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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.

Is Twitter's @EarlyBird Offers Social Media Bait Or Bait & Switch?

Why did two Disney movie film projects decide to purchase two different advertising campaigns off of Twitter? Does the early bird really get the worm, or was this a calculated marketing move predicated by two divergent strategies?

'Old Spice Man' & Magnetic Marketing Make Users Part Of The Social Media Story

Similar to our recent involvement with the Barefoot Bandit, Social Media differing from traditional media allows users to become an integral part of the story. While a man's aftershave lotion isn't exactly breaking news, how Old Spice's ad agency is engaging its customers via social networks is.

Virgin America Introduces Virgin Social Networking

Airline Passengers are learning they don't have to stop social networking just because they left Terra Firma and are hovering at altitudes of 30K above the ground. Virgin America is the first to introduce a Bluetooth-style seat-to-seat chat system that allows passengers to connect with fellow travelers throughout the aircraft.

iPhone, iPod and iPad Get A Stylish Stylus - The iFinger!

Apple's trendy iPhone, iPod and iPad may be finger friendly but scratches and fingerprints are so uncouth. The 'Ozaki iFinger M' stylus pen aims to add functionality with a dash of flair.

Social Networkers Panic In UK, While Zuckerberg Panics In US

While Mark Zuckerberg is panicking in the US over privacy issues and a new movie portraying him as a social networking version of Ivan the Terrible, Facebook users across the pond have cause for another type of panic. This week it was announced that Facebook in the UK will allow a "panic button" application on its site to ward off cyberbullying and sexual predators.