Just in time for the holidays, Hotspot, a brand new and innovative social media application, is now available for download through the App Store! Hotspot offers a more genuine way of connecting with others. Unlike most social media apps, Hotspot isn’t about finding new friends; it’s about connecting with your current ones. Creators Jeff Ames and Jasjit Singh realized that the discovery of new people was not the issue in social communication, but rather the actual convening of these people as “friends” in reality. Hotspot allows users to locate and contact one another for any social event, whether it be for bar hopping or impromptu meet-ups. Unlike texting, this messaging service enables the user to send out one mass message regarding an event—what, where, and when, along with turn-by-turn directions and also who is going to be there or on the way. Even better, the app is not a closed service. This means that even your those without Hotspot will receive a text message providing a link to open all of the event information in their browsers.
Facebook and Twitter have dominated the social media stratosphere, but with the future upon us, and constant changes in social trends, the online population is always on the hunt for a new form of social interaction. Here are 5 sites that you may not know about, and that you should consider if you are feeling you need a change from the “same old-same old" in the social networking world.
Created by the co-founder of Twitter, this site is an invite-only social media platform that allows only exclusive users to share more intuitive and original ideas. All Medium accounts seem to have some sort of link to professional publication, whether it be news, journalism, or research. In that regard, not everyone is eligible to post, weeding out the arbitrary and annoying content that appears on other sites. Unlike Twitter or Facebook status updates, Medium links its “updates” to 500-1000 word articles written by the user. Only the best and brightest seem to be able to post on Medium, and it is worth creating a Twitter account in hopes of being considered as a contributor. Given that it is a more specialized and aesthetically pleasing extension of Twitter, Medium holds promise as the new and coveted form of social communication for the future.
Whisper is a new anonymous social community that has everyone talking. Why? Isn’t it just yet another way to connect everyone together in this overly-social world? No, Whisper offers something that seems almost absurd in a social network—anonymity. Unlike Twitter and Facebook, Whisper does not reveal your identity in any way, only allowing your contributions to post in an uncredited photo meme format, created through various photo filters and font options. The memes can then be either liked with a heart, “shouted” (posted on your own Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook) or replied to through another created meme. The creative confessions that appear are a genuine display of life—secret inner desires, personal philosophies, or daily sarcastic observations.
Nina Davuluri is the first Indian-American to win the Miss America competition. Soon after Nina received the coveted title on Sunday, September 15, viewers took to Twitter to lash out about the decision. Some comments were flat out racist, while others were incredibly offensive, stating that Davuluri was undeserved of the title because of her heritage.
In response to these negative comments, a few notable people jumped to her defense. This included QuestLove of music group The Roots. He tweeted: "I think it's amazing that @ninadavuluri was crowned Miss America. THIS is the American story." We agree, and would like to thank such commentors for supporting Davuluri the way she deserves.
Everybody needs to stop being angry and start feeling sorry for Miley Cyrus. Clearly, she is twerking through something.
Mack Maine isn't the only one who predicted Miley Cyrus' future; back in 2008 The Onion stated that,"Miley Cyrus will be depleted by 2013," leaving her to follow in the footsteps of other such dried up "entertainment sources" as Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears. This past Sunday, at MTV's video music awards, Miley proved them freakisly right with her raunchy, disturbing, embarassing performace of her summer hit, "We Can't Stop." The performance, starring Miley's super long tongue, also featured a large foam finger, dancing bears, and of course, twerking.
On Sunday, August 18, Hollywood's most troubled starlet, Lindsay Lohan sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a tell-all interview. Oprah made her main concern very apparent: is Lindsay finally serious about turning her life around?
Lohan revealed inside information as she spoke about her life in honesty. She stated that her court order after the first DUI was a joke saying, "I couldn't take promises seriously," she even went on to call herself an addict. She additionally confessed to having done cocaine 10-15 times, admitting,"It was a party thing."
Oprah asked Lohan, "What does it feel like to be both an adjective and a verb for bad behavior and a child star gone wrong?" Lohan replied "I hate that label, and that title."
On Sunday afternoon Lady Gaga got wind that Perez Hilton was inside of her NYC apartment building. He and his son recently moved from Los Angeles to NYC and were viewing apartments in the same building that Gaga resides in. Gaga blasted out about her once good friend on twitter, saying, "Stay away from me and my family you are sick trying to rent an apartment in my building to stalk me. Leave me alone!"
Gaga went on, claiming that Perez posed a physical threat. "Do I need to be shot in the head for people to understand that everyone else that harasses me has gone too far? I'm a human being." 30 minutes later Gaga wrote she just wanted to make music and people smile.
Definitely an unexpected pair! We have heard that Amanda Seyfried and Justin Long are dating. Before the two hooked up Amanda was dating Desmond Herrington, and Justin was linked to Drew Berrymore from 2007-2010. The two have been friends for a while, but we guess they've decicded to take it to the next level!
Justin attended Amanda's movie premiere of Lovelace and later tweetd out:
"Adjectives don't do justice to @amandaseyfried's fearless and transformative perf in #lovelace (though I would've been better)- just go see it!"
We're hoping this is the start of a long, and promising love affair!
Reality star Khloe Kardashian's half sister, Kylie Jenner, celebrated her sweet 16 this past Saturday night, August 10, at Nobu's in Malibu. Surprisingly, however, the 29 -year- old attended the affair with two body gaurds, as opposed to her husband. That's right, without her "Lam Lam." However, amid new allegations that he has cheated on her, she was still rocking her wedding ring.
Lawyer Polina Polonsky claims she had an 6 week affair with Lamar earlier this summer. This isn't the first accusation he has faced of an an affair--he was also linked to Jennifer Richardson earlier this year.
However, Lamar wasn"t the only "Kardashian" missing; Kim and Kanye were also not in attendance.
Khloe posted pics of the "bash" and tweeted, "wishing a Happy Birthday and extra sweet 16 to my forever love, soul sister, beauty queen Kylie!"
Kylie later tweeted "Thank You to everyone for the b'day wishes & making yesterday so special! Blessed!"
When Rob Rhinehart literally got tired of eating, he researched the nutrient necessities he needed to survive, and ended up making one epic “food replacement.” Rhinehart created a nutritious mixture he calls Soylent, which is a smoothie-like drink consisting of vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients like essential amino acids, carbohydrates, and fat. Ingredients are measured based off of a perfectly-balanced diet needed to provide the body with energy, and maintain good health. Soylent cuts out purchasing, preparing, buying, and cooking traditional food, which people have been doing, basically, since the beginning of time.