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Archives: December 2012

Still Using Posterous? Here’s How To Export Your Posts (Before Twitter Closes It Down For Good)

Back in March we reported on Twitter’s buyout of popular blogging platform Posterous – the move was an “acquihire” from Twitter, who announced that “Posterous engineers, product managers and others will join our teams working on several key initiatives that will make Twitter even better”.

Twitter also told users who would like to back up their content or move their posts to another service that “clear instructions for doing so” would be provided “in the coming weeks”.

Well, eight months later, you can now finally export your Posterous content to somewhere else. And we really recommend that you do.

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LinkedIn, Twitter And Facebook Still Dominate B2B Social Marketing, Says Study [INFOGRAPHIC]

Business to business (B2B) social media marketing has always been a harder nut to crack than its business to consumer (B2C) counterpart, and a new study has suggested that marketing departments refusal to embrace new social channels might be one reason why.

While more B2B marketers are using social media sites than ever before, Facebook (83 percent), Twitter (80 percent) and LinkedIn (80 percent) are far and away the platforms of choice for the majority of brands, with YouTube (61 percent) and Google+ (39 percent) rounding out the top five.

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Want To Join Police On A Tweetalong?

Ever wonder what it would be like to be a police officer? Now you can join them on the Internet’s version of a ridealong – a Tweetalong. There’s one happening tomorrow, actually.

Not every precinct offers these, of course. But we figure they’ll have no choice in the future when we’re all strapped into our virtual reality machines experiencing “reality” via a surrogate. Oh like we aren’t thisclose to it happening now?

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Twitter And Facebook Criminal Complaints Drastically Increase

Have you ever been harassed online? Seems more and more people are – and they’re reporting it.

The bright side of this news? Authorities are taking online harassment seriously and those responsible are being held accountable.

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School Teaches Students Libel Risks They Face On Twitter

It ain’t easy being a kid online these days. There are cyberbullies everywhere it seems, with peers (and even some adults) who are quick to delight in others’ unfortunate and uber-public missteps.

And now teens have to worry about saying something stupid (as all teens inevitably do) and being sued for libel.

Fortunately for these kids, one school is taking steps to teach students about this super-serious threat before its kids stumble. Other schools should consider similar offerings, unless they’re fans of children learning the hard way (hand on a hot stove-top style).

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Shoppers Still Prefer Facebook (Over Twitter And Pinterest) For Sharing Product Information [STUDY]

2012 will be remembered as a mixed year for Facebook, with superior marketing functionality, an increased mobile presence and the social network’s triumphant march to one billion active users contrasting somewhat with a widely-criticised (and underperforming) IPO, big brand abandonment and continuing privacy issues.

But one area where Facebook still dominates all the other social networks combined is its placement as the de facto sharing tool for users who want to talk about products, which is very good news for Mark Zuckerberg et al going into 2013.

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Twitter Roach Lets You Control Insects With Tweets

City dwellers and insect phobes take note: there’s finally hope in the centuries-long human fight against cockroaches.

Artist Brittany Ransom has created Twitter Roach, a discoid cockroach that can be controlled through tweets.

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How To Self-Diagnose And Cure Your Twitter Addiction, In Pictures

New Year’s is the best time of year to check in with yourself for a little annual health appraisal.

Eyesight any worse? Exercising frequently? Avoiding those carbs?

Addicted to Twitter?

Weaning yourself off from Twitter, if your obsession with it is becoming unhealthy, is no small feat. But we’re here to help stage an intervention.

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The iPad Won The Tablet War This Christmas, Says Twitter [STUDY]

Since the launch of the first iPhone back in 2007, finding the latest and greatest tech gadget in your stocking has become almost a ritual for a lot of (albeit well-off) families at Christmas, and many folks are so excited with their new electronic toy that they immediately take to Twitter to share the news.

This year, tablets were expected to play a major role as Christmas gift purchases, with the iPad, iPad Mini, Amazon Kindle, Google Nexus and Microsoft Surface all hoping to grab a big share of that lucrative pie. So who won?

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How Social Media Has Helped Save The Film Industry [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that while the film industry’s annual ticket sales have declined almost every year since 2002, gross annual revenue has doubled over that same period?

If fewer people are going to see the latest movies, how has the industry avoided a complete and total collapse?

Two words: social media.

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