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Foursquare CEO and Wife Fake a Bib for the Boston Marathon (BetaBeat)
Dennis Crowley, Foursquare founder, ran with bib number 34001 at the Boston Marathon, which he qualified for this year as he was unable to complete the race in 2013. However, Mrs. Crowley did not qualify for a bib this time around. Rather than wait for her chance in 2015, they created a fake bib. Mashable The fakery was uncovered after Kathy Brown, the rightful owner of bib 34033, looked for pictures of herself on the marathon’s official photo site. She spotted Chelsa Crowley, who had written her Twitter handle — @chelsa — on her bib of the same number. New York Daily News Brown posted those pictures on Instagram and asked for help in identifying the unofficial runners, known as bandits. Now the Boston Athletic Association is investigating, and the tight-knit running community is asking whether social media are giving new legs to a tradition that is almost as old as the race itself. Boston Globe The Foursquare CEO wrote a public apology on WCVB’s website. Crowley, a Medway native, wrote, “Using a duplicate number to get Chelsa into the starting corral with me was wrong.” New York Post Crowley did little to shield herself from detection — and even scrawled her Twitter handle on her bib in pictures from the race. She later tweeted, “shh!!” after being asked whether the bib was fake before getting overrun with criticism.
North Carolina Woman Posted to Facebook a Minute Before Fatal Crash (Greensboro News & Record)
Police confirmed a Clemmons, North Carolina, woman was killed when her car veered into the path of an oncoming heavy-duty truck posted a message on Facebook a minute before the wreck. Courtney Ann Sanford, 32, posted a message Friday about “how the ‘Happy’ song makes her happy,” High Point police Lt. Charles Lanier said Saturday. The message was posted at 8:33 a.m., he said.
Marlee Matlin on Closed Caption Fails, Web Video and the Power of a Tweet (Media Beat)
Mediabistro recently sat down with Marlee Matlin, who talked about how she’s teaming up with Viki for the Billion Words March, a campaign to crowdsource subtitles for streaming video. “It’s not just a few people who need this. We’re talking about hundreds of millions of people around the world who are deaf and hard of hearing but who deserve access to entertainment, no matter what language they speak,” she said in a statement announcing the campaign.
It’s Not Just You: Facebook Showing Empty News Feeds Worldwide with ‘No Content in This Feed’ Error (The Next Web)
Facebook had a major outage on Sunday, with users all over the world reporting that while they’re able to access the site, it’s not actually showing any content in their News Feed. The site was showing placeholder images where your friends’ statuses should be.
Facebook Tweaks Names of Page Admin Roles (AllFacebook)
In related news, Facebook made some minor changes to the names of its various page administration roles, but their capabilities were not altered. The social network updated this section of its Help Center.
Anger Toward Donald Sterling Spreads Through Social Media (Los Angeles Times)
Vitriol toward Clippers owner Donald Sterling surged through social media Saturday as outrage over his alleged racist comments in an audio recording found a home in tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram snapshots. The anger, usually attached to the fast-growing #DonaldSterling and #BoycottClippers hashtags, crossed the nation.
‘Last Week Tonight’ Urges Fans to Keep Ignoring the News Ahead of its Premiere (LostRemote)
John Oliver has been making the interview rounds to promote his new HBO show “Last Week Tonight.” And his show is getting clever on social.
Social Media-Driven ‘Chef’ Movie is Tribeca Film Festival Darling (Mashable)
A story about how delicate and powerful the social-media world can be for both growing and squashing a business was awarded the audience choice award for Best Narrative at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night. Written and directed by Jon Favreau (Swinger), “Chef” made its New York debut this week at the festival, and features a cast of Hollywood heavy hitters including Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo and Dustin Hoffman.
Social Media Business Statistics, Facts, Figures & Trends 2014 [Infographic] (AllTwitter)
Did you know that studies have shown that three-quarters of customers rely on social media to influence their purchasing decisions, with eight in 10 also influenced by their friends’ posts? This infographic from CeBIT looks at some key social business statistics and trends for 2014.