Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Comeback Kid: MySpace 2012

I'm speechless. If you asked me less than 24 hours ago, my thoughts on MySpace were as followed: 
outdated, sketchy, emo-children-taking-selfies, reject, failure.

Well guess what? MySpace is starting over...from scratch. It still keeps to it's mission by providing a platform to truly represent yourself, but now it's in a modern and sexy way. Wow, did I just call MySpace sexy? 

Justin Timberlake has his hands deep in this reinvention along with investors (cough, cough "The Social Network" anyone?)

Personally, I think starting it from scratch was a brilliant idea. There was no saving the old platform. The old MySpace was a test run for many social media sites we use today and we should all be grateful for its role in our Internet endeavors, but it couldn't stand the test of time. I have always appreciated the musical influence the site had on my life, but I learned to use other sources for my musical exploration. But this? This new sleek layout connecting music to playlists, integration with all other social media platforms, sharing events and soundtracks with friends and it's futuristic design is unlike anything I've ever seen before (ok, well maybe I have, but not all on one platform!) 

While not yet released, I have put my name down on the wait list to get in. Instead of me telling you anymore, go check it out for yourself. Be prepared to be amazed.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Journey Through the Interwebs with Social Media

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How often to we take the time to look back on the enormous, virtual footprint we've left ever since social media became a part of our lives? In order to do this, you need to rewind back to a time where AskJeeves was a search engine was just as valuable as Yahoo! or Google. Back to when AIM profiles were the grandfather of Facebook. I remember how reluctant I was to join Facebook, thinking it was some obsessive fad.

I preferred MySpace because it allowed me to explore an uncharted world full of underground musicians (well, that and the pretty backgrounds it offered), but beyond that, I thought it less as a social media platform and more of a "why does this half naked woman want to friend me?" platform.

Regardless, I have always been reluctant to jump on the next big social media wagon—that is until I discovered YouTube. I fell in love with the ability to visually connect with a world full of compelling individuals. To the world, we are all sexless, ageless persons with a unique voice. I still favor this platform to this day, even though Facebook does preoccupy a lot of my time.

Eventually, I involved myself in everything: Tumblr, Twitter, Blogger, 43 Things, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, etc. Some I love more than others, but I find it vital to stay up to day with these sites in a professional, kind manner, especially since we become such public individuals via the Internet (what shows up when you Google yourself?)

All of our social media paths were different. We’ve grown up in an inimitable time to be able to watch and be a part of this evolution. What’s your story? Share your story in the comment section below!

Monday, September 24, 2012

If You Are What You Eat, Does This Make Me A Gym Mat?
Credit: / McDonal'ds McRib

McDonalds = unhealthy. This isn't new. 

What also isn't new is that the McDonalds McRib contains something called azodicarbonamide, or azobisformamicide, which is defined as a oderless and synthetic chemical. Does this surprise you? Well while I'm happy to inform you, it shouldn't. In fact, this chemical can unfortunately be found in a lot of breads, all over the menu, especially those in fast food restaurants (Subway, Burger King, KFC, McDonalds, just to name a few). Since chances are, you've already consumed the chemical, you might be inclined to check the list of ingredients on your packaged bread when you have the chance. 

What is this azodiwhatchacallit found in? Oh, I don't know...maybe shoe soles, yoga mats and other foamed products. Personally, this is not something I care to have in my body and think that the power of social media should spread the word to all these franchises of our disappointment. If they really cared about their customers, wouldn't they not add in "possibly harmful" chemicals? Oh, not so fast FDA. The U.S. government needs to also take responsibility like Europe and Australia has done to ban places all food products from containing chemicals like this. 

What are your thoughts on the issue and are you surprised? Leave a comment!