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Social Media Cartoons Adds Dilbert, A Graphic Novel & Randy Glasbergen To Its Fold

Back in February I posted my Top Ten Social Media Cartoonists list for the year. While cartoonists are less likely to take on the topic of social media, there are a few established cartoonists as well as some new writers and illustrators who  find humor in a lot of social networking issues that consume so much of our waking hours. To my TOP TEN, I add the following.

Social Media Introduces iTrailer For 'The Social Network' Movie

Without clearing it with Apple, the producers of The Social Network and Scott Pilgrim vs The World have introduced  "iTrailer" - as an innovative means for users to interact with a movie's trailer while the video is playing online.

Twitter Tattoo Stockings Kick-Start Social Media Fashion

Is social media really on the march? These geek chic Twitter Tattoo stockings will ensure that where you lead, others will follow.

Twitter Redesign May Be Taking Lessons From Chinese Search Engine Baidu

The blogosphere is a buzz with Ev Williams' announcement that a Twitter redesign will arrive at desktops and mobile devices in the next couple of weeks. Earlier this month, Baidu (China's Google) launched an innovative service called the Box Computing Open Platform that may have been the model for Twitter's yet-to-unfold navigational architecture.

Social Media's Privacy vs Intimacy, Facebook vs Chatroulette

While the redefinition of privacy continues to engage debate amongst netizens, this current era of pushing boundaries online is on the surface somewhat of a paradox. While many feel that relinquishing data about ourselves subsequently deprives us of control (i.e. Facebook's Open Graph), there are others that are willing to relinquish control in exchange for a random form of intimacy (i.e. Chatroulette's video chat).

Social Media Game Beats Out Facebook & Google As Top Online Destination?

This week two conflicting studies were released detailing how much time Web surfers were spending socializing versus surfing. While comScore was quick to point out that Facebook had overtaken Google for the first time in August, another report indicated Zynga's Farmville actually racked up more total hours than the other two combined - and by a sizable margin!

Cannabis Catering: "High" Quality Meal Options

There are many businesses trying to capitalize on the up-and-coming industry or legal marijuana. With more prescriptions being issued more businesses keep on popping up and there is one interesting concept we've never seen before!

Social Media TVs' Remote Control May Be In The Hands Of Auntie Beeb

This year, rumors of Web TV have flooded the blogosphere. Google, Apple and TiVo have jockeyed for position in the increasingly crowded space - while lesser known rivals like Boxee and Roku are also making overtures to offer set-top boxes that will merge TV programming with the Internet. However the one contender that's lesser known on this side of the pond is the venerable old Auntie Beeb!

Social Media Converts Online Currency Into 'Stand Up To Cancer' Donation Fund

Turning 'social goods' into 'social good' is a new paradigm and one that Facebook would like to add to its resume. When Facebook launched its online currency called Facebook Credits, it was received with mixed reviews, namely because it appeared that the social network was not only broadening its power base but was also tapping into a new revenue source based on an online obsession - namely, social gaming.

Snakes And Lattes: The Board Game Cafe!

Today's cafes and coffee shops are typically filled with people stuck on technology who are just trying to take advantage of the free WIFI. There's no sitting back and enjoying the atmosphere, it's all type, type, tweet, tweet, ring, ring (that last one was a blackberry or iPhone notification, in case you didn't know). So, for those that want to get a more old-fashioned coffee shop experience that's focused on bringing together a neighborhood in a social way, there's a great new Toronto business.