Support goes social and a meme that nobody asked for: Your digital week in review

CINCINNATI - In our digital week in review: There's a new go-to Twitter handle for Tri-State arts. Twitter is also where local teens are turning to rally support for a friend suffering from brain cancer. And what is Hernandezing anyway?


How do you support your friend as she goes through brain cancer treatment? A number of West Chester teens turned to Twitter by creating the @TeamHede account, dedicated to Lakota West High School sophomore Lauren Hede.

In less than 48 hours the account garnered more than 1,500 followers and #TeamHede started trending. Why did Hede’s friends Bailey Nixon and Sara Parente consider Twitter for support? “We decided to look to Twitter,” Parente said. “That is where most of the people we know, that’s where they go. We know that there’s trends and we wanted it to trend on there so others can find out.”

Facebook’s pride emoticon

Facebook emoticons let your friends know when you’re feeling happy, sad, stupid and fresh. Now you can tell them when you’re feeling pride. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8, Facebook responded with a rainbow emoticon.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg also weighed in.

“I'm proud that our country is moving in the right direction, and I'm happy for so many of my friends and their families. #PrideConnectsUs,” he posted.

The meme we could probably do without

When the online world discovered Aaron Hernandez's gun-in-the-mirror selfie, there was dismay and--close on its heels--a world of memes.

Variations on the meme abound--with water guns, toy guns and cleaning supplies. After the former NFL player was arrested on murder and various gun charges, a photo of him sparked the meme known as "Hernandezing."

Welcome @WCPOarts and @PeiksPeak!

If you haven’t noticed yet, the social media realm is constantly evolving. Here at 9 On Your Side, we’re not immune to the evolution of this medium and we’re always on the lookout for ways to bring you the best information about the things you care about.  

The Tri-State is a hot spot for fantastic arts and entertainment, which is why we’re excited to announce the addition of A&E reporter Matt Peiken to the WCPO Digital team. We’re also transitioning our entertainment Twitter account, @WCPOEntertain, to @WCPOarts – as your go-to source for local arts, events and entertainment news. Help us welcome Matt to the team by following him on Twitter @PeiksPeak, and don’t forget to follow our new arts account @WCPOarts.

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