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Anthony Weiner and the Importance of Social Media Security (UPDATED)

Celebrities and Politicians are popular targets for online hacking and smear campaigns, but sometimes the “hack” involves less code-cracking and more forgetting basic online safety precautions. The unfolding story of WeinerGate is a key example of this. Anthony Weiner, outspoken Democratic Representative from New York, has embraced Twitter in the same unique and colorful way …

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Drudge Report is a bigger news source than Facebook and Twitter combined

According to a study released today by the Pew Research Center, news aggregation site The Drudge Report sends more traffic to the major news organizations than both Facebook and Twitter. In fact, it’s second only to Google. Why is Drudge such a primary source and what can you take away from this study? The Drudge …

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Facebook Launches Page Tagging in Photos

Facebook has really been making a big push with their pages and events recently, possibly to make the service even more attractive to businesses. The latest feature is the ability for users to tag Pages in their own photos. We’ll briefly show you how to do this and then explain the attraction from a business …

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Honor Thy Mother Through Social Media

A recent survey in the UK by The Daily Telegraph revealed that Moms aren’t only joining social networking services like Facebook in droves… they’re thriving on them. Moms over 40, in fact, tend to have more friends than their children. One thing mostly driving this is that not only do these women have their own …

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On GLEE, Spoilers, NDAs, and Social Media Policies

In the span of 24 hours last week, daily searches for Nicole Crowther went from one or two to thousands. Why? The tweet heard round the Gleek world. A frequent extra on the hit FOX show, known for tweeting minor set details, she let leak a big spoiler: the identity of the Prom King and …

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Shakespeare and Social Media

Next week, READ Magazine, in conjunction with The Ophelia Project, will stage the world’s first Facebooked Shakespeare play, will be presented. This won’t be the first time that Shakespeare has been presented via social media, though. England’s Royal Shakespeare Company presented Such Tweet Sorrow in Spring 2010, which was a Twittered adaptation of Romeo and …

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Crowdsourcing: Pros and Cons

Social Media has made crowd-sourcing a possibly viable option for companies that would never have thought of trying their hand at it before. But just because you can doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Crowd-sourcing is the idea of using a group of people to solve a problem. Bloggers crowd-source major decisions to get other viewpoints …

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Is Your Website Facebook Friendly?

According to data released by Facebook, their 500 million users share over 30 billion pieces of content each month. This content includes web links, news stories and blog posts. Is your content coming across the best way it can when your customers share it? Make sure to check your website for the following three things …

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Do You Have Social Media Klout?

Klout, founded in 2007, is the leading measurement of Social Media Influence right now. Far from being a strict ranking, in which only the most prolific of celebrities would rate, Klout uses formulas factoring in numbers such as List inclusions, Follower/Follow Ratio, Unique Retweeters, Commenters, Likers, Influence of Followers, Influence of Likers and Commenters, Inbound …

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Turning Slacktivism into Activism with Social Media

Last October, Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and Outliers, made some waves in the social media world when he suggested that Social Activism was flawed and ineffective. While he had some valid points, social media’s role in the recent events in the Middle East and on home turf may show that social media’s power in …

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