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LinkedIn is Giving iPad Minis to Employees

Working at LinkedIn just got better as a place to work. The company is giving an iPad Mini to all of its employees. That’s at least 3,500 iPad Minis. They’ll all probably come loaded with the flashy LinkedIn iPad app that debuted last year.

Krista Canfield, senior Manager, corporate communications confirmed the news to AppNewser via email. She included the following statement:

We wanted to acknowledge the hard work and accomplishments of all of our employees in 2012. During today’s biweekly All Hands meeting, we surprised our employees with iPad Minis as a small gesture of the company’s gratitude for their contributions.

iPads aren’t the only thing that make LinkedIn a good place to work. According to, LinkedIn ranked No. 8 on the list of the top 25 companies for work-life balance. Read more

Eleven Year-Old Launches Social Network For Kids

After being kicked off of Facebook for age restrictions twice, preteen Zach Marks decided to build his own social network for kids. When he was eleven he borrowed $2,500 from his older brother to help finance his endeavor and now at twelve, his site Grom Social off the ground.

The free social network is for kids aged 16 and under. Like other social networks you can use the site to connect and share with friends. In addition, it also includes lots of free content like video games, sports and entertainment news, and tips on how to stay healthy. It even includes tutors to help kids out with school and safety tips for kids who are staying home alone from school. Parents can get involved and create a parental account, available to people over the age of 16, to check up on their kids’ activity on the site. Read more

Tracking the Flu With Social Networking Tools and Apps

Researchers at the University of Iowa can track viral diseases like the flu, by using Twitter’s contextual information. Computational Epidemiology  uses real tweets and correlates them to reported incidents at the Centers for Disease Control for extremely reliable flu predictions for various geographical areas.

“Tweets” are the short messages that users of Twitter share with friends and the general public. In April 2009, the authors of this study began collecting and storing public tweets related to H1N1, or swine flu. The tweets matched a set of general keywords (e.g., flu, swine, tamiflu); additional keywords located tweets that mentioned travel and hygiene. Then, in October 2009, based on discussions with public health officials, the authors expanded their search terms to follow concerns about vaccines.

During the study, a digital map of the U.S. continuously displayed the time and location of the most recent 500 tweets. By passing their computer cursor over tweet, viewers of the map could instantly read messages related to H1N1.

Those with a Facebook account can use Help Remedies’ Facebook app to identify which friend got you sick, though those predictions are probably not as accurate, if not more fun and social. Soon, Twitter and Facebook will know that you are sick before you can even feel the symptoms. VIA

‘Help, My Friend Gave Me the Flu’ App

If you are mad that you are stuck home in bed with the flu, there is a new app you can use to try to track down who gave you the sickness.

Help, My Friend Gave Me the Flu is a social media app from drug company Help Remedies that scrubs your Facebook contacts’ status updates looking for signs of illness like coughs or vomiting. Once it finds the culprit, the app has social sharing buttons, so you can post the results to Facebook or Twitter. The tool also links back to Help Remedies’ Facebook page, which shares tips on how to deal with the flu.

Richard Fine, chief executive and co-founder of Help Remedies, explained to Health on Today that the app is offers a “light-hearted diversion to the misery that is influenza.” ”When you feel sick, one of the things that we do is look for people to blame,” he said.

Social Networks for Book Readers

Hoping to read more books in the new year? Earlier this year, we created a handy list of ten social networks for readers:

1. Scribd: “Think of Scribd (pronounced “skribbed”) as the largest book club on the planet — except that anyone can join the conversation on any topic imaginable: vampire fan fiction, European travel, the latest research in neuroscience, even crossword puzzles.”

2. Goodreads: “A place for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more.”

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Charge Your iPhone with a Classic Book

Did you ever imagine charging your iPhone on a classic book charging station? Of course you didn’t. But you can now…

At the Social Curation Summit in Los Angeles, Copious cofounder Jonathan Ehrlich explained that people visit Google when “I know what I want and I’m looking for an answer.” He added that social media has fostered a new kind of “demand creation.” When you share a product with your Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest friends, you show them something they didn’t know existed.

Copious is a marketplace that requires all users to sign in through a Twitter or Facebook account, encouraging them to share new products on their pages and encourage that kind of new discovery. Designer Rich Neeley has used the site to sell his iPhone chargers created with classic books.

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It’s Tempting, But You Shouldn’t Post Photos Of Your Ballot On Facebook

Just because you have your phone with you at the polls, doesn’t mean you should take to your social network and share photos of your secret ballot. It’s actually illegal in many states.

The Citizen Media Law Project has put together the Documenting the Vote 2012 report, explaining election laws from state-to-state.

In New York, for example, according to § 17-130 law, it is illegal to show your ballot, “after it is prepared for voting, to any person so as to reveal the contents, or” solicit, “a voter to show the same.” In California, Election code 14276 states, “After his or her ballot is marked, a voter shall not show it to any person in such a way as to reveal its contents.” You might be able to get away with it in Delaware. To find out if sharing images of your secret ballot is illegal in your state, follow this link. (Via Gizmodo).

How To Connect Your Phone To Twitter For Emergency Communications

While Hurricane Sandy may take out your electricity and your Internet connection, if you’ve got a phone signal, you can still use access Twitter via SMS. This, and a radio, can be a good way to stay up-to-date on what is going on in your area and a good way to broadcast messages out.

Text the word “START” to 40404, and Twitter will reply with the word, “YES.” If you text back your username (without the @sign), you will set yourself up to be able to send tweets via SMS. You can also choose to receive select Twitter accounts, say the National Weather Service @usNWSgov or Michael Bloomberg @NYCMayorsOffice.

The Washington Post has all the details: “ You don’t need a Twitter account to get important tweets sent to your phone. Just text the word “Follow [username]” to 40404 on a U.S.-based phone. For instance, if you want to receive tweets from @CapitalWeather and you don’t have a Twitter account, text “Follow capitalweather” to 40404.” (Via @baratunde).

Romance Publisher Avon Launches Social Reading App

Romance publisher Avon Books is experimenting with a new Facebook app called the Avon Social Reader. The app lets users read excerpts from upcoming Avon releases and share this content with their friends.

Up to 20 percent of each book will be available to read. The content includes share links and the app will connect to e-commerce links so that customers can buy the eBooks if they like them. Avon got the idea after doing a survey that found that  romance readers spend a lot of time talking about their favorite books in social networks.

“Many are using apps to share the news stories that they are reading online instantly with their friends,” explained Liate Stehlik, senior vice president and publisher of William Morrow and Avon Books, in a statement. “The recent word-of-mouth phenomenon surrounding Fifty Shades of Gray confirms that women are talking about the books they are reading in equal measure.  Thus, Avon worked to create a simple way for friends to connect on Facebook over the books they are most passionate about.”

LinkedIn, Twitter & Analytics Lessons at Social Media Marketing Boot Camp

Our Social Media Marketing Boot Camp opens online tomorrow, helping media professionals master the most important social media apps.

Author Brian Carter will talk about LinkedIn For Business: How Advertisers, Marketers and Salespeople get Leads, Sales and Profits from LinkedIn and blogger Jim Hopkinson will explain How to Use Twitter to Promote Your Company, Cause, or Personal Brand.

Finally, Keidra Chaney from The Web Farm will show you how to use analytics with social media apps. Here’s more about that presentation: “One of the most exciting aspects of digital media is that almost everything related to user behavior is trackable. Analytics are crucial in refining your social media strategy over time so that you can constantly experiment and determine what works well at a given time with a given audience. Customer data can also be essential in making a business case for change. In this session, we’ll talk about how to use real-time data and analytics to inform content and distribution.”