How to Follow Social Good Summit 2014 Online
Social Good Summit is back!
On Sunday, Sept. 21 and Monday, Sept. 22, advocates from across the globe are coming together to discuss some of the biggest challenges our world is facing. Whether it's at local Meetups or at the main stage event at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, speakers will be initiating conversations about how our global community can start working today to help build a better future
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Want to join the conversation but can't attend a Social Good Summit event? Don't worry — here's how you can join the discussion online. Read more...
Posted on Sat, Sep 2014 04:30:52
10 Things We Learned About Social Media Users' Charitable Habits
As the #IceBucketChallenge campaign showed us, social media can be a powerful medium for charitable organizations.
However, the precise nature of the relationship between social good and platforms like Facebook and Twitter can often be unclear. Do social media users really absorb the message? Do people use activism on a social platform instead of actually donating money to a charitable cause?
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To further understand the relationship between social media and charitable causes, we gathered data through a SurveyMonkey Audience survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults, age 18 or older, who identify themselves as regular social media users. Read more...
Posted on Fri, Sep 2014 07:00:04
Twitter Overhauls Profiles on iOS in the 'Biggest Update to Date'
Twitter updated its iPhone app with completely redesigned profiles on Thursday
The new profiles emphasize users' bios, photos and favorited tweets — in addition to their own tweets
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"This is our biggest update to profiles to date," the company wrote in a blog post. "Featuring a fresh design, the updated profiles focus on your bio, Tweets and photos, making it easy for you to get a glimpse into the people you care about on Twitter."
The redesigned profiles include three tabs: tweets, photos and favorites. The photos tab displays images you have tweeted, while favorites surfaces tweets you have favorited. User bios are also immediately surfaced in the profile view; previously, you had to swipe across the top of a person's header image to view his or her bio. Read more...
Posted on Thu, Sep 2014 08:49:27
Facebook Tweaks News Feed to Surface Fresher Content
A new tweak to Facebook's News Feed aims to address the common problem of seeing days-old posts on the platform.
In a blog post published Thursday, company software engineers Erich Owens and David Vickrey acknowledged that the News Feed often isn't as fresh as it could be:
Our goal with News Feed is to show everyone the right content at the right time so they don’t miss the stories that are important to them. We’ve heard feedback that there are some instances where a post from a friend or a Page you are connected to is only interesting at a specific moment, for example when you are both watching the same sports game, or talking about the season premiere of a popular TV show. There are also times when a post that is a day or two old may not be relevant to you anymore. Our latest update to News Feed ranking looks at two new factors to determine if a story is more important in the moment than other types of updates. Read more...
Posted on Thu, Sep 2014 05:55:58
Social Media Users Are More Charitable Than You Might Think
There's no doubt that social media has made it easier for charitable organizations and nonprofits to spread their messages. The major press release or fundraiser can now be simplified into a series of tweets or Facebook posts. Organizations can stay top of mind with their own pieces of social media real estate.
But just how powerful can these social networks be for social good campaigns, and are the users of these networks receptive?
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In a recent SurveyMonkey Audience survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults, age 18 or older, who identify themselves as regular social media users, 51% of respondents noted they hear about new social good initiatives on social media first; and nearly 46% said they hear about social good initiatives most often through social media — topping TV and word-of-mouth campaigns by more than three times. Read more...
Posted on Thu, Sep 2014 02:30:08
Tweet a Short Story for a Chance to Win 'The Bone Clocks' by David Mitchell
"Fiction is a big, shimmering bubble. It's beautiful but it pops so easily."
That's how David Mitchell, author of The Bone Clocks, this month's MashableReads official selection, described the process of writing to Mashable.
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But if there is anybody who has mastered the craft of fiction writing, it's Mitchell. In his postmodern masterpiece Cloud Atlas, Mitchell seamlessly transitions between myriad styles ranging from travelogue, epistolary novel, mystery thriller and dystopian adventure tale. And recently, in preparation for the release of his new book The Bone Clocks, Mitchell wrote The Right Sort, a short story told entirely on Twitter. Mitchell said he was inspired by the challenge of constraining his story to 140-character increments Read more...
Posted on Thu, Sep 2014 05:00:03
12 Years on, Meetup Still Envisions Powerful Communities
Think about all the change and growth Meetup has witnessed in the social-media space, since the company's birth in 2002
That was the era of Friendster. One year later, in 2003, Meetup was just passing the 12-month mark when MySpace began its meteoric rise. The company had pulled together two years of connecting people by the time Facebook first appeared on Harvard University students' screens, and, in 2006, Meetup said hello to Twitter (but probably only in 140 characters or less).
The group-building and networking platform now boasts nearly 20 million members, according to Scott Heiferman, its co-founder and CEO. Approximately half a million events per month flow through its system, all of this managed by about 130 employees Read more...
Posted on Wed, Sep 2014 11:15:08
Facebook to Meet With LGBT Community Over 'Real Names' Policy
Facebook has agreed to meet with San Francisco city officials and activists following criticism that its naming policy discriminates against the LGBT community.
The social network's policy, which requires users use their legal name on profiles, is not new — but has recently come under new scrutiny after a number of transgender people and drag performers reported being locked out of their Facebook accounts.
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Sister Roma, member of a drag group and venerable San Francisco institution known as the The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, was among the first to raise the alarm when she was locked out of her Facebook account Read more...
Posted on Tue, Sep 2014 11:50:24