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What if Twitter Had an App Store? Now It Does.

In October 2008, I documented months of research and analysis into a full directory of Twitter applications for communications and marketing professionals. In May 2009, I categorized the most applicable and qualified applications, and with the help of JESS3, we published The Twitterverse, a beta map of the Twitter universe that arranged relevant applications in a way that allowed us to see and navigate the landscape more efficiently and effectively. While working on the official release of the Twitterverse, I…

The Conversation Prism: The Landscape for International Social Networking

As Web 2.0 and Social Media became globally pervasive, the landscape proved expansive, overwhelming, and bewildering. It required a social cartographer in order to visualize its grandeur. Thus, in August 2008, the original Conversation Prism was born with the help of Jesse Thomas of JESS3. The Conversation Prism continues to rapidly evolve as social networks emerge, merge, and vanish. In fact, Jesse Thomas and I are already hard at work mapping version 3.0. One thing that we cannot overlook is…

The Wisdom of the Crowds?

Credit More often than not, we’re reminded through simple human behavior and interaction that Twitter isn’t always the TNN (Twitter News Network) we expect it to be. And, when the collective of people “being themselves” amasses concentration and velocity, we learn that sometimes the wisdom that manifests within the crowds isn’t very wise at all. The Trending Topics on Twitter, for example, offer a looking glass into the consumption and sharing patterns by general users. And at any given moment,…

Stop Talking About Social Media and Go Do It Already

Guest post by Louis Gray, @louisgray Credit: ShutterStock Social media can be an incredible tool, both for producing and consuming incredible amounts of information. Over the last few years, there is no question that an unprecedented change has taken place, putting tools for publication and discovery in the hands of everyone – from simple text to photos and video. Social media tools are changing businesses in terms of how they can connect with customers, partners, peers and even the competition….

ESPN takes Social Media Guidelines Just a Bit Too Far or How to Stunt Your Employee’s Growth

Today’s guest Op-ed contributor is Serena Ehrlich, Co-Founder, StartUp Army; Past President, NIRI Los Angeles Chapter, Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter Credit Recently ESPN established new social media guidelines banning their employees from discussing anything related to ESPN or sports on any social network. Some see this as a clever move for ESPN to save their intellectual property. I see this decision as detrimental both to ESPN as well as their employees. This sweeping decision has two tragic consequences. Not only does…

Fallacious Celebrations of Facebook Fans

Guest Post by Dr. Mark Drapeau – read his blog, follow him on Twitter Source: Shutterstock Images Publishing “top 10” lists is unfortunately a staple of modern journalism.  But alas, writers must drive readers’ eyeballs, even when discussing serious topics like the government.  And so we find a new list that mixes Web 2.0 with the government: “Top 10 agencies with the most Facebook fans.”  For the record, this list is topped by the White House with 327,592 fans, followed…

No Tweets for You! NFL Bans Tweets Before, During, and After Games

Source On Monday, the National Football League announced that it will now limit use of social media and networks during the season. Players, coaches, officials, personnel, third-party representatives, and even the media are prohibited from updating their status, blogging, or tweeting 90 minutes before a game until post-game interviews are completed. You can bet that the NFL will pay particular attention to Chad Ochocinco, who recently boasted in a personal Ustream chat that he plans to circumvent the rules and…

Does Social Networking Impair Learning?

Source: PBCentral It is not only an interesting question for those who run rampant in the streams of the social web, it’s an intellectual voyage that unravels answers that just may hit home. According to a Stanford study, multitaskers are “suckers for irrelevancy” according to communication Professor Clifford Nass, one of the researchers whose findings are published in the Aug. 24 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Everything distracts them.” A group of Stanford researches found,…

Is This the First Credentialed Example of Live Tweeting Earning a Spot on Press Row in Sports?

The St. John’s men’s basketball organization seems to believe so… Today, St. John’s credentialed Peter Robert Casey as their official “Live Tweeter” for the 2009-10 season. Believed to be the first primarily Twitter-based blogger to earn a spot on press row anywhere, Casey will have a courtside seat to bring his brand of analysis and social media expertise to Red Storm basketball contests and the online community this next season. With more than 50,000 users, Casey is currently among the…

Gauntlet Toss or Clarion Call: Women, it’s time to step up

Guest post by Cathy Brooks: Follow her on Twitter | Read her blog Source Imagine this scenario. It’s election time and you find yourself engaged in a heated debate with someone about a particular candidate. Fairly foaming at the mouth, this individual rails on about lousy legislators. Then you find out this person is eligible to be but is not registered to vote. Now I don’t know about you, but I’m of a mind that if you don’t register to…

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