In case you missed this from Mashable last week, great information on 845 million active users on social networks.
**More than 66% of adults are connected to one or more social media platforms, but who exactly are these people?
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This piece was written by Michael Q Todd and it's one of the best articles I've seen written about Klout in recent days.
I personally feel that your focus should be on consistently posting great content aimed at the right audience building community around your contribution and participation.
Whether we like it or not, Klout is not going away anytime soon and Michael has some good suggestions about how to build and maintain your Klout score. It will be interesting to see how Kred, (Klout's competitor) measures your online influence but for now, that remains to be seen.
"It seems that your Klout score is now determined by your level of activity and attraction across all 12 of the networks they score.
**My own score did not get “hit” nearly as hard as many did last week and I firmly believe that this is because I spend time and effort on places other than Facebook and Twitter.
I also believe Klout have it right here and that a multitude of places should be taken into account.
They have gone out on something of a limb here and staked their reputation on this highly different algorithm becoming more popular and meaningful.
I believe it will become so. I also believe that more and more networks will be added.
As something of a student of “influence online” my advice would be to get involved as much as you can in some of the “secondary networks” as they may not all be secondary forever and obviously Klout does not see them as secondary.
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Shelly Kramer posted this amazing piece on her blog V3 Integrated Marketing. It was reposted and curated by JanlGordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond" on Scoopit.
Social media is exploding and continuing to grow, how much and in what ways? The infographics are fascinating here:
"Social media is growing at an explosive rate. Need some stats? Check out this comprehensive -- and fascinating -- infographic from Search Engine Journal."
The bottom line? Since 2005, social media has demonstrated phenomenal growth, a trend that’s expected to continue at a similar pace in the coming years.
Did any of the statistics presented in the infographic surprise or fascinate you? We’d love to hear your input!
Steve Myers wrote this piece for Poynter
"The buzzwords for social media editors at news outlets are conversation, curation and collaboration. But when using Twitter and its ilk to collect and disseminate news in real-time, another word is becoming just as important: corroboration.
During big, breaking events such as Hurricane Irene, the East Coast earthquake and uprisings in the Middle East, social media editors monitor Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. They ask people what they’re seeing and spread eyewitness accounts and images to a broader audience.
Yet they’re finding that it’s not enough simply to share accurate information. They also must try to stem the flow of inaccurate information.
They become debunking editors, real-time Snopes who cast a skeptical eye on the dramatic photo that’s making the rounds. Even if they decide that something is a hoax, simply declining to share it isn’t enough.
This article on fastcodesign.com features what can be best described as Infographic Art, produced by Eric Fischer.
There is a World map in which there are no borders and the predominant language of Tweets are depicted in colors.
There are 4 other maps, the third of which, of New York City, "has extremely intermixed borders--a crucial feature of the city's famed cultural melting pot".
The depictions are beautiful. See them all here: [http://bit.ly/rZTnd7]
Announced today, Kyoo is a social media aggregator that intelligently finds, indexes and displays social content on any topic.
The business versions of Kyoo allows organizations to aggregate and display content on their own sites, with moderation tools, in a similar fashion.
It features hot topics bubbling up in U.S. News, World News, Business, Science & Tech, Entertainment, Politics, Sports, What’s Viral and Lifestyle sections.
You can browse sections or search for topics of interest.
Each topic page is an amalgamation of topic-related tweets, public Facebook status updates, YouTube videos, Flickr photos, Delicious bookmarks, and top news stories from Digg and Reddit.
With a broad spectrum of channels, Kyoo provides a real-time, contextual glimpse at what’s happening in the world based on the updates pouring in from social media sites, making it akin to a crowdsourced 24-hour news network.
Kyoo is free to use for consumers, though it does offer a separate business product for companies that starts at $349 per month.
Via Robin Good
An interesting article from Doug Rice for famousbloggers.net.
"If we define art as self-expression, posting is the new painting." He cautions that the world
**will see who you are through your posts so you should make sure your personality is refelcted through your online persona.
This is what caught my attention:
'You are what you tweet
The messages you send out about yourself–be they Tweets, Facebook status updates, Foursquare check-ins, Flickr photos, YouTube videos, etc.–are an expression of who you are..... You are your content. What are you creating?
I link; therefore, I am
Social media isn’t just about you and your content, though. It’s about the external content that you identify with. It’s about the “Retweets”, the “Shares” and the “Stumbles.”
It’s about what you link. This, too, is an expression of who you are. When you high-five other content, you are signaling that you share the same values. You are what you share.
**What are you passing along?"
Great partnership, very interesting times for content curators who want to take their work to the next level........
By TechCrunch.com, Monday, August 8, 9:43 AM
As you may know, content curation platform Storify, which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt last fall, brings together Tweets, Facebook Status Updates, videos and more from social networking sites to create a realtime view into a story or issue. Today, the startup is announcing a first of its kind partnership with Breaking News, an MSNBC-owned Twitter handle and web site for realtime updates on news breaking in the world.