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The Popcorn Challenge by COOKIE POP and CANDY POP & RSF via 360 MAGAZINE.

The Popcorn Challenge

SNAX-Sational Brands’ COOKIE POP and CANDY POP Launches “The Popcorn Challenge” Initiative Benefitting Ryan Seacrest Foundation, With Live Social Media Kick Off By Lance Bass Ahead Of #GivingTuesday For Annual #SnackGiving Initiative

The Popcorn Challenge: Riverdale’s Hart Denton, Elysee Sanville, Caroline D’Amore, Joel Michaely, Bobby Kennedy III and many more

On November 17th, Cookie Pop and Candy Pop by SNAX-Sational Brands Group hosted the official launch party for The Popcorn Challenge #Snackgiving initiative to benefit the Ryan Seacrest Foundation at Hotel Ziggy in Los Angeles, raising funds for the Seacrest Studios Children’s Hospital network nationwide. Featured DJ sets by Riverdale star Hart Denton, Caroline D’Amore and Ryan Kenney with brand partner Who Has it?

Ahead of #GivingTuesday, the annual global generosity movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world, SNAX-Sational Brands is thrilled to launch its annual #SnackGiving campaign to raise funds for the Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF), this year in the form of the ‘The Popcorn Challenge.’ Focused across social platforms such as TikTok and Instagram, The Popcorn Challenge officially launches today, November 15th, and is aiming to engage users and consumers for an interactive giving initiative. On #GivingTuesday, November 29th, Ryan Seacrest will release his very own video in support of The Popcorn Challenge, as Cookie Pop and Candy Pop continue to challenge followers across social media to engage in the promotion through December 15th, 2022 to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation.

The Challenge: From November 15th to December 15th, specifically, the brand is challenging participants to try and catch as much popcorn in their mouth as possible in 10 seconds. To win, the contestant must post a video attempting the challenge for a chance to win a free case of Candy Pop and Cookie Pop popcorn. The grand winner will receive $1,000 and be chosen at random, and 20 other recipients will win a year of popcorn delivery of their flavor choice from the extensive portfolio of popular brands, plus a Who Has It Holiday VIP Gift Box.  The brand will be picking these 20 lucky winners attempting the tasty task with bonus points to those challenging their friends to take on the feat, for the case delivery!  Even unsuccessful attempts will qualify! SNAX-Sational has also partnered with Who Has It? Unboxing company, as their official The Popcorn Challenge partner. Bobby Kennedy III will once again be producing the video content for this holiday initiative.

Challenge Link: Cookie Pop Candy Pop IG Reels Launch Link

Popcorn Challenge Directions To Enter:

  1. Post a video (stories, reels or static) attempting ‘The Popcorn Challenge’ and tag @cookiepop_candypop and @ryanfoundation between Nov. 15th – Dec. 15th.  
  2. (Invite @cookiepop_candypop to be a collaborator if on IG)
  3. Include hashtags: #snackgiving #snacktogive #popcornchallenge #cookiecandypop #ryanfoundation #givingtuesday
  4. Make sure to use the music “Popcorn Challenge!”

SONG: Custom Song created by Bobby Kennedy III for the challenge is available on Apple Music, IG and TikTok, called “Popcorn Challenge,” and users can share it as they go. 

Visit and follow @CookiePop_CandyPop to learn more #SnackGiving 

In 2019, Candy Pop and Cookie Pop unveiled its exciting relationship with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF), a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives. RSF’s primary initiative is to build Seacrest Studios, within pediatric hospitals for patients to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media. Aimed to inspire today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives, The Ryan Seacrest Foundation has built 11 state-of-the-art broadcast media centers, named Seacrest Studios, in children’s hospitals across the U.S., with three more slated to open within the next calendar year. Their newest additions will open in 2023 at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital (Memphis, TN) and Cohen Children’s Medical Center (Queens, NY). 

We are excited to team up with SNAX-Sational Brands for another year,” shares Meredith Seacrest, Executive Director & COO for RSF. “Their support is helping us build multiple new Seacrest Studios in pediatric hospitals, while continuing to bring entertaining and uplifting experiences to patients in our existing 11studios.”

We are so thrilled to launch the Popcorn Challenge in support of the incredible efforts of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. Giving back is a continuous mission of SNAX-Sational Brands. We are honored to work with such an incredible nonprofit. We are so excited for this holiday season, kicking off with the Popcorn Challenge initiative.” – Adam Cohen, Chief Marketing Officer, SNAX-Sational Brands Group

The Ryan Seacrest Foundation’s focus on helping children is such a noble mission. I was extremely excited to team up with Cookie Pop and Candy Pop with RSF again this year on The Popcorn Challenge ahead of Giving Tuesday. Being a father of two young children, the work of Ryan and the RSF team, and their impact on the Children’s Hospital patients, really hit home and what they do is incredible.  Looking forward to our viral campaign bringing them the attention they deserve and creating excitement for the children and their families.” – Bobby Kennedy III, his most recent film – Fear & Loathing in Aspen – is based on the story of Sheriff Hunter S. Thompson and the 1970 election.

Influencer and talent guests in attendance included Ashlee Keating, Anastasia Nova, Bobby Kennedy III, Carson Leuders, Caroline D’Amore, Chloe Adona, Courtney Revolution, Bleach, Bryan Robinson, David Lee, Ryan Kenney, Dorien Wilson, Elissa Kapneck, Elysee Sanville, Fabian Arnold, Hart Denton, Jarry Lee, Jackson Dollinger, Joel Michaely, Julian Lerner, Katja Glieson, Lindsey Shaw, Loreen Hwang, Mckenki Brooke, Reif Harrison, among many others as well as Snax-Sational Brand CMO and resident snack expert, Adam Cohen. The challenge kicked off with Lance Bass, (Instagram linked here: LINK to Lance Bass Social Kick Off),  on social media on November 15th and will continue until December 15th.

Guests at the fete snacked on Cookie Pop and Candy Pop popcorn in all of their popular flavors including OREO®, TWIX®, CHIPS AHOY!®, Butterfinger®, Sour Patch Kids®, Nutter Butter®, Snickers® and M&Ms Minis® to participate in the Inaugural Popcorn Challenge,  along with Special Edition Holiday Popcorn Flavors Cookie Pop Iced Gingerbread and Candy Pop Peppermint Hot Chocolate  

Attendees also enjoyed specialty cocktails highlighted by Sour Patch Kids and OREO crumble garnishes, and beverages including Star Beer, PassionTree Hard Seltzer, Gancia Sparkling Rose, Caliwater cactus water, NUE vodka and El Cristiano Silver Tequila. Hotel Ziggy served up delicious appetizers such as Mac N Cheese Balls, Fried Chicken Sliders, Beef Sliders, french fries and brick oven pizzas.

Multiple stations and activations welcomed guests, encouraging them to participate in The Popcorn Challenge, from Ziggy’s Backbeat music lounge, Ziggy’s living room, 4th floor recreation lounge, patio and pool area. Oversized popcorn floats and human-filled popcorn balls filled the pool, while 360 booths, popcorn walls, and create your own content stations were at every turn. Who Has It? was on hand to give guests their custom VIP popcorn boxes featuring the Cookie Pop and Candy Pop holiday flavors.

A portion of the proceeds of all retail sales and e-comm sales of all flavors will support the Ryan Seacrest Foundation during the holiday season, benefiting their Seacrest Studios within children’s hospitals across the United States. National retail partner It’Sugar, which features the entire Cookie Pop and Candy Pop flavor portfolio, will also be donating proceeds from the Special Edition Holiday Flavors to the Foundation through December 15th.

The two special seasonal flavors are inspired by signature holiday treats and desserts – Frosting, Gingerbread Cookies, Peppermint Candies and Hot Chocolate. The indulgent combinations of Iced Gingerbread and Peppermint Hot Chocolate, combined with Cookie Pop and Candy Pop’s delicious non-GMO popcorn, makes for the perfect holiday season snack offering to family and friends. AND, it remains guilt-free at only 150 calories per serving. Shop at 

SNAX-Sational Brands’ premiere power duo Cookie Pop and Candy Pop, continues to be the innovative popcorn snacking leader combining everyone’s favorite things -ready-to-eat popcorn featuring America’s cookie and candy favorites, yielding the perfect, must-have snack creation. The better-for-you-snack is made 100% in the U.S. with non-GMO corn, is low in sodium and only 150 calories per serving. The popular, low-calorie, cookie or candy-coated line was named a “Top 20 Snack” by Buzzfeed and continues to garner attention amongst consumers, media and celebrities, from Cardi B. to Lance Bass to Kevin Hart to Mario Lopez, Foodgod, Giuliana Rancic,  Kourtney Kardashian, Ashley Greene and Lucy Hale, among many more.


SNAX-Sational Brands Group premiere popcorn brands, Cookie Pop and Candy Pop, are composed of the popular Cookie Pop and Candy Pop varieties. Since its debut, it has become America’s #1 popcorn brand, featuring flavors such as Cookie Pop with OREO®, Cookie Pop made with CHIPS AHOY!®, Candy Pop made with TWIX®, Candy Pop made with SNICKERS®, Candy Pop made with M&M’s® Minis, Candy Pop made with Peanut M&M’s®, and their latest flavors, Cookie Pop made with NUTTER BUTTER® and Candy Pop made with SOUR PATCH KIDS®, and now their two new proprietary original holiday flavors, Candy Pop Peppermint Hot Chocolate and Cookie Pop Iced Gingerbread. They are the leader in the industry as a sweet & savory pioneer, combining delicious signature candy flavors and cookie coatings with low-sodium, non-GMO corn, at only 150 calories per serving. The combination has become the go-to snacking item at both Hollywood premieres and at-home movie watching. With retail partners such as Walmart, Hy-Vee, Sam’s Club, Costco, Kroger, Food4Less, Five Below, and Stater Bros., the brand continues to debut their latest licensed varieties. Follow @CookiePop_CandyPop #CookiePop #CandyPop on social media for news and updates, and visit the brand’s all new website inclusive of their e-commerce shop online at


The Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education-focused initiatives. RSF’s first initiative is to build broadcast media centers — Seacrest Studios — within pediatric hospitals for patients to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media. Founded in 2009, RSF currently has Seacrest Studios at hospitals in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Nashville, Orange County, Philadelphia, Orlando and Washington D.C., with Memphis, TN and Queens, NY opening in 2023.

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SNAX-Sational Brands partnered with The Anton Eye to bring this digital marketing platform to life and The Influence to produce the Los Angeles launch event on November 17th and lead the PR Campaign. 

The Anton Eye is a Creative Agency focused on strategic content development. The Anton Eye is a Creative Content Agency specializing in marketing solutions built around high-quality media and a ground-level understanding of our client’s needs and vision. From launching shoestring startups to breathing new life into established brands, or large-scale concepts and productions, our diverse, attentive, and experienced team can tackle any situation, big or small.| @theantoneye

The Influence is a global events, public relations, brand partnership and influencer marketing agency with headquarters in Los Angeles. They are skilled with strategic brand integrations and leveraging these partnerships into turnkey media campaigns and integrating key influencer engagement to garner brand awareness. |@theinfluence

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Tips to Balance High School Studies and Your Social Life

Being in high school can make it difficult to achieve a balance between school and your social life. 

For instance, you may like to spend more time with friends or you might feel guilty for socializing at all. 

Instead of allowing everything to stress you out, you can make life easier with a few helpful tips.

1. Find a Spot to Study

While you might feel like curling up in your comfortable bed to study, this could make you lazy. Having a place to study away from your bedroom can help you stay motivated to do homework and study for tests. 

Consider studying at your school library, a computer lab, a public library, a coffee shop, or finding another place for inspiration. 

Heading to a library can be a great idea because you’ll have peace and plenty of books. You could even ask a friend or two to join you if you’d rather not be alone.

2. Stay Focused

Worrying about an approaching math test can make it harder to stay focused on enjoying the moment you’re currently in. It can give you anxiety or leave you feeling frustrated. 

Rather than worry, try to stay focused on what you’re doing. 

For example, by focusing on doing your homework, you’ll be more likely to gain valuable knowledge and improve your grades. 

In other words, you’ll get a lot more done and be able to take pleasure in every moment. 

Yoga and meditation or breathing exercises are a few ways to calm a restless mind.

3. Create a Schedule

Although having a schedule may seem to hold you back, it can increase your productivity and life satisfaction. 

You can use an academic planner or scheduling app to create blocks of time for school, homework, and other tasks you know you need to get done. After this, fill in the remaining blocks with fun extracurricular activities and time with friends.

4. Avoid Procrastination

Procrastination can stop you from achieving your goals and dreams. 

Indeed, you could take excessive time while you overthink every detail. At the end of the day, you may realize you could have avoided a bunch of problems if you didn’t digress so much. 

By committing to finishing your homework and other deadlines early, you’ll be able to have extra time to have fun.

5. Do Your Best

You might feel the pressure to be perfect. But remember, this feeling only makes matters worse. 

Do your best and don’t worry about the results too much. Be kind to yourself and be proud of what you’ve accomplished, little as it may seem. 

But if you feel like your best still isn’t enough, consider getting advice for high school students from Writers Per Hour. This company can help you with your homework if you’re struggling with any particular subject and unable to find a good tutor.

6. Seek Support if Necessary

Whether you have a disability or don’t have the slightest idea how to use the latest technology, getting help can be the smartest idea ever. 

For starters, you could talk to a career counselor at your school, speak to a teacher, or see a tutor if you’re struggling with homework. 

Many teachers would likely be happy to talk with you about your problems.


As a final point, achieving a balance between life and going to high school can be a challenge. 

But with a positive mindset and focus on your goals, you can overcome any difficulties. If you need more help, talk to a friend or a family member in times of distress.

Five Proven Ways To Get More People To Follow Your Social Media Accounts

Do you know how many people use social media daily? Over 4.41 billion people are projected to use social media by 2025. Yet, having a large following can benefit you and your business. It takes time and attention to grow a brand, and social media is a way of connecting with people. Still, people use social media for various reasons. 

Still, one can get a large following from social media and grow their page if they simply purchase Outlook accounts. On the other hand, one has to be intentional about their brand, and their social media account represents them. 

However, the content posted should benefit the audience. You need to be more specific about your audience to engage them well with your brand. Yet, this could be done in various ways. With the proper steps, it is possible to grow your social media accounts

If you are curious about growing your social media accounts with an engaging audience, this guide is for you.

Make Sure Your Account is Public and Easy To Find

Firstly, you must know the best platforms for your business. However, you can optimize your other social media accounts. After having a solid brand identity, your account must be easy to find. Then, make use of the same handles. By this, it is easier for people to find you. Make sure people can find you in search engines. 

Also, ensure a good professional photo and design are uploaded. Still, add a direct link to your websites and other social media profiles. Test the link to ensure that it is working.

Post-Great Content Regularly

People are attracted to good content. Hence, you need to post engaging content on your social media accounts. Your followers should be willing to share your posts. You don’t need to post just for posting’s sake. Make sure each post has an objective. Still, each post should connect with your audience. Use words your audience responds to.

Nevertheless, you don’t need to sound robotic. Let your posts be engaging. Yet, you can run surveys and polls to know what your audience likes most. You can also tell by the number of engagements your different posts get. Still, you could post content in the form of opinions, news, and trends.

Use Hashtags Relevant To Your Niche 

Hashtags help you get noticed. It draws attention from people who are not following you. Still, using hashtags relevant to your niche is suitable for your posts. How can you do that? Firstly, you should know the meaning of any hashtag before use. Still, you want to use the one relevant to your niche.

Also, choose less competitive hashtags. Choose specific ones. This helps you to stand out. Yet, more people will discover you. You can also use brand-specific hashtags. This is related to your brand. It makes your post distinct.

Interact With Other Users Frequently

When you interact with other users, they will likely follow you in return. However, you can do this by replying to comments on your posts. The idea is to engage your followers actively and let them feel your presence.

Still, you can follow other brands that look like your niche. For example, consider brands with similar audiences. Follow relevant brands. Don’t follow your competitor. Still, you can check their posts. You can share their posts and write good comments on their page.

Be active in your posts by posting questions and answers. This will help you create good connections with your users. Nevertheless, your audience will feel your presence.

Promote Yourself Shamelessly (But Tastefully)

Self-promotion is good as long as it is done in a good way, and it must be done to build your brand. Yet, your social media accounts need to grow, and you can do cross-promotion, which is an excellent strategy to grow your accounts. 

Yet, you can do this by driving traffic from one platform to another—for example, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You can include a link to other handles at the end of each post. Still, you can add your links to your email signatures. This makes it easier for people to follow your social media accounts. You can also promote yourself in groups. It could be community groups on Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc.  

Ten Tips to Level Up Your Social Media Game

Everyone’s on social media these days, but that doesn’t mean everyone knows how to use it. If you use social media as an outlet for your personal brand or business, or to connect with other people with shared interests, it’s crucial to learn how to level up your social media game.

Anyone can use these tips to make their profiles more popular and engaging. Reflect on your content and why you’re on social media to get started with making your online presence more successful.

1. Create a Cohesive Voice

Imagine making a friend in real life. One day, they’re passionate about discussing rock climbing techniques and the latest deals on supplies. The next day, they only want to think about how to become a five-star chef. The whiplash between personal interests would make you feel disconnected from them because you wouldn’t have a solid foundation for your friendship.

Online brands and personal accounts can have the same problem. You must create a cohesive voice to help your followers feel like they know you or your business. Specific word choices and post formatting can make that possible.

2. Pick Branding Elements

Your personal or business brand needs aesthetically pleasing elements to link your profiles. Clashing colors in a background picture or confusing images on an Instagram account are warning flags to potential followers – they’ll assume you don’t know how to operate your account.

Level up your social media game by researching aesthetic branding elements like correlating color schemes, your preferred font, and limited filters for photos. When everything looks cohesive, your followers will trust and enjoy your content more easily.

3. Recognize and Block Digital Bullies

Successful people on social media spend much of their time on their profiles. That means reading through comments to see if your followers enjoy your content and filtering through messages they might send.

Negative responses can affect your mental health and even hurt your followers. No one wants to follow a brand or influencer if hateful trolls dominate their comment sections. Bullies may also stalk hashtags and harass people sharing content, even if they don’t work with a brand or influencer.

Set virtual boundaries by recognizing and blocking digital bullies. Recent research found that it was easier to identify these bullies by matching timestamps and word choices between comments to pinpoint accounts created by a single user. You can also block anyone who’s sending hate specific to your account’s purposes or beliefs.

4. Set a Posting Schedule

Most people have experienced a common social media problem. You might find an account you love, follow it, and realize it only posts a few times a month. Maybe it posts as little as a few times per year.

No one wants to follow essentially inactive accounts. Set a posting schedule to update your feed at least two or three times per day to maintain an interactive following.

5. Post at Popular Times

Consider which social media platforms you prefer. People use them differently at various points throughout the day, which research backs up. Facebook users prefer searching their feeds in the afternoon during most weekdays but only in the evenings on Thursdays. Learning the specific times for preferred platforms will help you connect with your followers while they’re online.

It’s also in your best interest to monitor your account’s unique engagement stats to learn when your followers are most receptive to your content. Depending on their age, schedules, and the purpose of your content, they may demonstrate slightly different habits than what research predicts.

6. Focus on Core Themes

If you follow an account to learn about fitness tips, you expect to see daily content about exercising or recovery strategies. If the brand posts about a dozen other topics unrelated to fitness, you might unfollow the account because you don’t know what to expect on any given day.

Pick two or three themes to tie your content together. You’ll set a purpose for your account by narrowing down what your posts will cover. You could even divide your schedule by theme, like posting about dog content on weekdays and dog health tips on the weekends. It depends on how you want your posts to help people and when your followers are most active.

7. Compose Evergreen Posts

Shareable content is the best type of content. You’ll get more interactions with it past the original posting date because there isn’t a one-time event or subject limiting its shareability.

Consider making evergreen content that people can use throughout the year to level up your social media game. You’ll create more actionable posts that make people want to follow your accounts and share each post with their own followers.

8. Repost Your Popular Content

Social media experts learn to balance how often they post new and old content. You don’t want to post more of your old content than fresh posts because you’ll bore your audience. However, you’ll gain new followers who may benefit from topics you’ve already covered in the past.

Remember to post older topics every so often to catch your new followers up to speed. They may learn something new while the same posts remind your older followers of tips you’ve suggested in the past. As long as there’s always more new content than recycled information, you’ll find your stride in a healthy balance.

9. Write a Descriptive Bio

Making a good first impression is always essential. Although people may find your profile through one of your viral posts, they’ll likely decide to follow you after reading your profile bio.

Reflect on your current bio to see if it needs refreshing. You could use it to list a fun fact about you, the goals of your profile or business, and any links to a personal website or online shop that your followers may be interested in. Social media users will quickly understand whether they should follow you or not based on what’s interesting about your bio.

10. Remember Personal Content, Too

Unless you’re running an online business where your name and face aren’t involved in the branding, it’s good to share personal content every once in a while. You could align a personal post with your brand’s niche topics or use your account to share something from a separate personal account.

People love learning more about influencers or the geniuses behind their favorite brands. Updating followers about a new product you’re excited about developing, an industry revelation, or a personal success story will establish a personal connection that encourages followers to stick around for more content.

How to be an Influencer by Mark Rapier via 360 MAGAZINE

How to be an Influencer

To Be an Influencer, You Must Lead; to be a Leader, You Must Have Influence

What is Influence?

If you search for “how to be a social media influencer,” you will get hundreds of thousands of results.  The sources vary from marketing platform providers, educators, marketing firms, and news organizations.  They all highlight the same essential components.  This article from Forbes is an example.  The typical steps are to: Identify Your Niche, Choose Your Platform, Build Momentum, Stay Engaged, and Build Alliances.

None of them make an effort to define defines influence as:

The capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others

To understand influence, we need to break the definition down.

Capacity or Power – This is your leverage and comes in many forms.  Power comes from positions of authority.  CEOs, University Presidents, and other senior leaders set strategies and focus their teams on pursuing those objectives.  Fame and name recognition will cause people, at least in the beginning, to stop what they are doing and listen.  Expertise is another lever; Master Class is a platform that enables experts to educate and inspire.

Persons or Things – The distinction is important.  Influence always begins with people creating a product, service, or cause.  Over time and with success, a brand is formed.  Brands like Costco, NFL, and Tesla all generate a response.  A person’s name can become a brand as well.  People notice when they hear that Warren Buffett, Elon Musk, or Oprah Winfrey are interested in something.

Compelling force on or produce effects – Influence is always indirect.  Flags flutter in the wind because the wind blows; the wind influences the flag.  The butterfly effect describes the idea that small changes applied from great distances can result in major changes. 

Actions, behavior, opinions – If you cannot drive change, you do not have meaningful influence.  Getting people to try something is different from getting them to adopt something new.

At the risk of oversimplification, influencers fall into two categories – retail and cause.  When we think of social media influencers, we mostly think of retail.  These are people who promote themselves, their products, and the products of others.  This infographic shows the top influencers in this category.

Many important influencers do not start with name recognition.  They build that recognition over time.  Jane Goodall is an influencer on issues related to environmental and wildlife preservation.  She grew her influence over time based on her anthropological fieldwork in Africa.  Throughout her career, she has become a major voice in wildlife conservation.  Draymond John and Gary Vaynerchuk have turned their business successes into social influence.   There are thousands of influencers who have large followings but little name recognition.

Becoming an Influencer

With a clear understanding of what it means to have influence, you are now ready to act like a start-up CEO.  You need to make a business plan.

Identify Your Niche – You need to pick a target based on skills, experience, and passion.  In the beginning, it needs to be narrowly defined.  If automotive is your main interest, decide whether to focus on classic restorations, Formula 1 racing, repairs, safety, etc.  If fashion is your thing, are you interested in fashion shows, purses, shoes, fitness wear, or something else?  Craft brewing and distilling are popular, and thousands of social media sites are dedicated to tasting, home brewing, and cocktail mixing.  You have to be more interested and knowledgeable than the average follower.

Know Your Audience – There are several key questions to answer.  Whom do you want to influence?  Where can you find them?  Why do you believe they will be interested in what you have to say? 

Define the effect – What actions do you want people to take?  What behaviors do you want to change?  Do you want them to buy products you review, read your book, or take a trip to your favorite vacation spot?

Create a Relevance Strategy – When you launch your plan, you need to know how you plan to evolve.  To be an influencer, you need to keep people coming back.  What are the next steps in the audience’s journey?  You must understand how you and your followers will change and grow over time.

The first four steps are iterative.  As you work through the process, ask for the advice of others.  The first impressions are critical to your long-term success.  With your plan in place, you are ready for the next steps.

Choose Your Format and Platform – Some content is best suited for blogs, newsletters, and other forms of the written word.  Short-form videos are best for Instagram and TikTokYouTube is better suited for long videos.  If the spoken word is your choice, be sure to choose the podcast providers that already reach your audience.  Invest in recording and editing equipment and software.

Create Content – Create a backlog of content to establish early consistency.  Posting content on a predictable schedule makes it easy for people to get into the habit of looking for your content.  Use follower feedback to improve your messaging and identify topics for future posts.

Measure the Results – Your campaign started with the goal of influencing your followers to take action, modify behaviors, or change opinions.  If you are not meeting your goals, understand why and adjust.

Create Alliances – Once you have established your presence and have measurable results, you can build relationships with others.  You can get invitations to product launch events or sample products.  Others may repost your content to their audiences.

Social media influence is an important form of leadership.  Leadership is in all of us.  All we have to do is unlock our potential.

Mark Rapier is the Managing Director of The Rapier Group LLC.  You can follow him on LinkedIn and read his biweekly newsletter.  His book, The Leader With A Thousand Faces, (CLICK HERE to get your copy) describes the leadership journey we all experience and gives perspectives to consider before you find yourself needing the answers.

How to grow your views on YouTube Video

YouTube is a video-sharing platform. It was launched in 2005 and became the most popular video-sharing website in the world within a few years. YouTube has over 1 billion unique users per month, and over 6 billion hours of videos are watched every single day on this website. To be successful on YouTube, you must create engaging content that people want to watch repeatedly. This article will tell you how to buy youtube views.

Create Compelling Content

Creating quality content is the first step to growing your YouTube channel. You can’t just upload a video of you talking about how great and awesome you are. Nor can you upload a video of yourself teaching people how to do something they already know.

Instead, try posting videos that inform, entertain, or educate your audience. This could be anything from tutorials on how to do something useful, like building an Ikea bookshelf, or how to make a popular recipe like chocolate chip cookies. You could also make fun videos with your friends or family members that show off their talents or share funny moments from your life together. Just make sure you’re not breaking any laws or doing anything that could be considered offensive before posting it online for all the world to see!

Once you’ve created your video content, it’s time to share it with everyone! Posting videos on Facebook and Twitter is an effective way of getting your message out there; however, it’s essential not only that people see it but also that they don’t have any problems viewing it. If your video isn’t loading correctly or has poor sound/image quality, no one will want to watch it anyway!

Encourage Viewers to Subscribe

The most important thing you can do is create a video people want to watch. If you have a channel or brand, you need to make sure that your videos are good, engaging, and relevant to the audience you want to attract.

Once you’ve done that, it’s time to encourage viewers to subscribe. This is an easy way for them to get notified when new videos are posted, and it also gives them an easy way out if they don’t want to see any future content from you.

People don’t like spammy notifications from channels they don’t like, so it’s best not to be too pushy about getting people on your subscriber list at first. Just let them know that subscribing is an option if they want it later on down the road.

Create Playlists to Keep People Watching

A playlist is a series of videos that can be played automatically without user intervention. You can create playlists on YouTube by adding videos from different channels or with the same tags. The playlists will appear as a separate tab on your channel page so that viewers can access them easily.

Playlists help people discover new content on their own time and in their way. Most users don’t have time to watch all the videos on any channel; therefore, creating playlists will allow them to watch only what they want.

Promote Other Videos with End Screens and Cards

Promoting other videos on YouTube is a great way to grow your channel. You can link to your other videos, but you should consider using end screens or cards. These are two ways to promote other videos without having them take up too much screen space on your video.

An end screen is an overlay that appears when someone watches the entirety of one of your videos. The overlay shows up at the end of the video and displays a call-to-action button that links to another one of your videos. End screens can be used to promote both new and old content, so they’re a great way to get people to watch more than just one of your videos.

Cards are similar to end screens in that they appear at the end of a video, but they’re more customizable and present different options for viewers to click on. There are several types of cards available on YouTube, e.g., Playlists. These show up when someone watches the entirety of your playlists and contains links to other playlists within it or from outside sources such as SoundCloud or Spotify. They help promote related content within your channel or point viewers toward outside sources.

Add a Watermark to Your Videos

To grow your views on YouTube videos, you need to add a watermark to your videos. A watermark is a graphic placed over the top of an image or video. It can be a logo, a phrase, or any other type of graphic. Using a watermark is to lets people know who created the content. If you’re using copyrighted material in your videos, adding a watermark is essential so that other people don’t steal your work and claim it as their own. Here are some steps you can follow:

  • Make sure you have the right to use all of the images and videos in your videos.
  • Download an app like Canva or PicMonkey that allows you to create watermarks for free (or at least very cheap). Both apps allow users to upload their images or import images from Google Drive or Dropbox accounts – which means that even if you don’t have any graphics skills, you can still create professional-looking watermarks with these apps!

Promote Your Videos on Other Social Channels

Promotion is the key to growing your YouTube channel views. However, you need to know where to promote your videos and how to make them effective. Promoting your video on other social media channels is a great way to increase your views. There are several ways you can do this:

  • Link your YouTube channel on your Facebook page and Twitter profile. This will help people find your videos and subscribe to your channel.
  • Share your YouTube link on LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. If you have an active audience on these networks, they may be interested in your content and think it’s worth watching.
  • Promote your videos on other websites by sharing them with friends or posting them on forums like Reddit or Quora. If people like what they see, they’ll watch more of your videos and subscribe to follow along with any new content you release in the future.

Wrapping Up

Ultimately, the key to get more views is consistency and quality. Too many of us are in a rush to post things as soon as they are done because we want to get instant feedback. This isn’t necessarily bad, but it can certainly hurt you in the long run. If you put out good content consistently over time, the views will eventually come-the important thing is that you won’t burn any bridges.

Nicky Champa and Pierre Boo at Milan Fashion Week via 360 MAGAZINE

Nicky × Pierre

Listen to Nicky Champa × Pierre Boo discuss a hodgepodge of topics w/ Vaughn Lowery via 360 MAG Apple/Spotify podcast HERE.

Watch their complete interview on YT HERE.

Boo and Champa better known as Pierre Boo and Nicky Champa on TikTok, who have more than 10 million followers, many of them LGBTQ+ youth, tween girls, and aging moms, who love their 10-30 second videos of silly jokes, challenges, and viral dances.

They met on March 3, 2017. Each of them was looking for a role in Hollywood and Pierre was going through the process of getting over a breakup at the time. From the first moment, there was a crush. As much as Pierre wanted to take it easy with Nicky, there was no denying the connection. ”He is a very beautiful guy” adds Pierre. In fact, they are very committed to each other. And part of that commitment is sexual exclusivity.

Nicky Champa and Pierre Boo started their social media presence one year after their encounter by posting their relationship on Instagram. The reaction of the fans was immediate and stronger than expected. Soon after, the creators tapped into the potential of TikTok and created even more forms of content. They are audience skyrocketed. ‘’I think our closest supporters, our fans, they just love seeing us doing these things together. I think for many of them, we are an example of what they could have, maybe now in this moment of their lives or maybe not depending on their circumstances too which keep us going,’’ say Champa and Boo

Although they each have their own identifiers and tags, their videos are almost always the two together. According to the couple, ‘’We saw the spark when we started to post our relationship, just during covid-19, we could only post us. We are both actors in Horror Story, so we had the opportunity to be funny, to make skids.” Nicky states, ”I am American and Pierre is French so there was a dynamic between that. ” Additionally, their families participated in some of their TikTok posts. Every move they make as a couple is now watched and analyzed.

Both Boo and Champa proved that sometimes it’s hard to stay apart. What will they keep private and what will they share? We know that it is a lot of work and difficult to keep fans satisfied, especially on social platforms like TikTok as they must create new and interesting content. The couple assures that what hooks their fans about the work they do on social networks is how they show their relationship both professionally and personally. “We think our closest supporters, our fans, they just love seeing us doing these things together. I think for many of them, we are an example of what they could have, maybe now in this moment of their lives or maybe not depending on their circumstances too which keep us going… Showing our love in our relationship and social media responded great to them (fans). It is a unique thing,” says Pierre. 

What keeps them anchored in their common goal? They both dream the same thing. One person’s success is another person’s success. The public will see them as happy, successful, and sexy, together anywhere in the world.

There ToxicAF podcast can be listened to by fans on Amazon. ”It is about a conversation between Pierre and me. We just talk about everything… We talk about our relationship and how we work together for instance.” If they feel like one or the other isn’t being straightforward and honest, they bring it up to each other’s attention. In fact, they open the phone lines up so fans can call in to express their thoughts as well.

They are not influencers. They are storytellers and activists in their own right, stating that gay men are normal, lovable, and even enviable. “Showing the love we have for each other in our relationship outside of public and on social media is something that is unique.”

Did you already know Nick Champa and Pierre Boo, a gay couple who conquered the internet and were able to buy a house in Los Angeles after their success on TikTok?

In 2019, the year TikTok began to become a social platform of interest to young people, Boo and Champa decided to upload their first videos. Like most famous duos, its content was dances and challenges. Now, the love and support of the fans have allowed them to collaborate with companies such as Amazon or Spotify.

Like other famous duos, their content was challenges and dance routines. Now, the affection of the public has allowed them to collaborate with companies like Spotify and Amazon. Thanks to the income they earn through their published videos, they were given the opportunity to buy an apartment in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Article: Andrea Esteban, Vaughn Lowery

Nicky × Pierre Meet Heidi HERE.

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September Top Stories

HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel introduces Casey Brown

HBO’s REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL returns for an all-new episode on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). The series is available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.        

Casey Brown is not your typical world-class athlete. Growing up with her family completely isolated from the outside world in the New Zealand bush, Casey followed in her older brother Sam’s footsteps, becoming a professional mountain biker. While developing into one of the most accomplished bikers in the world, and pushing for opportunities for female riders, Casey’s had to cope with heartbreaking tragedy.

Correspondent Andrea Kremer reports. Producer: Jake Rosenwasser.

Börni – Overdose

Double platinum winning Swiss artist Börni is back with her third single this year called “Overdose.” After releasing the power singles “I’m Alive” and “Ghost,” Börni’s third single “Overdose” will now be released on September 23, 2022.

It is interesting that we always want what is no longer good for us in an overdose. Börni sings in the song “Overdose” about how she would be better off not giving in to what she wants. The song is about a relationship. But Börni clearly says that you have to consciously find the right measure in everything you do and want in order to be happy. For the music video, which will be released in October 2022, she got a Swiss choreographer and TikTok star in the lead role. Get your own dose of this synth-pop tune this Friday.

Queen Elizabeth II of England dies at the age of 96

On Thursday, September 8, Queen Elizabeth II died at 96, while under the supervision of doctors at Balmoral (1926-2022). According to Buckingham Palace, he will assume the sovereign title of King Charles III, and his wife, Camilla, will be known as Queen Consort.

In England, all the alarms have been raised by the state of health of Queen Elizabeth II. Buckingham Palace has released a statement in which it ensures that the doctors who treat the 96-year-old sovereign have been seen this Thursday (September 8) “concerned” about her state of health and have recommended that she remain under supervision medical.

The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The monarch passed away this Thursday, September 8, at her summer residence at Balmoral Castle, in Scotland, sheltered by her entire family close to her. Her son Prince Charles succeeds her as the king of England. The British heir, 73, assumes the throne under the name of Carlos III after the death of his mother. All flags in the UK will be flown halfway through the ten days of national mourning leading up to the funeral.

Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for 70 years, breaking all her records and celebrating her Platinum Jubilee last February.


  • Historic farewell to Queen Elizabeth II: Sep 19, 2022

The British capital is fully shielded by the presence of up to 500 heads of state and government. The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is being transferred to the state arms carriage, which waits outside the north door of the building. It will be a short route to the abbey, crossing Parliament Square and New Palace Yard.

The United Kingdom says goodbye to Elizabeth II with a funeral that will go down in history. The British country will wake up tomorrow, September 20, in a new era after today ending the national mourning for the death of the monarch with a solemn state funeral at London’s Westminster Abbey, where Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, followed by her burial at Windsor.

  • Kings and presidents: half the world attends the funeral of Elizabeth II in London: Sep 18, 2022

The impact, success, and transcendence of Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned for more than seven decades, is evidenced in the list of attendees at a funeral as was not seen in London. Hundreds of world leaders and monarchs will attend the monarch’s state funeral in London on Monday, September 19, which will be one of the largest diplomatic meetings in decades and will have Westminster Abbey as its epicenter. Although there is no “official” list of guests, invitations have been sent to those countries with which the United Kingdom has diplomatic relations to pay their respects to Elizabeth II.

  • The eight grandchildren of Elizabeth II watch over her coffin in Westminster Hall: Sep 17, 2022

The eight grandchildren of Elizabeth II, led by Prince William and his brother Harry, watched over the remains of their grandmother for 15 minutes this Saturday in the burning chapel installed in the Palace of Westminster. Additionally, King Charles III and Prince William paid a surprise visit to the long queue of people patiently waiting to pass the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II. They shook hands and said thanks in the mile-long queue near Lambeth Bridge.

  • Access to the queue for the burning chapel is temporarily closed: Sep 16, 2022

The British Government has announced that for the next six hours no one will be able to queue to enter the funeral chapel of Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster after it has reached almost 8 kilometers. With waiting times estimated at about 14 hours, the authorities had already warned of this probability due to the saturation in Southwark Park. The Government has encouraged citizens not to try to join the queue until its reopening is formally notified.

  • The queue to fire the monarch exceeds five kilometers: Sep 15, 2022

Endless queue throughout the night to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II in London. Thousands of people serenely wait their turn to enter the Palace of Westminster and pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II. The queue exceeds five kilometers and it is expected that over the days it will reach up to eight. The body of Elizabeth II arrived at Westminster after a funeral procession from Buckingham Palace. The funeral chapel has been open to the public for more than twelve hours and will remain open until 6:30 a.m. on Monday, September 19, hours before the state funeral begins, which will be attended by numerous leaders from around the world.

The big surprise among the guest list is the presence of Olena Zelenska, the wife of the President of Ukraine. She will attend the monarch’s funeral.

  • 30-hour queues to bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster: Sep 14, 2022

The remains of the monarch rest in Buckingham Palace (London), where they arrive around nine o’clock at night on Monday, September 13. There, they are being veiled in privacy. In the afternoon today, the coffin will be transferred to the Palace of Westminster where the funeral chapel will be installed so that the British people and tourists can pay their respects, just as they did in Edinburgh. People who attend will have to stand in line for up to 30 hours to say goodbye to their queen.

The cathedral of St. Giles, in Edinburgh, covers at this time a religious service in memory of the monarch. Her mortal remains have arrived there in a retinue that has slowly crossed the center of the Scottish and her children have led on foot: King Charles III, Anne, Andrew, and Edward.

Although thousands of people have already left their messages and flowers since last Thursday, September 8, at the residences of the Royal Family, this afternoon, September 12, the funeral chapel of Elizabeth II opens to the public.

  • How much do you have to pay to visit the grave of Queen Elizabeth II?

Windsor Castle, which was the final scene of the state funeral and burial of the monarch, is scheduled to reopen to the public on Thursday, September 29. A territory that will become practically a pilgrimage place for all who want to see the grave of Elizabeth II. In this way, the price to visit it will be 26.50 pounds.

Rapper Coolio, author of ‘Gangsta’s Paradise,’ dies at 59

Coolio, the Grammy-winning rapper whose biggest hit was ‘Gangstar’s Paradise‘, died on Wednesday, September 28 at the age of 59. The singer was visiting a friend in Los Angeles and went to the bathroom but did not come out, as reported by TMZ. When the friend went to check on Coolio, he found him unconscious on the ground, according to the aforementioned diary. The singer’s manager has said paramedics believe he died of cardiac arrest.

19 dead and 27 injured in an explosion at an institute in Kabul, Afghanistan

19 people have died and another 27 have been injured as a result of an explosion in an educational center in the Afghan city of Kabul, according to police sources. The victims attacked in the center of Kabul “were taking the entrance exam,” reports the Afghan Interior Ministry. “Attacks against civilian targets that demonstrate the brutality of the enemy are strongly condemned,” added the police spokesman.

Shakira is on trial again for alleged tax fraud, Spain

The judge of Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona) who manages the controversial case of tax fraud that weighs on Shakira has issued the order for the opening of oral proceedings on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, which means that the Barcelona Court will date sooner the start of the hearings that, if resolved against her, could mean a sentence of eight years and two months in prison for the Colombian singer, in addition to the payment of a fine greater than 23 million euros.

Hurricane Ian causes a trail of destruction and “catastrophic flooding” as it passes through Florida

Hurricane Ian as it passes through Florida is leaving a path of historic flooding and destruction, the worst storms in years, say those who live there. Houses turned into submarines, roofs were torn off by the wind and even firefighters are suffering the devastating consequences of Hurricane Ian. “The storm surges, the winds, and the floods are catastrophic,” as said by the National Hurricane Center (CNH). After unloading its full force, it continues its progress through that state, albeit with less power.


  • 17 people die from the passage of Hurricane ‘Ian’ in Florida

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, has announced that ‘Ian’ could be the “deadliest” hurricane in the history of the state of Florida, which has already been declared and recognized as a catastrophic area.

The Nord Stream gas leak is causing an environmental disaster in the Baltic Sea

The smoky pool of methane gas in the Baltic Sea, the result of alleged sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines, is threatening to trigger an environmental disaster, as environmental organizations and scientific experts have already begun to warn.

Methane is considered a key chemical and emitter of greenhouse gases, so the scientific community strives and works to make some kind of prediction about the effects of the triple leak in Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2.

Total blackout in Cuba due to hurricane ‘Ian’, which leaves two dead before heading towards Florida

After Hurricane Ian passed through Cuba, where it left several damages, two deaths, and the island in total darkness, it is now advancing towards the state of Florida. And she does it with more and more force. It could cause strong winds of up to 270 kilometers per hour and catastrophic flooding. Two and a half million people have been ordered to leave their homes. The time to get to safety is running out.

Ian has left two people dead in Cuba. In addition, the island has suffered a national blackout due to a breakdown in the electrical system due to Hurricane ‘Ian’ on the island, according to local authorities.

Actor Alec Baldwin could sit in the dock for the murder of Halyna Hutchins

The state of New Mexico (United States) intends to open proceedings to put American actor Alec Baldwin and three other people in the dock for the murder of Halyna Hutchins. For this, they have approved a budget item of 317.99 dollars so that the Prosecutor’s Office can present the charges.

During the filming of Rust, a firearm accident killed the director of photography and injured the film’s director, Joel Souza. After an investigation at the hands of the FBI, last August, it was shown that Alec Baldwin would have pulled the trigger against Halyna.

A plane runs off the runway with 159 passengers on board at Tocumen airport, Panama

Moments of fear and panic at the Tocumen International Airport, in Panama, after a plane (Boeing 737-800NG) with more than 150 passengers on board, left the runway amid the strong gusts of wind and rain that are shaking the country, driven by the displacement of Ian, a category 2 hurricane on its way to Florida and Cuba.

Karla Pardini, the tiktoker murdered near her home in Mexico: they called her and asked her to come out

Karla Pardini, a famous ‘tiktoker’ from Mexico, has been shot to death after receiving a phone call from a person who asked her to leave her house. The 21-year-old girl was ambushed near her residence in Culiacán on September 20. The Attorney General of the State of Sinaloa investigates and explores the crime. No one has been detained so far, according to reports.

Pardini was found dead at an intersection, at the intersection of Catédraticos and Ignacio López Rayón streets, in the Tierra Blanca neighborhood. Several testimonies claim to have seen a group of armed individuals wandering around the area before they killed the young woman.

The queue of almost 50 hours to leave Russia: the exodus by road of those who refuse to go to war

The military mobilization of the Russian population to fight in the war in Ukraine has caused border crossings to collapse. Faced with the impossibility of demonstrating due to the obstacles involved and the exhausted flights, more and more citizens are desperately trying to leave the country by road. Waiting for lines to leave Russian soil can reach around 50 hours.

Rihanna confirms her return to the stage: it will be in the Super Bowl

Rihanna will be the star of the halftime show of the next NFL Super Bowl, which will be held on February 12, 2023, in Glendale (Arizona, USA). The artist communicated this Sunday (September 25) on her Instagram account, where she has 135 million followers, an image without the text in which her hand appeared holding an NFL ball. Later, the league said in a statement that Rihanna will perform at the Super Bowl intermission.

“Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has exceeded expectations at every turn. A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever,” said rapper Jay-Z, who produces the Super Bowl show for the NFL through his company Roc Nation.

Thirteen dead, seven of them children, and dozens injured in a shooting at a Russian school

A gunman has opened fire at a school in the Russian city of Izhevsk, according to the Russian government news agency TASS. The attacker would have killed 13 people, seven of them children, and injured several people. According to the Russian Interior Ministry, the shooter would have committed suicide. The police would have found the attacker dead when he entered the school.


  • A former student dressed in Nazi symbology, author of the Russian school shooting in which 17 people have died

The death toll in the armed attack has risen to 17, as confirmed by the authorities, who have deepened that among the fatalities there are 11 minors and six adults. In addition, there are 24 wounded, 22 of them minors.

Argentina: A teenager confesses by message to have murdered her 5-year-old brother: “Mom, I killed him”

A 13-year-old teenager has admitted to having murdered her brother, a 5-year-old boy, in the town of Arroyo Seco, Argentina. The events occurred last Monday, September 19, around eight in the afternoon, when the mother of the minors, Roxana, who went to study at school at night, received a message from her daughter: “Mom, I killed him”, the young woman wrote. Faced with the horrible message, the mother raised the alarm and asked the child’s father to go check what was happening.

”The Woman King” Sets Up For Huge Box Office Run After Insanely Strong Opening Weekend, US

“The Woman King” is generating the kind of buzz — and ticket sales — that the box office desperately needs. Packed with drama, story, and action, “The Woman King” about a regiment of female warriors grossed $19 million at the domestic box office during its opening weekend, topping the $12 million Sony had forecast.

The film “opened at the high end of our expectations and appears poised for a very healthy movie run thanks to strong word of mouth,” said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at ”The Woman King” stars Viola Davis as a general who trains the next generation of warriors to fight against her enemies.

The trial of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp already has a movie. It premieres on September 30, 2022

The MarVista Entertainment studio has set to work this summer to bring this trial to the small screen, shooting against the clock to achieve a good result. And they have succeeded, because it already has an official release date for next September 30 of this year. The TV Movie will be titled Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial; and will focus on the defamation case between the two performers that ended with Amber Heard being sentenced to pay her ex-husband 10.4 million dollars in damages. And the road to it was anything but easy. Something that will surely hook those who did not follow the trial day by day.

Spain, European champion after beating France in the Eurobasket

Sergio Scariolo’s basketball team beat the French 88-76 and won the team’s fourth Eurobasket. The Spanish team won its fourth continental title this Sunday, September 18, in Berlin by defeating France in the Eurobasket final by a score of 88-76. Apart from being the fourth European gold medal, the Spanish team has six silver medals to its credit, which it won in 1935, 1973, 1983, 1999, 2003, and 2007. The last one was at the Eurobasket held in Spain, where the national team fell in the final against Russia.

Puerto Rico is devastated by Hurricane Fiona, tries to restore power

More than 3 million people were left without electricity in Puerto Rico and caused “catastrophic flooding” this Sunday, September 18, after passing through the destruction caused throughout the country. Landslides, fallen trees, collapsed structures, and blocked roads have left the passage of Hurricane Fiona, which caused a general blackout. The governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi, has stated that the island’s authorities are gradually repairing the power supply.

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, has declared a state of emergency in Puerto Rico and has organized the release of federal resources for Emergency aid.

Controversy in Iran over the death of a 21-year-old girl detained by the Moral Police for wearing the wrong veil

This Saturday, September 17, the 21-year-old Mahsa Amini has been buried, she has died from the serious injuries suffered after being arrested last Tuesday by the Greater Tehran Morale Police, allegedly for not wearing the veil properly. The young woman was transferred to a hospital already in a coma the day of her arrest after “suffering a heart attack”, according to the police version, and she finally died on Friday due to the severity of her injuries.

Hundreds of people attended Amini’s funeral in her hometown, Aychi, in the Saghez region of Iran. Family members, friends, and neighbors as well as authorities from the Saghez region have been at the event. This case would have caused spontaneous protests on Friday, September 16. Pictures and videos have been posted on social networks of people chanting phrases such as “Death to the dictator!” at Tehran’s Kasri Hospital where Amini died.

Exhume the first corpses from mass graves in Izyum (Ukraine)

The Ukrainian authorities have reported that so far around 60 bodies have been exhumed from a mass grave found in the town of Izyum, located in the Kharkiv region, after the withdrawal of Russian troops from the area. The head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleg Sinegubov, informed through a message on his Telegram account of the progress in the exhumation work. “Police experts in the Kharkiv region have exhumed 59 bodies in Izium today.”

“The bodies of 16 men and 26 women, civilians, will be handed over for further analysis,” before saying that among the exhumed bodies there are 17 soldiers. “As experts point out, most show signs of a violent death, ” Sinegubov said.

Iran admitted to Shanghai Cooperation Organization

For Iran to be admitted to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, and the Secretary-General, Zhang Ming, signed the memorandum of commitment as a member of the association at the summit of the Organization Shanghai Cooperation Conference being held in Samarkand. “From now on we have entered a new phase in various economic, trade, transit, and energy cooperations,” Abdollahian mentioned.

Volodymyr Zelensky suffers a traffic accident in Kyiv

The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, was involved this Thursday, September 15, early in the morning in a traffic accident in Kyiv when he was returning from the city of Izium, although he was not injured. This has been communicated by the Ukrainian president’s spokesman, Sergei Nikiforov, who has circumstantiated in a statement on Facebook that a vehicle has crashed into the presidential escort.

French film director Jean-Luc Godard dies by assisted suicide in Switzerland

Jean-Luc Godard died “peacefully, at home” in Switzerland on September 13 at the age of 91, his relatives expressed through a statement and announced that there will be no official funeral and that he will be cremated.

Godard’s legal adviser, Patrick Jeanneret, told the AFP news agency that the filmmaker died by assisted suicide. He “turned to legal aid in Switzerland for a voluntary departure as he was affected by ‘multiple disabling illnesses,’ according to the medical report.” Assisted dying is legal in Switzerland under certain circumstances.

The future of Sweden, in the hands of the anti-immigration leader

The Social Democrats of Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden were the most voted in the Swedish legislative elections with 30.5% of the vote. In addition, Jimmie Åkesson, leader of the nationalist and anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) party, has become the second political force in the country with a historic 20.6% of the vote.

The rapper PnB Rock, was shot dead to rob him in Los Angeles

Mourning in the world of rap. Rapper PnB Rock has been shot to death while he was eating at a Los Angeles restaurant on Monday, September 12. The artist was interrupted by a man who approached the table at Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘N Waffles and asked for the jewelry he was wearing. Given his refusal, he shot him several times in front of his partner, who was eating with the rapper.

Emmy Awards 2022: ‘Succession’, ‘The White Lotus’ and ‘Ted Lasso’, The winners of the ceremony

The 74th edition of the 2022 Emmy Awards was held this past Monday, September 12, and the stars of the small screen wore their best clothes on a magical night, in which emotion and humor were not lacking either. The ceremony took place in Los Angeles, United States, and the big winner was ‘Succession‘, which with 25 nominations in the category of best drama series, took away from the South Korean ‘The Squid Game‘ the chance to become the first no -English-speaking production to win the prize. Plus, ‘Ted Lasso‘ won the best comedy series category for the second successive year, and ‘The White Lotus‘ won the best miniseries.

Additionally, Barack Obama won an Emmy Award for his narration on the Netflix documentary series Our Great National Parks.

Carlos Alcaraz is already the king of tennis: the youngest number one in history wins the US Open

Carlos Alcaraz becomes the youngest number one in history by winning the US Open. The Spanish tennis player won this Sunday, September 11, in four sets (6-4, 2-6, 7-6, and 6-3) against the Norwegian Casper Ruud in the final of the US Open, the last ‘Grand Slam’ of the season.

The victory that allows the Spaniard to lift his first ‘Grande’ and climb to number one in the ranking, being the youngest tennis player to achieve it in all of history at 19 years old.

Al Qaeda publishes a book with details about the planning of the 9/11 attacks against the Pentagon and the Twin Towers

Work of Abu Mohamed al Masri: The 250-page book would be the work of Abu Mohamed al Masri, a senior official of the terrorist and jihadist organization who died in 2020 in Iran. He relates that the attacks began to be prepared when they managed to settle in Afghanistan, in 1996, and that they wanted to drag the United States into a long war of attrition and ruin.

Click HERE for more information about the 9/11 attacks.

A person claims to have seen Melissa Highsmith, a woman who disappeared 51 years ago as a baby, United States

Melissa disappeared when she was just 21 months old. It is believed that a woman posing as a nanny took her away. 51 years later, a person claims to have seen her in Charleston, South Carolina (United States). In the third week of September, a person contacted the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). He claimed and guaranteed to have seen Melissa Highsmith in Charleston.

Hell in Kharkov: a Russian attack on the thermal power plant leaves four regions of Ukraine without electricity

A Russian attack on the Kharkiv power plant has left several points in the center and east of the country without water and electricity. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Putin of causing a full payout when the Ukrainian military was making great strides.

So far in September, he would have reconquered 3,000 square kilometers from the Russian troops. The Ukrainian cities of Izium, Lyman, and Kupiansk are already in the hands of Kyiv.

Justin Bieber cancels the rest of his American tour due to health problems

Justin Bieber (28 years old, Canada) announced this Tuesday (August 6) that he will not continue with his Justice World Tour because he has returned to his health problems linked to Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which paralyzes part of his face. “Earlier this year, I made public my battle with the syndrome, for which my face was partially paralyzed,” the Canadian singer said on social networks, who said he must pause because his health is “a priority right now,” the artist says.

Justin Bieber postpones his US tour as he battles facial paralysis. The European tour, which starts in January, is still on.

Instagram receives a millionaire fine for the mismanagement of personal data of adolescents in Ireland

400 million dollars is the amount that the social media platform must pay. Facebook Ireland allowed users between the ages of 13 and 17 to open accounts on Instagram, with the posting of the underage user’s email address or phone numbers open to all users. In addition, Facebook Ireland operated a user registration system for the Instagram service whereby minors’ accounts were set to “public” by default, thereby also making adolescent content public, unless the account was set up differently and changed to “private”.

Liz Truss succeeds Boris Johnson as UK Prime Minister

The United Kingdom already has a new British minister: Liz Truss will replace Boris Johnson after defeating Rishi Sunak in the conservative ‘primaries’. She also takes command of the country at a time marked by different crises: the economic one derived from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the internal crisis after the fall of her boss (Boris Johnson), and the political one, with the ravages of Brexit.

Multiple people were killed in stabbings in Saskatchewan, Canada

At least 15 wounded and 10 dead is the provisional balance of the attack carried out by two individuals in two towns in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. The main indications suggest that some victims could have been attacked at random and that the two suspects are in hiding. The agents were looking last night (September 4) for those responsible for the attack, whose mobile phone number is unknown.

A major accident at an attraction in India leaves 16 injured

A serious accident at an attraction in Mohali, India, has left at least 16 injured. The rotating Ferris wheel collapsed after a brake failure and crashed to the ground with all passengers on board. The hypothesis is the technical failure of the brakes precisely at the moment in which the Ferris wheel was turning at the highest speed.

7 policemen die in a trap in Colombia

At least seven police officers have died and one of them has been seriously injured this Friday (September 2) in an attack in a rural area of San Luis, in the Department of Huila, in western Colombia, considered the largest attack registered in the country since Gustavo Petro came to power.

It is not clear for now the reasons for the attack or which group is behind it. Although when they appeared they were attacked with rifle bursts and explosives.

New York ‘prepares’ for the number of sharks sighted off its coast

The large number of sharks that come to the waters near New York (USA) is a reality that the locals must begin to get used to. There have been various reports of swimmers and surfers being bitten. In fact, the beaches of Rockaway, a neighborhood in Queens, have been closed to the bathroom twice during the past month of July after the sighting of sharks from the coast.

The Rings of Power: Premiere of the first two chapters on Amazon Prime

This Friday (September 2), Amazon launches the first chapter of the new series inspired by the Tolkien Universe and whose first two episodes are directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. The streaming platform produces a new installment of the saga made up of eight chapters. Every Friday a new chapter will be broadcast.

When is Rings of Power released in the US? The eight-part series debuts on September 1 at 9:00 p.m. m. ET, with episodes one and two airing one after the other.

Michael O’Leary, the executive director of Ryanair: “The rates will rise from 40 to 50 euros, but the low cost is not dead”

For the airline, Ryanair, it’s been a bittersweet summer. Since June they have had strikes by their cabin crew in several European countries, including the United Kingdom and Spain. Linked to this is an inflationary context that is making flying more expensive.

Despite this increase, Ryanair’s CEO emphasizes that “low cost is not dead”. “What we will not see anymore are tickets at 9.99 euros, but that does not mean that low cost is going to end,” said the executive director, Michael O’Leary.

Putin will not attend Gorbachev’s funeral because “his job does not allow it”

The last leader of the Soviet Union will have a state funeral like that of his successor in office, Boris Yeltsin.

Putin will not go to the funeral of the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, who died on August 30, because his work schedule does not allow it. “We know that the farewell ceremony will take place on September 3, and also the funeral, but unfortunately the president’s work schedule will not allow him to attend on September 3, so he decided to do it today,” he said. Dimitri Peskov (Putin‘s spokesman). The Russian leader said goodbye yesterday, September 1, to the first president of the Soviet Union at the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow (Russia), before flying to Kaliningrad.

YouTube and Shopify Allow Creators to Sell Through Their Channel

Throughout history, new inventions such as the wheel, fire, and the internet revolutionised how people live, relate, and work. Now, YouTube and Shopify have partnered to revolutionise content creation and e-commerce. 

A recent agreement between YouTube, the world’s largest video platform and Shopify, an e-commerce giant, opened new doors for entrepreneurs and content creators. 

You can now sell products from your Shopify store directly through your YouTube channel. Viewers can see items in the store and checkout without leaving your tube channel. However, checking out through YouTube is available only for US-based content creators. The integration of the two platforms makes the buying experience seamless for clients. 

YouTube and Shopify 

YouTube is the ultimate home of education and entertainment videos. It is one of the few platforms that allows anyone with a camera and an internet connection to become a star and get paid. 

All you have to do is create content and upload it to the platform. Your content could be about anything, as long as it entertains or educates the viewers. Just be sure that your content abides by all YouTube guidelines. 

YouTube does not cap the amount of money you can earn from the platform. Your potential earnings increase as your channel grows. YouTube paid a total of $300 million to content creators in 2021, with the highest YouTube earner receiving $54 million.

However, you don’t have to wait for the money YouTube pays creators. Instead, you can use the platform to promote your products and sell to the audience that views your content. 

Having a Shopify store is an advantage because you can direct your YouTube audience to the store. YouTube gives you the platform to advertise your store and show people how your unique products work. You can create product tutorials or informational content that help the viewers identify the problems that your product solves. 

In the past, you had to put a link to your Shopify store in the description box for your viewers to follow. However, you now don’t have to do this. The partnership between Shopify and YouTube allows your YouTube audience to buy directly from your store. 

How about a Casino YouTube Channel?

Having a niche-specific channel is one of the keys to success on YouTube. For instance, you could start a casino channel where you teach your audience interesting online casino facts. You could also teach people how to play various casino games. However, remember to disclaim that your content is for educational purposes if you decide to teach people about casinos. 

Viewers value honesty and appreciate learning new stuff. Therefore, ensure your content provides immense value to them. 

You will still get paid by YouTube. However, you need at least 1000 subscribers to your channel and 4000 hours of watch time. For some content creators, this is the hardest part of the process. However, with value-driven content, hitting these targets becomes easy. 

The idea of a channel focused on casino content is viable. However, you need to be careful with how you craft your content. Don’t make false promises or do anything that violates YouTube’s terms of engagement. 

However, don’t wait to get monetised by YouTube before linking your Shopify store. You can link your casino YouTube channel to a Shopify store that sells casino products such as chips, cards, and games.  Setting up a Shopify store and earning from it is easy and can be done in as little as 24 hours.

One of the advantages of integrating YouTube and Shopify is that it facilitates real-time inventory tracking on YouTube. Therefore, your customers on YouTube can see how many pieces of a product are left in your Shopify. This saves them from the inconvenience of being redirected to a different site only to find the product is out of stock. 

Shopify’s partnership with YouTube aims to support content creators who have entrepreneurial ambitions. The partnership with YouTube is the latest after the e-commerce giant initially partnered with Facebook and TikTok. However, the partnership is significant since YouTube is the biggest video content platform. 

Parting short

Content creation on YouTube is one of the significant ways people earn today. However, most content creators are also nurturing entrepreneurial and sales skills. They promote various products through their channels and have online stores where they stock them. The partnership between YouTube and Shopify is good news for all content creators who sell merchandise through Shopify. Their customers now have a seamless shopping experience. You can join the content and e-commerce revolution by starting a YouTube today channel and synchronising it with a Shopify store. 

Will we Have Complete Control of Our Own Environments in the Metaverse?

The metaverse is on the way, and the hype around it is gaining serious traction. It could be completely transformative, changing the internet as we know it. It will have a major effect on many industries, with social media expected to be at the forefront of this new platform.

Social media users today have a multitude of privacy options so they can control what people see. However, there are questions about how and if this will translate to the metaverse.

Social Media Users Are Currently Able to Select Their Privacy Options

One of the reasons why social media sites have enjoyed such amazing success is the fact that users can tailor their own environments. They can see what they want to see and show people what they want to show them.

A lot of social media users value their privacy with the utmost importance. Nearly 80 percent of Facebook and Instagram members have adjusted their privacy settings in the last year, highlighting how crucial these features are.

According to an infographic from ExpressVPN, there are various ways to stay safe and private on social media. This includes having multiple accounts for different purposes, reviewing photo tags, and limiting posts to close friends. Users have so much control over these settings that they can create their own social media experience.

How Will This Translate to the Metaverse?

Because so much is unknown about the metaverse right now, it’s hard to know how these privacy settings will translate to this new world. According to XR Today, the metaverse will serve a wide variety of functions. This will include socializing, working, and playing. If people are using this world for different things, it may mean that their settings will have to alter depending on what they are doing.

Users may interact with the metaverse on different levels, some of which will give them more control than others. It’s reasonable to imagine that in social scenarios, everyone will have the power to show and see things in the same way they do now. However, when entering wider social settings like groups or entertainment zones, users may be exposed to content that they have no power over.

Metaverse inhabitants may still be able to block people as they can today on social media. If they encounter a blocked person in a social setting, they may not be able to see the face of their avatar or interact with them in any way.

There are already some theories about this, such as the ideas posed by Futurism. Metaverse users may be able to block things that they don’t want to see and go about constructing their own virtual worlds over time. Eventually, this could lead to bespoke experiences for everyone who enters the metaverse.

There’s no doubt that it’s going to take time for users to adapt to the metaverse. It is also likely to go through a lot of teething problems before it is as advanced as the world of social media today. Users have grown accustomed to constructing their own online spaces, though, and the metaverse is likely to offer similar options.