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Discovery Channel Scores Big Social Win as Nik Wallenda Soars on Wire

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 24, 2013 12:48 PM

Nik Wallenda and social media are a match made in heaven—and Discovery Channel was happy to be the beneficiary of Sunday night's record-breaking relationship. Wallenda’s 1,400 foot “Skywire” walk—strung 1,500 feet over a section of the Grand Canyon without a safety harness—was broadcast live in the US and 223 countries and generated quite a buzz on social media.

While it may not have reached the heights achieved by Red Bull's 2012 "skyjump" stunt featuring Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner, the conclusion of Wallenda's successful trip across the wire, reporters touted the stats for the stunt: 40,000 tweets per minute; 700,000 tweets in total; 1.5 million streams on Discovery.com; and an estimated 13 million TV viewers watching the event on Discovery Channel.

“This was certainly history in the making,” stated Eileen O’Neill, Group President Discovery and TLC Networks.Continue reading...

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Planet Fitness Fights 'Pintimidation' with New Social Campaign

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 21, 2013 04:52 PM

Planet Fitness, the gym that is widely known as the "Judgement Free Zone" is looking to take that same stance to social media. The company has launched a No Pintimidation campaign in order to curb the stress and pressures experienced by many on sites like Pinterest and Tumblr. 

The initiative was inspired by a recent TODAY study of 7,000 US mothers that found 42 percent suffer from "Pinterest stress," brought on by images of domestic perfection found on the site.Continue reading...

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Social Campaign Tweets Tourette Syndrome Tics for Awareness

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 21, 2013 01:46 PM

The Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada has taken up a unique social media campaign to raise awareness of the little understood disease. Through Surrender Your Say, Twitter users can turn over their feeds to the non-profit, which will tweet real-life verbal tics along with the hashtag #surrenderyoursay. 

The experiment asked those afflicted with the condition to submit some of their own tics—involuntary sounds or movements—and Twitter users can sign up to surrender their tweets for 24 hours.Continue reading...

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Pinterest Goes French for First International Edition

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 12, 2013 06:48 PM

Pinterest recently introduced a localized version of its website for France, the first non-English edition of its site so far, geared towards enhancing the community experience en français with content from French domains and pins with French-language descriptions more prominent in search and on category pages.

With the new addition, Pinterest "is now catering to the discerning palates of this culturally influential country," which has its own social media culture, notes the Social Times. "In other words, the food, fashion, art, and cinema that have made France a cultural hub for centuries will now do the same for the image bookmarking site."

In a means of promoting the new site, Pinterest has partnered with about 300 bloggers to write guest posts through a "Pin It Forward" (Epingler c’est partager) campaign.Continue reading...

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Twitter Thrust Back Into the Political Spotlight as Turkish Protesters Take to Social Media

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 3, 2013 03:38 PM

Over two years after the Arab Spring began, Turkey is in the midst of its own interpretation as a weekend of anti-government demonstrations spread across the country, ignited by opposition to construction of a shopping mall in a popular Istanbul park and exacerbated by traditional Turkish media’s lack of coverage. Protests spread to half of Turkey’s 81 provinces by Sunday with the Turkish Doctors' Association reporting at least 1,700 people injured in Istanbul and Ankara.

Much like the movement that swept across Egypt, Libya, Syria and dozens of other countries in the region, social media, especially Twitter, has played an integral role in the organization of demonstrations and the spread of ideals. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan called the protesters an "extremist fringe" even as 10,000 demonstrators called on his government to resign. The increasingly authoritarian PM singled out Twitter saying, "the best examples of lies can be found there,” and called social media "the worst menace to society."Continue reading...

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Twitter Makes Big Announcements for Advertising, Security

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 23, 2013 05:46 PM

It’s been a big week in the twitter-verse as the micro-blogger, now transmitting close to 400 million messages a day, has made three decisive moves forward.

First, Twitter announced the implementation of a two-factor authentication technology to boost security for its users after recent hacker attacks on the Financial Times, The Onion and the Associated Press accounts. The lack of added security reached a crescendo of criticism in April when a fake tweet about a non-existent White House explosion, sent from the AP account, caused havoc in US financial markets.

The two-factor authentication feature, which is voluntary for users, sends a second, one-time log-in code via text message, making it harder for hackers to break-in to an account with just a main password. Both Jeep and Burger King have been victims as well. Criticized for not putting such measures into place earlier, a Twitter rep said the rollout was delayed due to required updates to its SMS architecture. Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple offer it already.Continue reading...

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Teens Might Be Fleeing, but Facebook Isn't Too Worried About It

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 22, 2013 05:36 PM

The Facebook generation is so over Facebook, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.

After surveying 802 teens, ages 12 to 17 about their online habits, it turns out that Facebook has become a "social burden." "While Facebook is still deeply integrated in teens’ everyday lives, it is sometimes seen as a utility and an obligation rather than an exciting new platform that teens can claim as their own." 

While 94 percent of teens are maintaining their Facebook accounts, more and more continue to migrate to Twitter and Instagram as largely parent-free zones that give them a greater ability to freely express themselves. According to the survey, 11 percent of teens had Instagram accounts, 5 percent have Tumblr accounts and 7 percent have accounts on Myspace.Continue reading...

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Twitter Goes Self-Serve as it Continues to Fight Hacks

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 1, 2013 07:15 PM

All is a-twitter at the micro blogger as hacks continue to occur of high-profile accounts. In April, hackers broke into and tweeted from the accounts of CBS, NPR, and the Associated Press, posting messages that the US government was “in bed”  with terrorists, and that there had been a (fake) explosion at the White House.

“That one bogus AP tweet caused the Dow Jones Industrial Average to drop 1 percent almost immediately, highlighting just how much people trust Twitter as a breaking news resource," VentureBeat points out.

A group called the Syrian Electronic Army took credit for the hacks, but the potential for other copycats is so great, Twitter is urging companies not to share passwords in emails or over the Internet and to limit the number of people with access to the their Twitter account. The company is even advising publishers to designate one computer exclusively for tweeting. Additionally, publications are advised to use two-factor authentication on email addresses, use strong passwords and store passwords on LastPass or 1Password.Continue reading...

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