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Social Media Asked To Do The Queen Of England's Bidding

While many a world leader has embraced social media over the course of the last few years, the Windsors at Buckingham Palace seemed to be the last hold-outs. With Russia's president Dmitry Medvedev and even dictators like Hugo Chavez having joined the social networking rank and file, Queen Elizabeth and her clan appeared to still be living in the 20th Century devoid of a tweet or an avatar. Apparently someone tipped off the monarchy ...

Social Media Leads In Nation-Building Like The Mouse That Roared?

While the debate on privacy continues to rage on at home and abroad, it has not hindered Facebook from scaling to a half billion users this past week. With only China and India's populations larger, Facebook is the third largest 'nation' in the world? But with no land to defend and a citizenry not bound by any government, how could a social network rank third in followers globally?

Social Networking With The Simpsons, Zuckerberg Has A Cow, Man!

Is Facebook better suited for the small vs large Screen? With all the flack Mr. Mark Zuckerberg is receiving from the producers of the soon-to-be released movie "The Social Network," he's hoping to score some quality points with an image-makeover in a guest appearance on The Simpsons.

Social Media Is Not About Sweating The Small Stuff, Mr. Zuckerberg!

In a social media and public relations coup, the stars may be finally aligning for Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. Demeaned, dogged, demonized and demoralized by his user-base, the press, the federal government and even a biopic movie about to hit the Silver Screen, Mr. Z has been an easy target for one and all. In an upcoming interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, he has a chance to redeem himself.

Social Media Magazine Created From Users' Social Networks

Imagine a mash-up of all your social networks into a format that resembles a slick glossy print magazine presented to you on your iPad. Flipboard announced the launch of their free iPad app that creates a magazine out of users' social content.

Social Media's Black Hole Found At Chump Dump

Think of social networking in reverse. Instead of following folks, you make a concerted effort to 'unfollow' them - and in so doing having some fun sending them into the black hole of social media. Chump Dump, an app that's app-solutely as funny as it sounds is here to say: "You're following too many chumps!"

Social Media Mines 'Privacy For Sale' At New Un-Facebook

Time to turn Facebook's privacy pirating on its ear. While the tribe of Zuckerberg et al continues to believe "instant personalization" and "opting out" is the best policy, up comes a new upstart that wants to turn that business model inside out. Has social media made everyone's life an open book - or can we take back control and sell our stories on our own terms?

Social Media's Smarter Web Rests On Facebook's & Google's Metadata

It's no secret that Facebook would like be the Google of the next decade, usurping the Sultan of Search's Internet preeminence that's spanned the last ten years. How it will achieve that lofty goal is yet to be determined. With Google's recent acquisition of Metaweb, the search giant is not one to let anyone steal its thunder - and a signal to Facebook that it's in it to win it - game on!

Emotions And Swine Flu Both Influenced By Social Networks

Researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have, for the first time, scientifically measured the spread of emotions on the same scale that measures disease transmission.  Not only have they been successful at evaluating the spread of long term emotional states, but they actually quantify the spread of contentment versus the spread of discontentment.

 


Social Media of Dreams - Christopher Nolan's 'Inception'

With the opening of Christopher's soon-to-be classic movie 'Inception,' the actual science behind dreaming indicates his tale may be rooted more in reality than fiction. And there is evidence to believe that we can actually social network when we dream.