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Standing Up for Your Tweet: Eighteen-year-old Emma Sullivan is standing behind her tweet about Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, even though her high school principal demanded that she write an apology letter to the overly sensitive governor. Brownback spoke at Sullivan’s school as part of the Youth in Government program. Sullivan, who had been present when Brownback spoke, tweeted “Just made mean comments at gov. brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot.” While she says she was joking and didn’t actually talk to Brownback in person, she does stand behind her use of the “heblowsalot” hashtag, which Brownback’s office quickly noticed in their social media monitoring and contacted the Youth in Government program. Naturally, Sullivan got in trouble at school; however, she hasn’t backed down from what she tweeted and refuses to write the apology letter that her principal demanded. It is unclear what (if any) further actions her school will take, but in the meantime she has gained herself a lot of new Twitter followers, over 7,000 to be more precise. CBS News
Red Carpet Social Network: The rich and famous have another way to separate themselves from the masses: WhoSay.com. It is an elite social network for celebs, star athletes, and other famous people, which currently has over 900 users, including Tom Hanks, Paris Hilton, and Jennifer Lopez, to name a few. The service is, of course, invite-only, and those who make the cut have their profile custom designed and managed by the company itself. WhoSay, which was founded in March of last year and is funded by Amazon.com, talent firm Creative Artists Agency and investment companies, says it’s mission was to help celebrities and other big names fight fake social media profiles and unauthorized usage of pictures that celebrities post to Twitter. Somebody’s got to look out for the 1 percent, right? Too bad Ashton Kutcher didn’t have them managing his social media activity. The Daily Dot
Obama on Google Plus: Looks like social media-savvy President Obama is casting out as many social media lines as he can. Beyond Facebook and Twitter, Obama also has a Tumblr, and now a Google Plus account for his 2012 campaign. As of now he only has 7,350 people who have “+1’d” his Google Plus page, and a lot of the comments on there aren’t very supportive. Is this a bad sign for Obama, Google Plus or both?
Tumblr of the Day: I once saw a lone Ugg boot crumpled up by itself next to a bench on La Brea in L.A. Sad, right? Or maybe not so sad, because one less person is wearing Uggs. Anyway, check out this Tumblr for more Sad Stuff on the Street.
Old-Timey Video of the Day: It’s a bird. it’s a plane. It’s Micky the “World’s Greatest Canine Jumper”! The Daily What
Dentsu’s podcast celebrating Black empowerment tries to do its part to fill the advertising inequity gap
The Dentsu-backed More Than That with Gia Peppers kicked off season 3 last week, featuring several major advertisers (and Dentsu clients) including Procter & Gamble, General Motors, Kroger and Mastercard.
The Athletic’s Sebastian Tomich is looking beyond ads and subscriptions to reach profitability
The Athletic's path to profitability is set for 2025, and to achieve this goal, chief commercial officer Sebastian Tomich is focused on more than just selling ads directly to prospective advertisers.
How newsroom unions intervene when members get laid off
Amid the recent wave of media layoffs, here are some of the ways newsroom unions are intervening.
SponsoredAdvertising predictions that will shake up the media industry in 2023
Chris Kelly, CEO, Upwave Like many people, marketers and advertisers were ready to see 2022 come to a close. A year that started off promising was assailed by inflation, layoffs and the disastrous effects of RSV, the flu and additional COVID strains. Still, despite an uncertain outlook for 2023, there are plenty of reasons for […]
Despite Q1’s slow start, publishers are bullish about events revenue for 2023
Publishers like BDG and Apartment Therapy are banking on events revenue to give them a leg up in 2023.
Media Briefing: The case for and against monthly and annual subscriptions in the battle for retention
There are no one-size-fits-all solutions for improving retention in a subscriptions business. While annual subscribers might stick around longer for some, other publishers will have better luck with monthly plans.