If you have been anywhere near the Internet in the past week, you've probably heard about Ello, a new social networking site that's still in the Beta stage. But it's picked up a lot of steam as Facebook users started jumping ship after Facebook announced its "real name" policy -- which drag performe ... More >>
Here at Schmuck of the Week HQ, we know schmuckiness when we see it, even when deciding who should receive the honor isn't easy -- and that's definitely the case with this week's tale. The most deserving person appears to be Fort Collins' Kenneth Vetter, who was busted for a parole violation under s ... More >>
Tragedy struck the University of Colorado Boulder community on just the second day of the new school year: A male student was found dead in Stearns West, a dorm that's part of the large and iconic Williams Village complex. Although there's no indication that a crime led to the student's passing, li ... More >>
Update: Last week, we told you about a shooting at the Boogie Down Bar & Grill; see our previous coverage below. No suspect information was available in the immediate aftermath of the gunplay. But yesterday, the Denver Police Department released the name of a suspect: Christopher Uvalle, age 22. He ... More >>
Knowing that Ohio's Greg Kasarcik has been arrested and extradited to Colorado for alleged sexual exploitation adds creepiness to one item on his Facebook page and dark humor to another. The creepy part? Kasarcik's decision to share a notice about a missing fourteen-year-old -- since his alleged vi ... More >>
Martin Espinoza has been formally charged with 55 counts in relation to a giant condominium fire in Adams County that forced hundreds of people out of their homes. But in a sprawling post shared on his Facebook page, Espinoza, twenty, claims his innocence, complains about being singled out as a sus ... More >>
As part of its legal settlement with a similarly named homebrewing shop in Massachusetts, Denver's Strange Brewing Company got its Facebook page back today. Strange had been using another page that it created, the cheekily-named That Brewery on Zuni, since last June when a trademark dispute between ... More >>
Last month we asked readers to send us suggestions for the Denver news and sports worlds' best representatives on social media for our 2013 Denver Web Awards. (If you're on the list and haven't received an invitation, get in touch). Now's your last chance to decide who wins top honors. Here's how i ... More >>
After the Boston Marathon attack, runners took to social media to declare that they wouldn't be scared away from participating in the upcoming Colfax Marathon and BolderBOULDER -- and they were as good as their word. The Colfax Marathon went off without a hitch, and yesterday, increased security mea ... More >>
The uproar over photos and messages associated with the Twitter account of Overland High's Carly McKinney, aka CarlyCrunkBear, offers a cautionary tale about the ways in which social media has changed the professional landscape. But a new bill headed to the Colorado legislature could make losing one ... More >>
It's time for the 2012 edition of Westword's Denver Web Awards, our annual celebration of Denver's greatest digital minds. Back at the end of September, we put out a call for you, dear readers, to nominate your favorite online projects and voices, and a team of Westword staffers and contributors has ... More >>
While covering the fallout from the Kyle Dyer/9News on-air dog bite incident, we noted the disappearance of a controversial Facebook post by staffer Kirk Montgomery and wondered if he'd been pressured to remove it. News director Patti Dennis denied any censorship and called such speculation "immoral ... More >>
In a just-published GQ article, several comments from Brady Quinn seemed to rip Tim Tebow, stirring up the sort of Internet frenzy that we've come to associate with The Chosen One. As a result, Quinn tried to do damage control on his Twitter account, offering an extended mea culpa that repeatedly b ... More >>
The University of Denver has unveiled the logo for the first presidential debate, to be held at DU's Magness Arena on October 3. The university also launched a website today dedicated to the debate, which includes a countdown ticker: 226 days to go. One thing it doesn't include? Ticket information. ... More >>
Note to homophobes: If you aim a gay slur at an Internet expert, the whole world is going to hear about it. That's one of many lessons in the story of Billy Canu, a tech-firm CEO who used social media to accuse a United Airlines employee in Denver of calling him and his partner "faggots."
OK, it's not really a leak if the source publishes the info -- more like a sneak-peek of Denver #WebAwards winners, we're publishing ten award winners this morning, in advance of tonight's party at Casselman's. It's open to anyone age 21 and up at 8 p.m.. (although anyone on our list of final ... More >>
What is public art, and who gets to display it? How does that work? And why? Those are the initial questions that Denver artist Matt Scobey is asking with his Not for Sale: Denver project, for which he'll be randomly hanging artwork in nondescript locations around town -- artwork that anyone ... More >>
Via FacebookZuckerberg announcing Facebook's new music integration at f8 today.At the F8 Developers Conference today, Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of a new music service that allows you to listen to music with friends through Facebook or just see what all of your frien ... More >>
Generally speaking, we don't bother talking about paid games here, but in the case of Adslife we're going to make a slight exception to the rule, because you can check out the first portion for free. Which is to say, Adslife is really something out of the ordinary -- and if you're wiling away ... More >>
Jared Polis.Jared Polis and his longtime partner, Marlin Reis, are expecting their first baby this September. But the media and members of the public shouldn't have any expectations about learning more details. At least not yet.
Still can't believe ski season ended yesterday at Vail and Breckenridge, the last of the Vail resorts still standing, even though it's still snowing up in them thar hills? As we reflect on the epic season now mostly behind us, the hardcore among us can visit EpicMix.com to to relive all our g ... More >>
There's a PBS special called Marketing Cool that explains how businesses and retailers tell consumers what's cool, then have them buy it. It's all about the "Cool Factor." Twitter is all about that same cool factor. But it's only effective if it's used wisely.
Celestial SeasoningsJoin the conversation... with Sleepytime BearFrom the highly revolutionary world of social networking comes one of the stranger Twitter stunts we've seen in a while: Boulder-based tea manufacturer Celestial Seasonings is promising to change tea time by hosting a weekly vir ... More >>
Leesa S., mayor of Shotgun Willie's Finding the mayor of Shotgun Willie's wasn't easy. In spite of the fact that Foursquare enables oversharing (I'm at the grocery store! I'm at the gynecologist! I'm at the grocery store, and so is my gynecologist!), the program does a fairly good job of pr ... More >>
Michael Mulhern makes a face worthy of the 15Michael Mulhern would like you to know that he is "not a crack whore." Apparently, that's the first thing people assume when you're the mayor of the 15 Bus via East Colfax. "Yeah, I got a lot of weird comments when I posted that I got that mayorshi ... More >>
Pardon this interruption in headlines: We're happy to announce the judges of our 2010 Westword Web Awards. If you haven't nominated your favorite Facebooking restaurant, web start-up or Twittering bartender for the Westword Web Awards yet, what are you waiting for? Get to it!
Dean Singleton.Update:As of yesterday afternoon, the Denver Post hadn't published an article about its latest circulation report -- for space reasons, perhaps? However, such a piece appears in today's print edition -- and it's less spin-happy than usual, straight-forwardly conceding that sale ... More >>
By the time Five Iron Frenzy played its final show on November 22, 2003 at the Fillmore, it was, at the time, one of Denver's most successful acts. From the time it formed in 1995 until the time it folded nearly a decade later, the band built a rabid fanbase the old fashioned way, winner over one ... More >>
Searching for a lunch venue for a friendly reunion today, I was pleased to stumble upon H Burger Co's Facebook page, touting the advent of Monday Funday. Echoing H Burger's Tuesday deals, Mondays at the five-month-old burger joint, 1555 Blake Street, now feature a new list of specials, includ ... More >>
"Told you so."The Denver Post isn't exactly known for writing about itself in hard-hitting fashion: Note its coverage of the bankruptcy filing by parent firm MediaNews Group's holding company, which attempted to bury the word "bankruptcy." As such, it's not especially surprising that the sam ... More >>
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers' office has ordered every state agency and institution of higher education to take down their Facebook pages if they have one, according to Rebecca Laurie, spokeswoman for History Colorado, which does have a page. Attorney General's spokesman Mike Sacco ... More >>
Our featured Twit this week is Matt Bernier (@mbernier on Twitter), a local web developer and blogger. Matt came to our attention when he was recommended as someone to watch by a fellow Twit (always a good sign on a medium used first and foremost for self promotion). When we realized he also ... More >>
Infotainment. That chestnut of a neologism was originally coined, if I recall correctly, to describe cheesy CD-ROM products designed to entertain and educate. Later, it was used as a pejorative description of A Current Affair-style journalism. But for my money, there's no better word to char ... More >>
"Let me tell you about this great sandwich I just ate..."Social media is a great tool with dozens, if not hundreds, of legitimate, quality uses. It's an excellent tool for networking, doing all kinds of research, sharing important information, managing collaborative projects and so forth. Bu ... More >>
Goodbye, friend. If you think it's time-consuming to maintain your own Facebook page, imagine how Mayor John Hickenlooper must feel. The guy's got nearly 5,000 "friends" -- or at least he will until the end of the day Tuesday, when they will all become simply "fans." "I am deleting this personal p ... More >>
Lots of news organizations, including this one, have embraced Twitter -- but few have done so with as much vigor (and volume) as the Denver Post. The broadsheet's Twitter page lists more than twenty feeds specific to the paper, with some contributed by departments or topics (e.g. crime news and poli ... More >>
Chop, chop. Who isn't jumping on the Twitter bandwagon? Last week, we told you about the Boulder Police Department's new Twitter feed. Now, Channel 4 is boasting about Dr. Dave Hnida, the station's medical expert, Twittering the gallbladder surgery of a seven-year-old girl. This gimmick, which can ... More >>
Attention college students (and overbearing mothers of college students): Westword is looking for an online-journalism intern to contribute to westword.com. The intern will focus on growing the site's multimedia presence, specifically with audio and video, but will contribute to all aspects of the ... More >>
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