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Social Media's Facebook/Bing "Social Search" Marriage

It's not difficult to figure out why Facebook is deepening its ties with a search engine like Microsoft's Bing versus Google. As indicated in previous posts, Facebook wants to become the next Google, and has its sights set on making that happen soon. With Google stepping up their "geolocation" game, Facebook has structured a deal with Bing where it will become the first search engine to show US users which sites Facebook friends like.

Social Media's Geolocation To Get Jump Start By Google's Search Kingpin

Geolocation is at the forefront of Social Media today - and will be the next ecosystem to scale exponentially. While Foursquare has set the tempo, it could easily be acquired, absorbed or challenged by either of the two major Internet players. And while Google's has had a long and fruitful eleven year run, Facebook is proving to be a formidable challenger as well when it comes to who will dominate the digital landscape for the next decade.

Social Media Spoof Equates Facebook To The Invention Of The Wheel

They say that impersonation is the highest form of flattery. And while Mark Zuckerberg may be having a hard time dealing with the "sins of his past" exposed in the widely-popular film "The Social Network" - he should take solace in the fact that you know you've made it in life when you are satirized on Saturday Night Live. Zuckerberg has successfully gone from geek to pop-culture iconoclast.

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.