New Facebook policy conflicts with European law

New Facebook policy conflicts with European law, concerns privacy advocates - The Washington Post: "The proposed policy also drew criticism from American privacy advocates, who said that the changes would make more data available to advertisers without users’ explicit consent, in violation of last year’s consent decree between Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission. The agreement stemmed from complaints about the company’s handling of personal data. “Facebook is not really telling users what this means and how this is going to work,” said Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy. His group is planning to join the Electronic Privacy Information Center in complaining to the FTC about the proposed Facebook policy changes. The agency declined to comment on Friday."

Facebook and privacy? That's an oxymoron isn't it?

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Venn and the Art of Social Media Management

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Venn and the Art of Social Media Management | "A simple model for a universe with effective engagement at the intersection of marcomms, understood as a combination of owned, bought and earned opportunities."

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Social Media Surveillance by DHS

Social Media Surveillance OK'd by DHS 'Privacy Office' | Common ...
A section of the US Department of Homeland Security known as the "Privacy Office" recently approved a DHS initiative designed to monitor social media sites for ...

Workers Use Social Media To Organize Strike
CBS Local
They have a three to five year perspective to slowly gain support thanks to social media,” says former Drexel University labor sociologist Art Shostak. Labor organizers are mobilizing strikers and supporters through a Facebook app, multiple Facebook ...

CBS Local

#SocialChat Discusses Social Media Automation with Patrick McKeown
Search Engine Journal
On Monday, Nov. 19th, social media marketing passionistas gathered from around the globe to discuss the whys and wherefores of scheduling and automating social media posts for brands and businesses. This week the guest expert warming his buns in the ...

Turkey, with a side of social media
Minneapolis Star Tribune
So he'll post photos of dinner to show his inner circle on Facebook, send out more general cheer to his 11,000 Twitter followers and post images of the prettiest dishes to In-stagram. Multiply Spivak'ssocial media activity by that of the millions of ...

Govt learns nimble use of social media from India Against Corruption
Times of India
NEW DELHI: The government appeared to have picked up a tweet or two from India Against Corruption's (IAC) nimble use of social media. Within 30 minutes of the Arvind Kejriwal-ex-NSG commando press conference, the usually slack Press Information ...

Times of India

Social media boost for VIVA
Gulf Daily News
MANAMA: VIVA Bahrain, the kingdom's innovative telecom provider, has been ranked second among Bahrain's top brands on Facebook leadership by Socialbakers, a global social media and digital analytics company. VIVA recorded a 700 per cent increase ...

5 ways to use social media to shop on Black Friday
Grand Haven Tribune
"And the power of shopping is now in the palm of your hands." In the past few years, retailers have been turning to social media to connect with and engage customers, said Cherry, who also writes about social media trends for the Michigan Retail ...

Grand Haven Tribune

Obama's social media machine focsed on fiscal cliff
Constitution Daily (blog)
In an interview earlier this week, former Obama campaign operative Jim Messina talked about Narwhal, part of the president's Chicago-based social media and e-mail operation, and how it could be used to enlist popular support for Obama's key points in...

Constitution Daily (blog)

Court rules on use of social media in sexual violence trial
THE Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has commended a ruling that social media may not be used during the testimony and cross-examination of Ina Bonnette in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. "We are encouraged by the ...

Social media will drive the customer experience and interaction market
Computer Business Review
Ovum's reports predicts that social media teams will shift into the contact centre, so better social media management tools to monitor social media sites will be needed. Ovum also forecasts significant growth for Social CRM (21% CAGR) in the next five ...

Judge backs right of social-media critic of gay marriage
Church Times
A SOCIAL-HOUSING group based in Manchester acted in breach of contract when it demoted one of its managers for posting a comment on Facebook opposing gay marriage in churches, a judge has ruled. But the High Court judge who made the decision ...

Israel, Hamas battle on social media too
Israel's ministry of public diplomacy also started a ''Special Operations Center,'' a virtual situation room of sorts, working with Israeli bloggers and volunteers to ''get Israeli's message out to the world virtually, to Arabs as well, through social ...


Calgary campaign leverages social media to spread JOI
Calgary Herald (blog)
Many charities are turning to social media to make giving more convenient, to engage donors and to solicit gifts, says Lindsay Nichols, a spokeswoman for charity evaluator GuideStar. Consumers can now charge donations online through their iTunes ...

Social Media Changing the Way Athletes Speak Out
Southern Maryland Online
ANNAPOLIS -- Late one September night, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe took to Twitter in a heat of rage toward a Maryland public official, crafting a series of responses about the same-sex marriage debate and what he felt was a serious violation ...

I am thankful for social media
Hattiesburg American
Facebook also has helped me organize my social life with its event calendars, reminders and tagging capabilities, I always know where I'm supposed to be, and sometimes where I can find my friends. I am thankful for Twitter because it is a quick way to ...

Social media comes to fore in Gaza conflict
The Australian Financial Review
You furnish the pictures, the US press baron boasted a century ago, as the story goes, and I'll furnish the war. The violent conflict in Gaza between Hamas and Israel, halted after a cease-fire agreed to on Wednesday, has certainly produced powerful ...

The Australian Financial Review

Facebook drops user vote on privacy rules
Deutsche Welle
US social media giant Facebook has announced it will abolish a rule that gives users a direct say in the networking site's privacy policy. The move comes after a site governance vote in June failed miserably. Reversing its 2009 privacy policy, Facebook...

Deutsche Welle

GTPD Adds Another Social Media Connection
In an effort to better connect with the community, Gloucester Township Police Department has added Pinterest to its social media programs. Pinterest is a pinboard-style, photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based ...

Black Friday 2012: The excitement and the cynicism across social media
The Grand Rapids Press -
black-friday-camper.jpeg Joyce Brinkley of Grand Rapids lounges with her ipad while camping outside the 28th Street Best Buy on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Black Friday will begin at midnight on Thanksgiving this year for many retailers. Emily Zoladz | Mlive ...

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Parents learn about social media pitfalls
Parents attended a discussion at a Fredericton high school on Wednesday night that was designed to educate them about how their children use popular social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. The evening session on social media was held at Leo ...

'Data analysis, social media to play major role in digital banking'
Hindu Business Line
On social media use, he said the banks need to look beyond the networking capabilities of social media and use its wide base to connect with their existing and prospective customers. This may be utilised to make elaborate analysis on customer behaviour ...

Hindu Business Line

Social media putting Vanuatu politicians on notice in Vanuatu
Radio Australia
In a country where political allegiances change frequently, and often with little notice or reason, the rise of social media may be playing a new role in holding Vanuatu's politicians to account. Social media putting Vanuatu politicians on notice in ...

Radio Australia

AnswerTap Debuts DIY Social Media Testing Tool
Daily Research News Online
Seattle-based start-up AnswerTap has launched a DIY feedback-gathering tool called MagicMarkup, to enable agencies and researchers to obtain consumer feedback on their marketing collateral, logo designs and proposed ads from their social networking...

Daily Research News Online

Brands that lack social-media savvy leave money on the table: study
Campaign Asia-Pacific
ASIA PACIFIC - Singapore has the highest smartphone penetration in the world, but companies there are far behind their target consumers in taking advantage of real-time media, according to a study by Rock Publicity that delivers insights for brands ...

Facebook ditches democracy? Social media firm to end user vote on privacy policy
Financial Post
The world's biggest social media company said in a blog post Wednesday that its voting mechanism, which is triggered only if enough people comment on proposed changes, has become a system that emphasizes quantity of responses over quality of...

Financial Post

Govt monitors social media conversations
The Australian
CSIRO is developing a second social media monitoring tool, called Vizie, which may have far broader political implications. The software detects and monitors conversation topics - including those which may be politically sensitive - across a range of ...

9 make du Social Media Awards final cut
Gulf Today
DUBAI: The du Social Media Awards judging panel has selected the short-listed nine finalists for the Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Social Responsibility Award, Best Digital Video Content Award,and Best Blog /Blogger Award categories. The short-listed ...

Social media turned on source of boats
The Australian
THE government will focus on the "carrot" of more refugee places rather than the diminished "stick" of offshore processing in a new social media campaign targeting prospective boatpeople and their relatives in Australia. With Labor's Pacific Solution ...

Obama Social Media Team on Being the Voice of the President
Jakarta Globe
Obama Social Media Team on Being the Voice of the President. Barack Obama's victory tweet was re-tweeted more than 320,000 times. (AFP Photo/Lionel Bonaventure). Shortly after US President Barack Obama won a second term on Nov. 4, the Obama's ...

Jakarta Globe

Research links social media and psychotic episodes
Times LIVE
This anonymity has led to a growing and worrying trend in internet 'trolling' where disparaging and offensive comments are left on sensitive articles, social mediamemorial pages or even tweeted directly to Twitter users. Addressing social networking...

Times LIVE

Does Your Company Have A Social Media Strategy - Mediabistro
By Shea Bennett
Social media has empowered businesses of all shapes and sizes across almost every industry to raise brand awareness, engage a global audience, boost website footfall and drive sales – providing they put in the work. But it's all about the ...

3 Ways To Get More Facebook Engagement By Using Photos ...
By Sam Zastrow
camera Several months ago, I realized our Facebook page was, well, kind of bad. Sure, we had optimized the page, added a Timeline photo and were posting regularly. But we weren't getting the kind of engagement required to help our page ...
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Social media's immaturity could spread - San Antonio Express-News
Mark Jurkowitz, associate director of the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, said recently on NPR's “On the Media” that during the homestretch of the presidential campaign, social media networks, and especially ...
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Using Social Media To Cover For Lack Of Original Thought | The ...
By Endswell
The latest episode of The Onion Talks: The world's most successful companies know that social media is a powerful marketing tool, and Cameron Hughes.
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VIVA top-ranked in social media leadership in Bahrain | Viva ...
VIVA Bahrain, the Kingdom's most innovative telecom provider, has been ranked 2nd place in Bahrain's top brands on Facebook leadership by Social Bakers, a global social media and digital analytics...
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Social Media and your managed services business | Ulistic
By admin
I get asked everyday, Stuart, how can I use Social Media to grow my MSP business? Want to know the secret to making social media work? Stop broadcasting useless junk and start sharing items that interest your prospects and clients.

Social Media and the Limits of Imagination - Mustard Seed Associates
By Andy
The Onion pokes fun at social media marketing – and challenges our assumptions.
Mustard Seed Associates

Social media misuse – how not to go about social | Marketing ...
By Catriona Pollard
Catriona Pollard. Director, CP Communications, which provides specialist PR and social mediastrategies that achieve positive media coverage, increased brand awareness and improved sales results. View all posts by Catriona Pollard → ...
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Customers will expect 'always-connected' customer service in 2013 ...
By Social Media Influence
The mechanics of social customer support is changing rapidly. Even if vendors can deliver the technology, will brands be able to keep up with consumers' increasing demands?

Can a Social Media Trainer Find "Fans" in Your Audience? | David A ...
By David West
Although organizations throughout Western Canada have been taking advantage of my services as a technology speaker for a number of years, I have found lately that presentations on social media are becoming more and more popular.
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Israel's social media war run by 26-year-old | OSUN DEFENDER
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Lieutenant Sacha Dratwa (Facebook)Lieutenant Sacha Dratwa (Facebook)Social media have become tools for popular movements like the Occupy Wall Street protest.

How to avoid Twitter disaster / We Are Social
By Jim Coleman
The Drum recently carried the following article from me, commenting on social media backlashes, and how they could have been avoided. They've been kind enough.
We Are Social

When Does Blocking Become Anti-social on Pinterest and Twitter ...
By Jeff Bullas
I'm often asked about the privacy of using social media. The question usually goes something like this: "If I have a friend or acquaintance who I'd prefer didn't see my posts, should I just block them?" I always respond with the statement, "Most ...
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Social media gurus nailed in Onion parody - Boing Boing
Social media gurus nailed in Onion parody. Rob Beschizza at 5:57 am Thu, Nov 22. LATEST ...

Harness the True Power of Social Media |
Inc. Live: Livestrong CEO Doug Ulman says you can't think of social media as a tool. To get maximum impact, he says you have to think of social media as a ...

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Social Media Marketing Tips for Artists and Galleries

7 Social Media Marketing Tips for Artists and Galleries: ". . . . while fine art is big business, there is often a wide chasm between the creative process that makes a great artist or a sophisticated gallery owner, and the marketing process that drives branding and sales. “For the majority of artists, success will ultimately come down to their effectiveness in marketing,” says Darius Himes, Assistant Director of fine art photography gallery Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. “Artists need to embrace the fact that both their work, and they themselves as artists, are brands that must be marketed.” So whether you’re an aspiring artist who wants to build an initial following, or a veteran art dealer looking to expand awareness of your brand, it pays to get savvy to new social marketing techniques to help you achieve your objectives. The following are seven strategies for more effective social marketing. 1. Optimize Your Website . . . . "

Bal Thackeray Facebook post: Social networks erupt over girls' arrest
Indian Express
The arrest of two girls over their Facebook post on shutdown in Mumbai for Bal Thackeray's funeral today again opened a can of worms with netizens calling the move a "social media hijack by the powerful and the fundamentalists". Social media was abuzz ...

George Takei joins Tumblr; social media domination complete
Los Angeles Times
Takei may be best known for his portrayal of Hikaru Sulu in the original "Star Trek" television series, but in the past few years he has morphed into a social media super star. His Facebook page has nearly 3 million likes, and his posts regularly ...

Guest post: Can we trust social media publishers to protect our privacy?
Digital Media Wire
Can we trust social media publishers to protect our privacy? Barry Murphy, co-founder and principal analyst of EDJ Group, cautions that this question has legal ramifications for every company that uses Facebook, Twitter or any other social service.

Digital Media Wire

Gaza and the Tactical Military Use of Social Media
The Atlantic
With social media, Saltzman wrote in an email, "Ordinary people become self-made reporters and publicize their personal experiences [...] Like in the case of Lebanon in 2006, they help Hamas and Islamic Jihad to re-calibrate their missiles, rockets and ...

The Atlantic

Feds To Use Social Media For Biosurveillance
With the help of Accenture, OHA will begin using information gathered from social media sites -- Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr -- to better inform and protect the public against national health emergencies, such as disease outbreaks or ...

Smartphone-triggered pet feeder connects to social media
CNET (blog)
The Pintofeed is an intelligent, Wi-Fi-connected pet feeder that's dialed in to smartphones and social media. It serves up food in half-cup portion increments and is controlled by Android or iOS devices. The standard capacity is 5 pounds of food, but ...

Will social media decide who lives and who dies?
In many ways, social media is already determining who lives and who dies. Arijit Guha might have been another statistic demonstrating the brutality of the U.S. health system without his serendipitous Twitter exchange. For better or worse, YouTube ...

Girl's arrest draws flak on social media
Times of India
BANGALORE: The arrest of a 21-year-old girl by Mumbai police for criticizing the shutting down of the city following the death of Bal Thackeray come under fire from netizens. Many tweets andFacebook posts popped up soon after the news of her arrest ...

SGI Twitter Heat Map: Supercomputer Shows Where Angriest Tweeters Live
Huffington Post
The University of Alabama <a href="" target="_hplink">surveyed nearly 8,000 people</a> in 2012, finding that participants over the age of 50 who used ...

Social Media's Effects on Organizational Structure
Associations Now
The only thing more popular than social media, it seems, is social media hype. And that's perhaps why some organizations miss the power that social business techniques can have if implemented at a granular level—and often struggle to make them happen...

Associations Now

Has the New MySpace Predicted the Future of Social Media Marketing?
Business 2 Community
new myspace The new Myspace was officially launched this week and so far the response has been pretty muted. If you take a quick spin around the web's more popular tech blogs, you're more likely to find old Myspace stories than buzz about the launch.

Business 2 Community

Social media, apps changing how we grieve
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
From left, Tohir Tillyaev, Sophia Mitchell and Tony DiPietro won Rochester Startup Weekend by developing an app that allows funeral homes to stream services for those who can't attend in person. / Provided photo ...

Tech Circuit: Social (& Traditional) Media Edition
War of the Words: Many journalists were mesmerized this week by the use of social media in the Middle East. Here's an example of social media changing the world: the military wing of Palestinian political group Hamas and the Israel Defense Forces took...

What Facebook's New Job Listing App Means for Businesses
NBC Chicago (blog)
In case you haven't heard, or are like me and aren't on Facebook, here's the skinny: Last week, thesocial media titan has launched a new job-listing app. It was unveiled on Wednesday, and it's the result of a year-old partnership with the U.S ...

Social Media: Weighing Dumbness One Byte at a Time
Getting back to the article, and premise, about a dumber state of things, a link with an expanding social media and an elevated state of dopiness is drawn by some. How smart do you have to be to spread hate and anger anonymously on the Internet?

Fresh faces of Israeli soldiers on social media remind us of who's really at stake
Herald Sun
IMAGES on social media of young, attractive men and women could depict a generation on their way to schoolies. Instead they're fighting in a war. If not for the khakis and the machine guns you'd be forgiven for thinking these guys and girls are on ...

Social Marketing Brain-Teaser: Will Apple Jump the Shark by Investing in Twitter?
Business 2 Community
There has been recent buzz about Apple investing in Foursquare in order to align itself with one of the most highly respected location-based services available to mobile users. At the same time, there have also been various reports in recent months ...

Business 2 Community

eToro Recognized for Best Use of Social Media
Sacramento Bee
eToro, the world's leading Social Investment Network, announced today that it was awarded "Best Use of Social Media" by Shares Magazine for eToro OpenBook™. eToro OpenBook connects millions of users from over 140 countries and enables users to tap ...

Do we need a 'green cross code' for Twitter?
Channel 4 News
As Sally Bercow names a teenager on Twitter whose identity is protected by a court order, and Lord McAlpine's lawyers pursue those who defamed him in tweets, what next for the social network? Please wait while this video loads. If it doesn't load after ...

Channel 4 News

Local Engagement Through Social Media is Key for Businesses
CEO and Founder of Expion, Peter Heffring believes that in the age of social media, brands need to not only engage their fans at a national level, but also make sure they have a local voice. Earlier this month, Expion a provider of social media ...

WATCH: 60 Seconds of Social Media
Huffington Post (blog)
While Facebook continues to confound and annoy with its newsfeed algorythim-tinkering, is it Tumblr's moment in the sun? Find out why Tumblr might be the future of branded content in the latest episode of Freshwire's "60 Seconds of Social Media." ...

A Guide to Using Social Media Well in Government and Advocacy
Today's social media environment is full of opportunities to reach the public in new ways and challenges on how to do it right. But across government and advocacy organizations, to use social media effectively, you need two things: something worth ...

Facebook, Twitter boon for budding photographers
Times of India
NEW DELHI: Celebrity photographer Dabboo Ratnani feels that social networking and digital photography is a boon for youngsters who want to pursue photography as a career. "I think the youth today is very excited about photography and socialnetworking ...

Times of India

Did We Really Think Social Media Would Stay Free Forever?
By Jennifer Shaheen
Did you really think social media would stay free? Let's face it, social media fees pay employees to keep the sites running and up-to-date.
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A New Approach to B2B Social Media Influence | Social Media Today
By Jenniferlb
How do you measure your Business Social Media Influence ? Twitter followers, engagement levels or retweets? Recently the ABC USA reported on updates to the popular tool, Klout Perhaps you, like some US employers use Klout to measure ...
Social Media Today - The world's...

How to Find Top Tech Talent on Social Media
By Heather Huhman
Social media could be the answer to finding top performers.

Social Media Means More Opportunity To Be Seen
By A Photo Editor
It's a generally accepted rule of thumb that 3-5 point of contact (some say 7-9) is necessary for someone to make a hiring decision on you. What that means is someone must encounter your work 3-5 times either by you.
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Study demonstrates that social media users are pretty insightful ...
By Jim Dougherty
A recent study by Firefly Millwood Brown substantiates some of the conventional wisdom aroundsocial media.
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5 Essential Tips on Social Media Integration for WordPress | Wptuts+
By Barış Ünver
How do we integrate our website into social media? In this tutorial, we're going to go through 5 essential tips on how to be more social.

47 Social Media Facts (& What They Mean For Your Marketing ...
By Heidi Cohen
As social media continues to evolve and mature, so does the ways marketers use it and how they integrate it into their marketing plans. To help you maximize the effectiveness of your social mediaefforts, here are 47 social media facts and ...
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Foursquare API Offers Possibilities To Engage with Customers ...
By Gene Smith
Social media marketing and ROI have an interesting history with some famous sorts saying the proper answer should be, “What's the ROI of your mother, because she made you what you are today?” I have to think they never won a budget ...
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Why are India's politicians scared of social media? | UNCUT
By Mahima Kaul
At a forum, The Power of Social Media for Governance organised in March 2011, while praising social media and e-government/commerce initiatives, Information minister Kapil Sibal suggested that social media users also discuss the dangers ...

LinkedIn Business Mistakes - Business Insider
By Alyson Shontell
A LinkedIn insider tells us the common pitfalls. ... True, it's her job to get people to use LinkedIn, but we think she has a perspective worth sharing, since she trains companies on nontraditional uses ofLinkedIn. She knows the platform like the ...
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What a Pinterest Ad Model Would Look Like | Digiday
By Giselle Abramovich
Digiday - The Authority on Digital Media, Marketing and Advertising.

Pinterest: New Business Accounts Launched Just In Time For Black ...
By Tara Dodrill
Pinterest Business Accounts rolled out this week could generate even more purchases for small and big businesses alike. HubSpot reports that 47.
The Inquisitr

How to create a Pinterest “pin it” button for your WordPress blog
By Jean-Baptiste Jung
How to create a Pinterest “pin it” button for your WordPress blog. As a blogger or website owner, your goal is probably to attract traffic to your website. While facebook and twitter are definitely the two bigger social networking sites, Pinterest is ...

13 Mistakes Your Business Is Making On LinkedIn
Business Insider
When used the right way, it can be a powerful tool for businesses too—and not just for recruiting, the way most managers think of using the site. Businesses that navigateLinkedIn properly engage customers, generate sales leads, and swap internal ...

7 Ways People Are Gaming Social Media
Nothing's changed, of course, in the brave new world of social media. The gadgets we use might be newer and shinier than they were back when we thought ketchup could cure gout, but that just means there are brilliant (and sometimes devious) new tactics ...

Social media analytics startup Socialbakers raises $6M
Prague-based social media analytics startup Socialbakers on Monday announced that it had raised $6 million in funding from Index Ventures and Earlybird Venture Capital. The startup says that more than a fifth of all Fortune 500 companies are its clients.


Social Media is Like Marriage: A One-Way Street
Social media and relationships: that's what the new Facebook couples pages is all about. Listing yourself as "In a relationship" is so traumatic that it's probably ended more relationships than Vegas trips and Victoria's Secrets catalogs combined. But ...


Dish Network Ordered to Change Social Media Policy
Hollywood Reporter
The National Labor Relations Board has ordered Dish to change a "Social Media" policy in the employee handbook that prevented workers from making disparaging or defamatory comments about the company. Additionally, the NLRB has slapped Dish for ...

5 ways journalists can use social media for on-the-ground reporting in the ...
Social media is a particularly powerful tool in the Middle East, where in some countries it gives people a way to express themselves. That expression takes many forms, from social protest, to political criticism, to sharing news and information. Most ...

Obama's Social Media Strategist Tells Tumblr How to Win an Election
Luckily, we got our campaign fix today because Tumblr and The Daily Beast spoke to Laura Olin, one of the Obama campaign's top social media strategists. Ms. Olin was responsible for scheduling the victory posts to all Obama's social networks. Most ...

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Something Someday Will Kill Facebook, But We're Not There Yet

Something Someday Will Kill Facebook, But We're Not There Yet ...
By Jon Evans
Two years ago I wrote a post entitled "Can Anything Stop The Facebook Juggernaut?" in which I marvelled at the fact that Facebook was then worth a w..

Facebook Testing Comment Threading on Posts - Technorati Social Media: "Social network site behemoth Facebook is adding yet another new feature on their site which enables users to respond on a specific comment on a Facebook thread, meaning users will not only be able to like other users comments, but they can also reply to their comments directly. According to a report, a Facebook spokesperson said "We are testing a new way to add comments to a post on Facebook. With this test you will be able to reply to another comment as well as the original post." "This is just a small test at this stage."The new feature allows two layers of replies, which means that one can post another set of replies to an existing reply to a comment. It also shows a "Reply" option next to the "Like" button."

Yes, Companies Are Harvesting – and Selling – Your Facebook Profile - ProPublica: " . . . we got a rare look at how information on your public social media profiles—including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn—is being harvested and resold by large consumer data companies. Responding to a congressional query, nine data companies provided answers to a detailed set of questions about what kinds of information they collect about individual Americans, and where they get that data. Their responses, released Thursday, show that some companies record — and then resell — your screen names, web site addresses, interests, hometown and professional history, and how many friends or followers you have. Some companies also collect and analyze information about users’ “tweets, posts, comments, likes, shares, and recommendations,” according to Epsilon, a consumer data company. While many of these details were already available on the data companies’ websites, the lawmakers used the letters as a chance to raise awareness about an industry that they said has largely “operated in the shadows.”"

Twitter And Developers: A Love Story
By Matthew Panzarino
To say that Twitter and third-party developers have had an ambivalent relationship over the last couple of years is a massive understatement. Twitter has been undergoing a deep transformation of its business to one that makes sustainable ...
The Next Web

Traverie Crowdsources Your Facebook Photos for Travel Planning
By Kate Abbott
Traverie, a new site launched this week, wants to turn your friends' Facebook photos into your next vacation.

Is Twitter's Latest Mobile App Update a Glimpse Into the Future?
By Eric Limer
Twitter has slowly been pushing itself through a kind of reinvention, hoping to come out the other side as a whole new social media butterfly. The most recent part of this transformation came last night in the way of updated mobile apps, and ...

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Social Search & Influence Games: Why Did You Do It LinkedIn? | Business 2 Community: "LinkedIn Was One of the Last Standing Business Social Networks Not Gamed - . . . . Until recently LinkedIn was one of the last standing social networks where real business people could connect without feeling pressured to play the social search game. Yes, there is some gaming. Of course we have all optimized our titles, keywords, skills, job descriptions and more. However, up until now their social search algorithm seemed to be based on ethical business and content practices."

Twitter Is A 24-Hour Party. You Can Tweet If You Want To | Brainwaves, Scientific American Blog Network: "Twitter is like a 24-hour party. Everyone is invited. And you can come and go as you please.
More than 140 million people currently attend this party. Everyone wears a nametag, which usually includes a few descriptive sentences —a ‘bio’—and may identify where someone lives. Upon first joining the Twitter party, most people associate with those they already know. Perhaps more than any other party in history, however, Twitter offers the opportunity to make new friends—to meet people whom one might not have met otherwise. Unlike a typical party, occupying the same physical space is not a prerequisite to meaningful interaction on Twitter. Geography and time zones become less problematic than usual. And because there are so many people at this party, the chances of finding someone with whom you share common interests are pretty high."

Twitter Blog: #OnlyOnTwitter: Taking office
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During this election cycle, candidates used Twitter to take voters all along the campaign journey. Now, the winners have headed to Washington to prepare for the new term. Tweets from the new and re-elected members offer a glimpse of what ...
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Siva Vaidhyanathan (sivavaid) on Twitter
Siva Vaidhyanathan. @sivavaid. Author of The Googlization of Everything (2011), The Anarchist in the Library (2004), and Copyrights and Copywrongs (2001).

No Reason For A Brand Not To Be On Pinterest?

Now There Is No Reason For A Brand Not To Be On Pinterest - Forbes: "And the point now for brands and businesses is there is no reason for you NOT to be on Pinterest as Pinterest has deemed it “legal” for you to set up shop – literally and figuratively on their site. That’s right boys and girls and brand managers and brand marketers who sat on the sidelines while their competition defied the Pinterest Police and created accounts – accounts that were born from personal accounts that is, can now jump into the Pinterest Pool, too. (I think that’s enough Pinterest alliterations don’t you?) Now, brands who are new to Pinterest can create their very own business page or simply convert an existing Pinterest account to a business account."

Pinterest Business Accounts: Site Begins Offering New Tools For Brands: "Pinterest is allowing small businesses and corporations to create official accounts, a move that could be an early step toward profitability. Pinterest Inc. burst onto the tech scene last year, appealing to designers, wedding planners, chefs and anyone else who likes to collect and share images from the Web. The San Francisco company said it is offering businesses free tools for their Pinterest content. Companies already use Pinterest to share photos of clothes, recipes and designs. With Wednesday's changes, businesses can officially link their websites so they are listed on their Pinterest profiles. For example, Home Depot can now verify that its Pinterest page is company-sanctioned and linked to . . . "

Pinterest for Business: "We want to help your business get
the most out of Pinterest." Pinterest: "Create Business Account"

Google Rolls Out Authorship Analytics to Google+ Users
By John P.
Here's something new. I just logged into Google+ and over at the bottom of the right sidebar was a new feature. If you're not familiar with Google.
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Learn How Google+ Helped Skyrocket a Musician's Career
By Jennifer Diamond
Daria Musk will join the Mashable Media Summit this Nov. 30 to perform onstage and online, through a Google+ Hangout. Get tickets now!

Google Turns On In-Stream Installs For Android Apps In Google+ ...
By Darrell Etherington
Google shows off what happens when you control both a social network and a mobile software platform, thanks to a new feature of Google+ spotted by The Next We..

Google+ aims to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life. Check out Circles, Events and Hangouts, just a few of the things we've been working on.,120.325592)

8 Ways to Amp Up Your Career Using LinkedIn
U.S. News & World Report (blog)
LinkedIn's "Skills & Expertise" is a real-time research tool. Enter one of your top skills or areas of expertise in the search box. The results include other key skills associated with the one you entered. Do you have these too? If you're lacking some ...

Facebook launches job search app
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Watch out, LinkedIn. Facebook is jumping into the job search space, with a Social Jobs App that includes listings from services like Monster and BranchOut. The app, which launched Wednesday, currently includes 1.7 million job ...

Pinterest Reaches Out to Businesses With New Service
Bloomberg (blog)
Pinterest, the popular picture-sharing service, will offer new accounts tailored for businesses to fuel the expansion of its user base ahead of a decision on how to generate income from the website. The accounts will make it easier for companies to ...

Facebook Has Good News for George Takei and Mark Cuban
Wired (blog)
Facebook is about to deploy a variant of its News Feed that focuses exclusively on content from businesses, celebrities, news publishers and others who use FacebookPages to pump out content. Facebook has been testing the special News Feed view over ...

Wired (blog)

Google Plus vs. Facebook Domination |
By InfographicGalleries
Is Google taking over the world? This infographic helps to put into perspective the power that Google has when they go after things. This came about b.

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Five ways companies are using Google+ to reach customers ...
Google+ isn't just a Facebook clone aimed at techies; many companies are actively using it for various marketing and collaborative strategies.

Twitter is pivoting | Dalton Caldwell: "In this paradigm, Twitter’s business model is to help brands “amplify their reach”. A brand participating in Twitter can certainly distribute their content for free and get free organic traffic, but if they want to increase their reach, they need to pay. It’s no accident that this sounds exactly like the emerging Facebook business model. As discussed in that link, algorithmically filtered primary feeds are vastly easier to advertise against vs unfiltered feeds. The issue for Twitter is that Facebook already has a far larger userbase which is already trained to read an algorithmically filtered feed."

The Impact of Twitter on Journalism (Video) - Boing Boing
By Mark Frauenfelder
Jeff Jarvis, the director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, and others discuss the impact of Twitter on journalism. The world of journalism has changed in the internet era. Newsrooms are significantly smaller now than ...
Boing Boing

Twitter improvements include search tweaks, email sharing
Twitter has also given a facelift to search results on both its mobile apps and website. Results pages now show photos and videos at the top in a grid-like view, as shown below, and include media such as headlines and photos directly in the results stream.

Twitter No Longer Deserves Support From The Developer Community
Twitter, I hope you know what you're doing, because from this vantage point it looks like you're throwing out everything that made you what you are today in an effort to mimic Facebook. The world does not need another Facebook… it needs the Twitter it ...

Using Social Media to Manage Customer Service
Small Business Trends
Companies, large and small, who use social media channels to connect with customers on service issues are on the rise. Thirty-four percent of companies have been using social media tools for customer service for at least two years, according to The ...

Small Business Trends

France says NASCAR is committed to social media
Winston-Salem Journal
HOMESTEAD, Fla. Brad Keselowski can't have his cellphone in his car, but Brian France, NASCAR's chairman, stressed Saturday that the sport is committed to social media and technology, and said drivers could be communicating from digital cockpits as ...

Nawras shortlisted for 'Best Use of Facebook' award
Oman Daily Observer
MUSCAT — Nawras, Oman's customer friendly communications provider, is celebrating being shortlisted in Ragan's PR Daily Digital PR and Social Media Awards 2012 in the 'Best Use of Facebook' category. From hundreds of entries, the Nawras '7x7' ...

Oman Daily Observer

Metro's tongue-in-cheek transport safety animated video goes viral on social media
The Age
You are here: Home National Article. Search age: Search in:; Web. Metro's tongue-in-cheek transport safety animated video goes viral on social media. Date: November 19, 2012. 31 reading now; Read later. Daisy Dumas ...

Social Media Marketing: Big Brands Will Be Spending More In Your Small ...
Business 2 Community
I just recently posted 7 different ways a small business can use Foursquare to help with their social media strategy to get more people through their front door. Whether it's Foursquare or Yelp! or Facebook, small businesses can position themselves ...

Facebook: Why Does My Baby's Lunch Offend You?
Facebook's persistant takedown of photographs of breastfeeding mothers and infants, regarding the pictures as obscene and offensive, violates their own policies and is grossly discriminatory towards women and breastfeeding. Facebook's defense for the...


Social media group hopes to 'blackout' Arrowhead
It started off as a way to vent some frustration about the direction of the organization, but today thesocial media group known as Save Our Chiefs will fly a yet another banner at Arrowhead Stadium. The groups co-founder, Marty McDonald, says this is ...

#MoveCebu: Social media for social change
Manila, Philippines - When the Cybercrime Prevention Act or RA 10175 was signed into law on September 12, 2012, it unleashed a torrent of strong condemnation from members of the media, civil society and even some politicians - in spite of attempts to ...

2013 Small Business Social Media Trends
Dubai Chronicle
Businesses of all sizes have no choices, but to look forward at the latest trends of 2013 due to the ever-changing viral world. As a matter of fact things change so fast that you need to know now what tomorrow's marketplace will bring you. At present ...

Tim Landis: Harassment can be by social media too, expert warns
The State Journal-Register
The blurry lines between personal and business social media have resulted in significant damage awards for employers who fail to deal with harassing blogs, texts and emails, even if messages are sent outside of work hours. JOAN FARRELL, legal editor ...

Israel's military launches social media offensive
So with both sides embroiled in a war of words and pictures on social media, web users are describing how the situation is affecting them. Israeli bloggers talk about how terror reigns in the south of the country, and Palestinian netizens relate the ...

Best Social Media Management Tools for Small Business Owners
Business 2 Community
There are numerous tools that make populating your Twitter feed, Facebook page, and other social media outlets relatively painless, and some are completely free. Of course, if you want more versatility (additional profiles, analytics, etc.), some ...

Sky Italia gets social with 'X'
ROME -- While Italy might lag behind the rest of Western Europe in Internet usage, pay channel Sky Italia is pushing the country to the forefront of the social media-TV frontierthrough hit competition series "The X Factor," using a strategy in which ...


The rebranding of Hafiz Saeed
The Express Tribune
Many in the print media have also joined hands in selling the JuD as if it was always peaceful. On social media, which is infested with youth, who have little sense of history, an artificial distinction is drawn between the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) that ...

The Express Tribune

Viacom's Global Study of 15K Millenials: The Power of Social Media is Pervasive
MONACO -- Millenials are big fans of technology, in part because the Internet and social media lets them be themselves. That's one of finding many findings of a global study by Viacom titled "The Next Normal: An Unprecendented Look at Millenials ...

Relationship experts applaud Facebook 'couples' pages
CTV News
Some say it's cute, others describe it as cringe-worthy: Facebook pages for couples. The Facebook 'us' page is one of the newest features launched by the social mediagiant, and if you believe the online reaction, it may be the most nauseating one.

CTV News

Can you trust online hotel reviews? The debate heats up
Los Angeles Times
Last week TripAdvisor, one of the world's largest travel websites, defended the value of social mediareviews with a survey that found that 98% of those questioned said TripAdvisor hotel reviews accurately reflected their experience. The study was ...

Facebook, Yahoo in Talks on Search Collaboration -Newspaper
Social media network Facebook Inc. (FB) and Internet firm Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) are in talks about an alliance which would allow the two Silicon Valley-based companies to collaborate on search functionality, the Sunday Telegraph reports, without citing ...

New social network aims to help its users break down language barriers
A SCOTTISH entrepreneur who launched a website allowing people of different nationalities to talk to each other is hoping that his business can revolutionise social media after being adopted by users in more than 100 countries. Jason Gowans gave up his ...


Study: People Like Sex More Than Facebook
As we previously reported, a study by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business found that checking social media websites like Facebook or Twitter is a temptation that's hard to resist, even more than sex. But a newly released study by the ...

The One Essential Ingredient To Your Company's Social Media Success
Business 2 Community
So you've appointed a person responsible for your social media activities. That might include some content creation for your blog. It may include establishing or growing your Facebook presence. It may also include developing a presence in one or more ...

Business 2 Community

Israel and Gaza's Pillar of Tweets: the cross-fire of 140 characters
The Twitter war announcement by the IDF signaled in 2012, it was not only possible to break a heart by 'BBM', SMS or tweet but to break news of aerial assault via 'social' media. IDF text message used in war of words. Pause. Play. hide caption. Image 1 ...

Burberry model Edie Campbell quits Twitter after death threats from One ...
Karolina Kurkova, the Czech supermodel, declared last week that her fellow mannequins should use social media to boost their careers. Edie Campbell, the Burberry model, has, however, deleted her Twitter account after she was targeted by internet bullies.

DHS Social Media Monitoring and Situational Awareness Initiative ...
By Public Intelligence
The Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS), National Operations Center (NOC), has statutory responsibility to (1) provide situational awareness and establish a common operating picture for the federal government, and for state ...
Public Intelligence

This Week On Twitter: 13 Social Marketing Trends, 5 Followers Your ...
By Shea Bennett
Need a little weekend reading? We've compiled our top ten Twitter stories of the week, which includes 13 social media marketing trends for 2013, the 5 types of social follower that every business needs, a visual that queries if social media is ...

An Introduction to Social Media E-Discovery » The Technofreak
By technofreak
Social media is here to stay – in the living room, at the kitchen table, at the movies, in the coffee shop, and even in the workplace. The boom of mobile applications has taken popular social web apps like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and ...
The Technofreak

5 Indian Social Media Articles Worth Reading This Weekend
By Prasant Naidu
A curated list of articles from Indian social media industry worth reading this weekend.
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