Category Archives: Social Networking

Fundraiser for Tokay football player

On Saturday, our story mentioned that the Tokay Tigers played Friday’s game in honor of senior Andrae Sanchez, who had gone to the UC Davis medical center the previous night to begin chemotherapy due to a malignant tumor. Here’s the flyer – sent to us on Twitter – for a fundraiser for Sanchez:  

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You may have noticed a drastic change in The Record’s mobile site over the past 24 hours. Gone is the basic white background and article-only format. We replaced our original mobile site, built in 2009, with a new version on Tuesday. From a user standpoint, the new site is more appealing, easier to use and […]

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Going live

We work to update the website constantly with new stories, videos, photos and interactive projects. It’s not uncommon for us to be working on more than one project at a time. The website demands it. But we are usually tied to our desk computers. We don’t have a fancy news microwave truck to transmit […]

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Facebook and death

I’ll start this post with a sad fact: I’ve learned of two friends’ deaths from Facebook. The first was when Facebook was in its infancy and not that many people used it. I had just graduated from college when someone wrote a post on their wall saying the name of the person followed by “RIP.” […]

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Joleen Ruffin moves on from Tracy Island

It’s with some sadness I received an email announcement this week from Joleen Ruffin, the voice and motivation behind, saying she’d be turning over the site to someone new. Ruffin, top center, started the social networking site, utilizing the platform, in May 2009. I did a story on her in July 2010. As […]

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Diffusion of innovation theory (or why I’m not excited about Google+)

I remember my Motorola Razr phone. It was sleek, stylish and small. It was a step in the right direction from my little cell phone that didn’t flip and, despite the keypad being locked, randomly called people on speed style. It was silver. Small (still the smallest phone I’ve owned). And it took me forever […]

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Tweeting bin Laden’s demise

My colleague Kevin W. Hecteman passed on a link to me on Facebook this morning about the man who “unknowingly” tweeted the United States-led operation that lead to the death of Osama bin Laden. Sohaib Athar is now getting a lot of attention now. He continues to share photos, video and insight into the operation. […]

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Twitter, Facebook and doughnuts

Most avid doughnut lovers living in a 30-mile radius of March Lane know by now that Krispy Kreme, the national doughnut chain, is reopening its Stockton store on Nov. 16. We reported on both the closing of the location in 2007 and the announced reopening. And I’ll be out on Nov. 16 braving the cold […]

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Intention behind ‘I like it on…’ meme good, but message unclear

Frequenters of Facebook will remember a period at the beginning of Oct. 2009 when it seemed everyone on the social networking site was proclaiming their favorite color. “Blue!” “Purple” “Green” “Nude…” It went a little something like the above. People would log into their Facebook accounts and publish the color of a certain undergarment in […]

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Scholarship established in memory of Tracy teen

I’ve interviewed Mike Pihlman, owner and founder of Altamont Cowork (formally Tracy Virtual Office), as a source in a couple stories in the past year or so. I knew him first on Twitter and then I met him – and several others from south county – during a TweetUp held at his 11th Street office […]

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