Social Media Blog

So long, and thanks for all the tweets

Jessica Schilling

Today is my last day as social media specialist for The World Company, and though I'm excited about moving on to an opportunity in Boulder, Colo. - my hometown - I'm very sad to be leaving such a versatile, dedicated team here in Lawrence. I've been remarkably lucky to help ...

Google+ brand pages have arrived

Jessica Schilling

Well, it's official: After months of speculation as to when they'd be available and what they'd contain, Google+ opened up registration for brand pages this week. And while there's been plenty of bandwagon-jumping going on (we've joined the fray too, with G+ pages for [LJWorld.com][1] and [Lawrence.com][2]), it'll certainly be ...

Remember Diaspora*?

Jessica Schilling

No, the asterisk in the headline doesn't point down to a disclaimer at the bottom of this page. It's actually in the name of the latest Facebook challenger, this one grounded on two ideas: That users should be able to own the information they post to social networks, and that ...

New social network Unthink: First thoughts

Jessica Schilling

After months of buzz and speculation, after an oh-so-trendy [promo video][1] that made the rounds on YouTube, after months of waiting for an invite, we're finally in to the beta rush for new "liberated" social network [Unthink][2]! Well, kind of. Actually, not really. But we did get to play with ...

Breaking news and social media: The new status quo?

Jessica Schilling

If anyone doubts the ubiquity of social media, this week's news certainly begs to differ - specifically, the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi and the resulting global rush of tweets, posts and other social commentary documenting the incident. If you've been on the social web at all this week, ...

Social privacy roundtable: A recap

Jessica Schilling

About a month ago, we held a [community roundtable][1] at the News Center to discuss the question of where social media and privacy intersect. It was a lively forum that provided us valuable feedback on social media use in our own newsroom, but it also held a wider-ranging purpose: The ...

Will social media employee ruling set precedent?

Jessica Schilling

When it comes to social media and the workplace, we're all aware that the possibility for thorny issues abounds, whether you're on the employer or employee side of the equation. And if we've been watching industry news, we can all probably point to at least a few incidents where an ...

Facebook apps jungle to get a little quieter

Jessica Schilling

When you log in to Facebook on Saturday (and if you're reading this, you probably will), you might notice things are a little different. Quieter, even. And if your News Feed is clogged with notifications about what your friends are doing in apps you don't care about - well, that ...

New Facebook changes - and these ones are big

Jessica Schilling

Well, [f8][1] came and went - and we'll probably be shifting through this most recent round of Facebook changes for the next few weeks, if not longer. This year's annual Facebook developer conference introduced what's undoubtedly the biggest shift Facebook's ever taken, and on a few different fronts. Here's the ...

Wanted: your thoughts on privacy and social media

Jessica Schilling

Social media and privacy: Are the two mutually exclusive, or is it still possible to keep areas of your life private online? And what happens when law enforcement, the media or both get involved? That's what we examined last night at a community roundtable here at the News Center, and ...

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