U.S. Supreme Court takes on social media

Due to a recent case that involved a man serving nearly three years in prison for posting threats about his ex-wife on Facebook, the U.S. Supreme Court took a deeper look Monday into the threats posted through social media, and whether they hinge on First Amendment rights.

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan is one of the justices who feels the standards that may be set  on social media threats are too low.
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan is one of the justices who feels the standards that may be set on social media threats are too low.

Several of the justices could not agree to how far you can go to put a person in prison for those threats as you may not know what a person is going through mentally.

Social media and sports can mix well

I love social media. I know this does not come as a surprise, but I love the good, bad, and ugly of it. The best subject to get all three is definitely sports social media.

More sports teams are actively involved in social media, and with that comes consequences, as the New England Patriots witnessed recently.

I personally enjoy when teams’ social media pages encourage participation with fans, and with other teams. Sports are meant to be fun, and it is enjoyable to see teams be accountable for what they post, but be creative as well.

The NBA’s Atlanta Hawks are on of my favorites on interacting with other teams. Win or lose, the Hawks’ Twitter is ready to go as shown below.

The 2014 NBA Playoffs featured five first round matchups that went to a game seven. The Hawks were one of the teams who lost, and sympathized with the others.

The MLB’s Texas Rangers do a good job of getting fans involved. During the season, they encourage fans to ask players questions using the #TexasTwitterTUE. This gives the fans a good look inside of what players are thinking during the regular season.

To fans, if you tweet at a player or team, please be ready to receive a response that may not appease you. There are actual people behind these pages, and they have feelings too.

Social media posts alter jury selection

Social media can get you out of serving on a jury? Lawyers have the authority to go thru perspective jurors social media pages and investigate whether if a certain juror shows bias or favor towards certain views.

The Frank Crowley Courthouse in Dallas is one of the many who have started to see lawyers using social media as a mean of cutting jurors.
The Frank Crowley Courthouse in Dallas is one of the many who have started to see lawyers using social media as a mean of cutting jurors.

The American Bar Association sees no problem with this as long as their social media pages are public, so the only way lawyers are not able to view your pages are if they are set to private viewing. Lawyers are also not allowed to ‘friend’ or message you.

West Virginia fans winning at social media, losing with police

Social media allows us to share our lives in a public manner. For some in Morgantown, West Virginia on October 19, posting on social media possibly got them arrested.

The police viewed social media sites Twitter, Instagram, and even anonymous Yik Yak to find patrons who were destroying public property after the West Virginia football team upset Baylor in Morgantown. Police Chief Ed Preston said those who were caught engaging in illegal activity will be charged.

Lost in the riots, West Virginia upset then #4 Baylor 41-27 in Morgantown on October 19.
Lost in the riots, West Virginia upset then #4 Baylor 41-27 in Morgantown on October 19.

Patriots fall flat on social media achievement

The NFL’s New England Patriots were not expecting a follow on Twitter to be their demise in this social media fail.

The Patriots reached their one millionth follow on Twitter this week, but thanks to a filtering issue that could not be foreseen, they are apologizing for the insensitive tweet to follow. The tweet has been deleted.

The New England Patriots "crowned" a one millionth Twitter follower, but not without controversy thanks to a filtering issue.
The New England Patriots “crowned” a one millionth Twitter follower, but not without controversy thanks to a filtering issue.

Social media aids in pending disasters

Can social media save lives during disasters?

The tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma in May 2013 was very destructive, and has the town still in rebuild mode. (picture via npr.org)
The tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma in May 2013 was very destructive, and has the town still in rebuild mode. (picture via npr.org)

That is a question various social media outlets are trying to figure out.

Facebook and Twitter are among the leaders in alerting people when disasters are on the horizon.