If you are one of the many 350+ million users on the social media site Facebook, you may have noticed a few of your friends have turned celebrities. As part of Doppelganger Week, which started 2 weeks ago, Facebook users have changed their pictures to celebrities they’ve been told they look like. I’ve even taken a part in this, posting a picture of Frankie Muniz, since I’ve even been stopped at the airport because they thought I was him (I personally don’t see the resemblance but you gotta go with the majority). And my friends apparently look a lot like Ellen, Taylor Launter, Daniel Radcliff, Niel Patrick Harris, David Archuletta, Aladdin, and Maya Angelou just to name a few.
This morning, several Twitter users woke up to e-mails from Twitter saying,”“Due to concern that your account may have been compromised in a phishing attack that took place off-Twitter, your password was reset,” which was then followed by a link to see what their new password was changed to. To most smart internet users this looks like a phishing attack and scam.
However, the e-mail is indeed from Twitter, and the social network was taking precautions. (more…)
A few months ago, Twitter CEO & co-founder, Evan Williams talked at the Web 2.0 Summit about how Twitter’s growth was slowing. Since then, Twitter’s growth had actually declined. At least until this new year.
Twitter’s numbers in January hit record numbers, meaning that Twitter’s growth could be continuing to climb very soon. First the numbers of tweets was actually record breaking. Twitter users posted more than 1233.8 million tweets in January. And as high as that number is, it’s not that surprising, since the number of tweets each month has been constantly growing month after month. However, in January 2009 there were only 76.6 tweets posted. (more…)
It’s not really news that President Obama is for social media, since many say his presence on social media helped him get to the White House. And although he maybe for it, he’s still just learning how to use it. Last week, when the President visited the Red Cross headquarters to learn what they were doing in effort to help Haiti, the President hit the Twitter ‘submit’ button for the very first time. Although he has his own Twitter account, he’s never actually personally used it.
Tonight, President Obama is expected to give his first State of the Union address to the nation. And for the first time ever, social media has already begun to play a role in the president’s State of the Union speech. First the Rethink Afghanistan organization has started a widespread war protest on the White House’s Facebook page. What started as an effort to obtains 20,000 signatures on Rethink Afghanistan’s website, moved to the social media world after they had reached their goal. (more…)
A few weeks ago when I talked about the future of social media, one of the things I mentioned was how Twitter was going to become our news source. Next month, five journalist are actually going to test out the method of only getting news from only Twitter and Facebook. The “Behind Closed Doors on the Net” experiment’s goal is to see if the journalist can actually write articles based on facts mentioned on the social networks. The only way to do that, is take away and block all other communication technologies. That means no phone, radio, or clicking on links attached to the social networks.
I’m looking forward to seeing how the journalist do in the experiment. Can anyone really just get their news from Twitter and social media alone? I say “Yes & No.” I think Twitter is a great tool for overviews, and for discussion. However some stories are best told by social media. The Iran election from last summer is a great example. Although journalist were banned from covering it, the citizens of country took our their cameras, and shared what was happening with the rest of the world. While this was everyone’s only option to learn about developments, it opened the doors to citizen journalism, allowing anyone to tell a story, and in some cases, like this situation, made the story more real. (more…)
If you don’t log into your twitter account often, you may want to change that. At least if you want to keep your Twitter user name. Martin Bryant, writer for The Next Web, contacted Twitter’s headquarters, and the company says they plan to recycle all inactive accounts soon.
“We reached out to Twitter for comment…and a spokesperson for the company told me that the company plans to release all inactive user names and deleted user names in the future but doesn’t have a date set yet,” said Bryant. (more…)
Can you believe we are getting close to February? This year is flying by but I think by years end, we will advance so far and some of it is already starting to bloom. Just the other week, we got a preview from some of the latest technology at CES, and also learned where social media is going to be shifting. In one of my first blog posts for 2010, I talked about where social media will likely go within the next year and decade, and one of the key components that I talked about was location.
If you’re asking yourself how location can become a social media, and are confused by it, it’s alright. It can be a bit intimidating and scary because you are basically letting people know where you are. However, like any social media services there are privacy settings to take a hold of. And these localized social media networks are going to come in hand in the real world, for both consumers and producers. (more…)
One of my favorite things to share is how we can get free things from the social media world. So when there is a contest worth it, I try to share it. My first day at iePlexus, I shared with you about the Snow at First Sight contest, offering anyone who had never seen snow before an all expences, month paid vacation through the Colorado tourism department. The winners from the contest are snowboarding the slopes of Colorado right now.
Now if you’re a sports fanatic, you are going to love this next contest. How about receiving two tickets to this year’s Super Bowl game in Miami? Don’t be fooled by Spoofem.com’s Facebook competition. The website allows users powerful tools to send anonymous phone calls, texts, and e-mail. (more…)
Last week’s earthquake in Haiti is still a major shock to the world. Last week, I shared with you, how the social media world has stepped up to help the victims in Haiti.
The Red Cross, used their Twitter account to try to help raise money, by announcing that whoever texted “HAITI” to 90999 would be charged $10 on their next phone bill which would go to the relief in Haiti. The Red Cross’s original goal was to raise $200,000 and then soon decided to go for the one million dollar mark. In last Friday’s Social Media News Brief, we had announced they had raised over $8 million, just in text messages alone. (more…)
This report actually surprises me a bit. Pingdom, a web monitoring site, has announced that Facebook is the “most engaging social network.”
“Figuring out how engaging a site is can be tricky,” said Pindgom’s blog post. “We could look at the number of page views per visit, but that number alone doesn’t really tell us much. We also need to take into consideration how often visitors come back to a site. After all, if we return frequently to a site and also view many pages when we do, it’s likely that find the site engaging.” (more…)