Dear YouTube video uploaders. It’s your last chance to get your entries into YouTube. At midnight on April 1st, 2013, YouTube will be shutting down for a decade to begin the process of finding the best video ever uploaded to the site.
Klout has a way of making their users angry with every algorithm or TOS change. Since the social influence grading platform started getting big in 2010, it has been the center of more than one controversial move. This time, the move seems to be a good one as they just added Instagram to the scoring system.
We live in an increasingly connected world where it is harder to unplug from the daily din of life. Social media allows us to interact with anyone, anywhere, who is in isolation even if there is no one physically surrounding us. A virtual presence can provide us with instant responses from anywhere but it can’t create a physical one. It’s the physical presence that forms social bonds not forged through social media.
Although it hasn’t received the same pomp and circumstance as new News Feed, Facebook has announced another upcoming change to your experience: Timeline changes are on the way. [Read more...]
Experts can offer whatever reasoning they want about why sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest became successful, but at the end of the day it’s a no-brainer that they turned pictures into the ultimate addictive hook to their sites and apps. We are visualizing creatures. We love to see things more than we love to read about them.
If you ever want a crash course on the latest social media studies but don’t want to spend the money to do them yourself, just watch the Super Bowl. You have to assume that if companies are spending millions to produce and distribute 30 second spots for the big game, they’re going to research what’s working today.
Google+ is making moves. Many are saying that it’s not the ghost town that it was believed to be less than a year ago. It’s technically bigger than Twitter. Communities were a nice addition (if you turn the notifications off) that seem to be taking off. The future looks brighter than ever for Google’s 547th attempt at getting into social media.
As every Instagrammer out there is aware of the debacle that wreaked havoc over users late last year when Instagram announced changes to their Terms of Service and its wording implied that Instagram was going to use our images to make money without giving us self-taught photographers compensation. Since then, Instagram has reneged on their decision to release a newer Terms of Service and instead as of tomorrow January 19 2013 their advertising section within the updated Terms of Service will revert back to the original agreement that was created the day Instagram launched in October of 2010.
As with any site, the more exposure received the better it is for your brand, in particular organic exposure. Organic is content seen by people on the site and is numbers or views that are not inflated with fake or irrelevant accounts. Although once upon a time where views came from didn’t matter, today in social media it does, and knowing what tool can help you gain exposure without hurting your brand is a valuable lesson to learn prior to using any tools.
After the whole Digg incident when its original founders disregarded its users and changed its platform to highlight businesses, one would think that other social networks would learn how to treat its users, especially since it was the downfall of the original Digg (which has since been bought and taken over). The lesson was that no matter how influential you are to businesses, how credible you are for Search Engine Optimization or how many pageviews you can bring from a single popular post, users reign on Social Networks.