Before this week, we’re sure you never thought that shoes could be a window into the
sole soul. Since its recent launch, however, Shoes of Brown—Brown’s latest community Facebook page—has created a space for Brown students to think critically about the sheer profundity of shoes: as a commodity, as a means of self-expression, and, perhaps most importantly, as a tie to other Brown students. These themes appear to resonate with members of the Brown Community; the page has earned 400+ “likes” in its first few days of existing on the interwebz.
Like the several other pages that “showcase” members of the Brunonian sphere (i.e. Humans, Jews), Shoes of Brown promises to give shoes a voice by “showcasing your favorite shoes at your favorite university.” Below, we include some posts of your favorite shoes at Brown. We also sit down with the page’s creator, who has chosen to remain anonymous, to gain further insight into the impact that shoes have at Brown. We hope that such a feature will allow you to walk a mile in these Brunonians’ shoes. These are their stories. Continue Reading
Facebook wants to replace your morning newspaper. Paper, the latest app from the web behemoth, is an ambitious attempt to not only redefine your Facebook experience, but also provide you with information that you normally rely on newspapers for. I decided to test the app myself to see whether it was as good as FB claims, and whether or not you should consider downloading it.
While waiting for the app to download I noticed the by-line: Paper|Stories from Facebook. The app’s focus on stories would soon become apparent. After downloading the app, I was greeted by a simple start up screen and a voice tutorial guided me through the basics of setting my preferences and navigating the app. So far so good.
The hardest part of muploading is, without a doubt, choosing a proper title for your Facebook photo album. Naming it seems as important to our generation as naming your first child. You know your title is something everyone will inevitably stumble across during their daily Facebook trolling. While you will never be judged upon your album name nearly as harshly as you will be by the blurry reminders of last weekend’s events that it contains, you can’t deny that an ample amount of thought goes into its christening.
You can take your title in a multitude of directions. Some name albums like a Nicholas Sparks book of nostalgic college memories, which usually just makes other people uncomfortable. How deep can a collection of iPhone photos, all showing the same ten people sitting on the floor of a dorm room and holding red cups be? Others give a total of zero fucks and go wild with the nomenclature–preaching school spirit, spitting puns, and tryna turn up as much as one possibly can on Facebook. Ultimately, the many traps of album naming the average college student falls into can be categorized neatly.
Together, the writers of BlogDH collected the best examples we found from our Facebook friends around the country —actually, around the world — to break down this millennial art for you. Read our epic catalogue after the jump:
Facebook has officially changed the Facebook chat game: Zuckerberg & Co. unveiled a new chat feature this morning. Now you can see whether your friends are using Facebook on their mobile devices or their computers.
Why is this such an exciting change? There are often disconnects between those who are chatting on different devices. Those on phones may give shorter responses (since the app takes a while to load/open on phones) since they’re likely…well, mobile. They also may be purposely trying to resist the temptation to go on Facebook on their computers. Those who are chatting on their computers are able to type a lot in a shorter period of time, and thus may seem to be bombarding people who are logged into Facebook on their phones—perhaps accidentally—who may not have time to read and respond to messages with the same amount of thought and detail. Continue Reading
We found this tumblr called BackStalk and we thought it was hilarious. In fact, we liked it so much that we decided to roll out the concept at Brown and create an outlet to juxtapose Brown students’ awkward “then” photos against their more acceptable “now” photos. Introducing BlogStalk, a weekly Thursday (#tbt!) column that showcases what one would find when he/she…well, backstalks. Because Thursday wouldn’t be Thursday without embarrassing pictures from our adolescence.
In our inaugural BlogStalk post, we decided to backstalk members of the BlogDH squad so we could embarrass our writers in a public forum. More importantly, in the coming weeks, we’re hoping that you will submit your own before and after photos so that you can be featured on the site. Basically, we’ve gone out of our way to embarrass ourselves to inspire you to do the same. Makes sense, right?
To be featured in a weekly BlogStalk post, submit your own BlogStalk photo to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “BlogStalk.” Include your first name, first initial of your last name, and your class year. The more awkward the photo, the better the BlogStalk post. Do it big.
Check out how horrifyingly awkward we all were… after the jump.