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Sammy Sosa, Denied Access to Baseball Hall of Fame, Now Butt of Internet Joke (SocialTimes)
Sammy Sosa, like all of the other players nominated this year to be included in the Baseball Hall of Fame, was voted down due to his likely use of steroids. In the wake of the news, the sports world has discovered, with morbid fascination, Sosa’s Pinterest page. USA Today The assorted collection, in which each picture contains the message “Yes, I’m the real Sammy Sosa, and this is my Pinterest,” shows Sosa hanging out in his home office in a series of glazed poses that would be better suited for Madame Tussaud’s. Here are some very natural activities that Sammy just happened to be doing at home in front of photographers. Bleacher Report I just wish we were granted more time, all of us, to truly savor every little point of the finger and every last self-gratifying pin placed by Sammy Sosa. A lot of the pictures are taken from Sosa’s Flickr account, which is just as grand and filled with the mystery and wonder that is a big man wearing a whole lot of mustard-colored sweater. Yahoo! Sports The whole thing looks like part of a marketing-driven movement to get Sosa a larger presence on social media network by playing off the “The Real Mr. 609″ moniker. The number is a reference to his career home run total, and it’s mentioned in both his Flickr account and Twitter handle @TheReal609. Gizmodo There are no photos of muffins or wedding inspiration doilies. Either Sammy Sosa is using Pinterest wrong, or everyone else is.
Wikipedia Sets a Date for its Maiden Wikivoyage (SocialTimes)
Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that’s crowdsourced from dedicated writers all over the world, is venturing into the travel business. Skift has learned that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is planning to launch Wikivoyage, a wiki just for travel information, on Jan. 15. Mashable The free worldwide travel guide is currently in beta and made waves when it was first made official in September. The main page acts like a guidebook and features links to articles titled “Destination of the month,” “Off the beaten path” and “Featured travel topic.” The Verge The new site is the result of a push to bring the communities of Wikivoyage and a similar site, Wikitravel, together under a wiki run by the Wikimedia Foundation. According to information on Wikivoyage’s site, the wiki is designed to provide useful information on locations, including guidance and recommendations for restaurants, lodging, nightlife and more.
Foursquare Updates Check-In Pages for Mobile Users (SocialTimes)
Foursquare Thursday launched updated check-in Web pages for mobile users that include all the information about a particular check-in that the user has shared on Twitter or Facebook. The pages show the address of the venue, any photos accompanying the check-ins, badges and points that stem from it and comments and likes.
Twelve-Year-Old Launches Social Network For Kids (AppNewser)
After being kicked off of Facebook for age restrictions twice, preteen Zach Marks decided to build his own social network for kids. When he was 11, he borrowed $2,500 from his older brother to help finance his endeavor, and now at 12, his site Grom Social is off the ground.
Google Play Allows Developers to Respond to User Reviews (SocialTimes)
Google has begun allowing app makers to respond to user reviews in its app store, Google Play. Over the summer, Google began testing the feature with “top developers,” a hand-chosen group of vendors whom Google considers to make quality apps. The company Thursday began opening up the feature to more developers and will eventually extend the privilege to all app makers.
Selena Gomez, Simon Cowell, Bryan Cranston and Others Read Mean Tweets About Themselves [Video] (AllTwitter)
Jimmy Kimmel introduced the third take on his popular “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” feature, which first debuted last year. In this edition, Selena Gomez, Larry King, Dr. Phil, Simon Cowell, Tom Arnold and other famous folk read one particularly offensive message that’s been sent to (or about) them on Twitter, with hilarious results.
Etsy Launches in Spanish Por Fin (SocialTimes)
The handcrafts marketplace Etsy is finally available in Spanish, the company said on Thursday. The site already offered user interfaces for speakers of German, French and Dutch.
Android: Facebook’s Springboard to the World (AllFacebook)
Recently, some surprising figures came to light, showing that more smartphone users all over the world connect with Facebook through their Android devices than their iPhones. Numbers by analyst Benedict Evans revealed that, despite developers’ preference for dealing with iOS, Android is the dominant smartphone referrer to Facebook.
How the New ‘Arrested Development’ on Netflix Will Confront a Unique Social TV Challenge (LostRemote)
This week Netflix announced that the cult hit show Arrested Development will return with 14 episodes in May after seven years off the air. The show thrived in surprising viewers with hilarious dialogue and unexpected twists and turns throughout, but that was before the social TV era.