How Twitter Bots Get Mistaken for Real People

How Twitter Bots Get Mistaken for Real People

June 10, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Not everyone on Twitter is an actual person. According to Fast Company, a good amount are bots. Not only has Twitter not removed them all, but some also have a higher Klout score than some people who use social media. The most successful bots tend to have a lot of activity on Twitter, since they often retweet, post original tweets, and follow lots of people. Sure, the original tweets are not exactly in perfect English, but neither are many of the tweets by real people! You can learn more about Twitter bots at Fast Company. Image credit: Jenn and Tony Bot   

Voycee is the Social Network That Forgets About Your History

Voycee is the Social Network That Forgets About Your History

June 10, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

If you're tired of looking at your old, embarrassing posts and pictures from when you first joined Facebook, it might be time to join a social media site that basically forgets you. According to The Daily Dot, that site would be Voycee. It's an iOS app that looks a lot like Facebook, except it does not record your history. As soon as you post a new status update or photo, the last one disappears. Think about how convenient this could be when you make a social media faux pas, such as posting embarrassing or nonsensical things while drinking. Not only that,

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The Possible Return to Internet Anonymity

The Possible Return to Internet Anonymity

June 9, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Gradually, the Internet has encouraged users to tell others their identity. People make their lives public on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and now even the comments section on many websites requires commenters to reveal a name or even sign in through social media before posting a thought. But according to BBC News, some apps are encouraging a return to anonymity on the Internet. Whisper and Secret are just two apps that allow people to get out their true thoughts while remaining anonymous. It's no wonder that many people are too afraid of backlash to post their true opinions online under their real name. After all,

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Just How Far Has the Starbucks Brand Spread?

Just How Far Has the Starbucks Brand Spread?

June 9, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

If you live anywhere but a remote area, you're probably merely a few minutes away from a Starbucks location. But according to Quartz, that's not the case for everyone. Some people live nearly 200 miles away from the nearest Starbucks, and that's actually within the US, though that's also the case for people in certain countries. Of course, Starbucks is located in 63 countries right now. And in fact, "Seven of the 25 most Starbucks-filled cities are outside of North America. Twelve are outside of the US." But Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and apparently some rural US cities have never known

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Get to Know Melt, a Social Media App for Your Voice

Get to Know Melt, a Social Media App for Your Voice

June 6, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Have you ever heard of Melt? According to PandoDaily, it's a pretty cool social media app that is often called "the Instagram for voice." It allows you to post your thoughts in your own voice, which is perfect for anyone who has ever been frustrated by the lack of inflection in text. Basically, "You just hit the black and blue dot (no holding down), record whatever for up to 60 seconds, push the dot again and add a title. Touch “post” and you’re done." Are you interested in an app like this? Find out more about it at PandoDaily. Image credit: elestoque 

The Pros and Cons of Buying Twitter Followers

The Pros and Cons of Buying Twitter Followers

June 6, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Businesses and freelancers alike often want lots of Twitter followers, leading some to actually buy them. Contently recently explored the pros and cons of the idea.The advantages are that the Klout score goes up and you actually might end up with more real followers than before, because they see that you already have a lot. But at the same time, this practice can skew your ROI when it comes to social media. And then there's always the chance you will be caught, which can be quite embarrassing and might even ruin your reputation.You can learn more about the premise of

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How Foursquare Will Work After Moving on from the Check-In

How Foursquare Will Work After Moving on from the Check-In

June 5, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

If you're wondering how Foursquare will work after it's divided up into two separate apps, ReadWrite is here to let you know. Basically, the check-in feature that Foursquare is known for will no longer be around. Instead, the app will make recommendations for businesses based on your location. According to the article's author, "For instance, if I regularly eat at burrito places in San Francisco, and I have Foursquare location service turned on, it will monitor those locations and learn where I go. Then, when I visit San Diego, Foursquare will send me a push notification for a burrito restaurant I might

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Nearly Half of All Journalists Are Not on Twitter

Nearly Half of All Journalists Are Not on Twitter

June 5, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

You've probably heard that some people are not on Twitter. If you're wondering who they are, here's a hint: Many are journalists. In fact, Mediabistro reported that only about 60% of journalists are on Twitter. Most of the ones not on Twitter are print journalists, which is why some newsrooms are now requiring staff to start using social media. There are even training programs in place to help staff members learn the ropes. You can read the whole story at Mediabistro. And let us know what you think of making social media a mandatory part of any job. Image credit: Spencer E. Holtaway   

How Google+ Helps with SEO

How Google+ Helps with SEO

June 4, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

If you rarely use Google+ because you aren't sure how it would benefit you, check out what VentureBeat has to say about its SEO capabilities. One example is Google+ Local, which makes sure people geographically close to your business have a good chance of seeing your listing in the search results. Other SEO benefits of Google+ include indexing, Google+ Hangouts, and author rank. To find out more about how these and other SEO tools can help you, read the whole story at VentureBeat. Image credit: Marketingfacts  

Instagram Gets New Editing Features

Instagram Gets New Editing Features

June 4, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

If you like Instagram, you'll be glad to know it's about to get even better. The Verge reports that the app is getting additional editing features. More specifically, "Instagram is finally letting you adjust the strength of each filter you use, and also debuting ten new photo-editing tools to help you manicure your photos in much greater detail." It's called Instagram 6.0, and it will make it easy for you to adjust contrast,  brightness, saturation, warmth, shadows, and more. You can learn more about it at The Verge.  Image credit: Zenspa1