Social Media Blog

No, Facebook Isn’t Hiding Your Posts

Facebook's newly launched Promoted Posts for Pages has been causing quite the stir around the web this week. Many small business owners and bloggers took to Facebook to publicly decry the feature, type out a few choice words aimed at Zuck and to ask fans to quickly perform some steps to ...

And the IPO fell flat

Facebook's much anticipated IPO fell flat today on its opening day. With a mere $0.23 jump in share price, it did not make the waves that were anticipated to flood Wall Street. Industry analysts are speculating numerous causes as to why the IPO was less than eventful. We have some ideas of ...

#Instagrad

You’re celebrating the last stop day, the last prom, the last final and the last day you’ll be a senior. Graduation day is almost upon us. Soon Lawrence will explode with balloons, grill outs, parents in downtown bars (yeah, we’ve seen you there), cards stuffed with money and students ...

Google Drive: It’s Official

It's a rumor, no longer. Google Drive was released today. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wKJ9KzGQq0w Google Drive has the potential to become a major resource for local start-ups, team collaborations, business owners, and even for families who like to share ...

InstaFacebookGram: Storified

As you probably saw last week, Facebook opened up its ginormous wallet and bought the immensely popular mobile-based app Instagram for [$1 billion][1]. And the collective social media sphere let out an “Oh, great.” It was pretty split on whether that remark was uttered with some shred ...

When should you blog?

A great way for businesses, groups, organizations and individuals to increase their online presence and authority on a subject is to start a blog. However, after the blog is up and running, some common questions usually pop up. Am I doing this right? When is the best time for me to put up ...

The Timeline Deadline is Here

Is your Facebook business page timeline ready? Well, ready or not, it's rolling over to the new format tomorrow. If you haven't already acquainted yourself with the upcoming changes, you're in for some big surprises. Whether they're ideal still has yet to be decided, but they will ...

Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran Wants Help from Social Media

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) took the stage at SXSW on March 11 to discuss [The Startup Act][1], a bill authored with Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) to promote entrepreneurship. His presentation, "[Encouraging Innovation and Empowering Entrepreneurs][2]" was targeted to get the tech community ...

Brands on Pinterest

Do you have a Pinterest account? The better question may be: How many times have you heard this question in the past few weeks? Pinterest has become the fastest growing standalone site in history with [11.7 million unique visitors recorded in January][1]. It now drives more traffic than ...

New & high-resolution things in social media

It’s been a little quiet around here, huh? Well, things haven’t slowed down a bit here at The World Company or in our social media circles. We have quite a few new things going on that have kept everyone pretty busy. Speaking of new things, I would be one of the new faces around the ...

So long, and thanks for all the tweets

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 shape this company's ...

Google+ brand pages have arrived

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 ...

Remember Diaspora*?

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 users should be ...

New social network Unthink: First thoughts

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 ...

Breaking news and social media: The new status quo?

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 ...

Social privacy roundtable: A recap

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 results ...

Will social media employee ruling set precedent?

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 employee or ...

Facebook apps jungle to get a little quieter

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 might get a bit ...

New Facebook changes – and these ones are big

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 ...

Wanted: your thoughts on privacy and social media

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 the ...