Social Media Blog

Apple taking a bite out of iPhone privacy?

*Update (April 27, 2011): Apple released today an [official statement][1] regarding what Twitter's been calling "Locationgate." Have a look for how they plan to address the issue.* Fresh on the heels of national coverage of location-based "stalker app" [Creepy][2], there's been a lot of buzz ...

Making hashtags happen

Hey, Twitter users, here's a question for you: When's the last time you used a [hashtag][1] in a tweet? And, beyond that: Was it a "real" hashtag (in other words, something well recognized in Lawrence or even further afield, like [#ksstorms][2] or [#kubball][3]), or just a vaguely related ...

Creepy is as Creepy does

Remember [Please Rob Me][1], the site that got national attention early last year by aggregating your Twitter and Foursquare location-based data to let potential burglars know you were out of town? (The service has been pulled down, by the way - go to the site and you'll find the following ...

The week in social

It's been a banner week for the social Internet, and April Fool's Day falling on a Friday doesn't hurt either. Top of the list this week: - **Facebook allows profiles to convert to business pages.** For anyone who got their business on Facebook in the prehistoric days before Pages, this is ...

Facebook Questions: a Quora killer?

This morning, Facebook finally [rolled out its much-anticipated Questions feature][1], enabling individuals and pages to post publicly searchable and answerable questions among the Facebook community. The service has been in beta since last summer, but as of now is available to anyone ...

Monday Cheer – how’d it go?

Angela, Tammy, Kelly and Ladonna with some big smiles to match their Monday Cheer - a little pick-me-up during their day manning the Kids Closet consignment sale. We promised you an update on [Lawrence Give Back][1]'s March 7 Monday Cheer event, when we hit the streets of Lawrence to ...

Social media and the news: Japanese earthquake and tsunami

Even in Lawrence, thousands of miles away from the massive earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan, many of us woke up this morning to find the world a different place than it was when we went to bed last night - even if we didn't have a friend, family member or co-worker in some way affected ...

Monday Cheer – orders in!

All we can really say about the response we've seen to the Lawrence Give Back Monday Cheer coffee giveaway is: Wow. Y'all really like your coffee - and your friends. As of 9:15 Thursday night, we've received enough orders that in order to deliver them on time Monday, we've had to stop accepting ...

Spreading some Monday Cheer

If you're reading this close to its original posting time (on a Friday) you're probably looking forward to the weekend, not looking for a way to make it through the work day. But come Monday - or any other morning of the work week, maybe - if you're like many, there'll be one topic in the front ...

Social media for nonprofits

We've spent this Friday chatting with some great Lawrence-area community organizations about social media, so we're ending the week in brainstorming mode: How can Lawrence, as a community, best use social channels to engage citizens with our nonprofit community, whether that means taking ...

Navigating the new Facebook pages

That old cliche about change being the only thing that's constant? As we've seen time and again, that's definitely true for Facebook. True to form, the social network rolled out another major upgrade Thursday without any advance notice - this time, the target is Facebook pages, and the changes ...

Brand Bowl bigger than ever

Forget the football - as usual, it's the brands that did battle royal during this year's Super Bowl. But this year's big game was a little different from preceding years: While two years ago tweeting about the game was really left to the geek domain, and last year's Super Bowl social media was ...

Facebook Messages arrives

After a lot of ballyhoo late last year, it looks like Facebook is set to roll out its [new Messages feature][1] on a large scale - most of the social network's 500-plus million users should receive it in the next two months, with early recipients being able to (at least in theory) sway the ...

Quora and Hipster and fandom, oh my

The only trouble with being an early adopter in social media is ... well, where to stop? While mainstream social media sites are down to a few big names - let's say Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, YouTube, LinkedIn and Flickr - it's also entirely possible that, if you signed up for every new ...

Watch party update

Last week, we talked a little about the maiden voyage of the new [KU Alumni Association][1] and [KUsports.com][2] mobile watch party. Now that we've got our first watch party under our belt, we wanted to share a few of the results of the night's festivities. The simplest metrics of the night ...

World Company 2010 social media statistics

When I started working at the World Company in late 2009, we were just beginning to formally organize our social media presence in both news and advertising. One thing we didn't have was a benchmark for longterm growth. So starting on Jan. 1, 2010, I began keeping weekly statistics in a ...

Another meaning to ‘away game’

No matter where we travel or move off to in the course of our lives, regardless of how far we roam, there's one thing that most of us keep near: a love for our local team. And when "back home" for you means the place where they invented basketball, that's probably even more true than for most. ...

Tweeting a little holiday spirit

Since we're still knee-deep in that festive week between Christmas and New Year's - and because the top-10 lists of 2010 social media wins and fails keep rolling in - here's one social media story to bring a smile. While us Lawrence folks have been enjoying a mostly pleasant winter so far, ...

Happy holidays, new media-style

If you're settling in right now for a long holiday weekend, chances are you're probably also catching up on errands, checking a few things off your to-do list or sorting through the unopened mail that tends to accumulate at this time of the year. Check that stack, though - are there fewer ...

Del.icio.us goes stale; what next for social bookmarks?

*Update: A day after the fact, Delicious did [issue a release][1] acknowledging the separation from Yahoo! and stating "there is a ideal home for Delicious outside of the company."* Social bookmarking service Del.icio.us - or, since the summer of 2008, plain old [delicious.com][2] - is ...