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Social Media Editor — Wall Street Journal

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Elana Zak's Biography

Elana Zak is a social media editor at The Wall Street Journal, where she focuses on social media, analytics and digital innovation across the newsroom. Previously, Zak was a writer at Boston University and later a blogger covering technology, social media and journalism for Muck Rack and Mediabistro. She is on the board of the New York City chapter of the Online News Association. Zak has a master's degree ...

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Three Website Redesigns That Should Be On Your Radar

adweek.com — A website redesign can be a tricky thing. The main goal should be to make a site more user-friendly, attractive, and easily navigateable than the previous version. A good redesign will hopefully gain you praise and more readers. It should be an upgrade. Yet not every site can achieve that.

Street Style in the Philippines: Pope Francis T-shirts Edition

blogs.wsj.com — The latest fashion trend in the Philippines: T-shirts celebrating Pope Francis. In the first full day of a five-day visit to the Philippines, Pope Francis will meet with families at the Mall of Asia Arena, a huge five-level glass venue that seats 20,000.

The Psychology Behind Impulse Shopping

blogs.wsj.com — Is the impulse buyer an endangered species? As the Wall Street Journal reported, A new intentionality has taken hold of shopping. Many Americans have the money and the will to spend. But they are time-pressed and deal savvy, visiting stores only when they run out of items like cereal or toilet paper and after doing extensive research on purchases online and with friends.

Facebook Search Can Now Find Specific Posts

blogs.wsj.com — Remember that funny Facebook post your old college roommate shared a few months ago? For a long time, it was almost impossible to find without going down a search rabbit hole. Now, you actually have a shot at finding it again.

#ICantBreathe: Twitter Reactions to No Indictment Decision in Eric Garner Death

blogs.wsj.com — Eric Garner. #ICantBreathe. #BlackLivesMatter. #WeHearYou. These were some of the words and hashtags that started trending on Twitter after a grand jury declined to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner. Garner died in July after being restrained in an alleged police chokehold.

Twitter Makes It Easier to Report Abuse

blogs.wsj.com — Twitter is taking further steps to make it easier for users to block and report abusive accounts amid outcries that it doesn't do enough to thwart harassment. The social media service, which has been criticized over how aggressively it responds to abuse, is rolling out new tools to streamline reporting harassment or abuse, according to a company blog post on Tuesday.

A Bear Dabbles in Photography: Readers’ Photo Captions

blogs.wsj.com — Wildlife photographer Jim Lawrence set up his camera close to the Kootenay National Park in British Columbia, Canada, and ended up getting up close and personal with a camera-curious grizzly bear. Out of the footage came a photo of the bear standing in front of a camera.

Rosetta Mission’s Tweets from Space

blogs.wsj.com — Scientists say Rosetta mission's probe has successfully become the first craft to land on a comet - a historic moment for space exploration.The event was a popular topic on Twitter, where #CometLanding trended globally when the Philae probe landed.Two Twitter accounts really got into the conversation: @Philae2014, representing the probe, and @ESA_Rosetta, each tweeting on behalf of the Rosetta spacecraft.

Always Ask ‘Why?’: Readers on Using Critical Thinking at Work

blogs.wsj.com — Job hunting? Critical thinking may be critical to getting hired. Mentions of critical thinking in job postings have doubled since 2009, according to career-search site Indeed.com. The Journal's Melissa Korn reports: Critical thinking is a critical skill for young workers these days. What that means, though-and how to measure it-is less clear.

5 Things to Know About Ello, the Social Network with a Manifesto

blogs.wsj.com — The Internet is abuzz over Ello, a new social network that launched this past summer and is enjoying a spike in sign-ups. Ello describes itself as "simple, beautiful, and ad-free social network." But others are calling it the "anti-Facebook," partly because it doesn't require people to use real identities.
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Jan 27, 2015

RT @flashboy: I look forward to group DMs becoming a hilarious new source of social awkwardness theguardian.com/technology/201…

Jan 27, 2015

RT @MartinSFP: Twitter group DMs and native video are rolling out this week > tnw.to/s3N73

Jan 27, 2015

@stevekovach The long nightmare for those who hated canoeing publicly is now over.

Jan 27, 2015

Globally, the use of mobile messaging apps grew 103% during 2014. They are the next Facebook. nyti.ms/1uOoxuH

Jan 27, 2015

@brittanyhite @Adampasick not my cup of tea but hey, live and let live. Or eat and let eat.

Jan 27, 2015

@brianstelter @TheStalwart That's more like it! (Am in Hong Kong so am missing the storm)

Jan 27, 2015

@brianstelter @TheStalwart But is it actually collecting? It seems, so far, to not be as bad as expected?

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