Tag Archives: buzzfeed

Halloween –> Halloweekend –> Halloweek

Instead of sitting here stressing about the fact that it is Halloween this week and that I have absolutely no costume ideas for the 5 nights I am inevitably going to be expected to dress up for, I decided to channel some of this anxiety into a Halloween themed blog post.  As a senior, I […]

Recommendation Algorithms: Reaching the Promised Land

This week in ISYS6621, I will be sharing my findings on Data Mining on social media data. From data generation by users sharing information and spending times on their favorite platforms, to how this data is stored and collected to how this data is finally computed upon and turned into insight, I’ve stumbled upon some […]

My Social Media Journey: Then and Now (but not BuzzFeed Style)

I still remember when I received the invitation to join “Thefacebook” on April 1, 2005 and my wonder and awe as I discovered a world of “Facebook stalking,” imagining what my college experience would look like, and being able to re-connect with friends that had already moved away from Puerto Rico (where I grew up). […]

Final Reflections On Social Media: Who Is In Your Top 3?

From this Vantage Point It is interesting to look back to the beginning of the semester and now take stock of how increased exposure to social media has permanently re-wired my brain.  While that may not sound great to some, I welcomed the change.  To me, adapting is proof of intelligence.  Look in nature and confirm this […]

So, you think you want to code, build a social media app, and whatnot:  start here! 

There is only one thing to do and you know it: dive in.  If you do not have a heavy computer science background, I am afraid learning to code will require you to get out of your comfort zone; but, when has that ever been a bad thing?  You might be thinking, middle school.  It […]

Taylor Swift: The Porn Industry’s New Darling

Okay, Taylor Swift is not in the porn industry, but I got your attention. While she is not having sex on film, Taylor Swift, along with other entities such as Harvard, is buying up domain names to ensure she is not a casualty to the new surge of web page names, set to become available later […]

You go? I go? WiGo!

There is another player emerging on the ever-growing social media landscape.  That entrant is WiGo, a social media app that is an acronym for “Who Is Going Out.”  WiGo was founded by its current CEO Ben Kaplan, a 23-year-old Holy Cross dropout and former hockey player.  The app was created after Kaplan pitched his idea to a panel […]

March Madness and Marketing Implications

It’s that time of the year again… March Madness! For those of you who are less familiar with the term, it is also known as the annual NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. The term was coined after the crazy frenzy fans get into as they cheer for their favorite team to win the national […]

Will Facebook be relevant in 10 years?

Do all social networking sites have an expiration date?  It is an interesting question, and around the Summer of 2012 multiple analysts predicted the end of Facebook in approximately ten years.  Myspace and Facebook are the progeny of Friendster, as you all know.  I have owned accounts on all three social networks; and, of the […]

The Internet of Things and Social Media

Most of you have probably heard about the impending Internet of Things (“IOT”); but, for those of you who have not, the IOT is the next big thing that promises to have our everyday gadgets and wares communicating with us through our personal overlords (read: our mobile phones).  And, this could be a wide range […]

Some predictions for Social Media in 2015

Social Media has a wide variety of uses that have not been fully utilized, or as Professor Kane sometimes remarks, “we’re just scratching the surface.”  There are a few ways that I can see digital marketing, product promotion, and collective interest  being used to capitalize on the medium’s ability to reach individuals.  But, for everything […]

Toast, Potter, Starbucks, etc. — How I expect Social Media to progress from reports, shares, and brainstorms to collaborations

2009 – Eating Toast My initial experience with social media was one of resignation rather than expectation. Entering high school in 2009, the beginning of Facebook’s climb into becoming commonplace, or “boring” as we discussed last week, my first experience was one of annoyance as “Facebook” was constantly dropped in conversation. Dedicated to books, and harboring a […]

Valence, Value and Virality: Why Upworthy & BuzzFeed May Be Skewing Our View of Reality

Am I the only person who gets frustrated with these viral feel-good sites? (Forgive me in advance, as I will admit my bias first and foremost: I am a cynical person at times.) But there is something sincerely irking about sites like Upworthy or BuzzFeed that tell me to feel things 24/7 as I’m scrolling […]

Why Rachel Fagut Hates BuzzFeed

Have you ever heard of “The Best Page in the Universe?” If your answer is no, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Until yesterday, I didn’t know that this page existed. What drew me to the page was a video that I stumbled across titled, “I hate BuzzFeed.” At first, this title disturbed me. I love […]

Does Social Media Celebrate the “Narcissism of Similarity?”

Last June, Buzzfeed ran a piece entitled, ” People You Need to Unfriend on Facebook Immediately.”  In the post, the author suggests 1) signing into Facebook, 2) clicking links below various pop culture/political images, 3) seeing which of your friends has “liked” each of the pages, and 4) defriending these people.  Pages included in this […]