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When Facebook and Twitter roll out new features or a redesign, the changes are often met with resistance and complaints. When MyYearbook, the social network for teens, saw a need for a redesign, they took a far different approach, one that the larger networks may actually be able to learn from.
MyYearbook went with a crowdsourced plan that accepted user submissions for a redesign and factored in community voting. The approach lead to a new design that the community favored 3 to 1. The main changes are to the network's logo and navigation although profiles will undergo some revisions soon, as TechCrunch points out.
This video offers a look at MyYearbook over the years and the new look:
What does it feel like to fall into $130 million?
One clumsy art student just found out… Sort of.
While attending an art class at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, a woman lost her balance and fell into Pablo Picasso’s painting “The Actor” tearing a six-inch hole into the canvas of the $130 million work of art. The painting, which features an acrobat in a dramatic pose on a 6-by-4-foot canvas, was torn in the lower right-hand corner.
Appraiser Gerard van Weyenbergh was quoted in the Mail Online: "It's a 50 percent loss of the value - at least. "When an artwork comes up in auction, that's the first thing people want to know - were there any repaints or restorations. Even a small hole and Picasso collectors like [Steven] Spielberg are not going to be interested."
Museum officials did not release the identity of the wobbly woman, but did say that she did not suffer any physical injuries from the fall—most likely just a bruised ego. However, all hope is not lost. Museum officials say the painting can and will be repaired for an exhibition of 250 works by Picasso scheduled for this spring.
No word on repairing the art student’s self esteem or chances of passing the art class.
If you're not already familiar with the pseudonymous British graffiti artist and snarky social commentator, Banksy, you should really take minute to check out his work. Exit Through the Gift Shop is being billed as "the world's first street art disaster movie" and looks like a lot of fun. You can also visit the official movie site here.
My love for flash mobs has been well documented, so there's no need to rehash my reasons. Just sit back, relax, and find a little amusement in this: the 9th Annual NYC No Pants Subway Ride, which took place on January 10th.
The event was coordinated by flash mob masters Improv Everywhere.