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Robin Roberts Comes Out On Facebook (BuzzFeed)
Robin Roberts, who has long shielded her romantic life from the public, came out on Facebook on Sunday. The popular co-host from ABC’s Good Morning America, who has been a key part of the show’s ascent to No. 1 in the morning television wars, posted a picture of her dog, KJ, along with a message. CNN In the message, Roberts wrote: “I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together.” While Roberts did not give her girlfriend’s last name, People magazine identified her as Amber Laign, a licensed massage therapist from San Francisco whom she met through mutual friends a decade ago. The Huffington Post By including God in her first public acknowledgement of her sexuality, she joins other public figures who have celebrated their orientations as well as their religions, including Anderson Cooper and NBA player Jason Collins. Senior religion editor Paul Brandeis Raushenbush wrote in a blog post,”Cooper and Collins are doing something very important by including religious talk within their coming out essays. Essentially they are insisting that God created, supports and loves them — including their sexuality, not in spite of it.” Los Angeles Times Roberts’ friends and co-workers have reportedly known about her sexual orientation for a long time, CNN reported. “We love Robin and Amber, who we have all known for a long time,” ABC News said in a statement of support issued Monday (via Buzzfeed). “We were so touched by Robin’s Facebook message [today] and so thankful for all the loving support she has in her life.” MSNBC On Sunday, first lady Michelle Obama tweeted: “.@RobinRoberts, I am so happy for you and Amber! You continue to make us all proud. -mo” Collins also tweeted: “So proud and happy for @RobinRoberts – I wish you all the love and joy in the world. XO”
73 Percent of Adults Used Social Networks in 2013 (and Teens Don’t Like it) (VentureBeat)
The Pew Research Center Internet Project released the results of its 2013 social media report Monday, which found that 73 percent of online adults use a social networking site of some kind, and 42 percent of adults use multiple sites. Adult usage of Facebook increased from 67 percent to 71 percent in 2013, while Pinterest saw the greatest gain — 21 percent of adults now use Pinterest, up from 15 percent last year.
Six Social Media New Year’s Resolutions (SocialTimes)
Now is the perfect time to evaluate your social media strategy and figure out how to be more successful in the new year. Here are six social media New Year’s resolutions for 2014.
Netflix Unveils $6.99 Monthly Plan to Attract New Users, but Limits Viewing to SD and One Device at a Time (The Next Web)
Netflix has introduced a new tier to its pricing option in an effort to gain new subscribers. AdWeek noticed that the video-on-demand service now lets users pay $1 less for the service, but with two restrictions: viewing is limited to standard definition and content can be viewed on only one screen at a time.
Researchers Stranded in Antarctica Use Twitter, Vine, YouTube to Update the World (AllTwitter)
Social media is truly more than an entertainment channel and time-waster: a team of 74 researchers stranded in Antarctica have been using Twitter, Vine, YouTube, Google+ and Skype to live-broadcast their situation. The team’s ship is stuck in thick ice impenetrable by a rescue mission from a Chinese icebreaker.
Woman Spends a Year Re-creating Selfies Taken on Lost iPhone (Mashable)
Danielle Bruckman found the world’s most talented selfie snapper after misplacing her iPhone. Last New Year’s Eve, Bruckman’s phone went missing. A month later, selfies of a mysterious man with a mustache began appearing on her iCloud.
ESPN’s Dedication to TV Anywhere and the Second Screen Continues to Pay Dividends (LostRemote)
When we reported on ESPN’s multi-platform growth in September, the company had just seen its largest monthly unique reach ever: 72.7 million unique visitors across desktop, mobile and tablets, according to comScore Multi-Platform data. While the number dropped in November, ESPN had a 35 percent share of the sports category, a 20 percent lift compared to September.
Twitter’s Latest Experiment Lets You Favorite Users on Android (The Verge)
Twitter’s experiment with promoting its Favorite button seems to have worked, and now it’s looking to see what else the button can do. The company’s latest experiment involves letting users favorite accounts — not just tweets — and can be found inside the most recent version of its Android app.
Statigr.am: Your Best Five Instagram Images in One Quick Personal Video (AppNewser)
It’s hard to miss all of the year-end stories on the Web this time of year, and it’s no different on Instagram where nearly 40,000 users have been using Statigr.am to create short videos of their best photos from 2013. To get started, visit Statigr.am, and connect your photo account.