Media & Technology: Web & Social
- Texas Parks Use Pokemon Go to Get People Outside
by Texas Parks & Wildlife August 2016
New species are popping up at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) sites and agency staff and state park visitors are arming themselves with poke balls trying to catch them all. Around the state, many TPWD sites are using the game as a new way to introduce the real natural world to players venturing into the great outdoors while on virtual hunts for the illusive Japanese characters known as Pokémon. The game uses augmented reality to guide players on a quest to try and catch Pokémon characters from the cartoon, video game and card game in real world locations.
- NCAA's New Social Media Rule 'Nauseates' WVU Coach
by David Statman August 2016
Want to draw West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen's ire? Ask him his opinion of the NCAA's new social media rules. Effective Monday, coaches were allowed to like and retweet prospective recruits' social media posts for the first time. It led to a flurry of Twitter activity from college coaches that has Holgorsen up in arms.
- How to Follow the Olympics Using Twitter
by Alissa Mejia August 2016
The Olympics begin Friday, and as our heroes run, jump, swim and play in Rio, one of the best ways to connect with the action from home is through Twitter.
- Parks & Rec Dept. Finds Efficiency in Online Sign-Ups
by Brian Bethel August 2016
From men’s flag football to dog obedience programs to youth volleyball, the city of Abilene’s Parks & Recreation Department has made online registration for activities, facilities rental and memberships easier and more personalized.
- Recruiters Ramp Up Retweets as New Rules Take Effect
by Josh Barnett August 2016
The retweeting — and the race to retweet — is on. Under new NCAA rules that went into effect early Monday morning, college football coaches are allowed to retweet, like, share, repost or otherwise approve the social media activity of a recruit. They are not allowed to comment, tag or retweet with comments. As the clock ticked down to midnight in each time zone, it was clear the coaches -- or whoever is running the Twitter accounts of the coaches -- were ready. Within hours of the rule going into effect, Tennessee coach Butch Jones' account had retweeted more than 100 recruit tweets. TCU noted that coach Gary Patterson was in the office Sunday evening and he was retweeting deep into the night. Western Michigan's P.J. Fleck, Miami (Fla.)'s Mark Richt and Nebraska's Mike Riley were among the early prolific retweeters.
- Browns' Crowell Apologizes for Instagram Post
by AB Staff July 2016
Isaiah Crowell took another big step Tuesday by telephoning Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams and apologizing for an Instagram post showing an illustration of a police officer having his throat slashed by a hooded figure.
- Texas District to Offer Online Ticketing Portal
by Len Hayward June 2016
Standing in a line for tickets to an important high school football game is almost a rite of passage in Texas. Now purchasing those football tickets has become easier for fans and parents of Corpus Christi ISD teams, and will not require standing in line. The district launched an online portal for purchasing season tickets Tuesday, adding CCISD to the growing number of Texas districts using the technology. The portal also will be used to purchase individual game tickets, beginning Aug. 1 Fans can go to the athletic office on Saratoga Boulevard to purchase tickets but now have the option not to make that drive.
- NFL's Twitter Hacked, Goodell Falsely Proclaimed Dead
by Nancy Armour June 2016
The best measure of a person is the reaction when he or she dies. In that case, Roger Goodell, you have some work to do. The NFL commissioner was only "dead" for a few minutes Tuesday, not long enough for the heartfelt tributes and praise to start pouring in. And maybe the dark humor shown over his "demise" -- his Wikipedia page was briefly changed and the cause of death listed as "deflated lungs" -- was because people knew he wasn't, in fact, dead.
- Detroit Pistons Keep Fans Updated with Real-Time Email
by Stuart Goldman April 2016
The NBA regular season is coming to a close this week, but Detroit Pistons fans are among those looking forward to the playoffs.
And just as they have for most of the season, the Pistons will keep their fans updated during home playoff games thanks to real-time email, which updates fans with live scores and statistics.
- Social Media's Role in Crisis Management
by Vivian Marinelli February 2016
It is difficult these days to find someone not on some form of social media — especially during sports and entertainment events. The 2014 World Cup final holds the record for the most tweets per second with 9,667. The game took more than three hours to complete, accumulating more than 100 million tweets.