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Slamming Scamming Spammers - How To Identify Anonymous Email Authors

Spammers are on notice: you can run, but you cannot hide. Although you spend so much time at the computer, you probably can't run far.

Social Media Intern Wanted Before Overexposed Star Stops Trending

Only a week into social networking and TeamSheen needs to recruit an intern to help him do some of the heavy 'social media' lifting. Scaling past 2.3 million followers on Twitter in less than ten days, the ex-Two and Half Men star is not only drunk on the drug called "Charlie Sheen," he's also realized that he's a social media rock star. Or is he? Has the "winning" megalomaniac peaked, or are prospective interns going to be queuing up faster than fanboys at an "Apple iPad2" launch day?

Mark Zuckerberg's Dog 'Beast' Gets Himself A Faceboook Page

Beast, the adorable new dog of Mark Zuckerberg and girlfriend, Priscilla Chan (Cilla, to Beast), has got himself a Facebook page, and I bet within a year, he'll have more friends than anyone ever did on Facebook! Especially, if he continues to update us.  I wonder if Beast will garner as much interest as Bo, the Obama family dog?


Social Media Tracking & Crowdsourcing Provides Al Jazeera With 'CNN Moment'

Trusted in the Middle East as an unbiased and uncensored source of international news, those living and traveling throughout the area rely on Al Jazeera as a voice of reason. As a result, it is probably the most watched news network in the region and bases a large portion of their success on having access to social media.

The Social Media Check-In You Can't Leave Home Without

For as long as I have been reporting on Foursquare, I like others have been impressed by their partnership deals with TV shows, newspapers, venues and brands. Their check-in model was emulated by competitors as small as one-off app developers and as large as Facebook Places. However, in all that time, Foursquare's use cases have been unsuccessful in showing significant ROIs for the merchants and brands they are aligned with...

Social Media Stars Are A Million To One: Kutcher vs Sheen

The Twitterverse is home to many and like the real world, it allows for different opportunities dependent on your rank, file and serial number. In the case of celebrities it's proven to be fertile ground for real-time soap-box messaging, instant ego gratification as well as becoming a lucrative revenue-generator. Racing to a million followers has become sport for the elite and us mere mortals seem to enjoy watching it from the sidelines - even though most of us have no shot at ever reaching a million followers in our lifetimes.

Social Media Chink In Facebook's Privacy Armor Shows Support For Gaddafi?

Social media is based on engaging with others you choose to engage with. Ever since Facebook's Open Graph commandeered its way onto the digital highway, we've been asked to rethink how we can become more accessible by relinquishing more and more of our private data. After all, this is the 21st Century and FB should have the right to redefine what today's interpretation of privacy means. Hold it right there, Mr. Zuckerberg. Not so fast!

Taiwan's NMA News Animates Charlie Sheen's Latest Media Meltdown

The talented animation technicians at Taiwan's NMA News have taken on the task of explaining Charlie Sheen's recent rant-fest to a domestic audience. Subtitled Sheen shone Sims style with bonus bikini bimbo and sinister snowman? Now THAT's a winning combo!

Charlie Sheen's Record Speed On Social Media Highway Sets Guinness Record

It's a known fact that the Guinness World Records logs milestones for every esoteric achievement known to man. So with Charlie Sheen "high" on the drug he calls "Charlie Sheen," it was not inconceivable that he would "score" the coveted honor for the "Fastest Time to Reach 1 Million Followers" on Twitter ever. (take that, Ashton Kutcher!)

Beijing Medical Microblog: Social Media Meets Socialized Medicine

Beijing Emergency Medical Center's new microblog exemplifies the emergence of social media as a leading news and information venue in China.