social media tuesdays

PSA: DWTS starts on 3/20. There’s no reason for you to say you didn’t know how to support Team ValMani! Here’s your chance to get acclimated with how voting works. There are several ways to show your support, let’s get to work!!


Walter Palmer is being destroyed on Yelp and Facebook for killing Cecil the lion 

On Tuesday, social media erupted in anger at dentist Walter Palmer after news emerged he had killed, skinned and decapitated beloved Zimbabwe lion Cecil. On Facebook, angry commenters flooded River Bluff Dental’s company page, while on Yelp people wrote scathing 5-star reviews (to get higher placement). Ricky Gervais also joined the fray with a powerful tweet.


‘Star Wars’ fan who got to see the new movie has died

Daniel Fleetwood, the 32-year-old Star Wars fan whose dying wish to see the Star Wars: The Force Awakens was granted thanks to the #ForceForDaniel social media campaign, succumbed Tuesday morning to his spindle cell sarcoma. In seven hours, his wife’s Facebook post gathered over 9,000 shares and 17,000 likes, while, tributes to the young fan poured in on social media. 


In which John answers real questions from real nerdfighters, speaks both German and Spanish, discusses his ongoing social media hiatus, recommends some books, remembers Henning Mankell, and reveals whether he would rather be a goat or a sheep.

Buckle up Creampuffs, the Carmillapocalypse is coming!

That’s right guys, it’s that time again.

Unless you’ve been living under a hiatus rock, you’ll now know that Carmilla 2x01 hits a computer screen near you on June 2nd. To celebrate this glorious event, it’s time for another tampon army social media takeover.

When? - Tuesday June 2nd

What the hell is it? - A thunderous outpouring of Creampuff love in honour of S2 starting, and to hopefully recruit some new viewers for the new season.

What do I do? - There are a multitude of weird and wonderful ways to participate.

  • tag any and all carmilla-related posts with the designated #carmillapocalypse (one a) tag in addition to the usuals
  • change your social media handles/urls/avatars to something carmilla-related for the day
  • cover yourself in merch and/or tampons and take a #creampuffselfie
  • that carmilla fic/art/song/puppet show you’ve been telling yourself you’ll do? do it
  • tie a friend to a chair and make them watch the episodes. they’ll thank you later
  • blog/tweet/scream from your rooftop reasons why the series is awesome and everyone should watch and love it
  • join the live-watch of S1 from 2.30pm EST 
  • join the push to trend #carmillaseason2 from 5pm -6pm EST (the hour around the ep going live)

See you on Tuesgay!

(cover art by the incomparable toodrunktofindaurl, thank you!)

1989 Raleigh Reflections

Dear Taylor,

First of all, I want to say that my thoughts here are in no way for sympathy or special attention, but, just to relate my experiences. I realize that I am one among thousands and millions of Taylor fans on social media. :)

Last Tuesday night I took my sister and 16 yr old twin nieces to see you in Raleigh. It was my first show of the new tour and their first Taylor show ever. I drove 12 hours to get to my NC hometown where they live and we drove 90 miles from there to Raleigh. It was worth every minute of the driving and I would do it again, in a heartbeat. We could not even come close to containing our excitement.

I had bought headbands and we had fun picking out outfits and doing our hair with the headbands we each picked out. This was their very first trip to see a big arena concert and I always wanted it to be you, Taylor. They all adore you and your music and it had long been a bucket list item of mine to take them to see you. It came true.

We left in plenty of time to arrive early and have time for visiting the booths including Keds and Taylor Nation. Sadly, when we arrived, we were told that even though the show started at 730, doors to the arena (for both booths and seats) would not open until 6. It was 93 degrees and awful humidity with not a breeze stirring. We finally got in, hit the bathroom, got water, and ran to Taylor Nation booth. The line was already almost all the way around the arena. We were so sad bc there was no way we could make it through the line in time for showtime. 😭 I had even gotten a tweet from Taylor Nation saying they had their hug arms ready for my hug. 😘 One of my nieces has mild cerebral palsy and she could not stand in that long of a line even if we could have made it through before showtime. Anyway, we sucked it up and found our way to the merch stands and got tshirts! The girls were beaming with joy at finally being able to pick out a Taylor tshirt. 🙌🏼🙌🏼 It was so cute.

We made our way to our seats and waited for the show to begin. We had seats of two and two about 6 rows apart in nosebleeds, but, we didn’t care. WE WERE THERE TOGETHER!!! The show came on and we all went into immediate TAYLOR SWIFT FANGIRL mode. I have never seen my nieces with that much joy on their faces. Mine was quite joyous, too, and so was my sister’s. :))

The girls were born at 20 weeks gestation and have had many developmental issues to deal with in their lives, both physical and cognitive. They have always had special education classes and have struggled with so many things that you and I take for granted. Through it all, they have persevered and conquered. I am so very proud of them both. I give you this background on them, so you will get what I mean when I say that your show was a true oasis for them and it gave them the chance to shine just like every other teenager there. They fit in and appeared no different than any other kid. They sang every word and danced their hearts out and had the most amazing night. We all did. Music is their thing. Like most of us in the universe, they find themselves in music…joy, healing, sameness, differences, beauty, peace. Seeing them at your concert was such a huge highlight of my life. As the last song ended and Shake It Off was finished, one of the girls turned to me and said, “This is the most fun I have ever had in my entire life”. Imagine what that comment does to an Aunt’s heart. I was beyond touched and filled with so much raw emotion. Anyway, I know this is long and wordy and I apologize. The show was incredible, Taylor. We had the time of our lives. We really did. I wanted us to make memories together to last a lifetime and I came away feeling confident that we accomplished that.

I have been a fan since the very first single from the first album and have seen every tour. This one will stand out as a beautiful first with the family. I’m so sorry we did not get to meet the people of Taylor Nation. We tried our hearts out.

I will be at both Nashville shows and also in Atlanta. Since this era seems to be the one in which so many dreams are coming true, I would like to take this chance to ask to meet you. I have never met you and would absolutely freak at the chance to tell you what you have meant in my life. Supporting you all these years has been a true pleasure and a highlight of my life. I do hope I get to tell you this in person and give you the biggest hug ever.

Thank you for being you and for working so hard to make fan dreams come true. Thank you for the incredible music. You are in a class all your own. No one out there treats fans like friends. Some say they do, but, none truly DO IT like you do, Taylor. I can never thank you enough for being a real part of our lives. I love you so much.


Tuesday night’s Democratic debate was, in theory, a debate with five candidates running for the party’s nomination. But any way you slice the numbers, something else becomes clear: The three-hour affair was entirely a battle of Clinton versus Sanders.

Start by looking at how much each candidate talked:

You can also splice the debate by looking at when candidates spoke:

Sanders and Clinton weren’t just dominating on the debate stage — they were the candidates viewers wanted to learn about, too:

Jim Webb generated a small Google search spike, particularly when he mentioned the enemy soldier he killed during his service as a Marine in the Vietnam War:

Martin O'Malley, somewhat shockingly, managed to get six times as many new Facebook followers as Clinton during the debate:

Then … there is Lincoln Chafee. Sadly, not a single candidate onstage mentioned Chafee in the course of the debate:

The politician who got the most name checks Tuesday night wasn’t Clinton or Sanders — he wasn’t even onstage. Democratic candidates mentioned President Obama way more than they referred to one another:

Even with their social media gains Tuesday night, Democrats still lag far behind leading Republicans in terms of Facebook followers. Ben Carson, for example, has more Facebook fans than Clinton and Sanders combined:

Colin Kaepernick apologizes for social media post about flood-ravaged Houston 

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has apologized for a post on social media Tuesday that referenced flood-ravaged Houston, where San Francisco opens the preseason Aug. 15.

Kaepernick had posted on Twitter and Instagram earlier Tuesday a photo of submerged cars and this message: “I warned you the #7torms Coming !!! #Houston. Kaepernick’s jersey number is 7.

Houston and Central Texas are dealing with a severe storm that included 11 inches of rain overnight. The Houston Texans had to cancel their first day of OTAs due to major flooding in the area.

Kaepernick later deleted the post and made two follow-up post, issuing an apology.

Houston has been hit with torrential storms over the past few days. Authorities have said that five people are dead and more than a dozen remain missing. Motorist have been stranded and at least 4,000 properties in Houston have been damaged after 11 inches of rain fell on the city. Over the last few days, at least 26 people have been killed as a result of storms that ravaged Texas, Oklahoma and northern Mexico.

So it’s not as if the flooding wasn’t making the national news. But that apparently wasn’t enough to stop Kaepernick from making one big mistake that allowed the world of Twitter to open a can of whoop-ass on him

What is "Social Media Tuesday"

“Social Media Tuesday” will be our new coordinated attempt at using our full social media reach to try and broaden our message of opposition to Marineland in Niagara Falls, Canada.

How will it work? Every Tuesday - three times throughout the day -  we will be sharing an image on all of our social media sites (facebook, twitter, tumblr, instagram) with information encouraging other folks to like or join our pages. Make sure that as you share you tag our original account.

How will it be successful? “Social Media Tuesdays” will only be successful if people share the images. We need EVERYONE to take those images and spread them through their own networks. Every share is a chance to bring someone new into the fold.

Our social media reach is large for a grassroots animal advocacy campaign - however, if we are going to even attempt to counter the large and slick corporate advertising campaigns of Marineland we are going to have to use social media to get our reach into the millions. We start tomorrow!