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Egypt's Social Media & Internet Shut-down Could Cost A Pharaoh's Ransom

With social media going dark in Egypt and with proposed legislature before the U.S. Congress to institute a similar "Kill Switch," is it any wonder that when Hosni Mubarak decided to turn off the Internet, that not only would 'all hell would break loose,' but that his country would incur a major economic hit.

Social Media Bloggers vs Semantic Techoggers - Man vs The Machine

Who needs to pay bloggers anymore, when semantic algorithms can accomplish the same task with quicker results and with more thorough research? As quickly as bloggers surfaced with the evolution of the Web 2.0, the semantic technology content of the emerging Web 3.0 era is beginning to emerge to take its place. Transforming minefields of data into high-quality editorial, at scale, and without human authoring or editing is ready to revolutionize the future of publishing.

Will Social Media Leaks Or Pokes Win Nobel Peace Prize?

Two years ago, the world wondered how a newly-elected president like Barack Obama could qualify and win the Nobel Peace Prize. Even the president questioned the honor. This year, that same president might also question why WikiLeaks is now a candidate for that same distinction. Moreover, in a year that couldn't get enough of Facebook, could that honor go to a dark horse, like the world's largest social network?

Facebook's Social Media Click-Throughs Are Clicked Less Today Than Yesterday

Perhaps money can't buy you love, but it's been known to buy you friends on Facebook. Webtrends's white paper analysis of Facebook ad campaigns found that the cost of advertising on the social network that attracts users to fan pages now costs $1.07. However out of 11,200 ad campaigns which totaled 4.5 billion impressions the average click-through rate dropped from 0.063 percent last year to 0.051 percent in 2010.

Social Media Privacy Might Be Under More Scrutiny By Govt Than Internet Companies

As concern mounts as to why Facebook spent $130,000 on lobbyists in the 4th quarter, and why Google dropped $5.16 million for the same purpose in 2010, many of us feel that these efforts were purely for monetary gain. With behaviorally-targeted marketing a result of Web searches, LIKE buttons and GPS functionality, not only do Internet companies and social networks want your private data, so does the government.

Social Media's Whistleblowing In The Wind To Become Decentralized

Ever since WikiLeaks came under global scrutiny, whistleblowing has taken a somewhat negative turn. Daniel Domscheit-Berg who had a falling out with its founder, Julian Assange believes its due to whistleblowers not having control over the secrets they want to spill. To remedy the situation, he and his team are building OpenLeaks, a new platform that will allow sources to choose specifically who they want to submit documents to anonymously.

Social Media Gets Last Laugh When Zuckerberg Satirized Himself On SNL

Rumors abound, whether or not Lorne Michaels will be successful in luring Mark Zuckerberg to his SNL TV show January 29, when Jesse Eisenberg is scheduled to appear as host.  With all the bad blood that has passed between Team Zuckerberg and the producers of 'The Social Network' movie, fans of both the network and the flick are wondering if the FB founder will be 'man enough' to show the world he can laugh at himself.

Alexander The Great? Not If You're Chinese!

Many Chinese these days have chosen an English name to use in business, while traveling, or just to fill out their character as a world citizen. Names like 'Alexander' don't work well phonetically, however, and can add 'pressure' to already hectic lives.

Social Media Goes Dark In Egypt Amidst Protests

Unfortunately the news coming out of Egypt is all too familiar to countries like the U.S. that have watched other totalitarian governments censor social media, particularly during country-wide protests. However, during the 2009 Iranian Election protests, citizens were still able to access their hand-held devices and connect to global social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. This is not the case in Egypt where mobile phone texting, Blackberry messaging and the Internet were silenced by the government.

While Social Media Blinks, LinkedIn's First To Eye Public Offering

While social media has been jockeying for position, dancing the IPO dance, the world has been waiting with baited expectation as to which social network would take the lead. Speculation reached a fevered pitch in early January when rumors indicated that LinkedIn would be the first to go, before Facebook, Twitter or Groupon sucked all the oxygen out of room.