• Layoffs at LivingSocial
    Social commerce isn't going away anytime soon, but building businesses based on it has been much more difficult than expected, judging by the travails of some leading companies. In the most recent development, daily deals platform LivingSocial revealed Thursday that it is laying off 400 employees, or about 20% of its total workforce of 2,000, as well as closing an office in Torrance, CA.
  • Coldwell Helps Home Owners Sell with Social
    In line with the "sort of, kind of" recovery in the rest of the economy, the real estate market is rebounding-ish, at least in some places, moderately, raising hopes that it will continue to gain some momentum and bring more new listings on the market. In any event real estate brokers are laying the groundwork with a new social platforms that allow realtors, buyers, and sellers to connect and share information about properties on dedicated forums.
  • Social Media Worsens Moms' Financial Worries
    Lots of moms love social media, but it may not be the best thing for them psychologically, judging by a growing collection of research and surveys which suggest that it undermines self-esteem and fosters insecurity by encouraging unrealistic comparisons with peers. The latest evidence comes from a survey of 1,100 moms by BabyCenter, which asked about the costs (financial and otherwise) of raising children -- and found that the stress is aggravated by social media.
  • Voters Turn to Social, Mobile for Political News
    The midterm elections are upon us, at last. Like most Americans, I am profoundly grateful that this political season -- in effect, a combination pageant and reality show starring the worst people our society can find outside of penitentiaries, including some who will doubtless end up there eventually -- is almost over. Until then, however, as with any good reality show we are all obsessing over these shameless drama queens on social media.
  • Carnival Boosts WiFi On Cruise Ships For Social Media
    With an eye to the future, cruise lines are making a big effort to get more millennial travelers on board the big ships, offering everything from artisanal beers to zip lines.
  • Majority Of Small Biz Owners Use Social Media
    Nearly two-thirds of small business owners (64%) use social media for business-related purposes. Among small business owners who use social media, Facebook is the most popular platform, followed by Twitter and Google.
  • Investors Turn on Facebook, Twitter
    Rising costs and ambitious long-term investment strategies are undermining investor confidence in Facebook and Twitter, judging by the downward movement in both companies' stock following their earnings announcements earlier this week. Twitter is also suffering from its difficulty monetizing users and a slowdown in new user growth.
  • Teens Hate Fakeness on Social Media, Are Fake
    As most of you will recall from your own long-lost youths, teenagers hate fake people. While some might question their commitment to authenticity in our postmodern age, where meaning is constantly appropriated and reappropriated, they seem pretty sure about this hating fakers thing, so let's just go with it. More interesting is the fact that they feel social media compels them to be fake too, according to a survey of U.S. teens and young adults conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Naver, a Korean Internet company.
  • Whisper Suspends Editor-in-Chief
    Confronted with a scandal about potential privacy breaches, anonymous social messaging platform Whisper is doing what any good organization would for damage control: throwing someone under the bus! Preferably one of those disposable editorial staffers. In this case the sacrificial offering to the bus gods is editor-in-chief Neetzan Zimmerman, who came under fire after disclosing that the app tracks users' locations, including users who specifically asked not to be tracked, in an interview with The Guardian.
  • Social Media Fueling Women's Body Image Issues
    More women than ever are reporting negative body image issues, and one of the main culprits is social media, according to a new survey of 1,000 women ages 18-40 conducted by Glamour. The survey, carried out for the magazine by Ohio State University assistant professor Jesse Fox, is a follow-up to the original Glamour survey from 1984 -- and the comparison is pretty depressing.
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