-culture iconoclast.

Social Media's Geolocation Promotes Conan's Return To Late Night

Conan O'Brien is returning to the airwaves via a big ostentatious orange blimp and us Earthlings can follow its aerial whereabouts throughout  the month of October via social media. Using the creative promotion team at Foursquare, the talk-show host has struck a deal with the location-based social network and AT&T to promote his new show on TBS, debuting November 8 at 11PM ET/ 10 Central - in a most unique way.

Interactive Gaming Means Interactive Paining, Study Finds

While new, interactive gaming systems can help get kids off of their backsides, they can injure the rest of them, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Social Media For The Couch Potato In Search Of Sedentary Geolocation

Foursquare and Gowalla - two of today's leading location-based social networks  - introduced us to the power of "check-ins." However, all such networks were based on location and identifying venues for users and followers while on-the-go!. For those, that may be a little bit mobile-challenged and prefer to check-in without leaving the comfort of one's couch, GetGlue.com might just be the social network for you!

"Mad Men" Of YouTube Haven't Won Any Awards Yet?

Historically, AMC's "Mad Men" is the first TV show to win Emmys for "Best Drama" three years in a row. In a recent episode, the show's lead character Don Draper accepted a CLIO award for his agency's Glo-Coat TV commercial. However the fictional ad agency known as SmithWinterMitchell that parodies the fictional ad agency known as SterlingCooperDraperPryce doesn't appear to be getting the same type of accolades.

Comedy Central's Dueling Viral Videos Pits Sanity Against Fear In Lead-up To Elections

Two of Comedy Central's most hilarious founding fathers, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will face off in competing rallies held on the National Mall, the same day. On October 30, 2010, three days before the mid-term elections, each comedian will vie for votes for opposing causes. Stewart's "Rally To Restore Sanity" will go toe to toe with Colbert's "March To Keep Fear Alive."

Social Media TVs' Remote Control May Be In The Hands Of Auntie Beeb

This year, rumors of Web TV have flooded the blogosphere. Google, Apple and TiVo have jockeyed for position in the increasingly crowded space - while lesser known rivals like Boxee and Roku are also making overtures to offer set-top boxes that will merge TV programming with the Internet. However the one contender that's lesser known on this side of the pond is the venerable old Auntie Beeb!

Laser Backpack? The Air Force Busts It Out

Funded by the US Air Force, a new portable backpack laser system has been developed for mapping interior environments and also for being AWESOME.


Can Social Media Movies Become Box Office Gold?

Only if you've been secluded on a deserted island for the last ten years, would you be clueless as to how social media has affected our daily lives. As part of our global zeitgeist whether or not you own a computer or a smartphone - the online tech sector is so hot, a series of movies are in the works that are banking on geek appeal to attract mainstream audiences.

Social Media Songs Are As Mad As Hell As An Ex-Flight Attendant

At last count there were over 4000 blogs and articles posted online detailing the now infamous tale of Steven Slater, the flight attendant who "went Postal" while flying the infriendly skies. Carrying too much baggage took on multiple meanings when working-class rage reached new heights.

Social Media Controlled By The Magic Of The One-Way Follow?

To follow or not to follow - that is the question? Whether tis nobler in the mind to tweet or not to tweet is an ongoing debate that seems to have built a double-standard in the social media space.

The iMote Gives Preschoolers A Real Remote Of Their Own

Much to parents’ dismay, most little kids love electronics.  The worst part is that somehow they seem to know the difference between the toy versions of their favorite household gadgets and the real thing.  The iMote was created to take the pressure off of your remote and give little kids a real working remote of their own. 

Giant Lawn Chair Grown To Discourage TV Watching And Encourage More Nature Watching

I love to sit and relax in the front yard chatting with my neighbors, while my kids run around on the grass with their friends. Last year my HOA fined me for leaving my lawn chairs outside. Apparently, I have the wrong kind. The right kind isn't in my budget. So, this year, I have nowhere comfortable to sit, but what if I grew my own lawn chairs, like the ones in England?

The Puzzles Of AMC's Rubicon - Low Tech Approach To Uncovering Mysteries

In a world consumed by high-tech gadgetry, it's refreshing to be presented with puzzles that require old-fashioned problem-solving - not by computers- but by rational thinking human beings. Fans of crossword puzzles, Sodoku, cryptic codes and those who just like to connect the dots will enjoy Rubicon.

Socket To Me - The Old Power Bar With A Twist

A product to solve common conundrums, the Socket Sense lets power bars actually connect multiple devices. How electric.

Social Media Goes GTL With Jersey Shore Facebook Game & iPhone App

Love them or hate them, MTV is utilizing social media to promote the second season of its reality hit TV show, Jersey Shore. This week, the network is hyping the much anticipated return of the guidos and guidettes with a Facebook game and an iPhone app.

Social Media Asked To Do The Queen Of England's Bidding

While many a world leader has embraced social media over the course of the last few years, the Windsors at Buckingham Palace seemed to be the last hold-outs. With Russia's president Dmitry Medvedev and even dictators like Hugo Chavez having joined the social networking rank and file, Queen Elizabeth and her clan appeared to still be living in the 20th Century devoid of a tweet or an avatar. Apparently someone tipped off the monarchy ...

Social Media Is Not About Sweating The Small Stuff, Mr. Zuckerberg!

In a social media and public relations coup, the stars may be finally aligning for Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. Demeaned, dogged, demonized and demoralized by his user-base, the press, the federal government and even a biopic movie about to hit the Silver Screen, Mr. Z has been an easy target for one and all. In an upcoming interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, he has a chance to redeem himself.