#Eastwooding is the Twitter meme of the day
Eastwood, for those who missed it, spent a large part of his speech talking to an empty chair that played the part of President Obama. The reaction on Twitter, as The Washington Post’s Jen Chaney noted, was nearly instant and almost uniformly perplexed.
Of course, the Twittersphere — the people who brought you Tebowing, planking and owling — soon flooded the social network with pictures of people casting admonishing fingers their own empty chairs. Or glaring at empty chairs. Or having their pets glare at empty chairs.
Here’s a look at some of what’s out there:
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In online video, minorities find an audience
This story originally appeared in Saturday’s edition of The Washington Post:
Catch Kevin Wu’s latest comedy program on YouTube, and you might think he’s nothing more than a young Asian American talking to a camera in his bedroom. But almost each of his shows command at least 2 million views — rivaling the nightly TV audiences of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
A disproportionate share of YouTube’s top personalities are minorities, a striking contrast to the most popular shows on mainstream television, where the stars are largely white. These minority-produced, home-grown shows are drawing massive audiences — the top one has 5.2 million subscribers — enough to attract the attention of major advertisers.
On Wu’s videos, ads for Mazda and Toyota pop up. Michelle Phan, a Vietnamese American beauty guru, who ranks 20th among YouTube’s most popular channels, has become a spokeswoman for Lancome. YouTube declined to reveal how much such producers earn, but it says hundreds of them make at least six figures annually.
“A lot of U.S. marketers are leaving minority audiences on the table,” said Seneca Mudd, the director of industry initiatives at the Interactive Advertising Bureau. “Advertisers would ignore that trend at their own peril.”Continue reading this post »
Facebook buys Instagram: Social media users react
Facebook announced Monday that it will acquire the photo-sharing software company Instagram for the sum of $1 billion.
The announcement was met with a flurry of responses on social media, including hundreds of photos on Instagram and tens of thousands of shares and likes of the original post by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Read reactions of social media users, plus official statements from both Facebook and Instagram:Continue reading this post »