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Bullied Bus Monitor Now $700,000 Richer Thanks To Indiegogo Campaign (SocialTimes)
The life of 68-year-old bus monitor Karen Klein changed forever when a video of her being bullied by schoolchildren went viral on YouTube. Now, she plans to retire, after an Indiegogo campaign has left her with more than $700,000. AP A spokeswoman for the crowdfunding company said more than 30,000 people worldwide contributed, with donations coming in from at least 84 countries and all 50 states. Max Sidorov, the 25-year-old Canadian who came up with the idea for the monthlong campaign, said he was moved by the 10-minute video posted online showing Klein enduring profanity, insults and threats from middle school students. National Post Sidirov initially launched the fundraising drive to pay for a holiday — he had set the initial fundraising target for $5,000. “I still don’t know how that happened,” said Sidirov. The Times and Democrat The school system in the town of Greece, N.Y., has suspended four seventh-grade students for a year. Sidorov said he will soon launch a new drive with a goal of $7 million to combat bullying with counseling, a television series and a nonprofit social media website. The Daily Dot In the past month and four days, Klein has already gone on trips to Boston, New York City, Disneyland, New Orleans and a handful of other less- public locales of her choice thanks to such charitable outlets as the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort and country music star Tim McGraw. She has appeared on television, showing up on the sets of The Today Show, Fox & Friends, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360, and more, and has become an unofficial spokeswoman for the thwarting of bullying.
Facebook Spent $1.61M on Lobbying Expenses in First Half of 2012 (VentureBeat)
Facebook is making its presence felt in Washington D.C. with an increasingly padded wallet allocated to courting the nation’s lawmakers. The social network, according to its second quarter lobbying report, spent $960,000 on lobbying expenses from April through June of this year. AllFacebook Facebook users can currently subscribe to other users, as a way to read status updates but not enter into an invasive Facebook connection (Mark Zuckerberg has this setup). Now, Facebook is testing the subscribe feature for pages. USA Today A few days after the Fourth of July, a police officer in Wilmington, Del., logged onto his Facebook account and offered some advice to his 1,346 friends: “A word to the wise never get drunk and trip off of meds and call a cop a ‘N’ results broken jaw and criminal charges……WPD for life.” After initially saying the post would only concern him if somebody filed a complaint, police Chief Michael Szczerba reversed course this past week and called for the department’s Office of Professional Standards to review the online message.
‘Text From Dog’ Tumblr Blog Inks Book Deal (Mashable)
Tumblr blog Text From Dog, which publishes fictitious SMS conversations between a dog and its owner, is the latest Web entity to land a book deal. United Kingdom publisher Headline Publishing announced Monday it would release the book Oct. 25.
This App Makes True ‘Global’ Twitter Search as Easy as One Spin of the Mouse (The Next Web)
A slick visualization and search app called TweetingEarth lets you perform a simple Twitter search and then “spin the globe” with mouse gestures. It’s really interesting.
With 90M Users, Viber Adds Group Messaging (GigaOM)
If you want to know why over-the-top communications services are giving cellular operators such heart burn, just check out VoIP and messaging app Viber. The app, available on iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, has become a popular way for people to make free phone calls and send messages to each other.
The First Social Media Olympics Were Canada’s (Vancouver Sun)
The British media have been quick to unabashedly proclaim that the London 2012 Summer Games, which start on Friday, are “the first social media Olympics.” The only problem with the claim is that it is simply not true. The Vancouver 2010 Winter Games were the first social media Olympics, and everyone on this side of the pond certainly knows it.
Googler Proposes to Girlfriend Via Nexus 7 Tablet (PC Magazine)
Google is spreading news of a recent marriage proposal executed by one of the search giant’s employees with the newly released Nexus 7 tablet. Google employee Raj asked for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage early this month by giving her a Nexus 7 packed with her favorite music, photos, books, and videos, along with a four-minute video that led to him popping the question.
Could Kickstarter be Used to Crowdfund Journalism? (GigaOM)
One journalist in Michigan has raised funding through a Kickstarter campaign so he can travel around the United States interviewing people about the upcoming election. Could crowdfunding allow other journalists to do investigative or in-depth projects as well?
Afghans Embrace Social Media as NATO Pullout Nears (Outcome Magazine)
Ten years after the fall of the Taliban, who banned modern technology as un-Islamic, the use of social media in Afghanistan is booming as politicians, warlords and even militants rush to get their message across. The hardline Islamists who ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 and forbade the use of the Internet, deeming it a Western propaganda tool, now regularly use Twitter to promote their ideas and boast about attacks on NATO forces.