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CINCINNATI - It's been a happening week in the social realm, so let's recap some of the big social media moments during the week of April 1, 2013.
Facebook reveals brand new Facebook Home
Contrary to rumors that have been circulating for a month or so, Facebook's April 4 announcement wasn't a new "Facebook Phone," but rather, a new interface to make the platform much more mobile-friendly. Mark Zuckerberg said the company understands that a majority of users are visiting the site from mobile devices and wants to improve those users' experience. For all you die-hard Apple aficionados, a catch -- Facebook Home will only be available on Android devices (at least for now). Still, for all you naysayers who think Facebook is losing its edge, it's clear that the largest social media site on the planet has a few more tricks up its proverbial sleeves.
The Internet fights back against April Fool's Day pranks
Monday was somewhat of a holiday -- and I'm not just talking about Opening Day. April Fool's Day is potentially the single greatest day for those cunning pranksters who can't wait to shine amongst a throng of wannabes covering toilet seats with Saran wrap or smearing Vaseline on door handles. But it's 2013, which means the pranks are going digital. Check out some of the biggest April Fool's pranks to hit the world wide web this year. As for me, I'm still reeling from Internet prank that had me believing Andrew Lincoln was leaving "The Walking Dead."
The Harlem Shake is here to stay
Like it? Love it? Loathe it? Just 40 days after it hit YouTube, the Harlem Shake reached a billion hits. My personal favorite? The delightful version performed by the Backstreet Boys , because it contains two of my favorite things: Captain America and, well, the Backstreet Boys.
Daniel Victor hates hashtags
A story by the New York Times social media editor hating on the hashtag is getting a lot of online traction -- a.) because he believes them to be harmful and "aesthetically damaging" and b.) because people like me tend to view a good hashtag as fondly as a mother views her child. Part his argument: large-scale hashtags like #SuperBowl or #art will not help you join in the conversation because SO many people are using it that your lone Tweet will simply get lost; and hashtags that your own mind dreams up don't make sense because there's no one else Tweeting with that hashtag. You can read his full argument here and make your own assessment: http://www.niemanlab.org/2013/03/hashtags-considered-harmful/
Want to defend the beloved hashtag? Share YOUR favorite Harlem Shake video with me? Breathe a sign of relief that we're not losing Rick Grimes? Come chat with me on Twitter @jennyfromthebak
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