Pinterest as Law Enforcement, Instagram Photos on Twitter, & Nook Price Cuts: the Social 6 News Roundup for 12/10/12

It was a very visual weekend with respect to social media news. We had news of the White House's Pinterest ambitions, Instagram's "skirmish" with Twitter, creative Pinterest usage by Pennsylvania newspaper The Mercury, and Iran's new user-generated content site, Here's your Social 6:

#6: For those of you waiting for Iran to debut its own version of YouTube, the wait is over (All Things D)

#5: Local Newspaper Uses Pinterest to Find Wanted Criminals (Mashable)

#4: When social media is (and isn't) the answer (iMedia Connection)

#3: The White House to Debut on Pinterest with Holiday Social (CNET)

#2: Bargain shopper? Barnes & Noble's Nook just got slashed to $79 (Mashable)

#1: Say Goodbye to Instagram Photos on Twitter (All Things D)

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2012 Stats, Bundle, MoMa Video Games, and Mike Krieger's Principles: the Social 6 for 12/1/12

Busy Friday we had yesterday! The Interwebs were busy with a tons of clicks (including my guest post, #4). Today we have acquisition of one of the more impressive startups out there, some social media stats that will undoubtedly help you win a trivia competition, and Mike Krieger's product development principles. Let's get right to it, shall we? Here's your Social 6:

#6: Capital One Acquires Bundle, A Data-Driven Local Business Directory (TechCrunch)

#5: Pac-Man, Tetris and 12 others land in The Museum of Modern Art’s new Video Game collection  (The Next Web)

#4: 6 Ways Corporate Culture Can Play Into a Company's Social Media Success (Business Conjunctions)

#3: Yes, Social Media Is Risky -- Find A Way To Make It Work (Forbes)

#1: 100 Fascinating Social Media Statistics and Figures From 2012 (Huffington Post)

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Social Media in 2013, Election Fallout, and Instagram Web Profiles in Today's Social 6 News Recap

Happy morning after the morning after! I'm referring, of course, to election night, which spurred a number of follow-up stories I shared out yesterday, and am recapping today. If you're already over the election, no problem: we have a few other highlights, including Instagram's new web profiles, a pee-powered generator (that's one innovation I'd never think of), and predictions on the future of social media by a number of pundits (including yours truly). Here's your Social 6:

#6: Premature Elizabeth Warren Twitter Rumor Dupes News Sites, Journalists  (Mashable)
#5: Twitter’s Best Election Night LOLs (Mashable)
#4: Forget apps and other useless startups: These four African girls have created a pee-powered generator (The Next Web)
#3: Romney Camp Retooling Campaign After Latest Setback  (The Onion)
#2: Setting Your Instagram to ‘Private’ (& why you may want to) (Mashable)
#1: The Future of Social Media: 50 Experts Share 2013 Predictions (Business 2 Community)

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NYC Marathon Social Media Fallout & 5 other stories in the Social 6 Weekend Recap

I don't want you thinking I'm too NYC-centric, between the NYC Marathon fallout and "Sandy Smartphone" stories in the Social 6, weekend recap edition. There were some pretty big stories shared, clicked on, and retweeted by y'all this weekend, and some pretty great stories missed the cut. See, that's what you get for spending the weekend playing with your kids and taking grandma to the mall.

Here's your Social 6:

#6: Why HR Needs to Address Social Media (Infographic) (Business 2 Community)

#5: Was This Social Media Campaign Free Speech or Cyber-Bullying? (Business 2 Community)

#4: 6 Habits of Highly Successful People Using Social Media for Sales (Social Media Today)

#3: Here’s what NYCers think about the Marathon’s Cancellation (

#2: How New Yorkers Adjusted to Sudden Smartphone Withdrawal (New York Times Blog)

#1: How NBC is using Instagram to report the 2012 election  (GigaOM)


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Everything You're Ashamed You Missed Yesterday: the Social 6 Recap for 10/20/12

Folks, this past Friday saw a slew of great stuff get shared out by yours truly, and clicked, shared, retweeted, you name it from all of you. Your peers pick the top 6 stories, and I rank 'em, same as always.

Here's your Social 6:

#6: The Changing Nature of Customer Relationships (Destination CRM)

#5: Making Yourself a CEO  (

#4: YouTube launches "Campaigns" for members of the YouTube Non-Profit Program (Mashable)

#3: A Twitter Outburst and Another Chance for Andrew Goldman (New York Times blog)

#2: Instagram now auto-translates @mentions of usernames when you share photos on Twitter (The Next Web)

#1: How To Hack An "A-Ha!" Moment (Fast Company)

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Facebook Stats, Hyperlocal, & Video Games: Today's Social 6

A pretty mixed bag of news from the last day were clicked on by you guys yesterday, including a link towards my attempts to enlist more help for the upcoming Going Social companion site.

Without further ago, here's your Social 6 for September 25, 2012:

#6: Gyft Brings Gift Cards From Over 200 Retailers To Apple’s Passbook (TechCrunch)

#5: 7 Reporting Tools for Hyperlocal Journalists  (Streetfight)

#4: Want to Join Team Going Social? Write for Us! (

#3: The Social Era Is More Than Social Media (Fast Company)

#2: DeathWatch: Video Game Consoles (ReadWriteWeb)

#1: 50% of Consumers Value a Brand’s Facebook Page More Than Its Website [INFOGRAPHIC] (Mashable)

The Social 6: Stories You Missed This Past (Long) Weekend, 9/4/12

Welcome back to work, guys! Not surprisingly, there wasn't a tremendous wealth of news & views out there to curate from the long weekend, but here are some of the highlights you may have missed:

#6: My1Login’s test page is a nifty way to see exactly how weak your password choices are

"The password management service My1Login offers a smart way to remember all of those passwords and key phrases by literally boiling them all down to one. Now it is also offering a Web page where visitors can find out why they might need a password manager and measure the strength of passwords they might consider to be safe."

#5: 6 Tips For Using Instagram In Your Social Media Marketing

"Marketo released an infographic recently with 5 steps to success using Instagram in your marketing. They are...Curate…Snap…#Hashtag…Engage…Repeat…[and one more,] Measure and Improve."

#4: 5 tools for managing your contacts and boosting your network

"In a lot of ways, a contact manager can incorporate new, innovative services to not only help users take a smarter approach to meeting new people but also transmit readily available information from social media profiles directly into that contact’s a breakdown of five applications that are breaking the barriers of the traditional contact managing system on the computer as well as mobile devices."

#3: Job Seekers: Beware These Social Media Traps

"First impressions are everything, but sometimes they creep up on you. As a job candidate, 86% of potential employers will look at your social profiles — even if you don’t explicitly share those links...Column Five Media put together an infographic [included below] of tips for using social media to make first impressions — and included a few things every job seeker should avoid."

#2: Ever wonder what the top 25 pages are on Facebook are? Here they are.

"Entertainment continues to dominate the list of most popular Facebook pages, according to our PageData tool, which counts the number of fans added to a page daily. After Facebook’s own pages for its mobile app and main company page, the most Liked pages are those of entertainers, athletes, TV shows, games, and a few international brands."

#1: Facebook Improving Site Integrity Systems To Combat False Likes

"Facebook updated its site integrity system today in an effort to crack down on fake likes, a move that the company says will benefit legitimate users and page owners.The company says the improved automated efforts will detect and remove Likes obtained by malware, compromised accounts, deceived users or purchased mass Likes. While Facebook says it has always protected against these threats, the new system will specifically be tailored to identify and erase suspect Likes."

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The Social 6: Stories You Missed This Past Weekend, 8/27/12

Social Media 101: Getting Started On The Top Social Networks - Business 2 Community

Reading this Business to Community piece made me feel like I was reading one of the earlier chapters of my upcoming book Going Social (shameless plug). Really nice set of tips if you're just starting out.

How Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope developed a winning social media campaign

I don't normally share Jewish news despite growing up as a Modern Orthodox Jew, but this crosses over into my love for leveraging social platforms to create value. This Clodagh McGowan (great name) on Brooklyn Ink gives great insight as to how the congregation used grassroots support to create a powerful campaign.

Big investors rethinking social media

This San Francisco Chronicle piece outlines how the stock market's treatment of Facebook, Zynga and Groupon has led many Silicon Valley insiders to rethink their investments in social platforms. I believe this to be ultimately a good thing, as investors will really be thinking about what companies are working on initiatives that can be monetized in the near future, versus companies that brag about how many users they have without a clear path towards building impressive revenue numbers.

How Instagram's New Geotagging Feature Can Be Used by Brands

While the title is somewhat misleading in that Instagram has had geotagging for awhile (its Photo Map is truly the new innovation), this article by Allie Snelius outlines some of the opportunities now available to brands.

She's 14, Going on 140 Characters

This New York Times piece really elicited a ton of clicks. It profiles Maude Apatow and her intense Twitter following of 67,000+. Pretty nice profile; I personally loved seeing how her famous director/producer father, Judd, uses Twitter to engage with her.

Barry Diller's InterActive Corp acquires for $300M

Pretty big business move, as Barry Diller’s massive but surprisingly under-the-radar Internet conglomerate InterActiveCorp (IAC) has purchased for $300 million in cash, according to reporting from the New York Times and Mashable.


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