Know what HTTP, URL, and API mean? You should.

HTTP. URL. API. Huh? Behind the pretty designs and interface of every technology, there are internet foundations, elements and tech terms that enable the internet and our ability to access it. We call this the “meat”. It’s so easy to get caught up in the logistics of coding, that a surprising number of people are clueless as what makes up the web’s the foundation. It’s important to refresh on the basic terminology. But it’s hard to remember what this stuff…

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Social Media’s First Presidential Election

FDR Won with Radio. JFK won with TV. DJT won with Social Media. As a first time voter, I cast my Presidential Election ballot early in the morning with no line ahead of me. As a social media manager at Content Carnivores, I couldn’t just ignore it during the day, but held off becoming obsessed with the coverage, and started streaming election coverage on my computer and other devices around 7pm. It all went into overload from there. I constantly…

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DDoS, IoT and ‘Password’ as your Password

The DDoS IoT led password zombie attack last week hit a nerve. Internet-connected toys, cameras, DVRs and other devices with neglected passwords were hacked. Collectively, millions of our devices were deployed to break the internet by pounding DYN, a company that hosts domain name servers. We all have a lot of accounts and a lot of passwords. If the security of the internet is in the hands of people who have ‘Admin’ as their password, we now feel a lot…

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Cubs Goat Recipe. It works!

Lots of talk around Wrigley about curses. First, the Cubs haven’t won the Series since 1908. Then, in their most recent 1945 World Series appearance, the Billy Goat Tavern owner cursed them to never win again.  The last time they were this close to being in the Series, there was the Bartman Incident in the 8th Inning of the 2003 NLCS, with the fan sitting in Seat 113. And now, after 71 years of World Series appearance droughts and 13…

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Snapchat, College Recruiting and $25B Question

Ever wonder why students apply to one college over the other? Ever wonder why some companies are valued at billions of dollars? Social media companies that catch fire have traditionally been started by making themselves irresistible and essential parts of college-aged users’ lives. But can a photo that only appears for 24 hours and features a group of strangers wearing pirate hats sway a student to choose a college? Is there a correlation here? Let’s look at that little Facebook…

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