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Imagine you are a French intellectual at a Cafe. You are reading Sartre and Le Monde. You are thinking about big ideas and the issues of the day. And then you notice, as if often the case in Paris cafes, a cute dog sitting under the table next to you. You pause for a moment to pet and admire the dog. Clearly you do not suddenly become stupid while petting the dog. Having love and empathy for another living thing doesn’t make you dumber.
BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti in a seriously awesome interview with himself on the rise of Facebook, sharing and why animal photos don’t make you dumb.

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I was slow to come around to social media. I cover stories, I don’t have time to be tweeting people five times an hour. Besides that I don’t think anybody’s interested where I got my hamburger today at lunch or some other important news bulletin. But I say that only half jokingly because I have found that it is another venue, it’s another pipeline if you will, to people who are interested in news.
Journalist Dan Rather in a radio interview with NPR member station KETR.

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Knight News Challenge: GeoGraph

Tumblr friends: Here’s our Knight News Challenge proposal for a tool that enables large-scale geotargeting through Facebook. I would love it … if you liked it.  

newschallenge:

1. What do you propose to do? [20 words]

Leverage an organization’s broad following on Facebook to build audience for local content creators using Facebook’s geotargeting capabilities.

2. Is anyone doing something like this now and how is your project different? [30 words]

Our GeoGraph approach…

(Source: newschallenge1)

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The 9 Facebook employees with the shortest vanity URLs

Facebook’s username feature allows you to create a unique vanity URL for your page — for example mine is Facebook.com/ericathas. You can also customize this for Facebook pages.

The minimum length for your username is five characters, eliminating the possibility for anyone to have a really unique and super-simple vanity URL such as Facebook dot com slash E. That is, anyone except for some lucky Facebook employees.

Here are the nine. One of these is a former employee and not all of these are usernames (some are just vanity URLs that redirect to their usernames).

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