Monday, 13 February 2012

Mashable: Latest 14 News Updates - including “Mashable Weekend Recap: 30 Stories You Might Have Missed”

Mashable: Latest 14 News Updates - including “Mashable Weekend Recap: 30 Stories You Might Have Missed”

Mashable Weekend Recap: 30 Stories You Might Have Missed

Posted: 13 Feb 2012 04:38 AM PST

The weekend seemed to be rolling along nicely here at Mashable until tragic news struck late Saturday and changed the entire mood, taking us across the spectrum from levity to mourning.

That didn’t stop us from covering social media, digital and technology news the world over. But all the while, at the top of our minds was the late chanteuse Whitney Houston, and the dark reverberations of her untimely death. The news arrived swiftly, with the ever-speedy social media breaking the story almost immediately, beating conventional news outlets by half an hour or more.

Meanwhile, life goes on, and to celebrate the fact that we are all still on this good earth, we invite you to start off the week right by digging into the Weekend Recap, consisting of tons of tech, tips and techniques we provided over the weekend — indeed a rich palette of Mashable goodness.

News & Opinion Essentials

Twitter Breaks News of Whitney Houston Death 27 Minutes Before Press

ComScore: Social Universe Still Quickly Expanding [STUDY]

Are Artists Luring Grammy Votes Via Social Media?

4 Reasons to Love the New Tesla Model X (And 1 Reason You Won't)

U.S. Consumers Buy 20% of Valentine's Gifts Online [INFOGRAPHIC]

Grammys to Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston

Knicks' Jeremy Lin Continues Domination of Social Media and NBA

Pop Legend Whitney Houston Dies at 48 — Twitter Reacts

Dad Addresses Viral Laptop Shooting After Daughter's Facebook Post [QUOTES]

In Europe, ACTA Protests Hit the Streets — and Twitter [PICS]

Top 10 Tech This Week [PICS]

Who Will Win a Grammy? Twitter Predicts the Future [INFOGRAPHIC]

Instagram Upgrade Introduces a Powerful New Feature

Saudi Journalist Arrested After Tweeting About Prophet Muhammad

Helpful Resources

How to Fine Tune Your Facebook News Feed Like a Boss

The Social Media Salary Guide [INFOGRAPHIC]

10 Apps for Finding Apps

Are You Smarterer Than Other Job Candidates? Prove It

YouTube Beauty: Top 10 Channels to Follow

Top 5 Best New Apps of the Week

42 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Top 6 Mashable Comments This Week

How Social Media Can Help You Snag Top Talent For Your Company

5 Services to Help You Earn Money From Your Twitter Account

7 Marketing Lessons From RIM's Failures

Weekend Leisure

SNL Spoofs Confusing Smartphone Marketing [VIDEO]

Turn Instagram Photos Into a Poster

Top 10 Twitter Pics of the Week [PICS]

29 Meme-Inspired Movie Posters [PICS]

Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Turns 1 on a Friday: What's Your Favorite Memory?

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YouTube for Google TV Gets Faster, Easier to Navigate

Posted: 13 Feb 2012 03:17 AM PST

Google has updated its YouTube app for Google TV with smoother navigation and several new features.

YouTube for Google TV now has new channel pages, which let you navigate through playlists and videos in your favorite channels and subscribe to them with a click.

Furthermore, you can now see related videos and other videos by the same users by pressing up and down keys on your remote. You can also interact with the video by voting it up, commenting on it or adding it to your playlist.

A new feature called Discover lets you browse YouTube channels by categories such as comedy, news, celebrities & gossip, animation, gaming and others.

Finally, Google promises that the new version of the app is faster than before, with smoother navigation and an overall better experience.

Users can update their app to the latest version through Android Market.

[via Google]

More About: Google, google tv, trending, TV, YouTube

Grammys 2012 Live Blog [TRANSCRIPT]

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 04:28 PM PST

The 54th Grammy Awards airs tonight, and we’re capturing all the action for you on scene in Los Angeles and remotely from New York City. Join us as we dish the details before, during and after the ceremony, which starts at 5 p.m. PT. Mashable‘s Christina Warren is in L.A. and ready to give you the inside scoop from the winners.

During the broadcast, the Recording Academy plans to pay tribute to icon Whitney Houston, who died on the eve of this year’s Grammys. Please share your thoughts with us about the tribute, winners and online buzz.

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Can Pinterest Help Your Job Search?

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 04:14 PM PST

Sean Weinberg is the COO and co-founder of RezScore, a free web application that reads, analyzes and grades resumes instantly. You can connect with Sean and the RezScore team on Facebook and Twitter.

Just when you thought you had mastered the job search on all social media platforms, along came Pinterest.

You've optimized your Facebook and LinkedIn pages and you've got the Twesume. Now it's time to amp up your job search even more by putting your resume on Pinterest.

What's the Big Deal?

For those of you not in-the-know, Pinterest is a social networking site where people can create and share content within the context of visually-oriented pinboards. Its recent explosion in popularity has helped this site expand beyond cute baby/dog/porcupine photos and wedding event planning tips, which are still plentiful. Now, with something in the neighborhood of 6 million users, you're a fish in a pretty big pond.

Instead of butting heads with the "big three" social media sites, Pinterest complements social media usage by tying into Facebook and Twitter.

Much like Facebook or Twitter, job seekers are using their Pinterest account to share portfolio work, personal content and yes, their resumes.

Apart from the fact that it's still the hip new thing — and it still requires an invite, though it’s not hard to secure one — Pinterest serves as a new and convenient avenue for job seekers looking to share content. It's not like a blog that demands attention, and it doesn't run the risk of having that one obnoxious friend who tags you in photos you don't remember.

How Can I Put My Resume On Pinterest?

Kick Off: Fortunately for you, it doesn't matter if you've never been on Pinterest or you've been on it obsessively for a year. All you need is an invite, and there’s no profile to fill out — that’s right, not even an "about me". Currently, Pinterest requires either a Twitter or Facebook profile to get started. Once in, you'll be able to connect with both and then share through both channels.

Create Board: A Pinterest profile is divided into pinboards. Create one for your job search. Give it a catchy name, like "John Smith — Space Cowboy," or something else that’s simple and will catch a potential employer's eye.

Pin It: Now that you have a newfangled "job search pinboard," it's time to start pinning. Of course, your resume is a valuable addition, as well as pages from your portfolio, press clippings and accomplishments you can claim. Think of your pinboard as a living resume that grows as you grow in the professional world.

If you're at a loss on what else to pin, try breaking your field into bite-sized chunks. Let's say you're in public relations with a specialty in event planning. Your boards could include a public relations board filled with PR and marketing goodies, a media board filled with articles, news and infographics, and an event planning board chock full of wedding ideas, party favors and the like.

Brand It: Much like everything else in the world, Pinterest isn't meant to just be about one thing. Open up to new pinboards to pin and repin different content. Think about how your other pinboards can frame your job search pinboard: showcase your interests, your well-rounded life, anything that can help give a prospective employer a better understanding of who you are.

Share: You know the drill — if you want to be noticed, you have to share. Publish links to your pinboards on your website, business cards and resume. As I said before, Pinterest integrates very nicely into Facebook and Twitter, so consider pushing to those networks to notify followers and friends when you've pinned something worth seeing.

Currently, Pinterest requires that you write a little snippet below any content you're pinning. Instead of adding an oh-so-creative "." or a "This is cool!" add your input to kick off a conversation in the social media world.

What do you think? Would you try Pinterest for your job search? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Social Media Job Listings

Every week we post a list of social media and web job opportunities. While we publish a huge range of job listings, we’ve selected some of the top social media job opportunities from the past two weeks to get you started. Happy hunting!

More About: features, job search series, mashable, pinterest, social media resume, trending

10 Kinetic Typography Music Videos

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 03:37 PM PST

1. Tramp - Lowell Fulson

Beautifully paced, and with some great graphic elements, our only complaint with this video is that it's not longer.

Click here to view this gallery.

If you’re a music lover and a font fan, then a kinetic typography video beats the more traditional genres hands-down. While you’ve no doubt seen a few famous examples, we’ve gathered up some lesser-watched creations for your viewing pleasure.

Although varied in style, these videos all use kinetic typography, or “moving text,” to illustrate the lyrics of a song. We’ve been impressed with how creative people can get with such a simple concept.

SEE ALSO: 10 Stories Beautifully Told with Animated Typography

Take a look through our selection in the slide show. We know there are dozens more great examples in existence, so link us in the comments to any of your favorites we’ve not included.

More About: animation, dev and design, kinetic typography, music videos, typography, videos, YouTube

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The Social Media Salary Guide [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 03:10 PM PST

Social Media Week is upon us, so we thought it would be appropriate to delve into the social media industry and see how its salaries stack up. Social media is an evolving and cutting-edge field, so it should come as no surprise that you can make a great living managing a brand’s presence on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, Foursquare and other social platforms.

In the infographic below, produced by OnwardSearch, you can see where the social media jobs are concentrated, the breakdown of job titles in the industry, and how much dough the average social mediate is bringing home each year. (The graphic shows the 25th and 75th percentiles for salary, pulled from Indeed).

Does this stack up with what you’ve seen in the industry? Do you think these positions and the salaries make sense, given the rise of social media? Let us know in the comments.

Infographic courtesy of OnwardSearch

Social Media Job Listings

Every week we post a list of social media and web job opportunities. While we publish a huge range of job listings, we’ve selected some of the top social media job opportunities from the past two weeks to get you started. Happy hunting!

More About: community management, infographics, job search series, salary, Social Media, trending

10 Apps for Finding Apps

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 02:35 PM PST

With the bounty of apps available for mobile devices, it would take a full-time job to customize the best apps to suit our needs and populate our devices. Of course, there are the good 'ol standbys like Facebook, Shazam, Twitter, Pulse, Angry Birds, (insert your favorite app here), but there are so many others that are worth the real estate on your phone — it's just a matter of finding them.

Luckily, there are apps for helping you find apps. Thank technology for doing the work for you and saving yourself from the hours it would spend researching and hand-picking. The following 10 apps will help you find the best deals, the best within specific categories, the best for different genders, the best for moms, the best your friends like…. But what's best about these best-of apps? They're all free.

Before you waste any more of your company's time trolling through iTunes or the Android Marketplace (you know you do it), check these apps for finding apps first.

1. AppGrooves – App Discovery & Recommendations

Using a voting system, AppGrooves gets to know what your app likes and dislikes are and tailors its recommendations based on tastes. If you like a particular style of app, AppGrooves uses special algorithms to also recommend those with similar features, descriptions and ones that like-minded people have downloaded. You can "star" apps that you're interested in, and also see which apps your friends like using a Facebook log-in -- assuming they use the app, too. There's also an Essentials section that covers every category from Airlines to Texting for Free that will fill up those blank pages on your iPhone. (iOS)

Cost: FREE

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Image courtesy of iStockphoto, svariophoto

More About: android, apps, features, iphone, Tech

Turn Instagram Photos Into a Poster

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 01:38 PM PST


Enjoy uploading pictures to the Internet via Instagram? Now you can turn your collection into a poster.

Thanks to London-based online retailer Firebox, Instagram lovers can create their own poster by selecting their favorite photos to build their own.

By clicking the Buy button on Firebox’s Instagram poster product page, Instagram members are prompted to add their own or someone else’s username to retrieve public pictures for that account. After selecting which pictures to include, the length of the poster will vary depending on how many are added.

However, every poster is a fixed 24 in. (61 cm) wide, so you can add as many rows of photos as you like. Once it gets about 5 ft (1.5 meters) long, Firebox shrinks the pictures to fit. Customers can choose between a white or black background.

This isn't the first time companies are capitalizing on Instagram. Popular photo-sharing app turns digital photos into physical ones, as well as posters.’s posters can accommodate anywhere between 50-400 photos, and it will size them to fit the full-poster size. also prints Instagram stickers and minibooks.

What photo-sharing service do you use? Do you still print photos or do you prefer digital ones? Let us know in the comments.

More About: instagram, Photos, Social Media

Are You Smarterer Than Other Job Candidates? Prove It

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 01:04 PM PST

The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.

Name: Smarterer

Quick Pitch: Smarterer authenticates practical skills with timed online quizzes.

Genius Idea: Crowdsourced, living tests for ever-changing digital skills.

You might truly be a social media expert, but writing “Twitter guru” on your resume does little to demonstrate that point.

“As consumers, we're gaining a massive set of digital and social skills, and they're part of what make us valuable in today's workforce,” says Smarterer co-founder Dave Balter. “But there’s no way to credential them.”

Smarterer attempts to provide one. The platform offers 10-question, 60-second quizzes on topics ranging from Facebook to Twilight Saga trivia, and the test results provide a quantitative proficiency rating. Launched in October 2011, the company already has 400 tests in its library.

Where did it get all this content? It asks users themselves to submit the questions.

This might sound like a process that would lead to low-quality assessments, but Balter insists it’s actually a better test creation strategy than asking experts to pen static questions. That’s because many online tools such as Twitter are apt to change frequently. Smarterer weeds out dud questions by previewing new submissions in tests but not counting them in scores. Test takers can flag test questions to be thrown out.

Most people haven’t heard of Smarterer certification, and including it on your resume might lead potential employers to wonder about your superlative grammar skills. If employers ask you to take a Smarterer test, however, that’s an entirely different story. The startup launched that capability with 40 employers last month.

In the future, the startup, which is currently getting by on $1.25 million of funding from Google Ventures and others, could charge employers for its products. Resume sites like LinkedIn are also potential clients.

Says Balter, “Sites could say, if you want to put in your profile that you're good at this, please authenticate with this quiz.”

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, Pixsooz

Series Supported by Microsoft BizSpark

Microsoft BizSpark

The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark, a startup program that gives you three-year access to the latest Microsoft development tools, as well as connecting you to a nationwide network of investors and incubators. There are no upfront costs, so if your business is privately owned, less than three years old, and generates less than U.S.$1 million in annual revenue, you can sign up today.

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Are Artists Luring Grammy Votes Via Social Media?

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 12:32 PM PST

Mashable OP-ED: This post reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of Mashable as a publication.

Music artists have invited fans deeper into their lives through social media for years, but is the content they share online starting to capture the attention of Grammy voters?

The 54th Grammy Awards airs Sunday, and the Recording Academy has declared digital, mobile and social media a focal point of this year’s proceedings. With more focus on social media, it’s hard not to wonder whether the medium now has any bearing on who wins music’s most-coveted trophies.

Look at the judges from The Voice, a singing contest that became an online powerhouse in 2011, for example. Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are nominated for Grammys this year. And all four judges boosted their digital activity, particularly on Twitter, to match the show’s ambitious social mission.

Up until the current Grammy season, however, Shelton had never been nominated — unlike the other three judges, who have snagged a combined 11 Grammy Awards. Why then did the Recording Academy give the country crooner a nod this go-around?

Were Shelton’s three nominations for Red River Blue this year based solely on his music, even though for 10 years his previous successful albums went unnoticed by the Recording Academy? Shelton hit the public’s radar in 2001 with a popular country single, “Austin,” and has since taken home trophies from the American Music Awards, Academy of Country Music, CMT Music Awards and Country Music Association.

Shelton’s surprising lack of Grammy nominations before 2012 could be the result of the academy’s frequently criticized nomination process in which many artists and albums could arguably be glossed over or missed.

SEE ALSO: Which Grammy Nominees Have the Most Social Buzz | Twitter List for the Grammys

Critics say the amount of recordings that emerge each year is too massive for some of the Grammy voters to listen to and accurately pick winners. As more voting members and artists jump on social media, it theoretically has become easier for them to hear more music as countless links to songs float around the web.

The Voice undoubtedly helped Shelton and his genre-specific music reach a whole new audience on TV, which subsequently attracted a widespread following across social networks.

It’s impossible to say whether social media had a direct effect on Shelton’s or other artists’ nominations or Sunday’s forthcoming winners, but there’s no doubt that social media couldn’t hurt as it makes artists and their music more accessible — even to the Recording Academy’s voting members.

My Open Letter: How Social Media Can Help Grammy Voters

Dear Recording Academy,

Your voting process for the Grammys has noticeable flaws, and it’s time for you to revolutionize it in order to better educate voting members.

As it stands, you send a list of recordings to voters, but you don’t send them the audio of the recordings for voters to hear. Why not? Right now, you’re counting on every voting member to have already listened to or to otherwise find the recordings they haven’t heard. This is how artists and albums get glossed over or missed completely.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gives DVDs to the people voting for Oscars. You could send Grammy voters CDs of music, too, to ensure a recording doesn’t slip through the cracks.

The long-held tradition of distributing only ballots needs to end — regardless of whether you don’t send audio recordings because of piracy fears or cost factors. Don’t rely on the voting members to do the extra grunt work; give them the recordings.

"Dear Recording Academy, Online tools exist now for you to easily revamp the way your frequently criticized nomination process works. … It's time for you to revolutionize it in order to better educate voting members.”

Let’s make this simpler for you: Online tools exist now for you to easily revamp the way your frequently criticized nomination process works. Music-streaming services such as Spotify allow you to make playlists that you could share with voters. No postage necessary.

Your voting members — singers, songwriters, engineers, producers, managers and other music industry professionals — also tend to vote in the categories in which they have expertise, but sometimes they stray and vote in categories in which they have less knowledge. Online playlists or physical copies of the recordings could go a long way to make certain every voting member has a better chance of listening to every song in categories that pique their interest.

Another way to educate voters throughout the year and not only during the nomination process is to create social media news streams for them. Take Twitter lists, for example. You could whip together lists for individual categories and fill them with relevant Twitter accounts that will inform voters about music news from media organizations or tweets from artists.

While we know members are supposed to cast votes based solely on the quality of recordings, it could be helpful to keep voters in the know via social networks, which often contain countless links to audio of pertinent recordings.

For this year’s Grammys, you took a huge step forward to maintain the “prestige of the highest and only peer-recognized award in music” by reorganizing the 109 categories in previous years down to a more manageable 78 categories for 2012.

You’ve improved the online experience for viewers and Grammy fans enormously in the past three years. Now look in the mirror and try to embrace new technologies and social media internally for the sake of a richer end result. In the future, you should continue evolving the awards process by using social media and technology to help voting members cast the most-educated votes possible.

Photo from The Voice

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U.S. Consumers Buy 20% of Valentine’s Gifts Online [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 11:27 AM PST

Consumers are expected to spend $17 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts this year, roughly a fifth of which will be spent online.

That’s according to projections from the National Retail Federation and eMarketer, whose data is visualized in the infographic from Monetate below.

Interestingly, men spend more than twice the amount women spend on Valentine’s Day: $112.65 per person versus $51.56 per person, respectively. Spending peaks among ages 25 to 34, and falls steadily after that age range. We’ll let you draw your own conclusions about that.

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How to Fine Tune Your Facebook News Feed Like a Boss

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 10:38 AM PST

Don’t like what you see in your Facebook news feed? Do the company’s algorithms that determine what you see drive you nuts? Are you missing out on important content from friends? Are you fed up with seeing what people are pinning on Pinterest?

There are ways to kick your Facebook news feed into shape. By customizing what your news feed delivers, you can tailor content to your liking. The result: Every time you fire up Facebook, you’re only going to see stuff that interests you.

SEE ALSO: How to Get Old Facebook Back

Take a look through our simple gallery, which offers a quick how-to on great native solutions for customizing your news feed. Let us know in the comments what kind of updates you’d banish forever.

1. Top Stories or Most Recent

The quickest and easiest edit to your news feed is to be found at the top of your home page.

Click on "Sort" and you get the option to see just "Top stories" or "Most recent."

"Top stories" means you're letting Facebook's algorithms decide what's most important.

Facebook says this is decided by "lots of factors," including your relationship to the person who posted the story, how many comments and likes it got, what type of story it is, etc.

The "Most Recent" option will return to your news feed to a more chronological order.

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More About: Facebook, features, How-To, Social Media, tips and tricks, trending

SNL Spoofs Confusing Smartphone Marketing [VIDEO]

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 09:34 AM PST

When Saturday Night Live decides to make fun of Verizon, there’s something deeply satisfying about it. See if you agree when you watch this skit that aired Saturday night on SNL, poking fun at the alphabet soup and numerical nightmare that you’ll find yourself embroiled within if you decide to buy a connected device.

Unless you’re an absolute expert about smartphones and 3G and 4G and all the various protocols and model numbers and powerful sounding names attached to such products, you might feel lost if you find yourself inside a store like this. Whew! Don’t feel bad. It’s complicated. Many people have no idea what kind of connectivity they have.

We run into the same problem when reviewing smartphones, especially when we’re trying to describe how fast a certain smartphone or tablet is when using 4G LTE. It’s fertile ground for deliberate confusion on the part of Verizon and other cellphone carriers, because wireless connectivity can vary from block to block, and even from room to room in your house.

In addition to the plethora of connectivity confusion, we’re especially amused by this video’s skewering of the barrage of choices when it comes to smartphones. Because there are so many different handsets from which to choose, many consumers are tempted to throw up their hands and give up, keeping the cellphone they’re using now.

When presented with too many choices, people are less likely to choose anything. In a classic Columbia University study of consumer choice, when given a choice of six flavors of jam in a supermarket taste test, people were 10 times more likely to buy one than if they were given a choice of 24 flavors.

Now think about this in the context of buying a smartphone: As of today, Samsung has an absurd 134 cellphone choices on its website. How likely is a novice going to choose one of these, or just give up and keep the cellphone he’s using now, or make a snap decision based on getting out of the store as quickly as possible? Maybe Apple is onto something with its single smartphone brand name: iPhone.

What do you think? Are there too many choices in the smartphone world? How about in the tech world overall?

For those outside the U.S., here’s a YouTube version of the video.

More About: 4G, smartphones, snl, trending, verizon

Twitter Breaks News of Whitney Houston Death 27 Minutes Before Press

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 09:02 AM PST

Twenty-seven minutes before mainstream media broke the news of Whitney Houston’s death on Saturday night, the story was on Twitter, reported by a man who tweeted the news out to his 14 followers.

A tweet — sent at 4:57 p.m. PT — from the Associated Press that confirmed Houston's death by citing her publicist was retweeted more than 10,000 times, according to data from Topsy Labs. However, the first tweet to reveal the news was sent at 4:30 p.m. PT and was only retweeted once.

Mashable was unable to reach @chilemasgrande for comment.

UPDATE: Although Topsy’s data reveals @chilemasgrande announced the news, a Mashable reader informed us that a tweet sent from @AjaDiorNavy about 15 minutes before might have been first:

Her tweet also alludes to the rumor reported by TMZ that Houston drowned in the bathtub.

Saturday night, the Beverly Hills Police said Houston was pronounced dead at approximately 3:55 p.m. PT.

This isn’t the first time news a large-scale death announcement was first reported on Twitter. A computer programmer in Pakistan inadvertently live-tweeted the military raid on the Osama bin Laden compound. "Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1 a.m. (is a rare event)," Athar wrote. His message later received global media attention following the news of bin Laden’s death.

The tragic news of Houston’s death spread fast on Twitter. In fact, about 2.5 million tweets and retweets occurred in the first hour, amounting to more than 1,000 tweets a second, according to Topsy Labs. Although this sent Twitter into a flurry of reactions, it still wasn't enough to beat last Sunday's Super Bowl record-breaking tweets.

The news of Houston's death peaked at 5:23 p.m. PT with 61,227 tweets in that minute.

An article from MSNBC was the most re-tweeted news link, as 13,000 tweets linked to the story. Celebrity tweets also spread like wildfire throughout the site as many retweeted their messages and reactions.

Rapper Lil Wayne had the most retweets (29,000), followed by Justin Bieber (15,000), Nicki Minaj (9,000) Katy Perry (8,000), Mariah Carey (6,000) and Christina Aguillera (4,000).

For more Twitter reactions from celebrities, check out the gallery below.

Did you find out the news via a social media site? Do you think Twitter is the future of breaking news? Let us know in the comments.


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More About: celebrities, grammys, Music, Social Media, trending, Twitter

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YouTube Beauty: Top 10 Channels to Follow

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 07:25 AM PST

There is a whole subculture on YouTube devoted to beauty tutorials with an increasing amount of subscribers. Rather than asking your mother or a girlfriend to teach you how to French braid your hair, you can look it up on YouTube — and there are hundreds of videos on that one hairstlye alone.

We’ve rounded up ten channels to follow on YouTube for tips and tricks on hair, makeup and nails. Do you include YouTube in your beauty routine? Let us know in the comments.

1. Michelle Phan

Subscribers: 1,852,231

Michelle Phan is the top YouTube makeup guru, with over 479 million total views. Phan is the online spokesperson for Lancôme.

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Thumbnail image courtesy of iStock, WEKWEK

More About: beauty, features, tips, YouTube

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