Social Media en City Partners With Social Networking Site To Connect Neighborhoods Online <p>The city of Pittsburgh entered into a partnership Thursday with the <a href="">social networking site Nextdoor</a>, which allows users to connect with others in their city or neighborhood through private websites.</p><p>The site has been in the Pittsburgh area for more than two years and is represented in 67 neighborhoods, according to Sarah Leary, co-founder of the San Francisco-based company.</p><p>With the partnership, city officials will now have the ability to use the site to relay information to the entire city or specific neighborhoods, Leary said.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:34:43 +0000 Michael Lynch 29279 at Think Before You Post: Mainstream Media's Increasing Reliance on Social Media <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As national media reports about the attacks at Franklin Regional High School began to unfold last week, a story of one of the injured victims taking a </span>selfie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from the hospital quickly went viral and prompted <a href="">a range of reactions</a>. Was the student showing off or simply communicating to his circle of friends?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gordon Mitchell and Brent </span>Malin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, University of Pittsburgh associate professors of communication talked with us about the importance of media literacy and the evolving relevance of social media in our lives and in mainstream news.</span></p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:09:52 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27535 at Think Before You Post: Mainstream Media's Increasing Reliance on Social Media CMU School of Music Wants You to Tweet During Sunday's Performance <p>It seems like social media is starting to touch every part of our lives, and now that includes the concert hall too.</p><p>The <a href="">Carnegie Mellon University School of Music</a> is experimenting with what they’re calling “Tweet Seats” this Sunday. They’re asking some concert-goers <em>not</em> to turn their cell phones off during the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra’s <a href="">performance</a> of pieces by Ravel, Mozart, and Beethoven, with guest conductor <a href="">Ian Hobson</a>.</p> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 02:39:14 +0000 Liz Reid 23356 at The Dark Side of Social Media: Criminal Activity Displayed Online <p>People share so much of their lives on social media, from vacation photos to music and book choices. This over-sharing of information has extended to the bold and casual admittance of <a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">criminal activity</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">David Harris</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law University of Pittsburgh School of Law</span> says the rape case in <a href="">Steubenville, Ohio</a> is an example of how ever-present<a href=""> social media</a> can play an important role in criminal cases. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:02:59 +0000 Katherine Blackley 20372 at The Dark Side of Social Media: Criminal Activity Displayed Online