Category: Social Media

Get the scoop with Fandango’s new “Movies with Friends” app

The last time I saw a movie that didn’t include talking cars, talking parrots or talking swashbuckling cats, was…well, honestly, I can’t remember the last time. I do have my eye on Moneyball since the Oscars, but Brad Pitt has nothing to do with it. Well, not much. Mostly it’s because my best friend just confirmed how awesome it is. Recommendations from friends when it comes to movies is so helpful, especially since busy parents like us probably get few opportunities to get to the theater throughout the year. When we do manage to find a few hours and...

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Is it too late to get an Oscar pool going? Heck no.

Thank you, New York Times, for creating what’s probably the easiest, most useful online Oscar ballot I’ve ever seen. Each category lists all the nominees, plus helpful little thumbnails to jar your memory. (Oh right, that’s Bérénice Bejo.) You can invite friends via Facebook, which–super easy of course–and lock your answers in before the night begins. You can even check out such “notable” ballots from folks like Anthony Bourdain, Randy Jackson, and Nick Jonas, should they, for some reason, have the inside track. Personally, I’d check out James Lipton or A.O. Scott’s choices over Tabatha Coffey, but that’s just...

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Updated Foursquare feature lets parents Explore

I’m envious of so many friends headed out for winter break this week (lucky!). If you, like them, find yourself in a new city without a good grasp of what are the most kid-friendly locales, you may be interested in the updated Explore feature on Foursquare.  If you’re a Foursquare user, the Explore feature is a way for you to get information on what’s around you by checking neighborhoods you’re not even in — so great for planning purposes. As you know, hungry kids and not knowing where a restaurant is – never a good combination. But what differentiates Explore...

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Video chat hits Facebook with the Rounds app. (It was inevitable, right?)

The first time I used video chat, I remember it felt like I was stepping into the future. I recall marveling at seeing someone’s face in real-time on my computer and of course, waving furiously, which is a requisite for the first 10 seconds of any video call.   Now, the options for video calling are plentiful, meaning lots of you are already Skyping or ooVoo-ing experts. But for those just wanting to dip their toes into the waters or who don’t want to sign up for yet another service, you may want to check out a new Facebook...

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How Our Readers Are Using It: Pinterest

If you follow us on Twitter, it’s pretty clear from our links that we’re completely addicted to Pinterest, a virtual cork board that allows you to “pin” online inspiration and share it with others. We’ve been using it both for Cool Mom Picks and now, slowly, for Cool Mom Tech, to share everything from cool stuff for photographers to tech that’s gorgeous. We especially love it for offering up gift or holiday ideas, and this month our Valentine’s Day board has been so much fun! Whether you’re new to the site or you’re a Pinterest pro, you might be...

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Twitter Stories – because sometimes 140 characters is all you need

You just got back from the drugstore? You’re feeling tired and need some coffee? You just ate a sandwich? These aren’t what I’d call value-added tweets.  If you’re on Twitter, you know what I’m talking about. If you’re looking for some amazing stories that have resulted from tweets, definitely check out Twitter Stories. This brand new, exquisitely designed site culls some of the best, funniest, most touching, most outrageous stories that started with a simple 140 characters. There’s the story about the guy in Portland, OR who saved his mom’s floundering bookstore with a tweet (and offer to buy...

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Understanding the new Facebook Digital Timeline

So, you may have gotten wind of a huge change to Facebook called a Digital Timeline this week. Let’s be honest — anyone who’s been on Facebook more than four seconds, has learned not to be surprised by changes to the social network, from privacy settings to design to updated friends lists. But this one change, announced at Facebook’s F8 Developers Conference this week, is so big that it’s almost like a whole new Facebook. Don’t worry! We’ve got the basics to help you sort it out. To sum it up, forget what you know about the look of...

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Ticketmaster gets social with Facebook, and the circus just got a lot more fun.

I’m embarrassed to admit that the last rock concert I went to was Coldplay at the Meadowlands Arena…in 2005. Clearly it’s time for me to get back into the live concert circuit. If it’s music you like, or theater or professional sports, or hey–even just the circus with the kids–with the new feature that Ticketmaster just announced integrating seating choices with Facebook, live shows are about to get a lot more social. With the new partnership between Ticketmaster and Facebook, you can purchase your tickets to that Yo Gabba Gabba! Live Show and then use the interactive seat maps...

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The best of the Steve Jobs tributes

With the not entirely shocking news that Steve Jobs is stepping down as the CEO Apple, we’ve been captivated by the number of thoughtful and often moving articles, blog posts, and opinion pieces about the legacy he has left. It’s clear that is a man who has not only changed technology, he’s touched lives. As for me, I’ve been an Apple evangelist since back before there was such a thing. I remember my mother bringing home a clunky old Apple IIc from her elementary school job over the summer break in the mid-80s, and my brother and I eagerly...

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5 reasons why we already like Google+

When the floodgates for invites to Google+, Google’s new social network, briefly opened up last week, I was fortunate enough to snag one from a friend. Since then, I’ve been playing around with what at first I was thinking was “yet another time suck.” But after a few days of exploring its features, I have to say I’m pretty pleased. And while I’m not sure if we’ll be seeing droves of people migrating from Facebook to Google+, I’ve got five good reasons you should keep your eyes peeled for an invitation. 1. Are you in my circle? Google+ allows...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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