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Facebook The Most Engaging Social Network

facebookengagedThis 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…)

Social Media Helps Victims In Haiti

haitiearthquakeWhen there seems to be some type of major catastrophe anywhere in the world, it seems like everything else just stops and everyone wants to help.  Yesterday’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti is just the latest example.

And many people are finding that social media sites are the best way to get involved.  With the use of social media, the citizens of Haiti can tell the story, if they are actually able to get an internet connection.  Many have however.  Jonathan A. Lusma, a victim of the Haiti earthquake, posted the picture to the left on CNN’s citizen journalism site, iReport.  Katie Hawkins-Gaar, a CNN iReport producer, talked to Lusma and said that he, “shot these photos on the morning of January 13, the day after the earthquake struck. Because of the multiple aftershocks, he said many people spent the night outside of their homes.”  Lusma’s photo’s are just one of many that are being used in CNN’s continuing coverage of the Haiti earthquake.  (more…)

Do Businesses Need Twitter?

twitterTwitter has by far become a great marketing and advertising tool for businesses around the world. By offering exclusive deals, or being able to help solve an issue nearly immediately, the use of the social network has been a success, but it is for everyone? Do you need Twitter to keep your business afloat it’s today’s technology friendly and social networking world?

Matt Bailey from SiteLogic told WebProNews reporter Abby Johnson, “No.” And while many have has success with Twitter, Bailey says that “you need to have a consistent marketing strategy of how to use that social media to your benefit.” (more…)

Social Media In The New Decade

fexit10 years ago at this moment, the world was relieved that nothing that they had feared about, regarding Y2K actually happened.  People were now placing their money back into the bank, while others had an endless supply of food they had stocked up on just in case.  It’s crazy to think that if someone would have said “Facebook”, “YouTube”, “Digg”, or just the words “social media,” we most likely would have given them a funny and strange look. 

It was in 2004 when social media was created.  Linkdin & MySpace took to the web and since then there has been explosion of “social media” & “social networking” sites.  When I graduated high school in 2005, if had ever wanted to share a video with the class for a certain project, I’d have to visit the library, maybe a video store, and rent the video, while worrying about some return date.  Today, my brother who is in his sophomore year of high school is able to use YouTube to share a video with just the click of a mouse.  Our world has advanced so much in the past decade, and social media has played a significant role! (more…)

Twitter Makes Extraordinary Prediction

3231178720_5e2c1c45a8By the time you finish reading this article, nearly 30,000 tweets will have been posted.   On December 19, Mashable announced that there were officially more than more tweets in the world than people.  While the world population is roughly 6.79 billion people, the number of tweets is now well over 7 billion.  It took roughly three years, to get 7 billion tweets, which is very impressive.  That’s averaging 1.75 billion tweets a year, mind you that Twitter hit 3 billion tweets in April of this year followed by 5 billion in mid-late October. 

In an Online Times article, Twitter co-founder, Biz Stone write, “In the new year, Twitter will begin supporting a billion search queries a day. We will be delivering several billion tweets per hour to users around the world.” (more…)

Email Blamed For Twitter Hacking

emailIcon copyChaos broke out late Thursday night and early Friday morning as the Iranian Cyber Army took over Twitter.  Microbloggers worldwide were lost on what exactly was going on, and were unsure where they would be able to send their tweets.  While the matter is still being investigated, reports from Twitter’s service provider, Dynect Inc. has said they are not the reason for the the break in as Twitter had first believed.  It now seems the hackers were able to get into Twitter staff members emails and obtain the passwords to change the settings through Dynect.

“Someone logged in who purported to be a legitimate user of their [DNS] platform account and started making changes,” said Tom Daly, chief technology officer at Dyn to The Washington Post. (more…)