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Social Media Under The Gavel When WikiLeaks' Twitter DMs Were Demanded

Once again the popular microblogging site of Twitter is caught at the vortex of a political maelstrom where human rights are at issue. Differing from the Iranian election protests of 2009, this time the U.S. is appearing to be the heavy-handed oppressor. On December 14, the government's Department of Justice issued a court order to Twitter to the attention of its "Trust & Safety" department.

Can Location-Based Social Media Be Taken Serious When It Goes "GTL"?

I know MTV's hit reality show "The Jersey Shore" is the network's highest rated show ever and has become a "guilty pleasure" of many who won't ever admit to watching it. I know the Foursquare team have become masters at TV-partnership marketing. But can the leading location-based social network be taken seriously by aligning itself with a pop-cultural phenomenon  that offers little to no redeeming value for today's geo-location discourse?

Social Media IPOs: Facebook Not To Steal LinkedIn's Thunder?

With Facebook's valuation scaling to $50 billion and Goldman Sachs anteing up $450 million for a private IPO with the social network, things are heating up as social media start testing the "Wall Street" waters. Book runners with the financial heft of Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and JP Morgan are rumored to be squiring LinkedIn in an attempt to beat Facebook to the public offering punch.

'Social Media First' When Facebook Goes Live With Congressional Changing Of The Guard

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner wants his swearing in to catch Facebook fever. Not content to be picked up by just the traditional mediums of TV and radio, Boehner wants to earn some techie cred by being the first Speaker of the House to go "live" on the popular social media Web site covering his first day's floor proceedings and his initial speech as Speaker.

Social Media Traffic Shows StumbleUpon With Early 2011 Lead Over Facebook?

With Goldman Sachs obtaining a $450 million 'Private IPO' from Facebook this week, could things getting any rosier for the world's largest social network? But it seems that not even an award-winning movie, a graphic novel and Time's 'Person of the Year' can buy everything. Statistics are indicating that discovery engine StumbleUpon appears to be whooping FB's behind in generating more US social media traffic between December and January.

Will Quora, Social Media's New Shiny Thing Exist On A Quorum Of Users?

Well, we're already a few days into the new year, and the tech-savvy early adopters are already hailing the new shiny thing. While Quora's user base had only scaled to 55,000+ this past Fall, in late December it took a noticeable bump in followers with the help - some say - as the result of testimonials from uberblogger Robert Scoble and others. But is the new, slick social network for everyone?

9 Best Travel-Related Businesses of 2010

With the recession starting to become only a memory, traveling is something that many individuals decided to start doing again, and as a result, so did the presence of new travel-related businesses. There have been some cool ones this year, and the best were of course the most obscure. As we ring in the new year and you start to think about travel plans for 2011, here are some of 2010's best travel businesses to help you out!

Social Media Adds Facebook's Open Graph To The Shopping Cart

As noted in my previous post, "Social Media News Feed Becomes Facebook's New eCommerce Marketplace," brands have learned while having a Facebook fan page is a necessary evil in today's world of eCommerce, very few customers ever revisit a fan page after originally LIKING it. What's needed to motivate consumers is a much more robust experience that allows Facebook to gather information about its users, both on the social network itself and from other Web sites tied to its Open Graph.

GroupMe: Beta Application Makes iPhone Conferencing Easy!

In today's world of remote working, there's a new app that feels like the perfect solution to stay in touch with co-workers all over the place. With my own team located worldwide, I know how hard it is to stay connected and catch people at the same time, but there is a great way for iPhone users to do it now!

Press Don't Panic: New Technology Focuses On Teaching People How To Handle Emergencies

Would you know what to do if someone near you suffered from a seizure or an allergic reaction once panic sets in? You might not have previously, but now there's a business that's released a neat little gadget to offer the ideal solution.