Wednesday, July 11, 2012
  • Interactive One, Lee Moss Partner For News, Social Media

    Interactive One, which targets African-Americans with entertainment and news content via a number of platforms, has formed an exclusive partnership with Lee Moss Media, which owns BlackNews.com and HBCUConnect.com, an online community for students and alumni of historically black colleges. ...Read the whole story

  • Bitly Lands $15 Mil For Expansion

    Link-shortening service Bitly raised $15 million in new funding led by Vinod Khosla at Khosla Ventures. The company said it will use the additional capital to hire staff and expand its social Web products. Bitly launched a revamped Web site in May with the aim of becoming a broader social bookmarking hub. ...Read the whole story

Around The Net

  • Can Makeover Make LinkedIn Sexy?TechCrunch

    Angling for a larger share social marketing activity, LinkedIn is slowing rolling out its first major redesign in years. The layout “will put a lot more emphasis on building out relationships, make better use of socially curated news content -- and, if things go according to plan, should make the site a lot more sticky,” TechCrunch reports. A broader launch of the new design could come within weeks.  ...Read the whole story

  • Social Media Changes Behaviour -- For The Worse Computer Business Review

    A study by Anxiety UK reveals that the use of technology and social media increases anxiety amongst consumers. The study found that more than half of respondents surveyed saw their behaviour change negatively when using social networking sites on a regular basis. Spending too much time in front of a computer, comparing themselves to others, online confrontation and have trouble disconnecting were reasons found to cause anxiety. Forty-five percent of respondents who were not able to access their email or social networking accounts became worried or uncomfortable as a result. ...Read the whole story

  • UK Watchdog Slams 'TOWIE' Star Tweets As Ads Digital Spy

    The Only Way Is Essex star Gemma Collins has been criticised by the UK's advertising watchdog today for posting two promotional tweets that were not marked as advertising. The Advertising Standards Authority found that Collins had tweeted on behalf of hair salon chain Toni & Guy in April, but not flagged up to her 560,000 followers that they were marketing communications. The ruling comes as brands are increasingly coming under the attention of regulators over their efforts to get high-profile people to post promotional messages on their popular social media profiles. ...Read the whole story