You can turn just about anything into a movie.

Books and plays, sure. But also songs and TV shows and comic books. Cartoons and toys. Folk tales and urban legends. All of these things have been given the cinematic treatment over the years. Adaptation to the screen is a huge part of the movie business.

But can a Twitter thread become a movie? It can if it achieves enough viral notoriety that it becomes known as simply #TheStory.

That’s what we get with “Zola,” a film inspired by a legendary 148-tweet thread posted in 2015 by a Detroit waitress and exotic dancer named A’Ziah “Zola” King and the David Kushner story for Rolling Stone that followed. Adapted to the screen by Jeremy O. Harris and Janicza Bravo, who also directed the film, it’s a surreal and darkly comic road trip to the heart of American darkness. You know – Florida.

It is a bleak and hilarious story, one whose based-in-reality bona fides strain credulity – in a good way. There’s an intensity to the tale, charged as it is with various flavors of cultural and societal mores being prodded, bent and broken. Again, we’re talking about a film – a story – that is inherently and utterly bizarre, yet wildly compelling, a fascinating glimpse of a world many of us have never experienced for ourselves.

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There are many tools available to help you manage your social media accounts. There are some that are more useful than others, such as Hootsuite, a platform that allows you to schedule posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram simultaneously and far into the future. Tweetdeck is much like Hootsuite, but just for Twitter. If you use Twitter for your business, signing into and trying out Tweetdeck may drastically improve the way you tweet. Tweetdeck allows you to do many things that will up your productivity and save you time.

Here are three Tweetdeck basics to get you started:

Published in The Marketing Edge
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 13:23

Twitter to offer more room to tweet

NEW YORK Twitter is making some big changes, at least in the context of 140 characters or fewer.

Published in Tekk
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 11:09

Celeb Slam - (03-09-2016)

Nude beef

So despite our best efforts to spend a little more time separate from our good friends the Kardashians, good old Kim simply won't let us quit her. It had been, what, a couple of weeks since we mentioned her or her family in this space? Honestly, we'd love to leave it alone, but she makes it impossible.

Published in Celebrity Slam
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 09:44

Celebrity Slam - July 3, 2013

Just do it

Nostalgia runs in cycles, usually around a generation (20 years or so) behind, as people advancing into middle adulthood start in with wistful remembrances of their youth. So it should come as no surprise that 90s memories are surging toward the pop culture forefront.

Sometimes, however, those memories go next-level and offer up some absolutely whackadoo, so-bizarre-they-must-be-true-type stories.

Published in Celebrity Slam
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:09

Fueling active engagement on Twitter

With more than 200 million active users, Twitter provides a great way to engage with customers and prospects in real-time, at any time. With a 140-character limit for each post, however, it's also one of the most challenging social media platforms to use effectively. How can business organizations make the most of Twitter's fast-and-furious network to engage prospects and increase ROI?

Published in The Marketing Edge
Thursday, 24 May 2012 12:58

Social Networking's Quiet Curse

Quietly cursing at social networking

In the dark, quiet days of the beginning of the 21st century, there were many places to express yourself on the interwebs. These ancient relics, some still in view today, were known as 'blogs.' These grammatical punching bags offered a way relieve the stress from the everyday grind. Hidden behind anonymity, we could unleash a torrent of vitriol and suppressed thoughts, relieving stress and making our opinion known to all. Problem is, you needed the exact address to get to these blogs, making it a little harder for prying eyes to find.

Enter Myspace.

While not the first social networking site to come along, it was the first one to reach mythic proportions of popularity. MySpace offered a way to connect you with all of your friends by name, so you suddenly had an audience with which to share the thoughts you generally hid throughout the day. Problem is, now people knew exactly what you thought of them after you'd been far too nice to them. Your anonymity couldn't save you from being labeled a hypocrite.

Then we all found Facebook.

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