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Social Media Roundup for April 30,2010

How’s this for an Internet throwback

Hats off to Mashable for finding this awesome Geocities-izer tool. The site lets you enter any website into the tool and spits out what the page would have looked like as a Geocities page back in the day. Check out The New York Times website Geocities-ized – complete with music!

Most Americans know Twitter, but few use it

A new report released by Edison Research reveals that Twitter awareness among Americans has been growing since 2008 with 87 percent now familiar with the tool, only slightly trailing Facebook’s awareness of 88 percent. Facebook continues to be the dominant social network in terms of usage with 41 percent of Americans maintaining profiles on the site whereas only 7 percent are tweeting.

The research also reveals that Twitter users are 3x more likely to follow brands on Twitter than on other social networking sites, and that less than half of regular Twitter users post updates, although 70 percent of these same users post status updates to other social networking services like Facebook.

Over sharing in 140 characters

We’ve all been victim to our Facebook friends and Twitter followers posting tidbits of “too much information” online. No one needs to know that you’re tweeting from the restroom, no one. The Huffington Post has put together a slide show summary of some of the worst Twitter TMI incidences – most of them from over sharing celebs.

Chatroulette inspires artists

Visual artists are taking to Chatroulette to let their creative juices flow. Check out this video of one talented user speed painting another user in various poses.

Social Media Roundup April 2, 2010

Facebook switches “Fans” for “Likes”

An Associated Press story tells us that Facebook will no longer use the term “become a fan of” in favour of the more colloquial and direct “like”. The terminiology change erases one of the few remaining distinctions between personal and brand interactions on the leading social network. It will be interesting to see if something as simple as more friendly language will increase consumer’s engagement with Facebook’s Fan pages.

Report issued on Social Media Ads that work best

Mashable summarizes a report from Psychster Inc. and AllRecipes that pitted various types of online ads against each other. Not surprisingly, there is a bit a gap between ad types that are good at selling (banner ads, emails) versus ads that are good at engagement (Corporate profiles with fan options and widgets). Read the executive summary here

YouTube Facelift

If YouTube seems a little bit different than the last few days, don’t worry it isn’t an April Fools joke (see below). Overall the video watching experience is a little less cluttered, but still has access to the same information as before via pulldowns. Most notably, we can say goodbye (and good riddance IMHO) to the 5 star rating system in favour of the simpler Like/Don’t Like model. According to MediaPost the re-design has increased time on site by 7% and increased video playback by 6%.

The Ten Plagues of Social Media

Social Media Insider writer David Berkowitz pushes a seasonal analogy a bit far with this one, when comparing the Plagues of Egypt to the top ten mistakes in social media. Personally, I can’t make the connection of how a plague of lice can be compared to campaign-based thinking, but most of the points are valid.

Social Media Roundup for March 26, 2010

Location Tweets Coming Home to Roost

It isn’t only the robbers that you need to worry about when telling your Facebook friends about your vacation or checking in on Foursquare from Hawaii, but your insurance company as well. According to MediaPost, home insurance premiums in the U.K. may go up by 10% as a direct result of the approximately 40% of British social network users who update with holiday plans.

Pillow Talk – Social Networking Style

Apparently finding out if someone liked your Facebook status is more important for many social network users than sleep. According to the Gadgetology study done by Retrevo a whopping 48% of US social network users check in every time they wake up during the night. Stay tuned next month for social network’s role in the US divorce rate.

If the Grateful Dead Were Alive Today…

It would appear that Deadheads got the whole social media thing before there was an Internet. Shannon Paul’s Very Official Blog has an interesting read on the 4 Things the Grateful Dead Can Teach You About Social Business. The Dead were masters at keeping their most loyal fans on the inside while combining free and paid models to the benefit of both business and their fans.

Memewatch: ChatRoulette Musical Improv

It all started with a guy named Merton (who looks a lot like Ben Folds Five) improvising songs (video featured above) to lonely ChatRoulette participants. Sadly, the video was pulled down by YouTube for some violation or other and then subsequently edited and re-posted. Then Ben Folds Five takes up the gauntlet and records a live Ode to Merton. Now Mashable has a great video interview with a talented and funny guy who is making ChatRoulette “exhibitionist”, but in a good way this time.

Handy Tool: follows your twitter feed and updates your delicious account with the links you tweet. It also offers some basic rules allowing you to include or exclude specific types of links.

Social Media Roundup March 12, 2010

Role of Community Managers Growing in the Enterprise

Dion Hinchcliffe over at the EnterpriseIrregulars has written an enlightening post on the rapidly evolving role of community managers in large companies. He also points us to The State of Community Management – 2010 report.

Facebook to Become Location Aware

Location-sharing tools like Foursquare, Loopt and Gowalla continue to grow, while other social media services like Yelp and Twitter are offering location-aware features. New York Times reports  that Facebook wants some of the action and is planning to release it in late April. Let’s hope this time they avoid the backlash of previous feature releases by getting the privacy settings right out of the gate.

Social Media Gumming up the Wheels of Justice

MediaPost has an interesting article on how the increased use of social media (particularly mobile use) is changing the rules in US courts. It is not only the risk of jurors updating Facebook or live-tweeting aspects of the ongoing case, but also some jurors doing side research on aspects of the case that have some judges specifically instructing jurors not to connect. Last year the American Bar Association discussed the issue at their general meeting.

Why journalists hate embargoes

TechCrunch Europe published a couple of videos with an amusing take on the subject of embargoed information. The post highlights the love/hate relationships that journalists and bloggers have with some of the less competent PR people.

Social Media Roundup for February 26, 2010

Does Yelp put Skeletons Back in Closet for Advertisers?

An interesting lawsuit is being reported by MediaPost about a veterinary clinic in California suing the popular ratings site Yelp over an alleged offer to bury bad reviews of the clinic in exchange for an advetising contract. If  true, it would appear in some cases that the wisdom of crowds is for sale.

English losing ground to other languages on Twitter

While most tweets don’t exactly adhere to the Queen’s English, English is still the dominant langauge of Twitter. According to a TechCrunch post (based on a report by Paris-based Semiocast), English is down 25% from last year with Japanese, Portuguese, Malay and Spanish all gaining ground in the approximately 50 million tweets per day.

Broadcasting for Burglars

There has been a fair bit of discussion lately about the site Please Rob Me, which aggregates public data from location-based services (i.e. Foursquare when linked to Twitter) and reports when people check in and are thus not home and available for burglary. The purpose being to raise awareness about privacy concerns from these types of services.

Chatroulette: The Girls, The Boys and the Perverts

Played with chatroulette yet? Well, you might want to be careful about doing it at work. Mashable provides us with a funny video of how the popular video-chat site breaks down into 71% Male, 15% Female and 14% Perverts.

Warning: There is nothing graphic in the video, but some language may be mildly offensive.

Social Media Roundup for February 19, 2010

Messing With the Wrong Twit

2.7 hours per day on mobile?

According to study released by PR firm Ruder Finn Americans spend an average 2.7 hours per day on the mobile internet and 91% of them use it for social purposes. Either almost everyone I know is way below average or those numbers are a bit high.

Something Social In Vancouver

InventorSpot has a great rundown of Social Media efforts related to Vancouver 2010. Ranging from official channels, sponsor efforts and mobile apps. I particularly enjoyed the verified Tweeting Olympians link.

“Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.”

Green screening (or Chroma Key) has come a long way since it was invented and based on the video below is in use far more often that we realize (via BoingBoing). Just remember what the TV studios are using today, will likely come standard on your laptop next year.

Social Media Roundup for February 5, 2010

First off, thanks to everyone who came out to our Social Media Week Toronto event last night on the Social Media RFP. I need to call our the excellent work on Social Media Week Toronto by Eli Singer and the organizing team.  If you’ve enjoyed Social Media Week events, please consider a donation to SickKids Foundation, the official charity of Social Media Week Toronto.

The Social Media Week Toronto team goal is to raise a final $10,000 to renovate the Critical Care Unit waiting room at the hospital. Donate online or through your mobile at

SMG is just warming up for the busy conference and events season. Maggie is giving the keynote at Social Fresh in Tampa on Monday morning (Feb. 8). She’s going to talk about The Art and Science of Scaling Social Media. Don’t miss it.

After Social Fresh, next up is PodCamp Toronto 2010. It is shaping up incredible event again this year. All of us at SMG are proud to be a sponsor.

A National debate on Facebook about the merits of an Onion Ring over Canada’s elected Prime Minister aside, Charlie Brooker’s (of Newswipe on BBC4) How To Report The News has our vote for viral video of the week.

In other news:

Facebook turned six this week and reached 400 million users. According to a blog post by Mark Zuckerberg:

Facebook began six years ago today as a product that my roommates and I built to help people around us connect easily, share information and understand one another better. We hoped Facebook would improve people’s lives in important ways. So it’s rewarding to see that as Facebook has grown, people around the world are using the service to share information about events big and small and to stay connected to everyone they care about.

For all you wannabe Jacques Costeau types, this week Google released new data for the ocean in Google Earth. Called Google Ocean Showcase it lets you: “Dive into the ocean and discover who lives there — from a deep sea octopus to humpback whales. Explore lost shipwrecks, dive and surf spots, the ocean’s deepest trench, and the latest discoveries of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).” A little closer to our day-to-day, our very own Kyle McKeown alerts us that Google rolled an update to Google News this week which provides more options for users following stories in using the Custom Sections Directory feature.

That’s about all I’ve got here at the end of an incredible week. What rocked your socks in social media this week?

Social Media Roundup for January 29, 2010

Apparently Apple released a product Wednesday

Is it just me or did the iPad feel like old news before it was 30 minutes old? The advance rumours were (in some cases) so accurate this time and so far ahead of the actual announcement that it was hard not to feel a bit let down by reality. The perennial Apple Fanboy Vs. Hater debate aside, the new iPad device tries to fill a gap between the portability of a smart phone and the bulkiness of a laptop or netbook, all with Steve Jobs trademark flair for the stylish. Buried in all the hoopla is that Jobs said when you consider MacBooks as “mobile” devices, Apple generates more revenue from mobile hardware than any other company in the world. (via John Gruber’s Daring Fireball)

New Social Media Use Stats

Neilsen released some new statistics on usage of social media showing that Facebook is continuing to eat MySpace‘s lunch, Twitter use has exploded and the global audience spending 82% more time on social media platforms than they did last year. Mashable summarizes the results and offers up fresher month-over-month stats that show Twitter use in decline.

CBC Charges for Article Embeds

The publishing industry continues to struggle with a profitable online news model, focusing particular attention on the wide gulf between outright piracy and fair use of their copyrighted content . The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) among other news organizations have been using the iCopyright system to help monetize their content. The Torontoist breaks down how it is being used.

An Incovenient PR Truth

According to a video by RealWire (an online news distribution service), irrelevance is to the PR industry what pollution is to the environment. Breathe in that irrelevance, baby.

Social Media Round Up for January 22, 2010

Rung added to Social Technographics Ladder

Remember Forrester’s Social Technographics ladder from back in 2007? Well things have changed since then and surprise, surprise all, the active categories are growing, showing that we are all doing more with social media. Most notably though, the ladder has received a much needed new rung for those of us considered “conversationalists”.

Bill Gates joins Twitter

The world’s wealthiest man now has a twitter account and likely has the highest ratio of followers to tweets (currently approaching 300k followers with only 9 tweets). It appears that he is using Twitter to help launch his new web site which features an inside look at his work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Kids and Media consumption

USAToday summarizes  a Kaiser Family Foundation study which has kids spending an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes consuming media, much of which is taking place on mobile devices (perhaps it would be even higher with improved battery life 😉 A friend told me an interesting story that her son was spending so much time organizing social plans via text on a weekend night that in some cases it was too late to go out by the time they had finished the discussion.

Apple’s Tablet

The masters of Anti-social media are at it again, with no official details released of the expected Apple tablet, the rumor mills are churning away before the expected announcement on January 27. One note-worthy point from the WSJ (according to AppleInsider) is that the device is intended to be shared by multiple family members, which if the device is successful could again shift how we consume electronic media. Until the facts are revealed we can enjoy a favourite parody of Apple’s publicity machine from MadTV.

Social Media Roundup for January 15, 2010

The Social Media Roundup – building great ideas one 4×2 brick at a time.

Online LEGO Maniacs Unite!
LEGO has launched their new social media hub this week, curating and aggregating content produced by LEGO Maniacs worldwide.  The slick site features a playful block-based layout with a constantly updating tower of content, all of which is shareable and sortable.  As a recovering maniac, I feel a relapse coming on.

Facebook Doesn’t Care About Privacy, Probably, Maybe-ish.
Late last week, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sat down for a chat with Michael Arrington and blew up the Internet.  The big Z implied that the future of Facebook was public, not private and it touched off a flurry of viewpoints on what is evidently still a touchy subject.

I’m with COCO
In what could be cynically construed as a massive social media campaign, NBC’s latest night folks have been the other online buzz of the week.  Conan seems to be the clear online winner (and NBC itself clearly the loser), with a groundswell of support on the major social media platforms, blogs, and of course Craigslist.   Time will tell what part the social media aspect will ultimately play, but the more pressing question is – what would Carson do?

A More Social Google?
This week, GigaOm published an interview with Google’s David Glazer about the Goog’s plans for world domination the social web in 2010.  The crux – connecting everything Google knows about you (Social Search, Latitude, etc) with open community-driven standards like OpenSocial, Friend Connect, and a raft of others to create a “distributed, open social ubiquitous web.”