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  • Tigeriban 6:26 pm on October 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Website ranks most influential tweeters 


    NEW YORK, Sept 24 — Actor Ashton Kutcher has more than five million and when singer John Mayer closed his account his devotees numbered 3.7 million but having a huge following on Twitter is no guarantee of being influential.

    Researchers at Northwestern University said with new technology they can sift through the tens of millions of tweets sent each day on the microblogging website to pinpoint the most influential people on the hot topic of the day.

    And it may not be the celebrity with the most followers.

    “People think that just because you have a huge number of followers you may potentially be an influencer, and that is not the case,” said Professor Alok Choudhary, the chair of the electrical engineering and computer science department at Northwestern University in Illinois.

    Sports star LeBron James, for example, may influence people when he tweets about basketball but he does not have as much clout if he voices his ideas about the appointment of a new Supreme Court justice, according to Choudhary.

    “The idea was how do we determine what are the important tweets and who are the people who really influence others in real time,” he explained in an interview.

    Using massive dating mining of texts, network analysis and real-time response measures Choudhary and Ramanathan Narayanan, a graduate student at the university, developed a website to rank the most influential tweeters on a topic.

    The site, http://www.pulseofthetweeters.com, resulted from Narayanan’s thesis project.

    Although Twitter, which limits tweets to 140 characters, is only four years old it has become an immensely popular social networking website, similar to Facebook and LinkedIn, with 145 million users and an average of 90 million tweets per day.

    “So, which tweets should you read? Which tweets are being read by media experts on any given subject, such as politics, law, fashion, food? We provide that information,” said Narayanan.

    The recently launched site also determines whether the tweets are positive, negative or neutral and filters out spam.

    “A lot of people think that just because you tweet a lot means you may have influence or you are important. But there are a lot of junk tweets, so to speak. Our technology filters those out,” Choudhary explained.

    The researchers believe the technology could identify trends and the people who are influencing them.

    “Our premise is that influencers are those that dynamically change the opinions of people on specific topics, or the topic of the moment. So in real time we can determine how people are getting influenced for an important topic,” he added. — Reuters

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  • Tigeriban 3:07 am on September 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Facebook gets movie treatments as social media at high 


    LOS ANGELES, Sept 16 — Facebook hits the silver screen this fall with two movies coming out within weeks of each other at a time when social media is at an all-time high.

    Independent documentary “Catfish” and glitzy Hollywood feature “The Social Network” couldn’t be more different. But both could very well be two sides of the same coin.

    “We’ve gotten to a point where it’s time to reflect on it,” said “Catfish” filmmaker Ariel Schulman.

    “‘The Social Network’ shows us how we got here. ‘Catfish’ shows us where we’re at.”

    Facebook is the most popular social networking site in the world with over 500 million active users. Sites like MySpace, micro-blogging site Twitter, and Tumblr are also thriving, creating an intricate online world where everything from dating websites to video game communities have users who put their personal lives out on public display.

    As “Catfish” illustrates, not everyone on these sites is who they say they are.

    “Catfish”, which opens in US theatres tomorrow, follows Nev Schulman, a photographer who falls in love with a girl on Facebook. Over time, their romance blossoms and they begin to text and talk on the phone.

    When Nev, his brother Ariel and their friend Henry discover some startling revelations, they set off on a road trip to meet the girl in person.

    “The Social Network,” arrives on October 1, with a pedigree that includes Oscar-nominated David Fincher directing from a screenplay by the four-time Emmy Award winning Aaron Sorkin.

    The film is based on Ben Mezrich’s book “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal.” Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, now 26, is played by Jesse Eisenberg.

    “It’s interesting that these two movies are coming out at the same time,” said Schulman, who directed “Catfish” with Henry Joost.

    “We are however many years in to the social networking phenomenon and I think it has hit a tipping point,” he said.

    Schulman, along with Joost, shot his brother Nev’s 2008 real-life romance and road trip to visit the girl of his dreams. He felt there is now a sort of “collective subconscious” around Facebook.

    Schulman likens social networks to a “collection of avatars” where users put up “ideal versions of themselves” for others to see.

    “We each play the role of our own personal publicist that way,” he noted, cautioning that because of that, “you can’t go online naively.”

    “You’ve got to protect yourself,” said Schulman. “Everyone has different intentions.”

    Ironically for an actor portraying the man now in charge of Facebook in “Social Network,” Eisenberg himself is not a Facebook user, nor does he ever plan to be.

    “If you’re in a public setting like (actors) are, you come to really value your privacy,” he said.

    However, Eisenberg is quick to point out that it’s not “the medium that’s the danger, it’s the people using the medium” and that’s why he’s chosen to stay off it.

    Though Nev Schulman says he doesn’t feel completely protected from his “Catfish” situation happening again, he says he has no regrets about his Facebook romance.

    “I ended up going on a great life experience with my brother and my dear friend Henry,” said Nev Schulman.

    What was real, were the life lessons that came with all that.

    “I now have a better understanding of what I thought I wanted, what I really want and what’s important insofar as my relationships with friends and family,” he said. “This experience has allowed me to grow and change for the better.” — Reuters

    SM:this is movie trailer: Social Network a.k.a Facebook

     
  • Tigeriban 2:17 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Oprah Winfrey shocks audience with free trip 


    CHICAGO, Sept 14 — Oprah Winfrey surprised her talk show audience attending the premiere of her 25th and final season yesterday with an all-expenses-paid eight-day trip to Australia.

    Some 300 audience members clapped, cried and hugged as Winfrey announced the trip and introduced pilot-actor John Travolta, who stepped out of a mock-up of a Qantas Airways jet rolled onto the stage.

    “I started to think about where would I most want to go. Maybe I should take all of you with me to the other side of the world … We’re going to Australia! We are going to Australia! You and you and you and you, are going to Australia!” she said.

    Some of her show’s staff will also be flying to Sydney in December, where the Sydney Opera House will be transformed into the “Oprah” House for a taping of her show.

    Previously, the famously generous Winfrey has given each audience member a new car, and recently handed staff members of her “O” Magazine Apple iPads and US$10,000 (RM31,000) cheque. She has also handed out school scholarships, money for homes, and financed a school for girls in South Africa.

    In a surprise to Winfrey, Paul Simon turned up to perform a rewritten version of a song dedicated to her.

    “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is syndicated to 215 domestic stations by CBS Television Distribution and to 145 countries by CBS Studios International.

    Winfrey won’t be off the airwaves after her talk show ends, as her Oprah Winfrey Network is set to kick off on cable on January 1. — Reuters

    SM: Wow Oprah…sponsor me lah

     
  • Tigeriban 7:25 am on August 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Grease: You Are The Want That I Want 


    Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture is the original motion picturesoundtrack for the 1978 film Grease. The album’s most famous song “You’re the One That I Want” was a US and UK #1 for stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

    The album gives credit to the two stars of the film; John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, although they only appear on seven of the 24 tracks. The remainder of the album is sung by various cast members and Sha Na Na – a group who performed many of the 1950s numbers in the film. The title track was recorded by Frankie Valli, who had no other connection with the film.

    The most successful songs from the soundtrack were written specifically for the film. They included the Billboard number-one hits “You’re the One That I Want”, “Grease” and the number-three, Academy Award-nominated “Hopelessly Devoted to You”. In the UK, the album proved even more successful where “You’re the One That I Want” reached No.1 for nine weeks, “Summer Nights” reached No.1 for seven weeks, while “Grease”, “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “Sandy” all became top three hits.The soundtrack album hit the top of the charts in the U.S. during the summer of 1978, replacing The Rolling Stones’ Some Girls. In the UK, it remained at the top of the charts for 13 consecutive weeks.

    Some of the backing musicians debuted as Toto after their fame from the soundtrack. They also performed on Olivia Newton-John’s albumTotally Hot and Physical.

    The album sold 28 million copies worldwide.

     
  • Tigeriban 4:59 am on August 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    I Want To Know What Love Is 


    There are two version on this song. Actually I like the original singer who sang this song called the Foreigner. This year 2010 new album by Mariah Carey sing this song again by her own style with her famous high pitch voice. Well for me, I like foreigner sing this song compare to Mariah Carey, but I like the way she change the way she sing this song. No matter what, I still like this song, so I post this two artist here. Enjoy 🙂

    Foreigner

    Mariah Carey

     
  • Tigeriban 9:22 am on August 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Lady Antebellum 


    Lady Antebellum is a country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. The trio is composed of Charles Kelley (lead and background vocals), Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin) and Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals). The group made its debut in 2007 as guest vocalists on Jim Brickman’s single “Never Alone”, before signing to Capitol Records Nashville and releasing “Love Don’t Live Here”. The song, which peaked at #3 on the Hot Country Songs chart in May 2008, served as the first single to the group’s self-titled debut album. Certified platinum in the U.S., the album also includes the singles “Lookin’ for a Good Time” and “I Run to You”, the latter of which became the group’s first Number One in July 2009. “Need You Now,” was released in mid-2009 and is the first single off the band’s new album released in January 2010; it is also the group’s second number one single. “American Honey”, the second single fromNeed You Now, was released in January 2010, and is their 4th top 10 single, as well as their third #1 single.

    Lady Antebellum has been awarded Top New Duo or Group in 2009 by the Academy of Country Music and New Artist of the Year in 2008 by the Country Music Association. They were nominated for two Grammy Awards at the 2009 51st Grammy Awards; and two more at the 2010 52nd Grammy Awards.Of these nominations, they took home the award for Best Country Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals for “I Run to You”. More recently on April 18, 2010, the group was awarded Top Vocal Group, Song of the Year (“Need You Now”), and Single of the Year (“Need You Now”) at the 45th ACM Awards.

    History

    Lady Antebellum was formed in 2006  in Nashville, Tennessee by Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott. Scott is the daughter of country music singer Linda Davis, and Charles Kelley is the brother of pop artist Josh Kelley. It was these family connections and music industry ties that helped launch the band. Kelley moved to Nashville in mid-2005 from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he had been working construction with his brother John. Trying to become a successful solo country artist, Kelley convinced his old middle-school classmate, Haywood, to move to Nashville from Georgia in 2006 so they could write music together. Shortly thereafter, Scott recognized Kelley from MySpace, and they started to talk at a Nashville music club and invited Scott to join him and Haywood in the new group, which assumed the name Lady Antebellum. The trio then began performing at local venues in Nashville before being signed in July 2007 to a recording contract with Capitol Records Nashville. In an interview with Sirius Satellite Radio, Scott claimed she was rejected from the hit show American Idol two times, not even making it past the first round.

    2007–2008 Lady Antebellum

    Shortly after the trio signed to the label, adult contemporary artist Jim Brickman chose Lady Antebellum to sing on his 2007 single “Never Alone,” which reached #14 on the Billboard adult contemporary charts. In mid-2007, Lady Antebellum also wrote a song for the MTV reality television series The Hills.

    Their solo debut single “Love Don’t Live Here” was released in September of that year, with a music video for the song following in December. This song was the lead-off single to the band’sself-titled debut album. Released on April 15, 2008, Lady Antebellum was produced by Paul Worley along with Victoria Shaw, a Nashville songwriter and former solo artist. “Love Don’t Live Here” reached #3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. The album itself was the first album by a new duo or group to debut at Number One on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts.

    A second single, “Lookin’ for a Good Time”, was issued in June 2008 and just peaked at #11 in December. In addition, Lady Antebellum was signed as an opening act on Martina McBride’s Waking Up Laughing Tour in 2008. Lady Antebellum also contributed the song “I Was Here” to the AT&T Team USA Soundtrack, a song which peaked at #24 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100based on downloads. In December 2008, their rendition of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” peaked at #3 on the same chart. Their third official single, “I Run to You”, was released in January 2009. It eventually became the trio’s first Number One in July 2009.

    On October 7, 2009 their debut album was certified platinum by the RIAA for shipments of one million copies in the United States.

    Haywood and Kelley co-wrote labelmate Luke Bryan’s 2009 single “Do I”, on which Scott also sings backing vocals. This song is the first single from Bryan’s second studio album “Doin’ My Thing”, which was released on October 6, 2009.

    2009–present Need You Now

    In August 2009, the group released their fourth single, “Need You Now”, the lead-off single and title track to their second studio album, on January 26, 2010. It debuted at #50 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and became their second Number One hit on the charts for the week of November 28, 2009. The song also reached a peak of #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a number-one hit on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart, making it a crossover hit. A second single, “American Honey”, was released to radio on January 11, 2010.

    The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts for the week of February 2, 2010, selling 480,922 copies in the first week. Four weeks after the albums release, it was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

    On April 28, 2010, Lady Antebellum performed on the results show of American Idol, performing “Need You Now”.

     
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