According to the Nielsen and NM Incite's 2012 Social Media Report, social networking is no longer a considered a passing trend as consumers are spending more time on social networks than on any other category of sites.
Facebook engineer Chris Ackermann teamed with Peter Ng of Ricochet Media to build Instacane. It's a simple site that pulls in Instagram photos tagged #Sandy and #Hurricane. The ground level reporting of Instacane has a solid mix of jaw-dropping beauty, and incredible damage.
Social media can be a pretty addictive pastime, and as any white-collar worker in the 21st century can attest, it can easily distract from a more productive workday. Maneesh Sethi felt himself in the clutches of this addition, but rather than a 12-step program, he came up with a 1 stepper. He gets women to slap the addition out of him.
Ahh, Facebook. There was once a time when it was nothing more than a way for college kids to pass the time and/or find out if that cute girl/guy in history class was single. Now, it's become one of the premiere marketing tools in the world, and it's decided to go ahead and make some dough off this fact.
Mars may be the first planet in the solar system to have a robot for mayor. (Something that was already predicted by Reddit.) NASA's Curiosity rover just checked-in on Foursquare on Mars and, unless Opportunity gets its act in gear, could continue to check-in unopposed and win the coveted spot of mayor.
As more of our lives get wrapped up in social media websites, we're getting to the point where mobile devices are allowing us to bypass our home computers completely. Today, Seagate is introducing a new line of backup drives with software that lets you keep all of your social media safe back home, as well as online in the cloud.
We've already seen what various websites such as Facebook and YouTube would look like as dresses, and now Venezuelan designer Lumen Bigott is turning them into shoes....
Dating can get tiresome, and it certainly isn't easy on the wallet. Luckily, you can now buy "girlfriend services" online for a mere $5! These services aren't sexual. Rather, they're more of the "I will send you a hand written letter" or "I will do 5 mathematics questions for you" variety, exactly what most people look for in a solid relationship.
It's a simple but powerful concept. If everyone devoted just some of the time and energy they devote to social media to making changes in our behavior, we could change the planet.
Whether it's being used as Kanye West's online diary or as a news aggregate, Twitter's potential in the Information Age has become clear. Now, one group is using the social media platform to fight fires.