Social Media Blog

Facebook to AA: Who let the cat out?

We probably all know someone who's posted a lost-pet flier on Facebook - and maybe even someone who's found their furry friend as a result - but this might be the first time a missing pet has garnered so much attention on social media. And for good reason; who wouldn't love a face like ...

It’s the future – but where’s social media?

Since the future's on everyone's mind right now - by which we really mean the long Labor Day weekend - we thought it'd be a good time to look back at these feel-good AT&T ads from 1993, which depict The Future in some ways that look, from a vantage point of 18 years, remarkably spot-on. ...

Facebook privacy update also brings changes to Places

The social Web has been all abuzz the last few days about the next big wave of changes that are coming to Facebook, and for once the reaction doesn't seem terribly negative. At long last, Big Blue seems to have largely straightened out the increasingly tangled maze of privacy settings that ...

Americans get social – but how?

This infographic has been making the rounds on Twitter this week, but if you haven't yet seen it, it's well worth a look (click to enlarge): Essentially, social media marketing firm Hasai took a look at a bunch of pretty standard stats on social media - but then aggregated them into a ...

A summer of social media

*Note: This is the final of three blog posts from Samantha Schwartz, our super summer social media intern. She's returning to Grinnell College next week, and we'll miss her creativity, devotion and enthusiasm! Best of luck for the school year.* Ever experienced this? You’re talking to ...

Foodies take a bite out of social media

*Note: Here's another post from Samantha Schwartz, our summer social media intern - and an ace foodie.* Before the internet, recipe sharing meant literally scribbling down a copy of your friend's nearly perfected banana bread recipe. These days, if you just Google "banana bread recipe", ...

Complain? Who, me?

If you've ever managed a corporate social media account - or even just a Facebook page for, say, your biking club - you'll already know that one of the most challenging aspects of the job is to be on call 24/7. Sure, your business or organization may not run the sort of account that lends ...

Getting glam with social media

Note: Today's post is from Samantha Schwartz, former "Double Take" columnist for LJWorld.com who's returned for the summer from Grinnell College as our social media intern. Thanks, Samantha! Have you heard of Blair Fowler? Maybe not, but she has a loyal following of 764,871 fans on YouTube, ...

Google+ … impressed or nonplussed?

OK, then! Two weeks of Google+ under our collective belt. Who's got it all figured out? Anybody? Didn't think so. We all know that Google's brand new, mysterious-around-the-edges social network (is it really a social network?) may well be the Next Big Thing. Many of us have clamored madly ...

Seeing more QR codes in the mail?

If the United States Postal Service's campaign is a success, you very well might be seeing more of those funky, blocky, smartphone-friendly website cues in your mailbox (your real one, not your email inbox). The USPS is currently running a two-month summer campaign offering a 3 percent discount ...

Getting social for the Fourth

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 links about the Fourth and social ...

Is social media ready to find the missing?

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 the business of trying to catch ...

Social media by the numbers

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 ...

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

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. Then ...

Getting local with your social: Old Shawnee Days

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 fun ...

Tune in or drop out for Memorial Day?

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 us, the ...

Cosmetics company’s social sale gets ugly

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 party sale and ...

Smartphones, tablets change how we use social

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 are also pretty good that you ...

Changes in store for Facebook Groups

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, it looks like the ...

Getting social over dinner

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 ...