Wednesday, November 14, 2012
  • DataSift Raises $15 Million

    Social data platform DataSift on Tuesday announced raising $15 million in a Series B funding led by Scale Venture Partners and including Northgate Capital and Daher Capital. ...Read the whole story

  • NASCAR Rolls Into The Bronx For Beyond Sport

    Stock car racing came to Yankee Stadiium on Tuesday, as NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and NBA Commissioner David Stern shared the stage for the New York iteration of Beyond Sport. On the panel, Sports Teams for Social Change the talked about how teams and leagues can use their resources to engage with their communities more effectively. ...Read the whole story

Around The Net

  • BBC To Staff: Don't Tweet About Problems The Telegraph

    Since the resignation of the previous director general, George Entwistle, on Saturday, some of the BBC's more high-profile staff have taken to Twitter to give the outside world an insight to the panic gripping the corporation. Referring to the "tumultuous and very sad events of the past few days", Fran Unsworth emailed: "It would be helpful if some of our problems were not played out publically across social media and in the pages of the national press." ...Read the whole story

  • Misleading SEO Content Turns Off ConsumerseMarketer

    Marketers need to become more aware of how they use content as ads. Content may become more important to search marketers, but a study from MediaBrix found 86% of U.S. Internet users feel they had been misled by video ads disguised as content. Some 85% said when they encounter these ads it either changed their opinion of the brand for the worse or had no effect. eMarketer points to the study identifying the problem, spanning from video to Twitter to Facebook. ...Read the whole story

  • Social Data Sifter DataSift Gets $15MVentureBeat

    Social data technology startup DataSift just raised another $15 million, led by Scale Venture Partners. “DataSift made our recent list of 10 startups leading the way in ‘big data’ because its tech can analyze data across the social Web, which helps companies get a handle on public opinion and better shape marketing messages,” VentureBeat reports. Additional investors included Northgate Capital and Daher Capital.  ...Read the whole story

  • Men's Grooming Category Gets Into 'Movember' Los Angeles Times

    This month is Movember, in which men, in order to raise awareness of prostate cancer, grow their facial hair. Gillette is doing a program called eMO'gency Styler Tour, offering free mustache styling. Outkast rapper Andre 3000 is involved. The tour will reach Houston and Chicago in the next week. The company, in the meantime, is posting mustache photos and maintenance tips on its Facebook page. The Art of Shaving chain of boutiques is matching up to $25,000 in donations made to its Movember team or in stores. At the beginning of the month, its Barber Spas offered free shaves to ... ...Read the whole story

  • Social Reach Could Limit Prosecution In UK The Telegraph

    Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said it could be appropriate for more popular tweeters to face prosecution if they tweet something "grossly offensive" to thousands of people, while those with only a few dozen followers might go unpunished. It follows concerns that police are increasingly ready to act against people who post offensive material online and are thus threatening free speech. This week a man was arrested in Kent for posting a photograph of a burning poppy. ...Read the whole story

The Social Responsibility Of Social Media

The right to participate within the public dialogue has always come with responsibility. Television had its obligation to share the news. Radio and television participate in the Emergency Alert System. Newspapers have a self-enforced responsibility as ...More


  • Macy's Won't Be Thumped By 'Dump Trump'

    Donald Trump, who has been known to treat facts as if they were expendable underlings, may be proving that bloviation has its limits. Or perhaps he has us just where he wants us -- i.e., talking ...More