September 2, 2011 |
When a rare earthquake struck Virginia two weeks ago, 40,000 people tweeted about the shaking within a minute. That totalled about 5,500 tweets per second, beating the speed tweets went out the night Osama bin Laden died. A few days later, during MTV's Video Music Awards, Beyoncéthrew back her jacket to reveal a pregnant belly. The future musically blessed child had people typing faster than the earthquake — people started tweeting about 8,868 times a second . It's not just sudden, surprising news that's...
January 10, 2013 |
Dear Carolyn: How do I break the news to my friend that I have been seeing her (recent) ex-boyfriend? I'm prepared to lose the friendship, but I want to minimize how hurt she gets, if possible. I guess I'm thinking specifically of altering the timeline, so there's more distance between when they broke up and when we started dating. Anonymous The first three letters of "timeline"? TMI. Oh, close enough. To be clear, you and he have already taken the action that hurts your friend, so...
January 1, 2012 |
A black punching bag hovers alongside the desk in Grant Verstandig's office. A pair of worn sneakers rest on the arm of a white, modular sofa. Overhead, a photo of a hulking Muhammad Ali hangs from the wall. If it weren't for the panoramic view of the Georgetown waterfront, this space could be mistaken for a college dorm room. Perhaps that's fitting for the 22-year-old chief executive of Audax Health , a start-up that blends social media with health care. The company has...
June 26, 2012 |
For the vast majority of teens, using social-media sites and texting have become a part of daily life — but they still prefer communicating face to face, according to a survey released Tuesday . Overall, the teens who participated in the study painted a positive picture of the influence of social media on their relationships and self-image. More than half of these "digital natives" — the first generation to have grown up with Facebook — said these technologies...
January 25, 2012
You've read how Facebook and Twitter fueled the Arab Spring uprising . You are watching the videos coming out of Syria on Facebook. But most likely you have not witnessed the power of social media impacting politics in near real time right here at home in America. Sure, activism groups and politicians have tapped social media to raise money. But to date, no flash mob has ever stopped a bill in its tracks or beaten down in less than 48-hours legislation pushed by some of the most well-funded, well-connected lobbies on K...
February 28, 2009 |
During this recession it's more important than ever to get whatever you can for free. At Fluidesign , the design and branding agency that I run, we have recently started offering a service called Online Reputation Management. We become your company's eyes and ears online, monitoring all social media channels for chatter - good or bad - about your brand. We then proactively address issues and give you a bird's eye view of customer sentiment. We also create an online presence for you to use when blasting product announcements and press releases.