Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality i ... More >>
Over the weekend both Louis C.K. and Bill Maher dropped some wisdom about how the Internet is draining us of empathy and encouraging a consequence-free environment of cruelty and debasement. After spending the last two weeks whining about homophobic roasts and the irony of "clean comedy", it feels g ... More >>
Deep within each college student beats the heart of a crime fighter. This statement may seem absurd, but not to the folks with the CU-Boulder police. Department personnel recently nabbed Javier Silva-Acosta on fraud-related charges just three hours after sharing information about him on social medi ... More >>
The Family Feud format has always been good for kin-centered drama, and tonight's live version at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse should have plenty of it. Except that the members of the teams playing in this evening's knock-off of the three-decade-old TV show aren't related: The friendly competition wi ... More >>
Overland High math teacher Carly McKinney became a newsmaker this week after flirty photos and dope-themed tweets on her now-deleted Twitter account led to her suspension and an investigation into her actions. Now, however, Twitter Nation is rising up in her defense, with a high-profile personality ... More >>
It's that time of year when we start to let go of what has happened over the last twelve months and look forward to doing things in a better way over the next twelve. Or if you're like me, it's just that time before the total hysteria of another year sets in and you proceed to re-up your diet pills, ... More >>
Imagine a magical tool that would bring together -- in a single location -- myriad information sources that fuel your passion for wine. An online (or mobile, for that matter) destination that collects on your behalf all manner of insightful information designed to keep you up to date -- on a moment ... More >>
Yesterday, in a followup to our items about the Kyle Dyer/9News on-air dog bite incident, we wrote about the disappearance of a critical Facebook post by staffer Kirk Montgomery, and wondered if the station had censored it. This post incensed news director Patti Dennis, who categorically denies any ... More >>
Here are the winners of the 2011 Denver #WebAwards in the category we're loosely dubbing "news," which means Westword scribes report on the happenings in these beats, right here on Latest Word. These are the winners only; for a complete list of finalists go here: "Here are your 2011 Denver #W ... More >>
Feels good, right?Foursquare, the location-based check-in app for your smartphone that allows that guy down the hall to be the "Mayor" of his office (congrats, buddy), in addition to dozens of other geo-location-based bells and whistles, released today the first "Badge" for Denver.
While Facebook pages and Twitter handles have become a staple on most restaurants' business cards, Boulder-based Modmarket wants to stand out. Sure, it will continue to use Facebook and Twitter accounts, but they'd be seamlessly integrated into the official website. "The idea is that we'd l ... More >>
Johnny MolfettaThe first pop-up, aided by Twitter.Barbecue is a Southern and warm-weather food. So how is Big Papa's BBQ seeing an increase in sales in the middle of a Colorado winter? In much the same way other businesses are driving revenue, it's utilizing social media. In mid-November, Bi ... More >>
Now more boring than ever!Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has been trying to get on Facebook for over a year. Due to issues with the social networking site's indemnity clause -- which says Facebook is not responsible for one user suing another -- Suthers last April ordered all state ag ... More >>
John Suthers.Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is embracing Facebook nearly a year after the state essentially unfriended the massive social network. The agreement between the AG's office and Mark Zuckerberg's operation means state agencies, including Suthers's, can belatedly join the 21 ... More >>
In October, we profiled the Boulder start-up Next Big Sound, which seemed poised to shake the struggling music industry by using social media sites like MySpace, Facebook and Twitter to discover break-out bands. Now that Billboard has unveiled its new "Social 50" chart powered by Next Big Sou ... More >>
Photo: Johnny MolfettaBig Papa's BBQ is all up in your Twitter.If a truck pulling a large barbecue smoker pulls up next to you on the street, you might be in for some free food. As part of its new social media campaign, Big Papa's BBQ will be sending a mobile emissary to several locations aro ... More >>
If you were there last night, thank you for coming to the first-ever Westword Web Awards party at Casselman's, 2620 Walnut Street. The room swelled (see full slideshow from the Web Awards) to about 400 bloggers, photographers, shameless self-promoters and artists, who tweeted about the thing ... More >>
In case you haven't heard, homegrown chain Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering a Facebook deal this weekend whereby if you "check in" using Facebook Places Mobile on your smartphone and show your phone screen, proving that you're not a big, fat liar to the eye-rolling workhorse behind the regi ... More >>
Drummer Crawford Philleo is the Foursquare mayor of the bathroom at Gabor's on Thirteenth Avenue because he was mad that another user, Colfax J, took over the mayorship of Gabor's itself. Funny. But not as funny as some of the other places with Foursquare mayors.
A Flickr photo.Remember when, after one too many tequila shots, you confessed your undying love all over your ex's Facebook wall? Or how you posted a YouTube vid of a certain projectile-vomiting incident right after it happened? Or how your drunken tweets ended up on Text From Last Night -- t ... More >>
Tim Tebow.Last week, we told you about Tim Tebow launching a Facebook page and a Twitter feed -- a move that prompted a parody by Maxim's Tauntr site featuring such items as "Tim Tebow likes Crying," to which Jesus Christ offered a thumbs-up. If only Tebow had come up with something as entert ... More >>
Tim Tebow has launched a Facebook page and Twitter account. Yes, this is news. This is Tim Tebow we're talking about here. Tebow (or his PR team) hasn't done much with the sites yet, but thanks to the smartasses at Tauntr, Maxim magazine's sports blog, we can see what his page might look lik ... More >>
Even if you wanted to, you couldn't be friends with Colorado Attorney General John Suthers's office -- at least not on Facebook. And the office has recommended that any other state agency that doesn't already have a Facebook page hold off for a while. "There could be conflicts with state law ... More >>
Pants: Now totally optionalOver at the excellent social-media site Mashable, there's an intelligent and thought-provoking post about the ways social media has changed us. And while its conclusions about social media's impact on our society included important points about information availabil ... More >>
Every day, I use multiple social media services to work, stay in touch with friends and keep up to date with what's going on in the world. Half an hour on MySpace here, twenty minutes of Facebook there, and a quick look at Twitter every hour -- it adds up. So, until the future I predicted h ... More >>
If you dipped your toes into Twitter but found the whole thing a disorganized, confusing mess, have a look at the just-launched social networking service eSwarm. The idea is to take the best features of existing social networking service such as Twitter and Facebook, streamline them and apply ... More >>
The Boulder Daily Camera reported today that Boulder County has installed rules covering the use of social media by employees (CBS4 Denver also blogged about it). The gist of the rules seems to be requiring permission from a department head to post anything to Twitter, Facebook, etc. Reall ... More >>
Remember the hullabaloo stirred up by a Rocky Mountain News reporter's mega-awkward attempt to Twitter at a three-year old's funeral? Reporter Lynn Bartels certainly does. Earlier today, she posted an item to the Rocky's Live From the Legislature blog about state senator Dave Schultheis getting in ... More >>
The Pew Internet & American Life Project released a study last week that found young people are more likely to use social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace than old people. In other breaking news, milk mostly comes from cows and water is mostly wet.
If you're looking for some new music and in need of a new ring tone for your phone, have a listen to Baji. This pop/rock outfit reminds me a lot of the Heyday: similar radio-ready sound, same big, soaring choruses and hook-filled tunes. As a promotion, they're offering free ringtones to Verizon pho ... More >>
Once upon a time, Anna Hansen was your average blond, pretty, sorta-outdoorsy Colorado girl working as a waitress at Rio Grande in Boulder while attending CU. Four years later, after living abroad for a spell, she gets a job with a non-profit in Vail, takes up competitive mountain biking, starts da ... More >>
Yesterday's blog "Pirate Radio Station KBFR Back in Boulder" provided info about an unlicensed radio signal using call letters that date back for the better part of a decade. In that piece, the main commentator was Rob Smoke, a former Boulder City Council candidate who's producing a regular talk s ... More >>
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