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"Twitter Is Amazing, Facebook Pretty Much Useless"

RealClearMarkets - Twitter Is Amazing, Facebook Pretty Much Useless: " . . . .Twitter will end up a multi-generational force, like newspapers, radio and the still dominant television industry. The SFO coverage Twitter facilitated -- you really can't say curate -- is a classic example of why Dorsey's creation will live and, over the long run, Mark Zuckerberg's will die." (read more at link above)

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Ways to Optimize Your Yelp Listing

The 3 Most Effective Ways to Optimize Your Yelp Listing:" . . . 1) Claim Your Listin . . . 2) Read Your Reviews . . . Read the reviews, make the changes, and improve your offering. A business with a great product and service will have a positive rating. You’ll see the results on your Yelp listing faster than you might think. 3) Encourage Reviews . . . (read more at link above)

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Facebook Doesn't Want You To See This Number?

The Number Facebook Doesn't Want You To See: " . . . . There is, of course, one group privy to a glance behind the curtain. Facebook advertisers and group administrators can see post stats, including how many people “saw this post” — the key hidden metric. But revealing audience size, however large or small, is crucial to get potential advertisers to spend money, and Facebook doesn’t have to worry about potential advertisers feeling ashamed. It’s not personal, just business. The advertisers are the ones buying, Facebook is the one selling, and we’re just the goods. When it comes to complex, data-rich systems like Facebook, we see only a sliver of the full picture. It’s not the whole story, just the part we need." (read more at link above)

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Managing Your Social Media Accounts

Managing Your Social Media Accounts | DLA Piper - JDSupra: "Imagine a situation where you have a small business that is planning a major event at a sports venue and needs to utilize a variety of social media channels to publicize the event and garner support for it. Such a business may engage a third party to assist it in managing its social media presence on Facebook and Twitter in order to maximize their ability to generate ticket sales and interest in the event. Your small business turns over its passwords and username to the third party so that they can perform the agreed upon services. Several months after the event and after payment for these services, the parties get into a fee dispute over unrelated services and the third party changes the username of the business to the third party’s name on Facebook, then changes the passwords for Facebook and other social media accounts. Your small business is effectively locked out of its social media accounts." (read more at link above)

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Do Not Dump Your Website for Just a Social Media Presence

Social Media is Great, But Don't Dump Your Website: " . . . Social media is everywhere. If you want to connect with consumers, especially younger ones, it’s imperative that you get out there and use the various social platforms to market your business. However, going online and networking with potential customers will only take you so far. As Forbes notes, it’s a myth to say that social media can replace your website. You still need both for your marketing efforts to be effective. Think “hub and spoke.”. . ."

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Teens and Facebook

Teen Tech - Business Insider: "Most of the teens are on Facebook, but they don't use it as heavily as the other apps mentioned above. My cousin did use it to connect with his new college roommate, but I suspect the fact that the teens' parents and older cousins like me are on Facebook doesn't exactly entice them to share their activity on it very much."

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Remarkable Properties of Mythological Social Networks

The Remarkable Properties of Mythological Social Networks | MIT Technology Review: "Ten years ago, few people would have heard of a social network. Today, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn permeate our lives. They show us how we are linked to each other and how we are more broadly placed within society. What fascinates scientists is that the general properties of social networks seem to be invariant regardless of where they crop up. For example, one of the remarkable properties of social networks is their small world character. This means it is possible to go from one part of a network to any other part in a small number of steps (this is where the phrase 6 degrees of separation comes from). . . ."(read more at link above)

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Twitter Two-Factor Authentication May Not Stop Account Hijackings

Twitter's Two-Factor Authentication Can't Stop Account Hijackings: "In fact, two-factor won't even help organizations who don't want to be hijacked the way AP, The Onion, and The Guardian were earlier this month by the Syrian Electronic Army. Most organizations share accounts, where multiple staff members post using the same account. They won't be able to turn on two-factor because staff members don't have access to the same phone, Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at Sophos, noted on the Naked Security blog."

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A House with Its Own Twitter Feed

In San Francisco, a House with Its Own Twitter Feed | MIT Technology Review: "As weird as a Twitter-enabled house might seem, it offers a glimpse of the future. As interest grows in the “Internet of things”—the idea of adding network connectivity to all sorts of normal objects—everything from desk lamps to ovens may soon come Internet-ready."

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Teens Migrating to Twitter

Poll: Teens Migrating to Twitter - ABC News: "Twitter is booming as a social media destination for teenagers who complain about too many adults and too much drama on Facebook, according to a new study published Tuesday about online behavior. It said teens are sharing more personal information about themselves even as they try to protect their online reputations. . . ."

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Pinterest Teams With Brands

Pinterest Teams With Brands for 'More Useful' Pins | News & Opinion | "Pinterest is about more than photos of your favorite hairstyles and new exercise regimes. The social corkboard today launched a new branding function for products, recipes, and movies. Pinterest partnered with popular websites to provide users with more details about certain pins. Clothes and furniture, for example, may now come with pricing and available locations for purchase, while recipe pins include cook time, ingredients, and serving sizes. Additionally, movie pins provide content ratings, cast members, and more details."

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Tips for building a better LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn: 3 tips for building a better profile - CBS News: "Use LinkedIn Today--LinkedIn Today allows you to customize your page through subscriptions to channels for real-time news coming from influential people, periodicals and industries. Topics range from social impact to higher education to innovation to big ideas. "Adding these channels will keep the conversation growing and evolving on LinkedIn and at the office," says Williams.". . . ."

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Tumblr adds More Ads and Rearranges Buttons

Tumblr Brings More Ads To Users’ Dashboards, Rearranges Buttons & Teens Freak Out | TechCrunch: "Already the user base was distressed over the impending acquisition, some leaving in droves for WordPress after the fact, and today a minor change to the Tumblr dashboard involving the relocation of the Reblog and Notes buttons has them hand-wringing again. Those changes rolled out yesterday, and today have reached 100 percent of Tumblr’s user base. The company says the buttons were moved for consistency between mobile and web."

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The Wrong Friends Might Sink Your Credit

As Banks Start Nosing Around Facebook and Twitter, the Wrong Friends Might Just Sink Your Credit | Betabeat: "He predicts that banks will soon start asking customers to verify their social media profiles. Not everyone has a social media presence, of course, so submitting your Twitter handle will first be pitched as a way to provide customer support or account alerts, which will later open the door for “more complex products,” Mr. King said."

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Strange Facebook Home

The Strangeness of Facebook Home - Facebook’s new interface for smartphones is at odds with how the world uses computer--

Review: Facebook Home | MIT Technology Review: " . . . Facebook has a single model of the world, unapologetically monolithic: the canonical graph of the relationships between more than a billion human beings. If the company is to grow, it must insert itself between people and their smartphones; there are still simply too many moments spent watching things, or reading things, or making things, that it does not own."

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Twitter opens up its analytics platform

Twitter opens up its analytics platform, lets everyone review the performance of their tweets for free - The Next Web:  The change was spotted by Christopher Penn, vice president of marketing technology at SHIFT Communications earlier this week, as well as Danny Olson, a digital strategist at Weber Shandwick. Users simply need to head to the Twitter Ads dashboard and click on the ‘Analytics’ tab at the top of the page to access the new features.

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LinkedIn becoming just another social network

LinkedIn becoming more like other social networks
Los Angeles Times
Looking to become a destination that people visit more regularly, LinkedIn has begun rolling out a new feature that lets individuals and companies post photos, documents and presentations in status updates. "Whether it's a thought provoking presentation ...

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NFL Teams and Social Media

NFL Teams and Social Media: Who's Hot, Who's Not - Blogging The ...
By One.Cool.Customer
Social media has changed the way NFL fans interact with teams and players. We take a quantitative look at which teams are doing particularly well with their social media efforts, and which aren't.
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PS4 has twice as much social media attention as Xbox 720
PlayStation Universe
A study by Fizziology, a leading social media tracker for consumer products, reports that PlayStation 4 has almost twice as much social media buzz as Microsoft's next-generation system. Fizziology monitors discussions and aggregates topics from ...

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Crowdsourcing Critical Thinking to Verify Social Media

Crowdsourcing Critical Thinking to Verify Social Media During ...
By Patrick Meier
My colleagues and I at QCRI and the Masdar Institute will be launching Verily in the near future. The project has already received quite a bit of media coverage—particularly after the Boston marathon bombings. So here's an update.

How To Make Social Media Day Official in Your City - Mashable
In this article we break down step-by-step how to obtain a Social Media Day proclamation from your local government.

Google+ Redesign: This Week in Social Media | Social Media ...
Social media news and new developments making social media marketing easier. (Google+ new design, Google Hangout app, Pin Alerts, LinkedIn privacy ...

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Social Media and the CIA

Social Media Pose Riddle for CIA -
Effective spycraft has long called for cover—a job, family or routine that would keep a government agent from drawing undue attention. Now, that calculation ...

9 social media mistakes your business must avoid | PCWorld
One errant or rogue post can derail your business's reputation. Learn what not to do from these real-world cautionary tales.

Simple Steps to Creating an Effective Social Media Strategy | Search ...
Why is social media so important? More people are using social media through their mobile phones, computers, and tablets than talking, calling, emailing an.

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A social network for man and man's best friend

Where My Dogs At: A social network for man and man's best friend
Los Angeles Times
“Everybody loves social media these days, even dogs,” said Jonathan Kolker, co-founder and chief executive of Where My Dogs At. Kolker was inspired by his energetic cocker spaniel named Eddie and wanted to find new dog-friendly places to take him.

Law toughens penalties for social media-linked attacks
Chicago Tribune
Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Saturday a measure that allows stiffer penalties for people convicted of using social media to organize mob attacks. Social media has made it easier for groups of people to orchestrate violence, including those related to ...

Social media used to attack teachers
ABC Online
A Facebook hate-page vilifying Tasmanian teachers has sparked fresh concerns about the way young people use social media. More than 1,000 people have liked a social media hate page against Tasmanian teachers. In two days, a Facebook page titled ...

Social Media Safety and Awareness Month
Huffington Post (blog)
It's National Social Media Safety and Awareness Month. Actually, there is no such thing; yet with so many awareness campaigns for other very important issues, I think it's about time we include important emerging trends that can be both good and evil ...

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Social Media Advertising Ecosystem

The Social Media Advertising Ecosystem Explained
Business Insider
In a new report from BI Intelligence, we analyze the state of social media advertising and where it is heading, offering a comprehensive guide and examination of the advertising ecosystems on Facebook and Twitter, offer a primer on Tumblr as an ...

Social networking is serious business and your Klout counts
The National
Remember back when online social networking was just for fun? You know, the days when everyone wrote their Facebook status updates in the third person: “David is … writing an article about social networking”. Back then, LinkedIn was just a website ...

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Facebook stock stagnant as social network seeks to become advertising giant
CTV News
The world's biggest online social network has also kept growing to 1.1 billion users. Some 665 million people check in every day to share photos, comment on news articles and play games. Millions of people around the world who don't own a computer use ...

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Email and social media marketing: Two very important marketing strategies today
According to a report made by Business 2 Community on May 18, two very important marketing strategies that work well for businesses include email marketing and social media marketing. Social media marketing gets the word out about your business to ...

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Sell Your Art With Instagram

Selling Art With Instagram?: " . . .She really takes iPhone photography to a higher artistic level. She uses different photo editing apps and Instagram’s own filters and frames to reach exactly the intended effect. In my eyes, she does this in a similar way as most of her artwork . . . Carrie is a full time artist and the sale of her artwork is essential to her success and the success of #heARTschool. . . ." (read more at link above)

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Many Brands on Google Plus not active

Google Plus struggles to attract brands, some neglect to update - "An informal survey by Reuters showed that of the 100 most valuable global brands in 2012 ranked by Millward Brown, a media research firm owned by ad giant WPP, 72 have a presence on Google+, compared with 87 on Facebook.
However, roughly 40 percent of the brands with pages on Google+ have either never posted any content, or do so infrequently. Seventeen brands, including Nike and Pepsi, had not posted to their Google+ page in more than a week.The McDonald's Google+ page did not have a single posting. A spokeswoman for the fast-food chain said only that the company was "not active" on Google+."

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LinkedIn Creepy?

LinkedIn: The Creepiest Social Network - Interactually: "This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a while. In fact, it stems from something I noticed way back in August of last year. After digging for answers and even a couple attempts at contacting their customer support, I’ve concluded that LinkedIn is by far the creepiest social network. The primary reasons LinkedIn is the mustached, trench coat and wire frame glasses wearing mouth breather of the internet are the “People You May Know” and “People Also Viewed” features. . . ." read more at link above

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Starbucks and social media

Starbucks presses social media onward | Business & Technology | The Seattle Times: "Now fans interact with the world’s largest coffee-shop chain without even visiting a cafe. They just log on to their favorite social-media site and there’s Starbucks or Frappuccino or Starbucks Indonesia chatting away. One of the most successful brands using social media, Starbucks wins more than a popularity contest with its vast numbers of online fans. The sites have become an important way to advertise daily and, occasionally, drive huge numbers of customers into stores. The fifth-largest brand on Facebook, with 34 million fans, Starbucks trails only Coca-Cola, Disney, Red Bull and Converse, according to" read more at link above

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Facebook losing users as biggest markets peak

Facebook loses millions of users as biggest markets peak | Technology | The Guardian: "In the last month, the world's largest social network has lost 6m US visitors, a 4% fall, according to analysis firm SocialBakers. In the UK, 1.4m fewer users checked in last month, a fall of 4.5%. The declines are sustained. In the last six months, Facebook has lost nearly 9m monthly visitors in the US and 2m in the UK. Users are also switching off in Canada, Spain, France, Germany and Japan, where Facebook has some of its biggest followings. A spokeswoman for Facebook declined to comment." read more at link above

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Do Not Deactivate Your Facebook Account When Litigation Pending

No, You Can’t Deactivate Your Facebook Account When Litigation Is Pending | Carr, McClellan, Ingersoll, Thompson & Horn - Professional Law Corporation - JDSupra: "A federal magistrate judge in New Jersey recently sanctioned a plaintiff for evidence spoliation after he deactivated his Facebook account during litigation, resulting in its permanent deletion by Facebook after 14 days passed.  The court’s order confirms that social networking accounts are just like any other form of evidence and are subject to the same preservation obligations.  Parties who fail to preserve evidence contained in their social networking accounts when litigation is pending or anticipated do so at their peril." read more at link above

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Facebook losing users in US

Facebook profits rise despite drop in US users | Technology | "Facebook has lost 10 million users in the US and seen no growth in monthly visitors in the UK over the past year, according to data from market research firm Nielsen. Research shows that the number of unique visitors to the Facebook website from computers, smartphones and tablets has fallen from 153m in March 2012 to 142m in March this year, having peaked at 158m last August. . . ." read more at link above

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Starbucks presses social media onward

Starbucks presses social media onward
The Seattle Times (blog)
Starbucks digital staffers. ... Paige Dell'Armi, Briar Waterman and Archana Ramachandran photograph and video Major Cohen, a headquarters employee, as he demonstrates how to make French press coffee for social-media platforms. . . .

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Filters and a quieter Internet

In defense of filters and a quieter Internet - The Next Web: "(Facebook is) largely devoid of anything that I consider to be useful. Twitter is still, largely, a valuable network for me. Whether it’s for keeping up with friends or following news, I’m sold on Twitter as the best platform by which to stay in touch with the world around me. But from time to time, even it gets too noisy. I’m already blocking so many keywords ... "

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"Why I Quit Facebook"

Christopher Thompson's Closing the Deal: Why I Quit Facebook | New Hampshire NEWS02: "I realized it was really a complete waste of my time. I found myself checking Facebook often, and it was really providing no value to my personal or professional life. I got tired of reading about people complaining and spreading negativity. And what put me over the edge was when I read a status update from someone that was nothing but lyrics from a rap song. I realized the time I was spending on Facebook was time I was wasting. And it truly was. At that point, I made the decision to quit Facebook." (read more at link above)

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The New 140 Characters Resume

The New Résumé: It's 140 Characters - "Job seekers, in turn, are trying to summarize their CVs in 140 characters or six-second videos. Twitter, which was founded in 2006, isn't yet revolutionizing recruiting, but some employers are already using it to great advantage, citing quick, direct contact with candidates and access to broad networks."

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Code Freeze Saved LinkedIn

Inside Operation InVersion, the Code Freeze That Saved LinkedIn - Businessweek: "Scott believes all this work has primed LinkedIn for what he sees as its next stage: mining users’ economic and job data to spot trends early and advise people on advancing their careers. “We’ll be able to see things like where welders are migrating and what skills the successful ones are learning,” Scott says. “It is great to have perfect information running in both directions.”" (read more at link above)

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Social media and the search for Boston bombing suspects

Social media and the search for the Boston bombing suspects
CBS News
The Boston Marathon bombings are certainly a tale of terror, but also a tale about the power and perils of social media. "At one point I wrote, 'I just wish I had a fact filter for Twitter,'" said Lance Ulanoff, the editor-in-chief of ...

Smart phones, social media aided Boston search
Deutsche Welle
Smart phones, social media aided Boston search. The two bombs at the Boston Marathon exploded with hundreds of people watching. Many of them were filming the moment on their mobile phones, which helped investigators identify, track and find the ...

It's Time for Truth on Social Media - Mashable
With social networks like Facebook and Twitter, news flows faster than ever. And the news is no longer centrally controlled, making it potentially less trustworthy. Reporters have more access to information through social media, but it's no longer just ...

Social media plays role in search for Boston suspects
This picture is an example of how big a role social media played in this event. Authorities were flooded with tips about the two suspects when images were shared. And when the two brothers went on their rampage, trying to escape, lots of people ...

#ISOJ Keynote: Can Social Media Help Us Create A More Informed Public?
PBS MediaShift
... it wrong and making matters worse. So that's why I'd like to talk today about some of the factors that lead to these mistakes, how they're amplified by social media, and perhaps, how we can mitigate them better by rethinking how we engage the public.

Social media a double-edged sword in gathering Boston manhunt info
Berkshire Eagle
Modern phones provided access to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, and apps allowed listeners across the globe immediate access to the Watertown police scanner as the second terror suspect was apprehended late Friday. People kept up with...

Social media fuels rumors during search for suspects
Atlanta Journal Constitution
The intensive manhunt for the bombers behind the deadly Boston Marathon attacks didn't take place only on the streets with professional police officers and SWAT teams

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Social-media skills every leader needs

Six social-media skills every leader needs - McKinsey Quarterly - Strategy - Innovation: "Social media also adds new dimensions to these traits. For example, it requires the ability to create compelling, engaging multimedia content. Leaders need to excel at cocreation and collaboration—the currencies of the social-media world. Executives must understand the nature of different social-media tools and the unruly forces they can unleash. Equally important, there’s an organizational dimension: leaders must cultivate a new, technologically linked social infrastructure that by design promotes constant interaction across physical and geographical boundaries, as well as self-organized discourse and exchange. . . ." read more at link above

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Fake Twitter Followers a Multimillion-Dollar Business

Fake Twitter Followers Become Multimillion-Dollar Business - "There are now more than two dozen services that sell fake Twitter accounts, but Mr. Stroppa and Mr. De Micheli said they limited themselves to the most popular networks, forums and Web sites, which include Fiverr, SeoClerks, InterTwitter, FanMeNow, LikedSocial, SocialPresence and Viral Media Boost. Based on the number of accounts for sale through those services — and eliminating overlapping accounts — they estimate that there are now as many as 20 million fake follower accounts.
Fake followers are typically sold in batches of one thousand to one million accounts. The average price for 1,000 fake followers is $18, according to one study by Barracuda Labs. Mr. Stroppa and Mr. De Micheli said some sellers bragged that they made $2 and $30 per fake account. A conservative estimate, they said, was that fake Twitter followers offered potential for a $40 million to $360 million business."

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Investing advice and Twitter

When to take investing advice from Twitter - Chuck Jaffe - MarketWatch: "This month, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission updated the filing requirements for many social-media communications. Without these updates, most compliance officers held one basic tenet with regard to most social-media activity, namely that every statement a firm or money manager makes about investing must be treated as if it were a material disclosure, with the information filed with regulators. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or Finra, the brokerage industry’s private self-regulator, basically has that standard too."

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Hashtags considered #harmful

Hashtags considered #harmful » Nieman Journalism Lab: "Does this mean the millions of Twitter users who deploy such hashtags to increase their reach are all wrong? Well…yes. We certainly have a history of carrying out myths in technology. Shaking a Polaroid picture didn’t make it develop any faster. Blowing on Nintendo cartridges didn’t help, either. We’ve all been told at some point that hashtags connect you to more people, and it’s been widely accepted as fact."

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Mobile messaging apps threaten Facebook

Youth flock to mobile messaging apps, may be threat to Facebook | Reuters: "Create personal profiles. Build networks of friends. Share photos, videos and music. That might sound precisely like Facebook, but hundreds of millions of tech-savvy young people have instead turned to a wave of smartphone-based messaging apps that are now sweeping across North America, Asia and Europe. The hot apps include Kik and Whatsapp, both products of North American startups, as well as Kakao Inc's KakaoTalk, NHN Corp's LINE and Tencent Holdings Ltd's WeChat, which have blossomed in Asian markets. Combining elements of text messaging and social networking, the apps provide a quick-fire way for smartphone users to trade everything from brief texts to flirtatious pictures to YouTube clips — bypassing both the SMS plans offered by wireless carriers and established social networks originally designed as websites. Facebook Inc, with 1 billion users, remains by far the world's most popular website, and its stepped-up focus on mobile has made it the most-used smartphone app as well. Still, across Silicon Valley, investors and industry insiders say there is a possibility that the messaging apps could threaten Facebook's dominance over the next few years. The larger ones are even starting to emerge as full-blown "platforms" that can support third-party applications such as games. . . .

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FTC is Watching Sponsored Tweets

Paid Tweeters Beware: The FTC is Watching - Corporate Intelligence - WSJ: " . . . That #spon at the end is currently used by some on Twitter as a hashtag identifying sponsored tweets, and the “typical loss…” is a disclaimer similar to the ones you see on most weight loss ads. But it’s still not good enough, the FTC says: “#spon” isn’t clear enough, because plenty of people wouldn’t know what it means, particularly Twitter novices. Instead, you would need to tag it with something obvious, like…"

The Greatest Blog Post About Deceptive Advertising Ever Written* | Looper Reed & McGraw, P.C. - JDSupra: If you make a claim, have the evidence to back it up which means a “reasonable basis” to make the claim including “competent and reliable scientific evidence” for health and safety claims. Stay subjective. Saying your drink tastes great or that this is the best column ever is something the consumers can judge for themselves. Opinions are not verifiable facts and rarely can create liability. Be careful online. Your “liking,” “re-tweeting,” or other actions can be an endorsement of someone else’s comments and violate regulatory rules that govern your industry. If you are in those industries, train the people running the official company channels. The Business Guidance section of FTC’s website provides some good resources to help stay out of trouble.

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Subway, Google And Target Are Top Brands For Social Currency

Subway, Google And Target Are Top Brands For Social Currency - Forbes: " . . . . 1. Subway (Social currency score: 712) Subway not only benefits from a large Facebook and Twitter audience but it also gets very high engagement scores. Subway fans and followers are very active. 2. Google (709) Google’s success follows from its large branded ecosystem of products that consumers access in their daily lives. 3. Target (688) Target succeeds because it attracts consumers using a 360° presence through numerous channels and in different functions to create buzz and awareness. 4. Heineken (665) Heineken continuously creates high visibility for its brand through social media. Its users engage with its viral campaigns and innovative concepts.  . . . "

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On Facebook, Sharing Can Come at a Cost

Disruptions: As User Interaction on Facebook Drops, Sharing Comes at a Cost - It seems as if Facebook is not only promoting paid links on news feeds, but also possibly suppressing the ones that aren’t paid for - ". . . . Facebook has also said that there has been a 2 percent drop in interaction on the news feed, and is now replacing free content with paid content, which means a large number of free posts will disappear from people’s feeds as sponsored ads float to the top. . . . .Twitter has the same type of advertising module, the sponsored tweet, but although it might highlight the ad in a user’s stream, it does not suppress other people’s content in the process. Everything just falls into a time-based stream. Facebook may become dominant enough that its actions vex regulators, then it may be forced to change what it highlights. Or, maybe its users will grow so tired of what seems like another bait-and-switch that they will decide to stop sharing, even if it seems to be free."

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Stopped using FaceBook Events

Why I stopped using FaceBook Events: "The only time I got any traction on a Facebook event is when I posted a link to the FB event to my 4.6 million Pinterest followers. As soon as I did that, a bunch of people signed up. I’m sure there is a big overlap in Pinterest and Facebook users, but none of those Facebook people would have found out about it unless I posted it on Pinterest! There a few other x-factors in Google+. One is that it is integrated with the whole Google email and search world. So, if people use Gmail (who doesn’t???) or do a search in Google (who doesn’t???) then it is easy to find events that are happening near you and get invites from your friends. There is much less friction to sharing an event. And Facebook search is horrible! It took me forever even to find my previous event. I did a search for “Paris Photowalk” and mine did not appear — another one appeared. Plus, I know there have been many many photowalks in Paris, and only a random one appeared."

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Facebook era ending?

Even Google won't be around for ever, let alone Facebook | Technology | The Observer: " . . . If you put your faith in network effects, therefore, Facebook looks like a good investment because it'll be around for the long term. If people want to do social networking, then it'll be the only game in town. Facebook users will constitute a captive market and will be correspondingly exploited. And the company will be regulated as a monopoly. Which is where "stickiness" comes in. How much exploitation will users tolerate before they decide to quit? We know a lot about network effects but relatively little about this, which is why a new study by three scientists at the Swiss university ETH Zurich makes interesting reading. They examined several social networking services, seeking to identify what makes them resilient and what could cause them to decline. And they performed an empirical autopsy on a failed service – Friendster – using data gathered just before it closed. The key determinants of success or failure were (i) the average number of friends that users have and (ii) whether the difficulty of using the site comes to outweigh the perceived benefits. Facebook is doing OK on the first of these criteria but – in my experience – becoming increasingly vulnerable on the second as the company tries to "monetise" its users. If Mark Zuckerberg's empire can't square this circle then not even the power of network effects will save it in the long run."

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Why He Quit Facebook

Why I'm quitting Facebook - " . . . Facebook does not exist to help us make friends, but to turn our network of connections, brand preferences and activities over time -- our "social graphs" -- into money for others. We Facebook users have been building a treasure lode of big data that government and corporate researchers have been mining to predict and influence what we buy and for whom we vote. We have been handing over to them vast quantities of information about ourselves and our friends, loved ones and acquaintances. With this information, Facebook and the "big data" research firms purchasing their data predict still more things about us -- from our future product purchases or sexual orientation to our likelihood for civil disobedience or even terrorism. The true end users of Facebook are the marketers who want to reach and influence us. They are Facebook's paying customers; we are the product. And we are its workers. The countless hours that we -- and the young, particularly -- spend on our profiles are the unpaid labor on which Facebook justifies its stock valuation. . . . " (read full article at link above)

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Pinterest Founder on the Human Indexing Machine

Pinterest’s Founder: Algorithms Don’t Know What You Want | MIT Technology Review: " . . . We often talk about Pinterest as like a human indexing machine. Google built these crawlers that would go out, and these amazing algorithms. We give people tools that let them organize in a way that makes sense to them, and in doing that they organize in a way that makes sense to other people. It just sort of respects our philosophy of how we want to achieve our mission, by helping people organize things. That organization is different than the approach you would take if you were only using machines. Many people think or assume that Pinterest is mostly used by women. Is that the case? It’s not how we think about the site; we try to build things for the whole world. That said, most of our users right now are women. I think that’s a function of how the site and the service tend to spread along interest categories. We’ll see an area like interior decorating, and then an adjacent interest will open up. It’s becoming more diverse. I would guess that when camping opens up as an interest, fishing would be an adjacency. . . ."

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Social Media in Brazil

Brazil: The Social Media Capital of the Universe - ". . . .  the growth of social media in Latin America's biggest country. Brazil's expanding middle class is increasingly going online, and social media are particularly popular because of Brazil's hyper-social culture, social-media executives say. That makes Brazil a bright spot for social-media companies as they seek more growth outside the U.S. and Europe. Brazil is particularly appealing because China, the world's biggest emerging market, currently blocks sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, preventing the companies from cashing in on the nation's fast-growing economy. Facebook Inc. has some 65 million users in Brazil, which makes it the company's second largest market after the U.S. by number of users, according to social-analytics company Socialbakers. By the end of 2012, Brazil was also the biggest market outside the U.S. by number of unique visitors for Google Inc.'s GOOG -1.70% YouTube, and one of YouTube's top five markets by revenue. . . ."

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Branding the Visual Web

Branding the Visual Web | Digiday: "It’s a similar story at Ford, which posts photos of cars on its Facebook pages and on Twitter. Every single Ford post in social media is supported with either an image or a video. “As we’ve seen the shift from words to images on social platforms pick up momentum, we’ve found ourselves using images to support almost every story, fact or other piece of content we put out, which means we have more requests for original visuals as well as a need for more and more varied assets we had already been using — like photography,” said Karen Untereker, U.S. social media manager at Ford." A Powerful Adversary For Brands | LEVICK - JDSupra: " . . . . Thanks to, big brands such as Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and myriad others are finding themselves hurled into the center of high-profile debates about acceptable corporate behavior. The foremost reputational challenge is that these are not debates in which both points of view can be expressed. The website’s format does not allow companies and brands to defend themselves. In many cases, all a company in the crosshairs can do is watch as signatures multiply. and similar petition sites are gaining prominence in a Digital Age when everyday citizens can leverage social media as force multipliers that amplify their concerns. But there is a catch where is concerned. The site charges groups for the privilege of sponsoring petitions that are matched to users who have similar interests. When signing up, users are given an option to “Keep me updated on this campaign and others.” When they opt-in for updates on certain issues, sponsors can then reach out to them directly via e-mail. . . . "

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8 Mistakes You Should Never Make On LinkedIn

8 Mistakes You Should Never Make On LinkedIn - Forbes: " . . . Another photo blunder: Misrepresenting your appearance. “I see older people who are worried about age discrimination use a photo of themselves in their 30s, but an interviewer wasn’t expecting them to look so different. And instead of listening to your answers, the interviewer will think you’re deceptive,” Williams confides. “Unless you’re getting hired for a modeling gig, people are just looking for energy, which you can communicate through great posture, open eyes and a smile.” . . . ."

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Teens losing interest in Facebook

Report shows teens are losing interest in Facebook | Digital Trends: "Hidden away in Facebook’s 10-k report, as first noticed by The Verge, is the fact that its younger users – A.K.A teens – just aren’t using Facebook as often as they used to. Here’s the specific nugget that Facebook tried to somewhat keep under wraps:
“We believe that some of our users, particularly our younger users, are aware of and actively engaging with other products and services similar to, or as a substitute for, Facebook. For example, we believe that some of our users have reduced their engagement with Facebook in favor of increased engagement with other products and services such as Instagram. In the event that our users increasingly engage with other products and services, we may experience a decline in user engagement and our business could be harmed.”
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Twitter Could Be Worth $10 Billion Or More

Is Twitter Really Worth $10 Billion? - " . . . Companies love touting themselves as "platforms," but in Twitter's case it happens to be true. The company must spend to maintain its plumbing and constantly improve its interface, but once that's done, it stands back and collects its middleman money. That means getting to massive scale at relatively minimal cost. Twitter won't divulge figures, but people in the venture community, including some Twitter backers, say its margins are as high as 30% to 40%. For simplicity's sake, let's reduce Twitter's net margins to Google's, which are a gusher-like 21%. Value all those earnings at Google's 17-times-trading multiple, and, voilà, Twitter has a value of $12.5 billion. And you needn't tweak conditions much to get a higher number. What could go wrong? The major worry is international growth. Advertisers may also have a natural limit on their Twitter spending. Unlike many users of Google or even Pinterest, Twitter users aren't browsing with a clear intent to purchase. And then there is Twitter fatigue, in which users may feel deluged by information. The company will have to invest to prevent this. Late-stage venture investing "is the hardest time to think about a company," adds Rick Heitzmann of FirstMark Capital, an investor in Pinterest, which just earned its own $2.5 billion valuation with zero revenue. "You're in between. It's not small enough to be completely speculative and not broad enough to know growth rates or earnings margins. . . ."

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Facebook, Google+, YouTube

Watch Out Facebook, With Google+ at #2 and YouTube at #3, Google, Inc. Could Catch Up - Forbes:
In another post from Trendstream, Google is compared to Facebook’s new Graph Search. Its data indicate a marked decline in the percent of Facebook users who are actively sharing information about their daily lives—a significant source of data for Graph Search. GWI observes that, “Growth of active usage is concentrated in passive or frictionless sharing actions and behaviours, like “purchasing a product or service” or watching a TV show or film, which have grown massively through 2012.” The post concludes that, “The future of social is far more passive, less about interacting with friends and more about watching or utilizing the social data to navigate and discover the web as well as the world around us. This means the data will not be user contributed but, aggregated about the user. This leaves Google with the upper hand (italics mine).”
In terms of Facebook’s Graph Search, Trendstream’s Tom Smith writes, “It is far easier to lay social and personalised data over a search product that aggregates the entire internet and links that to users. Facebook is only aggregating what exists in the Facebook eco-system or what consumers have opted into share. To bring this data, which will be coming from Facebook’s partnership with Bing, into the Facebook’s Graph Search will be a far bigger technology challenge and most crucially, an immense privacy challenge.” . . . "

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Minimalist Guide To Social Networking

The Minimalist’s Guide To Social Networking | Soshable | Social Media Blog: "Some Tips For Quickly Maximizing Your Social Impact: Fill Out Your Profile Completely—If the goal is to network and attract business, then you need to give potential customers and clients the best idea possible what it’s like doing business with you. This means filling out every section of your profile, and posting a picture. Yes, people who may want to pay you money definitely want to know what you look like.  It’s a trust thing. Make Yourself Useful—Your readers want to learn about your industry. They’re not looking for a hard sell. They’re looking for easy to digest information. If you can teach them something in an entertaining manner, you’ll both win. How about posting quick suggestions or thoughts on your industry? It doesn’t take a lot of time and it may be useful to others. Social’s Not Your Full Time Job—"

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Facebook bound to fall

Why the Facebook and Apple empires are bound to fall | The Raw Story: "Then there’s the social network Facebook with its billion users, which is likewise the focus of much hyperventilating comment. Recently, the Mark Zuckerberg empire launched its latest deadly weapon with the catchy name of Graph Search – as in “social graph”. . . . Actually, it’s Facebook’s latest attempt to become the AOL de nos jours. And, in the end, it will fail for the same reason that AOL’s attempt to corral users within its walled garden failed: the wider internet is just too diverse, innovative and interesting. But because Facebook looms so large in the public consciousness at the moment, it’s difficult to keep it in perspective. Which is why Kennedy’s book makes such salutary reading. So what we need to remember as we wade through the current overheated commentary on Apple and Facebook is that nothing lasts forever. . . ."

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Global Social Platforms dominate

GlobalWebIndex: "Data collected in GWI.8 (Q4 2012) demonstrates the continued shift in usage from localised social platforms to global ones with huge growth for Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. The fastest growing network in 2013 in terms of “Active Usage” (defined as “Used or contributed to in the past month”) was Twitter which grew 40% to 288m across our 31 markets (approximately 90% of global internet population). 21% of the global internet population now use Twitter actively on a monthly basis. This compares to 21% actively using YouTube, 25% actively using Google+ and a staggering 51% using Facebook on a monthly basis....The trends we’ve seen remain and are becoming ever clearer as we move forward."

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Facebook and Instagram Users Upload IDs To Regain Access

Facebook and Instagram Users Being Asked To Upload IDs To Regain Access | TPM Idea Lab: "As it turns out, the requests are official and are being done by Instagram and Facebook in response to suspected violations of the two social networks’ distinct terms of service. “This is just a general practice for both Facebook and Instagram to request photo IDs for verification purposes depending on what type of violation may have occurred,” a spokesperson for Facebook told TPM. “Unfortunately, I can’t share more with you beyond that as we don’t go into details beyond that.” Facebook declined to state exactly why a number of users would collectively receive notifications to provide government issued IDs this week or what specific violations of terms prompted the notifications."

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LinkedIn magic number is 50 connections

LinkedIn: Is quality more important than quantity? - CBS News: ". . . In the professional world, quality always matters more than quantity, especially when it comes to business contacts. You could have a Rolodex full of "contacts," but how many of those contacts can you rely on to answer your emails instantly, find you a new hire or help you out when you're in a jam? The magic number is at least 50 connections. Once a member meets 50 contacts, they'll start to unlock many more networks and doors via their second- and third-degree connections. What makes someone a worthwhile connection? Before you connect with someone, ask yourself how you can help that person down the line and how you might benefit from connecting with them. Are they in a similar industry or an industry you're thinking of switching to? Working at a company you admire or one that's a competitor? Or are they an expert in their field or alumni with similar hobbies? . . . "

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Small Firms Say LinkedIn Works and Twitter Does Not

Small Firms Say LinkedIn Works, Twitter Doesn't - "Many owners, including Ken Lopez of Washington, who started using social media to market his consulting business in 2011, tend to think the "value" of social media comes primarily from measurable factors, such as pageviews, click-throughs or direct sales. "We will tweet 10-plus times a day, and we will put roughly the same number of posts on LinkedIn per day, yet we get dramatically different results," says Mr. Lopez, whose A2L Consulting offers services to law firms. Two days every week for the past two years, he has focused on driving traffic to his website using LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. And the work has paid off. He says A2L now gets 12,000 website visitors a month, up from 800 in 2011, and his Web-driven revenue has increased fivefold. But A2L gets little traffic on its site from Twitter, compared with other social-media outlets. "LinkedIn is the dominant traffic driver," says Mr. Lopez. "Twitter is a small percentage by comparison." Richard Alfonsi, Twitter's vice president of global online sales, says Twitter needs to do more to educate small businesses on the benefits of using its service to reach potential customers and on the most effective ways to use the service. . . . "

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Google Notification Center in Chrome

Google to add a new Notification Center to Chrome, paving the way for Google Now integration - The Next Web: "The release has been spotted by François Beaufort over on Google+ today, and appears to be a way for the technology giant to bring Android’s critically acclaimed Google Now cards to the desktop. After downloading the latest build, Beaufort says users simply need to toggle on the “Enable Rich Notifications” under chrome://flags. He also snapped up a screenshot of the new notification center in action, giving us an idea of how it might look and feel in everyday use. However, it’s important to remember that because this feature is in a developmental stage, Google could still change its appearance before a final release on Chrome."

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Coming and Going on Facebook

Coming and Going on Facebook | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project: "Two-thirds of online American adults (67%) are Facebook users, making Facebook the dominant social networking site in this country. And new findings from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project indicate there is considerable fluidity in the Facebook user population: 61% of current Facebook users say that at one time or another in the past they have voluntarily taken a break from using Facebook for a period of several weeks or more. 20% of the online adults who do not currently use Facebook say they once used the site but no longer do so. 8% of online adults who do not currently use Facebook are interested in becoming Facebook users in the future. We asked the 61% of Facebook users who have taken a break from using the site to tell us in their own words why they did so, and they mentioned a variety of reasons. The largest group (21%) said that their “Facebook vacation” was a result of being too busy with other demands or not having time to spend on the site. Others pointed toward a general lack of interest in the site itself (10% mentioned this in one way or another), an absence of compelling content (10%), excessive gossip or “drama” from their friends (9%), or concerns that they were spending too much time on the site and needed to take a break (8%)."

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Things to Know about Facebook Privacy

New Stuff I've Learned Since My Facebook Privacy Tool Kit - " . . . One is called My Permissions, and it tells which Facebook applications have access to what kinds of information. When I tested it, I wasn’t exactly surprised, but I did find it revealing. My Mitt Romney campaign app had permission to post status updates in my name. Two music streaming apps had round-the-clock access to my information, even when I wasn’t using them. The presentation is simple. The app can be installed on your browser of choice. Harper Reed, chief technologist for the Obama 2012 campaign, spotted it a long time ago. My bad for not noticing it until now. The second, Scrambls, is designed to let the user decide who can read what. It encodes — or locks with a key — what you post on Facebook (or what you send through Gmail for that matter) and lets you choose who should have the key to be able to read it. A friend of mine, for instance, posted pictures of a house he is renting out. He posted several pictures and offered a pretty good idea of where it’s located. Had he been worried about a break-in into a clearly unoccupied house, he might have encoded it for a set of friends only. . . . " more at

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LinkedIn as professional publishing hub

LinkedIn eyes future as professional publishing hub | Internet & Media - CNET News: "The professional social network doesn't have a timetable for when it plans to release the units more widely, but Weiner did indicate that sponsored content will be what LinkedIn serves up to smartphone users in lieu of showing them display ads. Currently, 27 percent of LinkedIn's unique visitors are coming through mobile, which means this group's attention has giant revenue potential. In essence, content is quickly becoming the new connection on LinkedIn."

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Iceland MPAA Quit Facebook After 4 Days of Fail

Iceland’s MPAA Quits Facebook After 4 Days of Fail | TorrentFreak: "The Icelandic Film and Movie organization SMAIS is known for its tough anti-piracy stance. In an attempt to engage a debate and address a recent report which accused SMAIS of not paying for software themselves, the group joined Facebook. However, the discussion on the social networking site quickly turned into a flame war. After just four days the group decided to call it quits and left Facebook, with an unlikelihood it will ever return. There is a good reason why the MPAA and RIAA are not on Facebook. They would become cannon fodder, and every word they post would be carefully dissected by an angry mob."

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Use Twitter Search To Find Old Tweets

Twitter Search Lets You Once Again Find Old Tweets: " . . . In a post today, Twitter says that some older tweets are now going to be available. How far back? That’s not said; but, it seems like tweets that are particularly popular or notable will be available. From Twitter’s post: As we roll this out over the coming days, the Tweets that you’ll see in search results represent a fairly small percentage of total Tweets ever sent. We look at a variety of types of engagement, like favorites, retweets and clicks, to determine which Tweets to show. . . ."
See also Twitter’s advanced search feature.

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Pinterest testing new faster design

Pinterest testing new, faster design - "Pinterest announced . . . . that it is testing a new design with a small number of users. The pinboard-based social network, which exploded onto the scene last year, said its new design makes navigating more intuitive "so it’s faster to get to where you want to go." A screen shot of the latest design shows a new icon on the top left corner of the site's layout with a drop down menu that holds several categories and subcategories."

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Twitter is a machine for continual self-reinvention

Twitter is a machine for continual self-reinvention: ". . . Matt Haughey wrote an essay called Why I love Twitter and barely tolerate Facebook. There's no memory at Twitter: everything is fleeting. Though that concept may seem daunting to some (archivists, I feel your pain), it also means the content in my feed is an endless stream of new information, either comments on what is happening right now or thoughts about the future. One of the reasons I loved the Internet when I first discovered it in the mid-1990s was that it was a clean slate, a place that welcomed all regardless of your past as you wrote your new life story; where you'd only be judged on your words and your art and your photos going forward. Facebook is mired in the past. . . . For a certain type of person, changing oneself might be one of the best ways of feeling free and in control of one's own destiny. And in the social media world, Twitter feels like continually moving to NYC without knowing anyone whereas Facebook feels like you're living in your hometown and hanging with everyone you went to high school with. Twitter's we're-all-here-in-the-moment thing that Matt talks about is what makes it possible for people to continually reinvent themselves on Twitter. You don't have any of that Facebook baggage, the peer pressure from a lifetime of friends, holding you back. You are who your last dozen tweets say you are. And what a feeling of freedom that is."

7 Bold Ways to Build Brand Personality | Business 2 Community: "Social media and blogs account for 23% of all time spent online, and reach over 80% of Americans with an internet connection. Your consumers want to digitally connect with your brand, but that doesn’t mean they want to buy from a faceless, electronic corporation. Building brand personality and showcasing the people who make your company tick is essential, and it can be accomplished online. We’ve compiled 7 of the sharpest, new ways to build brand personality as part of your company’s inbound marketing strategy: 1. Personalize Your Social Media Interactions . . . "

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Social Media Has No Impact On Sales

Social Media Has No Impact On Sales - Business Insider: "Retailers may have hit record sales over the shopping weekend from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, but the impact of social media campaigns many of them invested in is less certain. Offerpop, which helps retailers including Amazon, Sears and Walmart run social-marketing campaigns, says it saw a 40percent increase in social-media campaigns by its clients for the Black Friday shopping weekend compared with last year. Yet social media made up less than 1percent of online traffic and sales on Black Friday, according to IBM Smarter Commerce, which tracks sales for 500 of the top retail sites. And that's down from last year. That's based on customers who were referred to a retailer's site through social media and made a purchase right then. It may not be a bad thing though, given that retailers were using social media more to raise brand awareness than to push sales this year, says Jay Henderson, strategy director for IBM Smarter Commerce."

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Facebook: A waste of time for most Advertisers: "So, why did Google make 10 times as much as Facebook last year on just over half as many advertisements? The answer is “Commercial Intent”.  When people are shopping, they have what is called Commercial Intent, which means they are looking for something they want to  purchase. It is no different from back in the days of searching through the Yellow Pages for a business that is selling what you are interested in buying. Your Commercial Intent is to find those who provide what you are looking for. Commercial Intent does not exist on Social Media, . . . "

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Privacy and Security Issues

Second of a series: Privacy and Security Issues for 2013 | Mintz Levin - Privacy & Security - JDSupra: " . . . In order to protect the corporate reputation, prohibit unlawful competitive activity, including the theft of trade secrets, or to affirmatively comply with certain government regulations, some employers now require employees (and prospective employees) to provide their social media passwords or other account information. Fourteen state legislatures (like California) have recently enacted laws prohibiting this practice, and other states are likely to follow suit. Social media privacy bills are under consideration in Missouri, Texas, and other jurisdictions. Whether a particular state prohibits this practice or not, employers must give serious thought before implementing (or continuing to implement) this practice. Specifically, they must be mindful of the “Big Brother” perception and the potential exposure to claims under the anti-discrimination laws, labor laws, and state privacy laws. In 2013, employers, employees, lawmakers, regulatory authorities and courts will continue to struggle to strike the right balance between privacy, corporate culture, ownership of business information, free expression, and creativity. Recommendation for action in 2013: If your business has a social media policy, review it in light of emerging state laws and the NLRB cases. If your business does not have a social media policy, 2013 is the time to take another look."

Why the Instagram debacle just taught every tech company to be shadier than ever | The Verge: "That's advertising on your photos, in case it wasn't clear. Whatever kind of victory all those protests achieved, it wasn't one for consumer rights — if anything, Instagram is the real winner here. The company just managed to score a round of positive press for retracting an unpopular change and give itself the ability to actually use photos in ads. Worst of all, the Instagram debacle is destined to be discussed in boardrooms and business schools for years to come as an object lesson in keeping terms of service vague and hard to understand. Had Instagram just left its existing terms in place, the company would have been totally fine . . . "

Why Facebook Can't Be The Center Of Your Social Strategy - Forbes: "While 86% of companies today maintain a Facebook page, many have discovered that simply following the heard isn’t much of a strategy. The fans and likes may roll in, but meaningful results like improved customer satisfaction and increased sales revenue remain elusive. Why? Because the real power of social media lies in its ability to engage and enlist, not just tally. We must deliver social customer experiences that entice customers to interact with us, share their passions, their insights, and their ideas. When only 2% of consumers ever return to brand pages they “like” on Facebook, the platform clearly isn’t a tool for engagement. When the only way our customers can interact with us to “like” us, we aren’t doing much to enlist their help in making our brand more successful. . . . "

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Facebook Graph Search mining your "stinking data" is creepy

Facebook Graph Search Is Humorless, Creepy And Doomed To Disappoint | TechCrunch: "Facebook’s newest feature Graph Search (so new it’s still in beta) can apparently tell you lots of stuff. Which of your friends are into surfing, hiking or drinking cups of tea. Or, delving into darker territory, which of your friends are sexist or racist — as this Gizmodo article points out. (Ewww.) But Graph Search also shines a massive illuminating spotlight on something else: why Snapchat has captured people’s imagination. And the answer is simple: because it does something Facebook does not. It lets data disappear, rather than stockpiling it until it starts to stink."

ReadWrite – Facebook Graph Search: Noisier And Nosier Than Ever: "I must be slow, as I don't even want to interact with those 150 friends when it comes to choosing a restaurant or a movie. There are few individuals that I trust on such matters: I either want an expert (Zagat) or the foolishness of crowds (Yelp). I don't want my brother, who might hype me on the new dish at Olive Garden. (A fate worse than death!)
In sum, I'm enjoying my life sans Facebook, and I imagine I'll enjoy it even more now that Facebook wants to make it even easier to invade my personal space without real value in return. Maybe it will be useful for dating, but I have zero interest in this."

The Secret to Facebook Happiness Is Killing Friendships: "You might have heard of Dunbar's Number, a psychological "law" that human beings can't maintain meaningful relationships with between 100 to 230 other people. Hahaha. Plenty of us have several hundreds, if not thousands of Facebook friends. The transformation of Facebook "friendship" into something abstract and laughable is well-trodden by now, and we've sort of started to just take it as a modern shrug. That's just the way things are now—the joy of rediscovering people from high school has been replaced with the endless chore of clicking to hide all those assholes from high school you don't want to read updates on anymore."

Hacking the Hyperlinked Heart - ". . . At the end of my analysis, I'd compiled enough information to create a super profile—a sort of amalgam of what I saw the popular women doing, along with my own personal details. Instead of bullet points and résumé speak, I wrote that "my friends would describe me as an outgoing and social world traveler, who's equally comfortable in blue jeans and little black dresses." Soon after it went live, my super profile attracted more than 60 responses, many of them notably different from the ones I'd attracted before. . . ."

Are you fed up with Facebook? | Comment is free | "Facebook saw its UK user base drop by 1.86% in December, and while it still has over 31 million monthly active British users (around half of our 61.8m population), some have speculated that Facebook has reached its saturation point and will now experience a decline."

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