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Pay to Play

When social media became mainstream, it was because it was based around a simple tenet — that it was about establishing trusted relationships between people. People’s personal networks were based around friends, people you knew and their friends. Trust between peers was the bridge that powered sharing. For years, Facebook grew on the basis that…

Social Score

It used to be that the only score you needed to really worry about post-college was your credit score. Today, with social media becoming such a large part of everyday life, is there an equivalent for your online life? Amy Jo Martin suggests how a social score — the level of credibility and influence in…

Breaking Good

Some of the biggest news events break first on Twitter, but how do we separate legitimate news from rumors? It’s not always easy to separate the signal from the noise. This online panel helps break down citizen journalism in the context of Hurricane Sandy and how social media spread both news and rumors. I’m highly…

Social Media Tests New Chinese Leadership

While the rise of social media has taken the world by storm, one place that has seen growing pains is China. The youth has taken to Sina Weibo quickly, with now over 400M users add counting. The new Chinese government faces a delicate balancing act, having to temper wholesale censorship with the ability to speak…

Olympic Twitter Winners

The 2012 London Olympics are officially over, the medal count tallied and athletes are returning home. While the U.S. topped the charts in overall and  gold medals, and the U.K. scored more golds than ever before, the real story was how prominent a role social media played. In it’s nightly broadcast, NBC even had a…

The Second Screen is Now the First Screen

We’re getting deeper into the London 2012 Olympics and the interesting thing is how much social media is impacting mainstream coverage. Much of the exciting action is actually taking place away from the field, track, court, or pool. It is happening on Twitter. From athletes being banned for controversial tweets to journalists being banned for criticizing…

Social Etiquette: Phone Stack

It’s no secret that we’re increasingly turning to our mobile devices as primary communication tools. It does voice, email, text, social media, video conferencing, you name it. But have social conventions and etiquette caught up with technology? When was the last time you had a group dinner where no one reached for the phone at…

The Power of Big Data

“For every 2 degrees the temperature goes up, check-ins at ice cream shops go up by 2%” One of the biggest untapped areas of big data is location. Nothing speaks more about our intentions than where we physically choose to be. So it goes without saying that companies like Foursquare are thinking hard about what…

Does the First Amendment Apply to Social?

Social media once again, is pushing the boundaries of free speech. A District Judge recently ruled that clicking “like” on Facebook does not warrant protection under the First Amendment, also known as the right to freedom of speech. For years, U.S. laws have been continually tested time and time again, by new cases that often set…

Social Supply Chain Management

Could social media used as an indicator for supply chain management? @ErnoLaszlo CEO Denton is onto something. By monitoring what consumers are saying about his products, he’s able to get a quick pulse on what’s selling and what isn’t. This isn’t a replacement for proper supply chain management but it certainly makes for a novel approach.