Social Media Matters: N.Y. first responders issue social media guidelines

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, April 12, 2013
Metro section

N.Y. first responders issue social media guidelines

In the past few weeks, both the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) have issued new social media guidelines.

FDNYAccording to an article by John Surico published in The Village Voice on April 8, the FDNY issued social media guidelines last weekend following controversy last month over EMTs who were found to using social media in less-than-desirable ways.

“Last month, the EMT son of FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano was caught by the New York Post tweetin’ up a racist storm,” the article stated. “He jeered at minority groups from his computer/phone keyboard, not keeping in mind that, hey, his dad is the head of the FDNY. Also, it was later found that other EMTs were posting pictures of (and then berating) their patients online.”

The NYPD, meanwhile, is asking its officers not to post photos of uniformed officers (either themselves or others) online unless the photos are from official police ceremonies.

Top recipe websites

A few weeks ago, I featured the top brand-related recipe websites based on’s rankings. This week, I’m featuring the overall most popular recipe websites. This week’s statistics are current to April 9.

allrecipes logo1) Allrecipes (Thousands of recipes submitted by home cooks. Searchable database, menu ideas. Recipe reviews and ratings.); 2) (Recipe search, diet and nutrition, cooking articles and community forum.); 3) Epicurious (Recipes, menus, cooking articles, food guides, etc. Search 100,000 recipes from Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Self, cookbooks, chefs, and home cooks.); 4) (Thousands of rated recipes, each with nutritional information. Post a recipe and get its free nutritional analysis.); 5) Simply Recipes (Family food and cooking blog with more than 1,000 tested recipes. Also: photographs and instructions.); 6) BBC Online Recipes (Searchable recipe finder.); 7) Smitten Kitchen (Home cooking blog with an emphasis on simplifying challenging recipes.); 8) What’s Cooking America (Recipes, culinary dictionary, history and legends of some foods, as well as dinner party menu ideas.); 9) Recipe4Living (Large index of user-submitted recipes.); 10) CDKitchen (More than 100,000 searchable recipes that allow users to change serving sizes, print in various formats, share on social media and more.)

Top 10 Android apps

androidThe top 10 Android apps according to the Google Play store as of April 9. The cost of the app (in Canadian dollars) is also provided. 1) SwiftKey Keyboard ($3.99); 2) Titanium Backup Pro Key Root ($6.49); 3) Nova Launcher Prime ($4); 4) HD Widgets ($1.99); 5) Minecraft – Pocket Edition ($6.99); 6) Poweramp Full Version Unlocker ($3.99); 7) Beautiful widgets ($2.69); 8) TuneIn Radio Pro ($5.14); 9) Tasker ($2.49); 10) OfficeSuite Pro 7 (PDF & HD) ($15.29).

YouTube Top 10

YouTubeThese are the current top 10 channels (based on subscribers) on YouTube. Statistics are as of April 9 and are courtesy of

1) Smosh (8,936,517 subscribers); 2) New Video Every Tuesday (8,226,845 subscribers); 3) Jenna Marbles (8,157,792 subscribers); 4) nigahiga (7,747,669 subscribers); 5) Rihanna (7,515,294); 6) Machinima (7,103,128); 7) Become a Bro Today! (6,446,088); 8) OneDirectionVEVO (5,824,077); 9) Hola Soy German (video todos los viernes) (5,578,955 views); 10) freddiew / BrandonJLa (5,193,149).

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Every week, I feature YouTube channels for you to check out. Statistics are current to April 9. Have a favourite channel? Let me know and I may feature it here.

1) Howard Pinsky — Online educator (214,494 subscribers): If you’re a professional graphic designer or just someone who dabbles in it using Photoshop, this channel’s tutorials will definitely interest you. Focusing on Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom tutorials, the channel “provides free photoshop training, courses, and support videos for the design community to learn from,” according to its description. With a couple of hundred thousand subscribers and nearly 66 million total video views, the online community is certainly showing their vote of confidence in these tutorials. (Most popular video: Lose Weight FAST In Photoshop! Extreme Makeover! (Photoshop CS4) — 8,668,813 views.)

2) Tutvid Photoshop & Dreamweaver Tutorials (138,608 subscribers): This is another how-to video tutorial channel focusing on graphic design, specifically Photoshop and Dreamweaver software. The channel has been around forever — at least in YouTube terms — having been founded in 2006, and has accumulated nearly 38 million total views. (Most popular video: Dreamweaver Tutorial – Create a basic Webpage Insert Content — 1,395,375 views.)

3) C.G.P. Grey (605,077 subscribers): This channel features a series of fast-paced informative documentary-style videos that aim to answer “complicated” questions such as how one becomes pope, as well as the difference between Great Britain, England and the United Kingdom. The channel has more than 50 million total views. (Most popular video: The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained — 3,924,219 views.)

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