Social Media Trends

Facebook’s Libra could massively help the cryptocurrency industry — or hurt it badly

New York (CNN Business)Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency worries lawmakers. And increased government scrutiny for Libra could dent plans not only for Facebook but for other cryptos as well. Others in the field worry lawmakers’ distrust of Facebook might prompt harsh regulations that could stunt the nascent crypto industry’s growth. When Libra exploded onto the cryptocurrency scene last month, it brought attention to a sector that’s been growing quietly and operating without clear regulations for a decade. Suddenly, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were talking publicly about cryptocurrency and stressing the need to regulate it: Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters […] […]

A digital revolution is reshaping Democratic campaigns

Two weeks before the 2016 election, Bloomberg’s Joshua Green and Sasha Issenberg published a story about Trump’s brash, self-aggrandizing digital team. Democrats treated the story as evidence of the Trump campaign’s utter cluelessness, until he won. For months after, coverage of the Trump’s tech and digital strategy dominated headlines. Those stories had consequences: Facebook locked down its user data; Cambridge Analytica folded; and a wave of startups, including my own, emerged to help progressives mobilize online. A change is coming to the Democratic Party, and for some campaigns, it’s already here. I’ve seen it firsthand. As part of my […] […]

The “neuropolitics” consultants who hack voters’ brains

Maria Pocovi slides her laptop over to me with the webcam switched on. My face stares back at me, overlaid with a grid of white lines that map the contours of my expression. Next to it is a shaded window that tracks six “core emotions”: happiness, surprise, disgust, fear, anger, and sadness. Each time my expression shifts, a measurement bar next to each emotion fluctuates, as if my feelings were an audio signal. After a few seconds, a bold green word flashes in the window: ANXIETY. When I look back at Pocovi, I get the sense she knows exactly […] […]

Schools Are Mining Students’ Social Media Posts for Signs of Trouble

Aron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post/Getty Images Aaah, the traditions of a new school year. New teachers, new backpacks, new crushes—and algorithms trawling students’ social media posts. Blake Prewitt, superintendent of Lakeview school district in Battle Creek, Michigan, says he typically wakes up each morning to twenty new emails from a social media monitoring system the district activated earlier this year. It uses keywords and machine learning algorithms to flag public posts on Twitter and other networks that contain language or images that may suggest conflict or violence, and tag or mention district schools or communities. In recent months the alert […] […]

​Technofobie of dreigende dystopie?

In China worden grote stappen gezet richting een maatschappij waarin burgers continu worden gevolgd, gemonitord en beoordeeld. Een sociale score moet ervoor zorgen dat men netjes wacht op het stoplicht, vaak op bezoek gaat bij familie en op tijd op het werk verschijnt. Overtredingen leveren strafpunten op en daarmee een lagere score waarmee je minder recht hebt op een goede baan of een appartement. Het is nu nog optioneel, maar in 2020 ontkomt de Chinese burger er niet meer aan. De Volkskrant schrijft in een artikel over de Chinese technologie dat wij, in het westen, nog ‘huiverig’ zijn qua […] […]

Eng: Facebook volgt je op nóg veel meer manieren dan je denkt

Dat we op de voet gevolgd worden door Facebook is inmiddels alom bekend, maar nu dat de social media-gigant antwoord heeft gegeven op vragen die in het Amerikaanse congres zijn gesteld blijkt dat het allemaal nog veel verder gaat dan we allemaal dachten. Dit zijn een aantal van de manieren waarop Mark Zuckerberg & Co. ons volgen op het internet, allemaal gehaald uit het document van 222 pagina’s dat is doorgestuurd naar het Congres. Een gedeelte van deze tracking-methodes kenden we al, maar als je het allemaal achter elkaar zet zul je zien dat er heel weinig geheim blijft […] […]

A few big players may have been behind Bitcoin’s huge surge last year

New research (PDF) suggests that a price manipulation scheme may have been behind the cryptocurrency’s extraordinary rally in 2017. The study: Researchers at the University of Texas analyzed blockchain data and found that large purchases of cryptocurrency from multiple trading platforms in exchange for Tether, a crypto-token that’s supposedly pegged to the US dollar , were “timed following market downturns” and, since cryptocurrency prices tend to move as one, resulted in “sizable increases in Bitcoin prices.” This suggests, according to the New York Times , that a few players may have been propping up the price of Bitcoin and […] […]

WhatsApp Group Video Call and Instagram Video Chat Are Coming Soon

Facebook announced a whole lot of new features at its 2018 Facebook F8 developers conference, including Dating on Facebook, letting users clear their web browsing history, real-time language translation within Messenger, and many more. Besides announcing exciting features for its social media platform, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also gave us a quick look at the features Facebook introduced for companies that it owns, like WhatsApp and Instagram. During Facebook’s F8 conference on Tuesday, Zuckerberg announced a long-awaited feature for WhatsApp— Group Video Calling . AdChoices Dating Whatsapp Videochat Instagram Spy Whatsapp Yes, you heard that right. WhatsApp would soon […] […]

Oprichter WhatsApp vertrekt bij Facebook vanwege huidige koers

Jan Koum is een naam die je misschien niet kent, maar de miljardair is de CEO en mede-oprichter van WhatsApp . Hij is bij de overname van het bedrijf in 2014 opgenomen in de raad van comissarissen van Facebook, maar volgens de Washington Post is hij alleszins van plan […] .

One-third of internet pounded by DoS attacks

“A third of the internet is under attack.” This blunt and sobering statement comes from a team of researchers who recently explored the threat landscape populated by denial-of-service (DoS) attacks worldwide. What they report finding is nothing short of, to use their own words, “ an eye-opening statistic ” […] .

A New Kind of Social Robot Welcomes A More Human Touch

Blossom is a social robot that looks a little different from the rest More social robots are being created to act as an interactive assistant that helps at home. Most of these robots look very high tech, usually made up metal or plastic that gives them a smooth, flawless […] .

Hackers Are Trying to Reignite WannaCry With Non-Stop Botnet Attacks

Over the past year, two digital disasters have rocked the internet. The botnet known as Mirai knocked a swath of major sites off the web last September, including Spotify, Reddit, and the New York Times . And over the past week, the WannaCry ransomware outbreak crippled systems […] .

Facebook’s Bizarre VR App Is Exactly Why Zuck Bought Oculus

Facebook “Where do you want to hang out?” Max asked me. “Do you like pandas?” Do I like pandas? This is like asking if someone likes tacos, or sunshine, or the sound a puppy makes when it curls up on your lap. I looked at him a little more […] .

While We Weren’t Looking, Snapchat Revolutionized Social Networks

Snap Inc., the parent company of the popular photo-messaging and storytelling app Snapchat, is having a productive autumn. A couple of weeks ago, Snap filed confidential documents for a coming stock offering that could value the firm at $30 billion, which would make it one of the largest initial […] .

Watch Movie Online Beauty and the Beast (2017) subtitle english

Beauty and the Beast (2017) HD Director : Bill Condon. Producer : David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman. Release : March 15, 2017 Country : United States of America. Production Company : Walt Disney Pictures, Mandeville Films. Language : English. Runtime : 123 min. Genre : Fantasy, Romance. Movie ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was released in March 15, 2017 in genre Fantasy. Bill Condon was directed this movie and starring by Emma Watson. This movie tell story about A live-action adaptation of Disney’s version of the classic ‘Beauty and the Beast’ tale of a cursed prince and a beautiful young woman who […]

How Wearable Tech Can Be Used for Social Good

Designs from The New School are helping us disconnect and aiding people with visual impairment The functionality of clothing continues to expand thanks to the concept of wearable technology. Not limited to one use […] .

“Geen Facebook, Twitter en Instagram meer voor jongeren onder de 16 jaar”

Het Europees Parlement heeft besloten dat jongeren onder de 16 jaar zonder toestemming van hun ouders geen sociale media meer mogen gebruiken. In 2018 wordt dit zelfs bij wet vastgelegd. In de nieuwe EU-verordening ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ staat dat jongeren tot 16 jaar toestemming van hun ouders moeten […] .

Facebook is bezig met de ontwikkeling van een standalone camera app

Facebook is bezig met de ontwikkeling van een standalone camera app om de 1,6 miljard gebruikers te stimuleren in het maken en delen van meer foto’s en video’s. Zo weet de WSJ te melden op basis van mensen die bekend zijn met de situatie. Een prototype van de app […]tutorial android .

This Supermarket Wants to Set You Up On a Blind Date

Couples were matched based on the contents of their grocery basket for a V-Day campaign. Supermarket chain Tesco decided to help people looking for love this Valentine’s Day with a campaign that matched couples […] .

Three Trends That Dominated Social Video in 2015

In 2015, social marketers mastered native video just as it became the fastest-growing ad form on social media. We broke down all of the year’s most successful videos to find exactly what was going on on different social media platforms, and found the trends that drove social marketing to […] .

3 Social Media Engagement Techniques That Work

Need some new social media marketing ideas? Looking for ways to jumpstart your engagement? Whether your goal is to spread awareness or grow your audience, better engagement is your key to success. In this article you’ll discover three ways to improve engagement for your social media accounts . Discover […] .

4 Secrets to Unleashing the Power of Simplicity

4 Secrets to Unleashing the Power of Simplicity | Social Media Today In today’s busy world, when it comes to internet marketing, the best practice is to keep it simple. Web sites have 3 seconds to catch and keep a visitor. If those 3 seconds are lost because the […] .

How Hillary and the Other Presidential Hopefuls Are Using Snapchat

In the lead up so far to the 2016 election, social media is more influential than ever. In 2012, Mitt Romney barely had an Instagram , and it was only very recently that Obama joined Twitter . Now, social media must be a part of any smart presidential campaign […] .

Why You Need to Update Your Social Media Policies Now and Tips for Getting Started

If you don’t have a social media policy, you need to create one. If you already have one, kudos, and you mostly likely need to update it. Social media policies protect both the organization and its employees by defining what behavior is acceptable online. So why do you need […] .

“Should We Be on Snapchat?” Brands, Stick to the Platforms Your Voice Actually Needs

Call it peer pressure, call it Fear of Missing Out (FOMO), or call it something else, but some marketers and even brand experts will tell companies that they need to be on every social media platform ( did someone say Tinder? ), everywhere, no matter what. While there’s always an […] .

Divorce by Facebook: New York woman gets OK to file papers online

You’ve been served! On Facebook? 01:53 (CNN)Facebook may soon need to add “Just got served divorce papers” to its list of relationship statuses now that a New York judge has said the social media site is an acceptable way for a Brooklyn woman to serve her husband with a […] .

Will Periscope Redefine What We Find Interesting?

Twitter’s new video app is brilliant technology in a lush package—what a shame our lives are all so boring, right? In November 2009, Twitter made a small, seemingly cosmetic, change to its web interface. For two years, ever since the site was still called “twttr”, the box for composing […] .

Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015 [Infographic]

What does this year hold for technology? Here’s a look the top technology trends for 2015 and predictions of where digital business will be in the next five years. Are you prepared? The top trends for 2015 include the Internet of Things; 3-D printing; advanced, pervasive, and invisible analytics; […] .

Social Sharing Habits: New Research Reveals What People Like to Share

Tweet Are you curious about which type of social content gets the most shares? Are social shares part of how you measure social marketing return on investment (ROI)? Do you wonder which social channels’ users share most frequently? In this article you’ll discover the most recent findings about what […] .

The secret science of shopping: Why we buy what we do

I remember sitting in a McDonald’s as a kid and complaining that it was so cold. My dad told me it was cold on purpose; the restaurant doesn’t want you to sit there all night after finishing your meal, he said. The cold temperature supposedly encouraged you to eat […] .

The Age Of Interruption Overload

Editor’s Note: Ami Ben David is the CEO and co-founder of TL;DR Email, a simpler, faster email client for iPhone and Apple Watch. Every time I think our way of life couldn’t change any faster, reality proves me wrong. Compare our lives today to just five years ago, and […] .

How one teenage girl is using film to fight child sex trafficking

Rebecca Dharmapalan’s parents always called her a rebel without a cause. Growing up in Oakland, California — the birthplace of the Black Panther Movement, parts of the Free Speech and Disability Rights Movements, and more recent movements like Occupy Oakland — she was constantly surrounded by an activist culture, […] .

How B2B Businesses Are Tackling Social Media in 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]

March 05, 2015 Keith Tully It’s getting increasingly difficult to compete if you are a B2B business. As a B2B business, you cannot take your target customers for granted. You must remember they have a vast array of options to choose from and your business is not the only […] .

The Face Detection Algorithm Set to Revolutionize Image Search

Back in 2001, two computer scientists, Paul Viola and Michael Jones, triggered a revolution in the field of computer face detection. After years of stagnation, their breakthrough was an algorithm that could spot faces in an image in real time. Indeed, the so-called Viola-Jones algorithm was so fast and […] .

Facebook Sees Dead People, and Begins to Help, But is it Enough?

February 17, 2015 Mike Johansson Facebook has announced what it calls Legacy Contacts – people who can manage your Facebook after you die Three cheers for Facebook for beginning to address the issue of death and our online presences.  This week Facebook announced it will begin allowing you to […] .

Two great examples of how journalism has changed for the better

Are we living in a golden age for journalism, or is it the Dark Ages? There’s nothing that gets a group of media types going like that question , which is kind of an updated version of a perennial favorite: “Are bloggers journalists?” Obviously, the kind of upheaval that […] .

Social Movement Encourages Real-World Interaction with Tech-World Metrics

Arts & Culture Tweet Share Branch Out Movement is taking modern approach to traditional communication—using tech to get people to connect “the good, ole fashioned way” Over the past decade, technology use has become to take precedence over face-to-face interactions. Burying our faces in social media, e-mail, e-news, and […] .

Who needs a website? Media companies ponder becoming content providers for Facebook

Image: Mashable composite. Laughing Stock/Corbis Go to where the audience is — that’s the common refrain of 21st century media. Consumers are fragmented, and its up to journalists and editors to bring the news to them. Video startup NowThis News announced last week that it would take that this […] .

The Impact of Dark Social in Travel Marketing

In this digital era, what would you say is the estimated percentage of word of mouth taking place online? As shocking as this may sound, recent research conducted by Ed Keller and Brad Fay shows this number is actually only… 7%! In other words, most of the sharing still […] .

Yik Yak’s growth flatlined after funding, but why?

Yik Yak, the app t hat’s becoming a social media staple on college campuses  in the U.S., saw its downloads dip and flatline right around the time it announced  its $62 million Sequoia funding round in December. It’s still early days for the young company, so what’s happening? I pulled the stats from app analytics […] .

APIs: The Great Enabler of the Internet of Things

This guest post comes from Mark O’Neill. Mark is a frequent speaker and blogger on APIs and security. He is the co-founder and CTO at Vordel , now part of Axway. In his new role as VP Innovation, he manages Axway’s Identity and API Management strategy, including the API […] .

How data scientists are changing the face of business intelligence

How data scientists are changing the face of business intelligence Nick Cicero 9 hours ago  Follow Humans are walking data centers and our interactions and behaviors, no matter how minuscule, are building a near infinite pool of aggregate data over the course of our lifetime. This data can be […] .

Africa’s mobile money makes its way to Europe with M-Pesa

Editor’s note: Tomorrow Transformed explores innovative approaches and opportunities available in business and society through technology. (CNN) — Snapchat may be the latest application with a new mobilepayment feature launched this week, but the idea that made Snapcash possible was spawned more than seven years ago in Africa. When […] .

Facebook censorship has increased 19% in the past 6 months

Now more than ever, governments around the world are eager to get their hands on data about Facebook users — and now more than ever, they want to remove content disappear from the social network. Global surveillance requests for Facebook user data in the first half of 2014 increased […] .

Spotify kills its app platform three years after its launch

A A Permalink to Spotify kills its app platform three years after its launch Summary: Spotify wanted to make its desktop client more social when it introduced third-party apps three years ago. Now, those apps are getting killed off. Spotify is killing its app platform as it updates its […] .

Twitch bans nude, suggestive gaming

By Doug Gross , CNN Twitch, on which users broadcast images of themselves playing video games, was purchased by Yahoo in August. (CNN) — Looks like it’s a bad time to be sexing up your publicly viewable video gaming. With debate swirling over treatment of women in gaming, Twitch, […] .

Top Five Health Innovations of the Week

This week’s innovations include a video service that connects patients with doctors and a new technology for painless injections. Each week  with its partner  Boehringer Ingelheim  brings you a snapshot of five innovative ideas that are reshaping the health care industry. This week’s innovations include a video service […] .

How Researching Competitors Can Improve Your Blog Content

Do you need ideas for blog topics? Do you know what content performs best for your competitors? When you know what content works for your competitors, you can use those topics to brainstorm ideas for your own blog articles. In this article I’ll share five ways to research your […] .

Facebook wants to bring back the anonymous chatroom

Facebook has released a new chatroom app called Rooms where people can talk about shared interests under fake names. (CNN) — Remember in the late ’90s when you would kill time in AOL and IRC chatrooms or post on Usenet? You’d strike up conversations with strangers about subjects you […] .

Content Creators Flee From YouTube, Flock to Facebook for Videos

One of the most interesting data pulls we have done in a long time shows that YouTube is coming under increasing pressure to maintain their status as a major distributor of video content. And where are marketers increasingly going for sharing video content? Yes, that’s right, Facebook. Socialbakers analyzed over […] .

These Brands are Great Storytellers and Excel at Social Customer Care

Achieving Socially Devoted or Smart Storyteller status is tough, and for good reason. It’s extremely difficult to excel at both customer care and producing top-notch, engaging content, frequently. The recently-launched Smart Storytellers benchmark measures content performance by industry and page size that perform in the top 25% against the competition; […] .

Many users are outraged at the idea that Twitter might use an algorithm to filter their feeds

Summary: The suggestion that Twitter might apply Facebook-style algorithmic filtering to its timelines — something executives have said they are considering — seemed to strike many users as the worst thing that could happen to the service A post we published at Gigaom on Thursday morning seems to have […] .

Infographic: How social is affecting back-to-school shopping

Crowdtap Back to School Shopping Infographic Back-to-school shopping is back — spending will reach $74.9 billion this year, according to National Retail Federation estimates, making back-to-school the second biggest consumer spending season of the year, other than the winter holidays. The NRF also reports that consumers are planning to […] .

The Infusion of Brand Marketing and Big Data Analytics

The Infusion of Brand Marketing and Big Data Analytics Branding is a representation of the market identity of a company. It is a tool by which a company is able to build their own identity, to communicate what their products are, the quality of their services and the projection […] .

Adidas Neo Label Hosts World’s First Tweet-Powered Fashion Show

Adidas Neo Label Hosts World’s First Tweet-Powered Fashion Show If it wasn’t for the screaming teens running after Selena Gomez in her Cadillac, down 11th avenue in New York City, you wouldn’t have know that an Adidas fashion show was taking place. It was a scramble, boys and girls […] .

YouTube Videos: What’s not to like?

YouTube Videos: What’s not to like? image In addition to the displayed number of views, YouTube has a unique rating system that allows users to show whether they Like or Dislike a video, created in order to level the playing field and distribute content. Before March 2010, a 1–5 […] .

Harnessing Mobile Users: The Power of Big Data in Social Apps

Harnessing Mobile Users: The Power of Big Data in Social Apps The mobile application space has exploded in recent years. This exponential growth is a result of increased demand for mobile applications that serve any need from ordering a pizza to sending sepia-soaked selfies to friends. With demand has […] .

Influence: Be the First to Give [INFOGRAPHIC]

Influence: Be the First to Give [INFOGRAPHIC] In the digital world we are fascinated by influence. We want to know who has influence and we want to know who is influenced by whom. We strive for influence in our personal and professional lives and we reject the overt nature […] .

10 Reasons to Combine Search and Social

10 Reasons to Combine Search and Social The combination of search and social is one which cannot be ignored and must be embraced by all. Search engines have changed the way they rank your business because of the integration of social media signals when looking at search algorithms. Around […] .

Twitter reviewing policies after Robin Williams’ daughter harassed

By Doug Gross , CNN Zelda Williams, the daughter of Robin Williams, closed her social media accounts after receiving abusive messages. Zelda Williams, the daughter of Robin Williams, closed her social media accounts after receiving abusive messages. (CNN) — Twitter is looking to revamp its user-protection policies after Zelda […] .

What Does Ecommerce Mean for Social Media’s Future?

What Does Ecommerce Mean for Social Media’s Future? This past week, several mobile users reported the presence of a “Payments and Shipping” option on Twitter through it’s Android app. While the option itself serves no function, as of this writing, it’s safe to assume that the social media mogul will soon integrate some form […] .

'Sextortion' is an online 'epidemic' against children

The number of complaints of online enticement of children is climbing. The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which helps state and local law enforcement agencies fight online child pornography, reports that the number of complaints to its 61 offices nationwide has grown from 5,300 in 2010 to 7,000 […] .

Facebook goes express to mega-cap status - now valued more than AT&T, Coke

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In the days after its infamously mishandled initial public offering in May 2012, it looked as if Facebook would struggle to become a must-own for fund managers. Now the company’s $190 billion market value makes it bigger than such bellwethers as Coca-Cola and AT&T. It’s […] .

The Promising Role of Social Listening in Treating Health Issues

The Promising Role of Social Listening in Treating Health Issues Even with drug makers’ recent increases in digital spending, the pharmaceutical industry is repeatedly said to be a laggard in terms of its speed in adoption of social media. Among the 50 largest manufacturers worldwide, more than half still […] .

A Vision of the Future From Those Likely to Invent It

A Vision of the Future From Those Likely to Invent It From employment to leisure and transportation to education, tech is changing the world at a faster pace than ever before. Already, people wear computers on their faces, robots scurry through factories and battlefields and driverless cars dot the […] .

EU funds 3D-printed 'smoothfood' for care homes

The European Union is funding a project to develop 3D-printed “smoothfood” for people in care homes who suffer from problems related to mastication and swallowing. The project, called PERFORMANCE , is hoping to build on the success of German company Biozoon, which first created the smoothfood concept in 2010 […] .

8 Essential Elements of a Social Media Marketing Strategy

Do you need help getting started with your social media marketing strategy? Do you know what to include? Goals and objectives guide your social media strategy to help you successfully connect with your customers. In this article I’ll share what you need to include in your social media marketing […] .

Her Likes Don’t Lie: Shakira Is First to 100 Million Fans on Facebook

International sensation Shakira celebrates her life’s milestones like many of us — by posting a status update or photo on Facebook for all to see. The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer announced her pregnancy in a status update in 2012 and shared the first image of the baby via a […] .

Must Reads: The Cyberbully Upstairs, Tweeting in Terror and More

During the week, we consume words in snackable, tweetable bites. But on the weekends, we have the time to take a dive into the murkier, lengthier depths of the Internet and expand our attention spans beyond 140 characters. We can brew a cup of coffee and lie back with […] .

Growing Business: Marketing Isn’t What It Used To Be

Growing Business: Marketing Isn’t What It Used To Be Most of us know already that marketing isn’t what it used to be. But the question is, how is this knowledge impacting how we market our business? The internet is having a significant impact on how people discover the products and services […] .

Socially Stephanie : The Social Media Content Funnel

Socially Stephanie : The Social Media Content Funnel Dear Socially Stephanie: I understand that social media isn’t a quick fix. But what does the social media funnel look like, and how do I make it work for me? Confused in Concord Dear Confused, It’s great to hear from you. […] .

Why Marketers Love Big Data & Hadoop

Why Marketers Love Big Data & Hadoop In the past advertising and marketing was pretty straight forward. Girls like pink and boys like blue. Women belonged in an apron and men in the garage. Furthermore, the power was in the hands of businesses rather than those of the consumers. […] .

▶ The Internet of Things: a short video

gerd futurist IoT vs m2m vs IoP via ▶ The Internet of Things. Futurist Speaker Gerd Leonhard at FutureDay 2014 (excerpt) – YouTube . This post has been read 55 times! .

Who Are The Trendsetters Driving The Future Of Video?

Who Are The Trendsetters Driving The Future Of Video? The rate at which new online social platforms for sharing pictures and video are being developed has accelerated dramatically over the past few years. Whether one wants to share with their friends where they have been, what they have been […] .

7 Reasons You Should Unplug This Summer

7 Reasons You Should Unplug This Summer Image: Mashable Between smartphones , laptops , tablets and apps , technology influences almost every aspect of our lives. We live in a world where we forget an off switch exists. We get anxious when we leave our personal devices at home, […] .

15 Pinterest Boards Your Dad Would Actually Be Interested In

This ain’t your momma’s pinboard. Pinterest may seem like a social network dominated by crafty women and mommy bloggers, but in truth, the website has a thriving community of men who’ve curated boards dedicated to everything from fine wines to children’s art projects. To gain a bit of insight […] .

Beyond Engagement: Why Your Employees Are Already Taking Your Side

Employee Advocacy Banner Employees Rising It’s official – there’s good news for business leaders who believe that employee advocacy makes sense for their organizations: “One in five of your employees is already speaking out publicly on your behalf – you just didn’t realize it.” (Source: Weber Shandwick; Employees Rising: […] .

Twitter Cards for Blogs: How to Set Them Up

Have you heard of Twitter cards? Are you wondering how you can use them for your business? To learn about how Twitter cards can be beneficial to your blog, this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast  goes deep on the subject. More About This Show Social Media Marketing […] .

Why Private Online Communities Are the “New Black”

You have a website , you have a blog , you use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, WhatsApp, FourSquare, Klout, and so on . How much time and resources do you allocate to maintaining ALL those platforms? Why are we sending our communities on social media treasure hunts to […] .

The New Rule of Business: Everyone is a Marketer

Everyone has become a marketer. In fact, everyone’s own brand is at stake in this new economy, where an individual’s brand is shaped by what we share. And despite your title, the choices you make as a “marketer” affect customer’s decisions. Although business is divided into 3 distinct categories […] .

7 Social Media Trends for Marketers: New Research

Are you wondering what the latest social media trends are for marketers? Want to make sure you don’t miss out on the next trend in social media? Fresh from the 2014 Social Media Marketing Industry Report (which surveyed 2,800+ marketers), this article will highlight some of the newest social […] .

Plus-Size Models Beautifully Recreate Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover

Plus-size swimwear company Swimsuits For All is proving sexiness comes in all sizes with a re-enactment of the Sports Illustrated 2014 Swimsuit Edition cover. The original cover, featuring supermodels Chrissy Teigen, Lily Aldridge and Nina Agdal, was released in February and showcased barely-there bikini bottoms. Instead, Swimsuits for All […] .

Myspace Is Embarrassing Users With Old Photos to Win Them Back

Myspace wants you back — even if it requires a little blackmail. The social network is emailing users old photos of themselves in hopes of enticing them to return to Myspace. The emails include one or two old photos and a line that reads, “The good, the rad and […] .

The Many Personalities of a Great Copywriter

Let me introduce myself. I’m, um, I’m, uh … Hmm. I had this a minute ago. But suddenly I’m a different person. I’m wearing a different hat. I have different strengths and skills. It’s like I switched gears. The chains fall into a different combination of sprockets and I’m […] .

Mobile Malware Hits Two Million as Threats Mature

Trend Micro warns PC-based malware techniques are bleeding over into the mobile world. These include the use of Tor to hide C&C servers and exploitation of vulnerabilities in legitimate apps. The volume of mobile malware and high-risk apps soared to over two million in the first quarter of 2014, […] .

Social Listening: What Was Trending on Mother’s Day?

On Mother’s Day, brand culture is on full display in social media. Here are a few of the brand personalities I discovered through their social engagement. The favorite Mother’s Day commercial in social media conversations was the NBA’s “ MVP ” commercial, which turned NBA star Kevin Durant’s MVP […] .

#Socialnomics 2014: Current State of Social Media [VIDEO]

You may remember Erik Qualman’s very popular video The Social Media Revolution , that was originally published in 2009 in conjunction with his #1 best selling book (and one of my personal favorite social media books)  Socialnomics . His original video from 2009 brought us some eye-opening statistics, including: That Ashton […] .

10 Social Media Trends for Summer 2014

1. Vine Vine has slowly but surely crept its way into the  social media  world. When Instagram introduced video, it looked like Vine wasn’t going to last very long. Instead, the wittiness of the 6-second videos brought users back to the app again and again. Brands such as  Dunkin […] .

Facebook Video Metrics: This Week in Social Media

“For example, a U.S.-based company targeting Portuguese-speaking professionals in Brazil can now share updates in Portuguese with followers who have selected it as their preferred language on LinkedIn.” “The first thing you’ll see when you visit the website is the Explore page, which features familiar channels like Places and […] .

The Best in Facebook Marketing: Studio Award Winners

The Facebook Studio Award winners  were announced  this week, which means I got to sit around and relive some of our favorite Facebook campaigns of the year. These awards are given to brands and their agencies for work that proved to not only drive engagement, but also build word […] .

Facebook Evolves from Social Network to Social Ecosystem

Every so often, Facebook hosts its  f8 , a conference in San Francisco aimed at developers, media, and partners. This year, in front of an audience of 2,500+, Facebook introduced its vision for the next year and beyond. With Mark Zuckerberg kicking things off, Facebook introduced a dozen or […] .

Collaborative Economy Adoption Is Going to Double

Respondents in the largest study in the new peer-to-peer economy reported that they plan to double usage in next 12 months. Brands must develop a strategy in this new market and avoid being bypassed from peer-to-peer economic models. Above Graphic: Dark colored bars indicate adoption in last 12 months, […] .

New Socially Devoted Q1: Brands on Twitter Are Still Slow in Responding, But Getting Better

Twitter brands are delivering better social customer care than ever. But many are still making a big mistake that is hurting the value of their social customer care. In Q1 of this year, as part of our Socially Devoted results, we’ve witnessed a huge increase to Response Time for […] .

Report: Apple OS X Will Soon Look Very Different

With WWDC , Apple’s annual developer conference, around the corner, the rumor mill is in full swing. A new report indicates the big star of WWDC 2014 might not be iOS 8 , but rather the next version of OS X . According to 9to5Mac , the next version […] .

This Is How Facebook Will Achieve the Next Billion Users

Facebook – the mobile first company in its latest Q1 2014 earnings call stated that total user count is up 4% from 1.23 billion total monthly users, total daily user count is up 5.9% from 757 million, and daily mobile user count is up 9.5% from 556 million. Facebook is […] .

Beyond Engagement: Why People Follow the Leader

Dear Business Leader: Your contribution to the success of employee advocacy in your organization is simple: You have to believe in everything your program encompasses; and you must leave your people in no doubt that you believe. That’s all. Sounds easy? If you say so… Believing may be the […] .

How Tech Trends Are Going to Affect Big Data Significantly [VIDEO]

The amount of data that can be processed within a certain timeframe depends on the technology that is used. With the amount of data being created growing exponentially, the required technology is changing as well. This will have a significant effect on how Big Data will be processed, stored […] .

Google Analytics Single Reporting View: This Week in Social Media

Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news . To help you stay up to date with social media , here are some of the news items that caught our attention. What’s New This Week? Google Analytics Adds Ability to See All Data in Single […] .

LinkedIn Introduces Showcase Pages: This Week in Social Media

linkedin showcase pages By Cindy King Published November 23, 2013 Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news . To help you stay up to date with social media , here are some of the news items that caught our attention. What’s New This Week? [...]

7 Niche Social Networks for Strategic Networking

By Kerry Butters Published November 21, 2013 Do you find it hard to connect with your ideal audience using the larger social networks? Have you considered a smaller social network? In this article, you’ll find 7 niche social networks built to serve specialized markets . Why Niche Social Networks? [...]

When one image is worth a thousand tweets

(CNN) -- Meet the future. Her name is Maya Shaoolian. She is 2 years old. Maya is just learning the basics of reading and writing, but she's a veteran of technology. She's been using an iPad since she was 1, says her father, Gabriel Shaoolian, the founder and CEO [...]

Apparently This Matters: Got leftovers? Wanna trade?

Editor's note: Each week in "Apparently This Matters," CNN's Jarrett Bellini applies his warped sensibilities to trending topics in social media and random items of interest on the Web. (CNN) -- When I was growing up, to open my parents' refrigerator was to take a magical journey deep into [...]

Facebook mobile users jumped around 20 percent in U.S., UK in June

LONDON | Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:04pm EDT (Reuters) - The number of users accessing Facebook via their mobile phones in June jumped around 20 percent in the United States and Britain, the social network said, touting its appeal for brands trying to reach consumers during the summer months. [...]

9 Creative Ways to Use Social Media to Launch a Product

By Michael Stelzner Published July 16, 2013" onclick="window.print(); return false;" title="Printer Friendly"> Are you looking for creative ideas to help launch your next product (or company)? Want some actionable tips to employ social media in your next launch? If so, keep reading as I explore nine ways we [...]

What do recent events in Egypt mean for Facebook?

The recent events in Egypt have an interesting Facebook angle. The Egyptian Armed forces gave the government a 48-hour ultimatum   and then the Egyptian Armed Forces followed that up with a statement on their  Facebook Page  . Then-President Morsi also responded on the  Egypt President Mohammed Morsi  page [...]

New Study Uncovers What Teens Actually Share On Social Media

Ever wondered how students really act online? What they’re actually sharing with their friends? Heck, if they’re even using their real name and other information? Chances are good about 1 of every 4 teens seem to have a ‘fake’ social media account with false information. There’s a lot more [...]

Charity Shows How to Use Social Media in a Big Way

Over 20,000 people around the world are expected to join the $1.50-a-day challenge in 2013. The initiative aims to support the 1.2 billion people around the world living in poverty, reported the SoShable website . Social media continues to ignite interest in the project, said Soshable’s Maggie Randall. A [...]

Marketing Reboot, Are You Ready to Change?

By Michael Stelzner Published May 24, 2013" onclick="window.print(); return false;" title="Printer Friendly"> Is your business ready to face the technological and sociological changes that are happening right now? To learn why you need to consider rebooting the way you market in this rapidly changing world, I interview Mitch Joel for [...]

Teens’ enthusiasm for Facebook is waning

(CNN) -- There's fresh evidence that American teenagers may be growing weary of Facebook. They don't like the fact that their parents, grandparents and other adults are also there, diluting Facebook's "cool" factor . They complain about their friends' oversharing, and about too much "drama" on the site. And [...]

Do You and Google Need a Relationship Counselor?

Yeah, probably, legal scholars say. Meet the "People's Terms of Service." Reuters If you're not paying for a product, the saying goes, then you're the product being sold. Another way of saying this is that you and Google -- and you and Twitter, and you and Facebook -- do [...]

In B2B Social Media, Likes Are Cheap, Shares Are Golden

Today’s guest post is from Oktopost co-founder Daniel Kushner .  Stop! Before you put that little widget on your corporate blog that enables people to “Like” your post, there may be a better alternative. Sure, you like the idea of having a customer give your post a little gold [...]

15 Actionable Takeaways From Social Media Marketing World 2013

By Patricia Redsicker Published May 22, 2013" onclick="window.print(); return false;" title="Printer Friendly"> Did you miss Social Media Marketing World in April? Or perhaps you were there but weren’t able to attend all the sessions you would have liked to. In this article I’ve assembled for you 15 actionable [...]

Social Media in 2013: User Demographics For Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest And Instagram -

Out of all internet users 67% are using social networks. And which kind of demographic uses which social network has been forever interesting for marketers. Some of the latest insights from Pew Research centers reveals the latest stats. Twitter is still used more than Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr. Also, [...]

It's Time for Truth on Social Media

“If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” I heard those words early in my journalism career. Reporters are trained to verify information they receive by confirming with a trusted source, but the media landscape has changed, even since I first heard that adage. With social networks [...]

Facebook News Feed Changes: This Week in Social Media

By Cindy King Published March 9, 2013" onclick="window.print(); return false;" title="Printer Friendly"> Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news . To help you stay up to date with social media , here are some of the news items that caught our attention. What’s [...]

YouTube Releases One New Channel Layout to Rule Them All [UPDATE]

Social media can be a powerful pedagogical tool in the classroom, but the key to its success lies in building a dynamic and sustainable 'online teacher presence'. The 10 strategies listed offer insight into effective online tutoring techniques that complement traditional face-to-face delivery. Here's an excerpt:   Building a [...]

Startups Bet Audio Is the Next Frontier for Social Media

New apps and websites seem to pop up every other week to help us share our lives with friends and family through videos, pictures and text messages, but in the process, we've moved farther and farther away from what was once the central means of communicating: the sound of [...]

Social Media 2013: What Sites Are Most Important to Marketers This Year, Part 2

According to the Content Marketing Institute, Ninety-one percent of B2B marketers are using content marketing tactics to grow their business, and 87 percent of those businesses are leveraging social media . Jeanniey Mullen, Global EVP & CMO of Zinio , joined Lee Odden, CEO of TopRank Online Marketing in [...]

What Sites Are Most Important to Marketers This Year, Part 1

Jeanniey Mullen, Global EVP & CMO of Zinio, along with Lee Odden, CEO of TopRank Online Marketing , teamed up for a webinar covering Social Media 2013: What Sites Are Most Important to Marketers This Year. The webinar was jam-packed with valuable insight and tactics, so much so that [...]

Social Media Addiction? Who, Me? [INFOGRAPHIC]

2012 is coming to an end, which usually means a great time to reflect and look back at how things have unfolded in our personal and professional lives during the past year. One thing is for sure: with smartphones, tablets and laptops penetrating our everyday lifestyles, this continuous connectedness [...]


This Week On Twitter: Visual Social Media, Top Social Trends Of 2012, This Year In Social Business

Need a little weekend reading? We’ve compiled our top ten Twitter stories of the week, which includes six marketing tips for brands looking to exploit the power of visual social media, a look at what everyone was talking about online in 2012, a review of social business over the [...]


The 16 Most Important Social Media Updates of 2012

COMMENTS Unfortunatelly i noticed that Facebook Targeting Options do not work for our Company Facebook page. Did they remove these options? Really interesting article - it's great that you've combined updates from the major social media platforms into one place. And the screenshots are brilliant to illustrate each point. [...]

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Never Mind PCs, Dell Is Getting Into Social Media Consulting

Dell is looking to expand beyond the moribund PC market with a new line: social media consulting. The company on Wednesday announced Social Media Services, which is designed to help companies from all kinds of industries "develop real-time customer insights, engage audiences and better understand their customers and the [...]

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Blogs, Books and Social: How the World Has Changed

By Michael Stelzner Published October 26, 2012" onclick="window.print(); return false;" title="Printer Friendly"> Do you think the world of publishing is evolving? Have you ever thought of self-publishing? To learn more about how blogs, books and social content have evolved, I interview Guy Kawasaki for this episode of the [...]

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Social media: 4 belangrijke consumentensegmenten [infographic]

Save Wereldwijd zijn miljoenen consumenten actief op social media. Voor marketeers belangrijk om te kijken wie hun doelgroepen zijn en hoe zij zich online gedragen. Vandaag omschrijven we 4 belangrijke consumententypen in de serie Infographic Day . Meer weten? The Incyte Group heeft onderzoek verricht naar het gebruik van [...]

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6 Social Media Networks to Watch in 2012 plus Infographics

Curiosity is a human trait that makes us want to discover what lies beyond the horizon, over the ocean or what can be seen and experienced from the top of a beckoning mountain. It makes humans take risks that are both life threatening and potentially rewarding and life changing. George [...]

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87 More Vital Social Media Marketing Facts and Stats for 2012

Though social media marketing is now used in about 90% of companies, techniques, platforms and best practices continue to evolve. Should you include Pinterest in your mix? Increase use of video marketing? Is blogging coming back or trailing off? What will likely be the hot trends in social media [...]

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The next stock-market crash will be tweeted

And that’s the point: getting the story. That’s where social media comes in. Receiving and processing the news and speculation of another market crash in such an immediate and uncensored way will be a historic event in itself. “Twitter would change the whole dynamic,” money manager Michael Holland of [...]

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