It is the week of Thanksgiving and we students all know what is just around the holiday season bend. Just as your heart starts feeling the warmth and you start to get in that holiday spirit, BAM! Finals hit you in the face. Now, it may just be me, but my inner student tends to really want to hide when it’s time to crack open that text book (for the first time all semester). But, what should one do while their brain decides to take an un-awarded procrastination break? That’s what I am here to tell you. Here is a list of the best “productive” ways to procrastinate during this years finals season: Continue reading
For the past two months, I’ve been what I like to call a modified vegan. I’ve had a slice of pizza or two, and still eat fish where there are no other options, but for the most part, I have cut dairy, meat, and eggs out of my diet. What prompted this change was a Netflix binge watching session- how all great epiphanies come to light. I wanted a movie called Forks over Knives (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7ijukNzlUg) which explained the negative effects of animal products on the human body. All of a sudden, something changed. I started to see food as fuel and not as a hobby or time filler. I wasn’t doing it to lose weight, or to reach any specific goal, I simply wanted to know if my body would feel different. And it did! Here are a few of the ways:
- Clear, healthy skin.
- Easier to wake up in the morning.
- Longer hair and nails.
- More energy throughout the day.
- Less muscle soreness and bloating.
Here are some more benefits listed, although many links like this one can be found all over the web! http://www.wildflourveganbakerycafe.com/2011/08/42-health-benefits-of-going-vegan/
I think it’s important to note, I am not a vegan. I still cave once a week or so, and I modify my diet based on where I am and what’s available. When making lifestyle changes, it is important to incorporate the new activity slowly, and not to beat yourself up when you break it. The biggest downfall of all diets is convening yourself that you have failed when you have a small slip up. Instead, embrace these mistakes and come to expect them! They are part of your journey to health. I hope this new information makes you consider your diet choices, and inspires you to experiment to find a diet that works for you!
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This past summer, I had the privilege to study abroad in London, England. While I was there, I experienced people, places, smells, and sites that I would have never in Dallas, Texas. From Paris to Scotland, the travel bug bit me hard. Now, when I can’t sleep, my mind wanders to the next destination my feet will take me and when that excitement will take place. Thanks to our dear friend social media, I can now plan and dream about my next adventures using some pretty cool apps. Check them out!
On Monday, Snapchat added a new channel to their discover page. But there have been new channels that have been added since Snapchat launched their discover channels over a year ago, so why is this channel such a big deal?
Instagram is becoming the hot place for various brands to advertise their brand’s purpose and various goods. “Okay,” you may be thinking, “but, how do I go about promoting my brand on Instagram correctly, and why should I commit to yet ANOTHER social media platform?” Allow me to explain. Continue reading →
Digital communication and social media platforms have transformed the way that individuals around the globe converse, share information, and learn more about themselves and one another. Whether it be through Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Periscope, Tumblr, or Snapchat, communication mediums such as these have allowed for people of all ages, shapes and sizes to express themselves while engaging and sharing with others. Unlike these forums, which allow for a plethora of diverse opinions, expressions, dialogues, and interests to float freely, music platforms, such as Pandora Internet Radio and Spotify, focus solely on one passion that unites millions – music.
As unique as it is for the social media platforms mentioned above to act as unrestricted forums for really anything to be displayed, discussed, or analyzed, music programs such as Pandora bring people together over one common platform that spawns a plethora of variety. It brings people together over a shared passion for music, specifically personal musical taste, while also allowing for that passion to be shared with other like-minded users, both known and unknown. This social media and sharing component of music programs, particularly featured with Spotify and Pandora, is what has given them the competitive advantage needed in order to collaborate with rather than be outshone by their social media competitors.
To give a bit of background, Pandora, started in 2000, is the world’s most powerful music discovery platform with over 80 million active users. Spotify, launched in 2008, also allows its 60 million active users to play music directly from the cloud, and features more than 30 million tracks. One of the key differences between the two is their source of revenue- while Spotify has about 20% of their 60 million users pay for the service, Pandora only has 3.5 million paying customers. This suggests that the benefits of Spotify’s Premium memberships outweigh the cost compared to Pandora’s offerings. The two programs have both joined forces with Facebook, allowing for users to share their playlists and music activity with their Facebook friends. Spotify also features a “Music Chat” component, which provides users with a free space to chat about anything music related. Much like how Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram allow for individuals to express themselves through design, images and graphics, Spotify and Pandora allow for the same creative expression but through the art of music. In the case of Spotify, it allows for users to use their own creative discretion in creating playlists comprised of whatever musical tracks, artists and genre that they want. When adding in the social media aspect, this provides an outlet for users’ creations to be shared to the world, giving them a way to represent themselves through a collaboration of sounds that they themselves have designed. In the case of Pandora, their use of the Music Genome Project, which is the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken, allows for users to be provided with the most personalized listening experience possible. By utilizing the wealth of musicological information stored in the Music Genome Project, Pandora recognizes and responds to each individual’s tastes. “The result is a much more personalized radio experience – stations that play music you’ll love – and nothing else.” This too allows for users to represent themselves via personalized music playlists.
In a world where reputation is something that takes a lifetime to create and yet can be lost in a matter of seconds, it is important for individuals to have creative outlets to represent themselves in a more personal and less serious manner. There is no right or wrong when it comes to personal taste in music, and with programs such as Spotify and Pandora, creative expression through music is celebrated rather than critiqued. It allows for personal representation that can be shared and result in strong connections made with like-minded users on a global scale. Most importantly, it allows for people to choose how they want to portray themselves through their personal taste in music, empowering individuals to practice freedom of expression in a safe and unrestricted forum.
In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, the city is a flood of chaos and confusion. In an effort to find out connect to friends, family, and loved ones, people are flocking to a “newish” Facebook tool. The Facebook tool helps users find out if their friends, family, and loved ones are safe.
The Facebook tool helps people search whether people are safe. To use the tool, you should first mark yourself as “safe.” Then, you can use the tool to search for friends who have marked themselves as “safe.” Facebook originally launched this tool in October 2014, following the Nepal Earthquake. This is the first time it has been used in a non-natural disaster. A Facebook spokesperson said, “Communication is critical in these moments both for people there and for their friends and families anxious for news. People turn to Facebook to check on loved ones and get updates, which is why we created Safety Check and why we have activated it today for people in Paris.”
Skyfit Sports is the next revolutionary app in the work out and media world. This amazing new app allows you to get the experience of a work out class without being in an actual studio. So, do you need to get in shape? Then download the app today and read more to find out how it works and what it can do for you!
Or at least that’s how we feel. Panic, stress and fear set in as we leave for Thanksgiving break knowing that upon our return, we will be bombarded with essays, tests, and presentations. As much as we dread it, finals week is preparing us for something we will have to deal with as professionals- crunch time. In PR and journalism especially, deadlines are simply part of the job. For this reason, I have compiled some of my most helpful tips for these stressful times.
- Take things one step at a time. Baby steps. Completion is key, so don’t freeze under the pressure of 1000 tasks. Instead, write a to do list each day, and complete the most pressing tasks first.
- Positive thinking. You’ve heard the stories of olympians visualizing themselves winning the gold, so do the same with your finals. This form of meditation will calm and relax you and set your sights on a goal. Be your own cheerleader. You can do it!
- Find an outlet. Fact: no one can study for 20 hours straight. At some point in our college career, we’ve all tried and failed. Instead, allow yourself to take a break to do something you love. Listen to music, take a run, or watch an episode of your favorite show. Reward yourself for all your hard work, because after all, you deserve it.
Facebook is in the beta stages of a new digital assistant “M”, the new interface would be available through Facebook Messenger and its app.
Facebook is at it again, ladies and gents. Just this Wednesday, the billion dollar company introduced a new news and content app, “Notify.” Wired.com claims that this new invention isn’t just to please Facebook’s users but was created to specifically lure them in even more than before. They’re doing so by enticing you to now come to your phone, not just your Facebook newsfeed on your laptop. Whether it’s a promotional move or not, Facebook is providing its users with some pretty cool new features, especially this newsy app.
You read that right! The AMA nominees were announced on Snapchat! Continue reading →
Analytics acts as your company’s personal shopper for data.
The first question every executive asks their marketing team is: What is the impact of our content and engagement?
As Snapchat increases its popularity with consumers, it is also increasing its popularity with brands. Already, brands such as Burberry and Goldman Sachs have purchased Live Stories that showcase branded content for 24 hours. In this past week, Snapchat has rolled out two new ad units: a promoted channel in Snapchat Discover and a sponsored lens. Continue reading →
Halloween might be one of the largest recorded holidays on social media. From emoji costumes to the cast of Star Wars, costumes, candy and everything in between for this year’s Halloween celebration was found all over social media platforms, specifically Instagram. Over the weekend, Instagram started its own curated stream of Halloween videos submitted by users. Though they might be late in the game compared to biggest competitors Twitter and Snapchat, Instagram may have just created a revolutionary function for the site’s further development.
Every year it seems that a new app comes out and takes over our social world. Lately, all the new buzz has been about Twitter’s newly released app called Periscope. Is Periscope about to take over next? What is so great about this new app and how can it help us in the social world? Here you can find out all about the new and upcoming app that is about to have a huge impact. Continue reading →
Not only did the new iOS update bring you 150 new emojis and new fun features, but Apple has launched a new music feature that will give Spotify a run for its users. Continue reading →
Don’t be fooled by the bride-to-be stereotype… Pinterest has become a platform all companies should be monitoring and using daily if they want to be successful!
Pinterest is a visual bookmarking tool that helps individuals discover and save creative ideas. The social media platform was created in 2011 and now has over 100 million monthly active users (Griffith). Continue reading →
Its that time of the year again. Yup, that is right; Halloween is just around the corner. The only celebration of the year where it is socially acceptable to eat all the candy you desire in the world in one whole night. Snickers, Kit Kats, Reese’s peanut butter cups and any other candy you can imagine. It is also the only night of the year where you can get spooked by witches, ghosts and scary Halloween haunted houses. It is safe to say that Halloween is probably an all time favorite holiday you can spend with all your friends. What’s the one super stressful part about Halloween you ask? COSTUMES! Yes, whether you are trying to find a group costume, couples costume or going solo, it is always difficult to try to figure out what to be. The Google searches always come out as “best Halloween costumes 2015” or “what should I be for Halloween this year?” Nothing ever helps. No matter how many Instagram feeds you go through and accounts you stalk there will never be the right answer as to what costume to pick for Halloween that year. For this year’s 2015 most popular costumes, everybody seems to believe that the winner is the Joker from The Dark Knight. But what about some outfits for you and your squad. What is a whole, big group of girls suppose to dress up as? Here are a few ideas for you and your squad to dress up as this upcoming Halloween. 1. The emotions from the recent animated movie Inside Out 2. The Judges from The Voice 3. All the new Snapchat filters
4. Pizza rats 5. White Walkers from “Game of Thrones” and 6. Pluto Fly-By. These are just a few simple ideas. Check out more at: http://www.refinery29.com/2015/10/95412/group-halloween-friend-costume-ideas#slide-7