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Here We Go Again: The Gray Market in Twitter and Facebook
Twitter's favorite spambot, @Horse_ebooks, hits 100k followers
Dear Klout, This Is How You Measure Influence
Location App Highlight Gets Clever Update That Features… Highlights
Twitter acknowledges 'unfollowing' bug, is working on fix

Do You Want 500,000 Twitter Followers? This Game Will Make It Happen

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Do you want 500,000 followers on Twitter? How about 1 million? What about 22 million? Adam Ludwin, an associate at RRE Ventures, along with some developers built a side project called "Fame" to make that happen. Fame is a viral Twitter game that's supposed to give a random user...
Do You Want 500,000 Twitter Followers? This Game Will Make It Happen

SEC: Companies can share business data on social media

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When Netflix CEO Reed Hastings took to Facebook last year to announce that the service had exceeded one billion viewing hours in a month for the first time, the financial world was in uproar. After all, there are rules and regulations concerning when sensitive data about a company's successes...
SEC: Companies can share business data on social media
Exclusive: Buffer partners with "#1 Twitter client" TweetCaster to make you more popular

As Instagram hits 80 million users, Twitter cuts off their "find friends" API access

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Instagram announced earlier today that the popular Facebook-owned photo sharing service had reached a whopping 80 million users who had shared a total of over four billion photos. These are impressive statistics, but it seems those 80 million users will have a more difficult time finding their Twitter friends’ Instagram...
As Instagram hits 80 million users, Twitter cuts off their "find friends" API access

Facebook Admits Likes Are Down For Some Celebrities' Posts, But Claims Up 34% For Most

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Facebook today confirmed dwindling engagement with public posts to subscribers cited by The New York Times’ Nick Bilton, other journalists, and I, but calls us isolated cases, noting public figures with more than 10,000 fans are now getting 34% more Likes and comments than a year ago. While Facebook often...
Facebook Admits Likes Are Down For Some Celebrities' Posts, But Claims Up 34% For Most

Twitter will honor Do Not Track in all supported browsers including IE9, Safari 5.1 and Firefox

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Earlier today, Twitter announced that it would be supporting Mozilla Firefox’s Do Not Track mode in an effort to honor users privacy. Now, it has posted a new help document that clarifies its position: it supports DNT in all browsers that feature the mode. This is important in light of the...
Twitter will honor Do Not Track in all supported browsers including IE9, Safari 5.1 and Firefox

"Like" Shortcuts? These Will Cost You Money And More

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Buying follower views and likes on social networks is a bad idea. Everyone knows that. But how, exactly, does it harm a business? Let us count the nasty ways. Prices vary, but we've seen a rough average of $25 for 1,000 likes on Facebook. The more likes, the more global...
"Like" Shortcuts? These Will Cost You Money And More
Science launches HelloInsights to identify and optimize influence on Pinterest

Prismatic Gets $15M From Jim Breyer And Yuri Milner To Attack The Really Hard Problem Of Bringing You Relevant News

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News aggregation is a glory-less pursuit, where even the companies that do succeed have to grapple with the fact that no algorithm is ever going to be as good as the human brain at judging what news/content will appeal to said brain. It’s an AI-hard problem. So when Prismatic founder Bradford Cross...
Prismatic Gets $15M From Jim Breyer And Yuri Milner To Attack The Really Hard Problem Of Bringing You Relevant News
Here's What LinkedIn's Newly Redesigned Company Pages Look Like

National Geographic is documenting one team’s ascent of Mount Everest using Instagram

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National Geographic was Instagram’s very first big brand partner and so it seems quite fitting that the media giant is using the photo sharing app for the very first time to let viewers in on an Everest expedition. With a National Geographic expedition team expected to reach the summit tomorrow...
National Geographic is documenting one team’s ascent of Mount Everest using Instagram

Twitter Launches Reporting And Promoted Tweets Self-Service Features

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Twitter is moving the bus forward on monetizing itself and allowing brands to handle all of their advertising on the site. Today, the company announced two new self-service features that companies have been asking for. Here’s what the team had to say: In March, we announced our self-service advertising solution, giving small...
Twitter Launches Reporting And Promoted Tweets Self-Service Features

Shatner takes his millionth Twitter follower to dinner

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Troy Pound sounds like someone who might have made a brief appearance in "Star Trek." However, he and his wife were treated to dinner by Kirk himself for being the 1 millionth follower. [Read more]...
Shatner takes his millionth Twitter follower to dinner
Twitter Launches Its Own Political Barometer To Track U.S. Presidential Elections

AP Twitter feed returns, minus many followers, after being hacked

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The Associated Press account is back up and tweeting after being offline for almost a whole day and having to reset its follower count. [Read more]...
AP Twitter feed returns, minus many followers, after being hacked
Software: Java Judge Ends Search For Alleged Google Sock Puppets
Lady Gaga To Be The First Person To Hit 30M Followers On Twitter (Not That @Ev-eryone Cares)

At the end of 2011, Samsung started morphing Apple into a follower

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At the end of 2011, Samsung started morphing Apple into a follower
Report: Twitter to launch iOS music discovery app that offers recommendations based on who you follow

A Look At The Dark Side Of Twitter Popularity: The Paid Follower Economy

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The sad reality of Twitter is that the majority of users believe that a user’s number of Twitter followers is a metric of affluence. Of course, this perception as opened up a market of purchasing popularity, or buying Twitter followers. Presidential candidates, national journalists and TV... Please visit Marketing Land for the full article....
A Look At The Dark Side Of Twitter Popularity: The Paid Follower Economy

Brandbuddee raises cash to reward consumers for sharing stories

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A number of startups are building their businesses around the concept of rewarding consumers for their comments about companies on social media, but Brandbuddee says it’s taking a different approach to the issue. “Our company is about sharing any type of story from a brand,” says co-founder Andy Karuza. “We’re also...
Brandbuddee raises cash to reward consumers for sharing stories

Google AdWords Enhanced Campaigns Now Let Advertisers Highlight Their Google+ Follower Count, Get Improved In-App Targeting

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Google+ is finding its way into every Google product and AdWords is no exception. Starting today, AdWords advertisers can easily highlight their Google+ follower counts in their enhanced campaigns. On average, Google says, ads with these follower counts have “a 5-10% higher click-through rate” than regular ads. The company, is...
Google AdWords Enhanced Campaigns Now Let Advertisers Highlight Their Google+ Follower Count, Get Improved In-App Targeting

Oops: Google backtracks and revokes some Glass Explorer invitations due to non-compliance

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Google has announced that some of the invitations it sent out for its Glass Explorer test group will be revoked because not all accepted applicants meet the terms of the contest. The company put out a call for applications in February, allowing Google+ and Twitter users to express interest in...
Oops: Google backtracks and revokes some Glass Explorer invitations due to non-compliance

FACEBOOK: Please Don't Start Using Twitter's Annoying Hashtags

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Facebook is considering adopting hashtags, those keywords preceded by a hash or pound mark--"#"--that are sometimes used on Twitter, the Wall Street Journal reports. Let's just say this: That's a horrible idea. Chris Messina, an open-source advocate who now works at Google, first proposed using hashtags in 2007. At the...
FACEBOOK: Please Don't Start Using Twitter's Annoying Hashtags

Rdio launches 'Protected Accounts,' letting you Limp Bizkit it up in peace

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Listen up Rdio users, do you have terrible tastes in music? Do your friends laugh at your preference for Fear Factory over Dream Theater? Or, have you simply missed the entire social transition over the past few years to being utterly transparent about every element of your life? If so,...
Rdio launches 'Protected Accounts,' letting you Limp Bizkit it up in peace
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