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Getting social for the Fourth

Jessica Schilling

With the long Independence Day weekend tempting us right over there on the horizon, many of us are packing our bags, fueling up our cars or just getting ready for a holiday weekend close to home. Keeping the spirit of the holiday in mind, we dug up a few fun ...

Is social media ready to find the missing?

Jessica Schilling

Back when we all spent a lot more time at the post office, the iconic "Wanted" poster was a particularly effective form of reaching a captive audience hailing from all walks of life - after all, everyone needed to send a letter now and then, and if you were in ...

Social media by the numbers

Jessica Schilling

We'll keep this week's blog entry short and sweet (particularly since we're busy wrapping up here from the [Free Parking Day][1] social media event we held this week with [Lawrence GiveBack][2]), and throw out a question: What do you show your friends, co-workers or prospective clients who still aren't convinced ...

Should we be scared of Facebook's automatic photo tag suggestions?

Jessica Schilling

Used to be, the only time you'd have to worry about coming back from some wild party to find embarrassing photos of yourself plastered all over the place was if you were a bona fide celebrity, the sort of person regularly stalked by folks hauling expensive cameras with enormous lenses. ...

Getting local with your social: Old Shawnee Days

Jessica Schilling

Sure, social media makes it entirely possible to carry on relationships with people without ever even meeting them in person - but it's at its most fun (and its most effective) when it really brings the "social" to life through real-world interaction. That's one reason why we've had so much ...

Tune in or drop out for Memorial Day?

Jessica Schilling

As we head into Memorial Day, the first big outdoor holiday of the hear and the unofficial kickoff to summer, here's a question: How much of your holiday weekend will be spent talking about the holiday weekend on Facebook, Twitter or the social network of your choice? For many of ...

Cosmetics company's social sale gets ugly

Jessica Schilling

If you're ever promoted an event - via social media or any other means - you've probably struggled with the classic worry: "What if I throw a party and nobody comes?" In the case of pro makeup company NYX Cosmetics, though, the opposite was true: They threw a big anniversary ...

Smartphones, tablets change how we use social

Jessica Schilling

What did you do this morning after your alarm went off - other than hit the snooze button? If you've got a smartphone, a new study says, there's about a one-in-three chance that you switched on your phone and loaded up an app. And if you're in that group, chances ...

Changes in store for Facebook Groups

Jessica Schilling

Anyone who says the days of [Facebook Groups][1] are over might want to check their inbox - chances are, they'll find at least a few emails from the last day or two with a subject line of "Someone-or-other updated the group Blah Blah." So what's all that about? Right now, ...

Getting social over dinner

Jessica Schilling

This early '90s AT&T concept video of an interactive "computer sous chef" has been making the viral rounds this week - but aside from being a giggle, there's actually a pretty interesting takeaway here. Namely: When was the last time you used a cookbook? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9uXAqTlWvI&feature=player_embedded One of the great things ...

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