SOCIAL MEDIA SNAP: April Fool’s, Facebook Home & Girl Power

One thing I really love about social media is that it puts all the different facets of people and companies on display. You can show your fun, goofy, silly side one moment and your serious, emotional, empathetic side the next. And those are only two of the innumerous possibilities!

Huge brands and famous celebrities, who might have seemed completely untouchable and mysterious 20 years ago, are now just a click away. We talk to them on Facebook, read their thoughts on Twitter, see what recipes and quotes they like on Pinterest and watch them goof off on YouTube. Even major brands like Google, Oreo and Taco Bell have shown us their true personalities and values. Social media humanizes brands and celebrities, making them feel more like our friend or neighbor with actual interests and emotions. It’s true – they are just like us!

As always, this month kicked off with April Fool’s Day. Personally, I’m not a huge fan. I walk around even more paranoid than usual. But I will admit, there were some pretty clever pranks played on the unsuspecting public. Mashable rounded up the best of the best in this year’s online April Fool’s pranks. Luckily, I wasn’t fooled for a second (I’m talking to you, Google).

While April Fool’s Day gets most of the holiday attention this month, the New York Times decided to highlight a lesser known holiday, National Poetry Month, by launching a new Haiku Tumblr.

In recent Facebook news, Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of Facebook Home this week. Facebook Home is “a new launcher that turns Android phones into Facebook phones”. Because who wouldn’t want to spend every waking moment on Facebook, right?

Sad news hit the Internet yesterday as Roger Ebert, infamous movie critic and writer, died at the age of 70. Many celebrities and other fans of Ebert took to Twitter to lament over the loss of this legendary figure.

Social media can represent many things to many people. But I never expected it to actually change someone’s life. That’s exactly what happened for possible twins, Samantha Futerman and Anaïs Bordier, who found each other through Youtube. Now, the twins have started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a trip that will finally bring them face-to-face. Cue the collective “Awwwwwww”.

If someone asked you to describe the average Pinterest user, what’s the first thing that pops into your mind? That’s right, it’s a woman (which is ironic since two men created it). Men want in on the action, leading to suggestions of a Pinterest-esque website specifically for men. Others think the idea is sexist since men are already more than welcome to use Pinterest. What do you think?

Speaking of women on social media, Forbes just released their list of the Top 20 Women Social Media Influencers. Tweet on ladies, tweet on.

And finally, for your viewing pleasure, I present to you the Backtreet Boys performing the Harlem Shake. I’m a ‘90s girl, so my heart just about melted when I saw this. There’s no way I was going to leave this out.