Social Media Newsfeed: Reaction to Criticism of Obama Girls on Facebook

Communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher is criticized on social media for slamming Obama girls. Marissa Mayer wants to make Flickr "awesome" again. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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Twitter.Logo_-150x150Twitter Hits Back at GOP Staffer Who Called Sasha and Malia Obama ‘Classless’ with Pictures of Jenna Bush and the Sarcastic Hashtag #Classy (Daily Mail)
Twitter users have hit back at the GOP staffer who called Malia and Sasha Obama classless — by reminding her of Jenna Bush’s more unseemly moments while her father was in office. Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher, issued a groveling apology on Friday after slamming the president’s girls, aged 16 and 13, for wearing casual clothing and looking sullen during the Thanksgiving address. The Washington Post “Try showing a little class,” Lauten wrote Friday in a Facebook post addressed to Sasha and Malia, chastising them for their comportment during last week’s annual turkey pardoning event at the White House. “Rise to the occasion. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at the bar,” Lauten wrote. “And certainly don’t make faces during televised, public events. The Guardian The girls stood beside their father as he issued the annual Thanksgiving turkey “pardon,” saving two birds from the dinner table. The teenaged sisters’ underwhelmed expressions sparked mainly amused comment on social media. Lauten’s remarks were more caustic. ABC News She deleted her original post and wrote an apology on Facebook: “After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents, and re-reading my words online I can see more clearly just how hurtful my words were,” Lauten wrote. “I’d like to apologize to all of those who I have hurt and offended with my words, and I pledge to learn and grow (and I assure you I have)from this experience.” Business Insider Star Jones, a lawyer and television personality, was among those unimpressed. “I’ve seen tacky people…but rarely seen someone as tacky as # ElizabethLauten for slamming the children of the # POTUS,” she tweeted. Many directed their tweets to Lauten’s boss, as the hashtag #FireElizabethLauten went viral.

Flickr is Trying to Change its Image (CNET)
Flickr’s attempt at a rebirth underscores how much the world has changed in the last decade. Facebook is the world’s juggernaut social network, with more than a billion users.

Walmart Leads Social Media Engagement for Black Friday (SocialTimes)
Walmart is the top brand for content engagement surrounding Black Friday and Cyber Monday, according to data from web-tracking company AddThis. The retailer led 48 percent of engagement for Black Friday and 40 percent of engagement for Cyber Monday.

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The Art of Social Media: Guy Kawasaki Gives Advice on How to Sell Yourself (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Guy Kawasaki co-wrote his book, “The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users,” with Peg Fitzpatrick, a social media strategist. He compares the two of them to the heroes of his favorite show, 24: “Peg is Chloë: Jack’s trusted friend.” (Kawasaki, obviously, is Jack.)

Thanksgiving: What Are U.S. Facebook Users Thankful for? (AllFacebook)
The Facebook Data Science Team marked Thanksgiving by analyzing anonymized, aggregate data from English-speaking users in the U.S. to determine what they were most thankful for, and friends, family and health topped the list. Winter Mason, Funda Kivran-Swaine, Moira Burke, and Lada Adamic presented the results in a note on the Facebook Data Science page.

14 of the Best Live Music Performances on YouTube (The Daily Dot)
Yeah, it’s a lot of Grateful Dead, but with patience, one can find Bruce Springsteen doing “Born to Run” in 1978 or Prince in all his warped glory in Passaic, N.J., 1982. Still, it can be daunting to jump into the tide.

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