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Catch up on the buzz: Taking on profile pictures, #whyAustin and April Fools’

Katherine Borgerding Modified: April 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm •  Published: April 1, 2013

Facebook users take on marriage equality

By now your Facebook timelines are probably awash with small red pictures featuring an equal sign of some sort. And you probably know by now that this is to show support for the same-sex marriage debate currently going on in the Supreme Court.

But according to Facebook’s Data Science Team March 26 saw 120 percent more people change their profile pictures than the previous Tuesday.

Estimated increase in profile changes for each county. Counties with more intense colors can be thought to have greater turnout as a result of the HRC equals campaign. (Photo by Facebook Data Science Team)


The team broke down the county-by-county numbers.  for March 26 and found that 2.7 million people in the U.S. changed their profile picture. Most updates came from counties with college towns, but San Francisco and Washington, D.C. were also at the top.

Austin takes on Kim Jong Un

Almost as soon as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released a plan to target several U.S. cities, including Austin, Texans took to social media to mock the plan. A hashtag  on Twitter, #whyaustin, quickly surfaced to ask the question of why the leader chose to target the seemingly-unlikely city. Not all the tweets poked fun at Kim, but many did.

Even the City of Austin joined in the fun with this tweet. Enjoy.

Spotify takes on Netflix and HBO

The on-demand music service, Spotify, is planning to add on-demand video content as well, according to the company sources and Business Insider. Spotify hopes to follow in Netflix’s footsteps by adding original content in hopes of growing their subscription base.


Google takes on April Fools’

Ever wonder what a ghost smells like? Today’s your lucky day. Google debuted Google Nose BETA, which supposedly allows users to search by smell, as this year’s April Fools’ prank. Try it out here. Happy April 1.


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