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Social Media Goes Dark In Egypt Amidst Protests

Unfortunately the news coming out of Egypt is all too familiar to countries like the U.S. that have watched other totalitarian governments censor social media, particularly during country-wide protests. However, during the 2009 Iranian Election protests, citizens were still able to access their hand-held devices and connect to global social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. This is not the case in Egypt where mobile phone texting, Blackberry messaging and the Internet were silenced by the government.

While Social Media Blinks, LinkedIn's First To Eye Public Offering

While social media has been jockeying for position, dancing the IPO dance, the world has been waiting with baited expectation as to which social network would take the lead. Speculation reached a fevered pitch in early January when rumors indicated that LinkedIn would be the first to go, before Facebook, Twitter or Groupon sucked all the oxygen out of room.

Google Still In Search Of The Social Media Holy Grail

Google has struggled long and hard to launch its own social network. From Orkut, to Buzz, to Google Me, to Google + 1, many of us in the blogosphere have followed its flawed attempts at creating something that would be a worthy competitor of Facebook. This week with the news that it acquired Fflick, the Twitter Sentiment Analyzer, we examine the search giant taking another stab at adding a social layer to its core product.

Could Social Media Currency Replace the Dollar, Euro or Yuan?

When Mark Zuckerberg first launched his Open Graph API at the last Facebook F8 Conference in 2010, it was clear that a paradigm shift was set in motion- one that would revolutionize advertising - but more importantly one that would transform monetary transactions across the Web.  But could it possibly replace the dollar, euro or yuan?

Social Media Cost-Per-LIKES Replaces Cost-Per-Clicks?

When Mark Zuckerberg first debuted his OPEN GRAPH API at Facebook F8 last April, he also took a major step forward in 'crowd-sourced' advertising. While followers were aghast at the privacy implications, less attention was paid to Facebook setting in place, the initial foundation of an advertising empire. This paradigm shift in how brands purchase online advertising could displace Google's old school model with Facebook's.

Social Media For Sale Or Rent, "ThreeWords" Bought By That Domain Gent

Up till now, the social media space has been a coveted arena where entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg are more interested in building empires than selling their enterprises to the highest bidder. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and others were of a similar ilk. However, the next generation of Internet entrepreneurs seem to be looking at things somewhat differently.

2011's Social Media Super Bowl Puts Twitter & Facebook In The Driver's Seat

This year with over 100 million viewers predicted to watch the Super Bowl and commercials costing $3 million a spot, brands are looking to rope in even more  eyeballs by promoting their wares on Twitter and Facebook. And this year, Mercedes-Benz is upping the ante by actually awarding 2 of their new 2012 C-Class Coupes to contest contestants they consider the most savvy social networkers.

Social Media Helps Promote Persian Version Of Jon Stewart's 'The Daily Show'

With Facebook friends scaling past a quarter-million and a YouTube account that has attracted over 15,000 views since January 21, the Iranian TV show, Parazit is using social media channels to promote its answer to Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. Co-created by Iranian ex-pats Kambiz Hosseini and Saman Arbabi, the popular Voice of America's Persian-language program is produced in Washington, DC, where the founders can lampoon their parent country, without fear of reprisal.

Eric Be Nimble, Eric Be Quick, See Google's Founders Jump Over Eric's Shtick!

"Was it something he said?" Large infrastructures in the Silicon Valley can sometimes be an inevitable by-product of success. However, the ramifications of such an growth can also stymie a company from advancing, as the layers of decision-making become a bureaucratic juggernaut. Such is the case at Google and of recent date, the founders are seeking to remedy the situation by jumping back into the fray, displacing its previous CEO, Eric Schmidt.

Social Media Takes Time Off For A Qwiki!

When you win top honors at TechCrunch Disrupt- an event that introduces new innovative Internet companies to the world - you know you are on a trajectory for success. It's an arena that attracts developers and venture capitalists, the likes of Peter Thiel, one of Facebook's first major investors. It was there the world first got to become intimately involved with a digital Qwiki.