Silly science and our Facebook death fantasy

Why do some people like to think that Facebook might die? Would they be relieved to be free from its grip? Validated in a secret conviction that it was never as big a deal as everyone said? Does Facebook’s death seem so impossible it’s become a kind of underdog to root for? Or is it… Read More

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Courtney Love wins landmark Twitter defamation case

In a landmark case for social media, a Los Angeles jury has found that singer Courtney Love did not defame her former attorney on Twitter. The case stemmed from a Tweet Love penned in 2010 in which she claimed that her lawyer at the time, Rhonda Holmes, had been “bought off.” While the jury found that… Read More


Social media study: Here’s how the world’s top brands effectively use Twitter

Most of the world’s top brands have utilized Twitter as a marketing tool, but some are doing better than others in terms of making the most out of their social media strategies. Simply Measured, a growing Seattle-based startup, today published an in-depth study of the world’s top brands and their Twitter account activity. The report, which… Read More


Even President Barack Obama knows Facebook is no longer cool for younger people

The idea that teens on social media are losing interest in Facebook is now so mainstream that even President Barack Obama is aware of the trend. The Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer just penned this hilarious post about his random encounter with an apparent healthcare-related focus group at a Washington D.C. cafe that included Obama. Meyer did his best… Read More

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Seattle generates more nationally-trending topics on Twitter than any other U.S. city, study says

At least according to Twitter, Seattleites are trend-setters. A new study out of the Indiana University shows that Seattle has the most number of hashtags that started in the city and eventually landed on Twitter’s national hashtag trending list. For 50 days, researchers analyzed more than 11,000 hashtags trending on Twitter in 63 different cities…. Read More


Tweet-a-Coffee: You can now buy a Starbucks latte for a friend via Twitter

Here’s something that coffee-crazed and tech-mad Seattleites will certainly love. Starbucks is launching a new partnership with Twitter called Tweet-a-Coffee which allows customers of the coffee store chain to buy $5 gift cards for friends on Twitter. Users must connect their Starbucks and Twitter accounts, and then add their credit card information to the account…. Read More


New Vizify features let you create social media-infused personal websites with custom domains

Vizify has long allowed users to see pages showing their social media chatter morphed into neat infographics and visualizations — for free. Now, though, the Portland startup is introducing a paid version of its service that comes with a bevy of new features. Vizify Premium lets you build a customizable personal website that can show off as little… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Inside Social helps brands measure social media ROI

Attracting Facebook likes and Twitter followers is important for businesses active on social media, but it can be difficult to pinpoint how exactly those metrics are affecting overall revenue for the company. That’s where Inside Social wants to help. The four-man startup, currently in Techstars Seattle, helps brands attribute value to specific social media actions…. Read More


Comr.se raises $780K to help brands sell products within social streams

Shopping cart technology isn’t exactly the newest innovation around. But one young Seattle startup seems to have struck the right chord in terms of bridging the gap between social media, advertising and e-commerce. Comr.se — pronounced “commerce” — just raised $780,000 of a seed round that remains undisclosed. The company, a recent graduate of the B2B incubator… Read More


Twitter at 2,000 employees, up 90% from last year

Twitter’s IPO filing was made public today and it noted that the company now employs 2,000 worldwide. According to the SEC filing, that’s up approximately 90 percent from June 30, 2012 — an increase of over 900 full-time employees. The social network said it expects to continue hiring and make acquisitions to add talent. It… Read More

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Twitter is now an emergency aid service

Twitter launched Twitter Alerts today as a way for public institutions and NGOs to send out emergency alerts via text messages and push notifications. The new feature is pretty simple. Users can receive emergency notifications from authorized agencies who are on the service by activating the alerts at an organization’s setup page (twitter.com/[username]/alerts). You can also… Read More