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Social Media App That Detects Apathy & Lazy Voters

Voter turn-out for mid-term elections normally - well - how should I put this… suck!  Where the 2008 national election turnout came in at 56.8 percent, the mid-terms in 2002 and 2006 averaged less than 38 percent. Why is this the case? 

Social Media's Privacy Satirized With 'Fear Medal' At DC Sanity Rally

Appropriately enough, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook were presented with a Fear Award at the first-time "Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear" event hosted by satirical pundits Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert at the National Mall in DC today. In true "point-counterpoint" fashion the two venerable comedians traded barbs as to who best represented reasonableness versus those that raised the bar on ratcheting up the public's sense of fear.

Social Media Strategy Targeting China, Japan, India & Brazil

In June, 2010, when the Internet World Stats report published the "Top 20 Countries With Highest Number of Internet Users," it was not a surprise that China, the US, Japan, India and Brazil would take the top spots. According to the data, the highest percentage of Internet users are China with 21.4%, the USA with 12.2%, Japan with 5.0%, India with 4.1% and Brazil with 3.9%.

Social Media Giant Youtube Passes 1 Billion Subscriptions

YouTube officially hits 1 billion subscriptions. If you go to the Youtube website you'll notice the logo shows off their accomplishment.On average, that's 200 million channels being subscribed to each year since Youtube was founded in 2005.

Social Media Shopping Deals For Facebook's 500+ Million Potential Buyers

Ever since the Groupon model landed on the digital landscape and captured the imagination of so many consumers so quickly, everyone seems to want a piece of  their marketshare. And that includes Facebook. Rumored reports from watchdog blog All Facebook says that local shopping deals are being tested.

Social Media Lobbyists - Facebook Fights Big Brother?

During this past summer, Facebook reportedly spent more than $6,600 lobbying California state officials to kill the "Social Networking Privacy Act." While that doesn't seem like a lot of money, especially for Facebook, it does mark the first push-back by a social network in an attempt to quash state legislature from imposing regulations over social networking terms of service.

The Business Of Bathrooms: Atlanta Closet Luxury Loos

The business of bathrooms is an industry larger than you'd think (in fact, this isn't the first we've spotted)! Toilets are one of those things that everyone needs; but no one likes a bathroom that feels like what it is, a loo, water closet, toliet or washroom. There's a new business making a big splash in the luxury loo industry today that you can't miss.

A Cheap Social Media Shopping Network (Just In Time) For The Holidays!

With the holidays fast approaching, the team at blinkx.com has developed a new social shopping network, with a few extra bells and whistles than some of the others noted in my previous post  titled, "Top Ten Social Shopping Networks (Just In Time) For The Holidays." A great tool for not only comparison shopping but also an opportunity to share your shopping experiences with like-minded shoppers in the Cheep community.

Social Media Virtual Currency: Does Facebook Or Zynga Hold The Purse Strings?

After Target became the first retailer to sell Facebook Credits gift cards in its stores last month, this week Walmart and Best Buy jumped into the fray selling $5, $10 and $25 denominations of FB Credits just in time for the holiday season. At the same time, Zynga filed a patent for "Virtual Playing Chips in a Multiuser Online Game Network." Are these tactics separate issues or the first signs of a strategic battle of wills between the two Internet powerhouses?

Social Media's Web 2.0 Merges Into Semantic Web With Paper.li

Did you ever think about becoming Editor-in-Chief of your own newspaper? Well, Paper.li can score you that gig. In an automated process, those you follow on Twitter and the links included in their tweets, can essentially become the subject matter of your own daily online newspaper that you can create in less than 5 minutes. As social media generates real-time news, it can now interface with Paper.li to not only publish this news onto a micro-site, it will also tweet it out to all of one's Twitter followers daily.