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Top Social Media Stories from the 4th of July Weekend

July 5, 2011 | By | 2 Comments

Image from @simrananand

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the holiday weekend relaxing with friends and family. While most of us were out soaking up cosmic rays and enjoying the great outdoors; the social media world continued sharing news and trending stories.  Here are some of my favorite stories from the the red, white, and blue weekend:

Like It or Unfriend It

On Sunday Teddy Wayne (Author of KAPITOIL), Mike Sacks (Editorial Staffer for Vanity Fair Magazine), and Thomas Ng (Designer) published an OP-ART piece on The New York Times’ The Opinion Pages, entitled Like It or Unfriend It.  The image seen here shows what America’s history would look like from beginning (Columbus) to end (America joining the Chinese Network), in a Facebook Wall format. Although the piece is opinionated I think it’s a very unique way to mix history and social media.  What do you think about the Like It or Unfriend It OP-ART piece?

Film Fireworks

19 year old videographer, Jeremiah Warren, posted the video below to his YouTube Page on Friday.  He shot it with an 808 #11 camera, using the #3 camera for one shot.  Check out the cool views from his firework camera:

“It ended up being harder to get a good shot than I thought it would be. I was going to mount fins on the to stabilize them, but by the time I got the idea I already shot through my supply, and when I went to get more they had put a ban on fireworks sales,” claimed Warren.  What do you think of the video?

Biden Launches Twitter Account on the 4th

Joe Biden has finally joined Twitter as the Obama Administration continues to try to utilize the power of social media. @VP sent his first tweet (as seen in the image to the left) out on the morning of the 4th of July. According to Erica Werner from the Associated Press, Biden’s Tweets will be staff written.  This doesn’t surprise me with some politicians struggling with rumors and scandals that surfaced because of social media interaction. Are you less likely to follow a politician if you know a staffer is handling their Twitter account?

Enjoy the short week and let me know what you think about these social media stories!


  1. Good post, Michael, especially about Biden’s Twitter launch. Would love to have more visibility into what @VP and other politicians are spending their time on in DC. As we saw in your post about Weiner, social media makes people more responsible for their actions.

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