Social Media Matters: App helps you plan bathroom breaks

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, Oct. 5, 2012
Metro section

App helps you plan bathroom breaks

Yup, you read that headline correctly. There’s now a free app available called RunPee for Android, Apple and Windows 7 systems that tells moviegoers at which scene in a movie it’s safe to run out of the theatre to use the bathroom.

Graphic courtesy of Elizabeth O. Dulemba. (Click on graphic to visit website.)

Not only will the app tell you at which point in the movie you can safely step out for a few minutes (usually due to an impending lull in the action), it will also provide a synopsis of the first three minutes of the movie if you arrived late and let you know whether or not you should stay during the credits for extra features.

Once you download the app, find the movie you’ ll be watching and start the app’s timer when the movie starts. Your phone will vibrate when it’s safe to the go to the bathroom and will even provide you with a rundown of what happened while you’re, um, “indisposed.” (See! It even gives you something to read in the bathroom.) Movies are added to the app continuously. Typically, one or two “pee times” lasting between three and five minutes are included for each movie. For more details on the RunPee app, visit their website.

Don Cherry rips into Maple Leafs on Twitter

The bombastic, opinionated and very popular Don Cherry of Hockey Night in Canada’s Coach’s Corner on CBC Television tore a strip off the Toronto Maple Leafs organization on Twitter this week. Cherry was upset with the team’s treatment of player Nazem Kadri, the Leafs’ first-round draft pick in 2009. The angry tweets caught the eye of the media and were widely reported.

In a series of tweets on his Twitter account (@CoachsCornerCBC) posted on Tuesday, Oct. 2, Cherry wrote, “I have never in my life seen a kid treated like Nazem Kadri by the Leafs. It started in his first training camp where he led the team in scoring but was blasted for his defensive faults. They don’t blast Kulemin who scored 7 goals. They give him 5 million dollars. Now the Marlie coach comes out and rips Kadri in the newspaper saying he doesn’t eat properly. Imagine headlines saying he’s chubby and fatso. If anyone wants to get a blue print on how to destroy someone, just follow the Toronto Maple Leafs.”

Also courtesy of Twitter, I learned why Cherry favours those high collars as part of his colourful wardrobe. It’s because his father wore high collars and Cherry always thought he looked sharp in them. So, now you know!

Would you like some wine with that whine?

White Whine – A collection of first-world problems is a website that collects petty complaints that social media users post online. We all feel sorry for ourselves from time to time, and White Whine is a collection of some of the sillier things about which we freak out. With the advent of Twitter and Facebook, finding some of the petty things people complain about when there are starving children in the world is pretty eye-opening. There is also a companion Facebook page and a Twitter account at @whitewhines.

If you’ve seen people posting “First-world problem!” as a comment below a Facebook post, they’re trying to tell the person that their problem isn’t that big of a deal in the greater context of the world. White Whine is quite entertaining and they certainly make you think twice about complaining online after you read a few dozen of the posts.

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Every week, I feature three YouTube channels for you to check out. Statistics are current to Oct. 2. Have a favourite YouTube channel? Please contact me to share it and I may feature it here.

1) (233,108 subscribers): Running for re-election, President Barack Obama has amassed a following of nearly a quarter-of-a-million subscribers who have viewed his videos nearly 250 million times. This is a very well-designed YouTube channel, as would be expected. Playlists include Popular Videos, Mitt Romney Videos, Vice President Biden’s 2012 speeches and playlists of issues such as equal rights, immigration, health care, energy and the environment and education, to name a few. (Most popular video: President Obama Announces the 2012 Launch of African Americans for Obama – 3,531,918 views.)

2) mittromney’s channel (21,251 subscribers): This is the official YouTube channel for 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. While it pales in comparison in design and traffic (only about 25 million total views) when compared to President Obama’s YouTube channel, he’s only been the official Republican candidate for a few months versus President Obama’s nearly four years in office. Not only does the design not hold a candle to President Obama’s channel, the channel’s videos have not been separated into playlists, making it difficult to do any kind of research on a particular subject without browsing all the videos. (Most popular video: Too Many Americans – 685,419 views.)

3) The White House (211,152 subscribers): Yes, even the White House has its own official YouTube channel with total views of just over 90 million. Playlists include Remembering 9/11, Inside the White House, Wall Street Reform and several Speeches and Events lists. (Most popular video: President Obama on Death of Osama bin Laden – 6,420,362 views.)

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