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Celebrate the First Day of Summer with These 13 Fun Photos

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Blossom Joins Wonder Years, Full House in Sitcom Reunion Trend

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Mayim Bialik as Blossom Russo Alice S. Hall /NBCU Photo Bank / Getty Images

In my opinionation, sitcom reunions are more popular than ever

Blossom, the ’90s sitcom starring Mayim Bialik as its hat-wearing heroine, is coming back to TV for a syndication marathon in July — but in the social-media consciousness of many of its fans, it’s already here. The network Hub, which will air the marathon, hosted a cast reunion for actors Mayim Bialik, Joey Lawrence, Michael Stoyanov and Jenna von Oÿ, and yesterday the photos from that event made it to Instagram and Twitter.

Blossom is only the latest nostalgia-worthy TV show to take advantage of social media to drum up interest in a reunion. Though reunions are nothing new for morning shows, alumni shows and magazine covers, Twitter and Instagram have proved to be capable of summoning huge interest in shows that have been off the air for decades. Mayim Bialik’s Instagram picture of the Blossom reunion has been liked nearly 7,000 times in just one day.

And perhaps it’s not just coincidence: according to a 2013 Pew study, use of Twitter and Instagram is sharply correlated with youth, and the millennials and Gen-Xers who are most likely to use those services are also the ones who were the right age to enjoy sitcoms about young people in the late ’80s and ’90s.

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Older shows have had reunions — The Bob Newhart Show, anyone? — but the viral traction hasn’t been so high. And, with former cast members openly pushing for more, it’s a trend likely to continue. The logical next step: Snapchats with Teletubbies.

TIME Baseball

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn’s Life in Pictures

Tony Gwynn, the San Diego Padres legend, has died at 54. Look back at his life in pictures

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Feel Good Friday: 12 Fun Photos to Start Your Weekend

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TIME Baseball

Happy 75th, Baseball Hall of Fame: A Celebration in Pictures

Of all the major professional sports, baseball is the one that most readily and ably lends itself to photography. Maybe it’s the leisurely — killjoys might call it glacial — pace of the game, punctuated by moments of intense drama, that allows photographers the time and space to chronicle the action. Or perhaps the cozy relationship between the national pastime and picture-taking is the natural result of the two endeavors coming of age at virtually the same time, in the mid-19th century. But whatever the reason, classic baseball pictures possess an evocative power that images of, say, football or basketball or even the beautiful game of soccer often lack.

On the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and on the occasion of the Hall partnering with the Google Cultural Institute for an online version of the exhibition, Picturing America’s Pastime, TIME celebrates the game in photos.

Here are major league legends (Mickey Cochrane, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson), passionate amateurs, die-hard fans and long-vanished ballparks. Here, in a nutshell, is a fond glimpse of a sport that — in the words of the great photographer, Charles M. Conlon — “seems to breathe the restless spirit of American life.” Let’s play two!

TIME World Cup

On the Field and in the Streets: Photos From the World Cup Kickoff

Thursday marks the start of the highly anticipated 2014 World Cup. These photos chronicle everything that's happening on and off the field

Some 600,000 international travelers are crowding into the excited streets of Brazil to experience the 2014 World Cup. The highly anticipated month-long tournament kicks off today with a game between Croatia and Brazil. As festivities unfold throughout the day, TIME will be updating FIFA fans at home with photos capturing the action both on and off the field

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TIME apps

Instagram’s New Features Will Turn You Into A Photography Pro

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The app added 10 features that will give smartphone photographs a more professional look

Instagram added a slew of new editing features Tuesday that go beyond the scope of an ordinary filter, giving photos taken on your humble smartphone a professional veneer.

With a new update, phone photographers will be able to edit their photos to incrementally alter brightness, saturation, contrast, warmth, shadows, sharpness, filter strength, and more.

Instagram’s blog explains the specifics of how to use the tools, which are unlocked when you tap a wrench icon that appears at the point of filter selection.

“All of us [at Instagram] are kind of photo geeks, but we’re trying to bridge the gap between being a photo geek and the rest of the world,” Peter Deng, director of product at Instagram, told Mashable of the new tools, which have been in the works for just under six months. “Instagram’s always been about taking these tools that were previously inaccessible … and making them accessible for free for everyone that uses Instagram.”

TIME online

Myspace’s Brilliant New Marketing Strategy: Reminding You How Awkward You Were in Middle School

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Once the most popular social network on earth, Myspace has sunk to new lows to lure you back

Like an obsessive ex who just can’t let go, Myspace is sending emails to people who haven’t logged in since the aughts to remind them of the good old days. And like anyone who pines for the past –the social network had more than 300 million users (70 million of them in the U.S.) in its heydey — Myspace hasn’t forgotten a single moment you spent together.

First of all, it kept your pictures (shudder), all 15 billion of them. Remember that time you and your best friend wore matching Fall Out Boy crop tops and took mirror selfies? So does Myspace. To help refresh your memory, it’s been including a snap or two in emails begging folks to give it one more chance. You’ll have to log back in to get a better look at photos from your ill-spent youth and delete them.

Myspace isn’t just trying to win you back by assaulting you with nostalgia, though. It’s changed and grown too. Really. The site that Rupert Murdoch famously paid $580 million for back in 2005, then dumped in 2011 for a paltry $35 million, is now partly-owned by Justin Timberlake. Claiming the world’s largest digital music library, it feels more like Spotify or Pandora than its one-time rival Facebook.

That’s great and all, but the vintage pics need to go, ASAP.

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