Facebook Flame Wars, Legal Action, and “Death Threats”: Dancin’ on Air’s Family Feud Boils Over

Some of the "Dancin' on Air" and "Dance Party USA" regulars from the 1980s are none too happy with producer Michael Nise, inset right, who counters that they're just bitter.

Some of the “Dancin’ on Air” and “Dance Party USA” regulars from the 1980s are none too happy with producer Michael Nise, inset right, who counters that they’re just bitter.

Next week marks the 30th anniversary of the debut of the once nationally popular, Philly-set teen dance show Dance Party USA. The show was a spinoff of Dancin’ on Air — something of a neon-and-Members-Only-wearing little cousin to American Bandstand — which itself turns 35 later this year. Read more »

Doctor Says Viral Facebook Post About Hit-and-Run Accident Ruined His Life

Child psychiatrist Neftali Ortiz at the scene of the accident.

Child psychiatrist Neftali Ortiz at the scene of the accident. Photo via Facebook.

Where would we be without Facebook? You’d have to remember your dad’s birthday on your own. You’d have to actually watch the Grammys if you wanted to know what the heck Lady Gaga wore. And when you had a dispute with someone, you’d probably wind up letting the judicial system sort it out.

But in this day and age of The Supreme Court of Social Media, it seems that not a day goes by without a once-private type of dispute being aired and judged online. And one local doctor says that he’s been unfairly tried and convicted without ever stepping foot inside an actual courtroom. Read more »

Art Museum Painting Removed from Facebook for “Suggestive Content”

Collection of Serge Goisse, Belgium

Collection of Serge Goisse, Belgium

The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s International Pop exhibition starts on February 24th. To promote it, an Art Museum staffer posted the image above — Belgian artist Evelyne Axell’s 1964 painting “Ice Cream” — on Facebook. It’s on loan to the PMA from the Collection of Serge Goisse.

Per the Art Museum, it was removed from the site for “containing excessive amounts of skin or suggestive content.” The Art Museum has since reposted the painting with a note. Read more »

Mark Zuckerberg Creates Global Facebook Running Group

Yesterday, like many other normal humans out there trying to commit to a New Year’s resolution, Mark Zuckerberg posted one of his to Facebook. Unlike most other normal humans, his Facebook status received over 340,000 likes. And we’re pretty into his resolution for 2016: This year, Zuckerberg is committing to running 365 miles, and he’s invited all 47 million of his Facebook followers (and you!) to join him. Read more »

Comcast Explains Epic Facebook Fail

(Gil C / Shutterstock)

(Gil C / Shutterstock)

Comcast tried to smack talk one of its competitors on social media, but it backfired in a big way. On its Xfinity Facebook page, Comcast took a jab at Google Fiber for losing service in Kansas City while many were watching the Royals in the World Series.

The company targeted this photo and comment to customers in the Kansas City region: Read more »

STUDY: “LOL” is Becoming Extinct

We all express laughter in different ways online. I never caught on to the “LOL” bandwagon, because, well, it never really made sense to me. I was always more of a  classic “haha” kind of guy. Just felt natural and not so of-the-moment-y. It looks like I was right.

In April, The New Yorker did a funny piece on e-laughter, which prompted Facebook to look even deeper. According to Facebook, the social networking giant “analyzed de-identified posts and comments posted on Facebook in the last week of May” to come up with statistics about how people are laughing online. Here are some of the more interesting things they came up with:

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Market Report: What Happens When You Buy Super-Cheap Jeans

Jeans

Why it’s worth spending more on these. | Shutterstock.

  • Shelling out more money for a pair of jeans is actually worth it. Not only does ultra-cheap denim (I’m talking pairs in the $20 to $50 range) tear more easily and gets saggy in the knees, but the synthetic dyes from factories are poured directly into rivers, workers aren’t paid living wages, and buttons and rivets might be toxic. Scary stuff. [Refinery29]
  • Pretty soon, you’ll be able to shop on Facebook. The social networking giant is creating mini e-shopping sites within Facebook pages in an attempt to nab a piece of the massive e-commerce revenue pie (which is projected to be around $350 billion this year). The project is still in the testing phase. [Buzzfeed]
  • Ease back into the workweek grind with some online shopping. Your first stop should be Nordstrom’s mega anniversary sale, which is in full swing right now. Here are some of the best buys. [InStyle]

Next: The secret to walking confidently in high heels.

Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Doctored Rainbow Picture Causes Big Confusion

The doctored rainbow picture from the Museum's Facebook page.

The doctored rainbow picture from the Museum’s Facebook page.

Let’s get this out of the way: It’s fake.

The original Facebook status, top, and the edited status, below.

The original Facebook status, top, and the edited status, below.

The picture of rainbow banners draped from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to celebrate the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision is a doctored image, a Photoshop gone wrong that confused and downright infuriated a good number of the Museum’s Facebook followers who thought the picture was real.

Sure, the Museum admitted that the image was “a digital render and a symbol of our support,” but that was hours after the initial picture was posted with the following caption:

“The Museum is flying rainbow banners in celebration of the Supreme Court’s decision on same sex marriage. ‘Like’ if you support #MarriageEquality for everyone!”

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BizFeed: Bank Plans Philly Layoffs; Google, Facebook Test Payment Systems

VGstockstudio/Shutterstock

VGstockstudio/Shutterstock

1. Big Bank Plans Philly Layoffs

The News: Wells Fargo is laying off 89 people in Philadelphia in July. The layoffs affect the bank’s legal order processing unit at its Independence Mall office in Old City. They respond to legal requests from third parties like the IRS, federal state agencies and law firms seeking customer bank records.

The layoffs were announced Thursday in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice filed with the state of Pennsylvania. Workers were notified in November. Read more »

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