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Word of Mouth
12:15 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

3.11.14: The Probablility Of A Miracle, Who Owns A Selfie & Measuring Personal Intelligence

What are the chances we would all look so good in our selfies?
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We’ve all heard it all before:  Lightning never strikes twice in the same place. That was a one in a million shot! It’s a miracle! But is there any truth behind these sayings?

Today on Word of Mouth: improbability…it’s more common than you think.

Plus, Ellen’s star-studded Oscar selfie has been retweeted over three million times, setting a new record for twitter shares. Ellen may have posted it, but Bradley Cooper snapped the photo. We’re going to look into who exactly owns the rights to the now iconic pic.

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3.11.14: The Probablility Of A Miracle, Who Owns A Selfie & Measuring Personal Intelligence

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Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Instagram: Hipster Photo Tool Turned Legal Gun Market

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As Instagram passes its third birthday, a small but growing community of users are beginning to utilize the website for the private exchange of goods. Two million of the site’s annual photo uploads are items being put up for sale, with the actual negotiations taking place via comment threads and private messages.

Among the many items being legally sold through Instagram are firearms.  Brian Ries is Senior Social Media Editor at The Daily Beast and joins us to explain.

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Word of Mouth
10:20 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Insta-Envy: Why Social Networking Is Depressing

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One in thirteen people on earth use Facebook. It’s a staggering number, and evidence of the human desire to connect with others through social media. Research at the Human-Computer Institute at Carnegie Mellon and other places have found that passively following the lives of others on Facebook can have the opposite effects, triggering feelings of depression, envy, and isolation. Jessica Winter is senior editor at Slate, and argues that the hipster-centric photo-filtering social network Instagram, is even worse.

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Word of Mouth
10:57 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Instagram, De-Digitized.

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If you find a little bit of ironic poetry in the rise of the retro photo-app Instagram, bought by Facebook for one billion dollars, you have to appreciate the story of Snapstagram:  a new kickstarter-funded startup that takes the digital transformation of photography full circle.  Jared Gibbons is co-founder of

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