• Social Media Can Help Combat Diabetes, Obesity
    One of social media's many unexpected applications lies in what might be called "communal wellness," in which groups of people with shared medical conditions or concerns come together to lend each other mutual support, advice, and encouragement. This week brought news that social media may be able to help prevent two related conditions whose spread in the U.S. is setting off alarm bells -- diabetes and obesity.
  • Schools Introduce Social Media Courses
    As if college students weren't already spending enough time on social media, they can now pursue it as part of their coursework -- even major in it, at one school in South Carolina. Newberry College, in Newberry, SC, is introducing an undergraduate major focused on social media.
  • Responses to Social Media Ads Vary by Ethnicity
    Different ethnicities tend to have different attitudes towards social media, which shape different usage patterns, according to new data from Nielsen and NM Incite. Marketers who are aware of these differences may want to approach consumers from various ethnic groups in different ways via social media.
  • Enough with Saying "Enough Already," Already
    Did you know that social media allows people to "over share?" That people post all kinds of irrelevant, trivial, and generally silly stuff about themselves online? It's true! In fact, there's an epidemic of over-sharing out there! And if you pay attention to it, it's kind of annoying!
  • Socialbakers Smokes Out Fake Twitter Followers
    Authenticity reigns supreme in social media marketing, or at least it should -- which is why Socialbakers has created a new "Fake Followers" tool to figure out how many of your Twitter followers are fake (or simply inactive).As Socialbakers notes, fake followers can ruin a brand's reputation and decrease engagement, not to mention spam your news feed with scams and all manner of unwanted content.
  • The Pope Is On Twitter
    "On Monday, the Vatican announced that the 85-year-old pontiff would begin posting messages on Twitter next week..." -- New York Times To: Pope From: Brad Callow, founder, CEO, visionary, rock star, guru, and evangelist, PopSkank.com Re: social media outreach
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