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China's Social Media Suppress China's Nobel Prize Winner Announcement

It seems the Norwegian Nobel Committee is controversial no matter who they select to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Last year, it was U.S. President Barack Obama for lack of international experience and this year it's Liu Xiaobo, an imprisoned Chinese dissident. Igniting a fury amongst Chinese politicos, the award was criticized harshly for what the Chinese view as a violation the Committees' core principles in honoring "a criminal."

FatePod: Connecting You With People You Wish You'd Talked To

You know those people that you meet as you go about your day that you find yourself thinking about again? The person who helped you pick up your dropped change in the supermarket line, the gentlemen that held the coffee shop door open for you, or the person who gave you their seat on the subway? Now there's a site that allows you to do more than think about these people you connected with during chance encounters.

Social Media's Geolocation Promotes Conan's Return To Late Night

Conan O'Brien is returning to the airwaves via a big ostentatious orange blimp and us Earthlings can follow its aerial whereabouts throughout  the month of October via social media. Using the creative promotion team at Foursquare, the talk-show host has struck a deal with the location-based social network and AT&T to promote his new show on TBS, debuting November 8 at 11PM ET/ 10 Central - in a most unique way.

Social Media's Weak Ties Cannot Lead To Social Change?

In social media, sometimes its difficult to see the forest for trees. More than often many of us (including myself) get caught up in numbers. We replace quality with quantity because social media has this inherent sense of puffing up one's ego based on amassing large followings. Weak ties or connections to many is not a bad thing as long as it can be kept in perspective.

Social Media Lockdown Reveals Groups, Dashboards & Third Party Apps, Oh My!

It's been a long-standing tradition with Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebookanistas to go into "lockdown" when he wants some serious coding to be accomplished. The term  is Zuckerberg's way of proclaiming to developers and those outside their hallowed cubicles - "no distractions!"

Grand Prizewinner An Eco-friendly eBay Box With A Virtual Community

Very soon the eBay Green Team will begin giving eBay members and eBay staff specially designed reusable shipping boxes. The innovatively green box design is the grand prize winning entry of eBay's yearly spring Innovation Expo. The travels of each box can even be tracked online.

Social Media Candidate vs Rahm Emanuel Compete For Mayor Of Chicago

Obama's ex-chief of staff might get some hefty competition when he puts his hat in the ring for Mayor of Chicago. Mayorships, long an intrinsic component of location-based social network Foursquare has just launched their run for the office with a contest called "The Foursquarian Candidate" at FoursquareCandidate.com.

New Social Media Sphinn On Social Bookmarking By SERPd.com

Even though the body isn't cold just yet, a few new start-ups are showing some real moxy in attempting to become the successors of Digg, once the preeminent social bookmarking service. While Old Dogg is doing a full frontal attack (see "Social Media News Service On A Shoestring Introduces Old Dogg With New Tricks") - SERPd.com is a new platform that focuses on stories that serve the search engine optimization  (SEO), Internet marketing and social media communities.

Flatter Me: Complimentary Company For Hire!

You know how they always say that Canadians are polite and friendly? Well, there's a business that's taking that idea to new heights by offering those traits for hire.

Social Media's Dark Side Exposed On iChat, Twitter & YouTube

Home videos have served as the premise for TV games shows. Police officers use secret video tapings for surveillance which can later be presented as evidence in a court of law. YouTube allows anyone with a camera to become filmmakers.  Video taping in movies such as "Blair Witch Project" and "Cloverfield" actually made the video camera a cast member in their features. In turn, social media opened up channels to share videos via social networking sites globally.