Racepoint Group is very excited to kick off the inaugural episode of RPG Live, where a group of Racepoint Group employees discuss the latest culturally relevant issues and trends we’re seeing in the news and pop culture, hosted by our own Evan Siff. This week’s guests include Marcus LaRobardiere, Theresa Masnik and Jen Signorini. Please have a listen as we discuss:
1. Fired for “liking” on Facebook?
A Virginia sheriff’s deputy has been fired for liking his boss’s political opponent — on Facebook.
Now Daniel Ray Carter Jr. is fighting back in court, arguing that a “like” should be protected by his First Amendment right to free speech. It’s a case that could settle a significant question at a time when hundreds of millions of people express themselves on Facebook, sometimes merging their personal, professional and political lives in the process.
Although ‘Shark Week’ is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, it wasn’t until two years ago that the American cable network began galvanizing social media buzz around the strand, which attracted more than 26 million viewers in 2011 and 30.8 million in 2010 – its highest to date.
3. Olympics and Social Media
Twitter estimates there were more than 50 million tweets about the Olympics, at a pace of 80,000 per minute after Jamaica’s Usain Bolt won the gold medal in the 200-meter sprint. Facebook saw the number of fans of Olympic athletes soar: American gymnast Gabby Douglas had 14,358 followers on July 27 and 540,174 less than two weeks later.
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