Tweetmeme's Farewell, Apple Maps, & 4 more stories you missed in the Social 6

Yesterday wasn't the biggest day ever for interesting news & views around the social media ecosphere, but that's OK. Still, there's plenty to read, including TweetMeme's sad demise, tips for starting a standout small business, and Apple's current challenges -- which, of course, most companies would kill for. Here's your Social 6:

#6: Top 4 gamification apps (PC Advisor)

#5: 5 Tips for Starting Your Own Business (U.S. News & World Report)

#4: Social media badges (ITworld)

#3: Twitter Helps Build Social Data Ecosystem (InformationWeek)

#2: TweetMeme closes shop as its founders focus on social analytics (All Things D)

Tweetmeme will soon be closing the doors on its iconic (well, to me) consumer offering.

Fake Reviews, Productivity Tools, & Apple Maps: the Social 6 for 9/26/12

Some days, it's easy to curate the Social 6. Some days, there's an outpouring of clicks, retweets, shares, pins, you name it - and really great articles don't make it into the top 6. Today's one of those days. Competition was fierce for the top 6 shares from yesterday, but here's to the victors:

#6: Whom Do Pop Stars Follow on Twitter? [INFOGRAPHIC]  (Mashable)

#5: Why design is key to the connected world (GigaOM)

#4: Top 4 apps to 'gamify' your business (PCWorld)

#3: Apple Maps: Taking the Long View (Streetfight)

#2: 5 Tools You Need to Stay Productive at Work  (Huffington Post)

#1: How To Counter Fake Social Media Reviews (Business 2 Community)