The Chewbacca lady is having quite the week. Not only was she given the songify treatment from The Gregory Brothers, she also visited James Corden, for a very special carpool trip with another well-known Star Wars fan: JJ Abrams.
Texas worship leader Candace Payne became an unlikely Internet star after posting a video to Facebook Live that showed the complete and utter joy resulting from wearing a Chewbacca mask purchased from the Kohl’s department store.
The original clip has been viewed more than 140 million times, making it the most popular video on the Facebook Live platform. It was really only a matter of time before the autotune wizards converted the moment into a pop song.
It’s been a crazy few days for Candace Payne. Last week, she became one of the most famous people on the Internet: Her Facebook Live video, which featured her uncontrollably laughing while wearing a Chewbacca mask, has been viewed more than 137 million times in the last five days. Since then, she’s doneinterviews around the world, and has officially become the creator of the most popular video on the Facebook Live platform.
This Sunday, she visited the Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s Regional Fine Arts event, and said she believes there is a bigger purpose to her unexpected fame. Payne, who is also a worship leader, told the crowd,
When I was 16, I had a vision and dream from the Lord about my future about being used for His glory. I didn’t understand the interpretation of it. I still, to this day, at 37 years old try to figure that dream out. That dream has never left my heart, nor my mind, nor the way that I walk and follow Jesus.
Payne, who is also a worship leader, spoke about the joy of finding the mask and posting the genuinely funny video, and how she hopes she can help others use their platform to bring people closer to God.
She told the congregation of young people to overcome their own creative restlessness by being willing to wait on God:
I know that God has gifted me in many different areas, and sometimes I wake up and feel like I’m a jack of many trades, and a master of none, because I have that creative buzz in me constantly going … [What] I would tell myself at your age is this:
It doesn't matter how talented, how anointed, how gifted, how passionate or how willing you are if you're not fit to do the things that God has called you to do. And that is spiritually fit. The thing that will take you further and further in the Kingdom of God is three things: Diligence. Be diligent in the work of the Lord.
Patience. Have those moments where you stop and wait upon the Lord. Don't rush into ministry or a good opportunity because it looks shiny. Wait for the voice of God to direct you.
And then the third thing, it's the biggest thing. If I could get to my 16-year-old self, is have obedience. When He tells you move, move."
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants conservatives to know he’s heard their concerns surrounding allegations that the site suppresses content because of a political bias. Though, he still acknowledges there is mistrust among conservatives.
He has released a statement, thanking a group of conservative leaders for taking the time “to talk about how we can make sure Facebook continues to be a platform for all ideas across the political spectrum.” The meeting—in which Zuckerberg personally invited more than a dozen conservatives to Facebook headquarters—came following an explosive report in Gizmodo that contractors in charge of selecting “trending” news routinely suppressed stories from conservative sources.
Facebook initially denied the allegations of political bias, but the revelations drew major concerns about how editors were selecting topics to include among stories that many users assumed were organically trending. Leaked guidelines showed that certain topics could even be blacklisted.
Silicon Valley has a reputation for being liberal. But the Facebook community includes more than 1.6 billion people of every background and ideology -- from liberal to conservative and everything in between.
We've built Facebook to be a platform for all ideas. Our community's success depends on everyone feeling comfortable sharing anything they want. It doesn't make sense for our mission or our business to suppress political content or prevent anyone from seeing what matters most to them.
The reality is, conservatives and Republicans have always been an important part of Facebook. Donald Trump has more fans on Facebook than any other presidential candidate. And Fox News drives more interactions on its Facebook page than any other news outlet in the world. It's not even close.
Still, I know many conservatives don't trust that our platform surfaces content without a political bias. I wanted to hear their concerns personally and have an open conversation about how we can build trust. I want to do everything I can to make sure our teams uphold the integrity of our products.
Acknowledging Silicon Valley’s liberal leaning and a distrust among conservatives about how Facebook selects content are interesting admissions. But, the fact that Zuckerberg met with the leaders could be an indication the site will work to end perceptions of bias. Discuss
Twitter may finally be changing it’s 140-character limit—sort of. A new report in Bloomberg says that Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey wants to make the platform easier to use, and is considering some changes.
The idea would be that soon, external links and media (like photos and GIFs), wouldn’t be included in the 140-character Tweet length limit.
He reportedly told investors, “We think there's a lot of opportunity in our product to fix some broken windows that we know are inhibiting growth.” Essentially, at the very most, it will give you an additional 23 characters (the point at which links are automatically shortened anyways) to add that final funny hashtag that really seals the deal on your punchline.
Addressing the flatlined growth, Dorsey reportedly told investors, “We think there's a lot of opportunity in our product to fix some broken windows that we know are inhibiting growth.” If there’s anything that can make Twitter the promising social media platform of the future it once was, it’s not counting that Crying Jordan image as part of your Tweet. Discuss
The future of long distance travel is being developed in the Nevada desert. This week, the company Hyperloop One successfully tested a propulsion system that could one day power passenger pods during trips. Billionaire Elon Musk’s longterm vision is that the pods will be able to levitate inside of a high-tech tube at more than 700 MPH, and the latest test shows that it may be possible. The Hyperloop One team was able to accelerate a sled to 100 MPH in four seconds.
Though there are still a lot more tests that need to be done before any sort of Hyperloop is close to functional for actual passengers, CEO Rob Lloyd remains optimistic. In a statement, he said, "We can assure you that we’re the one company that’s ahead of all the others in executing on this vision.” It’s a vision that could revolutionize the way people travel between major cities.
They hope that in the near future, a trip between Los Angeles and San Francisco would take just 30 minutes. And, it does all of this producing zero carbon emissions. The future is now. Discuss
You now have a new reason to watch the Webby Awards. Nick Offerman, ironically, a man famous for playing a character who hates most forms of modern technology, will host the annual ceremony when it streams live from WebbyAwards.com on May 16.
Aside from Offerman’s signature deadpan delivery, this year’s ceremony will feature a wide range of winners recognized for a variety of contributions to online culture. The founders of #BlackLivesMatter, Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza, won the award for “Social Movement of the Year”; Jessica Alba will be honored for “Entrepreneur of the Year”; Making a Murder takes home the award for “Film & Video Breakout of the Year”. Other big winners include The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Weeknd, The Onion, Lena Dunham, the 99% Invisible podcast and a bunch of others.
You can go here to see a full rundown of this year’s Webby Winners and learn more about the show. Discuss