If Toddlers Used Facebook

George Takei “gets” social media and his Facebook page is probably one of the more amusing ones on Facebook.

From earlier today:

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Social Network Wars Explained

Social media networks want more users. Of course if you’re trying to grow your social network then it makes sense that you use your users’ existing connections .. So a lot of social networks tap into the data available via Twitter, Facebook and other services.

Of course by doing this they can upset each other .. end result you see social networks blocking access to each other. Sometimes it’s pretty petty, but it’s still fascinating to watch.

The guys over at Hootsuite used a Game of Thrones style analogy to visually represent what’s been going on:

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Pinterest Engagement Graphic

Pinterest has made changes to their systems in the last couple of months that make it easier for brands and businesses to use the social network.

But what’s actually going on?

This graphic from Curalate gives some interesting insights:

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Do you use Pinterest? Why? Do you like it? Hate it? Let us know in the comments!

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Social Media Revealed

A lot of the companies flogging social media services to businesses probably shouldn’t be in the business at all.

A lot of the “advice” they’re giving companies is terrible and yet they charge their clients “top dollar” for it.

(Not all of the companies operating in the space are “evil”, but a lot are)

The Onion’s recent video in the style of “Ted Talks” is brilliant and worth watching if you have any doubts about social media gurus:


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Nike Running #Fail

Nike Running. Wonderful device (and software) if it works, but one of its key elements (and raison d’etre) is the GPS functionality. Without it there’s not much point in using it.. Or so you’d think:

Am I missing something? Or did they just almost ask him to run with his computer?

No – they’re just going to plough ahead with even more “good” and “helpful” advice:

 

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Twitter Blocks Tumblr

Twitter’s API changes announced last week upset quite a few people. But what about its relations with other social networks and services?

The Guardian reports that Twitter has blocked Tumblr’s access to its users ie. you won’t be able to search for your Twitter contacts on Tumblr anymore.

As the various social networks buy up services that work with them you can expect to see more and more of this.

Take a look at what’s been happening with Instagram to get an idea.

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IIA Net Visionary Awards Revamps Social Media Category

This year’s Irish Internet Association Net Visionary Awards features a social media category, as it has done for the last few years. However this year is slightly different. Instead of simply having a “best us of” type award they’ve renamed the category to:

Most Creative Use of Social Media for compelling customer engagement

And they describe it as being for:

The person or company who receives this award will have demonstrably displayed best practice use of social media for driving business growth; Social Commerce, Social media for customer engagement and customer support. They will have displayed expertise in delivering integrated Social Media across a minimum of two social media platforms.

Full details and nominations on their site.

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Twitter Goes Offline

Twitter has been offline for the last 30 minutes.

It’s not even showing the (in)famous “fail whale” at the moment!

So you can expect to see a surge of traffic to Facebook and Google+ 🙂

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Facebook Buys Instagram For One Billion, But Who Else Was In The Running?

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Last weekend the news broke that Facebook was acquiring Instagram for $1 billion. Needless to say the tech news circles were buzzing with this announcement all week.

According to an article on TheNextWeb Twitter had also tried to acquire them, but failed.

And others suggest that Google may have been trying to acquire them ..

 

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Twitter Sells Tweets

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With most social networks the users are the product.

In the case of Twitter one of the problems the company has been struggling with is how to actually make money from it all ..

So selling their content ie. their users’ tweets appears to be one of the solutions.

According to an article on RWW Twitter has sold the data to Datasift and has other companies lined up to buy the same data.

So not only is Twitter claiming ownership of the content, but they’re also happily ignoring any privacy concerns users might have..

Expect privacy advocates to get very vocal on this.

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