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Category Archive: Social Networking

Feb 05 2013

Social Media Science

As a social scientist and nerd who works in the social media industry (yes, it is an industry), a recent story really caught my attention.  There’s been some claims that Google works better to follow/predict the flu than the CDC, but it turns out that Twitter is even better.

Oct 28 2012

Chicago Friends!

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Kate here. I have gobs of spare time laying around, and often I can’t figure out what to do with it. Okay, not at all. But one of the things I’ve happily let eat my spare time is this year’s Carl Sagan Day Chicago, which is happening in (eek!) just four days, November 1st. Chicago’s …

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Jun 13 2012

Facebook Rumors: Paying to reach fans

In my other life, I write for a social media news blog, and I recently wrote about the current rumor going around about pages/celebrities having to pay to reach their fans.  Unfortunately, my tiny blog post didn’t reach George Takei so I imagine the level of hysteria over this is just going to continue ratcheting …

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Sep 29 2011

Dating Websites

I find dating websites fascinating.  I tend to join them out of shear curiosity.  I’ve had profiles on pretty much every dating site you can think of.  Mostly to see how creepy they were and what the quality of matching is. There was one that I didn’t get to be on, because it judged whether …

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Jul 23 2011

Harry Potter + Google = Love

As the resident Google fan, I am happy to report that there is a whole lot of interesting Google news this week.  It seems that Google doesn’t do news weeks in half measures. First up is political news — both Google and Facebook have spent more money during this quarter on lobbyists than they have …

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Apr 01 2011

I have a new crush, and it’s a cobra!

Are you following @BronxZoosCobra?  If you’re unfamiliar with the story, the Bronx Zoo has lost a rather venomous snake*, an Egyptian Cobra, and in the ensuing New York panic, an incredibly clever person created a Twitter account in the name of the snake.  Despite the fact that @BronxZoosCobra is only following one person, their funny …

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Mar 31 2011

Women and The Internet

It has long been a truism in the advertising world that men may make the money, but women control the purse strings, just watch any episode of Mad Men. All you have to do to see the truth of this is to look at those popular Old Spice Body Wash commercials, here’s a product aimed …

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Mar 15 2011

Useful Information: How To on Grovo

There are lots of sites out there with collections of how-to instructions and videos.  From the wild west of almost anything on YouTube, to the extremely professional and in-depth software guides on Lynda.com, it’s usually easy to find something to help you out, if you’re willing to spend the time searching.  Grovo is a new how-to video site …

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Mar 15 2011

Group Texting is so hot right now

SXSW is known as a geek battleground, where apps and ideas compete with one another for dominance.  Last year, several location based apps likeFourSquare and SCVNGR fought, and FourSquare came out the industry leader.  This year, the focus has been on Group Text applications.  The first big Group Text application was from GroupMe, and most of the …

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