Rachel Ramsey : Social Spotlight
Rachel Ramsey
Graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in Media Arts and Design and a minor in Communication Studies
| Welcome to Social Spotlight! When I'm not covering a variety of technology and communications industries - everything from the cloud and VoIP to customer relationship management and data centers - you will find me on social media. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, foursquare, YouTube, Tumblr... you name it, I'm there

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Taking Instagram to an Entirely New Level with Stop-Motion Video

Flip books and stop-motion videos have always really amazed me. It's a tedious process that takes a lot of patience and individual pieces (photos, drawings, props, etc) to come up with an overall creative masterpiece. Twitter's video sharing app Vine has...

You Can Now Tag Photos on Instagram

In what is the first major move to make Instagram more like Facebook since the acquisition last year, users can now tag their Instagram photos. “Photos are memories of the people, places and moments that mean the most to us,”...

Twitter Tornado: Weather Channel Interns Take on Tornado Week

You’ve marked your calendar for Shark Week, but have you heard of the week dedicated to tornados? In honor of Tornado Week, the Weather Channel is putting the public in control of the winds. More tweets = more wind. Its...

What Do Facebook Likes Have to Do with TV Ratings?

Watching TV today has become a multiscreen experience; people watching a show in real-time are simultaneously scrolling through apps like Twitter or Facebook on their mobile devices. Brands are constantly trying to increase their social media presence and interact with...

Home is Where the Heart is, but Traveling Makes Us Happier

Regardless of if you’re flying internationally, road tripping cross-country or sitting in traffic on a Greyhound bus, traveling is always an adventure. Combine the growing number of Wi-Fi networks and Internet-enabled mobile devices with social media accounts and jet-setting travelers,...

Happy 7th Birthday Twitter!

In 2006, Suri Cruise was born, Italy won the FIFA World Cup, the one billionth song was downloaded on iTunes and Facebook opened up to everyone ages 13 and older. In 2006, I was still in high school and was...

Facebook is a Habit - 5 Ways to Cut Down Your Usage

hab·it, noun: an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary Over the past few weeks I’ve caught myself finishing a task and automatically redirecting to Facebook. A few seconds after looking at my news feed, I...

Twitter at the Oscars: 8.9 Million Tweets

There really isn’t a major event anymore that doesn’t include real-time tweeting to document and share opinions and memes. The 2013 Super Bowl generated 24.1 million tweets, last weekend’s Grammy Awards saw 14 million tweets and last night’s Oscars rang...

What Would I Do #IfIHadGlass?

You may remember Google’s infamous skydiving demo last year to introduce Project Glass, Google’s wearable smart glasses that users wear while relevant information pulled from the Internet is displayed on the screen of the eyewear. Now, the company is looking...

LL Cool J and The Hashtag Grammys

Last night was the 55th annual Grammy Awards, recognizing the top artists, producers, albums and songs in the music industry. Technology made an appearance with Carrie Underwood’s dress-turned-light-show and Frank Ocean’s “Forrest Gump” performance, in which he performed at a...

Twitter Updates Search and Discover

Just because you create a successful product doesn’t mean the work is over. With every innovation comes improvements, updates and upgrades. Twitter this week updated its mobile app for Android and iOS, as well as mobile.twitter.com, to emphasize on-the-go usage...

Go Social at ITEXPO Miami

// This week is ITEXPO Miami, an event that brings together developers, manufacturers, buyers, resellers and top technology company executives for a full schedule of keynote presentations, exhibitions and workshops. The TMC team has arrived and is preparing for hundreds...

Twitter Rolls Out Video Sharing Service Vine

“Ok Facebook. We’ll see your Instagram acquisition and raise you a video sharing service.” Today, Twitter announced a new mobile service called Vine that lets you create a share “beautiful, short looping videos.” The key to the service is abbreviation...

A Very Viral 2013

We’re only 18 days into 2013 and have already had our fair share of viral Internet posts. These days, if you want to get something out to the world, it’s not unrealistic to try by rooting a post through social...

Broken City Knows Its Social Media

Here is a trailer for the upcoming movie, “Broken City” starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones that I’ve seen on TV a lot in the past few weeks. Notice anything? Reviews to promote movies were once reserved for...

Yo Quiero Taco Bell....On My Speedo

Interacting with customers on social media is a win-win situation. In addition to satisfying the customers' needs and giving them some bragging rights for earning a company’s recognition, the company itself also earns credit. People like companies that like their...

Happy New Year!

On the last day of 2012, I’d like to wish you a very happy and safe New Year! Here’s what’s happening on the social media blogs this New Year’s Eve. Twitter: Resolutions Already trending on Twitter are NYE, Happy New...

Year in Review -- 2012 on Social Media

As we inch closer to the New Year, social networks are rounding up 2012 with the top highlights, trends and events of the past 12 months. Most of these reports came out before the Sandy Hook Elementary School in...

Share Videos Instantly with YouTube Capture

If you’ve ever become frustrated with the middle step of uploading a video to YouTube through the site’s browser, today is your lucky day. YouTube has introduced the YouTube Capture app for iPod touch or iPhone that allows you to...

Pope's First Tweet

Last week, the Twitterverse welcomed Pope Benedict XVI. His handle, @Pontifex, has been untouched until today. “Dear friends, I am please to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you...

Twitter Filters and Instagram Update

Since the massive adoption and popularity of Instagram, we’ve seen a few other sites pick up filters of their own. Facebook, which acquired Instagram in April, recently updated its photo uploading feature. Users can now upload multiple photos at a...

Pinterest Goes After the Bad Guys - Removes Spam Accounts for Good

When it comes to social media, there’s probably nothing more annoying than spam accounts. Twitter is infamous for its direct message spams (which, by the way, you know to never to click to see “what U R doing in this...

Instagram and Twitter - 'Social Media Frenemies'

Over the past 24 hours there has been a lot of talk about how Instagram pulled support for Twitter Cards, resulting in cropped or poorly displayed images if you opt to click “View photo” instead of the actual Instagram link....

Justin Bieber and Social Media

Last night I went to the Justin Bieber concert in Madison Square Garden. (Yes, I am a Belieber.) The two nights in the Big Apple sold out in 30 seconds when tickets went on sale earlier this year, and his...

Social Networking is Up, Socializing in Person is Down

An infographic posted on Socially Aware, a Morrison & Foerster blog devoted to the law and business of social media, highlights the growing impact of social media. The infographic shows that social media accounts for 18 percent of time spent...
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