The Social 6: 8/25/12 News Roundup

As you may know, I’m a voracious reader and tend to share a good deal of news via my social platforms. Here’s a countdown of the top six most important articles I’ve shared in the last day. I curate this top six based on number of retweets, clicks, favorites, and mentions, so you guys are a large part of what ends up listed here .

#6: Most Organizations Still Fear Social Media

This Business 2 Community article by Troy Larson covers why many organizations are still wary of social media, and how to overcome that fear.

#5: USC promotes players’ Twitter handles on depth chart, bios 

Am I a football fan? Much to my father’s shame, not at all. However, I do like this move by USC to include its players’ Twitter handles in their 2012 season depth chart. Nice way to encourage players’ use of social media.

#4: Social recruiting app Silp recruits 700,000 users, just 12 days after launch

The Next Web reports on how Silp, a Swiss startup that offers a social recruiting service, has seen tremendous adoption since its launch just 12 days ago, even to the company’s own surprise. Robin Wauters shares just what happened.

#3: Social Proximity: could Reachable surpass LinkedIn?

The original title for this piece on ZD Net’s Between the Lines blog was “Social Proximity: are LinkedIn’s days numbered?” — but I thought that was a bit inaccurate, so I reworded it for Twitter. Reachable, the company known as 7 Degrees, is looking to take a page from LinkedIn’s playbook, and possibly take that concept to the next level. IBM’s Gery Menegaz explains how.

#2: Kred Launches Kred Story to Help Visualize Influence for People and Brands

BetaKit reports on how Kred (PeopleBrowsr’s influencer scoring tool) has launched of Kred Story, with the stated goal of visualizing an individual’s presence on social media as well as overall online influence. Kred CEO Andrew Grill announced the move, which should be a good way of reemphasizing that there is more than one influence scoring system around. I’m really not trying to make a pun here, but what Kred is doing has a good deal of credibility.

#1: *Great* study on correlation between Klout score & actual talent

Speaking of influence scoring, here’s a piece on Klout by Piers Fawkes of PSFK for Mashable. PSFK underwent an extensive analysis of executives’ Klout scores, to see whether or not scores had any correlation with company performance. The PSFK research suggests that Klout does matter in a somewhat directional sense, which is what I’ve been arguing some time. Regardless of what size of the debate you fall on, this is absolutely a must-read.

By jeremygoldman

social media pundit.

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