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Social Media's Web 2.0 Merges Into Semantic Web With

Did you ever think about becoming Editor-in-Chief of your own newspaper? Well, can score you that gig. In an automated process, those you follow on Twitter and the links included in their tweets, can essentially become the subject matter of your own daily online newspaper that you can create in less than 5 minutes. As social media generates real-time news, it can now interface with to not only publish this news onto a micro-site, it will also tweet it out to all of one's Twitter followers daily.

Social Media Skewered By DFW FOX Station Amidst Gunfire & Mayhem!

A satire of social media worthy of a spot on Saturday Night Live is spoofing its way across the Internet. Titled, "The Fox 4 DFW Roast of Social Media," it takes Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Skype amongst others to task on a YouTube video. Following a hostage situation and a gunman on the loose, it spots field news reporters capturing the day's tragic events while overly obsessed with their social medial channels of distribution.

Social Media Shopping Deals Space Goes Self-Serve With Groupon?

On the heels of posting "Social Media Deals Space Goes Ape with JungleCents" and the already crowded space of online shopping deal sites, Groupon is said to be launching its latest feature called Groupon Stores - an option that will allow businesses to created Facebook-like self-serve pages where fans and friends can follow and access discounted deals from a specific brand.

Social Media's Shopping Deals Space Goes Ape With JungleCents

In an already crowded space that includes major players like Groupon, Woot, Gilt Groupe and RetailMeNot, JungleCents enters the field with an inverted affiliate scheme and seed money from billionaire Mark Cuban.

Starbuck's Social Media Menu Adds Exclusive Content & Happy Hours?

Powered by the free Starbucks WiFi and with the intent of building a round-the-clock patronage, Starbucks announced the launch of two new services this week. Starbucks Digital Network will offer exclusive content to all of its in-store customers and a barista bar is being tested in Seattle where regional wines and beers will be added to its beverage offerings.

Social Media's Microbloggers Vote For Lady Gaga Or The Pope To Appear On Conan?

In advance of the much anticipated return to the airwaves debuting on TBS, November 8, Conan O'Brien is using social media as a thrifty advertising vehicle to promote his new show (see related post, "Social Media's Geolocation Promotes Conan's Return To Late Night"). With blimps flying the friendly skies, Conan is coupling his current Foursquare promo with a Twitter voting contest urging the Twitterati to vote for #ConansFirstGuest that could pit Lady Gaga against the Pope (talk about both ends of the moral spectrum)!

Social Media's Y Connect Asks The Question Why Connect?

Even with Facebook facing some additional severe privacy issues this week (see previous post, "Social Media Privacy Leaks Creates More Detractors Than Promoters For Facebook"), Yahoo is said to be launching their own version of Facebook Connect, called Y Connect. The question being - doesn't a third or fourth mover  in the 'social graph' space give one pause to ask the question "Why Connect" with yet another similar service?

Social Media Privacy Leaks Creates More Detractors Than Promoters For Facebook

In Fred Reichheld's Book, "The Ultimate Question," the author has spent the last ten years researching one simple question that can determine a company's future. The question is "how likely is it that you would recommend Company X to a friend or colleague?" Over the last six years, Facebook would not have scaled to half a billion users if the answer to that question was not a resounding "yes."

Social Media Search & Data Mining Primed To Out-Google Google

By Google's algorithms being regularly and strategically updated, they've been able to maintain a leadership role in online search for over a decade. However, looking forward to the next ten years, there are road signs ahead that indicate that "keyword search" may become as hackneyed a phrase as the "information superhighway."

Is WikiLeaks' Brand Of Social Media Journalism Losing Credibility?

When stories broke back in June that WikiLeaks was releasing sensitive military documents pertaining to the War in Afghanistan (see "Social Media Journalism By Wikileaks' Whistleblower Unfolds In Real-Time"), the world was aghast that a social media site that patterns itself after Wikipedia could have gained such access at such peril. Founder Julian Assange actually had to seek protection from the authorities and Iceland initiated a proposal for their country...