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[Visual Alliance Media] Anthony Weiner and the Importance of Social Media Security

Celebrities and Politicians are popular targets for online hacking and smear campaigns, but sometimes the “hack” involves less code-cracking and more forgetting basic online safety precautions. The unfolding story of WeinerGate is a key example of this.

Bringing over some of my older posts that I didn’t add over here before. This one was, of course, updated after Weiner came clean. 

2 years ago | 1 note

[Visual Alliance Media] Social Media and Stocks Collide

LinkedIn made a big splash in the stock market recently as the first big social media to go public. By the end of the professional site’s first day of trading, stock prices had more than doubled, inching over $100 a share. By the looks of things, LinkedIn won’t be the last social media site going public this year.

2 years ago | 3 notes

[Visual Alliance Media] Drudge Report is a bigger news source than Facebook and Twitter combined

According to a study released today by the Pew Research Center, news aggregation site The Drudge Report sends more traffic to the major news organizations than both Facebook and Twitter. In fact, it’s second only to Google. Why is Drudge such a primary source and what can you take away from this study?

2 years ago | 2 notes

[Visual Alliance Media] Anthony Weiner and the Importance of Social Media Security

Celebrities and Politicians are popular targets for online hacking and smear campaigns, but sometimes the “hack” involves less code-cracking and more forgetting basic online safety precautions. The unfolding story of WeinerGate is a key example of this.

A routine security bug isn’t a big enough story for most of the media, however, leading papers like the New York Times to instead focus on the fact that smart, attractive women tended to follow and be followed by Rep. Weiner (a much juicier story that you’ll have to search out because I won’t link to it). But readers here should take the real lesson from this: with so many social media services offering an “email to post” type feature, you must remain vigilant about not sharing that email address with others. It’s as good as a password, and a wayward click could allow anyone a backdoor into your accounts.

2 years ago | 1 note

[Visual Alliance Media] Facebook Launches Page Tagging in Photos

Facebook has really been making a big push with their pages and events recently, possibly to make the service even more attractive to businesses. Check out this How To and Why of its latest useful feature.

2 years ago | 1 note

[Visual Alliance Media] Shakespeare and Social Media

Next week, READ Magazine, in conjunction with The Ophelia Project, will stage the world’s first Facebooked Shakespeare play, will be presented.  This won’t be the first time that Shakespeare has been presented via social media, though.

Will you be following the Much Ado About Nothing tumblr?

3 years ago | 1 note

[Visual Alliance Media] Law enforcement embraces social media

With the announcement today of the Des Moines, IA Police Department setting up official Facebook and Twitter accounts, they join hundreds of other law enforcement agencies big and small that are using Social Media to connect with the people they Protect and Serve. Just a quick search for Police on Twitter or Police Department on Facebook brings up lists of various departments, all using Social Media in different ways.

3 years ago | 1 note

[Visual Alliance Media] Is Your Website Facebook Friendly?

According to data released by Facebook, their 500 million users share over 30 billion pieces of content each month. This content includes web links, news stories and blog posts. Is your content coming across the best way it can when your customers share it? Make sure to check your website for the following three things to make sure that you’re putting your best face forward.

3 years ago | 1 note

[Visual Alliance Media] Do you have social media Klout?

Klout, founded in 2007, is the leading measurement of Social Media Influence right now. Far from being a strict ranking, in which only the most prolific of celebrities would rate, Klout uses formulas factoring in numbers such as List inclusions, Follower/Follow Ratio, Unique Retweeters, Commenters, Likers, Influence of Followers, Influence of Likers and Commenters, Inbound Messages Per Outbound Message, and  Update Count in addition to standard measurements such as Followers, Friends, Total Retweets, and  @ Mention Count. By using all these variables, Klout scores users from 1 to 100 for their total online influence. While it started out just using Twitter data, Klout can now use Facebook information as well to get a larger scope of your social influence…