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Margaret Atwood Charms the Twittersphere

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 3 April 2010

 

Margaret Atwood, tweeting aboard the Queen Mary 2, August 2009

The wonderful Canadian author Margaret Atwood has written a lively, amusing, and even informative, short article entitled, oddly enough, “Atwood in the Twittersphere” in The New York Review of Books (online) describing, among other things, and with charming wit, her initiation into the Twittersphere.  Even if you’re not especially a fan of Atwood’s work (we imagine that there are such people), you’re certain to enjoy reading her little article.

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Topsy – A Search Engine Powered by Tweets!

Posted by the editors on Friday, 2 April 2010

We’re certain that, being the uber-cyber-aware group that you are, you already know of the search engine Topsy, from, yes, you’re right, Topsy Labs.  However, just in case you blinked at the wrong moment, here’s a link to their site.  Try it.
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Ostrich Eggs Used in Stone Age Communication

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Stone Age Engravings Reveal Prehistoric Communication

In the Discovery News section of Discovery Online, you’ll have the opportunity to compare and, let’s say, contrast, Twitter, Facebook, and other contemporary communications tools (so they say) with, well, frankly, ostrich egg shell communications techniques.  Back to basics.

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New US Blogging Regulations – FTC Issues New “Guidelines” For Social Media

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 7 October 2009

The US FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has finally issued new regulations specifically targeting social media (blogging, twitter, and such) and the concept of full disclosure, or transparency.  Full disclosure focuses on financial or other material relationships between bloggers, tweeters, et al, including celebrities, and the provider(s) of the product(s), service(s) or information endorsed in their (the bloggers, et al) publication(s) in any and all social media.  In other words, through the issuance of regulations requiring all US social media publications to disclose financial or other benefits obtained from the producers/providers of products, etc. reviewed and/or endorsed the FTC hopes to help minimize what could be called, generally, false advertising.

We have all seen an abundance of product reviews by consumers, and we all use these product reviews to inform our own views in one manner or another.  One is hence led to pose the question “How many of those so-called ‘consumer product reviews’ were actually written by people paid (or otherwise compensated) by the company producing the product reviewed?”  The currently cited example is the blogger X who receives a free gaming console from company Y and goes on to write an absolutely wonderful review of the gaming console in question.  Of course, lucrative arrangements of all sorts abound and are essentially targeted by the new FTC regulations.

As with all regulations, issued by a government or any other “body”, concerning any domain at all, the reactions are diverse (and we might add, rarely relevant).  In the case of the FTC regulations in question, the intention is to aid social media users of all sorts to maintain a more or less corruption-free environment.  Despite one’s feelings about “big government” and so on, the intention is, in our collective minds, commendable.  The fact that “social media” have become, predominantly, sales and marketing tools should be clear to anyone, and if that’s not the case, the FTC regulations could very well help transmit that message.  In the end, people should know when they are being sold something and not mistakenly feel that they are naively sharing someone’s personal experience and opinions.

FTC Cracks Down on Blogger Payola, Celebrity Tweets Rules on Endorsements and Testimonials Extended to Social Media, by Michael Learmonth, in Advertising Age (online)

Soon, Bloggers Must Give Full Disclosure, by Tim Arango, in the Advertising section of The New York Times (online)

Just to let you know, once again, no one pays us or gives us anything (except their points of view).

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