Last week, news broke of the NFL’s new rules for social media, which went into effect last Wednesday. The rules prohibit teams from using video or GIFs during games and restrict the streaming of press conferences. Teams are also limited to retweeting the official NFL account for game highlights, and can post a maximum of 45 videos and/or animated GIFs on non-game days.
The NFL says the rules were developed in the summer, but many see them as a response to slightly sagging ratings this year, saying the league wants to control how fans see the games. Fines are $25,000 for a first offense, $50,000 for a second offense, and $100,000 for third and further offenses.
Following the new rules, the Eagles did not post any game highlights during a 27–20 loss to Washington yesterday. But after Malcolm Jenkins returned a Kirk Cousins interception for a touchdown to tie the game at 14, the Eagles had a bit of fun with the new policy. Read more »
In case you missed it (and you probably did), Mayor Jim Kenney turned 58 this past Sunday. To celebrate his birthday, he sat in front of a camera and read from the finest of Philly Twitter. Read more »
The vice president officiated at a gay wedding outside his residence on Monday.
Joe Biden presided over the same-sex union of White House staffers Joe Mahshie and Brian Mosteller at his official residence, the Naval Observatory, on Monday. As this was the first time Biden had ever performed such a ceremony, he had to get a special temporary certification in D.C. to make it legal. Biden, a longtime proponent of same-sex marriage, is said to have been instrumental in President Obama’s decision to back gay marriage during their 2012 re-election campaign. Read more »
Porkroll egg and cheese deviled eggs at Taproom on 19th
The #DNCDeals hashtag was a great idea by Philadelphia’s DNC hosting committee. Unfortunately, the hashtag is getting used by more than just local businesses looking to promote their own special deals. Luckily, we’re a little obsessive over here at Foobooz, we maintain Twitter lists of restaurants and bars and Twitter provides an easy way to search #DNCDeals across just those lists.
So for your DNC convenience, the real deals of the DNC, broken down by Philadelphia bars and restaurants. Read more »
The best Twitter account in Philadelphia is @eastwes. His account is so good, one of his tweets is becoming a musical.
This requires some ridiculous backstory, so strap in. About two years ago, hip-hop collective the Wu-Tang Clanannounced it would sell just one copy of its new album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. The double-CD album was sold at auction late last year to a secret bidder with explicit rules: It could be streamed or released for free, but couldn’t be commercially exploited until 2103.
Though it was a much less important situation, people may have been even angrier when they found out Shkreli bought the Wu-Tang album for a reported $2 million — especially after he threatened to destroy it. The news bounced around the Internet. And Rob Wesley (aka @eastwes) tweeted a joke. Read more »
Villanova’s Phil Booth celebrates after the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against North Carolina, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Houston. Villanova won 77-74.
It’s been a rough sporting year here in Philadelphia, what with the rebuilding, and the tanking, and the other team tanking, oh, and the Rube Goldberg self-destruct device that was Chip Kelly‘s final Eagles season. Which might explain why when Kris Jenkins sealed Villanova’s first NCAA Championship since 1985 with a breath-taking, buzzer-beating trey, Twitter erupted with a wave of euphoria not seen around here since Brad Lidge put one past Eric Hinske. There’s a lot of great #Villanova tweets out there. These are just a few of our favorites: Read more »
Last week, the Philadelphia Police Department made national news after tweeting a tongue-in-cheek job offer to Kanye West, and that’s just one of many playful social media moments that have come from the digital arm of the PPD. The person responsible? Sergeant Eric Gripp. Here, Gripp tells us why he’s afraid to check the department’s SnapChat account and what you have to do for him to block you on Twitter. Read more »
This past week, diverse members of the LGBTQ community have been sounding off on their experiences with racism using the Twitter hashtag #TweetLikeAWhiteGay, which aims to address the subtle microaggressive sentiments, racist remarks, and actions made predominantly by white gay men. Read more »
The Philadelphia Police Department has added a stellar GIF to its 2–year–old #NoSavesies campaign — warning Philadelphians not to block off their freshly shoveled parking spots with various objects in the aftermath of snowstorms.
Who did they turn to this time? None other than Drake. Read more »