Tag Archives: Social Media

Is Reddit a Journalist?

A piece by Slate writer Farhad Manjoo made waves this week for exposing the secret behind Buzzfeed’s viral success: repackaging content from online communities such as Reddit in a way that’s easier to consume and appealing to a broader audience. … Continue reading

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Arianna Huffington and Social Media as a Platform, Not Content

Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the all-seeing, all-aggregating Huffington Post accused the media of having a social media “fetish” in an op-ed published last week. In the piece, Huffington accuses the news media of being overly focused on social media as … Continue reading

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Russian Protests Sparked and Organized Through Social Media

After video of alleged voter fraud was uploaded online, mass-scale protests against Russian Prime Minister Valdimir Putin in the streets of Moscow have been organized through Twitter, Facebook and the Russian network Vkontakte. These videos have encouraged other Russians to … Continue reading

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Today Must Be Social Geography Day

Two points of interest in the world of Social Geography today: 1. TweetsMap uses the Twitter API to determine and visually map your followers by country, state/province or city. It’s useful to see your global reach, and it could also be … Continue reading

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Turning An Online Following Into Offline Action

My first feature for Mashable went live this weekend, and it’s not too bad if I don’t say so myself. Enjoy, and thanks to Zachary Green of 140elect for the contribution. How Political Campaigns Can Turn Social Media Support Into Votes

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66-year-old Ambassador Uses Facebook, Twitter for Connecting With Locals

Charles A. Ray, U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, has learned the value of social media in helping him perform his job. Never mind the fact that Ray could be speaking to the Internet and say, whimsically, “I remember when you were born.” He’s come up with innovative ways to connect with an digitally-savvy generation of young Zimbabweans, who are increasingly active on the internet via 3G-enabled mobile phones. After all, the core elements of his position are the same as many jobs in social media: outreach, engagement and promotion. Continue reading

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Japanese Plan Will Use Social Media to Re-Ignite Tourism Industry

In an announcement making waves throughout the online travel community, Japan’s Tourism Agency is planning to offer 10,000 free flights to interested foreigners in an effort to kick-start its faltering tourism sector. Visits to the island nation have plummeted by … Continue reading

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