The TSA’s on Instagram (and They’re More Popular Than You)

I’ve got bad news: the TSA is more popular on Instagram than you are. With 305 thousand followers at last count, it’s a little surprising that an organization best known for patting us down and ‘randomly’ digging through our luggage is this popular, but a quick inspection of their photos will make you understand why they’ve got fans: they find some seriously weird stuff.

Want a Company to Answer Your Question? Use Facebook, Not Twitter.

Social networks often tout themselves as a direct link to big brands. Here, we are told, our questions will be answered in mere minutes. But how does that promise actually hold up? A new report from social media analysis firm Socialbakers says when it comes to asking brands a question, using Facebook is the key to getting an answer.

Fashion Photographer Asks: “What If Guys Were Social Networks?”

Fashion photographer Viktorija Pashuta asks the question: what if guys were social networks? Her latest series sees models dressed in the colors and fashion you might associate with each network… and if you ask me, she nailed it.

This Satirical Facebook Art Is Pure Genius

Facebook. It’s a name that has come to represent many different things, and Polish artist/cartoonist Pawel Kuczynski has hit on most of them in his satirical series featuring the site’s iconic lower-case “f”. Far from hopping on the usual “invasion of privacy” bandwagon, Pawel explores the positive sides of the social media site too – from how convenient it makes connecting with people, to its use as a tool for social justice. In each of his images the blue “f” is present, acting as an integral character in the story Pawel is telling.

Pixelated People in the Real World: A Series on Fuzzy Self-Representation in the Digital Era

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With modern interactive tools like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and even online dating, our concept of what constitutes reality is increasingly plastic, especially when it comes to individuals. People put up representations of themselves that often have little to do with their actually personality, or at best equal some idealized notion of what they want us to see. Meanwhile, others are voyeuristically absorbing these offerings at ever increasing rates. It’s all leading to a very fuzzy image of who we are as individuals. Copenhagen-based artist Johan Rosenmunthe has been exploring these themes of the modern era in his series two part series Off, creating photographically sharp environments filled with individuals blurred out in pixelated 8-bit form. As he puts it: “Never have we had access to so much information about each other, and never has the information been so unreliable.”

Funny: Somebody Save Us from Digital Clutter!

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Okay, so it might not be the most beautiful infographic you’ve seen in your life, but this one surely rates high on the honesty scale… and by the end will have you wondering what the heck we’re doing. Ray, Raf and Will, the three superhero/geniuses behind the online comic series DogHouseDiaries have whipped up another brilliant, funny and true effort observing the current state of our media through graphs… lots and lots of graphs. The thing is, as you read down their list, it becomes painfully obvious that today; our many photographs, music tracks and even our friends are hopelessly disorganized.

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CrowdVoice: Tracking Voices of Protest

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Around the world people are fighting for their rights, protesting their oppressive governments, and uniting to take a stand. It’s inspirational to see stories like these and they give hope to people all over the planet. Now you can find them all in one place. CrowdVoice is a user-powered service that crowdsources information to track voices of protest from around the world. Instead of checking news, video and social networking sites for updates on the issues that matter to you, you can find it all in one place and subscribe to whichever categories you prefer. You can also add content to CrowdVoice and contribute to the Crowd by approving the submissions of others. Bill Liao, co-founder of Xing.com says, “This is the purpose for which social media was truly born for.”

Are You Suffering from Unhealthy Social Media Use?

The Internet has become the building block of information creation and storage in the modern age. It’s a place where we can create websites, publications, blogs, and micro-blogs; then transfer that knowledge to people across the globe. Social media has become one of the greatest harnessers of this technology — a vehicle that comes in many different makes and models – and provides us with a multitude of stellar platforms in which to engage and share this content. With all of this social media bliss distracting us, sickness has also come knocking on our doors. 

How Profitable and “Liked” are the Top Four World Series Contenders?

Profits and baseball have a love affair that’s filled with as much passion as the fans have for their favorite teams — and it continues to grow. The average value of a Major League Baseball team rose 16 percent during the past year to a record high of $605 million. With the battle over for the chance to play in the World Series (congrats to the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers), this infographic takes a look at the top four World Series contenders — revenue, income, value, and social networking profiles — and see if they’re a factor in a team making it to the World Series.