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Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Tells University of Michigan Graduates: ‘Be Bold’
Dick Costolo began his keynote at University of Michigan’s commencement ceremony Saturday not by speaking, but by tweeting. The CEO of Twitter and U-M alum sent a picture of the roughly 5,000 students sitting across from him in the Big House, waiting to graduate, to his more than 1 million Twitter followers. Mashable “When I was your age we didn’t have the Internet in our pants,” Costolo joked, flaunting his phone, during the speech. “We didn’t even have the Internet not in our pants — that’s how bad it was.” That was among Costolo’s lines that incited UM’s 2013 graduating class to break out in laughter Saturday at Michigan Stadium. The Next Web Costolo recounted his days following his graduation from his alma mater when he was confronted with whether to take a job with three technology firms or pursue a life as a comedian in Chicago with the Second City troupe. He chose the latter, and it was during his studies in improvisation that he was taught the three lessons he referenced. Forbes During this time, Costolo remembers his improv teacher saying: “You can’t plan a script. The beauty of improvisation is you’re experiencing it in the moment. If you try to plan what the next line is supposed to be, you’re just going to be disappointed when the other people on stage with you don’t do or say what you want them to do and you’ll stand there frozen.” AllThingsD If you have 17 minutes and 13 seconds free (and let’s be honest — you do. You’re reading this. There is extra time in your life.), then you should check the whole thing out. It’s only 173 Vines worth of content, but more important, there’s great stuff here, including a fail whale anecdote of course.
Barnes and Noble Reinvigorates Nooks with Access to Google Play Store (ars technica)
The Nook HD and Nook HD+ e-readers now have access to the full Google Play store, according to a press release Friday from Barnes and Noble. The move knocks down a major wall between Barnes and Noble’s products and their status as real, fully formed Android tablets, putting them a step ahead of competitor Amazon’s Kindle Fires.
Infographic: 18 Sweet Tips for Facebook Page Posts (AllFacebook)
Taking some inspiration from Candy Crush Saga, PostRocket came up with 18 tasty tips for better Facebook page management. If you’re looking for a boost when you post to your Facebook page, indulge your sweet tooth with this infographic.
Teenagers, Social Media and Terrorism: A Threat Level Hard to Assess (The Christian Science Monitor)
The case of teenager Cameron Dambrosio might serve as an object lesson to young people everywhere about minding what you say online unless you are prepared to be arrested for terrorism. The Methuen, Mass., high school student was arrested last week after posting online videos that show him rapping an original song that police say contained “disturbing verbiage” and reportedly mentioned the White House and the Boston Marathon bombing.
Spotify Acquires Tunigo Discovery App (SocialTimes)
Spotify has acquired Tunigo, a Swedish startup that builds a popular Spotify music-discovery app, the company confirmed. Users can launch Tunigo from within Spotify, but it’s also available as a free-standing app for iOS or Android.
Can Facebook Lead to Psychosis? One Study Says So (CNET)
Research out of Israel has declared that Facebook and its ilk can move the vulnerable (which might mean anyone) in the direction of psychosis and delusion. As the Daily Mail reports, the researchers discovered that the patients — who all were experiencing “loneliness or vulnerability due to the loss of or separation from a loved one” — suffered from further negative effects the more they “socialized” online.
Director Tweeting Crime Mystery Novella on Twitter (AllTwitter)
People share all kinds of interesting things on Twitter, don’t they? Here’s one to add to your list: Steven Soderbergh (he’s a director) is tweeting a novella as he writes it.
Google Glass Awkward Tech Bloggers Mocked on SNL [Video] (VentureBeat)
Google Glass is supposed to make us feel connected, but it’s undeniably awkward to have a conversation with a camera mounted to the side of your face. Google’s futuristic eyewear was the butt of a joke on Saturday Night Live this weekend — a response to the “first look” reviews on almost every tech blog.
Kentucky Derby on NBC to be Most Social Horse Racing Event Ever (LostRemote)
NBC was determined to give those tuning in to the Kentucky Derby — “the greatest two minutes in sports” — an all-encompassing viewing experience. Here are some of the ways NBC planned to make the Kentucky Derby the most social one ever.