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A tech company just gave walking meme Ken Bone a job as ‘chief people officer’

With a perfectly corny, safely politically neutral ad about politics, undecided voter Ken Bone is still squeezing out the last drops of internet fame. Bone, in case you forgot, was the man who shot to internet celeb status during the second presidential debate last fall. Dressed in a red zip-up cardigan, he asked a friendly middle-of-the-road question about energy policy amid a frankly nasty political climate. That was enough for him to be quickly embraced as the much-needed “can’t we all just get along” meme of the moment.  SEE ALSO: 9 people the internet made famous in 2016 His fleeting fame also came with some less-than-savory discoveries about his internet past. Nonetheless, his image and a Twitter following of 224,000 have managed to persist. Read more… More about Meme, Presidential Election, Politics, Ken Bone, and Social Media Social Media

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Cosmunity brings the geek convention experience online

 Cosmunity is a new social network for people who want to keep the experience of Comic Con (or another geek event of your choosing) going all year long. Co-founder and CEO Cole Egger recalled attending a Dallas Comic Con (now known as Fan Expo Dallas) and being “blown away by the size.” However, he found fans who were “frustrated” by the difficulty of staying connected… Read More Social – TechCrunch

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WhatsApp now lets you post status updates that disappear within 24 hours

WhatsApp began to roll out a new feature today that lets its 1.2 billion users share status updates that include photos, videos, and GIFs. Each status update that can be shared with friends in your contact list disappears after 24 hours. The addition of a designated tab for status updates comes roughly eight years after the app was invented specifically for the purpose of sending and receiving text-only status updates like “at home,” “at work,” or “battery about to die.” Messaging was added in the summer of 2009. “As soon as you open the new Status tab, you’ll see updates from friends and family who are WhatsApp users in your address book,” a spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email. “You can reply privately to your friends’ updates and control who sees what you share.” The new feature was announced in a post on the WhatsApp blog. To decide who can see your status…

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5 bots to try this week: Christian Grey, ChatterOn, Messenger Match, Christopher Bot, and Echo

If the Fifty Shades of Grey books and movies aren’t enough for you, you can also encounter Christian Grey and his particular desires on Messenger. His bot makes its debut this week on 5 bots to try: Christian Grey: Can I trust you? You: Yes Christian Grey: Have you ever done this before? You: Done what? Christian Grey: Are you sure? You: I’m sure Christian Grey: You seem a little, I don’t know You: What? Christian Grey: You seem vulnerable, I like that Here are the five most popular bots this past week, as they appear on Botlist. Give them a try and let us know what you think. 5. Echo Echo can be fully customized to do anything and everything you want. The possibilities are almost endless. As the creator i am met with people every day that show me new things that even I didn’t know was possible. This…

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Instagram VP Kevin Weil joins board of social fitness app Strava

 If you’re trying to build the Instagram for exercise, it helps to have the guy building Instagram for Instagram. That’s why Strava has added Instagram head of product Kevin Weil to its board of directors. Formerly SVP of product for Twitter, Weil has proven his skills through a rapid set of launches at Instagram, including its surprisingly successful Snapchat Stories clone. Read More Social – TechCrunch

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WhatsApp launches Status, an encrypted Snapchat Stories clone

 WhatsApp could put the brakes on Snapchat’s international growth with today’s launch of WhatsApp Status, a new tab for sharing decorated photos, videos, and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. It’s another Facebook-owned Snapchat Stories copycat, but the twist is that it’s end-to-end encrypted like WhatsApp messaging. WhatsApp tested the feature for beta users in… Read More Social – TechCrunch

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Swedish newspaper trolls Trump in the most epic way

So many people are trolling President Trump after he alluded to a terrorism attack in Sweden that never happened.  SEE ALSO: Sweden’s deputy PM is trolling Trump so hard with this picture “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this,” Trump said.  He later clarified that his statement was in reference to a story, later debunked, that was broadcast on Fox News.  Fox News report on Swedish immigration, referred to by Trump, is full of errors and exaggerations https://t.co/PmfqBdj7OX — Aftonbladet (@Aftonbladet) February 20, 2017 Read more… More about Refugees, Immigration, Terrorist Attacks, Trolling, and Donald Trump Social Media

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EPA employees go rogue on Twitter to protest Trump and Pruitt

EPA employees smarting under the social media gag order of President Trump and last week’s appointment of Scott Pruitt as Administrator are going online — in droves — to voice their discontent. Numerous “alternative” Twitter accounts are lighting up in advance of a meeting between Pruitt and staffers scheduled for Tuesday. Below are excerpts from a mult-part post from @altEPASmrtGrwth, an alternative Twitter account for the EPA’s Smart Growth program: Other alternative accounts from EPA workers and their offices include: @RogueEPAstaff: 100% EPA staff. They gagged us, FOIA’d our personal texts, and yet #WePersisted. Agency staff welcome to connect with us via DM. #altEPA @altUSEPA: The Unofficial “Resistance” team of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Not taxpayer subsidized! Environmental conditions may vary from alternative facts. @TheAltEPA Doing Science in the dark with our hands tied, since 2017. Opinions our own; Facts belong to everyone. Last month, the Trump Administration prohibited the EPA and its…

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Snap ad exec Sriram Krishnan leaves, but not why you think

 Flying from SF to LA every week sucks, and so Sriram Krishnan is leaving a big financial opportunity at Snap to ditch the commute. The former Facebook Audience Network executive spent the last year running Snap’s Ads API and platform, and now he’s leaving. The move was reported in Recode today, saying “The timing here isn’t great for Snap”. But that immediately… Read More Social – TechCrunch

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Facebook Rolls Out Major Video Updates: This Week in Social Media

Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention. What’s New This Week Facebook Announces Autoplay Sound, Picture-in-picture View, and Other Updates to Video: Facebook rolled out four major updates “that make watching […] This post Facebook Rolls Out Major Video Updates: This Week in Social Media first appeared on . – Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle