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Archives: March 2012

Twitter Fame Can Have Its Downside

Bet you would be super-psyched if Lady Gaga retweeted your witty comment to her 22 million Twitter fans, right? Well, that little moment in the spotlight could mean a slew of new followers, but it could also mean a bunch of @replies from creepy (or angry) strangers.
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Racism Running Rampant On Twitter

While the “Kill Zimmerman” account that everyone is talking about today is shocking, should we really be surprised to see this on Twitter, as it follows on the heels of racist Muamba and Hunger Games tweets? The real question is – where will it end?
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‘Tweet Vicar’ Striving To Make Religion Relevant to Younger Crowd

Andrew Aiden is not your typical reverend. He dresses casually, wears a headset while he preaches and encourages his congregation to tweet questions to him during sermons. Looks like the Church is becoming more tech savvy than some businesses . . .
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This Week on the Job Board: Parade, Shutterstock, Sojo Studios

This week, Parade Publications is looking for a digital sales planner, and Shutterstock is hiring a social media manager. Sojo Studios is hiring a mobile games lead, and Meltwater Buzz is seeking a social media sales consultant. Get all the details below, and find more just-posted gigs on

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Has The “Tweet Seat” Already Been Patented?

Ahh, the tweet seat. Those block of seats reserved for smartphone-addicted patrons of movies, the theater and sporting events. While they’re not everywhere yet, more and more venues are encouraging patrons to bring their phones and tweet during events – but only in specific seating, so as not to bother the other guests.

Sounds like a neat idea (although it definitely has its detractors), but should it be patentable? One company seems to think so, and they’re gunning for at least one event venue with their “ownership” of tweet seats.
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Who Are The Biggest Twitter Stars In Music, TV And Sports? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that 14 profiles on Twitter each have more than 10 million followers?

Yep, they’re all celebrities or world figures, as you might have guessed (with one exception: YouTube), and while there is inevitably some crossover, collectively they command an audience of almost two hundred million users.

Here’s one curio that has remained surprisingly constant: the very top of Twitter’s most popular list skews heavily towards the female luminaries of popular music, with seven of the top ten being ladies who have racked up chart success. But what about the major players in television and sports? Who rules the roost there?

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The Social Media Statistics Of Fortune 500 Companies [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that 62 percent of Fortune 500 companies have an active corporate Twitter account?

Perhaps surprisingly, this is ahead of those with an active Facebook Page (58 percent), but collectively the rapid growth of these channels, as well as the proliferation of corporate blogging (which, while still a force, has been stalled by the social media rise), is indicative of a broader, sweeping change in the ways that businesses are using these tools to connect and engage with their customers. Which is great news not only for the end user, who is now empowered to liaise with brands directly (and openly), demanding better service and products, but also for marketers, who can tailor and scale campaigns to a degree that is unparalleled in history.

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Tony Hawk Twitter Scavenger Hunt

How will you be spending April 15? Don’t say ‘submitting my taxes last minute’ if you’re in the U.S. because you couldn’t anyway – it’s a Sunday. If you’re lucky enough to be located in a participating area, you may want to consider following Tony Hawk’s scavenger hunt on Twitter – the prizes are pretty saw-weet.
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Draw Something Scam On Twitter

If you tweet about your love of Draw Something, the popular Pictionary-style game that everyone is playing right now, you may find yourself targeted by hackers trying to get your personal information.
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Follow The Titanic’s Ill-Fated Voyage On Twitter

Are you a history buff? If so, you should check out the Titanic twitter feed. It allows followers to “experience Titanic’s epic journey with day-by-day and minute-by-minute tweets as if from on board the ship itself.” A little spooky, but very cool.
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