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Now social-media experts can get what they deserve -- certified

Whenever I see a social-media expert, I bow.<p>Little do they know I'm doing it in the hope they don't recognize me. Otherwise, they'll regale me with their latest homilies -- I'm sorry, I mean theories -- about how to get more of, oh, something on social networks.<p>Social-media experts are today's …

Forrester Slams Facebook Marketing, But Is It Really A Failure?

A damning report issued by respected market research group Forrester has concluded that “Facebook is failing marketers.”<p>In an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, Forrester vice president and principal analyst Nate Elliott says that “while lots of marketers spend lots of money on Facebook today, …

Blue Instagram Photos Get You More Likes, Study Says

When visual analytics platform Curalate set out to quantify the impact that different image qualities have on Instagram, it discovered that photos with blue as the main color got the most likes. Reds and oranges on the other hand tended to receive 24 percent less likes than blue-tinted …

Harnessing social media for story telling in sustainability - short course

This short course will reveal how best to use social media and avoid the pitfalls in communicating sustainability, <b>Thursday 3 October</b><p>Organisations are increasingly using digital platforms and innovative editorial approaches to highlight their sustainability activity. Smart companies recognise the …

How can sustainability communicators establish a social media voice?

Understanding which type of platform and community is most appropriate to your story is key, says <b>Matthew Yeomans</b><p>I was running a workshop earlier this week teaching a group of professionals how to "think like editors" and by doing so, start creating stories and content that have value and are useful …

New Facebook Marketing Research Shows What Works

Shares 8K<p>Are you wondering what works with Facebook and what’s a waste of time?<p>Do hashtags make a difference?<p>What about sponsored stories?<p>There’s …

Oversharing Users Helped Instagram Have The Best Holiday Ever

Instagram broke usage records Thursday thanks to the once in a lifetime combo of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah occurring on the same day, the first time since 1888. People just couldn’t stop themselves from sharing their food and family moments with the Internet. Instagram thanked users in a statement …

Social Media’s Cold, Hard Reality: It Still Doesn’t Drive E-Commerce Sales, IBM Says

Shutterstock / Andrew Williams<p>Last year, IBM poured some cold water on social advertising when it said social sites like Twitter and Facebook had …

Social Media

Star Wars’ First Instagram Is a Darth Vader Selfie

For its first Instagram post on Monday afternoon, the Star Wars franchise joined the dark side, posting a picture of Darth Vader taking a selfie on …

2 million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter passwords stolen in massive hack

Hackers have stolen usernames and passwords for nearly two million accounts at Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and others, according to a report released this week.<p>The massive data breach was a result of keylogging software maliciously installed on an untold number of computers around the world, …

Biggest Cyber Monday In History, Up 18.2%; Google, Apple Dominate

Cyber Monday 2013 was the biggest online shopping day in history, with 18.2% increase in online sales compared to Cyber Monday 2012. This is according to Custora Pulse, the continuously updated dashboard of U.S. e-commerce. The Pulse is based on Custora’s analysis of over 70 million online shoppers …

Guardian will not be intimidated over NSA leaks, Alan Rusbridger tells MPs

The Guardian has come under concerted pressure and intimidation designed to stop it from publishing stories of huge public interest that have revealed the "staggering" scale of Britain's and America's secret surveillance programmes, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper has said.<p>Giving evidence to a …

Walker aide fired over tweets

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s re-election campaign has fired its deputy finance director over incendiary tweets.<p>Aide Taylor Palmisano was let go from the Republican campaign in light of several inflammatory tweets she wrote several years ago concerning illegal immigrants. The story was first …

Twitter and Facebook users given court warnings on high profile trials

Dominic Grieve QC, the Attorney General, will send out advisory notes which are normally given to the media on a “not for publication” basis<p>Twitter and Facebook users will be warned about the dangers of prejudicing high profile cases, the Attorney General has announced in a historic move.<p>From …

Social Media

David Cameron seeks cyber-security talks with China

<b>British Prime Minister David Cameron says he is seeking "a proper dialogue" with China over cyber-security.</b><p>Speaking on the third day of his visit to the country, Mr Cameron said he had raised the issue in talks with Chinese prime minister Li Keqiang.<p>UK and US government sources have identified …

Morocco under fire over women rights bill

Women's rights activists in Morocco have criticised the Islamist-led government for excluding them from drafting a proposed legislation to combat violence against women and for seeking to dilute the bill through changes.<p>The long-awaited bill is currently under study in Morocco.It comes after the …

Biden criticizes China for crackdown on American journalists

Vice president says US has "profound disagreements" with Beijing's treatment of foreign media outlets<p>Vice President Joe Biden today publicly criticized the Chinese government for its restrictions on foreign journalists, saying that the US has "profound disagreements" on Beijing's treatment of …

Obama Forbidden iPhone for Security Reasons

President Barack Obama publicly explained why he is sticking with his bulky Blackberry—the super-secure device is the only one he is allowed to carry.<p>…

GOP men told how to talk to women

The National Republican Congressional Committee wants to make sure there are no Todd Akin-style gaffes next year, so it’s meeting with top aides of sitting Republicans to teach them what to say — or not to say — on the trail, especially when their boss is running against a woman.<p>Speaker John …

How to protect yourself: 2 million Facebook, Google accounts compromised

More than 2 million Facebook, Google and other accounts have been compromised, security experts warn, compromising countless accounts and leaving Internet and financial companies scrambling.<p>Some online networks responded by disabling the affected passwords, or requiring affected accounts to choose …

Obama says he can't use iPhone due to security, must use BlackBerry

No amount of hope or change can set President Obama up with an iPhone.<p>The leader of the free world said he is not allowed to use the popular Apple device due to security reasons, according to Reuters.<p>Obama revealed the limitation of his job at a meeting with youths on Wednesday to promote his …

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Facebook Considers Adding a 'Sympathize' Button

For when you've seen something ... but can't 'like' it.<p>Perhaps what we need, what Facebook needs, what the world needs, is a Sympathize button. And, according to an engineer at the company, it’s something that the company has explored in the past.<p>Speaking yesterday at the company’s annual …

Wikileaks reveals failed plans to suppress anti-Keystone activists

A 2010 presentation laid out strategies for dealing with environmentalists<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>December 6, 2013 9:33pm (UTC)<p>The oil industry never wanted people to get worked up about the tapping of Canada's tar sands. That much already went without saying. But a 2010 presentation released by Wikileaks …

Flights canceled as record air pollution chokes Shanghai

The highest possible health warning has been issued for the city<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>December 6, 2013 2:34pm (UTC)<p>Smog has all but choked the life out of Shanghai Friday, as authorities issued the highest possible health warning for the city. Hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled, schoolchildren …