Instagram’s Recent ban on #Curvy, #ThickGirls & #BBW hashtags (Great Video Replies)
July 28, 2015
After Instagram included the terms “curvy”, “bbw” and “thick girls” in its dragnet of porno-linked hashtags to ban, all heck broke loose among non-waifs who use those hashtags to celebrate their bodies in a world where stick thin is mainly celebrated
What Businesses do to Thwart Successful Female Managers and Leaders
July 27, 2015
There are things that businesses can do to help support their most valuable female managers and business leaders. Here are a few tips and suggestions
Study: Sharing your Relationship on Facebook Is a Sign it Will Last
July 25, 2015
Nowadays, when someone who is dating makes a newly committed relationship official by updating it in their Facebook profile, it’s a BFD (big___ deal)!
Imagine! Now there is some social science behind this well-acknowledged fact!
A new research study from a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor that analyzed couples on Facebook delved into the psychology of this new social phenomenon.
It examined whether the act of couples sharing their relationship status on Facebook, posting photos of themselves with their partner or writing on each other’s wall was connected to the longevity of the relationship.
In a first of its kind research, Catalina Toma, an assistant professor of communications arts at Wisconsin, tracked dating couples over time in order to examine the link between how they present themselves on Facebook as a couple, and the stability of their relationship.
Toma used the “See Friendship” application (freely available on Facebook profiles) to document the Facebook activity of heterosexual college-aged dating couples.
Toma followed up six months later to find out if they were still together.
Results showed that, indeed, certain Facebook self-presentational elements were positively linked to participants’ relationship commitment and their likelihood of staying together with their partner.
For example, being listed as “in a relationship,” posting photos with their partner, and writing on their partner’s wall, were indicators of a healthy committed relationship .
“The claims people make about themselves in public are likely to be very influential in how they think about themselves,” says Toma, who studies online self-presentation and how emotional well-being is affected by social media. “Now we’re finding that these public self-presentations performed on Facebook also affect how people feel about a relationship partner.”
These presentations mean a lot on Facebook, in particular, because it is the place where people have accumulated a lot of family and friends, with whom people choose to share personal aspects of their lives.
“People declare their love, they make vows in front of friends and family, they take photographs, and they exchange rings,” Toma says. “Online claims are very meaningful psychologically, and I think a big reason for that is the access to this diverse and wide audience.”
Toma made some other surprising developments.
She discovered that couples who share more mutual friends may, in fact, be less committed.
“We think that having more mutual friends signals having a greater social network, and this greater network might include more alternative romantic partners,” Toma says.
Her research also found some double standards.
For example, survey participants interpreted their action of writing on a partner’s wall as an indicator of their commitment to their partner but at the same time, they also perceived a partner writing on their wall negatively, as sign of possessiveness or over-sharing.
Toma says although Facebook was originally designed as an online yearbook, it has evolved into something much more powerful. “Now we’re finding that it touches many aspects of our lives, including how we feel about ourselves and our romantic relationships.”
Isn’t this interesting?
Two African American Female Founders, 43North Accelerator’s $250k Winners Beta Launch Social Media Management App
July 23, 2015
Last month, two black female startup founders beta launched their social media management app, KeepUp.
The platform helps users manage various social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Tumblr and Google+. They can select among 12 major life events form various friends’ feeds to have sent to them as alerts.
The masterminds are women with deep roots analyzing, engaging, studying and helping major institutions bring forth innovative ideas.
Angel Davis is an ex military brat, Stanford University double Economics and Communications grad and an NYU MBA degree holder who once worked as a strategy consultant for the marketing arm of Accenture Interactive consulting firm.
She teamed up with friend, Lauren Washington, a journalism grad who had experience leading and working in the mobile, social media and innovation teams for companies like InStyle magazine, TVGuide.com and Neutrogena cosmetics.
Through the app, users can send a text message or update responding to friends’ news. That way they never miss an important life event from one of their friends.
The New York city-area duo won $250,00o from a global business idea competition, 43North. Now in its second year, 43 North awards $5 million in cash prizes to startups demonstrating big thinking ideas. KeepUp was one of 11 recipients in a highly competitive landscape of nearly 7,000 applicants.
The competition platform just finished accepting applications for $1 million ideas on June 24.
I’ve downloaded the app and can’t wait to test it out!
Top 5 Apps for Tots
July 23, 2015
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As the parent of a wee one, you might have a love-hate relationship with technology. On the one hand the convenience of your smartphone is undeniable, but at the same time you want to limit screen time for your child. Maybe you already have a bunch of apps on your phone to keep your rugrat entertained while you wait for takeout or at the doctor’s office, but there are a few essential tools every parent of a little one should be armed with.
From staying informed to staying healthy, here are our top tools for parents of young children.
Common Sense Media
This is your go-to source for an expert opinion on what is best for your little one’s developing mind. The folks at Common Sense Media will help you choose the right games, apps, TV shows etc, offering a library of age-based, educational ratings. From the app you can browse books or digital titles with links to buy through Amazon or iTunes.
Having trouble finding the right daycare? Ever wish there was Yelp for preschools? Truly, there should be much more comprehensive, easy-to-find information on daycares and preschools, right? CareLulu collects and shares detailed info on daycare providers and preschools, including verified reviews, real photos (not just marketing shots), and up-to-date program, enrollment, and tuition information. This site will help you find high-quality and affordable childcare to meet your family’s needs.
Brightwheel is a free and easy-to-use mobile app that helps you stay connected with your daycare or preschool. Daycare providers or preschool teachers use brightwheel for recording and tracking daily events and activities in the classroom. As a parent, you’ll get private, real-time updates on your child delivered to your mobile device throughout the day. If that wasn’t enough, brightwheel also allows for secure, digital check-in/check-out, and a paperless billing system. No more wondering what your kid is up to all day!
Unlike a mindless game, Agnitus is a great way to keep your kid occupied and not feel guilty about it. This award-winning app is an immersive preschool experience covering a bevy of topics including math, reading, and writing. Kids build basic skills, working their way through a series of books, activities, and interactive games. Report cards track their progress and the reporting tools give you valuable learning insights. This one is designed specifically for kids 5 and under.
Now that your little one is in daycare or preschool, you’re bound to be seeing an uptick of inbound germs. The WebMD app is a handy reference tool for checking symptoms (what could that rash be?) or asking questions (is a 101 fever cause for alarm?). The mobile app also has a local health forecast tool–you can check pollen levels or the harshness of UV rays before hitting the playground or beach.
Registration now OPEN: Apple’s Free Summer Camp for Kids
July 15, 2015
Apple recently opened registration for its annual Free Summer Camp for Kids that will run for the next two weeks from July 20- August 7.
I signed up two of my children who fall within the target demo ages, 8-12, to attend one of the three day camps that are held at Apple Stores nationwide.
Parents need to simply go to Apple’s reservation website, select their state in the scroll down menu, then select among stores in their state closest to their location. Finally, if the class hasn’t already been filled or booked, enter their name, child’s name and a parent’s email and done!
The sessions are only one and a half hour long and include the following camps:
Stories in Motion with iMovie or Interactive Storytelling with iBooks.
The idea is to introduce the technology and products to children and also stimulate interest in technology, while giving them something to do intellectually during the Summer brain drain months.
Spaces are filling up! Register today!
h/t Chelsea Social via LifeHacker
This is what made the BEST PR Pitch I’ve ever seen GREAT! (Video Link)
July 13, 2015
For my first professional instructional Meerkat and Periscope broadcast, I shared one of THE best PR pitched I’ve gotten recently and broke down what made the 7 lines only pitch so fabulous and effective.
Why Women Control Wealth but Aren’t Confident in Handling Finances
July 11, 2015
Women are the master of the household finances yet many report not being comfortable managing money and aren’t confident in their investment and saving knowlege