Media App – Link 123 http://link1-2-3.com/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 00:12:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://link1-2-3.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2-150x150.png Media App – Link 123 http://link1-2-3.com/ 32 32 The Sunday Essay: On Holding a Notes App https://link1-2-3.com/the-sunday-essay-on-holding-a-notes-app/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 16:49:41 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/the-sunday-essay-on-holding-a-notes-app/ In a world of organized social media feeds, Sharon Lam revisits the beautiful chaos of her notes app. The Sunday Essay is made possible with the support of Creative New Zealand. Original illustration by Sofia Drescher. First published September 19, 2021. “Since the note is in my notebook, it probably has some meaning to me.” […]]]>

In a world of organized social media feeds, Sharon Lam revisits the beautiful chaos of her notes app.

The Sunday Essay is made possible with the support of Creative New Zealand. Original illustration by Sofia Drescher.

First published September 19, 2021.

“Since the note is in my notebook, it probably has some meaning to me.” Thus began Joan Didion’s landmark essay, On Keeping a Notebook. Given that the note “oh shit this song just came out Sounds like it sounds like the theme song hey Arnold hell yeah wait wait Where da fuck is my rooibos tea” is in my notes app it probably doesn’t have any sense or even no sense. This was my immediate conclusion after going through some 500 notes on my phone, dating back to 2010.

I couldn’t have done this with physical notebooks, which disappear on me like sticks. However, with notes and cloud syncing, I’ve always carried around the same endless-page notebook for over a decade. But while Didion’s notes are posh snapshots of stylish strangers in epistolary-elite hotels and mannerisms, mine read like clues in a shitty remake of Memento. “Hysterical dog pregnancy”, “plastic bag boy = Shannon”, “the decor made me feel positively about the economy”. Who wrote these? Why? Who is Shannon? In the endless capacity of digital note taking, nothing is too small or insane to jot down.

Image: author’s notes

There has also been the unexpected co-optation by celebrities of the ratings app for a public apology. From Justin Timberlake to Justin Bieber, the familiar yet neutral interface helps, at least visually, to trick people into thinking stars are just like us – they make mistakes and their phones are in dark mode too! Their sexual assault half-apologies are in the same font as my hotspot number, that’s totally normal!

Between the Notes app as a public platform for Serious Matters and the Notes app as a preinstalled private ashtray for one’s thoughts, authenticity and quality can be hard to come by. Which poses Didion’s theory: is there still room for romance or memory in a digital notebook?

Much like the aforementioned Memento protagonist, I spend a level four afternoon trying to make sense of what I just had. had to note. The numerous “creative” notes are immediately noticeable (the emphasis here is on the rhetoric around “creative”). As Lorde, who in his newsletter described the Notes app as a “sort of mythical zone for the modern songwriter,” Notes have been a staple when I, too, am overwhelmed by an unstoppably inspired mythical fight. . Instead of popular music, I produced increasingly difficult attempts at poetry and “ideas” suitable for r/im14andthisisdeep.

To these “creative” notes are added functional notes: account numbers, URLs, addresses, measurements. The line between functional and creative can be blurred. Drafts of serious work messages inappropriately intertwine with sad little 3 a.m. confessions to myself. What appears to be the start of a breakup text is interrupted with information for flat viewing. A list of things I’ve read on T-shirts is the best “poem” I’ve ever written.

Image: author’s notes

The rest is trash. Copy and paste pieces, notes that don’t even make enough sense to be wrong. Why, for example, did I write the word “courage” and nothing else on February 23, 2017? What was I referring to in November 2015 when I wrote that “it’s like giving half a medallion to twins who separate at birth but not really”? Of course, each piece of text is timestamped to the minute, but these numbers are as meaningless as “46802” or “608 35 391”, which are among the many strings of numbers I also jotted down. But without even a color of ink to fade away, no state of writing, and only a limp human brain succumbing to years of instant information and distractions, I can no longer see or understand the woman who wrote the lie. mathematical as “50% > 80%”.

The app interface flattens everything – time, authorship, location. Celebrity handwriting looks like mine, and something written eleven years ago looks exactly like something written today. My very first note is from 2010. Adorably enough, my high school schedule. It doesn’t appear in the gel pen, or even its original iOS 3(!) interface, but in exactly the same visual way as the appointment details for a Covid vaccine.

Things I copied from other people also appear in the same sans serif hand. Some notes make me think “it’s so good, I couldn’t have written that”, and I’m right. I read a series of ironic sentences by Lorrie Moore. Other brief misattributions include a list of descriptors by Michael Kors on Project Runway, about 30% of Franny & Zooey just retyped with lots of typos, and a beloved poem called “hot amoeba ass” by a now semi-cancelled author.

Image: author’s notes

Aesthetic consistency is perhaps why the screenshot of the notes has become a medium for celebrity apologies. There’s not the stiff body language and unnatural speech of an apology video, and it’s easier to believe there’s no PR team behind it – the distance between the celebrity and fan is the same as the distance between phone and face.

Ariana Grande was the first in 2015. She captured an apology after saying “I hate America” ​​while licking donuts in a store, which makes about as much sense as my own cryptic dribbling. Since then, other celebrities have followed in the format, with varying degrees of success. In one of Taylor Swift’s, a negligent crop left in visible “research”, ruining the illusion that she had just written the note herself. In reality, a successful apology note can take days to draft and “the shorter the statement, the longer it takes” as legal and public relations teams try to juggle accountability and public image.

Someone who consulted no literate people, let alone his teams, was Ja Rule, who in 2017 wrote probably the best (and by the best, I mean the worst) apology notes. In response to his role in the schadenfreude cultural moment that was the Fyre Festival, he wrote that it was ‘NOT A SCAM’… ‘I truly apologize as it IS NOT MY FAULT’. The caps, the absolute zero effort to look sorry – gorgeous.

For most of us though, the notes app is just for the eyes, and maybe that’s where the romance lies. I have never read the notes of a friend or a member of my family, and I never wish to do so. In a sea of ​​apps that algorithmically nudge you to like/share/subscribe, notes remain perfectly unkept. We can still seem mysterious to ourselves. “Your notebook will never help me, nor mine you,” writes Didion. No one but me would be helped by my fortune as divined by a bird (unless you had hoped that I would invest in your business which, due to my lack of “exceptional financial energy”, it is better for both of us that I don’t), or the note I made in 2015 about Van Gogh’s supposed nephew accepting my friend request on Facebook (which only helps me insofar as I’m grateful to stop spending my time adding supposed nephews on Facebook).

Image: author’s notes

“Remember what it was like to be me: that’s always the point”, is what Didion is getting at. Guess that’s why I’m still dragging hostel addresses in Gili and my grade 12 timetable. The donut apology has since been deleted from Ariana Grande’s official accounts, but is the note still in her phone? Has she ever met him while looking for clues to his past or a wifi password? Unorganized and invisible, the humble notes app has transcended its function as a simple notepad, digital or otherwise. The ever-growing textual chowder of our thoughts, URLs, and copy-and-paste offers an identity that is entirely different from the ones we share. My notes are 11 years old now. Will I ever re-read 20, 30 years of scratchings from San Francisco? Or will Apple have changed the font to Gill Sans? Or go completely wild with a wheelbase? A vintage Times New Roman for iOS 50? The future is uncertain. I can only hope that I will still have notes by my side, and with them: courage.

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AFL 2022: Jimmy Bartel does not follow ex-girlfriend Lauren Mand on Instagram https://link1-2-3.com/afl-2022-jimmy-bartel-does-not-follow-ex-girlfriend-lauren-mand-on-instagram/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 01:40:00 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/afl-2022-jimmy-bartel-does-not-follow-ex-girlfriend-lauren-mand-on-instagram/ AFL champion Jimmy Bartel has ‘unfollowed former flame Lauren Mand on Instagram’ after going public with his new girlfriend Amelia Shepperd Do you know more? Email tips@dailymail.com By Jo Scrimshire for Daily Mail Australia Published: 8:40 p.m. EST, January 13, 2022 | Update: 9:16 p.m. EST, January 13, 2022 Retired AFL champion Jimmy Bartel appears […]]]>

AFL champion Jimmy Bartel has ‘unfollowed former flame Lauren Mand on Instagram’ after going public with his new girlfriend Amelia Shepperd

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Retired AFL champion Jimmy Bartel appears to have ditched his old flame Lauren Mand just weeks after making his debut with new girlfriend Amelia Shepperd.

The notoriously private Lauren, who was in a relationship with the Brownlow Medal winner from 2019 to 2021, is no longer on the list of accounts followed by Jimmy.

It’s unclear when the former Geelong player, 38, dumped Lauren, but they were connected on the social media app when they were dating.

Moving on: Retired AFL champion Jimmy Bartel (right) appears to have ditched his old flame Lauren Mand (left) just weeks after making his debut with new girlfriend Amelia Shepperd

Jimmy has yet to comment on his split from the glamorous office worker.

The exes never even announced their split, and many fans assumed they were still together until Jimmy confirmed his new relationship last month.

The footie star revealed he was dating Amelia, a saleswoman from Melbourne who also goes by the name of Milly, in an Instagram post on December 2.

What happened?  The notoriously private Lauren, who was in a relationship with the Brownlow Medal winner from 2019 to 2021, is no longer on the list of accounts followed by Jimmy

What happened? The notoriously private Lauren, who was in a relationship with the Brownlow Medal winner from 2019 to 2021, is no longer on the list of accounts followed by Jimmy

He shared a photo of the couple kissing in front of the iconic Sydney Harbor skyline and captioned it “Happy”, adding a red love heart emoji.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Amelia worked as Executive Assistant to the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Queensland Rugby League from July 2019 to March 2021.

She recently returned to her hometown of Melbourne after spending several years in Brisbane for work.

Suddenly: The exes never even announced their split, and many fans assumed they were still together until Jimmy confirmed his new relationship with Amelia (left) last month

Suddenly: The exes never even announced their split, and many fans assumed they were still together until Jimmy confirmed his new relationship with Amelia (left) last month

According to a well-placed source, Amelia met Jimmy after they started following each other on Instagram.

They have reportedly been together since splitting from Lauren, 32, who he started dating after his split from ex-wife Nadia Bartel in 2019.

Jimmy and Lauren were the subject of breakup rumors in December 2020 after fans noticed it had been months since the sportsman had shared a photo with his then-girlfriend on social media.

Failed marriage: Jimmy was married to fashion designer Nadia Bartel (left) from 2014 to 2019

Failed marriage: Jimmy was married to fashion designer Nadia Bartel (left) from 2014 to 2019

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Cathie Boisthe fund management company Ark Investment Management Tuesday sharply reduced its remaining exposure in the popular social media app Snapchatthe parent Snap Inc (NYSE: SNAP).

The St. Petersburg, Florida-based investment firm more than halved its remaining stake in the instant messaging app, as it sold about 60% of the total shares it held in Snap.

The popular fund management company sold 798,760 shares – valued at $ 34.6 million – based on the last closing price – in Snap, based in Santa Monica, Calif.

See also: Cathie Wood sells Tesla shares and loads on Snapchat and this dwindling social media stock

Snap’s stock closed up 3.84% at $ 43.3 per share on Tuesday. The stock is down about 7% so far this year and about 23.3% last year.

Ark Invest sold shares of Snap through the Next Generation Internet ETF Ark (NYSE: ARKW) Tuesday. She also owns shares in the company through the Ark Fintech Innovation FNB (NYSE: ARKF).

Both ETFs held 1.35 million shares, worth $ 56.2 million, in Snap, ahead of Tuesday’s trade.

Snap derives almost all of its revenue from advertising, 88% of which comes from the United States.

Ark Investment also racked up shares in cryptocurrency-related stocks as the digital asset market remained tight after the Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC) The cryptocurrency sell-off last week.

See also: Cathie Wood increases her stake in these 3 declining crypto-exposed stocks

Here are some key crypto-led Ark Invest transactions starting Tuesday, a day when cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum (CRYPTO: ETH) and Dogecoin (CRYPTO: DOGE) started seeing recovery:

  • Purchased 54,114 shares – valued at $ 12.8 million – in Coinbase Global Inc (NASDAQ: COIN). The company’s shares closed up 5.4% at $ 237.2 per share on Tuesday, but are still down 5.5% so far this year.
  • Purchased 115,836 shares – estimated at $ 17.2 million – in Block Inc (NYSE: SQ). Shares of the company closed up 2.7% at $ 148.4 per share.

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Trump’s social media app set to launch in February https://link1-2-3.com/trumps-social-media-app-set-to-launch-in-february/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 22:56:13 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/trumps-social-media-app-set-to-launch-in-february/ Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Perry, Georgia, September 25, 2021 (AP Photo / Ben Gray, File) (NEXSTAR) – Truth Social, former President Donald Trump’s social media app, appears to launch in February, according to a listing in the Apple App Store. Truth Social, which is part of the Trump Media & […]]]>

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Perry, Georgia, September 25, 2021 (AP Photo / Ben Gray, File)

(NEXSTAR) – Truth Social, former President Donald Trump’s social media app, appears to launch in February, according to a listing in the Apple App Store.

Truth Social, which is part of the Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), claims to fight censorship and “righteous reprimands and self-appointed referees” who the former president says decide what everyone is allowed to do. “Think, say, share, and do,” reports The Hill.

From the App Store preview photos for Truth Social, the app looks a lot like Twitter, even using Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s username – @jack – as a sample profile. Like Twitter, Truth Social users will be able to follow people and hot topics, as well as chat privately with other users.

According to Apple’s App Store listing, Truth Social is slated to launch on February 21, 2022 – Presidents’ Day in the US

Screenshot of the preview of the Truth Social app in the Apple App Store. The app is expected to launch on February 21, 2022. (Nexstar)

TMTG did not immediately return Nexstar’s request for comment.

Trump has previously claimed he might be the “one person in America with the megaphone, the resources, the experience and the desire” to create this platform, and argued that Truth Social was a necessary step on the way. the restoration of democracy.

“For me, this business goes far beyond politics. It’s about saving our country, ”Trump said in a statement released by TMTG last fall. According to Reuters, TMTG is also expected to launch a subscription video-on-demand service, TMTG +.

Facebook and Twitter banned Trump from their platforms after his supporters attacked the Capitol on Jan.6, 2021. He was also banned from other social media platforms, including Snapchat, Reddit, and YouTube.



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Android makes it easy to post audio on social media https://link1-2-3.com/android-makes-it-easy-to-post-audio-on-social-media/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 23:11:49 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/android-makes-it-easy-to-post-audio-on-social-media/ After years of focusing on images, social media is expanding beyond photos and videos. The beautiful balloon news are apps like Clubhouse and features like Twitter spaces, where audio is king. But if you want to bring that vocal-only style to posts on more traditional platforms like TikTok and Instagram, you’ll need to pair it […]]]>

After years of focusing on images, social media is expanding beyond photos and videos. The beautiful balloon news are apps like Clubhouse and features like Twitter spaces, where audio is king.

But if you want to bring that vocal-only style to posts on more traditional platforms like TikTok and Instagram, you’ll need to pair it with a video. This usually requires skills and access to video editing tools, but if you have an Android, Google will make things a bit easier for you.

The operating system’s native Recorder app now has a tool that will turn audio into a perfect video ready for social media – sound wave and closed captions included. Here is how to use it.

How to make audio-only videos on Android

First of all, make sure you have the Recorder app. If you have a Pixel device, it is installed by default, but if your phone manufacturer has included their own registration tool, you can download Google’s platform for free from the Google Play Store.

Recorder is a simple recording app: open it and press the button big red button at the bottom of the screen to, well, save. But what makes this app different is that because it’s a Google app, it uses company machine learning. This technology automatically creates a transcript of any recording you make, in real time, which you can download as a TXT file or use as captions for posting to social media. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty accurate under ideal conditions that include little background noise, fast-paced speech, and not a ton of slang.

[Related: How to build a mobile recording rig—It’s simpler than you think]

To make your post, start by creating your audio. Unfortunately, the only input to the app is your phone’s microphone, so you’ll be limited to speaking directly into it or pointing the microphone to the speakers of another device. It’s worth mentioning that it’s not pleasant to record and post the audio (and video) of people without their consent on social media. In some states and circumstances, it may even be illegal. So before you start riding, be sure to let other people know that you are about to check in.

When you’re ready, press the big red button and press it again when you’re done. You can hit it a third time to resume recording or press To safeguard (right) to complete your work and return to the application home screen.

There you’ll see a chronological list of your recordings, with the most recent at the top. Tap the one you want to open and listen to it using the play buttons at the bottom of your screen. If your recording is longer than five minutes, the app will ask you to crop it to that length before converting it to video. You can do this and other basic editing tasks by pressing the button scissors icon at the top of your screen. When you are finished, press the menu button (three dots) in the upper right corner of your screen and choose To share, then Video clip.

On the next screen, you’ll see a preview of your clip along with some customization options. First, choose a layout: Square (ideal for your Instagram feed); Portrait (perfect for your TikTok account), and Countryside (the go-to choice for fans of the 16: 9 aspect ratio). In the menu at the bottom of your screen, tap Contents to choose between a simple waveform video or a clip that also displays the transcript. Note that if the app’s AI does not detect any voices in your recording, you will only be able to choose one waveform format. This is unlikely to happen if your mic picks up people speaking – the technology is good enough at distinguishing sounds and even differentiates between instrumental and sung pieces in a song.

Finally, at the bottom of your screen, tap Theme to change the colors of the elements in your video. You only have two options: a black background with a blue waveform and white letters (Dark theme), and a white background with a blue waveform and black letters (light theme). It’s certainly not the most varied customization menu out there, but at least it will allow you to bring your video a little closer to your grid aesthetic.

[Related: How to turn on ‘dark mode’ for all your gadgets and apps]

To finish, press To create in the upper right corner of your screen. Then you will be able to see the final product and choose between Save to device and To share to other applications. Using the latter option will allow you to post directly to Instagram (feed and stories), TikTok, Slack, Tumblr, and other compatible social media platforms that you may have installed on your phone.

Remember to use this feature wisely – it can be the start of a prolific and mysterious career in creating ASMR content, or proof that will put you on the losing side of a lawsuit. Either way, you surely won’t have to spend hours choosing the right filter to amass those precious likes.



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WhatsApp is the most popular application, followed by Facebook and YouTube: Report https://link1-2-3.com/whatsapp-is-the-most-popular-application-followed-by-facebook-and-youtube-report/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 08:34:00 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/whatsapp-is-the-most-popular-application-followed-by-facebook-and-youtube-report/ Overall household spending rose 59%, mostly in northern regions, a 3% drop from last month. Highest “stable” spending (33%) in essential spending and lowest “increased” spending (14%) in non-essential spending in the last 5 months. Increased regular spending on health-related items for 40% of families, down 2% from last month. Increase in media consumption for […]]]>
  • Overall household spending rose 59%, mostly in northern regions, a 3% drop from last month.
  • Highest “stable” spending (33%) in essential spending and lowest “increased” spending (14%) in non-essential spending in the last 5 months.
  • Increased regular spending on health-related items for 40% of families, down 2% from last month.
  • Increase in media consumption for a majority of 25% of families, the Net Score goes from -4 to +1.

Axis My India, one of the leading consumer data intelligence firms, has released its latest findings on the Consumer Sentiment Index (CSI), a monthly analysis of consumer perceptions on a wide range of issues. The month of December reveals that a total of 58% engage with digital apps / websites + social media and 53% engage with TV for news / latest updates. WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram are some of the most frequented applications by my consumers, WhatsApp in the lead. Additionally, overall media engagement increased for 25% of families, the highest in the past three months.

January’s CSI net score, calculated as a percent increase minus the percent decrease in sentiment, was +10, down from +8 last month. , healthcare spending, media consumption habits and mobility trends.

This month, Axis My India’s Sentiment Index also deepened its research to understand consumer preferences for information consumption and frequently used digital applications. Finally, the January survey also revealed consumers’ thoughts on 2022. The surveys were conducted via computer-assisted telephone interviews with a sample of 1,563 people in 36 states. 71% were from rural India while 29% were from their urban counterparts. In addition, 64% of the respondents were men while 36% of the respondents were women. Commenting on the December report, Pradeep Gupta, CMD, Axis My India, said: “While the new year has brought hope and optimism for a better 2022, consumer market cords suggest otherwise. The smallest drop in non-essential spending is proof that consumers are retreating into apprehensions triggered by the new variant of the virus and are also hoping for a booster dose, which was recently announced by the government.

Additionally, the web’s higher preference for searching for information only reflects the gradual change in media consumption behavior due to the constant foreclosure experienced by consumers over the past two years. In addition, the inclination towards WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube reflects an evolved and unconscious mode of conversation, convergence or consumption of dialogue / information / media.

  • Overall household spending rose for 59% of families, reflecting a 3% drop from last month. Although this increase is mainly reflected in the northern part of India, the net score is +50, reflecting the decrease in the net score by 1 percentage point to 3e consecutive month.
  • · Spending on essentials like personal care and household items increased for 47% of families, showing an increase in northern India. However, expenses remain the same for 33% of families (the highest in the last 5 months). The net score which was +27 last month comes down to +26 this month.
  • · Spending on non-essential and discretionary items like air conditioning, car and refrigerator increased for 14% of families, indicating the lowest percentage in the past 5 months. The expenses nevertheless remain the same for 78% of families indicating the sentiment of people living in the southern part of India. The net score stagnated at +6 like last month.
  • · Consumption of health-related items remains more or less the same for 43% of families, while an increase is observed for 40%. Compared to last month, while the “increase” in consumption represents an overall decrease of 2%, the “same” consumption reflects an overall increase of 2%. The health score that has a negative connotation, that is, the less you spend on health items, the better the feelings, has a net score value of -23, which was -25 the previous month. .
  • · Media consumption increased for 25% of families, reflecting a 3% increase from last month and the highest in the past three months. This surge is reflected among 18-25 year olds in the eastern part of India. Consumption remains the same for a majority of 51% of families. Overall, the net score for this month is +1 compared to -4 for the previous month.
  • 85% of families said they went out the same way for short vacations, a mall and restaurants, up from 81% of families last month. Only 6% of families recorded an increase in outgoing activities while 9% reported reduced mobility. The overall mobility score which was -5 last month is -3.


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Small Grants Funding Opportunity for Alumni 2022 https://link1-2-3.com/small-grants-funding-opportunity-for-alumni-2022/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 14:06:20 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/small-grants-funding-opportunity-for-alumni-2022/ Application deadline March 1, 2022 The Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade announces competition open to individuals and organizations to submit nominations for the Small Grants Program for Alumni. Please check here for information on other SAP funding opportunities. To note: PDS Belgrade strongly urges potential applicants to consider submitting proposals […]]]>

Application deadline March 1, 2022

The Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade announces competition open to individuals and organizations to submit nominations for the Small Grants Program for Alumni. Please check here for information on other SAP funding opportunities.

To note: PDS Belgrade strongly urges potential applicants to consider submitting proposals with activities focused on participants or audiences from towns and villages in Serbia other than Belgrade.

Program objectives:

Alumni Small Grants Program funds are specifically intended for use by alumni of United States Government-sponsored exchange programs (USG). (See the list of U.S. government sponsored exchange programs below.) The Alumni Small Grants Program allows our alumni to use their experience in the United States to develop ideas and implement projects on how to give back to their home community or to Serbian society. more generally. These projects allow alumni to showcase their leadership and organizational skills, creativity and innovative approaches to problem solving, as well as their ability to network and work with allies to achieve their goals.

Grant activities can take many forms, including trainings, conferences, workshops, courses, academic competitions, summer camps (focused on language study, sports, etc.), exchanges cross-border, program development, exhibits, hackathons or application development, online projects, mock trials or moot court competitions, simulations and role-play activities (e.g. congress model, United Nations model ), film or theater festivals, performances or other activities.

Alumni small grant proposals should be developed with a SMART logic model. The objective of your activity should be: Sspecific, Mmeasurable, Afeasible, Rrelevant to the problem or challenge, and Ttime based which means you will meet them on a certain date.

In accordance with the Executive Order on Promoting Racial Equity and Under-Served Communities, proposals must demonstrate how the program advances equity in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, income, geography, d gender identity, sexual orientation and disability. The proposal should also demonstrate how the program will promote engagement in underserved communities and with individuals from underserved communities. Proposals should demonstrate how addressing racial equity and underserved communities will improve the goals and objectives of the program, as well as the experience of participants.

In light of social distancing measures and to limit the spread of COVID-19, we welcome proposals that use video conferencing, distance learning tools, etc. If your proposal includes in-person activities, please consider including contingency plans, if the health situation requires social distancing measures to be in place during the grant period.

Beneficiaries are expected to: publicize your activities, including through social media and / or traditional media; and underscore the support of the US Embassy, ​​with our logo included on project related documents.

Program themes:

The Embassy is seeking applications focusing on the themes below. We have included ideas on what your project could do, but we welcome creative approaches and activities.

  1. ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS / PROTECTING THE WORLD AROUND US. Promote awareness of environmental issues and our responsibilities as global citizens, including through education, experiential learning and community projects.
  2. PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. Expanding opportunities for people with disabilities (PWD) in Serbian society (e.g. in education, business and workplace, government, civil society, media, sports, the arts, etc.) , defend their equal rights, share stories about the success of people with disabilities in Serbian society, breaking down stereotypes and / or designing solutions to help people with disabilities overcome the challenges of greater participation in society.
  3. GENDER-BASED PROGRAMS. Promote gender equality, female entrepreneurship and the empowerment of women, as well as the fight against gender-based violence.
  4. TOLERANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS. Promote tolerance and equality for other vulnerable populations – including ethnic and religious minorities, members of the LGBT community, refugees and migrants, victims of human trafficking, etc. – and / or fight against violent extremism and radicalism in Serbia and the region.
  5. RULE OF LAW / FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION. Promote the rule of law, legal reform and transparency in government, and fight corruption, in the workplace, in education, in the delivery of health care, in the legal system, in government offices, etc.
  6. CIVIC PARTICIPATION / YOUTH LEADERSHIP. Promote the participation of Serbian citizens in public debate on political issues, engagement with officials and government bodies, finding solutions to local problems, etc.
  7. STABILITY, PEACE AND CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION. Support conflict resolution efforts in Serbia and the region, seek reconciliation, promote mutual understanding and promote cross-border cooperation and communication to resolve common problems.
  8. STRENGTHENING INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITIES. Capacity building efforts have focused on strengthening civil society organizations, media and educational institutions.
  9. FIGHT AGAINST BRAIN LEAKAGE. Promote entrepreneurship and innovation, develop Serbia’s market economy, expand local employment opportunities and provide creative ways to keep young employed and prosperous in Serbia.
  10. MEDIA TRAINING AND CRITICAL THINKING. Promote media literacy and critical thinking, especially among students and young professionals. This could include learning through simulations and role plays, competitions and academic projects, etc.

In order to submit your application, please read the detailed instructions: Alumni Notice of Funding Opportunity 2022. All necessary forms and documents are listed and downloadable on the right side of this page. Applications, inquiries and all other questions should be sent to BelgradeAlumni@state.gov


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Louisiana man reaches digital fame on TikTok with comedy https://link1-2-3.com/louisiana-man-reaches-digital-fame-on-tiktok-with-comedy/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 05:04:07 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/louisiana-man-reaches-digital-fame-on-tiktok-with-comedy/ SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (AP) – Dressed in a pig costume, a man from Shreveport attracting feral pigs from his tree had a modern thought: I should shoot my first TikTok. Today, Leigh McClendon, 27, has 2.2 million followers. The norm on this social media app is to pursue your successful niche, and McClendon has followed that […]]]>

SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (AP) – Dressed in a pig costume, a man from Shreveport attracting feral pigs from his tree had a modern thought: I should shoot my first TikTok.

Today, Leigh McClendon, 27, has 2.2 million followers.

The norm on this social media app is to pursue your successful niche, and McClendon has followed that mantra, buying more costumes and posting hunting-inspired videos like turtle, pig, deer, squirrel, chicken, dog, cat. , turkey, crayfish, corn, cow – with captions like “just a squirrel and his nuts” and plots of squirrels punishing dogs for their “war crimes”.


“I did it all – I tested tons of videos,” says McClendon, known online as Leigh McNasty.

“I posted videos of me singing and some of them got millions of views,” McClendon said, pointing to a TikTok style of opera that was followed by favorite musical artist by McClendon, Josh Groban, and 50,000 other accounts.

His sister Haley McClendon thinks he’ll be the next Seth Rogan or Chris Pratt, pointing to his good-natured silliness and long brown hair as the qualities of movie idols.

“It’s actually the first time he’s been washing his hair. He’s actually using shampoo and conditioner these days, now that he’s got fans and stuff. I’m proud of him, ”Haley said.

His longtime friend Trevor Jones, who says he erases five digits a month while playing Fortnite and other video games, believes McClendon will be much taller than that.

“He’ll be an Internet star, which is bigger than a movie star,” Jones said. “Nothing is more powerful than this viral power.”

The hunt inspired McClendon’s first ideas for TikTok. Teaching in elementary school, his profession, then inspired a plethora of “Kids Say the Darndest Things” style content, where McClendon plays a restless teacher and a student cartwheeling and his stomach exposed in exchange. This is where most of its success comes from.

“I like a good funeral,” he interprets as an excited student in a TikTok that has been viewed 10.3 million times, to which his teacher can only respond in horror, “What?” and the student clarifies, “cannot spell funeral without pleasure.”

McClendon says his actual students aren’t as out of hand as the ones he describes, thankfully. He asked that his school not be identified for security reasons, but said his principal was okay with filming the content in the classroom.

He said this newfound fame had opened him up to a lot more, like a flood of coffee date requests in his inbox.

After a day of teaching and filming his TikTok content, McClendon returns home and sets up two thrones, one for his cat and one for himself, working for a few hours alongside him playing video games on Twitch, where subscribers can donate directly to the streamer.


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Show us your future Olympians! Enter the 5 On Your Side app https://link1-2-3.com/show-us-your-future-olympians-enter-the-5-on-your-side-app/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 22:31:39 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/show-us-your-future-olympians-enter-the-5-on-your-side-app/ Share your photos of your future Olympian for a chance to win a $ 100 gift card! ST. LOUIS – Do you know a future Olympian in the Saint-Louis region? As the world awaits the competition in Beijing, it is also an exciting time for children with Olympic aspirations! If your bi-state baby, toddler, child […]]]>

Share your photos of your future Olympian for a chance to win a $ 100 gift card!

ST. LOUIS – Do you know a future Olympian in the Saint-Louis region?

As the world awaits the competition in Beijing, it is also an exciting time for children with Olympic aspirations! If your bi-state baby, toddler, child or teen has real or imagined athletic talent, enter for a chance to win a $ 100 gift card!

It can be anything! Ice skating, throwing a ball, practicing standing on the podium. If you’re the parent or guardian of a cool kid, we want to see it in action.

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Enter the 5 On Your Side app

If you have a photo or video of your kid doing something athletic, check out the Future Olympian section on the 5 On Your Side app.

Enter from January 1 to 18, 2022. 5 By Your Side will select 13 winners who will receive gift cards and have the chance to be featured on television!

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2. Eligibility. Subject to the additional restrictions below, “Show us your future Olympians! ” (the “Sweepstakes”) is open to legal residents of the United States (except Puerto Rico) who live in the KSDK-TV viewing area and are 18 years of age or older at the time of registration. Employees and contractors of Spectrum, (“Sponsor”), TEGNA Inc., and each of their respective affiliates, and advertising and promotional agencies, and immediate family members of, and any domiciled person with, these employees or contractors, are not eligible to participate or win.

3. How? ‘Or’ What Enter. Participate by downloading and visiting the 5 On Your Side app and submitting your photo or video of your child doing something athletic to the “Near Me” section of the app between January 1, 2022 and January 18 2021 and complete the form. The Contest will begin at 4:30 am CDT on January 1 and end at 11:59 pm on Sunday January 18 (the “Contest Period”). There is no limit of entries per person. Your computer must accept cookies, or any successor or similar technology, which may be used for input tracking purposes. The ad blocking software on your computer should be disabled so that it does not interfere with the processing of your entry.

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6. Notification and acceptance of the winner. Submissions selected for release will be notified by February 4, 2022 by email. To claim their prize, the winner must provide a mailing address. The $ 100 gift card will be mailed to the winner. Winners may waive their right to receive prizes. The prizes are non-transferable and non-transferable. No substitution authorized by the winner. The prices have no cash value. Prices and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability and Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. The winners are solely responsible for the declaration and payment of any tax on the prizes. Winners may be required to complete an Affidavit of Eligibility / Liability and Publicity Release (except where prohibited by law) which must be returned as directed by Sponsor. Failure to sign and return the Affidavit or Release, or to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules, may result in the disqualification of the winner, loss of interest in the Prize and the awarding of the Prize to a substitute. winner. Except where prohibited, acceptance of any prize constitutes winner’s consent to the publication of their name, biographical information, and image in any media for commercial or promotional purposes, without limitation Internet, or otherwise. compensation. Prizes not won and claimed by eligible winners in accordance with these Official Rules will not be awarded and will remain the property of the Sponsor.

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1.5k on the track, 100k on Instagram https://link1-2-3.com/1-5k-on-the-track-100k-on-instagram/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 03:39:12 +0000 https://link1-2-3.com/1-5k-on-the-track-100k-on-instagram/ Long dismissed as a distraction or relegated to “folded hands” emoji, social media has become an organic slice of an athlete’s development. Accounts – created first to follow their role models and colleagues, then used to post workout videos and gym photos – are now the tool for gaining followers and securing branded partnerships, completing […]]]>

Long dismissed as a distraction or relegated to “folded hands” emoji, social media has become an organic slice of an athlete’s development. Accounts – created first to follow their role models and colleagues, then used to post workout videos and gym photos – are now the tool for gaining followers and securing branded partnerships, completing a trajectory of user content creator-influencer.

The rules of engagement have changed. Lazy selfies or uninspired clips are no longer enough. The flows are intelligently organized and managed, the brands and approved products controlled. Weekly reports on likes, views and number of subscribers are transmitted. This new generation of influencer athletes have an eye on the numbers on and off the pitch.

Harmilan Bains, national 1,500m record holder with 106,000 Instagram followers and at least half a dozen brand partnerships, is one of the first athletes to achieve it.

“We have a life beyond sport. When I’m on the pitch I give him my 100 percent but leave it behind when I get home. I know how short the career of an athlete is. We need to explore new avenues and I want to further expand my social media presence after quitting athletics, ”said the 23-year-old, who broke the national 1,500m mark in September.

NIharika Vashisht, a 26-year-old long and triple jumper who has yet to win a senior international medal, has garnered several branded mentions and a TV commercial against Bollywood megastar Akshay Kumar, all thanks to her popularity. on Instagram.

Niharika and Harmilan aren’t the only ones to profit. Many beginners become creators of sports content. Junior boxer Simran Verma, who has partnered with multiple brands, believes every athlete should have a well-maintained social media platform. For 17-year-old Simran, social media is not only a tool to build his brand, but also a tool to bring about social change.

Junior boxer Simran Verma has partnered with several brands.

“I get a lot of messages from young girls like me who want to play sports but their families are reluctant and I want to change that. There have been cases where girls have shown their parents my Instagram profile, where I regularly post workout clips, to allow them to play sports. I use it as an empowerment tool, ”explains the Mumbai boxer.

Among the growing number of social media platforms, Instagram appears to be the most popular among athletes. “Instagram is a visual medium and sport is all about visuals. You can easily record, edit videos and share videos on Instagram. An athlete would rather post a clip or a photo than write about what he is doing, ”says Priyanka Periera, founder of social media agency ‘Phantom Words’.

The reach is massive. For example, Harmilan’s most watched Reel (short video clip), a workout clip with some visual effects, had 8.9 million views and was enjoyed by 716,000 people. But such a reach cannot be achieved overnight, nor is there a fixed formula. “Some people learn it the hard way. It takes them years to develop content but they fall behind in the race. Some people do trial and error and find out what works for them, ”says Priyanka, who previously managed cricketer Rishabh Pant’s Instagram profile.

For Niharika, it was easier to determine what worked for her as she had sports consultant Adithya Rai to guide her. Rai, a former athlete, has been studying Instagram trends since 2016 and has always believed this to be an untapped market for Olympic athletes. When Aditya approached Niharika, she only had 1,500 followers, but within a few years she passed the 100,000 mark with aspiring athletes being a significant portion of the followers.

“I saw potential in her. I just told him this social media and ‘jo dikhta hai, woh bikta hai (what gets seen is sold’. Your Insta following is not entirely dependent on your performance in the field. It’s the world of content creation. and it’s about I guided Niharika on how to record clips and what to post and it worked for her, ”says Adithya, who previously helped Harmilan and the triple jumper at the Asian Games Arpinder Singh with their Insta profiles.

Harmilan agrees that you don’t have to have big medals under your belt to become an Instagram star. “There are several athletes who have not performed very well on the field, but they are still influencers on Instagram. Some athletes only post training videos that could help with army selection, ”she said.

The aforementioned athletes unanimously agree that the introduction of “Reels,” a feature that allows users to post short clips, has boosted their Instagram profiles. Three of Harmilan’s ‘Reels’ have passed the million-view mark. His profile received a huge boost after his record-breaking run in August.

“I had around 40,000 followers, but after breaking the national record, it went crazy. I went from 40 to 100,000 in no time, ”explains Harmilan.

The number of followers has direct implications on the potential monetary benefits, as contracts are signed on the basis of numbers. Athletes should submit weekly reports, which contain details such as the number of views, likes, shares, comments and time spent with brands on their paid posts. “If we have more views than expected, we can negotiate better rates for the next job,” says Adithya, who takes care of the paperwork for Niharika.

Both Harmilan and Niharika are very aware of the brands they represent and have turned down several offers that did not match their image or if the products were found to be of inferior quality. Niharika claims to have turned down at least 20 paid promotional offers in the past two years.

“I once approved a product and then saw a lot of negative reviews about it. I refused to work with them again. Now I pay close attention to the brands I work with, ”says Harmilan, who is now run by Anglian Medal Hunt.

For brands to even knock on athletes’ doors, they need to build a significant following. The Instagram profiles mentioned in the story seemingly follow a set pattern: workout clips with catchy music, photos in their best non-sporting outfits, and clips from competitions.

“I am very particular about what I post. I want my profile to look really good, so I’m not posting anything at random. My followers consider me a style icon so I dress well and take pictures. Only high definition images, so having a good phone is essential, ”explains Harmilan.

There are several reasons why brands go to young athletes for promotion, with profitability being the most important.

“There are millions of people on Instagram and this is the easiest way to contact them. Asking an athlete to simply pose with their product rather than creating a full advertisement is much more economical for the brand, ”says Priyanka.



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