TheLoop21.Com Partners with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc. and have collaborated to launch “2010 Economic Survey of Black America,” an online survey which will aim to assess the consumerism of Black Americans. You can read more about it here.

Social and economic empowerment is endemic to the mission of many Black Greek organizations. Partnering with a Black Greek-letter organization may likely help to ensure participation and engage Black low-wage earners, collegians and professionals.

Participants will be asked questions relevant to local and global economic status as well as subsequent fiscal impact as well as be eligible for prizes and giveaways.

The survey will launch at April 9 and continue through April 23rd.


Facebook Adds Photo Album Feature to Its Arsenal

Facebook continues to reinvent itself by adding new features to attract personal and business users to the popular social networking site. Facebook recently added a new group component, Community Pages to the mix. You can read it about it here.

Facebook’s latest acquisition, Divvyshot is certain to be a popular goodie. Divvyshot is a San Francisco based, barely one-year old start-up which provides an online photo album service. Divvyshot allows multiple users to upload pics and create a single photo album organized around a single event or subject.

For example, personal users who are the family shutterbugs this will be a bonus. Everyone taking pictures at a family event, say ‘Grandma’s 80th Birthday Party’ can upload pictures to that specific album on Facebook; thereby creating a photo hub to which others can contribute.

Divvyshot is expected to make the move by June.

CaringBridge: Charitable Technology

A critical illness of a friend or loved one is difficult. I experienced my parents journey through their health crisis many years ago.

Keeping family and friends connected is an important healing component. As a caregiver for my parents, I knew how difficult it was  to keep everyone updated. I also knew how important it was for my parents to know that people were thinking of them through a difficult time. is a charitable nonprofit organization which provides free and user-friendly websites to persons challenged with a critical illness, treatment or recovery. The author creates a website which includes a Patient Care Journal to write entries to update family and friends, a guestbook for visitors to post words of support and a photo gallery to upload pictures.

You can also print a copy of an entry or the entire journal. provides a technological tool for the ill, family and friends to share the experience with simplicity and accessibility.

Check it out. You can see works it works here.

Facebook Latest Feature: Community Pages

What do you do with those inbox cluttering, frequently annoying and occasionally funny unofficial Facebook Fan Pages like “Intelligent, classy, well-educated women who say “F*ck” a lot” or any page that begins with “I bet I can find…”? Well, there is a new Facebook app for that, Facebook Community Pages.

Facebook has created a new page application to corral those frivolous, sentimental and casual-friendly groups. With this latest feature, Facebook is attempting to keep the “official” pages under the control of the appropriate owners and administrators. It will also manage any unofficial page that exceeds a defined limit of fans.

You can read more about Facebook’s latest add-on in an article from Mashable.

So…Sharon™ Twitter List of Black Media

Since joining Twitter I have amassed a list of Black Media.

This list is a compilation of Black broadcast, print, and radio professionals as well as bloggers and practitioners of social media who are on Twitter.

This is a continuous work in progress and is by no means complete.

Is Facebook A Friend Or Foe of the Class Reunion?

This summer my alma mater will celebrate the graduating class of 1985; I will have my 25th high school reunion. I attended The Buffalo Seminary, a small, private school for girls. There were approximately 30 girls in my graduating class and 120 enrolled girls that year. It was a small school indeed!

The utterance of “high school reunion”  can often result in an assortment of emotions and memories, particularly with such a milestone event like the 25th anniversary class reunion. A few weeks ago the class leader assigned to organize our upcoming reunion asked me if I would help her plan and the event. I said yes. My situation may be unique; our school has always fostered an environment that encouraged the girls to nurture and value friendships long after we departed from the school’s hallowed hallways. I also liked the girls in my class and I enjoyed high school so the thought of attending my reunion does not induce nausea or anxiety as it might for some people. Besides, Facebook has allowed me to network and reconnect with alumnae, faculty and staff.

Nonetheless, I began to wonder, how has Facebook impacted the American custom of the “class reunion”?

The emergence of Facebook has made reminiscing with classmates about the “good old days” immediate and convenient. Many people have “friended” former classmates and alumni on Facebook. Status updates, wall posts and photo uploads allow people to keep in touch and stay abreast of the personal lives of former school pals. Let’s face it, some of us read about the professional and familial comings and goings of old classmates on a daily basis. Not only do you know their career paths and family statuses, in some instances you have likely read about daily culinary experiences as well as the language and physical developments of their children.

It is no longer necessary to wait until the class reunion to ask, “So, what have you been up to since graduation?” If you are on Facebook, you probably already know.  Has the practicality of Facebeook diminished the need or desire for a class reunion?

The social networking site has certainly simplified the task of finding a schoolmate.  Digitized photos can be fun or humiliating to look at. Today you may have have less hair, grayer hair, or a few wrinkles. Hopefully your skin has cleared up, you still have your own teeth and if you can still wear any clothing item from your senior year you deserve a medal.  Nonetheless, Facebook has spawned new life to the 20th century Baby Boomer and Generation X graduating high school classes.

So, are you more or less inclined to attend your high school class reunion in spite of the Facebook virtual reality of “Class of 19??”

How To Be A Good Buffalo News Online Reader Commenter

At the online journalism panel discussion, an audience member asked Brian Connolly, Web Editor for The Buffalo News, what is the Buffalo News doing to manage racially incendiary comments posted by readers?

That was a good question. Mr. Connolly acknowledged the reader comment policy outlining guidelines posted beneath each article, the availability for readers to “flag” comments that are inappropriate and the presence of news staff responsible for swift deletion of inappropriate material.

The Buffalo News is doing its very best to monitor inappropriate responses.

Reader comment moderation is a challenge online news and bloggers are continuously faced with. Each online outlet regulates the comments of its readers but no one follows a universal set of rules. For the most part, comment moderation is determined at the discretion of the online news outlet and blogger.

With that being said, I think a few tips on “How to Be A Good Buffalo News Online Reader Commenter ” are necessary. I’m not kidding.

The framework of online newspapers, webzines and blogs promotes social exchange and discourse. I am an enthusiastic advocate for community cyber activism, blogging and new media usage.

I am not an advocate for cyber user/comment thuggery.

Before you can write you have to learn to read and comprehend.

Here are a few tips for The Buffalo News Online Reader Commenter.

1. Please read the article carefully. Look up words you don’t understand.

2. Keep the dictionary window open at all times. Also, use spell check.

3. Don’t write in slang or what you perceive to be “street talk” or ‘hood speak.

4. Please make a point; add something to the conversation not just a snarky response. Seriously, don’t just post a wise-ass comment. Save it for open mic at the comedy club.

5. Don’t blame EVERYTHING on President Obama, Mayor Brown, Black people or the East Side of Buffalo.


Dear Buffalo News, please forward this to Albert. Thanks.