LinkedIn Up to 722 Million Members, Continues to See ‘Record Levels of Engagement’SOCIALMEDIATODAY.COM — Given more people are looking for work amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s little surprise that LinkedIn has seen increased usage, with parent company Microsoft reporting that the professional social network saw ‘record levels of engagement’ – up 31% – in the most recent quarter. The findings are listed in Microsoft’FY21 Q1 report, which the company published this week, outlining its key performance highlights in the period.
YouTube guided meditation video views skyrocket during pandemicMASHABLE.COM — We’re all trying to cope with this year. We all know what triggered that. As social distancing and new work-from-home routines settled into place throughout the U.this year, many apparently turned to YouTube as a relaxation source. There were also more than 1 billion views for Do-It-Yourself face mask tutorials on the site. .
Twitter backs down, unlocks Post’s accountNYPOST.COM — Twitter backed down Friday in its battle with The Post and unlocked its main account after a two-week stalemate over its Hunter Biden exposé. In a series of tweets, the social-media giant said it was revising its “Hacked Materials Policy” and “updating our practice of not retroactively overturning prior enforcement.” “Our policies are living documents,” said one of the tweets from @TwitterSafety.
University apparel emblazoned with ‘CUM’ is a chaotic internet mysteryMASHABLE.COM — Delighted and embarrassed students and other internet users shared on TikTok and elsewhere that a private Lutheran school, Concordia University of Michigan, appeared to have recently debuted a rather unfortunate and/or glorious new line of athletic wear. The new line prominently featured what people assumed was the university’s acronym: CUM.
The Lincoln Project is giving liberals something no else one canMASHABLE.COM — The Lincoln Project occupies a strange place on the internet, one that neither liberals or conservatives could imagine existing prior to President Trump’s election. Founded by former Republican strategists who view Trump as an existential threat to American democracy, it has an obsessive focus: Vote him and his Congressional enablers out of office.
The most popular Halloween costumes are pretty basic, according to GoogleMASHABLE.COM — Thankfully, “the coronavirus” didn’t make Google Trends’ top Halloween costume list. . The company created the Frightgeist portal to inject a little spooky flair into highlighting what people are looking at for Halloween inspiration, even if it’s just for a Zoom costume party. The top 50 costumes in the U.starts with the most stereotypical outfit for Oct.
Missing Halloween while the pandemic rages on? Twitter’s got you covered.MASHABLE.COM — Hm. “Happy” may be a bit too much in this, the year of our shared pandemic. But it Oct. 31, the day of Halloween, and a little lockdown isn’t going to stop people from dressing up. Especially since social media exists. It may not be as easy to go trick-or-treating in 2020, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate all the hard work that went into crafting inventive costumes.
How to be a witch without stealing other people’s culturesMASHABLE.COM — Witchcraft isn’t just for Halloween anymore — it’s a lifestyle. The recent rise of WitchTok (a portmanteau of witch and TikTok) is the only latest manifestation of the internet coven’s magical ascendence, ranging from your everyday basic witch to the “influencer witches” who dominate every…
To reboot GoPro, CEO Nick Woodman went back to basicsMASHABLE.COM — Things are looking up for GoPro. After a tumultuous couple of years — which saw the action-camera company enter and then leave the drone business, get squeezed harder by increasingly competitive smartphone cameras, and ride a steady wave of criticism of its product line — GoPro appears to have…
TikTok stars got a judge to block Trump’s TikTok banTECHCRUNCH.COM — has won another battle in its fight against the Trump administration’s ban of its video-sharing app in the U.— or, more accurately in this case, the TikTok community won a battle. On Friday, a federal judge in Pennsylvania has issued an injunction that blocked the restrictions that would have otherwise blocked TikTok from operating in the U.on November 12.
9 easy meme-inspired Halloween costumes for 2020MASHABLE.COM — Meme costumes, like most meme references, rarely age well. But after this disaster of a year, any attempt at levity is probably appreciated. . 2020’s memes were different than previous years, with TikTok trends dominating internet culture as app downloads skyrocketed through quarantine. The memes from pre-quarantine are drastically different from the memes that were born after the pandemic struck, but if you want to remind people of the Before Times this Halloween, try on a few of these ideas.
Forget marijuana. Mushrooms are on the ballot on November 3FASTCOMPANY.COM — The nation’s capital simply wants to decriminalize the drug. Oregon goes a step further: It proposes legalizing it for medical purposes and establishing an infrastructure for administering mushrooms in clinical settings by trained professionals. Though psychedelic experts agree psilocybin can help overcome mental health issues, these frameworks are proving more contentious, as are claims that the measures will curb drug arrests and incarceration.
5 essential Zoom hacks to improve your virtual hangoutsMASHABLE.COM — Weird times call for weird measures, and that means thousands and thousands of people using a business video conferencing app to show off their cats to their friends during a nationwide quarantine. Zoom has gotten a bunch of interest in the past few weeks as Americans scramble to figure out the right video chat app for them.