New York Times Writer Says Best Joplin Reporting Was on Twitter

Social media’s role as a major source of breaking news during important events increases with each big story, with last summer’s unrest in Iran serving as a tipping point for information exchange using services like Twitter. The New York Times– a standard-setter for old media and “the paper of record”- can tend toward the conservative […]

Social Media Distractions Are Costing Some Businesses Millions Annually [Study]

Even the best of employees in this changing times have the tendency to become distracted by instant messages, emails and social media networks (Twitter, Facebook, etc) and it turns out that may be a bigger problem for businesses than originally expected. Social email software provider harmon.ie recently conducted a survey and found that online distractions […]

Social Media More Important to Youth Than Sense of Smell

Kids these days. Would you pick the being able to Facebook and Twitter over the ability to detect the scent of a gas leak, smoldering candle or other potentially dangerous smell? Then you’re old, according to a new study titled Truth on Youth. 7,000 whippersnappers were surveyed for the study, across seven countries- the UK, […]

Facebook Shares Temporarily Soar On Secondary Market Thanks To LinkedIn IPO

Did the LinkedIn IPO cause Facebook’s valuation to surge for a short period of time? That appears to be the case on secondary market sites SecondMarket and SharePost where the company’s shares jumped up for a brief period in May to $34, a site valuation of $85 billion before eventually falling back into place at […]

[Case Study] Urban Outfitters and a Major Downside of Social Media

One of the best aspects of social media is that it gets your biggest fans and followers talking about your service, product or site. But the “sharing” aspect only works in your favor when you’ve been good, and as Urban Outfitters shamefully learned this week, the power of social media is a hella sharp double-edged […]