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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?

Social Media Crowd Sources Fund Raising For First Twitter Documentary

It's appropriate that a crowd-sourced medium such as Twitter would be the source for a movie producer to solicit funding for a documentary about the microblogging platform. Since the movie is a series of individual vignettes of Twitter users, the Singaporean filmmaker Siok Siok Tan (@sioksiok) is reaching out to all 190 million users with an appeal for assistance.

Social Media Gets Graphic With Zuckerberg Comic Book & Novel

Mark Zuckerberg has been called a lot of things, but 'comic book action hero' is not one that comes to mind. However, with Facebook movies (Catfish & The Social Network) gaining a lot of buzz at theaters nationwide, "nerd" as anti-hero seems to be the latest trend. Who would have guessed that a "social media thriller" could actually become a new literary genre. But seemingly that is the case with a new comic book and graphic novel written about the world's most ubiquitous social network.

Social Media For The Couch Potato In Search Of Sedentary Geolocation

Foursquare and Gowalla - two of today's leading location-based social networks  - introduced us to the power of "check-ins." However, all such networks were based on location and identifying venues for users and followers while on-the-go!. For those, that may be a little bit mobile-challenged and prefer to check-in without leaving the comfort of one's couch, GetGlue.com might just be the social network for you!

Social Media's Southeast Asia Growing Faster Than U.S.

In days of yore when it was believed the Earth was the center of the Universe, it was a harsh reality when we learned we were only one of many planets that circled the sun. Today, the same could be said for the U.S. and Americans' belief that we generate more interaction on social media channels than the rest of the world.

The Efficiency Of Communication – Knowing When To Shut The Hell Up

Researchers have now determined the point at which a communications system becomes unwieldy, and when it’s best to just stop talking.