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Father’s Day vs. April Fool’s Day

I swear, people on Facebook will believe just about anything. Today, I saw this strange post being passed around that my Facebook friends happened to be liking therefore having it appear on my newsfeed.

Fools.

The post apparently came from Ryan Gosling’s fan page on Facebook. Fan. Not official account or anything, folks. The caption for the photograph?

“This father’s day, I’ve decided to tell the story of how I became a father. This little guy was only 9 months old when I became his dad. His mom and I were great friends before she passed away from cancer. I promised her, I’d always look after him. So, I had decided to step up and become his dad. He brought me so much joy. He was my everything. 1 year later after the adoption, his biological father wanted him. Of course, I put up a fight, but he won. That 1 year of being his father taught me how to love unconditionally. We have to stop and be thankful for our children and children should stop and be thankful for their parents. What I truly learned most of all is, every child needs love.”

As much as we all love Ryan Gosling and sure, it would be great if this were true, there were quite a few people who weren’t going to believe it without doing some digging.

From an Ohnotheydidnt post…

As far as we know, there is nothing to this story: we’ve found no previous account of Ryan Gosling ever having an adoptive child, much less losing one. Moreover, the URL included at the end of the Facebook post, supposedly a link readers can follow to help “Save thousands of children,” simply leads to a site hawking Limited Edition Ryan Gosling Clothing, leading many viewers to suspect that the original Facebook post was simply a fabricated tale intended to drive web users to an online merchandise outlet.

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Facebook Puts A Relationship Target On Everyone’s Back

I was doing my Facebook thing the other day when I noticed on my friend’s profile that there was a little button next to his relationship status that said “Ask.” Now, I thought I knew the status of his relationship, but this button caused me to second guess that. I also was so curious about what would happen if I pressed it. Did they receive a notification? Probably. What did the notification say? I don’t really know. I toggled my cursor over it for a couple seconds before I decided against it. If I had done it, I would have to text this friend to let him know and explain it to him and that seemed like too much overhead to me.

So naturally, I waited for someone else to do it first and blog about it. Sure enough, Refinery29 had my back!

This comes up only for those people listed as single or who haven’t disclosed a status. When an inquiring mind wants to know more, he or she simply clicks the button and has the option to send a customized message to friends regarding their romantic life. They’ll receive a notification that someone’s asked about their relationship status, and they can choose to respond with an answer, update their profile, or simply ignore the request altogether. It seems there’s no way to nix this new add-on. 

The whole idea seems a little bit invasive to me. If someone I hadn’t talked to in a long time asked me with that button, I would feel pretty weirded out. And if a close friend did, I wonder why they just didn’t ask me in person! I don’t see a happy medium with this new feature, but I do find it quite amusing.

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Blog Roundup

- The Burger Bucket List [Cool Material]

- SF hotel pools you can maybe sneak into [Thrillist]

- Quick fix: your dried-up mascara [The Beauty Department]

- 31 awesome graduation caps [Buzzfeed]

- Facebook multimillionaire explains why adversity is good for kids and her success story [Dallas News]

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Facebook Buys WhatsApp for $16 Billion

In major tech news today, Facebook went ahead and purchased WhatsApp for $16 billion ($12 billion in stock / $4 billion in cash) What. I’ve never used the app, myself, but from what I’ve heard from my coworkers – it seems to be an app that people absolutely love. It breaks down the barriers of texting internationally and simply makes it easier to communicate with those abroad.

WhatsApp currently has 450 million monthly active users. Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly said on the Feb. 19 conference call that he believes WhatsApp will quickly grow to 1 billion monthly active users.

When the acquisition was announced, it was reported that WhatsApp currently had 32 engineers on their team and altogether somewhere around 50 that will be joining Facebook shortly. I can’t even fathom that amount of money. Facebook is incredibly powerful and the string of news that is trailing them right now is exciting to hear.

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Introducing: Facebook Paper

This looks so interesting to me. I’m really looking forward to checking it out when it’s released.

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Yow Yow’s Yearly Recap

Wowowow. What a year it has been for Yow Yow!

I’m not all that sad to see 2013 go because I am so looking forward to what 2014 has in store for us. 2013 was a big transition year for Yow Yow! Postings became a little bit more consistent because I was no longer in school and it started to become predictable that I would just log on right after work. It’s nice to be able to have a set schedule to be honest. When I was in school, I would post any free moment I had, which was great because maybe sometimes I would be inclined to write a post about something because it was convenient. However, I appreciate now, that I get to wait until the end of the day to sort out my thoughts and to spend some time thinking a little bit more about what I am writing. Yow Yow! has turned 5-years old! It’s hard to believe that this blog has been with me for that long and that some of you have watched me transition, grow, and hopefully write better content in that time. Thank you x 23984298 to everyone who has supported the blog during this time. If I didn’t have that, I may not still be writing today. We know for sure though that Jennie and Ashley have at least helped me keep Wedding Mondays alive.

Stats from 2012 will be on the left and italicized while stats from 2013 will be right and bold.

1,130,911 total visits to Yow Yow! – – – – – – – – – – –  1,294,886 total visits to Yow Yow!

*In just 2013, there were 163,975 visits to Yow Yow!

7,067 Posts, 2,187 Comments 10,229 Tags – – – – –  9,167 Posts 3,152 Comments 12,122Tags (cumulative)

Top Post of 2013 – “Hipster Disney Princesses In Real Life” – 15,726 views (written in 2012)

Top Post Written in 2013 – “Meet: Hollis Wong-Wear” – 2,071 views

Busiest Month in Terms of Views – October 2012 (49,821 views) – – – – – January 2013 (24,905 views)

Highest Average Visits Per Day – October 2012 (1,607 views) – – – – –  – January 2013 (803 views)

*Busiest Day – October 5, 2010 (4,239 views)

Credits + References

Worked with

  • Gilt City
  • Postmates
  • Dry Soda
  • Gratify
  • Nordstrom Wedding Suite at the Seattle Nordstrom Flagship

“Women Who Are Making It” Series:

  • SuChin Pak
  • Molly Young
  • Kendall Herbst
  • Hollis Wong-Wear

Top Referring Sites in 2013 Were:

  • Pinterest.com
  • Facebook.com
  • Twitter.com
  • Android.pinterest.com
  • holliswongwear.com

Most of My Visitors Came From:

  • The United States
  • Canada
  • The United Kingdom

Music Festivals Covered:

  • Capitol Hill Block Party
  • Bumbershoot

Other:

*We started a new series on Fridays called “Take Me There” and “Truth and Words” Sundays

*We ended the series “Thought Catalog Roundup.”

*New graphics and headers by Leanna Robb! [Facebook, Twitter, Blog]

* We made a Facebook page! Like us.

*We packed up and moved to the Bay area! [Seattle, forever <3 - I promise]

*Veronica became an official part of Yow Yow!

*We received our very first press passes for Yow Yow!

*We started “Conversations From 20-Somethings.”

*We hit 1,000+ subscribers!

*We followed-up with some of our previous guest writers from a year ago:

*We made some videos! Like this unveiling video below:

and one last hoo-rah with Space Girl

*We had a memorable Twitter interaction:

Here’s to what we hope will be a very exciting 2014!

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Facebook Town

Facebook has acquired 630,000 sq ft of rental property to build up new housing units (394 to be exact) for their employees. Amenities will include a sports bar, a doggy day care and a bike path along the San Francisco Bay that leads to only a 5-minute commute. While I understand the intentions of companies wanting to create these housing arrangements for employees to be “closer to work,” I think it does more harm than good. A little separation is always necessary. There should be a space between your work life and your personal life. I also am personally a little freaked out that “Facebook Town” (I’m sure that’s not what it will actually be called) is so massive. Real talk here – do you really want to be neighbors with everyone that you work with?

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We’re on Facebook!

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Hey readers, in case you haven’t noticed – Yow Yow! is trying to break out onto the Facebook scene. We’re a little late to the game having just created our Facebook page this year, but we’ve always said – better late than never. Believe it or not, that saying still applies to certain things and in this case it works.

Please come visit our Yow Yow! page and “like” us! We also won’t mind if you decided to share it with your friends as well. We love new readers!

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GIFs Are Coming To Facebook

For quite some time, I have been thinking that leaving a picture for a comment on Facebook wasn’t sufficient enough for the emotions that I was trying to express. Sometimes you need to insert a GIF, but for the longest time, Facebook wouldn’t accept that. Well my favorite GIF site Giphy has finally found a way around it.

When wanting to post a GIF on Facebook, all you have to do is copy and paste the URL into the comment just like you would with any image and it will simply appear. Can’t wait to see these popping up on Facebook.

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Facebook Introduces Shared Photo Albums

photo cred | Mashable

Never showing any signs of slowing down, our favorite social networking website introduced a new feature that probably won’t receive very many complaints – at least maybe not yet.  In the past, albums were only allowed to be created and administered by one person and could hold up to 1,000 photos. With the new shared albums, there can be multiple contributors. What’s the best way to use this album? I love the example that the article has provided for vacations and trips. The feature is also great because we all know that at events, multiple friends can play photographer at parties and it would be nice to have that variation in photographs in one album.

The new feature was created during one of Facebook’s hackathons – a term that is becoming a household name within startups as a period of time when all employees take a break from whatever they do normally at work to design something innovative for the company.

Starting this week, the feature will be released to a select group of English users followed by an expansion internationally.

Also at Yow Yow! we’re a huge fan of working with friends and promoting their work. This article was written on Mashable by a friend of mine and he did an incredible job with it!

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Have You Liked Us on Facebook Yet?

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I made a couple of updates to our featured widgets at the very bottom of our page. One addition is the option to like our new Facebook page. If you haven’t already, please feel free to like it here. On this page, you’ll find out news about previous people we’ve worked with, the latest news, and extra photos that may have not all been included in our posts.

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Get Married And Look Like Kate Middleton

Ever since Kate Middleton got married in that iconic Alexander Wang gown, brides-to-be everywhere have been lusting after similar styles. We’ve seen many imitations and gowns that have gotten close, but none have come as close as the new Lia Gown by BHLDN.

Designer Catherine Deane was inspired by an intricate piece of Victorian-era lace she found in an antique market in France when she dreamed up this breathtaking, timeless, and feminine gown. From the plunging neckline to the floor-skimming hem, scalloped edges and sheer sleeves sweeten the silhouette.

This gown embodies all elements that I love: the lace, the long-sleeve, scalloped edges. ugh! This dress is a dream and I can’t wait until the retailer showcases real brides wearing this dress in their Facebook feature Real BHLDN Brides.

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Yow Yow! On Facebook

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All month long, I have been telling you that I could not wait to share some major news! Well, this is just the first of several. Yow Yow! is finally on Facebook so please feel free to follow us with updates on all things related to this blog ie) posts that we love of the day, collaborations that we are making happen, and more exciting things that will pop up along the way.

Tomorrow, (especially tomorrow!) we will be releasing a very special video that we shot last week entitled “The Reveal.” More news on that later! But in order to see it you’ll need to like our Facebook page and check back on it at 9PM PST.

As you can see, we’ve also got a snazzy new design above! My dear and talented friend Leanna Robb has created all new graphics for the blog. We released the first one for our Twitter just last week and you can see this one on Facebook and another design that will replace Yow Yow’s header  on this blog coming soon.

I work with the most amazing team on Yow Yow! but we really couldn’t have gotten here without your constant support. Thank you for continuing to visit the blog and pushing me to want to improve our content, designs, and collaborations!

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A Study: Selfies Can Damage Relationships

I’ve never really been a huge fan of selfies. For some reason, when I find them from my friends on Facebook or Instagram, they make me feel a little bit awk. It leads me to wonder about several questions -

  • Where was my friend when they took this photo?
  • Was there anyone around when they took it and if so who was it?
  • What was running through your head when you decided to take it?
  • How many times did it take you to snap this photo until you decided it was worthy enough to be posted? (Seriously, though.)

I recently read about this study that while taking selfies can be gratifying for the person taking the selfie, it can have a huge impact on relationships you might have with your friends, family, and acquaintances on Facebook. In a study by UK researchers, they found that

“People, other than very close friends and relatives, don’t seem to relate well to those who constantly share photos of themselves,” Dr. David Houghton, a marketing lecturer at Birmingham Business School, said in a statement.

“It’s worth remembering that the information we post to our ‘friends’ on Facebook, actually gets viewed by lots of different categories of people: partners; friends; family; colleagues and acquaintances; and each group seems to take a different view of the information shared.”

With the high usage of smart phones and applications like Instagram, it’s unlikely that the trend of “selfies” will be going away any time soon. You won’t be seeing any selfies from me, but if you are doing them yourself here are a few points from the study and tips to keep in mind. Click here for the full article.

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