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Twitter 101 Just Released

As popular as Twitter is there are still a lot of folks that haven't joined ranks or have registered but dropped off due to lack of interest or understanding. While the benefits of the microblogging platform are varied, it takes users and brands time to feel adept at getting the most out of the system. Now Twitter is addressing that need by launching "Twitter 101" which will get newbies started, while allowing brands a leg-up on as to how to be successful on this social network

Does Social Media Produce Groupthink?

Once an innovation on the Web catches hold in the market, there's often a "lock-in mechanism" that freezes out radical changes to that innovation. In the 1970s, Irving L. Janis's book "Victims of Groupthink" described it as  "a deterioration of mental efficiency, reality testing and moral judgment that results from in-group pressures." In the Age of Social Media, where social networks like Twitter and Facebook have consumed our lives, has Digital Man evolved into the the current version of "Groupthink" or the herd mentality?

Twitcam Beats Competition To Stream Live Video On Twitter

With the introduction of Twitcam by Livestream, anyone can reach ones' Twitter following by live streaming video. All you have to do is log in with your Twitter credentials, hit the broadcast button and, assuming you have your webcam set up, you're good to go. It couldn't be any easier way for folks to conduct a video broadcast with live chat while one's followers respond by tweeting in real-time.

Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter Was The Winner In Facebook Contest

If you wanted to be one of the first to see the teaser for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, you  had to jump down the Facebook rabbit hole and choose sides quickly. Tim Burton's marketing minions published 'fan army' pages for the White Queen, the Red Queen and Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter, and the ploy was to get you become the loyal or disloyal subject of one of them. Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter turned out to be the hands-down winner!

3121, A Social Network For Insiders Inside The Beltway

'Inside the Beltway' was originally a term coined for those who worked within the confines of the Administration and Congress. Other time, the negative connotation of "insular" and "out of touch with mainstream America" emerged to describe the close-knit clique of Washington insiders. An "inside joke" refers to humor that is apparent only to those who are "inside" a social group or occupation. Now combine the two...and you might come up with a social network the likes of 3121.

With 250 Million Users, This Is Not Your Son's Facebook Anymore!

Working its way to 1 Billion users, Facebook just reached the one quarter billion mark (250 Million), only three months after reaching its last milestone of 200 million in April. So with such exponential growth, why is there so much talk about people leaving this social network?

Twittereye Presents All Twitter Apps In One Location

When you are in the eye of the storm, there is a calmness to determine one's next move before the maelstrom hits. When one enters Twittereye.com, you will have quick access to every Twitter app known to man on one handy-dandy-all-purpose web site. And while you may be overwhelmed by the data overload, this tool is a real time saver for those who gravitate to all things that Twitter.

Are Twitter & TechCrunch Members Of Fight Club?

One of the rules of Fight Club is "If this is your first night at Fight Club, you HAVE to fight." Analogous to a schoolyard brawl, where stolen lunch money is cause for retaliation, these two industry chums have come to blows over hacked documents.

Chinese Netizen Arrested, Sends SOS on Twitter

Many of you are likely familiar with the case of the American student from Berkley back in April of 2008 who when he was taken into custody by Egyptian police managed to send out a short tweet via SMS saying "Arrested." Subsequently his embassy and the press were notified and he was eventually released (see CNN story) thanks to his twitter distress call.

Yesterday in China there was a very similar situation, where blogger Peter Guo, who goes by the twitter handles amoiist, sent out the following plea for help:

Facebook,The Movie Starring Pete Cashmore, Gary Vaynerchuk or Guy Kawasaki?

Since Hollywood has given a thumbs up to 'Facebook, the Movie,' shouldn't the movie moguls be considering some fresh new faces to star in this biopic, with the working title "Social Network". Perhaps social media rockstars like Pete Cashmore, Gary Vaynerchuk or Guy Kawasaki could be cast in the starring role of Mark Zuckerberg? Instead of method movie-actors, why not use the illustrious members of the digerati that work in the social networking trenches, on a day to day to basis?