Vine Hits the Big Time: The Best of ‘Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal’

Since launching several months ago, Vine has been struggling to find its breakthrough moment. Sure the stream of 6-second videos are like a warm, soft blanket for your brain, but I want my social outlets to jolt me, not turn me into a junkie. That’s why I like these Ryan Gosling memes so much, pure childish antics that liven up my day 6-seconds at a time. It’s not that you have to be original, just be thoughtful and like they say: Make ‘em laugh! Great job @RyanWMcHenry:)

Lil’ Stinkers

I had been writing all day and was not looking forward to siting down to draft a blog post, when I opened an email from WildCare and came across this video. Read more about these adorable little guys (and one girl) here.

Get to Know Charles Ramsey: A Modern Storyteller

Most of us never heard of Charles Ramsey until today. Now he will be remembered as the man who rescued three kidnapping victims including Amanda Berry, missing for the past 10 years. This interview with Ramsey is full of colorful sound bites and is sure to be autotuned shortly. In the meantime, enjoy this video of a guy who has a unique ability to tell a story.

And here is that autotune:

The First Canadian to Walk in Space Is a Pretty Awesome Photographer

Before this afternoon I never gave much thought to the first Canadian to walk in space. All that changed when I received an email from a colleague. All it said was: FYI. Cool pic.

That’s when I discovered the photos of Commander Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield). Here are just a few of his snapshots from today.

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Pull It

Hyundai pulled this ad yesterday. Yeah, probably best.

Kmart Goes Sophomoric (Viral) with New Ad

Ricky Gervais on Twitter

Photo of the Week

"We got him."

“We got him.”

Biz Stone’s Jelly: Let the Guessing Games Begin

Jelly logoKara Swisher broke the news last week: Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has a new startup in the works called Jelly.

Exactly what Jelly is or will be was open to speculation. One person told Swisher that Jelly would be a “native mobile” effort.

She went on to say: While it’s not clear exactly what that means, sources said the well-known entrepreneur has already hired four or five employees to form a team on the mystery product that will likely be aimed at smartphones and tablets.

A post later appeared in response to the leaked news on April 1st (let the April Fools’ theories begin) on the Jelly HQ blog. Would there be answers? Would we find out what Stone was up to?

Not really.

The post titled ‘What is Jelly?’ was a short letter from Stone, now the Co-Founder and CEO of Jelly Industries, Inc.:

People are basically good—when provided a tool that helps them do good in the world, they prove it.

Jelly is a new company and product named after the jellyfish. We are inspired by this particular animal because neurologically, its brain is more “we” than “me.” Also, for the past 700 million years, this decentralized structure has been wildly successful.

News of Jelly emerged unexpectedly early so I’ll wait a bit to share more about the team. In the meantime, I’ll say this. Jelly will be for everybody, it will be developed first and foremost for mobile devices, and it will be free. But, it won’t be ready for a while.

Personally, Jelly will command my full attention aside from some advisory roles elsewhere. The company is self-funded for now. Our offices are based in San Francisco. We are hiring, but Jelly is in no rush to be a big company any time soon.

Thanks,

Biz Stone, Co-Founder and CEO
Jelly Industries, Inc.
San Francisco, CA

With fellow Twitter alums Jason Goldman and Ev Williams working on Branch and Medium respectively through the trio’s Obvious incubator, what does Stone’s latest venture mean? I’ll wait and see, all while enjoying everyone else’s opinions as details are sure to drip out slowly.

What do you think Jelly is?

Creating Identity Through Content

Our views of social media are ever shifting. At times it can seem like the greatest advancement in communication while other days it is a time suck that has made each of us its slave. Somewhere between these two extremes lies our true views on social platforms and forms our grey opinions, laying the foundation for thoughtful assessments of our online identity.

My current view of social media aligns greatly with the views put forward earlier this month by CollegeHumor founder Ricky Van Veen at the annual TEDxWakeForestU Conference. What do you think? Is our online identity created and carefully curated by each of us?

Thanks to Darnisha Bishop for sharing this video with me.

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