On Tuesday Twitter announced that it would be running a trial test of it’s new character limit that will double in length from 140 to 280 characters. Twitter allowed some users that it included in it’s test group to use the new feature before they decide if they will adopt the new program permanently. Like myself, you’ve probably seen some users who have been included in the test group send out Tweets with 280 characters. I have to admit, after seeing it in action, I don’t love the idea. I don’t hate it either, but I definitely don’t love it. When I see one of the 280 character Tweets roll down my timeline it always stands out. The first thought that pops into my mind is “I ain’t reading all that.” I know that 280 characters don’t make for a whole lot more words in a Tweet, but try explaining that to my brain! 280 characters start to look like a paragraph, which I’m guessing, is exactly what Twitter didn’t want when they rolled out the Twitter app with it’s 140 characters. The ability to write long useless thoughts is what chased most of Twitter’s current population from sites like Facebook to Twitter. The great challenge of using Twitter was always “how to cram a complete thought into 140 characters.” This 280 character thing is clearly going in the opposite direction and vision that it’s creators initially had for the social media site. In a world where the average attention span has dropped drastically, Twitter was the perfect tool to keep the unfocused and easily bored (myself included) engaged. With this move, I fear that Twitter will fall into the trap of being “just another social media site.” I believe that changing the main thing that made Twitter special in the first place is a big mistake. After this, what’s left to separate Twitter from every other social network out there?
Equifax Chief Executive Richard Smith has resigned amid backlash after the company’s embarrassing cyber-attack went public last month. Smith will still receive an $18.4 million pension. The resignation is an attempt by the company to regain public trust. The company reported the breach that left a potential 154 million Americans personal information exposed, three months after the incident occurred. It was then reported that multiple top executives in the company sold off major shares of company stock after the company learned of the breach, and before the company informed the public. Equifax, along with Experian and TransUnion make up the three major credit reporting agencies in the Country. If you’ve ever applied for a loan of any type, the company will check you out through one of the three credit bureaus before granting the loan or line of credit. The exit by Smith comes one week before the company is set to answer some tough questions in front of Congressional lawmakers on Capital Hill. Senator Elizabeth Warren said “It’s not real accountability if the CEO resigns without giving back a nickel in pay and without publicly answering questions.” Equifax shares have fallen 26 percent since the cyber-attack was publicly disclosed on September 7th.
Hugh Hefner the creator of Playboy Magazine has died at his home in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles. He was 91 years old. Hefner sold the infamous Playboy Mansion last year to 34 year old business owner Darren Metropoulos for $110 million. Hefner made a deal with Metropoulos last year that he would live in the mansion until his death. Metropoulos is the co-owner of Hostess Brands.
The first issue of Playboy Magazine was published in 1953, when Hefner was 27 years old. Over the years many famous, and women who have went on to be famous after making an appearance in the magazine include: Shannen Doherty (1994), Lindsay Lohan (2012), Drew Barrymore (1995), Vanity (Prince protege and singer, 1985 & 1988), Farrah Fawcett (1995 & 1997), Madonna (1995), Aubrey O’day (2009), Sharon Stone (1990 & 1992), Garcelle Beauvais (2007), Naomi Campbell (1999), Carmen Electra (2003 & 2009), Robin Givens (1994), Brooke Burke (2001 & 2004), Jenny Mccarthy (94′, 96′, 97′, 05′ & 2012), Kim Kardashian (2007), Stacey Dash (2006), Ursula Andress (1965 & 1981), Pamela Anderson( too many times to list), Jayne Mansfield (1955 & 1963), Kim Basinger (1983), Bo Derek (80′, 81′, 84′ & 1994), Cindy Crawford (88′, 96′ & 1998)
Hugh Hefner & Playboy Magazine managed to change the world’s opinion of naked women. Where it was once looked at as trashy, Hefner managed to transform the general public’s opinion into seeing naked women in public as something not to be ashamed of, but something to be proud of and proud to put on display. It might not sound like much today, but people were a lot more uptight in the 50’s & 60’s during the magazine’s rise to stardom. Playboy transformed into “the classy nudity magazine.” It was this reputation that separated Playboy from other nudie magazines like Hustler & Penthouse. It was also this reputation that attracted star quality women to the magazine. Playboy done away with the nudity in 2016 when they released their first non-nude issue in March of that year. Hefner’s son, and heir to the Playboy throne, Cooper, brought the nudity back about a year later in the magazines March/April 2017 issue. Hugh Hefner was many things, but one thing that can’t be argued is that he was a visionary. The little magazine that started in 1953 is a multi million dollar business today. Playboy Enterprises is reportedly worth north of $200 million today. That my friend, is what you call a legacy! #RIPHEF
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has canceled its September 30th Adventure Of The Seas Trip so it can send the ship to Puerto Rico to help it’s residents in the relief efforts. The Adventure Of The Seas ship will be sent to Puerto Rico to deliver supplies. The ship will also transport Puerto Rico’s evacuees to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The ship will then make another trip back to the Island next week. The cruise ship holds 3800 people. They plan to bring aid to San Juan, St. Croix, and St. Thomas. The Adventure ship arrived in Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan on Wednesday. A huge population of Puerto Rico is still without power and drinking water. Royal Caribbean is donating water, medical supplies, and more. The company has helped to transport more than 1700 people thus far. Royal Caribbean also plans to donate over $1 million to help with hurricane relief.
It would be wrong to just mention Royal Caribbean’s contributions and not the contributions of other cruise lines.
Norwegian Cruise Lines has donated over $600,000 to hurricane relief and will donate another $1.25 million to All Hands & Happy Heart Fund’s efforts.
Carnival Cruise Lines has used 11 of their ships to bring supplies to the Caribbean.
It’s good to see that so many companies have took it upon themselves to help those in need. Hopefully more big companies will follow suit in the wake of these recent hurricanes.