Posts tagged Lauren Bertolini
“ The Hairpin is chock-full of beauty how-to videos, advice columns, dating tips and fashion picks… Though many topics are decidedly girly, the Hairpin’s writers and commenters offer enough intelligence, humor and down-to-earth charm to set the blog apart from the magazines it sometimes spoofs.”
That is from Time’s blurb on The Hairpin, part of its list of The Best Blogs of 2011. If any blog deserves a spot on this list, it’s The Hairpin. THAT BEING SAID, beauty how-to videos, dating tips and fashion picks are only a sliver of what The Hairpin has to offer. It drives me crazy that even when a woman’s interest site is able to offer more than relationship and cosmetic advice, that is still the only way that writers know how to introduce them.
I Actually Feel Bad for Paris HIlton. The girl just couldn’t get it together during this mid-press junket Q&A with The Feast. The result is this incredibly hard to watch video full of vacant stares and shifty eyes. When asked “Do you know your limits” THREE TIMES, she stalled until her publicist explained “limits” are “daring.”
Klout Knows Me Better Than I Know Myself! Klout released “K+” on Wednesday which, accourding to Klout, is “the ability to vouch for your peers’ influence in topics.” Those topics are generated by an algorithm and, well, I’m going to go out on a ledge here (where the birds are because apparently I LOVE BIRDS) and say that Klout is still working through some kinks on this one. Because I am not actually a person of influence on either topic.
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“ Of the top 21 sites for which there were data, Twitter showed up as referring links to just nine. And for all but one of those nine, Twitter sent only about 1% of total traffic.”
That’s from the Pew study “Navigating News Online,” which breaks down traffic at the top news sites. The low volume of Twitter referrals is not surprising. Looking at Twitter success stories, they usually refer to live-tweets during primetime (think Bad Girls Club, or the Oscars), shared insights (Princess Beatrice’s hat!), or actionable tweets around breaking news (think #jan25, or #OBL). A news site may earn new readers by breaking news on Twitter (with or without a link), but I’m not sure they can ever really expect big numbers of direct referrals.
“ In other words, Twitter was faster, more accurate, and more entertaining than any other news source out there. Which means the next time my dad asks me why anybody would use Twitter, I’ll finally have a good response.”
That’s from a Business Insider post with the headline “Twitter Just Had Its CNN Moment”. I would totally understand the headline “Twitter Breaks The Big One” or “Twitter Steals Obama’s Thunder,” etc. etc. But let’s not forget about the plane crash into the Hudson, the Discovery Channel gunman, the discovery of ice on Mars, and the 2008 Mumbai attacks. I think it’s fair to say Twitter had its “CNN Moment” a long time ago.
Celebrating The Royal Wedding with Tea and Scones Our tiara-wearing office manager is currently hosting a little party for everyone who happens to be at work at 9AM on a Friday. I imagine that we’re not the only office celebrating the wedding in a stereotypical British way. And in case you’re wondering, yes, that is a Royal Wedding mug given to me by a co-worker, and yes, that is Welch’s jam next to my cafeteria-provided scone. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH ANY OF THIS.