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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.

Social Media's Largest Social Tribe Divests Its Exclusive Origins?

The paradox of the first decade of the 21st Century is what started out as the 'shiny new thing' - built on its allure and prestige of being exclusive  - is now hinged on an 'open door policy.' Human nature defines us by "tribe" - where we feel most comfortable, right, wrong or indifferent by 'our own kind.'  However from "Harvard Students" to "Ivy League Schools" to "those with an .edu email address" to the "world at large" -  within short order, Mark Zuckerberg transformed his original exclusive Facebook tribe into a true melting pot of peoples.

Social Media Worm That "Likes" Facebook

Worms on Facebook are becoming almost as ubiquitous as the site itself. With so many Facebook pages on the network today, and with everyone trying to get their pages additional "LIKES," it's wise in general to stay away from any page with "Shocking" in its title - let alone, if its followed by "This girl killed herself after her Dad posted this photo."

Social Media Screens Prospective Employees & Clients

Be careful what you tweet, Flikr, YouTube and update - less you want to reduce your chances of getting hired or landing your next client. Social media is now officially the extension of one's resume. It adds another layer for discovery by prospective employers and companies. After all, who knows you better than your social networks?