Clinton vs. Obama: Their Flickr Pages

With the Democratic Primary race still neck-and-neck, it's time to look closer at the candidates. What really differentiates them? Is it policy, rhetoric, experience? How about their Flickr pages?

Blogger Drew Anderson has found a clear difference by analyzing Clinton's and Obama's Flickr pages. Both candidates have "Pro" accounts ($25/year), but Clinton's staff has left her profile blank: she has no contacts and no testimonials. To make things worse, Clinton's photos are tagged "All rights reserved" so they can't be reused. But Obama? His profile overflows with contacts, testimonials, and interests. His photos are nicely organized into collections (mainly depicting his volunteers), and are free for users to share and reuse (for noncommercial purposes, anyway). While these pages are clearly set up by campaign staffers, the comparison demonstrates a difference in the two campaigns' approach to Web 2.0 site use.

Clinton's Flickr page:
Obama's Flickr page:
Obama Flickr page

Click on the pages above to see the candidates' pages in detail. Here's a bit more from Anderson's blog post:

Barack Obama has 13,936 photos in his Flickr account
Hillary Clinton has 3,081 photos in her Flickr account

Net profiling is very interesting when it comes to social sites. You can certainly tell a lot about people. I realize that Barack and Hillary probably don't personally handle their social networking sites but, these social networking sites are a direct representation of the candidates.

One of the key parts to a social network is the social part, it's not just "hey look at my photos", it's about letting people put their voice in and share it with others. Obama gets it, Clinton doesn't.

Read the rest of the article and get ready for a debate in the comments!

Watch a Rogue Pet Dog Interrupt a Russian News Anchor on Air

Last week, a Russian news broadcast briefly went to the dogs after its host was startled by a surprise co-anchor: a friendly black canine that wandered on set, announced its presence with a loud bark, and climbed onto her desk.


As TODAY reports, Mir24 TV anchor Ilona Linarte went off script for a few minutes, telling viewers "I've got a dog here. What is this dog doing in the studio?" After the initial shock wore off, she gave her furry guest a tepid welcome, patting its head as she gently pushed it off the desk. ("I actually prefer cats,'' Linarte remarked. "I'm a cat lady.")

Linarte’s query was answered when the TV station announced that the dog had accompanied another show’s guest on set, and somehow got loose. That said, rogue animals have a proud tradition of crashing live news broadcasts around the world, so we’re assuming this won’t be the last time a news anchor is upstaged by an adorable guest star (some of which have better hair than them).

[h/t TODAY]

Falcon Heavy and Dragon. Image credit: SpaceX via Wikimedia Commons // CC0 1.0
SpaceX Is Sending Two Private Citizens Around the Moon
Falcon Heavy and Dragon. Image credit: SpaceX via Wikimedia Commons // CC0 1.0
Falcon Heavy and Dragon. Image credit: SpaceX via Wikimedia Commons // CC0 1.0

Two members of the public are set to take an historic trip around the Moon, according to an announcement from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. As The Verge reports, the anonymous private citizens have already placed substantial deposits on the commercial space flight.

The private spacecraft company SpaceX revealed on Monday that the Falcon Heavy rocket will be launching with its Crew Dragon spacecraft in late 2018. The mission will consist of a circumnavigation of the Moon, passing over the body’s surface before traveling farther into space and returning to Earth. In total, the trip will cover 300,000 to 400,000 miles and take a week to complete.

A noteworthy part of the plan is the human cargo that will be on board. Instead of professional astronauts, the craft will carry two paying customers into space. The passengers, who’ve yet to be named, will both need to pass several fitness tests before they're permitted to make the journey. According to The Verge, Musk said the customers are “very serious” and that the cost of the trip is “comparable” to that of a crewed mission to the International Space Station. The goal for SpaceX is to eventually send one or two commercial flights into space each year, which could account for 10 to 20 percent of the company’s earnings.

[h/t The Verge]


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