Social media pics, video of Charleston people taking the plunge

Courtesy of Glenn Smith. Click for link.

Courtesy of Kaden Smith. Click for link.

Every January 1st, a bunch of people dress in crazy costumes or strip down to their skivvies and plunge into the frigid Atlantic Ocean.

I used Storify to capture some of the many photos from Folly Beach and Sullivan’s Island posted on Twitter and Instagram today.

Click here to view in a slideshow or look below. Continue reading

Top 10 Charleston Socialscape posts of 2013 (because you probably missed them the first time)

Everyone else is doing a Top 10 list for the end of the year, so I thought it would be fun to do my own look back at some of the coolest moments from 2013.

As narcissistic as that sounds, it’s a sneaky way to get you to see some of these posts for the first time, given that for much of the year one would need a GPS to find the blog on postandcourier.com. Some of you might be shocked I actually have 10 total posts.

Anyway, take a trip back with the ghost of Socialscape’s past. Note: Click the links next to the numbers to see the original post.

 

10. Justin Bieber prank

Back before the Diane in 7A and all of the other hoaxes that trickled down our timelines this year, there was this tweet from Justin Bieber:

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Actually, it wasn’t really from Bieber’s account. It was a joke done “just for fun” by the folks over at Bulldog Tours. It only added fuel to Continue reading

‘Haters gon hate’ – TV reporters use press access to ‘beat the crowds’ at store’s grand opening

haleyhernandezWhile hundreds of people waited outside the new H&M store on King Street Thursday – some started waiting as early as 4:30 a.m. – local reporters covering the grand opening meaghanwallacewere getting a sneak peek at the deals inside during a press-only function.

A couple were also taking advantage of the deals, using their jobs as reporters to ‘beat the crowds.’ One of them wasn’t even on the clock at the time

How do we know? They tweeted about it.

“Haters gon hate,” tweeted WCBD Channel 2′s Haley Hernandez.

“I indulged,” tweeted WCSC Channel 5′s Meaghan Wallace.

A few journalists who saw the tweets told me they were shocked that not only would reporters use their access to get first crack at the deals but that they would brag about it on social media.

Hernandez and Wallace confirmed Continue reading

A reason to tag #postandcourier in your Charleston Instagram pics

I don’t know about you but my favorite part about Instagram is looking at all of the photos of the Lowcountry and discovering places I haven’t been yet. lights

I’d really like to make those photos easier to find and help locals find other folks from the area by asking you to start tagging #postandcourier in the photos you take from around the Lowcountry.

In return, I will go through those photos each week and use Storify to post a bunch of them on this blog as part of a weekly feature.

Feel free to tag as many as you like, just make sure they’re focused more on what’s happening in the Lowcountry and less Continue reading

Dave Chappelle makes a third, unscheduled stop in Charleston

Comedian Dave Chappelle put on two shows in Charleston Tuesday night and then made a third stop at the Republic Garden and Lounge on King Street, where he took a picture with some of the staff.

According to the bar Chappelle enjoys both Ketel One and Continue reading

Darius Rucker joins student on stage during Wando High School talent show

frankieI’m gonna work like I don’t need the money

I’m gonna laugh like I’m not afraid to cry

I’m gonna dance like nobody’s watching

I’m gonna love while I still got the time

‘While I still got the time’ – Darius Rucker

There was lots of laughing, dancing and love at the Wando High School talent show Wednesday night when Rucker joined 16-year-old Frankie Antonelli on stage during the student’s rendition of Rucker’s song.

The moment was especially touching because Antonelli has Down Syndrome. His mom Debbie, a woman’s basketball analyst who often appears on ESPN and other networks, tweeted that Frankie hasn’t let anything stop him. Continue reading

Before I die I want to: Charleston chalkboard transcends chalk, social media

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It started as a class assignment and evolved into something more.

College of Charleston students Ashley Bell and Kristin Angles were given a two-week challenge as part of their communication class.

Inspired by this TED Talk, they woke up early on the morning of Friday, Oct. 17 and used chalk on a temporary black wall at King and Mary streets to pose a question: “Before I die I want to …”

They drew lines on the wall for people to fill in their answers with chalk they left at the wall. Continue reading

Adrenaline rush: Coast Guard in Charleston makes some cool YouTube videos

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Rescue of an injured fisherman: June 20, 2011. Click photo to see video.

Not only does the Coast Guard jump out of helicopters, swim in ice-cold waters and rescue you when you’ve sailed into a tropical storm — they make some sweet videos.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston has posted a handful of their rescues on to YouTube from this year alone. I’ve collected some of the best and posted them here for your daily dose of adrenaline, but first check out this well-produced video they shot showing a day in the life at the Charleston base:

Helicopter footage after a boat struck the Charleston Jetties earlier this year: Continue reading

When social media breaks badly – anchor’s tweet backfires

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Philadelphia news anchor Joyce Evans quickly found herself the subject of ridicule and animosity Sunday night after she posted the above Tweet comparing a shooting that left six wounded to the television show “Breaking Bad.”

See the Storify below to follow the immediate negative reaction and how she tried to handle it, by telling people they didn’t get the point.

It would have probably been best to apologize and let it die as now the reaction is Continue reading

Subtweeting schadenfreude: Some times it’s better to keep thoughts to yourself

It can be awfully tempting at times to share thoughts on social media that you might not otherwise share, or shouldn’t share.

Shortly after news broke this morning of WCIV sports anchor John Nugent’s arrest for DUI, one of his competitors tweeted what appears a thinly veiled comment about the incident.

Wow…karma catches up with some people, doesn’t it? — Andy Pruitt (@AndyPruittLive5)

That tweet has since been deleted but there’s more. Continue reading