In The News: Connecting Through Social Media

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It has become evident in the last few years that social media is about more than keeping in touch. Social media has become a way for us to become connected in more ways than ever before. This week’s In The News highlights recent events in which the importance of the social media connection exists.

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Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking – TED (find it on the ipl2)

Musician Amanda Palmer is famous for breaking with her major recording label so that she could create music her way. She has infamously used her twitter account to connect with her fans all across the world in order to find boarding, food, musicians, and possible “ninja gig” locations. The strong connection she has with her fans allowed her to raise over $1 million in her kickstarter  project in 2012.  At the 2013 TED Convention, Amanda Palmer shares the importance of connection – online and in-person – and why no one should ever be afraid of asking for what they need.

NEW! I’m Still Here: Back Online After a Year without the Internet – The Verge

On April 30, 2012, The Verge tech writer, Paul Miller, left the internet that he thought was making him an unproductive. In this article he details his year long journey without the internet and the surprising conclusions he developed about the internet’s part in the real world and staying connected with those around you.

Social Media and the Search for the Boston Bombers – CBS News (find it on the ipl2)

This CBS News article discusses the search for the Boston Bombing suspects last month via twitter with Mashable<; Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff. In this recent crisis people turned to social media to discover information and to help with the search. Ulanoff explains that while the crowdsourcing information wasn’t always correct, the people on Twitter and Reddit would start over and get it right.

Social Media Helps Cancer Patient – Huffington Post (find it on the ipl2)

Through YouTube, Reddit, and twitter, social media helped dying cancer patient Marie Sowler reach out to Sleeping With Sirens singer, Kellin Quinn. It took a less than a day for Kellin to respond and figure out how to meet her young fan.

Social Media Safety – (find it on the ipl2)

Social media is a wonderful way to stay connected with people, but it’s also important to remember the rules of online safety.  NetSmartz is supported by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and provides internet and social media safety advice for parents, teens, and children.  Stay safe!

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In the News: The Facebook IPO

It is no secret that Facebook has quickly become one of the most influential companies of the 21st Century.  On February 1, 2012, the social networking site officially filed for an initial public offering, which has become one of the most buzzed about IPOs since Google’s public debut in 2004.  An initial public offering (IPO) occurs when a company first sells its stock to the public.  Facebook’s IPO has sparked much speculation and analysis of what the IPO will mean for potential investors, competitors, and the company itself.  Regardless of whether or not the Facebook IPO proves to be a successful endeavor, it is apparent that social networking is not just a passing trend and other social media companies will be watching closely to see how Facebook fares after the initial hype dies down. What follows are several excellent sources for in-depth information on the Facebook IPO.

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NEW!  Inside Facebook

Inside Facebook is an independent news source that is part of the Inside Network company.  The site provides “news and analysis on Facebook’s global growth, corporate developments, and product innovations” and also reports on trends that appear on Facebook.

NEW!  BusinessInsider

This BusinessInsider page offers a complete breakdown of the important facets of the Facebook IPO.  BusinessInsider offers news about current business information in the media, technology, financial, and other industry sectors.

NEW!  Mashable page

This page aggregates news related to the Facebook IPO, complete with Mashable analysis. Mashable’s “About Us” page describes the company as “the largest independent news source dedicated to covering digital culture, social media and technology.”

DealBook: Tracking Facebook’s Valuation (find it on ipl2)

Provides an easy to read timeline of Facebook’s increasing valuation from 2004 to January of 2011.  DealBook provides financial news and analysis covering mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, initial public offerings (IPOs), private equity, hedge funds, venture capital, legal matters, and related topics. From the website of The New York Times.

CrunchBase (find it on ipl2)

Want to know about Facebook, Twitter or Steve Jobs? “CrunchBase is the free database of technology companies, people, and investors that anyone can edit.”

TechEye (find it on ipl2)

British online magazine offering a wealth of technology news stories, editorials by technology writers, and current events stories involving technology.

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