Twitter + Starcom, Bad Careers, Gamification in Healthcare: the Social 6 for 4/23/12

Plenty of good links out there all over the web today. Come to think of it, most days I find great content with your help. My only wish is that I had more hours in the day to read. Speaking of reading, let's get started, shall we? Here's your Social 6:

#6: If Planet Earth Used a Social Network (Comic) (AllThingsD)

#5: A look at the future of gamification, mobile apps & social media in the health industry (Money Marketing)

#4: 26 Mobile Apps to Improve Your Business and Networking (Social Media Examiner)

#3: Anyone Can Be Found on Social Media in 12 Hours (Mashable)

#2: Twitter Signs Lucrative Deal With Ad Agency Starcom (New York Times)

#1: Want to know what careers to avoid? Here are the worst jobs of 2013 (CareerCast)

Super Bowl, Facebook Exoduses, and Graph Search: the Social 6 for 2/4/13

As expected, Monday the 4th had plenty of news and views regarding last nights Super Bowl, but there were other interesting things to be found today across the social web, including arguments against graph search, gamification's role in revolutionizing health care, and marketing trends to be aware of in order to grow over the coming year. Here's your Social 6:

#6: 4 Powerful Marketing Trends Your Organization Must Embrace in 2013 (Business 2 Community)

#5: How Companies Are Using Gamification To Transform Health Care (Business Insider)

#4: This year's Super Bowl Generated over 24 Million Tweets (Mashable)

#3: Why Graph Search Could Be Facebook's Largest Privacy Invasion Ever (The Nation blog)

#2: How Superbowl XLVII’s Blackout Became A Marketer’s Dream (Likeable Media blog)

#1: Why I Decided To Leave Facebook (ReadWriteWeb)

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PumpUp, QueSocial, & "New" YouTube: the Social 6 for 1/5/13

As you might have noted, in my daily link sharing, I'm trying to focus on posting more tips & tactics that you can use for social media success this year, as opposed to just today's news highlights. While we still have a few news items for you (PumpUp & QueSocial are two good names to watch), today we have YouTube's new layout, ways to become a better blogger in 2013, and probably most importantly, a great piece on why you need to stop ignoring Google+. Here's your Social 6:

#6: PumpUp Launches Personal Fitness App To Tackle Workout Bordom (BetaKit)

#5: QueSocial Finds Your Social Media ROI (Tech Cocktail)

#4: 5 Ways to Stay in Front of your Blogging Goals (Business 2 Community)

#3: Meet Tumblr's First Artist in Residence (Mashable)

#2: YouTube's New Layout: What is New and How It Affects You (Business 2 Community)

#1: Stop Whining And Embrace Google+ Already  (ReadWriteWeb)

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2012 Lists, Eloqua Acquisition, and Flipboard: the Social 6 News Roundup for 12/21/12

Happy Friday, folks. We made it! We made it, that is, through a day that had plenty of interesting "Top ___s of 2012" lists, as well as news about Eloqua's new corporate parent, Facebook's new privacy settings, and more. Overall, a pretty eventful day, as it was hard to limit myself to just six stories -- but hey, that's life. Here's your Social 6:

#6: Own an Android tablet? Now you can (at last!!) have Flipboard (All Things D)

#5: Which of these "10 Worst People on Internet in 2012" do you dislike most? (Mashable)

#4: Kellogg, Verizon use Gamification to Build Loyalty (Chief Marketer)

#3: The top 10 most influential people on Tumblr in 2012 (Daily Dot)

#2: Facebook's new privacy settings begin rolling out - now it's easier to control what data is public (The Next Web)

#1: Oracle to Acquire Eloqua for $871 Million (Destination CRM)

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Blog Tips, Gamification, and Tasti D-Lite: the Social 6 for 12/20/12

Today we've got a heavy dose of Business 2 Community, which is typically a fascinating read -- if you're not following B2C generally I recommend it, as it contains plenty of very practical tips and thought. Actually, overall this is probably one of the least "newsy" days I've had on record, but still plenty of good reading, including my profile of Tasti D-Lite for the Going Social blog. Here's your Social 6:

#6: Cleveland Clinic Diagnoses Health-Care Act  (Wall Street Journal)

#5: Facebook is the New Word of Mouth Marketing (Business 2 Community)

#4: Mario Brothers and Level-up Leadership: Social Entrepreneurship, Gamification, and Religion (Forbes)

#3: 4 Tips for Writing a Blog Post Opening that Turns Heads  (Business 2 Community)

#2: Gain a Social Edge With HootSuite, Topsy, Klout and Buffer  (Business 2 Community)

#1: Tasti D-Lite’s Recipe for Going Social? Technology and Leadership (Going Social)

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Glossi, Cory Booker, and Likeable Departments: the Social 6 News Roundup for 12/5/12

I'll admit it, we have a bit of a different pool than I usually share in the Social 6, given that so many links I shared yesterday weren't really Social 6-esque (sharing my Crunchies voting for my friends at Mirror, for example). We still have some pretty clickworthy stories, including the rising food justice movement and how food stamps play into things, and the increasingly fast evolution of journalism. Here's your Social 6:

#6: ThisNext Launches Glossi, Its Free Digital Magazine Builder  (TechCrunch)

#5: Cory Booker's Move Toward Food Justice  (LinkedIn)

#4: Gen Y, Social Media, and the Powers That Be  (Going Social)

#3: Likeable is not a department  (Duct Tape Marketing)

#2: The Game of Business (Businessweek)

#1: How Social Networks Are Redefining Journalism (Mashable)

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Sensegon, Gamification, and Social TV highlight the Social 6 News Roundup

Got busy at work yesterday and didn't have a chance to check out what was going on in the worlds of social media, gamification, startups, and social TV? No worries - I have you covered. Here's the Social 6 roundup of the last 24 hours:

#6: YC-Backed Referly Raises $1M To Bring Affiliate Commerce To Everyone (TechCrunch)

#5: Can social media drive real sustainable change? (The Guardian blog)

#4: Questions and Answers on How The Times Handles Online Comments (New York Times blog)

#3: Sensegon Plans To Improve Ad Targeting Based On Your Personality (TechCrunch)

#2: Are you being played? How tech companies use gamification (VentureBeat)

#1: Why Social Media Needs TV and TV Needs Social (Ad Age)

Big Bird, iPad Mini, and Taco Bell Top the Weekend Social 6 Roundup

Did you take a break from reading news across the Interwebz this weekend? I surely hope so. Assuming you did, here's some of what you missed, including how Taco Bell is fighting world hunger, why inventory will be the key to the iPad Mini's success, and how social media can take a so-so job search to a stellar one. There's plenty more, of course; let's dive in:

#6: How the Eels' rugby team leverages social media to succeed (

#5: Don't Mess With Big Bird (New York Times)

#4: Taco Bell launches social media campaign to end hunger (QSR Web)

#3: The Best Ways to Use Social Media in Your Job Search (Forbes)

#2: iPad Mini's likely launch date means inventory will be everything, say analysts (Computerworld)

Microsoft & Klout and Facebook & Gifts: Your Social 6, Weekend Edition

Hi everybody, and happy Monday! Hope you had a good weekend, and didn't spend it reading news across the Internet from a myriad sources. After all, that's what I'm here for. This weekend had a few gems; here are some of the highlights:

#6: Gamification: where play meets productivity and engagement (Opinno)

#5: Is the Social Media Card the New Business Card? (San Francisco Chronicle)

#4: Is California's law barring demands for social media passwords any good? (Techdirt)

#3: Former Employee Explains Why He Was Fired From Facebook (Mashable)

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