The Restaurant Involved in This Week's Hate Crime is Taking a Beating on Social Media

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The restaurant whose sidewalk was the scene of New York's latest hate crime is taking heat on social media. Billie and Jacob James-Vogel were harassed and attacked for being an interracial couple outside Shi Restaurant in Long Island City, Queens, where they had just been celebrating Billie's 40th Birthday. Internet denizens piled on the abuse when it was reported that Shi turned away the bloodied and bruised couple when they tried to re-enter the restaurant to get help. Even though restaurant management has denied giving the victims the cold shoulder, that hasn't stopped would-be patrons from sticking it to the restaurant on social media.

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A Former Intern Gives Advice on How to Be the Perfect Weiner Intern

Replacing the old with the new.
Like any strung-out millennial, I can admit to myself that I, at several points in my career, have held the title of "intern" (an unpaid intern in certain cases, to say the least). I've interned for the menswear magazine GQ, the blog-magazine hybrid Newsweek/DailyBeast and, of course, here at the Voice, providing content for our calendar section. With those three publications under my expanding post-grad belt, I, like many of those in certain skill areas that consider themselves "specialists" after experiencing a sample size of three, can safely call myself an "intern buff." So when the news came that mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner's campaign was seeking a social media intern, my buffness (real word? Who knows!) in a dismal field finally gained some sort of relevance.

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Word of Advice to Mayoral Candidates: Do Not Hire Staffers Like "Hyman Doodlesack"

If the FDNY social media guidelines enforced a few weeks ago taught us anything, it's that conducting yourself on the Internet as a government official or affiliate is not really that hard. Just keep the nudity and racism at bay. That's pretty much it.

Well, one of Bill de Blasio's staffers on his mayoral campaign never read those guidelines. Anthony "Tony" Baker, under the Twitter pseudonym "Hyman Doodlesack," resigned this week after being exposed by the New York Post for tweeting some pretty ridiculous sentiments.

Here's one for the record books: "In BKB Park today taking in the Sun (GOD) + signing copies of my new book, Was Columbus a Homo or Was He Just a Jew? NOW in KINDLE #pride." And here's another: "@BilldeBlasio Boy I love that f--king Dude, Bill de Blasio, and I can't wait for him to kick Speaker Quinn's bony ass in '13. #winning."

Obviously, the candidate was a little pissed to find this out.

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We Should Be Thankful for the New FDNY Social Media Guidelines

Last week, fellow Voice scribe Nick Greene gave us the lowdown on social media informalities for Facebook. Can you post pictures of your vacation? No, please don't. How about your political views? Stop, nobody cares. And what about a job promotion? Ugh. You get the picture.

These standards of Internet presence are raised for governmental officials (see: Anthony Weiner). Municipal figures are held to a much higher regard in our social community; therefore, their opinions are taken more seriously in the public eye. And you represent our collective body politic, so you better act like it online.

Last month, the EMT son of FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano was caught by the New York Post tweetin' up a racist storm. He jeered at minority groups from his computer/phone keyboard, not keeping in mind that, hey, his dad is the head of the FDNY. Also, it was later found that other EMTs were posting pictures of (and then berating) their patients online.

Enter the FDNY's social media guidelines announced this weekend, in which the department advises its workers to have some decency (read: no racism allowed) online.

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Facebook And The Law: NYPD Deputy Inspector Targeted On The Social Network

In a week filled with headlines of a fired LAPD cop gone on a killing spree after posting a murderous 'manifesto' on Facebook, this story should unsettle you.

Yesterday, the New York Post reported that NYPD deputy inspector Joseph Gulotta was virtually targeted on the social network when an anonymous user posted intimate details on the specific Precinct's page about said inspector and ordered a "hit" on him. The details included the police officer's schedule (down to the exact hours) and car model. Almost immediately, the D.I. filed a complaint against the harrowing message and it has since been removed.

Mr. Gulotta is in charge of Brooklyn's 73rd District - home to Brownsville, East New York and other neighborhoods with particularly high levels of violence. His unit is known for its knack to monitor Facebook for suspected criminals - kinda like the one we're dealing with here - and its most recent social media gang bust landed 49 members. As of now, the NYPD believe the user may belong to a gang prevalent in the area known as OccFam.

But whoever it may be, the lesson here is simple: Facebook can be a real dark place for criminals and police... if it wants to be.


Instagram Photos That I Have No Problem Giving Away To Corporate America

As you may have heard on the Internet by now, people are very angry about the newly revised Instagram rules of conduct, in which the photo-sharing service announced it will begin to sell away your sepia-toned photography to companies without paying or attributing you. People voiced their frustration on Facebook (a company that sells your information to corporate interests by the terrabytes), people voiced their frustration on Twitter (rinse and repeat like Facebook) and people overall were very up in arms about having to be unpaid interns for Instagram. 

Grab your smartphones... er, pitchforks!

We should be accustomed to this sort of online behavior; we've already sold away our identities to Big Information the minute we first heard the phrase 'social media.' At this point, we must embrace it so, as an Instagram user, I met the clarion capitalist call with joy. Finally, a damn fine portion of the 7 million photos we upload daily would be put to some sort of good use. It may not help us at all but... (shrugs). 

Here's a list of Instagram photos that I have absolutely no problem with giving away to Corporate America.

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The Last Year Of My Life, Brought To You By Facebook

On average, an ordinary, freedom-loving American spends about eight hours a month on Facebook. That's sixteen minutes a day, seven day a week, ninety six hours a year. Simple math aside, Mark Zuckerberg has you under his watch for eight full days. And, if you have Facebook on your smartphone, well then...

Some might use that tidbit of information as viral proof that, yes, the Mayan calendar is definitely accurate. Others might attribute this social media addiction to an absence of interpersonal communication in the self-obsessed  digital age. And other others might just be on Facebook right now, too busy to care about those dumb statistics. But what do we Facebook-digest in those eight full days of the year? 

Of course, we have cat photos, baby photos, last night photos, lyrics as Facebook statuses, funny articles to share, memes, gifs, jpegs, m4as, mp3s, blaring political statements, endless events, birthdays, declarations, proclamations, graduations and consolations on the stream of informational consciousness that is the "News Feed." None of these items bare any repeating.

But, this year, the day-draining site's engineers have taken it a step further to remind you how much time you're living/wasting with their product. The bubble has been reinforced when Facebook rolled out the new "Best in 2012" feature yesterday. When I logged on in the morning, personal listicles of what the social network deemed 'The Biggest Shit These People Have Done' on and off of the computer screen popped up on the screen like acne. 

I took a look at what my 2012 existence was worth in cold hard megabytes, according to Facebook's logic. And, you know, I learned a lot about what I've been up to. But I still (nor never will) have no idea if I feel happy about myself.
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Bronx Man Faces Terrorism Charges for Drunken Facebook Death Threat

Just in case you're considering getting shitfaced tonight and then firing off some angry Facebook posts threatening to kill your boss, you should be advised that you could potentially be hit with terrorism charges, as is the case for a Bronx man who wants his boss to "suck the gun" before he blows his brains out.

Jason Steward, a 29-year-old Time Warner employee, is in some pretty serious shit over the threatening posts, which were posted on Facebook on September 13, and apparently were the last straw in an ongoing dispute with his supervisor over overtime pay.

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Millennial Music: A Look at How DIY Technology Is Changing the Game Forever

Max Schieble of Pharaohs 

Open. Click. Send. In a matter of seconds, Max Schieble's pre-recorded vocal track from America appears in the e-mail inbox of his bandmate Danny Lentz, who is abroad in Paris. Lentz receives the file, pulls out a violin and plays his part from memory. The file is sent back over to Schieble, who then puts it through the mixing grind of free software programs including Logic, GarageBand, and ProTools (all downloaded in "the glory days of MegaUpload"). 

Once on iTunes, an upload to SoundCloud and Band Camp -- all free sharing programs that link to social media -- is a token of victory. At a remarkable speed in a "more or less cost-free process," Pharaohs -- a jazz-pop group that Schieble and Lentz co-founded, along with other rotating band members, two years ago -- have created a song.

Enter Converse's Rubber Tracks. The famous Americana shoe manufacturer of Chuck Taylor's opened a free studio in Brooklyn last year in an attempt to brand the DIY movement and bands within it, like Pharaohs. And the company did this by appealing to a cost-sensitive demographic: According to Keith Gulla of Converse in a press release, the company wanted bands to "help overcome one of the biggest hurdles in their career: affording studio time." Converse provides the gear, the audio engineers, and the space to create; all a band has to do is apply and show up. 

That's it -- no strings attached or sign-up fees necessary. And as an option, a band can choose to let Converse have publication rights to the produced music in order for them to pump it through their website and social-networking presence.

Like Converse, the once-online, now-in-Brooklyn clothing company Mishka offers their brand name as a free platform for artists soaring in the blogosphere. By releasing mixtapes online with Mishka's name and insignia on them, local New York rap acts like Ninjasonik and Mr. Mutha****in Esquire have gained fame and success without either party shelling out the big bucks.

As with many of today's hopeful recording artists, Pharaohs have circumvented the shackles of money, time and distance by knowing their way around a MacBook. Although Schieble points out this isn't his preferred way of recording (in his opinion, "Pharaohs' music loses its essence a bit" with a lo-fi sound), the DIY process represents the extraordinary synergy that now exists between the Internet and a band. But someone, or something, has been left out of the mix: the presence of a middleman, a/k/a the venerable record label. Long one of the pillars of the music industry, labels are going the way of MySpace: ignored and outdated.

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Interactive Map App Shows You Everything In New York City in Real-Time

Map enthusiasts and social media aficionados, rejoice! A website and iPhone application that is officially launching today is taking the concept of mapping to a whole new interactive level that might forever change your physical and virtual existence as a New Yorker.

In all seriousness, though, this thing's pretty cool -- CityMaps, a one-stop shop map site and iPhone app, integrates hyperlocal data with all kinds of social media functions so that users can browse around and make plans based on real-time information coming from across the city.

Here's how it works: The map, which aims to include the name and location of every storefront on every block, is connected to Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and all the other cool networking sites kids are using these days. CityMaps users can browse what's around them, find out what other people have said and are saying about these establishments, and get info on what kinds of deals or events these businesses are having at that moment. All in a user-friendly, visually-intuitive format!

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