November 6, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter may still be a small player in the digital advertising world, but its advertising platform has more promise than that of Facebook and could justify the company's potential market value, which has risen by several billion dollars ahead of its initial public offering on Thursday. That's according to a new national survey from Frank N. Magid Associates, which says consumers respond more positively to ads on Twitter than they do to ads on Facebook - in large part because the ads blend so smoothly into the service.
November 5, 2013 |
What do you do when you have millions and millions of Twitter followers? One option is to fund your very own social network. Teenage pop star Justin Bieber, the second-most popular person on Twitter with 46.5 million followers, has reportedly led a $1.1-million round of funding for RockLive, a San Francisco tech company that plans to launch a new social network this week. The social network will be called Shots of Me and will focus on teenagers, according to Fortune . WATCH: Unboxing the Google Nexus 5 smartphone [Video chat]
October 25, 2013 |
MESQUITA, Brazil - As Dilma Rousseff neared the end of her successful 2010 campaign to become Brazil's president, Jeferson Monteiro set up a parody Twitter account and began having fun at her expense. When Rousseff took office and abandoned her own account on the microblogging service, Monteiro began sending tweets as the president, adopting the manic and self-obsessed vernacular common to the teenagers dominating the social media networks. He gently lampooned a president often seen as serious and tough.
October 16, 2013 |
September 27, 2013 |
With the "Breaking Bad" series finale coming this weekend, it's certain that a flurry of spoilers are going to be plastered across Facebook and Twitter. But there is a way to avoid seeing them without having to spend Sunday night under a rock. A free iPhone and iPad app that launched this week called Spoiler Shield claims to be able to block spoilers from "Breaking Bad" while still giving users access to other content on their Facebook and Twitter feeds. PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 Besides "Breaking Bad," Spoiler Shield can also block spoilers from about 30 other TV shows as well as NFL and Major League Baseball results.
September 17, 2013 |
TEHRAN -- One day Facebook is a handy way for Iranian government ministers to confer with the people. The next day it can be denounced as "a Zionist tool. " As with its on-again, off-again claim to want better relations with the West, Iran's recent flip-flops on social media reflect infighting within Tehran's religious and elected leaderships, analysts said Tuesday. Iranians were jubilant on Monday when the usual blockages and filters on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook fell by the wayside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2013 |
Fernando Anglero is a fixture among the street people who live in downtown L.A.'s Arts district, known for his off-color, funny signs that one local loft-dweller says bring "fun energy" to the neighborhood. But the homeless man residents know only as Fernando stands out for another reason -- he's marketing himself as a street comic using social media. To promote his "cardboard comedy," Anglero has created a website with help from Arts district residents. He also has a Facebook page and a personal hashtag, #fernandolove, to make it easier to find him on Instagram and Twitter.
August 30, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Even before Facebook begins displaying splashy video ads, it's preparing for a backlash from users like Amy Pittel. The 44-year-old writer and stay-at-home mother from Livermore, Calif., says she's weary of being bombarded by ads on Facebook and the rest of the Internet, most of which she ignores. "I shall continue to do as I always have when an unwanted video ad or commercial comes on: check my email or another Web page until the ad is finished," Pittel said.
July 17, 2013 |
Here's something parents can "Like": Teens who interact with their parents on Facebook are also more likely to feel closer to them in real life. A study released this week by Brigham Young University says parents who connect with their kids on Facebook and other social networks are likely to build a stronger connection with them in real life. These teens also have higher rates of "pro social behavior," meaning they are more generous, kind and helpful to others, according to the study.
July 9, 2013 |
Jeriel Judah , Kimberly Alison and Claire Printz share the same problem, according to recent Twitter posts: They have too many email accounts. A survey released Tuesday shows the average adult Internet user has 3.1 email accounts, up from 2.6 a year ago. They're also active on a greater number of social media websites, according to the Harris Interactive poll commissioned by MyLife.com . The Los Angeles firm has Web and mobile applications where users can control multiple social media and email profiles at once.