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How “Social” is Social Networking?

Social networking is somewhat of a misnomer, because in reality, there’s really not much “social” about it. Being “social” is about getting to know someone through conversation and establishing a connection over time—it’s not only about visiting a Facebook page. However, in our technology driven-world, it feels like computers or smart phones are the main interaction methods. We use Facebook and Twitter to stay in touch with everyone from grandparents to former classmates to our children. It makes things a lot easier, right? We have access to all these people at the click of a mouse or the touch of…

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Share and Share Alike

Do you want to increase the traffic to your blog? One way to do that is by encouraging visitors to share your content on their various social networks. Facebook offers a couple ways to do this. The first is the “Like” button, which you can add to any page on the Internet. In most cases, the feature requires just a single line of HTML code, which you can download from the Facebook website. The second is the Facebook Share link, which you can access here. Again, you need just a small piece of code that you can add to any page…

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A Real-Time Look at Social Media Growth

Recently, I ran across an interesting experiment put together by Gary Hayes, a web programmer and blogger. Using Flash, Gary created a social media “counter” that tracks, among other things, how many Facebook postings, tweets, and YouTube uploads are taking place in “real time,” based on the most recent growth rate data available for social media. The application itself is pretty remarkable, and so are the numbers Gary uses to run his calculations. For example, every minute, 20 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube. Every day, 50 million tweets are sent via Twitter. An incredible 900,000 blog posts are…