My 'trickle down economics' tweet went crazy viral and here's a play-by-play

Mashable - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 12:06

I've tweeted over 60,000 times, but I'd never seen anything like this. 

As of this writing, one of my tweets has collected 100,000 likes and over 42,000 retweets, and counting. All in less than 24 hours. 

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The tweet is not extraordinary. It's a simple pictograph, a sort of word illustration, that offers my perspective on one particularly pervasive piece of economic theory.   

Trickle Down Economics
Trickle Down Economic
Trickle Down Economi
Trickle Down Econom
Trickle Down Econo
Trickle Down Econ
Trickle Down Eco
Trickle Down Ec
Trickle Down E
Trickle Dow
Trickle Do
Trickle D

— Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) December 2, 2017

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Everyone is sharing this clip to point out the hypocrisy of Flynn's guilty plea

Mashable - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 16:11

Michael Flynn has plead guilty to lying to the FBI and many on social media have resurfaced a clip from his RNC speech to point out his hypocrisy. Read more...

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James Comey throws shade at Flynn and Trump with first Instagram post

Mashable - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 15:10

As hellfire prepares to rain down on the White House, former FBI Director James Comey is chillin', you know, just getting his Instagram on.

After news broke that Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russia, Comey responded by posting his first Instagram and trolling the men with a biblical verse about justice.

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"'But justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream' Amos 5:24," Comey captioned a photo of Great Falls Park in Virginia, one which he's shared on social media before. Read more...

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Reddit found this dude's stolen car in a matter of hours

Mashable - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:56

Getting your car stolen is one of the worst things, but finding it can be MUCH easier than it was a decade ago.

Over Thanksgiving week, Sebastiaan de With, a freelance designer and photographer, got his Land Rover Defender stolen in the San Francisco Bay Area, after just having purchased it a little over a year ago.

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Desperate to find any help in locating his car, de With decided to post about it on Twitter and Reddit, asking people to contact him if they happen to see it.

"I thought it'd be pointless to post it, but on the other hand, I really wanted to find my car," de With told the SF Gate. "They're extremely hard cars to find in the U.S., and I was waiting on an appraiser to come around to get full coverage, full-value insurance. So it being gone meant I had absolutely nothing, not even a claim payout." Read more...

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U.S. tourists arrested for baring their butts outside a Thai temple for Instagram

Mashable - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 17:35

It's all fun and games on Instagram until you post a partially naked photo of yourself in front of a sacred Thai temple and get arrested.

That's how the saying goes, at least for U.S. tourists and Instagram stars Joseph and Travis Dasilva, who were arrested in Thailand on Tuesday and charged with public indecency after snapping a photo of their bare bums in front of Bangkok's famous Wat Arun temple.

As The Bangkok Post noted, immigration police apprehended the 38-year-old U.S. citizens at Don Mueang airport on warrants pertaining to the revealing pictures on their Instagram account, "Traveling Butts," which soon went viral after being posted. Read more...

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Here's a $30 tool that uses competitor data to improve your social media game

Mashable - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 16:15

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.

Social media is an integral component to any marketing strategy. Or it should be. Knowing your way around Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms isn’t just a perk anymore — it’s a must. And to be at the top of your game, you need to know what your competitors are up to.

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Enter Social Insider, a tool used by more than 4,000 companies, including Blitzmetrics, Skyscanner, and Vice. Social Insider lets you see your competitors' posts, content performance, engagement metrics, audience growth, boosted posts, hashtags, and more — making it easier for you to see what works and what doesn’t. Read more...

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China is deleting posts about a kindergarten allegedly abusing its toddlers

Mashable - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 04:57

As anger swells around a Chinese kindergarten accused of abusing its toddlers, online discussion about the topic has been systematically deleted.

Earlier this week, the RYB Education New World kindergarten in Beijing was accused of feeding drugs to toddlers, and injecting them with unknown substances.

Outside of Beijing, the group runs over 500 kindergartens in China. 

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Parents have started protesting and circulating alleged photos of abuse online.

But comments and posts about the topic are disappearing on Chinese social media, which the state monitors and scrubs of objectionable content regularly. Read more...

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Man who deactivated Trump's Twitter account thought it wouldn't actually work

Mashable - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 19:52

The identity of the Twitter employee who briefly deactivated Donald Trump's Twitter account is no longer a secret.

The former Twitter employee has finally come forward to share his perspective on what happened that day. Speaking to TechCrunch, Bahtiyar Duysak, who worked as a contractor at Twitter's San Francisco HQ, says he now thinks his actions were a "mistake." 

More surprising, though, he says he didn't think his actions would actually result in Trump's account being deactivated.

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While Duysak, a German national, doesn't offer much explanation about why he chose to remove the account in the final minutes of his job at Twitter, he apparently thought Trump's twitter was "was essentially protected from being deactivated over Terms of Service violations." Read more...

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Instagram is testing a bunch of new features, including GIF search for Stories

Mashable - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 15:47

We may have just gotten an early look at a ton of new Instagram features.

Instagram has been busy testing several new features, including a "close friends" feature, GIF search, and the ability to follow specific hashtags the way you'd follow an account, according to the tech site The Next Web.

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One of the most interesting features the website found was something called "close friends," which will allow users to share posts with only a small group of their closest friends. This appears to be an extension of the "favorites" feature the app began testing earlier this year. Read more...

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Facebook's AI suicide prevention tool can save lives, but the company won't say how it works

Mashable - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 11:29

For many people who've dedicated their lives to preventing suicide, social media posts can be a precious dataset that contains hints about what people say and do before they attempt suicide.  

In the past few years, researchers have built algorithms to learn which words and emoji are associated with suicidal thoughts. They've even used social media posts to retrospectively predict the suicide deaths of certain Facebook users. 

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Now Facebook itself has rolled out new artificial intelligence that can proactively identify heightened suicide risk and alert a team of human reviewers who are trained to reach out to a user contemplating fatal self-harm.  Read more...

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How to put old photos in your social media stories

Mashable - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 13:06

Stories started with Snapchat, then Instagram and Facebook added their own versions to try and win our loyalty. 

There are crazy amounts of ways to make your story unique within each app. But you might not know that you can also post old photos in your current stories.

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Here's how to put photos you've already taken in your stories on Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook. Just note that your followers might get a little annoyed if you do it too much.


Access Snapchat and camera roll photos at the bottom of your screen.

Image: molly sequin/mashable

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All the people (and things) Trump actually thinks are racist

Mashable - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:03

President Donald Trump has had an especially hard time convincing Americans he's not racist this week.

What with blaming "many sides" and the "alt-left" after this weekend's deadly violence in Charlottesville — despite white supremacists and neo-Nazis being at the heart of the protests against the removal of a Confederate statue — he's making it pretty hard to believe otherwise. 

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Trump received a great deal of backlash for refusing to directly condemn white supremacists, the KKK, and neo-Nazis until Monday, and that statement was undermined by his off-the-rails press conference a day later that once again blamed "both sides," emboldening the KKK and white supremacists.  Read more...

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LinkedIn is rolling out video creation on its mobile app

Mashable - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 05:12

LinkedIn wants to let users share as much as possible on the site. So in its latest effort the social media company is rolling out a video creation tool within its mobile app

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The feature is only available for frequent contributors at the moment, but will be available to everyone else soon.

"Some stories are better shown than told. Video allows you to evoke emotion, transport viewers, teach something or share some incredible piece of insight when words and images alone aren't enough," LinkedIn wrote in the announcement email. "We can't wait to see how you use this new way to tell your stories on LinkedIn."  Read more...

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Obama's Charlottesville response just became most-liked tweet in history

Mashable - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 22:22

Barack Obama may not be the president anymore but that's not stopping him from making history.

In the wake of the deadly clash between neo-Nazi hate groups and protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, President Donald Trump's usually eager Twitter fingers remained inactive for hours  while Obama rose to the challenge of addressing the nation.

Now, just days after the former president responded to the tragic violence with a powerful Nelson Mandela quote, his tweet has become the most-liked in history.

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Instagram is updating its comments with conversation threads

Mashable - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:38

Today, Instagram announced a major upgrade to its comments section that will let people thread different conversations under a single post.

The feature was first reported as a test on Android apps earlier this summer, but now, the company is adding threaded comments to everyone's accounts on both Android and iOS.

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When users hit "reply" on a comment after today's update, the comment will appear in a nested thread. Before the update, all replies lived in one column, making it difficult to have multiple conversations on the same post. Read more...

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Obama responds to Charlottesville with one of the most liked tweets in history

Mashable - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 17:57

After a "Unite the Right" white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly on Saturday, former president Barack Obama reached out on Twitter to comfort Americans.

While President Trump was silent on the platform, refusing to address the violent clash between hate groups and protesters for hours, Obama shared a powerful message in the form of a Nelson Mandela quote about hate and the potential to love.

The first of Obama's three tweets has since become the third most-liked tweet in history at the time of writing this article, according to Esquire

SEE ALSO: Protesters, journalists capture sobering images of racists marching in Charlottesville Read more...

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