• Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Social Distortion: Why Storming Off Facebook and Twitter Is Never a Good Idea

    Having been on social media for quite some time now, I've seen my share of Facebook and Twitter flameouts. It usually begins when a person is going through a rough time personally or is forced to suffer through a public controversy. But it can be triggered by almost anything. The problem is that whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Google Fiber: What the Hell Is Gigabit Internet and Do You Want It?

    There has been much ballyhoo in tech circles about Google Fiber and its gigabit Internet. The concept, boiled down, is that the service provides broadband Internet at speeds up to 100 times faster than a standard broadband connection. So, if you have Comcast or AT&T for your Internet, Google Fiber w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    UPDATED: Richard Justice Says Chron Getting Rid of Nonessential Blogs

    We're still trying to figure out the details, but if one of Houston's more notable (former) writers is to be believed, the Houston Chronicle is shuffling back from its unencumbered foray into the digital age. Richard Justice, who worked for 11 years as the Chronicle's pre-eminent sports columnist be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Opening for Houston Press Web Editor

    The Houston Press has an immediate opening for a full-time web editor. This position combines journalism with social media marketing and analytical data management to increase the audience for the Press on its desktop and mobile applications. The web editor assigns and edits photo slideshows, manag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Houston Press Partnering with Foursquare, and Not Just to Stalk You

    Each September, the Houston Press releases our Best of Houston® issue after slavishly compiling what we consider to be the best this city has to offer -- from theater companies and sports figures to bars and restaurants. With that in mind, we're excited to announce a new partnership with Foursquar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Even In Trying Times, The Randy Travis Social Media Train Keeps On a Rollin'

    Social media is a fun place, where you can damage your entire career or build up a massive following within just a few strokes. You can engage with your fans and help foster a community, and also you know, sell your shit. Just hours after country quasi-legend Randy Travis was arrested while drunk ... More >>

  • News

    June 28, 2012

    The 2012 Houston Web Awards

    The Houston Press rides the wave to the next group of winners.

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    I Need More Spotify! App to Offer Streaming Radio Service

    We've already talked about how Houston absolutely loves One Direction, Carly Rae Jepsen and Gotye, that somewhat fun, catchy pop music that the regular radio stations play ad nauseum according to Spotify. Now the service is adding one more feature to it's already growing stature -- and it might kick ... More >>

  • News

    May 17, 2012
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    May 14, 2012

    Five Dumb Reasons to Hate Social Media: Stand Up For Twitter & Facebook!

    There are lots of annoying things about the various social networks that exist and plenty of reasons to think they are stupid. I've enumerated a number of those reasons on this very blog. But, with all things, there are people who will hate just to hate and sites like Twitter and Facebook often make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Anti-Social: Employers Want Candidates' Facebook and Twitter Logins

    Privacy has increasingly become an important topic in the technology world. There are concerns that web sites like Google and Facebook are collecting data to sell to advertisers. There is the worry that the government is using the massive amounts of information passed around the Internet every day t ... More >>

  • News

    March 15, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    After reading our blogging colleague Katharine Shilcutt's post about Robb Walsh's tasting and pairing of Texas Gulf oysters and wines last week at Oceanaire on Westheimer, we were geeked to see a post from a wine blogger's perspective by one of our favorite Houston wine educators, Sandra Crittenden. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    App of the Week: iCab -- A Highly Recommended Alternative to Safari

    App: iCab Platform: iPhone, iPad Website: iCab Mobile Cost: $1.99 One of the great innovations of cell phone technology is the ability to use the web on a phone in much the same way you use it on your computer. When the iPhone first emerged, Apple's Safari browser was included and it was a revelati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Tasting Notes: This Week in (Women's) Wine Blogs

    Photo by Margaret Shugart, curator of a new blog, The Wine Roads of Texas.​The Wine Roads of Texas: "If you've never seen the communities that run across that vast stretch of road," writes Margaret Shugart, author of a new blog called The Wine Roads of Texas, "you are missing one of the most u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    In Memoriam: Megaupload (2005 - 2012)

    Yesterday, one of our favorite file sharing sites was struck by a government takedown around the early portions of the morning. It was swift, it was brutal and it could have been blamed on Kim Kardashian. Losing MegaUpload was a giant blow to musicians who love uploading zip or rar files of thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    12 Music Business Predictions for 2012

    Photo by Robert Bejil​Where were we? Oh yeah, crystal ball and prophesies. You ready for this? OK. What follows is a list of events we expect to befall the music industry in 2012. Yes, these are etched in stone and should be regarded as gospel. Full prophetic titillation ahead.

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    Photo via @SanCrittenden.Houston wine blogger Sandra Crittenden.​Wine Thoughts: One of the things that we love about Sandra Crittenden's blog Wine Thoughts is how she seamlessly alternates between a big, boisterous Chilean red that she picked up at the Tasting Room for "approximately $100," an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Republicans Dominate Tweeting

    ​Our modern technological age has created a lot of new ways to communicate with others. For some, these means seem cold and impersonal. For those who use them regularly, they are simply another option for sending messages into the giant black hole of data that is the Internet. For politicians ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Five Reasons Why Perry's Attempt to Block Negative Social Media Content Is a Bad Idea

    Controlling negative publicity is tough business in the modern world. Virtually everything is caught on tape -- good and bad -- and the Internet provides the ideal place for opposition. From anonymous commenters to bloggers to people on social networking sites, it is impossible to prevent negative c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    O RLY? Rockets Sending Out Open House Invites, Season Ticket Offers

    O RLY, Kevin McHale?​There is a classic Internet meme characterized by a photo of a silly-looking bird with the phrase "O RLY?" written across it. The meme was designed to signify someone's response to an outrageous statement, usually posted on a bulletin board. For example, Nerd One might say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Comment Of The Day: Second Life Represent!!

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Why, Lord? Now They're Foursquaring From Space

    Life just got better​You, like all people, just LOVE Foursquare, the web application that lets you keep up with where people you don't care about are at any given moment.Because if you don't know that someone has earned enough points to be "Mayor of Lupe Tortilla's" or some such crap, your life wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Gravitas Not Closing; The Twitter Rumor Mill Continues to Spin

    The blue plate fried chicken at Gravitas.​It started with a Twitter update from @jimbo126 this past Sunday, July 18: "Per waiter, Gravitas closing after today's bruch service. Sure felt like it - out of half the menu and no bread! Out of SALAD DRESSING." Before long, what was merely an out-of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Seven Followers, But Her Tweets Are Still Monitored By The Authorities, Maybe

    ​As much as social media broadens our horizons, be it through interpersonal or business relations, it creates a whole new universe of privacy issues. Friendswood-era college student Ashley Marzullo found that out firsthand last week after making an off-hand remark on Twitter last week on a particu ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 24, 2009

    Site Scavenging

    Internet content is the "found object" of the 21st century.

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    What It's Like To Get Outed On The Blogosphere

    Photo courtest STCLBlevins the BloggerThe famous blogger was on the computer in his mother's basement when he got the news. A rival had uncovered his true identity and would soon reveal it to the world.And so John Blevins gathered his kids and went to lunch.Blevins, a professor at South Texas Colleg ... More >>

  • News

    May 28, 2009

    Perverts, Beware

    Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Better Watch What You're Putting On Your Facebook Page

    Allegedly, more people use Facebook than e-mail, and during the last several months, Twitter became a verb. But for Corporate America, that could cause some problems, according to Houston attorney Chris Schaeper. "Twenty years ago, you might be having beers with an old frat buddy from college and ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Follow Friday for Foodies

    The group collective on Twitter, the increasingly popular micro-blogging and social networking platform, has developed a recent tradition called Follow Friday.  Follow Friday is part circle jerk, part honest and helpful advice from your Twitter friends on who to follow if you're new or simply l ... More >>

  • Music

    February 12, 2009

    Musicians on Twitter

    Is the "microblog" Internet phenomenon the next leap forward or just a tweeting waste of time?

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Tweating Out

    Twitter, the microblogging and social media tool that's become increasingly popular among the technologically hip, both young and old, has literally thousands of applications.  How any one person (or company) uses Twitter is unique unto them.While some people (also called Twitterers or Tweeple) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008
  • Music

    August 21, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 18, 2008

    Fight Obesity By Sitting Around Playing A Computer Game

    Some Houston obesity researchers are hoping that overweight people using the Internet will at least visit their virtual clinic to exercise and diet online. If that's tough to understand, it's probably because it doesn't make sense. Actually, Second Life is apparently very popular and virtual peopl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2008

    Twitter Is Very Important!

    Some legislators have embraced the Interweb’s vast system of tubes more fully than others. U.S. Rep. John Culberson, for one, has especially taken to Twitter, where he can keep constituents posted of his thoughts as they come to him, 24-7. That’s why Culberson is worried that The Man (i.e. C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2008

    Twitter This

    All right, so everyone was all in a tizzy last week when it was discovered that some American graduate student was able to get himself out of an Egyptian jail by alerting his friends through Twitter, a social-networking site that allows people to send short messages to each other. I wish they’d ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 6, 2007

    “Lawndale Has Many Friends”

    Brian Piana creates an entire art installation to gain Top Friend status

  • Music

    July 12, 2007

    Move Over, MySpace: Not So Fast

    Local musicians aren't ready to write off MySpace just yet

  • Music

    July 12, 2007

    Move Over, MySpace

    With friends like these...

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2007

    I Want My MP3

    If you haven't noticed, all hell is breaking loose right now in online digital music sales. On the main stage: Last month Amazon announced its intention to enter the fray at the end of the year, challenging iTunes' hegemony in the market. Two weeks ago, after much hand-wringing anticipation, Apple d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2007

    Sex Offenders on MySpace? No Way!

    Seven Texas sex offenders have been popped for using MySpace, according to Reuters: The seven, whose profiles on MySpace had already been removed under an internal program to weed out sex offenders prowling the News Corp.-owned site, were arrested for breaking parole or probation rules. The arrest ... More >>

  • Music

    May 17, 2007

    SoundExchange Wants to Kill Internet Radio

    On "lost" artists, found money and the murder of free enterprise

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2007

    New Media

    A lot of talk has been made about the way online media have been encroaching upon traditional print and television news. The diehards complain that bloggers don't do any original reporting, that blogs are filled with snark and overzealous accusations of bias, that real journalism is dying, being rep ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 13, 2006

    Rev It Up

    Roaring engines, screaming guitars and...Net safety?

  • News

    December 29, 2005


    And you thought those audio files were only used for music

  • News

    October 28, 2004

    The Blog Age

    Matt Mullenweg helps usher in the real information revolution, one Web log at a time

  • News

    July 18, 2002

    Three Stooges?

    Plus: Aid for AIDS, No Dogfight, Boys of Brazil

  • Music

    July 4, 2002

    Damming the Streams

    The major labels want the Internet to be as arid as the airwaves

  • Music

    January 10, 2002

    Napster's Spawn

    File-sharing copycats keep free music alive on the Net. The Big Five labels still call it theft.

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