Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 17, 2013
July 17, 2013
Going Geek-dot-com /Caught in the Web:
Whether you admit to it or not, we all stalk people on Facebook. The ladies might have it a bit easier these days, thanks to a new app called Lulu.
The app is for women only, and allows girls to secretly rate their male friends, lovers, and exes on an online database of men. Chief Executive ALEXANDRA CHONG said "Women love to share, they love to exchange information, and they love to have their experiences validated by both their friends and girls they don't necessarily know." Chong came up with the idea after a six-hour brunch with her girlfriends.
Women must be over 18 to access the app, and once downloaded, it syncs with their Facebook accounts to verify their age and gender. Men who try to access Lulu are summarily blocked. Lulu then goes through your friend list and singles out the men who you can rate via anonymous review for the reading pleasure of your fellow females.
The men then receive a score that includes qualities such as appearance, humor, manners, commitment, bedroom skills, and work ethic. How do you rate them? Via hashtag, such as #actuallynice or #don'ttrusthislooks. Users are anonymous and activity is kept off Facebook, but women can share profiles with other Lulu users. (AB)
Factoid: Women average 12 hours a week on social media. (Source: Weber Shandwick's report "Women in Social Media")
Another "Glee" note: Bravo is honoring CORY MONTEITH's memory by re-airing his interview on "Inside the Actors Studio" from last year. The interview will air tomorrow night.
Get ready to start confessing your sins over Twitter.
The decision comes as the Pope prepares to attend the World Youth Festival in Brazil from July 22-28. According to the Vatican's Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary, which oversees penance and forgiveness, indulgences might start being granted "through new social communication channels," which could even include the Papal Twitter account. However, participants must first confess their sins, pray, and attend Mass.
Monsignor CLAUDIO MARIA CELLI, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication, explained "You don't obtain an indulgence like you get a coffee from a vending machine... What really counts is that the Tweet that the Pope will send from Brazil or the photos from World Youth Day produce genuine spiritual fruit in the heart of the person."
Social media is just the next item on a list of technological changes the Vatican has made. Previously, Catholics merely had to listen to the Pope's Urbi et Orbi benediction on Christmas or Easter, via TV or radio broadcast. (AB)
Editor's note: the big question --could you sin(s) all fit into 160 characters???
Happy 111th anniversary to the Air Conditioner. Invented by Buffalo engineer WILLIS CARRIER back in 1902, the first customer was a printing company in Brooklyn, NY, which used to device to prevent paper shrinkage during heat waves. Air conditioners didn't become really popular until 1925 when they were introduced in movie theaters. Before then, movie theaters closed in the summer.
--The "Happiest Place on Earth," Disneyland, opened for business, 1955.
The Ross Brittain Report has been perfected by Ross and his award winning writers to provide customizable show prep every weekday morning. To see why it's one of the most important show prep services in the US, or for a free two week trial, please contact us using the contact info below in the "About The Author" section.