The New Year is in full swing, and despite the onslaught of political information and opinions dominating the newsfeeds, we managed to find some interesting non-politics-related info worth noting.
- Try to explain this in 140 characters or less: Twitter announced that it is shutting down its Dashboard app, which was released just six months ago. Dashboard was designed to help businesses make the most of their Twitter presence without having to refer to third-party options. While viewed as handy by industry users, clearly it did not meet Twitter’s expectations; the company continues to confuse users and investors alike with its program development strategy.
- Just “Give” It: 2016 was a yuuuuge year for…giving to charity? Yep, according to a recent report on publicly announced giving there were twelve donations given by wealthy donors that surpassed $100 million, plus another six that totaled $100 million exactly. At the top of the list included Nike cofounder Phil Knight, who gave $500 million to his alma matter, the University of Oregon. Hopefully none of that money was spent on additional football uniform designs.
- A new national holiday? Whether or not you sold all your possessions for tickets to see Hamilton in 2016, we all wished the most unlikely pop culture icon of all time a happy birthday. Alexander Hamilton was born on January, 1757 (maybe)…before Twitter even existed! Grab a slice of cake and learn some fun facts that may or may not have been included in the mix tape.
- A PR stunt the whole family can enjoy! To entice sportswriters to vote Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid for the All Star Game, Sixers PR sent media an ingredient kit to make their own Shirley Temples - the favorite drink of the budding NBA superstar - who reportedly needed an intervention from the team nutritionist to curb his habit. Things could be worse.
- Forbes released its 2017 “30 Under 30” list and…hey, why am I not on here?!? Must be fake news.