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Super Bowl blackout: everyone became a comedian

You may think the big news from last night was a Ravens’ win, but no, it was the Super Bowl blackout, which turned the entire internet into a batch of comedians.



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America’s modern past time is to craft clever social media updates during live events from the Oscars to the Presidential Inauguration to the Super Bowl, and when something doesn’t go according to plan like a wardrobe malfunction, people whip out their phones or laptops and get to tweetin’ about it. So when the teams were all revved up after a massive halftime show by Beyonce, and half of the Superdome power went out for over 20 minutes and sportscasters’ ad-lib talents were put to the test, bored viewers became comedians. All of them. Every single one of them.

Personally, my best work was “Lights out, guess we WEREN’T ready for that jelly, Beyonce…” which I was disappointed to later learn that I wasn’t the only jelly joker. The point is not that I’m hilarious (which I am), but that the entire internet had something hilarious to say about the blackout, giving real comedians a run for their money.

Below is a roundup of just a select few jokes from the hundreds of gems to highlight the real news story about last night: everyone’s a comedian.

Note: some of these are racy, racist, ridiculous, and probably offensive, so if you are easily offended, this won’t be up your alley. You’ve been warned.

Super Bowl 2013 Blackout Jokes

Some would argue a Ravens win was the big news of the night, but social media reactions prove otherwise.

Storified by Lani Rosales· Mon, Feb 04 2013 06:22:47

Big whoop. I black out in New Orleans all of the time.Tiffany Clemons
Go home Super Dome. You’re drunk.Kate Ottavio
Guys I’m AT the #SuperBowl and this power outage is no joke. Most of us have broken into small but loyal factions. I am a now a doctor.Joe Randazzo
Will you guys ever forgive me?Super Bowl Lights
I wish the power had gone out when we were trying to turn around MySpace.Jason Hirschhorn
I bet Jim Harbaugh used to unplug the Nintendo when his brother was winning.Collin Moore
Meanwhile, CNET is no longer allowed to review light bulbs.Ina Fried
BREAKING: During the Twitter, Superbowl goes downRyan Sarver
What does Donald mean? the country is being run by a half-black guy? RT @realDonaldTrump: The Country is being run just like the stadium.David Jones
It was Ray Lewis with a knife in the control room.Michele Catalano
Lesson: do not use a toaster and a hair dryer at the same time in the Superdome.Tom Conrad
Back in the 1900s, they played in the dark. Let’s goLiz Scherer
CBS: Can I buy an ad spot now? I will pay sixty dollars. DM me.Damon Lindelof
@agbeat @AmyVernon @lizscherer next commercial has GOT to be from BW3.Jeff Jacobs
Not that anybody asked, but every adult human radiates at about 100 Watts — in the infrared.Neil deGrasse Tyson
Beyoncé radiates about 500 Watts, is my guess. But to be certain, I’d have to run a special calculation just for her.Neil deGrasse Tyson
…for science.Neil deGrasse Tyson
so it looks like the answer to "can you pay my bills?" was "no" #superbowlpoweroutagerob sheffield
Blow on the cartridge!Jason Del Rey
In Friday Night Lights, they lined up cars on the field and turned on the headlights. #superbowlSam Simon
damn lights still not on in new orleans superbowl obama doesnt care about black peopleDANCESTADAMUS
The best ad of the Super Bowl? The 30 minute ad for modernizing our nation’s power grid.Matt Lira
We have nothing to do with thisILLUMINATI

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Danny Brown

    February 4, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Like a true troll, I would just like to submit my effort here. 🙂

    • agbenn

      February 4, 2013 at 10:23 am

      lol but it’s true ;p

  2. SundayBestHomes

    February 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Great article….actually saw a bunch of these on #brandbowl

  3. AmyVernon

    February 4, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I guffawed at Lindelof’s last night, but he had an even BETTER one today.

  4. Waxil Davidson

    February 26, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    The best joke was by @scrutinous when he said “This is the worst thing to ever happen in the Super Dome.” And then Mike Scully, writer for the Simpsons posted the exact same thing 2 minutes later and stole the credit.

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Twitter to start charging users? Here’s what you need to know

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Social media is trending toward the subscription based model, especially as the pandemic pushes ad revenue down. What does this mean for Twitter users?



Twitter and other social media apps open on a phone being held in a hand. Will they go to a paid option subscription model?

In an attempt to become less dependent on advertising, Twitter Inc. announced that it will be considering developing a subscription product, as well as other paid options. Here’s the scoop:

  • The ideas for paid Twitter that are being tossed around include tipping creators, the ability to pay users you follow for exclusive content, charging for use of the TweetDeck, features like “undo send”, and profile customization options and more.
  • While Twitter has thought about moving towards paid for years, the pandemic has pushed them to do it – plus activist investors want to see accelerated growth.
  • The majority of Twitter’s revenue comes from targeted ads, though Twitter’s ad market is significantly smaller than Facebook and other competitors.
  • The platform’s user base in the U.S. is its most valuable market, and that market is plateauing – essentially, Twitter can’t depend on new American users joining to make money anymore.
  • The company tried user “tips” in the past with its live video service Periscope (RIP), which has now become a popular business model for other companies – and which we will most likely see again with paid Twitter.
  • And yes, they will ALWAYS take a cut of any money being poured into the app, no matter who it’s intended for.

This announcement comes at a time where other social media platforms, such as TikTok and Clubhouse, are also moving towards paid options.

My hot take: Is it important – especially during a pandemic – to make sure that creators are receiving fair compensation for the content that we as users consume? Yes, 100%. Pay people for their work. And in the realm of social media, pictures, memes, and opinions are in fact work. Don’t get it twisted.

Does this shift also symbolize a deviation from the unpaid, egalitarian social media that we’ve all learned to use, consume, and love over the last decade? It sure does.

My irritation stems not from the fact that creators will probably see more return on their work in the future. Or on the principal of free social media for all. It stems from sheer greediness of the social media giants. Facebook, Twitter, and their counterparts are already filthy rich. Like, dumb rich. And guess what: Even though Twitter has been free so far, it’s creators and users alike that have been generating wealth for the company.

So why do they want even more now?

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TikTok enters the e-commerce space, ready to compete with Zuckerberg?

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Setting up social media for e-commerce isn’t an uncommon practice, but for TikTok this means the next step competing with Facebook and Instagram.



Couple taking video with mobile phone, prepared for e-commerce.

Adding e-commerce offerings to social media platforms isn’t anything new. However, TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese firm ByteDance, is rolling out some new e-commerce features that will place the social video app in direct competition with Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook and Instagram.

According to a Financial Times report, TikTok’s new features will allow the platform to create and expand its e-commerce service in the U.S. The new features will allow TikTok’s popular users to monetize their content. These users will be able to promote and sell products by sharing product links in their content. In return, TikTok will profit from the sales by earning a commission.

Among the features included is “live-streamed” shopping. In this mobile phone shopping channel, users can purchase products by tapping on products during a user’s live demo. Also, TikTok plans on releasing a feature that will allow brands to display their product catalogs.

Currently, Facebook has expanded into the e-commerce space through its Facebook Marketplace. In May 2020, it launched Facebook Shops that allows businesses to turn their Facebook and Instagram stories into online stores.

But, Facebook hasn’t had too much luck in keeping up with the video platform in other areas. In 2018, the social media giant launched Lasso, its short-form video app. But the company’s TikTok clone didn’t last too long. Last year, Facebook said bye-bye to Lasso and shut it down.

Instagram is trying to compete with TikTok by launching Instagram Reels. This feature allows users to share short videos just like TikTok, but the future of Reels isn’t set in stone yet. By the looks of it, videos on Reels are mainly reposts of video content posted on TikTok.

There is no word on when the features will roll out to influencers on TikTok, but according to the Financial Times report, the social media app’s new features have already been viewed by some people.

TikTok has a large audience that continues to grow. By providing monetization tools in its platform, TikTok believes its new tools will put it ahead of Facebook in the e-commerce game, and help maintain that audience.

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Your favorite Clubhouse creators can now ask for your financial support

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Clubhouse just secured new funding – what it means for creators and users of the latest quarantine-based social media darling.



Woman talking on Clubhouse on her iPhone with a big smile.

Clubhouse – the live-voice chat app that has been taking the quarantined world by storm – has recently announced that it has raised new funding in a Series B round, led by Andreessen Horowitz, the venture capital firm in Silicon Valley.

The app confirms that new funding means compensation for creators; much like the influencers on TikTok and YouTube, now Clubhouse creators will be able to utilize features such as subscriptions, tipping, and ticket sales to monetize their content.

To encourage emerging Clubhouse creators and invite new voices, funding round will also support a promising “Creator Grant Program”.

On the surface, Clubhouse is undoubtedly cool. The invite-only, celebrity-filled niche chatrooms feel utopic for any opinionated individual – or anyone that just likes to listen. At its best, Clubhouse brings to mind collaborative campfire chats, heated lecture-hall debates or informative PD sessions. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m actually obsessed.

And now with its new round, the video chatroom app will not only appear cool but also act as a helpful steppingstone to popular and emerging creators alike. “Creators are the lifeblood of Clubhouse,” said Paul & Rohan, the app’s creators, “and we want to make sure that all of the amazing people who host conversations for others are getting recognized for their contributions.”

Helping creators get paid for their labor in 2021 is a cause that we should 100% get behind, especially if we’re consuming their content.

Over the next few months, Clubhouse will be prototyping their tipping, tickets and subscriptions – think a system akin to Patreon, but built directly into the app.

A feature unique to the app – tickets – will offer individuals and organizations the chance to hold formal discussions and events while charging an admission. Elite Clubhouse rooms? I wonder if I can get a Clubhouse press pass.

Additionally, Clubhouse has announced plans for Android development (the app has only been available to Apple users so far). They are also working on moderation policies after a recent controversial chat sparked uproar. To date, the app has been relying heavily on community moderation, the power of which I’ve witnessed countless times whilst in rooms.

So: Is the golden age of Clubhouse – only possible for a short period while everyone was stuck at home and before the app gained real mainstream traction – now over? Or will this new round of funding and subsequent development give the app a new beginning?

For now, I think it’s safe to say that the culture of Clubhouse will certainly be changing – what we don’t know is if the changes will make this cream-of-the-crop app even better, or if it’ll join the ranks of Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook in being another big-time social media staple.

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