Social media-related reads

Every morning I go through the list of Mashable and Read Write Web articles that appear in my inbox. I read about one-fourth of the links, and here are a few of my favorite over the last few weeks:

Source: Catchfire Media

  • 10 Historical Events Affected by Social Media (Mashable): This is a slideshow showing photos and tweets from events, such as the Japanese earthquake in March and the Haiti earthquake in January. It poses the question, what would other major events have looked like, such as Katrina and Sept. 11, 2001, if social media had existed as it does today.
  • Facebook Timeline Designs (Mashable): Also a slideshow, this article is all about inspiration. While we experimented and discussed early on the implementation of Facebook’s Timeline on users’ profiles, these 10 images really take the timeline to the next level.
  • Here’s How People Look at Your Facebook Profile (Mashable): Do you ever wonder what people take away when they glance at your Facebook profile? Is it your cute profile picture, the number of friends you have, your latest status update? This article discusses a study that captured where participants’ eyes lingered and the order in which the page was scanned. Sounds like an old study done for advertising firms on what catches people’s eyes, but it is interesting and worth a look.
  • Drug Cartel Murders Another Blogger (Read Write Web): It’s a scary time to be a blogger or a journalist in Mexico and in areas of the Middle East. Following attacks on free speech is an important part in protecting democracy and our ideals. I’m glad these stories are being followed and written about by sites with large audiences.
  • High School Student Punished for Joking Tweet about Gov. Brownback (Forbes.com): Speaking of free speech, this 18-year-old high school senior was disciplined by her school after sending out a tweet critical of the governor during a visit to the Kansas state Capitol. What ensued was Twitter stardom for the teen and some really bad press for the governor and his staff.

Enjoy reading and please share any of your favorite social media stories!

Pondering the Top Twitter Moments of 2011

I love Twitter. The more I use it, the more I love it. It’s the first thing I turn to in the morning, like perhaps how my parents turned to the newspaper over their breakfast.

Mashable just released the top 10 remarkable Twitter stories of 2011, and I have to say, some of them truly are remarkable in how they show the power of social media. I mean, really, try to imagine how much longer it would have taken the world to find out about Osama bin Laden’s assassination?

Some of the stories are truly amazing, like the trio of Londoners who used Twitter to recruit volunteers to help clean up after the summer riots in that city. And there’s a photo that went viral taken by a passenger on an airplane who saw the space shuttle’s return to earth from her window seat on her way to Palm Beach, Fla.

While this top 10 list is certainly worth a look, and about 10 minutes of your time, it also provides an opportunity to reflect on your own social media moments of the year.

Here’s my top 10 social media moments in order of impact on my life:

  1. Landing in the Detroit airport on 9/11/11, I tweeted about police coming aboard to take me and my row mates into detention
  2. Following the beginnings of the Occupy Wall Street movement on Twitter in September and October.
  3. Saying goodbye to Iowa through Facebook uploads as I drove from Des Moines to our new house and life  in Ohio.
  4. Finally getting a smartphone and connecting to my social media sites from anywhere at any time.
  5. My husband, after much caterwauling, joined Facebook in the summer. He still has no idea what Twitter is.
  6. In April I had my first opportunity to live Tweet from an event for work and even created our own hashtag! It was as exciting as waking up on my birthday to cake and ice cream.
  7. To ward off the winter blues in January and February, I created Ridiculous Outfit Monday with blog posts and Facebook posts.
  8. As part of my late winter boredom, I posed a diversity survey to my Facebook friends, trying to see if my FB social circle was as diverse as I thought it would be.
  9. As news of Steve Jobs death spread over the Twitterverse, it affected me more deeply than I thought it would.
  10. The introduction of Google+ sparked interest in late spring, and the new network continues to confound me.

What are your top social media events of the year?

Hey…that’s my Twitter handle!

Posted by Shoshana

I was wondering if BTW,WTF?!?! had a Twitter handle because due to my recollection–though my recollection is tired these days–I remember Aleza setting one up not so long ago.

Innocently I logged in to Twitter and searched for “BTWWTF.” Here’s what I got:

That’s right, take a closer look. That is a giant picture of a butthole.

Needless to say I was a bit taken aback. Indeed, I felt a little trampled upon. Perhaps somewhat violated as well. That was our Twitter handle!!! And this sicko (I’m a bit of a prude, admittedly) was capitalizing on our creativity! Well, I probably wouldn’t go so far as to say “capitalizing,” because he did only have 10 tweets and those who he follows and who follow him appear to be strippers and whores (whom, I would suppose have an appetite for rear ends).

So, of course, my immediate reaction upon seeing this profile is OMG, our “brand” is ruined. Sullied, so to speak, by this guy. Then I got to thinking about libel or slander, I suppose it’s libel in this case. Though we’d have no case.

But in the Twitterverse, if a person creates a fake profile of you–celebrity or not–do libel laws apply?

In June, Mashable posted its top 10 fake Twitter profiles. They are all celebrities, such as Betty White, Gary Busey, Oprah Winfrey and the Queen of England, so libel laws would probably not apply to them. But what sort of recourse would a layman have against a stolen profile? I guess that’s what they call identity theft.

What a piece of crap.