Friday, May 3, 2013
College football programs are not allowed to place website addresses or social media messages on the field due to rules that were recently amended by the NCAA. Tell us what you think of the athletic association’s decision.
#GoDawgs or #GoJackets? Whichever your preference, you won’t see either on an NCAA football field this fall. The NCAA’s recent “Bulletin on Field Markings, Uniforms, etc.” expressly prohibits “social media designations such as URL’s and hashtags” (Hashtags are words or phrases that are preceded by the # symbol that can be used online to group messages together or to rally support for a common cause, such as for a favorite team.). The rule means that while you may see your fellow fans using Twitter and other social media platforms while at the game, you won’t see “#SicemDawgs” between the hedges at Sanford Stadium or “#GaTech” on Historic Grant Field in Bobby Dodd Stadium. Speaking of UGA, another Southeastern Conference school, Mississippi…
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Would you be comfortable having the IRS as a Facebook friend? Or maybe even a friend of a friend?
Saturday, April 13
As procrastinators rush to file their tax returns before Monday's deadline, reports surfaced that the Internal Revenue Service could use social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, to check up on tax cheats. Mediabistro.com shared a report that the IRS will be checking into individual Facebook and Twitter accounts for improprieties. The report does say that, according to the IRS, it would only be in cases where a tax form raises a red flag. It is not clear, though, just how far into social media sites the agency intends to go. However, it might not be a good idea to display your Caribbean vacation photographs on your Facebook page if you've reported a big loss on your tax return. Social media sites have already contributed to the …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Visitors will have the ability to explore Cobb restaurants, hotels, attractions, shopping, special local events, meeting spaces, deals, and Cobb Travel & Tourism videos, photos and social media sites on the mobile site.
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Friday, March 29
Cobb Travel & Tourism announced the development and launch of its new mobile website last week. Smartphone users will now be able to access and view travelcobb.org on their mobile phones in an "easy-to-use, simplified version" of the website. Visitors will have the ability to explore Cobb restaurants, hotels, attractions, shopping, special local events, meeting spaces, deals, and Cobb Travel & Tourism videos, photos and social media sites on the mobile site. Using GPS, the mobile site will also be able to help users search a map of the area nearby without downloading a separate app. “Mobile technology and having mobile presence is essential to tourism,” said Holly Bass, CEO of Cobb Travel & Tourism. “Our new mobile site is designed make it…
Friday, March 22, 2013
In the digital age, are we allowing children to use, and potentially abuse, social media at too early of an age? Tell us what you think.
Last March, a student who attended New Manchester High in Douglasville was arrested after allegedly making an online threat against his school. Earlier this month, a Pebblebrook High student from Austell found himself in jail after he allegedly posted threats on Instagram. And last week, Paulding County authorities increased their presence at East Paulding High School as a precautionary measure after a message spread on Twitter said that someone would be bringing a gun onto campus. Though these incidents are seemingly unrelated, one common factor is the usage of online services and social media. In the wake of these incidents, and countless others out there we want to ask: Lastly, many online services require users to be of a minimum age. …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The app is free to download and allows you to explore Marietta dining, attractions, lodging, events and more.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Wednesday, February 6
The Marietta Visitors Bureau's new Visit Marietta Square App for iPhone, iPad and Android users was released on Wednesday, Feb. 6. The app is free to download and allows you to explore Marietta at your fingertips. Categories include dining, attractions, lodging, events and more. “For an interactive hotel booking experience, the app offers a quick, easy and secure way to find and book hotels nearby,” said Theresa Jenkins, Executive Director. “To make the app even more inviting, we have plans to add a heritage tourism component in the near future.” Also there are plans for a “Hip Deals” section as well as individual special event apps. The app’s "Connect" feature provides up-to-date information on various events and happenings taking place …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The department's social media account began last week.
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Monday, January 28
The Cobb Police Department has begun a Twitter account. The real-time social media account began on Wednesday, Jan. 23, and includes an update on an accident on Interstate 285. Users can also sign up by texting "Follow CobbPolice1" to 40404. Cobb PD created a Facebook page last year.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
The powerful social network launches a new feature.
Sunday, January 27
In the latest evolution of Facebook, the powerful social network announced Graph Search, the capability to show users information from their Facebook network. Also, the new tool has business capabilities. According to the Los Angeles Times, users can search for things like "movies liked by my friends" or "photos of me and (name of friend)." But for all other queries, Microsoft-owned Bing search engine will handle the results. So when users search for something such as "Jay-Z concerts 2012," Facebook will pass off the search to Bing. Users then will see Bing's results on the left, and information from Facebook on the right. Users also will see Bing ads in both columns. The launch is still in beta mode, and users have to sign up for a …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
A new smartphone app provides live streaming, among other things. Also, check developments leading up to Monday's events.
Sunday, January 20
President Barack Obama's inauguration for his second term is Monday, January 21, in Washington, D.C. And not surprisingly, you can keep track of events as they happen in the palm of your hand. According to The Washington Post, the Presidential Inaugural Committee has developed a new smartphone app to enable features such as live streaming and a schedule of the day's events. Also, users can search for volunteer events in Suwanee and Gwinnett that are keyed to Sunday’s National Day of Service, and share information with others via Twitter, Facebook, e-mail and text message. In other inauguration news: Are you or anyone you know planning to attend President Obama's inauguration? What are your expectations for Obama's second term? Share your …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
The social media company is reminding everybody that this is just a test, and a limited one at that, but it is to begin charging a select few to send messages to non-friends.
Sunday, January 6
Several media outlets, including the Independent, are reporting the latest shake up from Facebook - charging a fee for sending some messages. However, this is a test, this is only a test - for now anyway. And only a select few, reportedly, are part of the test case. I hope I'm not one! According to the Independent, a $1 fee is being charged - to the few selected as participants in the test - for sending a message to people who they aren't friends with. The Facebook messaging system reportedly usually deflects unwanted or unsolicited correspondence into a "folder" that can be ignored if the potential recipient so chooses. I guess the $1 will buy a way out of the "ignore" folder and into the recipient's inbox, where they probably can then …
Could publicly tracking food consumption introduce a level of accountability that will help dieters succeed?
After a summer of trying delicious dessert recipes on Pinterest and a fall of long work hours coupled with less-than-healthy food choices, I am now a few pounds above my preferred weight. I am not about to tell you what that weight is, but I will say I am about eight pounds above the midpoint of the range I like to weigh. The last time I got lazy and let myself pick up a few pounds (which was during a period of long work hours, high stress and little sleep), I lost weight by keeping a food journal. I wrote down everything I ate and kept a calorie count. It worked well because I was really loathe to go over my daily calorie target. However, it was also tedious and not at all enjoyable. So, the other day I was browsing Instagram and it …