About Andy Paras

Social media editor at The Post and Courier in Charleston, SC.

Read this post. But first, let me take a #charlestonselfie

I try really hard to keep up with the local social media scene but current music? Not so much.

It’s safe to say I would have never heard the #Selfie song by The Chainsmokers – satirical commentary on our love for selfies – had the wife and kids not introduced me to it maybe a week ago to tease me about taking a selfie.

So I guess it’s no wonder I missed local superstar DJ extraordinaire DJ Natty Heavy’s April 1st spoof of the song which is hilariously set in Charleston.

The song hits all the right notes: Hootie and the Blowfish, Bill Murray, seersuckers, cobblestones, rickshaws – as well as many of the popular nightspots.

Big hat tip to Christian over at Holy City Sinner for introducing me to the track. I can’t stop listening to it.

These #$@%ing snakes on #$@%ing Twitter: missing viper has multiple Twitter accounts

Authorities searching for a deadly Gaboon viper that reportedly vanished from a Mount Pleasant apartment complex Friday, need to look no further than Twitter to find him.

The venomous snake has four – yes, four – Twitter accounts vying for the public’s attention with biting humor. Update: Looks like we’re down to three after one of the earliest accounts, @Vinnie_Viper has disappeared. RIP Vinnie.

Which one is your favorite?

Your best Instagram pics; we’ve raised the stakes on our weekly photo assignment

Via Billy Carson, bcarson2 on Instagram. Click for link.

Via Billy Carson, bcarson2 on Instagram. Click for link.

We’ve got a lot of great pics in the Instagram gallery this week, including the one above from Billy Carson. Check them out and remind your friends to keep tagging their best Lowcountry Instagram photos with #postandcourier.

We have also upped the stakes in our other weekly photo assignment. In case you’re not familiar, each week we give you a topic, you send us your best pictures and our editors choose their favorite to appear in the newspaper on Fridays.

We’ve got something special for the next nine weeks or so. Now, in addition to being eligible to have your picture in the paper, we’re looking for photos to run in The Post and Courier’s My Charleston Magazine¬†- our annual publication about the Lowcountry.

This week’s assignment: Lowcountry Architectural Beauty. Get shooting!

Post and Courier racks up a bunch of South Carolina Press Association Awards

excellenceThe Post and Courier collected 93 awards at the South Carolina Press Association Awards banquet on March 22, including Journalist of the Year and Photojournalist of the Year.

We won 34 first-place awards in all, including Best Facebook page and Best Use of Twitter. @postandcourier also took third place for Best Use of Twitter, wrapping up a good night for our social media team.

But rest assured you have an excellent newspaper, Charleston, as this was the eighth time in nine years that The Post and Courier finished first among the state’s largest newspapers.

Thank you for all of your support!

Quintin Washington gets close up with me


Last week, Quintin Washington invited me onto his YouTube program, Quintin’s Closeups.¬†Quintin is a freelancer who in his spare time interviews local personalities. He does everything himself.

His interview with Mark Sanford a couple of weeks ago got a lot of attention after it appeared on Buzzfeed and other national sites.

Needless to say, my interview didn’t go viral but I hope you enjoyed it anyway.


Channel 4 and the hunt for the missing dragon becomes a social media hit


Via Sam Tyson, ABC News 4

The folks at WCIV ABC News 4 were in for a cold-blooded surprise Friday after a 7-year-old Cub Scout, visiting the station for a tour, reportedly lost his pet bearded dragon he had smuggled in to the building unbeknownst to his parents.

Staff at the station didn’t learn of the disappearance until after the Scout returned home.

The news led to a hilarious series of events that started with freaked out tweets from staffers and, as of Saturday morning, continues with a clever social media campaign that includes live-streaming video from the newsroom in search of the little guy and his own Twitter account.

It’s also the No. 1 story on their Continue reading

Charleston woman mistaken for Taylor Swift, ‘Swifties’ circulate picture across Internet

It must be hard to be Taylor Swift. The global superstar can’t even walk along the street without a candid shot of her appearing on fan blogs and social media within minutes, igniting a flurry of tweets from excited “Swifties” determined to seek her out.

But wait. What if that’s not Taylor Swift? Continue reading

Millions of dollars being given away on Twitter: Too good to be true, right? Yes

kucz3Hey guys, I recently came across millions of dollars! RT and follow me on Twitter and I’ll give each of you a grand!

That’s the latest hoax going on around Twitter and thousands upon thousands of Twitter users are falling for it.

The hoaxsters appear to be using fake Paypal screenshots to make it look legitimate. Creating a fake Paypal screenshot is nothing new and instructions on creating your own are available all over the Internet.

Then you get a couple of friends to say you sent them $1K and – Ta-Da – you’ve got 50,000 new followers.

At least in Andrew Kucyzinski‘s case, it appears he left clues to his hoax. Continue reading