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Surgery Selfies Making The Rounds At Chinese Hospitals

So-called “Surgery Selfies” - group photos of doctors, nurses and even sedated patients in operating rooms – have become somewhat of a trend in China though not everyone thinks turning successful medical procedures into Kodak moments is a good thing.

‘Data Scientist’ Replaces ‘Social Media Scientist’ In LinkedIn’s 2014 Top Skills List

What a difference one short year makes. In 2013, my position of ‘Social Media Scientist’ which focuses on ‘social media marketing’ for clients and publishers was the most viable job in the land. This year, not only did ‘Data Scientist’ take the top spot in Linkedin’s “Top 25 Job Skills” list, the social media marketing skill was wiped clean off the 2014 list entirely.

Reinvented Bebo, Now A Cartoon-y Chat App Vs Facebook Competitor

A viable Facebook competitor back in 2005, Bebo was snatched up by AOL three years later to give them some skin in the social networking game. But has luck would have it, or perhaps due to their lack of expertise, Bebo’s demise became well documented as it was quickly overtaken by Zuckerberg’s solid foothold in the space.

Social Media For Movie ‘The Interview’ Heightens Demand (Update)

With major media outlets pointing fingers at North Korea and their ominous cyber-terrorist public relations arm (going under the code name, ‘Guardians of Peace’) — it seems probable at this point in time Sony has been bullied into pulling the plug on their movie, The Interview.

Foursquare And Seven Years Ago. . .

Has it really been seven years since Foursquare emerged on the digital landscape and became the first location-based social network to take hold of our zeitgeist? Do you remember how check-ins and being acknowledged as a mayor of your local Starbucks distinguished you as a member of the social media elite -- and that the more places you visited, the more popular you became  — or so you thought?

The Art Of The Share On Tsū & Other Social Networks

The more often a quality piece of content is highlighted online, the more likely it will be shared via social networks. In tandem, the more times something is shared, the greater the likelihood that citizen journalism will help it morph into credit-worthy content. This cause and effect allows topical, enlightening and motivating posts, tweets, status updates to wend their way into a user’s personal blog or local news site.

2015 Prediction For Top Digital Job: ‘Paid Social Specialist’

Social media is experiencing a metamorphosis of sorts. There’s a new trend being led by a number of new social networks that have shifted the paradigm of organic (non-paid) user-generated content to a paid monetization model. To address this new sphere of influence, it’s my prediction that jobs will be created by companies and brands that want to benefit from these new networks, as they did previously with sites like Twitter and Facebook

'Facebook At Work,' Anti-Tsū, Anti-LinkedIn, Anti-Google+

What’s a network to do? When you’ve grown to over 1.3 billion users, one would think you could relax and rest on your laurels, comforted in the fact that no other social network could possibly match your kind of success. But such is not the case with Mark Zuckerberg and the world’s largest social network.

Facebook’s Feed Tinkering, The Social Experiment That Foreshadowed Tsu

Who remembers Facebook’s social experiment this past March, when Facebook manipulated the data seen by more than 600,000 users in an attempt to determine their emotional outlook. In fact the techie scientists at Facebook actually published their findings in a paper, titled ‘Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks,’ which was published in. . .

Have Snapchat Will Travel, Who Knew?

When you think of traveling, you think of capturing your adventures and experiences in photos and movies — that which can be shared time and time again with friends and loved ones. When you think of Snapchatting, you think of ephemeral messaging and sexting - that which can hit a ‘beat’ with a private recipient for 10 seconds only and is not for public consumption.

On Tsu, What Comes First, The Family Or The Network?

 A lot has been leveled at the new social network Tsu that dared to disrupt the current social networking status quo - with a platform that actually pays its members for their content. Critics abound, but as the old saying reminds us: “there is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”

New Born Fame: Controversial Toy Biz Gets Babies Active On Social Media

These days it seems as though the minimum age requirement for using social media is getting progressively younger with each new development. While children and adolescents are on Facebook sharing the lunch packed by a doting parent, there's one age group that's noticeably absent in the creation of their own digital footprint - babies. However, a new niche company is destined to change that.

Will Tsu Become The Next Paypal?

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn may be profiting from all that user-generated content users post on their networks daily — but are you? Yes, they have all provided us with some fun and engaging ecosystems to strut our stuff, and ofcourse there are cost factors attached to all that development. But at the end of the day, do our images, bon mots, intellectual property and reputations hold no value at all?

Make Rooms For Daddy, Facebook’s Back To The Future

Yes, this just might be your Daddy’s old guilty-pleasure resurrected. For those who were the early adopters of the Internet, you probably still wax nostalgic over the days of chat rooms. Introduced as ‘Internet Relay Chat’ (IRC) back in 1988 this was the application layer of protocol that facilitated the transfer of plain text messaging back in the day!

Is The New Social Network Tsu An MLM?

Social media’s shiniest new thing is relatively new. If you were to conduct a Google or Bing search, you might have to wade through results for a telecom company’s stock ticker (TSU) or Texas Southern University, before you surface Tsu.co. But that will change if this social network’s monetization scheme takes hold and starts attracting those social networkers who are tired of the current cast of big players taking home . . .

Want To Pick Your Own Food In The City?

For some people food can be a scarce commodity. Yet even in the cities there is food all around us that goes uneaten every year. A new website called Falling Fruits has been set up to help map the places where these foods are in public places and can be legally picked and consumed. It started out as a venture by Ethan Welty, a University of Colorado graduate student, to keep track of these foods for locals in Boulder, Colorado, and is now worldwide.

Twin Peaks’ Appointment TV Enters The Twittersphere

It’s hard to think of our world prior to the Internet, PCs and on-demand entertainment - even though most of us have been around for the last few decades to have experienced this technological transition. In retrospect, we also wonder how TV dramas raised enough awareness without the communication push and virality tools of social media.

When Social Media Flies The Not-So-Friendly Skies

There’s no question when airlines relaxed their cellphone usage policies inflight, air travel for passengers and flight attendants changed overnight - and we’re not talking red-eyes here. That’s right, when the FAA reversed its position on making  it mandatory to switch to the ‘Airplane Mode,’ we are now all able (after take-off) to fire up any and all of our devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops and eReaders . . .

Social Media Cups Of Joe On International Coffee Day

Finally, coffee-lovers get their very own holiday, and vendors the world-over are using social media to capitalize on this special event with free 'Cups of Joe.' September 29th marks the day when caffeine-aholics get to celebrate their popular “social” beverage with complimentary deals being offered by some of their favorite baristas.

Is There A Place For #Hashtag Meditation In The Twittersphere?

#Hashtag Meditation! Even those two juxtaposed words sound like an oxymoron. How does one hashtag a meditative state, when one activity underscores action and the latter centers on reflection. Well, for one, if Twitter has taught us anything, it’s made us rethink how we express ourselves. It’s caused us to distill big ideas down to 140 characters. That action in and of itself puts us in a contemplative mode of thinking.