Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Best News Doesn't Even Need Words Because A Picture Really Does Say 1000 Words...

One of my favorite things that I don't really talk about is fashion. Growing up, my mom would buy InStyle, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, etc. I loved when she bought them because I would get to look at them and see all the really cool clothing, the models, and the celebrities. 

While some might not consider fashion to be news, it really is. Designers come up with new pieces all the time and the different fashion weeks are some of the most photographed events that happen every year. People look to the magazines published every month to see what the new, happening trend is for the season. But why wait for the beginning of the month to see a cool outfit you've never seen before? 

This is where Scott Schuman comes in. He takes pictures of people who he thinks are interesting and posts them on his blog with little to no description. He's taken the art of blogging and spun it his own way. It's visual art at it's finest in one of the biggest new social mediums right now.

It's like a flip book for you to design your outfits. You don't have to go out and search for the exact item, you can just use it as a guide. 

Maybe it's not news to you, but it's my challenge to find the perfect pieces to complete my wardrobe. Maybe you can find something as well.

Last week, members of Alpha Phi Omega attempted to garner votes for the Ugly Man On Campus Competition. There were four contestants up for voting with a their picture, yes, the ugliest picture you could ever imagine and the organization each contestant wanted to donate money to if the won the competition. The money raised goes to the Second Chance Animal Shelter, but the winner would have half of the money they raised go to the charity of their choice. Voting was Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. 

Monday, April 13, 2009

Putting Twitter's World To Use

When asked about twitter, a newer social networking site, most people have no idea what it is. You get 140 characters to answer the question "What are you doing?" It's almost like a blog, but in the form of your facebook statuses. 

While you may not realize it, twitter is joining the ranks of facebook and myspace. It may be a slow climb, but with it's ability to openly "follow others" and be "followed" yourself, twitter has become more than just the 140 characters. It has allowed people to update their page with up to date information, whether it is what you ate for breakfast or something like the attack in Mumbai. More and more companies and news sites have been utilizing this social media resource because it taps into the consumers of the news and products. 

Love it or hate it, twitter is here to stay. Maybe you'll become the next internet sensation with your tweets.


The 50 Most Powerful Blogs? Depends on Who You Are Asking.

In reading the article on the 50 most powerful blogs, I began to wonder how many of these I actually read and/or knew about. 

In the sad reality, I read only one: Perez Hilton. Why? Because I can't help but hate him and love him at the same time because he gives me the information on my favorite celebrities. I don't ever admit that I read his blogs to anyone because it's more embarrassing than cool.

As I read through the list of blogs, I began to realize that there is more to read about than  just celebrity gossip on the internet. There are snarky people out there talking about their everyday life. Also, there are a lot more fashion, humor, and political blogs to read that I might actually be interested in. 

This article gives you a good insight into good reading that won't cost you a trip to the library or bookstore, including gas.

Four Blogs I Think Everyone Should Follow...

Here are four blogs I liked from the article from the Guardian's article "The 50 Most Powerful Blogs:

1.) dooce.com - I was drawn in just by reading the first post. 

2.) gawker.com - It's a gossip site. Most people feel that these websites only spread rumors and have articles on mostly people of relevance, but people of relevance get paid attention to the most and most of this is actually "news."

3.) ac360.blogs.cnn.com - This is Anderson Cooper's blog. I follow him on Twitter and he posts links to all of the items he posts on his blog. 

4.)http://blog.newsok.com/scissortales - an Oklahoma news blog that is entertaining but rarely commented.