• Social Media Guides Investment Decisions
    Institutional investors are using social media to gather information that guides their investment decisions, according to a new report Greenwich Associates, titled "Institutional Investing in the Digital Age: How Social Media Informs and Shapes the Investing Process." The findings come from a survey of 256 major investors including corporate and public pension funds, insurance companies, endowments and foundations worldwide. These organizations were responsible for investment funds ranging in size from under $250 million to over $10 billion.
  • Forbes Licenses New Capitalist Tool, Social Selling
    A social media communications management system from Forbes? Sure, why not! The business magazine turned digital media powerhouse and branding juggernaut is licensing its name and brand to SocialPort, a system created by rFactr to help companies optimize marketing content across different social platforms, with a focus on social selling in B2B marketplaces.
  • Still More Evidence Links Facebook To Depression
    Facebook is obviously here to stay, but some people may need to start changing or moderating their usage because of the risk of depression. That's right, yet another study has been published linking Facebook to depression, perhaps because it encourages people to compare themselves with other users -- or rather, with the idealized, unrealistic images other users choose to share, depicting themselves in the best possible light.
  • Clinton Launches White House Bid On Social Media
    Already heavily favored to win the Democratic nomination in 2016, Hillary Clinton moved to secure her lead by officially announcing her candidacy on Sunday. In a campaign that promises to borrow heavily from Barack Obama's techniques for reaching younger voters, Clinton did the President one better by making her announcement on social media -- a first for mainstream candidates.
  • Facebook Still Tops For Teens
    While its popularity may have wobbled somewhat over the last two years or so, Facebook is still the most popular social network among teenagers, according to a new survey of 1,060 teens ages 13-17 conducted by Pew. Facebook is the leader in simple prevalence -- meaning how many teens are members and at least occasional users -- and also leads in terms of frequency of usage, although by a much smaller margin.
  • Yahoo Exerts More Control Over Tumblr
    After two years in which Tumblr was for the most part allowed to manage its own affairs, Yahoo is moving to begin exercising more direct control over the social blogging platform it acquired for $1.1 billion in May 2013, according to The Information, which first reported the news on Wednesday. The Information claims the decision was announced at a meeting between CEO Marissa Mayer and top execs last week.
  • Google Considering Buying Twitter (Rumor Has It)
    If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em. That seems to be Google's thinking, if you believe rumors circulating in the trade press that the search giant is trying to buy Twitter -- and it's not necessarily an amicable takeover. According to a report in Briefing.com, Twitter has retained Goldman Sachs to "fend off" Google's unwanted advances; meanwhile, another unnamed entity is also said to be bidding for Twitter.
  • Divorce Via Facebook Now A Thing
    There's an app for that [divorce]! Last week, a Manhattan Supreme Court justice ruled that a woman could serve divorce papers to her estranged husband via Facebook, after repeated attempts to reach him via other means failed, according to the "New York Daily News."
  • 2 Billion People Using Social Media
    Over a quarter of the earth's population (two billion people, or 29%) was plugged into online social networks in 2014 -- and these numbers are growing fast, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics: total users will increase to 2.2 billion, or 31% of the earth's population, in 2015, and 2.72 billion or 36% of the total by 2019.
  • Parents Not Super At Protecting Kids' Privacy
    Parents are less than super when it comes to protecting their children's privacy online, according to new research conducted by Ipsos on behalf of TRUSTe. The findings are based on a survey of 1,000 U.S. adults, including 200 who are parents of kids ages 0-13. Overall, parents seem to understand that online privacy can be an issue even for young children, with 58% of respondents saying they are concerned about their kids' online privacy, and 82% saying they believe it is their primary responsibility to protect their kids' personal information.
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