Bob Weir Covers Lady Gaga And More During Intimate Solo Acoustic Show [Full Video]

first_imgLast night, Bob Weir played an intimate solo acoustic set at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California. During the performance, Weir ran through a number of covers, including Robert Johnson’s “Walkin’ Blues” toward the start of the set, later performing Lady Gaga’s “Million Reasons” and Daniel Lanois’ “The Maker” to close it out. In between, he played the Grateful Dead classics, “Loose Lucy” and “Peggy-O”, as well as two songs off his recently released solo album, Blue Mountain, the title track and “Only A River.”Bob Weir Surprise Guests With Jim James Two Nights In A Row For Dead Tunes & More [Videos]His performance was an intimate affair, and Weir laid out heartfelt renditions of the songs across the evening, taking moments to chat with the crowd. Notably, following “Only A River,” as he was tuning, Weir dived into an anecdote about how he secured the guitar he was playing—a Martin 0017 from 1936. “So, maybe 10 years ago I was looking at the want ads in the clinical and I saw a Martin 0017. I always wanted one of those—they’re great little blues guitars. So I went over to somewhere in Oakland, I think, and I picked it up for $1,100 bucks. The neck was pulled off the body, so you couldn’t really play the guitar, so it could have been less. [laughs] It was a Martin, so I sent it back to the Martin factory. They happily reset the neck and sent it back to me in the proper plastic, but really protective case, and you really need a good case for this one. Did you know this was made in 1936?” After pausing for a moment to focus on tuning, Weir continued, “But, out of tune is out of tune,” eliciting laughter from the audience.Trey Anastasio Joins Bob Weir At Wanee For Acoustic Dead, Phish, And Lady Gaga Covers [Full HD Video]After the fan-favorite “Peggy-O,” Weir warned that “This next one I’ve never even attempted to sing all the way through.” The song was Lady Gaga’s “Million Reasons,” a number that got much press after Bob Weir debuted the cover with Trey Anastasio at Wanee Festival back in April. At Wanee, during Anastasio’s surprise five-song acoustic sit-in, the two iconic jam figures alternated between lead and harmony vocals. Given that this was his first run through of the song solo, Weir performance went well, and the cover fit seamlessly into his acoustic set.Lady Gaga Expresses Her Excitement About Bob Weir And Trey Anastasio’s “Million Reasons” CoverYou can check out an extended live video from Bob Weir’s solo acoustic show in Mill Valley last night, courtesy of Paul Winston. Enjoy!Setlist: Bob Weir | Sweetwater Music Hall | Mill Valley, CA | 9/13/2017 Set: Walkin’ Blues (Robert Johnson cover), Loose Lucy, Blue Mountain, Only A River, Peggy-O, Million Reasons (Lady Gaga cover), The Maker (Daniel Lanois cover) [Photo: Steve Rose]last_img read more

The biggest bash of the cricket calendar – 2019-20 Big Bash League to be…

first_imgAdvertisement z6hNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsa961Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ed7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) j970qWould you ever consider trying this?😱o3ibxCan your students do this? 🌚9m3n1fRoller skating! Powered by Firework Big Bash League, the grandest T20 league in the world, was established by Cricket Australia in 2011 and has been gaining tremendous momentum across the globe. The most thrilling format of cricket returns to Sony Pictures Sports Network starting from 17th December 2019 and will be aired live and exclusive only on SONY SIX channels in India.Advertisement  Advertisement Big Bash League has successfully completed eight editions of its inception and has gained remarkable recognition all over the world. In its 9th edition, Indian fans will witness cricket sensations like AB de Villiers, Jos Butlers, Shaun Marsh and world-class teams like Brisbane Heat, Melbourne Renegades, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder, Hobart Hurricanes, Adelaide Striker and Melbourne Stars, all set to break records and play their way to glory in Australia this season. Advertisement Cricket Australia has aimed to make it bigger and better by making some legendary decisions as well as revamping the format to make it even more fascinating and delightful for the viewers. Let’s have a look at some ‘first-timers’ of the 2019-20 Big Bash League: First ever female coach in BBLFormer Australia wicket-keeper Julia Price has made history by becoming the first-ever female coach in the history of Big Bash League. Julia has been appointed as the assistant coach of Brisbane Heat for the 2019-20 BBL season and will work alongside head coach Darren Lehmann, bowling coach Ryan Harris and coaching assistant Gavin Fitness. A veteran of 107 matches for Queensland and 38 matches for Tasmania, Julia Price will officially link with the Brisbane Heat at the January 1 night clash with Perth Scorchers at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast. With excellent cricket intelligence and vast experience, it is going to be a historic moment in the cricket fraternity to see her lead forward with the baton in the hands of a woman this year. Return of SmithSteve Smith makes a comeback to the Big Bash League for first time since 2014. The world’s top-ranked test batsman has officially declared that he can’t wait to wear on The Magenta and is prepared in full swing to break some earth shattering records for the Sydney Sixers this year. Smith has played 36 internationals for Australia in the shortest format of the game and was part of the Sixers team that won the first edition of the tournament in 2011. On his return all have set high hopes expecting him to be the key member in bringing the World Cup home. Five teams play-offs stageTo keep up with the enthusiasm of their cricket fans out there, Big Bash League have gone a notch higher and revamped the match structure with this edition. This year there will be five teams who will contest in the playoff stages for the upcoming season of the Big Bash League. The playoffs stage will mainly be -Eliminator, Qualifier, Knock-Out, Challenger and the Final. Played over two weekends, the new five-match finals system guarantees a double-chance for teams that finish first and second in the regular season. Shorter and WiderKeeping up with unique characteristics of the tournament, 2019-20 Big Bash League this year has decided to cut short the span of time and has shrunk the tenure from 54 days to 42 days. BBL this years has also planned to make the match roster wider by increasing the number of matches from 59 to 61 as compared to the previous season. Add-onsGenerally the BBL squads consist of 18 players, two of which could be international players. However, in the new rule for the 2019-20 season, clubs can nominate four additional overseas-based players as potential replacements for the season which means that each team can also call up for extra players throughout the season in any event of injuries or the loss of squad members for other reasons, such as international selection. Watch Big Bash League 2019/20 live and exclusive from 17th December 2019 only on Sony Pictures Sports Network. DateTimeMatchBroadcast Destination17/12/1913:40Brisbane Heat vs. Sydney ThunderSONY SIX & SONY SIX HD18/12/1913:40Sydney Sixers vs Perth ScorchersSONY SIX & SONY SIX HD19/12/1913:40Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney ThunderSONY SIX & SONY SIX HD20/12/1909:15Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney SixersSONY SIX & SONY SIX HD20/12/1913:40Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne StarsSONY SIX & SONY SIX HD21/12/1912:40Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide StrikerSONY SIX & SONY SIX HD21/12/1915:40Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne RenegadesSONY SIX & SONY SIX HD22/12/1909:15Melbourne Stars vs Hobart HurricanesSONY SIX & SONY SIX HD22/12/1913:40Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane HeatSONY SIX & SONY SIX HD  Advertisementlast_img read more

Monmouth County Prosecutor Nominated for Superior Court

first_imgBy John BurtonFREEHOLD – A black robe may be in the near future for the Monmouth County prosecutor.Listed among the slate of eight nominees Gov. Chris Christie had announced for appointments to the state Superior Court was Peter E. Warshaw Jr., a career prosecutor, who has been the county’s top prosecutor since January 2011.Warshaw, 50, a Middle­town resident, declined to comment when contacted.He has been with the prosecutor’s office since 1986. Over the course of his career, he has been head of the office’s Environmental Crime Unit, and from 1995-2006 he was director of the Major Crimes Unit.In 2006, Luis A. Valentin, then the county prosecutor, appointed Warshaw as the first assistant prosecutor, a post he held until Christie decided to not reappoint Valentin, a Democrat, as prosecutor for another five-year term. Christie then nominated Warshaw as prosecutor in November 2010, with the state Senate voting on Jan. 25, 2011, to confirm his appointment by consent.He was sworn in on Jan. 31, 2011, taking over the position as the county’s highest ranking, non-elected law enforcement official, for an office that oversees approximately 15,000 cases annually, and has a staff of 50 lawyers, 80 detectives and support staff numbering more than 150.Warshaw’s former colleague, Robert Honecker Jr., who had been the first assistant prior to Warshaw, offered his unequivocal en­dorsement. “Pete Warshaw will make an excellent judge,” Honecker said this week. “He is well-schooled in the law and has the perfect temperament to ensure justice in the courtroom.”It remains uncertain how long it will take the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on the nomination and then send it to the full Senate for final approval.last_img read more

New County Fire Marshal Named

first_imgBut Colts Neck Deputy Mayor Frank Rizzuto, also president of Colts Neck Fire Company 1 and a captain in the Long Branch Police Department, spoke up for Migliaccio. He said that when Migliaccio led the public works department in Long Branch, “his logistics abilities were unsurpassed.” “We were pleased withboth of them,” he said.“There was discussion. Iknow nothing was etched instone at that time.” Freeholder Lillian G. Burry was the only member of the board to vote against Migliaccio, a rare “no” vote for any action item by the board. She said that a few months ago officials had put out a request for applicants for the job and inter viewed both men. She said Hogan was told he would get the job and that Migliaccio would be his assistant, “which was a good compromise.” “He’s a wealth of knowledge,” said Migliaccio, who has been with the office for more than 25 years. “When I joined the fire marshal’s office, he was the first one to step up to help me.” By Philip Sean Curran Of the rumors of his influence on the choice, Golden said, “I heard something about it. I don’t buy into rumors.” Deputy fire marshal Fred Migliaccio and acting fire marshal Richard W. Hogan were vying for a job previously filled by Kevin Stout, who retired. Freeholders voted 4-1 July 25 to appoint Migliaccio, even though members of the fire service around the county packed the freeholders’ work session meeting earlier in the day to support Hogan. Both men attended the meeting wearing their dress uniforms and sat on opposite sides of the meeting room. “I can’t understand how you’re not taking the best person for the job,” Cohen said. “They had two good, experienced candidates in the mix for fire marshal,” Golden said by phone July 29. “And it appears as though they went with the one that could put more time in to the position. And certainly as sheriff, we don’t run the fire marshal’s office, but we certainly will work hand in hand with whoever the new fire marshal is.” “I don’t know that,” Migliaccio said in an inter view after ward. “If you know that, that’s news to me.” After the meeting was over, some Hogan supporters privately pointed to the influence of Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, also the chairman of the county Republican Party, on the selection by the all-Republican freeholder board. Sources said Golden, who was at the freeholder meeting, supported Migliaccio for the job. Englishtown fire chief Lou Sarti, speaking during the public comment portion of the meeting, was among those backing Hogan, a man he said he has known for 38 years. He said Hogan is “going in the right direction in trying to unify the fire departments, trying to settle some of the issues with manpower, with oversight with fire departments, trying to bring them together and not keep them apart.” “He took a town that was in dire need of help and, through his department of public works, really turned what you see in Long Branch around,” he said. He said he and Hoganhave been friends and that hehopes Hogan stays with thefire marshal’s office. Hogan did not respond to a request for comment. Migliaccio and Hogan have both served as deputy fire marshals. Migliaccio, 63, is also a borough councilman in West Long Branch, served as a firefighter for 45 years in the Long Branch and West Long Branch fire departments and worked as the director of public works for Long Branch before retiring. center_img “But the point is, we supported this unanimously,” she said. Patrick Impreveduto, deputy freeholder director and liaison to the fire marshal and fire academy, said from the dais that Hogan and Migliaccio were “outstanding candidates.” Monmouth County Freeholders last week named a new county fire marshal, despite one member of the board saying officials had promised the job to the other candidate for the position. Marlboro fire chief Joe Chaplinski told freeholders he had only learned about Migliaccio’s appointment less than two days before the vote and lamented how there is “no communication from the county to local departments right now.” Jim Merriman, president of the Monmouth County Firemen’s Association, shared how, during a fire in Ocean Grove earlier this year, Hogan had showed up at midnight to offer his help. Hogan also enjoyed the support of Manalapan Mayor Susan Cohen and Deputy Mayor Jack McNaboe, who both attended the meeting. “At the end of the day, I wasn’t in the interview process,” Golden said. “I don’t run the fire marshal’s office.” “Rick has been doing a great job in the last seven months communicating,” he said. “Before that, it was a little up and down.” But just like in 2016 when Stout was named, freeholders bypassed the order of succession within the fire marshal’s office by choosing Migliaccio. As marshal, he will be paid $30 an hour for 25 hours per week. His duties include investigating fires, overseeing the county fire academy and advising fire companies, among other things. In an interview afterward,Migliaccio was asked hisview of the large turnout atthe meeting for Hogan. “It’s politics, it’s politics,”he said. “I could have donethe same thing. I tried not todo that.” Yet during the meeting,some fire officials made theircandidate preference known.last_img read more

Canada’s loss is Nelson’s gain as Malindi Elmore tops 2012 Cyswog’n’Fun

first_imgWomen’s long course second place finisher Sarah MacArthur of Calgary probably wishes she had attended the 2012 Canadian National Track and Field Championships in her hometown in late June, run onto the course during the women’s 1500 meters race, and given Malindi Elmore an extra push across the finish line.The kind gesture most likely would have knocked a second off Elmore’s winning time of four minutes, 13.58 seconds and sent the Speed River Track Club competitor to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, allowing MacArthur to register a first place finish in Nelson.Fact is had Elmore knocked that elusive second off her time she would have represented Canada in the women’s 1500 meters Monday in London instead of winning the women’s overall title at the Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun race Sunday at Lakeside Park.“I won nationals (in Calgary in June),” Elmore explained from inside the transition area at Sunday’s race, “ but the girls who finished second (Hilary Stellingwerff) and third (Nicole Sifuentes) got to go because they had (run) the Olympic standard.”Sunday’s win for Elmore came in only her third triathlon.A track specialist, the Kelowna native spent the past dozen years training for the 1500 meters.The hard work paid dividends in 2004 as Elmore represented Canada at the Summer Games in Athens. Elmore finished 32nd in Athens.In 2008, Elmore missed the standard by a minuscule .07 of a second. This year at Nationals, one simple snap of the fingers and Elmore would be in London running for Canada.“It’s been really tough,” Elmore admitted. “I put pretty much my whole life into track the last eight years.  I really felt like if I had made it to London I felt I’d do quite well.“But the Canadian standards are very stringent just to make the team.”Still admittedly a little disappointed, Elmore had decided to turn the page on her competitive career to triathlons.And at the tender age of 32 years, which is young for triathlons, Elmore hopes to better her swimming to be able to compete with the best in the sport.“My goal all year was actually to be running (Monday) in the 1500 meters in London,” said Elmore.  “So this is kind of, if I’m not there I might as well do something so I’m transitioning from being a track athlete to a triathlete. But I need to work on my swim so I can take advantage of my running strength.”“I’m at my peak age for track, but I should have a few good years ahead for triathlon because it’s an endurance sport you can do into your late 30s,” Elmore adds.Which doesn’t bode well for MacArthur and Company in the Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun women’s field.You see Elmore loves the Nelson course, maybe except for the dreaded Johnstone Road hill.So she probably will be back in Nelson a few more times to compete, and if the swim gets better, watch out Cyswog’n’Fun and watch out Canada.last_img read more

JOB VACANCY: DONEGAL SUPERMARKET LOOKING TO RECRUIT FULL-TIME STORE MANAGER

first_imgJOB VACANCY: An excellent opportunity exists in one of the North West’s most well established retailers. THE COPE are looking to expand their grocery business and we are looking to recruit a high calibre, self motivated Supermarket Manager.The successful candidate’s will be responsible for the management of a busy grocery store with full Profit and Loss accountability. Experience Required:Managerial experience in a retail environment essentialExperience of high level turnoverAbility to work with “a hands” on approach.Excellent leadership skills:Must be able to manage and develop a teamExperience in a demanding and energetic roleExperience with Profit and Loss accountability preferred Key Skills andResponsibilities:An  ability to coach, mentor,  develop and motivate the store’s teamAbility  to carry out the  company business objectivesTo have a strong work ethic and strive to be the bestTo have total commitment to the company and take ownership of the store, and have full responsibility of stock control, wastage, profit margins, employee development and customer care.The determination and self-confidence to drive sales and productivity forward  To thrive on achieving exceptional results whilst working to strict deadlines, but always leading from the frontThe ability to deliver store sales and targets and outperform the set profit and loss targetsHave excellent interpersonal skills and  have an ability to maintain high levels of customer service satisfactionTo understand commercial performance, driving sales and cost management and waste control.Conversational Irish would be an advantage but not essential.If you would like to apply for this role, please send your CV accompanied by a cover letter to [email protected] or by post to HR Department, The Cope, Main Street, Dungloe, Co. Donegal before the 15th June 2015.JOB VACANCY: DONEGAL SUPERMARKET LOOKING TO RECRUIT FULL-TIME STORE MANAGER was last modified: June 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Full timejobsnewsStore ManagersupermarketTHE COPEVacancylast_img read more

€170K funding boost for six pier and harbour communities

first_imgSix pier and harbour communities received a boost on Monday as €172,500 of government funding to upgrade and repair the areas across Donegal was announced. Darney Pier, Curransport, Inch Pier, Creevy Pier, Leharden Newbridge and Rutland Aids to Navigation will all benefit from the funding.“The works will play a valuable role in bringing these locations up to a higher standard and developing them as amenities for fishing and leisure at sea,” Minister McHugh said. The Local Authority funding programme forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marines’ 2019 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme.The Department co-funds up to 75% of the total cost of approved projects with the Local Authority providing the balance.Mr McHugh, Minister for Education and Skills, said: “These piers and harbours play a key part in supporting rural and coastal communities. The construction work will help sustain local contractors and the finished works will be vital for the development of fishing and marine activities.“With this work, we are supporting local business, helping sustainability and opening the door to more tourism and leisure options on the Wild Atlantic Way.” The following locations have been approved by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine funded Local Authority works 2019 and can be seen in more detail below. Darney Pier, Bruckless – Re-grade and re-deck the slipway, safety signage and railings – €30,000Curransport – Funding for repairs on shore for the ferry service, safety signage and railings – €45,000Rutland Aids to Navigation – Provide 1 Starboard Hand marker and light to mark submerged rock outcrops in the channel at Rutland and indicate safe access to Burtonport – €22,500Inch Pier – Repairs to structure, signage and railings – €12,000Leharden Newbridge – Improve berthing facilities, safety signage and railings – €45,000Creevy Pier – Repairs on pier deck, signage, toe rails and railings – €18,000€170K funding boost for six pier and harbour communities was last modified: April 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:harbourspierslast_img read more

Fresh produce co-op to supply Massmart

first_img19 November 2013Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti and Gauteng Agriculture MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza officially launched the Akwande food garden project outside Bronkhorstspruit, east of Pretoria, on Friday.The co-operative food garden in Sokhulumi village will soon be supplying its fresh produce to retailer Massmart, the South African subsidiary of US retail giant Walmart, under an agreement between Massmart and non-governmental organisation TechnoServe South Africa.The three-year supplier development agreement, signed last year, aims to link small farmers directly to Massmart stores.“Akwande food garden project now has a market,” Mayathula-Khoza said at Friday’s launch. “They will be selling their fresh produce to Massmart. They are going to be one of the biggest producers of tomatoes in Gauteng, if not in the country.”“As government, we are happy to see our people working together to fight poverty, unemployment and hunger through agricultural cooperatives,” she added.Akwande project manager Peter Sekwele said that although they were already selling their fresh produce to Pick ‘n Pay, Spar and Shoprite, they were excited by the government’s efforts to help them access a new market.“My colleagues and I will continue working very hard to produce more food, not only for our community, but for the country as a whole,” he said.Since the food garden was started in 2010, Sekwele said residents no longer had to travel to Bronkhorstspruit to buy tomatoes and other vegetables.“I can proudly say that we are feeding our community and we’ve created permanent jobs for 20 locals, of which 16 are women. Apart from tomatoes, we also grow cabbage and beetroot and other vegetables on our four hectares of land.”The tomatoes are grown hydroponically, which recycles water and nutrients, and also optimises space. Hydroponic tomato plants grow faster than the soil-grown plants, and their yield is greater. Plants are grown in a controlled environment without weeds, insects or soil-borne diseases.The Akwande food garden project is part of the government’s Comprehensive Rural Development Project, or Masibambisane project, aimed at creating jobs and providing support for smallholder farmers in poor rural communities.“This is a typical Masibambisane project, because government and the private sector are providing support, while the people are in charge of their own co-operative,” Nkwinti said.The project also caters for the children of the farmworkers by providing play equipment. Sekwele said: “We got the equipment so that when the mothers are busy working at the project, their kids can play.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Not Pinterested, Thanks: Get Your Own Damn Taste

first_imgadriana lee A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit I’m not sure what the motivation is for users, since they don’t earn money from the sales. I wondered if it was the cachet of being a trendsetter, so I conducted an unofficial, completely unscientific survey of a few friends.Here’s what I found: Half of them thought this was a great idea. They love sharing deals and steals anyway, and some couldn’t wait to follow certain people they know and admire. Those in the other half, however, were appalled—as if they faced the prospect of Joan Rivers’ “Bitch Stole My Look” jumping off E!’s Fashion Police and landing in their own lives. I’m with the latter group. I took MyStorey for a spin last month, and after uploading one pic—of my brand-new mid-century modern sofa—a thought flashed through my mind. I suddenly imagined my beloved sofa sitting in the homes of everyone I know. Then I pictured all of my friends and family wearing the same thing, eating at the same restaurants and living in carbon copy homes. I immediately decided not to upload another pic. My Closet Is Not Your StoreSoon, people started referring to Jane and Tanya as “the twins.” Jane wasn’t pleased. In fact, she was dying to put her foot down, but how? She was the one who first turned Tanya on to some of her favorite shops and brands. She had no idea that her friend would start mimicking her style.In itself, the notion of social network–fueled shopping—or “we-commerce”—isn’t wrong-headed. It’s not even anything new. Personal recommendations from friends have always carried more weight for consumers than slick marketing materials or promotional pushes. It also piggybacks on the same human nature that drives us to tell friends about a big clearance sale or where we got that amazing new stand mixer for half the price. But telling a friend or two about a hot discount or a fabulous purchase is different from showing all your contacts how to clone your closet or house. Some sites may want us all to feel like celebrities endorsing products, but this doesn’t appeal to everyone. Maybe that would change if everyone had bodyguards and security personnel to deal with wayward followers.  Related Posts My friends Jane and Tanya were pals. They’d known each other for five years and frequented the same social circles, in real life, as well as online. But Jane started noticing a bizarre pattern. Every time she bought a new scarf, sweater or bag, Tanya would show up a week later with the same item.Aspirations are powerful, and no one knows that better than Pinterest. It’s the secret sauce in the 3-year-old online photo pinboard’s popularity. The site’s 40 million users use it to save recipes they hope to cook, styles they want to test, or projects they’d love to try. And when it comes to sharing items from e-commerce sites, Pinterest has actually lapped social juggernaut Facebook. Adding retail to this environment would make perfect sense. Even so, Pinterest moves carefully, and wisely so. “We’re trying to do something where the average person … feels that it makes the experience better,” CEO Ben Silberman said at D11: All Things D conference last May. He explained the company doesn’t want to “commodify someone’s passions.”That same month, the site debuted “rich pins”—snippets that give extra information, such as ingredients (for recipes) and, yes, retail links for certain products or stores. But Pinterest has a key differentiating factor. Because its pins are usually aspirational, it’s not necessarily selling users’ current lifestyles. Compare that to MyStorey, a Los Angeles-based startup that turns people’s own photos into shopping portals. The network—now in the middle of a limited beta test—is like a mash-up of Flickr, Pinterest and Fab. Users share their own images (like Flickr) in a pinboard format (like Pinterest), and tag those photos with prices and retail links, so followers can buy the featured clothes, accessories and other goods (like Fab). Making money from social media is tricky business. When it comes to profiting off what people share, there’s a line between tasteful and tacky, between inspired and creepy. Although Pinterest is proceeding cautiously on this front—and with good reason—some of its knockoffs are racing to commoditize people’s lives and mementos. That’s right: We’ve hit a new stage in which people can not only share their heartfelt moments and treasured images with friends, but also turn them into shopping portals that let everyone they know copy their tastes. Looks like the line between inspired and creepy just got a little fuzzier. Bitch Stole My Look Indeed, some people go to freaky extremes, both offline and on. Anecdotes about Facebook stalking have become cautionary tales—there’s even a WikiHow for dealing with it—and now LinkedIn stalking has been getting attention. Add the allure of a social network that puts users’ lives on sale, and we could have a nation of Jennifer Jason Leighs going all Single White Female on people. Once again, I shudder. The Right Way To Share Social RetailI urged Jane to have a heart to heart with her friend and gently tell her what she was feeling. And Jane succeeded in getting her point across. Tanya eventually found her own style. Actually, it belonged to a local boutique a neighbor turned her on to. She started buying whole outfits as they appeared in its window. That’s not to say retail and social networking don’t make for a great partnership. In fact, a few sites are actually getting it right. Fab, for instance—which just dropped its “Hurry now!” flash-sale approach in favor of letting customers follow tastemakers—works because it’s a store first and a social site second. In a similar vein, Fancy, which positions itself as more of a wish list, also manages to sell products without selling people’s personal memories, mementos and special moments. There are no photos of baby’s first steps visually marred by price tags promoting retail links for that adorable rattle or bib. The retail industry is finding its legs in this new social media-driven world. Meanwhile, social sites are clearly experimenting with ways to turn a profit. I have no doubt they will figure it out. I just have no idea if they’ll be able to do it without turning the act of “sharing” into a tacky pursuit powered by wannabes and followers, or creeping people out in the process. As for my friends Jane and Tanya, they remain friendly, though they’re not as close as they used to be. But I learned something from their situation: There’s a difference between admiring someone’s taste and ripping it off. I have fingers crossed that this social distinction will survive social media and its push for monetization. Feature image courtesy of MyStorey. Image of identical toys/figurines courtesy of Flickr user Thom. Images of Fashion Police and Single White Female screen captured from YouTube via E! Entertainment and movieclips, respectively.  Tags:#retail#social Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more