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  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Real Life The Purge Hoaxes Hit The Woodlands Social Media

    The day before Halloween in 1938, a rather young Orson Wells took to the radio airwaves and scared the living hell out of people. The broadcast was part of a re-enactment of the H.G. Wells book War of the Worlds, but innocent unsuspecting listeners were duped into believing aliens had landed on Eart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Sheriff's Deputy Sues Over New HCSO Social Media Policy

    If you're a Harris County Sheriff's Office employee, good luck sticking to the new restrictions put in place by the HCSO higher-ups that dictate what you can and can't post on social media. Under the new policy, HCSO employees risk disciplinary action if their Facebook or Twitter posts "cause undu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Texas Blizzard Shave Ice Receives a Proclamation from the (Dairy) Queen

    blizzard (bliz´erd) n. 1 a severe thunderstorm characterized by colt temperatures and heavy drifting of snow 2 an overwhelming number or amount; deluge 3 a frozen treat made by Dairy Queen and only Dairy Queen. No, wait, that third definition isn't accurate, though it may soon be if the fast food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Weather Channel's Snarky Social Media Editor Probably Lost Their Job (UPDATED)

    Update:Looks like the Weather Channel is still working on damage control. We got the following statement from "This morning one of our team members used sarcasm in an unfortunate and unacceptable way on our Twitter account. It was not our intention to offend and we are sorry that we †... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Facebook's Paper App is Stylish and Interesting, but Has Critical Flaws

    For years, Facebook's mobile development has been oddly haphazard. From the painfully inconsistent upgrades to its flagship app to the random release of various apps for an array of different needs (Pages, Photos, etc), it has felt more like the mobile team at FB was divided up into about 20 differe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Facebook's Whatsapp Purchase Reminds Us Tech is For the Kids

    In the span of three months, Facebook, the massive social media giant, offered more than $20 billion (billion with a 'b') for a pair of messaging apps. The first was SnapChat, the photo message sharing app your kids love and you probably know nothing about, which turned down $3 billion from Zuckerbe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    RodeoHouston Giving Away Prizes as Part of a Social Media Scavenger Hunt

    RodeoHouston is offering prizes for winners of the social media scavenger hunt that runs from February 17-21 via their Twitter account @RODEOHOUSTON. The hunt will be held in a different public location in Houston each day. There will be one winner each day. The prizes include an array of Rodeo item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Facebook Turns 10: Four Websites That Wish It Had Never Been Created

    The brainchild of Marc Zuckerberg, a website designed mainly to meet chicks, Facebook was born on this day 10 years ago. Like so many tech projects of the last 30 years, it started as a kid with an idea and some programming skills. Now, it is a multi billion dollar company and the most visited websi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Dwight Howard's Instagram Account Is The Bizarro Johnny Football Account

    With Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the like, the argument can very easily be made that we know too much about athletes in this day and age. (Actually, the argument can be made that we know too much about everybody in this day and age, but this is a sports blog post, so stay focused, Sean.) So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    Are You an Old Person? Don't Fall for the Grandparent Scam!

    The FBI and Houston elder law attorney Kimberly Hegwood are warning folks of a dastardly scam targeting the elderly: "Often referred to as the 'Grandparent Scam' by the FBI, unsuspecting seniors are finding themselves awakened late at night or early in the morning by a 'grandchild' claiming to have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    There Goes the Blues: Tributes Pour In For Texas Johnny Brown

    Even for an 85-year-old bluesman who wrote his best-known song during the JFK administration, Monday night social media was full of love for Texas Johnny Brown, the soft-spoken, sharp-dressed guitarist who passed away earlier in the day after a relatively brief battle with liver cancer. "It is with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    A T-Rex, an Investigation, and #SitDownWendy - Catching Up With the Filibuster Fallout

    Forty-eight hours after Sen. Wendy Davis began the Great Texas Abortion Filibuster, the state has gathered its breath. Having spent nearly a full work day suffering through the largest Democratic victory Texas has known in years, Gov. Rick Perry promptly overrode Davis's efforts -- knowing the tea p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Burger King's Twitter Account Hacked: The Best Responses Across Twitter

    Starting around 11 a.m. yesterday morning, a merry prankster "hacked" Burger King's Twitter account and began posting status updates in a style which Gizmodo writer Sam Biddle described as "a combination of McDonald's and amphetamine addict." Read the first fake Tweet from the Burger King account: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Denise Pratt: Family Court Judge Issues Blanket Gag Order, Because it Sucks When the Public Knows What's Going On

    We've heard of judges issuing gag orders in especially sensitive cases, but until now, we've never heard of a judge issuing a blanket gag order: Harris County Family Court Judge Denise Pratt on January 23 sent a motion to attorneys in her court involved with SAPCR cases -- suits affecting parent-chi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Projection: Social Media Wins Big in 2012

    Thanks a lot Christians, for not showing up.You disgust me.— Victoria Jackson (@vicjackshow) November 7, 2012 Amidst the pundits and the graphics and the touch screen monitors and the iPads strapped to the arms of The Daily Show's John Oliver, probably the most watched network on election ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    TDCJ's Existing Nonexistent Facebook Policy: Its CFO Was Facebook Friend with Inmate, Too

    A prison guard fired for being Facebook friends with an inmate was reinstated after it was discovered that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's chief financial officer was Facebook friends with the same dude. The alleged idiocy was uncovered by The Backgate, a blog run by TDCJ employee Duane ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    B(r)and Awareness: 5 Easy Tips to Maintain Your Web Presence

    Doing research on famous bands is easy. If you're famous enough to have your own Wikipedia entry, then you're big enough to have dozens of pages on the Internet about you filled with the most interesting and boring bits of minutia. Anything a blogger needs to know to interview, write about, or make ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Phantom Cellphone Vibration Syndrome Is Real, Damn It

    Talk about a first-world, (half) white person problem to have. This past week I developed a sporadic vibration in my left thigh where my cellphone usually resides when it rests in my pocket. I will feel a phantom vibration every few minutes that mimics my phone's notification buzz. It got worse at F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    ReShonda Tate Billingsley: Local Author's Punishment Of Daughter Sparks Social-Media Debate

    ReShonda Tate Billingsley is a romance author of such books as Can I get a Witness? and Holy Rollers. It's not her writing that has people talking about her online, though, it's what's happened with her daughter. Tate Billingsley's daughter posted a picture of herself on Instagram holding a vodka ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Who Are You? The Weird World of Twitter Bios Reveals Politics, Marital Status and Justin Bieber Love

    It's a very odd thing to have a 140-character bio. Any person in marketing will tell you that good ideas require an "elevator pitch," meaning you could pitch your idea in the time it takes to travel a few floors on an elevator. Really great ideas, some say, can be boiled down into a few words. But w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Playing The Over/Under Game On Twitter: 8 Bets To Consider

    I don't really do any gambling. It's not really because I don't enjoy the thrill of a good game of chance. It's more because I like the little money I earn to not be flushed down the toilet. If I did gamble, I'd have to take a class on sports betting because I still don't fully understand the whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Counting Greg Oden's Blessings

    Greg Oden, in between microsurgeries.​"I'm sure he's saying, 'Why Me?' Sometimes in life, things like that happen, and you wonder why it's happening to you. Some of these injuries have occurred, not only on the floor but off the floor. There's really not an explanation for why, or sometimes ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    South Park Mexican's Dope House Records: Help Wanted

    ​The other day Rocks Off was unpacking a bunch of old boxes from our recent move and found Disc 2 of South Park Mexican's Power Moves, the one that starts off with a phone conversation between South Park Mexican (SPM) and DJ Screw. It even had DJ Screw's mug on the disc's cover. Fittingly, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Four Ways the Nerdy Yet Useful "If This Then That" Website Will Help Organize Your Online Life

    A handful of the IFTTT "channels" available for subscription​I recently stumbled onto the brilliant website If This Then That or IFTTT is a website that brings together a range of different online services and makes them play nice together. And what makes IFTTT so unique is that it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Saluting C.M. Punk With 5 Awesome Wrestling Promo's (w/ Video)

    C.M. Punk lights up Twitter​If you're plugged into social media, the new litmus test for the relevancy of a show, a sporting event, a singular occurrence is "Did Twitter react?" And if they did react how heavily did the reaction clog your Twitter feed. I am a fan of professional wrestling. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Houston Web Awards: And The Winner Is...

    ​, for getting a half-off ticket to our inaugural Houston Web Awards ceremony on Thursday, June 30. As mentioned in last week's Upcoming Events, the Houston Web Awards tickets are normally $30, but the VOICE Daily Deal today gets you those same tickets for $15. And although it might not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Would You Sell Your Soul For A Million Twitter Followers?

    ​Recently, Rocks Off was rolling the List o'Craig like we do when an all caps entry screamed at us that for only $50 they would gain us thousands of Twitter followers and Facebook friends. $50? That's less than a the price of a good Lego set! However, is it a good deal? Rocks Off firmly belie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Placing Blame for Facebook Addiction

    ​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

    March 18, 2011

    New York Times Launches Subscription Service

    One wonders if they will start charging admission to enter the lobby too.​The New York Times announced the parameters of its much-anticipated digital subscription service to subscribers via e-mail. Beginning March 28 in the United States (Canada gets a ten-day head start to act as guinea pig), ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    The 12 Stages of Facebook Addiction

    No one is safe.​The Internet is addicting and there are studies to prove it. Once people get involved with watching videos of kids falling down, leaving overly harsh anonymous comments on news stories and reading about how Swiffer will kill your dog, well, it's just damn difficult to stop. So ... 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 28, 2010

    Aggies Shelter In Place With Gunman Report (UPDATED: All Clear)

    Texas A&M is in a lockdown mode after reports of a man carrying an AK-47 on campus.The school's "Code Maroon" warning page says no gunman has been found, but police are still searching.Reporters listening to the local police scanner say the shooter is described as a white male with olive or gree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Bill White Takes Big Lead Over Rick Perry (In Facebook)

    Facebook: The road to Austin​Bill White may have been unable as yet to top Rick Perry in any political poll on the governor's race, but that hardly matters: White's winning the Facebook battle!!And that's very important, says the person who did a study of it."Numbers don't have an agenda or ideolo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    Christopher Rohrman, Dumbest Employee Ever: Tries To Solicit His Boss' 11-Year-Old Daughter

    Christopher Rohrman, using Facebook to sex-chat with an 11-year-old girl​If you think Facebook-sexing your boss' pre-teen daughter is a good idea, you have something in common with Christopher Rohrman. And you don't really want to have too much in common with Christopher Rohrman. At least partly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    Mary Rambin: The Chronicle's Newest Blogger Is A Former Gawker "Star"

    Mary Rambin: All about the internet​The Houston Chronicle has a new social-media writer!! And she's a piece of work!!Mary Rambin is perhaps best known in web circles for her time as a favorite target of Gawker (don't miss her unhinged call to complain about their coverage, in which she calls for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Dance The Night Away: Passion Pit Ticket Giveaway

    You know the phrase. While the cat's away, the mice will play. Señor Rocks Off is taking a much needed vacation and in the meantime, the natives are going nuts around here. The above video is pretty much what it looks like in the Rocks Off offices right now as Craig Hlavaty and yours truly have t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Game Time: Twitter -- My Houston Sports "Follow Friday"

    Follow freedom!!​I'm not going to lie, I was a little bit crushed. I read Craig Hlavaty's fantastic overview of the Twitter universe (or as named in the article, "The Twitterverse"; somewhere Dwight Shrute and his "funtivities" -- short for fun activities -- approve), and in it he manage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    DirecTV Caves to Social Media Pressure and Eventually Helps Stroke Victim

    ​The Leeder family recently found out how DirecTV does business: The company will not, under any circumstances, break a contract or waive cancellation fees, even if you've had a stroke and will never need the service again, unless you complain on Facebook and Twitter. That's pretty much the w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    The Other Winners And Losers Of The 2009 Election

    ​Every election cycle, there are winners and there are losers. 2009 is no different. Here is a list of winners and losers and brief reason why.WinnersGarnet Coleman -- He was one of the few African-Americans that supported Annise Parker when she began her career. He stuck out his neck once again, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Local Mayoral Campaigns Use Social Media, and Apparently That's News

    ​If you don't have eyes, ears, or a television set with that nonsensical converter box, you may not be aware that today kicks off early voting for stuff that's pretty crucial to the Houston political agenda. Not only can you stick your ballot in the box for City Council, City Controller, comm ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 24, 2009

    Site Scavenging

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

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    The 7 Most Obnoxious Twitter Users

    ​Twitter is faced with a looming problem these days. As it grows in popularity (and in users), Twitter backlash has grown alongside it. Non-Twitter users don't understand the social opportunities associated with using Twitter and how Twitterers can quickly become part of networks that were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Social Media Smackdown: Facebook vs. LinkedIn

    They tell you landing a job via social media that won't trigger your gag reflex is a piece of cake. They share insider tips and tricks like Carrie and Samantha dishing blowjob techniques over Cosmos. They tell you to keep your nose clean, but if you can't, don't post photos of it online. So whe ... More >>

  • News

    May 28, 2009

    Perverts, Beware

    Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2009

    Local Guy's Suit Against Pat Robertson Helped By Racism From Pat Robertson's Students

    New evidence may help a Spring man prove the freedom of expression case he's filed in federal court claiming that Regent University, founded by televangelist Pat Robertson in Virginia, unconstitutionally kicked him out of school for posting a picture on the Internet of Robertson scratching his face ... 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

    October 16, 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 >>

  • Music

    May 17, 2007

    Dan Hunter and the MySpace Race

    Can clicks become sales?

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