I Got To Visit Pinterest in San Francisco

The Time Pinterest Flew Me To San Francisco, All Thanks To Odyssey

Two months later, I'm still in awe of what happened to me.

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During the spring semester of my freshman year of college, I was looking for a new club or activity to occupy my time. I was thrilled when I found out my school had an Odyssey community for me to join. I wanted to be held accountable to write weekly, so I decided to give writing a real shot. At that point, I was taking stock of my life and my freshman year of college thus far and wasn't completely happy with what I saw. I took that as inspiration for my first article and wrote about how I was living my life the way I use Pinterest: waiting to do everything I truly wanted to do.

A week went by, and my article was posted to my Facebook page. I got kind reactions from family and friends. I went on with my week and didn't think a thing of my article. Days later though, I received an email that would change the course of my year.

The email came from a Story Producer at Pinterest. Her job is to find people who use Pinterest and talk to them about the platform. She had come across my article and wanted to chat with me about the way I use Pinterest. After doing my research to make sure she was legit, I agreed to the phone call. We chatted once on the phone and emailed back and forth for a few days before my life returned to normal.

Of course, that isn't even close to the end of the story. I soon got another email from the Story Producer, asking if I would be interested in her coming out to my house in central Illinois to interview me in-person on camera! I was stunned and couldn't believe this was real life. After a little bit of shuffling, I managed to have availability over my spring break. I don't remember much about the interview day itself, but I know it involved lots of posing for pictures, inventing different ways to describe what I like about Pinterest and how I use it, and talking into multiple cameras.

After that opportunity, I was convinced my journey with Pinterest was over, which I was more than fine with as the whole situation was unexpected to begin with. Nevertheless, I found another major email in my inbox a few weeks after the semester had ended. This is where this journey became absolutely dreamlike: Pinterest wanted to fly me out to San Francisco to speak at a conference for their Creators (the bloggers who make the content we see on Pinterest)!

I was way too terrified to say "yes" right away. Plus, I was going to be heading home from vacation during the conference anyway. After I processed what Pinterest was asking of me though, I knew I couldn't pass up the opportunity, so the plans were set: Pinterest would pay for me and my mom to fly from our vacation in Florida out to San Francisco to stay for a couple of nights so I could attend this conference.

Once we made it to San Francisco, everything was a blur. I'd never been to California, much less downtown San Francisco. I remember taking in all of the sights on the ride from the airport to the hotel and just being in awe of where I was. We got to stay in a fancy, hipster hotel right in the middle of the city.

On the first day, I got to tour the Pinterest headquarters and attend a cocktail party with the presenters at the conference. The Pinterest office is as amazing as you probably picture it; they have a coffee bar, a relaxing lounge area, and even a wall of candy! I finally got to view the video they made at my house, and it gave me a very surreal feeling.

I was able to enjoy some tourist activities before arriving at the conference on the second day. When I arrived, I was able to play around with the artsy activities they had set up for Creators. I also meet Ben Silbermann and Evan Sharp, the co-founders of Pinterest. At this point, I was starstruck and shaking in nervousness. When it was time for my interview, I was able to focus on the questions and wasn't quite as terrified as I thought I'd be. Evan was actually the one who interviewed me, and his relaxed personality helped me feel like I was just having a casual conversation.


Lauren's Interview with Evan My interview with Evan!Lauren Gherna

Afterward, I meet some of the Creators at the conference, including Alejandra from www.alwaysorderdessert.com, Amy from www.amytangerine.com, and Sally from www.sallysbakingaddiction.com. On top of that, I walked away with a swag bag since I was considered a VIP/presenter.

Two months later, I'm still in awe of what happened to me. Pinterest truly is an amazing company that's trying to defy the media we take in. And of course, none of this would've been possible without the platform Odyssey has given me, so I'll continue to write, dream big, and keep y'all posted along the way!

Lauren, Evan, Christina (Lauren's Mom), and Jess (Story Producer) Me, Evan, Christina (my mom), and Jess (Story Producer) following the conferenceLauren Gherna

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10 Rappers Whose Lyrics Will Take Your Instagram Captions To The Next Level

Make your life easy by choosing a caption that's already been written for you.

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Finding the perfect caption for you Instagram post is something everyone struggles with. On the contrary, the best rappers in the industry right now seem to have no problem with it. Whether it be Cardi B or Kanye West, you can always count on fire captions. Taken from the rappers themselves, here are the best rap lyrics for Instagram captions.

1. Travis Scott

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  • "It's summertime, why they tryna throw shade?"
  • "Rollin' rollin' rollin' got me stargazin'"
  • "I got 'em stage diving out the nosebleeds"
  • "Anything can happen at the night show"
  • "This right here is astronomical"
  • "Valet park when I pull up in the ride"
  • "Pick up the phone, baby, I know you're home, baby"
  • "Oh my, what a wonderful time"
  • "She said 'where we goin?' I said 'the moon'"
  • "I been up sleepless late nights"
  • 2. Migos

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    • "Walk it like I talk it"
    • "In the kitchen wrist moving like a stir fry"
    • "Put my mind on it, put my grind on it"
    • "We live like sopranos"
    • "Diamonds on my wrist stay drippin"
    • "Addin' up checks, no minus"
    • "I can buy that car, I know that you can't"
    • "No human being, I'm immortal"
    • "Walk in the buildin', they start applaudin'"
    • "Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace"

    3. Cardi B

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    • "I like texts from my exes when they want a second chance"
    • "I went from dollar bills, now poppin' rubber bands"
    • "Why would I hop in some beef? When I could just hop in the Porsche"
    • "You know where I'm at, you know where I be"
    • "These expensive, these is red bottoms"
    • "I don't dance now, I make money moves"
    • "It's not a threat it's a warning, be careful with me"
    • "Poured out my whole heart to a piece of sh*t"
    • "Karma for you is gon' be who you end up with"

    4. Drake

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    • "This a Rollie, not a stopwatch, sh*t don't ever stop"
    • "I only love my bed and my mama I'm sorry"
    • "I get it how I live it, I live it how I get it"
    • "No new friends"
    • "Drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments"
    • "This sh*t got me in my feelings"
    • "With your phone out, gotta hit them angles"
    • "My ex asked me, 'Where you movin'?' I said, 'On to better things'"
    • "My team good, we don't really need a mascot"
    • "Got new money, got new problems, got new enemies"

    5. Nicki Minaj

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    • "Imma keep it moving, be classy and graceful"
    • "In my kingdom, with my Timbs on"
    • "Uh, yo, watch your man, then you should watch your mouth"
    • "At least you took an L off your bucket list"
    • "Defend my honor, protect my pride"
    • "But to live doesn't mean you're alive"
    • "She just mad 'cause he never bought her ice like me"
    • "I fly with the stars in the skies"
    • "They paintin' me out to be the bad guy"
    • "All these b*tches is my sons"

    6. Mac Miller

    Mac Miller

    • "My regrets look just like a text I shouldn't send"
    • "Driving with my eyes close, missing all the signs"
    • "I'm a monster with the heart of a lion, divide and conquer"
    • "I got a bone to pick like roses"
    • "I'll do anything for a way out of my head"
    • "Your love is not too kind to me"
    • "Yeah, I got a bad attitude"
    • "No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile"
    • "Imma give you what you came for"
    • "I don't know 'bout you, but me, I'm important, I'm so gorgeous"

    7. A$AP Rocky 

    A$AP Rocky

    • "Same shit, different day"
    • "I got three phones: business, conversation, and relation"
    • "What the face say to the fist?"
    • "I look for ways to say 'I love you', but I ain't into makin' love songs"
    • "Paranoia got me losing all my z's"
    • "Make no mistakes, it's all a leap of faith for love"
    • "She ain't a stranger to the city life"
    • "Can't forget that I'm golden, can't forget where I'm going"
    • "Riding by the rules, I'll abide by it soon"
    • "Ain't a killer so don't kill the vibe"

    8. Kanye West

    Kanye West

    • "Yeah u so mother thick"
    • "Ball so hard, let's get faded"
    • "That sh*t cray"
    • "I'm tripping off the power"
    • "All of my kindness, is taken for weakness"
    • "I'm lookin' for the one have you seen her?"
    • "Don't let me get in my zone"
    • "Let's get lost tonight"
    • "Sun don't shine in the shade, bird can't fly in a cage"
    • "Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud"
    • "No you're not perfect but you're not your mistakes"

    9. A$AP Ferg

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    • "Gucci down to the socks"
    • "My jewelry glistening why I'm always chilly"
    • "I'm a one night savage"
    • "Put in work, put 'em in the dirt"
    • "Fergy be mobbin' all day"
    • "Ferg is the name"
    • "I'm on a new level"
    • "Don't pray for me pray for the weak"
    • "I was only 8 years old, watching Nick at Nite"
    • "I was fly like a bird"

    10. Lil Wayne 

    Lil Wayne

    • "Real G's move in silence like lasagna"
    • "I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to y'all"
    • "Okay you're a goon, but what's a goon to a goblin?"
    • "I got some weight on my shoulders, to me it's like feathers"
    • "I am more animal than the zoo allow"
    • "Money talks, bullsh*t walks"
    • "Every night's a long night, every day's a holiday"
    • "I'm a cool cat, but I'm on life nine"
    • "Haters can't see me, nose bleed seats"


    No matter what the occasion, it's always good to have creative Instagram captions on hand. Nobody knows how to make clever captions than rappers themselves. Whether you need creative caption for throwing shade at someone, or you have used only emojis for your past 5 Instagram pictures, rap lyrics make the perfect caption.

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    Political Satire And The Confusion Of Social Media

    Twitter's role in advertising during the political strife.

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    Twitter has created an online community designed for users to express and engage in quick thoughts and exchanges. Over the last few years, it has evolved as a discursive site for people to debate and analyze. This has made it a perfect target for interactive ads of all political nature.

    As political strife heightens in the United States, especially surrounding topics including women's rights and abortion laws, there has been a divide in the app's community.

    As a result, users have debated over the social platform's role in censorship and suppression of misinformation.

    While surfing the internet I stumbled upon an article published this April from Live Action, an organization set on eradicating abortion. (www.liveaction.org/news/twitter-live-action-ads-self-abortion-fda/)

    The article headline outlines that "Twitter still won't run Live Action ads, but allows ads pushing self - abortions against FDA rules."

    They state that Planned Parenthood can express why it thinks women need Planned Parenthood but cannot express why women don't. An alleged response from Twitter is shown, which says that the LiveAction's content violated a sensitive content policy in their advertisement transparency page which prohibits "inflammatory or provocative content which is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction," (LiveAction 2019). LiveAction's advertisements often consist of pictures of child development during pregnancy as well as ultrasound photos which Twitter deems as a violation of their policy.

    Has Twitter silenced advertising from LiveAction due to abuse of the sensitivity policy or a hidden reason: company bias exercised through suppression of opposing content?

    Well firstly, in a 2018 Forbes article discussing accusations of right-wing suppression on Facebook, Professor Ari Waldman correctly states that "Private entities cannot censor. We don't have a First Amendment right to Facebook's amplification of our words." The same message applies to Twitter. Although the government can censor, private entities cannot. This also relates to the freakish progression of individualized advertising. Algorithms collect user data and create a profile designed for personalized ads. Ads are trying to sell us something and presenting opposing content is certainly not going to achieve that goal.

    Secondly, social networking sites are growing in size and relevance, and in addition, they are undergoing processes of cultural legitimation that have transformed these sites and apps into credible news content media. With this new title, there is a newfound ethical responsibility to prevent the transmission of false information.

    With that being said, there is heavy critique behind LiveAction's articles and ads riddled with accusations of false information and selective video editing.

    Twitter is only upholding its moral obligation to convey factual information to the public by blocking those ads. Regardless of which side of the political spectrum's perspective it supports.

    So contrary to a popular belief, private companies cannot consciously censor advertisements. Should they be granted that power?

    No.

    Advertisements represent companies that differ in varying core values, motives, and objectives. Thus, those ads should be reflecting contrasting mindsets.

    Keeping this in mind, we should recognize that though we assume Twitter and other apps will direct us all ads like they would anyone else, with the advanced technological era we are living in today, apps are growing more focused and individualized. Different users get different ads.

    As long as right-wing or other suppressed media do their best to present honest facts without intent to harm users, Twitter can't and won't do anything to block those ads, it's just a matter of visibility in a platform rooted in individualization.

    In the midst of controversy surrounding what 'facts' or 'truths' should be catered to users, we should be focused on teaching consumer subjective perspective. Advertising is no longer as simple as in between broadcasts on one network. It's targeted and aggressive, working to appeal to our every interest.

    We, both marketers and consumers, have been quick to blame advertisement transparency on Twitter when in reality we should be reflecting on the perspectives behind suppression, i.e. the harmful intent and misinformation, as well as modern algorithms that have transformed the advertising world.

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