How Big Sports Leagues Are Trying to Woo the Gamer Generation

Here’s what sports marketers are doing to win back a lost generation and save the future of fandom.

#baseball, #basketball, #blevins-tyler-1991, #charlotte-hornets, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #cortez-jhay-singer, #detroit-lions, #e-sports, #fans-persons, #football, #fortnite-video-game, #generation-z, #instagram-inc, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #nba-2k-video-game, #new-england-patriots, #overwatch-video-game, #roblox-video-game, #tiktok-bytedance, #twitch-interactive-inc, #twitter, #youtube-com

How Big Can a TikTok Duet Get?

The singer-songwriter Sadie Jean performed a lovelorn track and left room for a response. Lil Yachty took the bait. But their duet isn’t the track available for streaming.

#jean-sadie, #lil-yachty-rapper, #pop-and-rock-music, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #wyd-now-song

What Daily Routine Videos Actually Show Us

A look into the anxious aspirations of young people.

#anxiety-and-stress, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #tiktok-bytedance, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

What We Forgot to Talk About in 2021

A catch-up round table on a host of topics: Maneskin, Jazmine Sullivan, Kelly Clarkson, a Real Housewife’s music career and much more.

#audio-neutral-informative, #candiace-dillard, #clarkson-kelly, #maneskin-music-group, #pop-and-rock-music, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #sullivan-jazmine, #tiktok-bytedance

TikTok Made Them Famous. Figuring Out What’s Next Is Tough.

This year, the app’s biggest stars — Charli and Dixie D’Amelio, Noah Beck, Addison Rae and others — leapt from the phone screen to other platforms in the pop culture universe, with mixed results.

#beck-noah, #content-type-personal-profile, #damelio-charli, #damelio-dixie, #hossler-jaden, #hudson-chase-lilhuddy-2002, #movies, #pop-and-rock-music, #rae-addison, #social-media, #teenage-heartbreak-album, #television, #tiktok-bytedance

TikTok’s Music Critics Reflect on 2021

Four of the app’s voices on pop name their favorite releases of the year and discuss developing taste in the age of the algorithm.

#audio-neutral-informative, #music, #tiktok-bytedance, #two-thousand-twenty-one

Retailers Find TikTok a ‘Sunny Place’ for Advertising

Brands are flocking to the platform like never before, drawn by its more than 1 billion users and its algorithm, which can make an ad seem like just another video.

#advertising-and-marketing, #generation-z, #instagram-inc, #online-advertising, #shopping-and-retail, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

Brands Find TikTok a ‘Sunny Place’ for Advertising

Brands are flocking to the platform like never before, drawn by its more than 1 billion users and its algorithm, which can make an ad seem like just another video.

#advertising-and-marketing, #generation-z, #instagram-inc, #online-advertising, #shopping-and-retail, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

Some U.S. Schools Close After Shooting Rumors on Social Media

Security was heightened after vague warnings of threats circulated on TikTok and other social media platforms, police and school officials said.

#cyberharassment, #education-k-12, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #snap-inc, #social-media, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #tiktok-bytedance

The Era of the Celebrity Meal

Fast-food chains are hungry for celebrity partners to drive sales and appeal to younger consumers. The method is working.

#advertising-and-marketing, #celebrities, #consumer-behavior, #fast-food-industry, #food, #mcdonalds-corporation, #mobile-applications, #restaurants, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states

Chanel, TikTok and the Beauty Advent Calendar Controversy

Some social media users are not feeling the Christmas spirit — or this box of mini lipsticks and branded stickers.

#advent-calendars, #chanel-sa, #cosmetics-and-toiletries, #instagram-inc, #luxury-goods-and-services, #perfumes-and-fragrances, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #your-feed-fashion

How TikTok Keeps You Watching

It’s the most successful video app in the world. Our columnist has obtained an internal company document that offers a new level of detail about how the algorithm works.

#artificial-intelligence, #beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #china, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #douyin-bytedance, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

What Is a ‘Comfort Creator’?

Move over, “Friends.” Turn off “The Office.” The new comforting media is streamers.

#quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youth

‘Today’s Outfit Is Confidence’: Atypical TikTok Star Enchants Mexico

Middle-aged and scarred, a Mexican journalist is breaking the mold of social media influencers with a message of pure positivity that resonates in dark times.

#content-type-personal-profile, #izquierdo-martha, #mexico, #news-and-news-media, #oaxaca-mexico, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

The ‘13 Going on 30’ Versace Dress Has Come Full Circle

A perfect storm of internet fashion trends — and Halloween — has resurrected a Y2K-era Versace dress. At least, for now.

#amazon-com-inc, #australia, #celebrities, #clueless-movie, #costumes, #design, #dresses, #e-commerce, #fashion-and-apparel, #garner-jennifer, #grande-ariana, #halloween, #hilton-paris, #milan-italy, #models-professional, #movies, #rodrigo-olivia-2003, #social-media, #spears-britney, #tiktok-bytedance, #two-thousands-decade, #versace-donatella, #versace-gianni-spa

What’s One of the Most Dangerous Toys for Kids? The Internet.

Our kids are at the mercy of tech companies, with only an outdated law to protect them.

#computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #privacy, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #your-feed-opinionvideo, #youth

Grammys Snubs and Surprises: Kacey Musgraves, Jon Batiste and Abba

A jazz musician snagged the most nominations, and the Weeknd, an artist who said he’s boycotting the awards, found his name on the ballot.

#abba-music-group, #batiste-jon-1986, #country-music, #grammy-awards, #jazz, #musgraves-kacey, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #recording-academy, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #tiktok-bytedance, #west-kanye

The Little Lad? Berries and Cream? Call It Performance Art.

Jack Ferver, the creator of a well-regarded body of dance-theater works, has also become a TikTok phenomenon because of a Starburst ad from 2007.

#dancing, #ferver-jack, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

Media for Parents that Doesn’t Make Me Hate Life

Some of it is worth your time.

#children-and-childhood, #documentary-films-and-programs, #internal-sub-only-nl, #nuclear-family-tv-program, #parenting, #podcasts, #television, #tiktok-bytedance

Thinking Hard About Their Hair

An elaborate style, made popular by young men on TikTok, has ancient roots.

#bieber-justin, #hair, #men-and-boys, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

Video of Salt Bae Serving Communist Leader Gold Steak Prompts Anger in Vietnam

A celebrity chef showed the meal in a TikTok video, now removed, that angered people in Vietnam. Facebook said it was investigating why the chef’s hashtag was blocked from its site.

#censorship, #communist-party-of-vietnam, #facebook-inc, #gold, #lam-to, #marx-karl, #meat, #restaurants, #salt-bae-chef, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #vietnam, #youtube-com

Missing Girl Is Rescued After Using Hand Signal From TikTok

The girl flashed the hand signal from a car on a Kentucky interstate, the authorities said. It was created as a way for people to indicate that they are at risk of abuse and need help.

#asheville-nc, #kentucky, #missing-persons, #tiktok-bytedance

Popcast Mailbag! Halsey, Nicki, TikTok and, of Course, Taylor

Answering your questions about pop’s big names, the state of the music video and more.

#audio-neutral-informative, #drake-rapper, #frangipane-ashley-nicolette-halsey, #minaj-nicki, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #social-media, #swift-taylor, #tiktok-bytedance

Mozzarella Sticks Are Having a Moment

Americans’ renewed desire for the nostalgic comfort food may be partly the result of enduring a pandemic.

#carmellini-andrew, #carne-mare-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #cheese, #italian-food-cuisine, #jack-in-the-box-inc, #kluger-dan-chef, #restaurants, #tiktok-bytedance

Eating Disorders and Social Media Prove Difficult to Untangle

Social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram try to monitor for content related to the problem, but it is not always clear what to do about it.

#anorexia-nervosa, #computers-and-the-internet, #eating-disorders, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #national-eating-disorders-assn, #snap-inc, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #twitch-interactive-inc, #twitter, #youth, #youtube-com

Is It a Bones Day? Noodle Is Setting Today’s Mood.

Millions of people are checking TikTok posts about a pug as a horoscope of sorts to see what kind of day they will have based on whether the dog rises or stays in bed.

#anxiety-and-stress, #computers-and-the-internet, #dogs, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

The ‘TikTok Necklace’ Sparks a Vivienne Westwood Renaissance

Following a social media frenzy, resale sites have seen a spike in searches for the fashion designer’s vintage corsets, jewelry and other items.

#nana-tv-program, #tiktok-bytedance, #westwood-vivienne

Instagram Struggles With Fears of Losing Its ‘Pipeline’: Young Users

The app, hailed as Facebook’s growth engine, has privately wrestled with retaining and engaging teenagers, according to internal documents.

#advertising-and-marketing, #children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #mobile-applications, #mosseri-adam, #online-advertising, #snap-inc, #social-media, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #tiktok-bytedance, #youth, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Attack on Teacher May Have Been Inspired by TikTok Challenge, Police Say

Larrianna Jackson, 18, a student at Covington High School in Louisiana, is a facing a felony battery charge after she repeatedly punched a teacher, the authorities say.

#abuse-of-the-disabled, #assaults, #covington-la, #education-k-12, #louisiana, #mobile-applications, #school-discipline-students, #social-media, #st-tammany-parish-la, #tiktok-bytedance, #vandalism, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

I Designed Algorithms at Facebook. Here’s How to Regulate Them.

Fixing how central they are to the platform’s content moderation could be the answer to its woes.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #haugen-frances, #law-and-legislation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #wall-street-journal

Party Shirt Is Here to Bust That Viral Life Hack

The duo has found fame on TikTok with a mix of music, food reviews and debunks.

#disc-jockeys, #party-shirt-music-group, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

Will TikTok Make You Buy It?

Give any social media platform long enough, and it turns into a mall.

#advertising-and-marketing, #amazon-com-inc, #e-commerce, #instagram-inc, #shopify-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #snap-inc, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

TikTok’s Oddly Satisfying Pool-Cleaning Videos

Clips of swimming pools being cleaned have racked up millions of views on TikTok. Researchers have some ideas as to why.

#miles-laflin, #social-media, #swimming-pools, #tiktok-bytedance, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

How Lip-Syncing Got Real

Not long ago, lip-syncing was the domain of subversive drag queens, or pop stars that the media saw as talentless. Now it’s how scrappy amateurs get famous.

#dubbing-entertainment, #lip-syncing, #movies, #music, #pop-and-rock-music, #rae-addison, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

TikTok Wants More Ad Dollars, and It Has a New Plan to Get Them

In a quest for more revenue, the app known for short videos is trying to make it easier to match its stars with brands.

#advertising-and-marketing, #applebees-international, #beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Instagram Is Adult Entertainment

We can’t make social media safe for teenagers. So we should keep them off.

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #depression-mental, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #social-media, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #tiktok-bytedance

A TikTok Subway Artist Finds His Way to the Lower East Side

Growing up in the Bronx, Devon Rodriguez always wanted to move to Manhattan. His 20 million followers helped him get there.

#art, #content-type-personal-profile, #lower-east-side-manhattan-ny, #mott-haven-bronx-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #rodriguez-devon-1996, #social-media, #subways, #tiktok-bytedance, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

How to Spot a Love Addict

Experts question whether we can describe a toxic relationship the way we talk about gambling or alcohol. But some have found that framework to be a helpful step in the road to freedom.

#addiction-psychology, #dating-and-relationships, #emotions, #love-emotion, #single-persons, #social-media, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #tiktok-bytedance

How the Case of Gabby Petito Captivated the Internet

The disappearance of a 22-year-old woman sparked national interest, in large part because of the online sleuthing of amateur detectives.

#laundrie-brian, #news-and-news-media, #petito-gabrielle, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

Meet TikTok’s Running Hero

Erin Azar, a.k.a. Mrs. Space Cadet on TikTok, invited followers to join her, “a slightly overweight person who drinks too much beer,” as she trains for a marathon. She didn’t anticipate millions would respond.

#running, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

TikTok’s Latest Craze: Stealing Stuff From School

Students are taking things like soap dispensers, fire alarms and bathroom mirrors. TikTok and educators are trying to stop it, but it’s gone viral.

#hoaxes-and-pranks, #robberies-and-thefts, #school-discipline-students, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #vandalism, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Jeffrey Katzenberg Talks About His Billion-Dollar Flop

The Hollywood mogul talks about what went wrong at Quibi and why he’s still doubling down on tech.

#audio-neutral-informative, #california, #dreamworks-animation-skg-inc, #elections-california-gubernatorial-recall-2021, #hollywood-calif, #katzenberg-jeffrey, #quibi-holdings-llc, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #walt-disney-company, #youtube-com

Signature Moves With Sean Bankhead

The choreographer behind many of the biggest music videos of the year is a pop star’s secret weapon.

#atlanta-ga, #bankhead-sean, #dancing, #fifth-harmony-music-group, #los-angeles-calif, #music, #pop-and-rock-music, #tiktok-bytedance

TikTok Users and Coders Flood Texas Abortion Site With Fake Tips

To protest Texas’ new abortion law, activists said, they pranked a website set up by the state’s largest anti-abortion group.

#abortion, #computers-and-the-internet, #github-inc, #law-and-legislation, #reddit-inc, #social-media, #software, #texas-right-to-life, #tiktok-bytedance, #twitter, #womens-rights

How Far Can You Go to Resist Being the Subject of a Viral Video?

One boy’s violent act of retribution raises uncomfortable questions about the world we’ve made for children.

#instagram-inc, #privacy, #smartphones, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

The D’Amelios Are Coming for All of Your Screens

TikTok’s most famous family wants to reintroduce itself on TV. Whatever that means now.

#damelio-charli, #damelio-dixie, #damelio-heidi, #damelio-marc, #hulu-com, #tiktok-bytedance

A Walk in the Park, 3,000 Feet Up

“Everything in your body is telling you not to do this,” said Breannah Yeh, a professional slackliner whose bouncy escapades have entertained millions on TikTok. So why does she?

#california, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #tightrope-walking, #tiktok-bytedance, #travel-and-vacations

What is #BamaRush? Decoding RushTok on TikTok

Freshmen at the University of Alabama offered a real time look at rush season. Their TikToks became must-see TV.

#alabama, #colleges-and-universities, #fraternities-and-sororities, #tiktok-bytedance, #university-of-alabama

Now Going Viral: Meeting Online Friends in Real Life

Marissa Meizz became a TikTok meme after her friends excluded her from a birthday party. She decided to do something about it.

#computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dating-and-relationships, #friendship, #generation-z, #meizz-marissa, #millennial-generation, #no-more-lonely-friends, #parties-social, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

Anthony Barajas of TikTok Dies After Shooting at Movie Theater

Anthony Barajas, who was popular on TikTok, and Rylee Goodrich were each shot in the head at a theater in Corona, Calif., in what the district attorney said was an unprovoked attack.

#barajas-anthony, #corona-calif, #goodrich-rylee, #jimenez-joseph-july-26-2021-murder, #movies, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #the-forever-purge-movie, #theaters-buildings, #tiktok-bytedance