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Facebook’s IPO was the main subject of the news this week, as the stock price closed at $38.42 a share after the first day of trading. Mashable published several posts about Facebook’s IPO, including a breakdown of who got rich and a list of other companies that could be the next big tech IPO. Twitter was also in the news this week, as they announced that they will offer a

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This week, we heard reports that employers were requesting the Facebook passwords of potential employees. Yikes! This morning, Gizmodo reported that Facebook’s chief privacy officer Erin Egan released a statement warning users not to give our their account information in this obvious invasion of privacy. In fact, Senator Richard Blumenthal is reportedly working on a bill that would make this kind of practice illegal. Thank goodness! Twitter celebrated its 6th

March Madness: Can Your Bracket Slam Dunk on Twitter?

With March Madness starting I decided I wanted to get in on the excitement and create my own bracket. So, instead of picking my team based on stats and rankings I decided to create my 2012 March Madness Bracket based on which schools had the best Twitter presence. This leaves me betting on Florida vs. Kansas … we’ll see how social plays out. Florida @GatorZoneNews: Followers: 42,997 Following: 182 Tweets:

Twitter Soars to #20

Image from: Wayne Howes / Shutterstock January was an explosive month for the San Francisco-based startup. Twitter has finally joined the ranks of the top 20 websites in the US and the trend for the real-time messaging service looks promising. The messaging service has recorded enormously positive metrics in January and the company will be looking to gain even more popularity in the upcoming months. The only metric that didn’t

The Weekly Pulse

We learned this week that Facebook will be bringing Timeline to brand pages. To help with the transition, Mashable published a guide for business to use in order to make the most our of their new pages. Similarly, we also enjoyed BostonInno’s list of top 7 companies who have successful Facebook Timelines. We loved Mashable’s infographic detailing the most “viral” new sources on Twitter. They must know what they are doing across the

msnNOW Finds Popularity with Younger Audience and May Drive Growth for Bing

Image from: mnsNOW Late last Wednesday on 2/15/12 Microsoft launched their newest addition to its MSN services, called msnNOW. This service enables people to get real-time information on what people are talking about, sharing, and searching for from one centralized place. It’s available on multiple screens – on the PC at now.msn.com, the iPad, mobile devices, and even as a social reader app on Facebook. Who are the early adopters

Is LinkedIn Becoming A More Personal Professional Network?

Image from: AISPIX by Image Source / Shutterstock LinkedIn has secured their seat as one of the most widely used social networks on the web and since they went public last year, they’ve seen even more explosive growth and remains a site to keep an eye on (even with all the recent buzz about Pinterest). What was once thought of as an online résumé repository has quickly become much more.

What’s Your Social Reputation at the #DigitalDinnerTable?

Do you know where to draw the line between your professional and personal online presence? Join @Compete for our upcoming Twitter Chat! On Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 1PM EST/10AM PST we will be diving in and discussing what’s so important about our social reputations. We’ll talk about: – How do you build your personal brand? – What’s appropriate to say on social networks? – Is there a difference between your professional

A Music Legend Passes: The Online Community Responds

Image from: Feature Flash / Shutterstock On Saturday, legendary singer Whitney Houston passed away. This morning, Mashable pointed out that we first learned of Whitney Houston’s death via Twitter. In fact, news of her death emerged on Twitter 27 minutes before it was reported on by the mainstream media, yet again proving twitter not only as a social media tool but also as a breaking news source. Houston’s death is clearly

Compete PRO Explained With Donuts

If you haven’t seen the above picture within the last few days, chances are you haven’t been online – and those chances are very slim. No one really knows where this picture started and how it went viral, but viral it has gone, and social media users everywhere seem to get a good laugh out of this poke at all social media sites and users. At one point or another,

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It’s the week before the Super Bowl and everyone is gearing up for game day. Mashable notes that many things have changed since the Giants and the Patriots last faced off in 2008 in Super Bowl XLII. Particularly, how social media has totally transformed the marketing strategies behind both teams. Facebook made huge news this week by filing for IPO. This decision revealed a lot of interesting information; for instance,