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How to figure out which news story is trending the most at a given time?

Twitter and Tumblr feature trending or hot tags/news. But is there a way to find the most read/shared news story associated with a certain tag/news topic? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Oct 9, 2013 - 3 answers

Which Social Media is "Best"?

II am trying to get a handle on web content and which content has, overall, the best stickiness. Sites like YouTube, Tumblr, Flickr are, as near as I can tell, mostly visual. Blog and microblogging sites like Wordpress and Twitter are word based. Quora, Reddit and Metafilter are information sharing communities. Podcasts and music sites like MySpace or Soundcloud are, for the most part, sound focused. And then you have sites like Facebook and Google+ that are trying to combine the best of all of them. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Mar 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Google's Privacy violating: Now they're getting pretty blatant about it

According to that new Google privacy policy, are they allowed to sell AdSense ads to advertisers based on what they have read in your Gmail? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Mar 7, 2012 - 13 answers

Do public status updates work for an engineering team?

Apparently many successful software companies have processes where engineers write daily status updates that are publicly visible. Google has a system called 'Snippets' and Facebook has 'Colbert'. Any insiders want to share their experience with such reporting tools? Does anyone know of any resources that describe the pros and cons, nut and bolts of these processes? [more inside]
posted by unmodern on Jan 30, 2012 - 11 answers

YANA(First Amendment Corporation)L

SOPA/Corporate Advocacy Queation: Reddit is voluntarily going to go offline for half of a day to protest SOPA. Following this, there have been calls for Google, Facebook and other opponents of the proposed law to do the same. Would it be legal for these companies to do this? [more inside]
posted by graphnerd on Jan 12, 2012 - 11 answers

a social network's success hinges on whether it will help get people laid.

Looking for a recent article that mentions how a social network's success hinges on whether it will help get people laid. Might have been from a Facebook co-founder or about Google+, and isn't more than a month old.
posted by furtive on Oct 20, 2011 - 4 answers

Looking for materials to use in a nonprofit social media training

I'm looking for materials that can be used to help train people how to best use social media to help nonprofits engage the community. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jul 26, 2011 - 1 answer

What is the price on my head?

How much am I worth to facebook (or G+, or even MySpace for that matter)? [more inside]
posted by fings on Jul 24, 2011 - 12 answers

How to pick best "keywords" to promote videos?

I'm been using both Google Adwords and a Facebook ad to promote an new album, but I think I'm using weak "keywords". Could I get the Metafilter community to look at a few no budget videos I've made to help me figure out "better" keywords to advertise my music? Or am I just wasting my money? [more inside]
posted by Dr.Rhetoric on Jul 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me become my organization's social media guru!

Help me become my organization's social media guru! [more inside]
posted by binocularfight on Jul 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Yes, yes I'm not the customer I'm the product

Google, Gmail and Facebook rolled out some major redesigns recently. In fact they look quite similar to me; a bunch of random floating lists and boxes, with a dark bar at the top. What's the philosophy beside the aesthetic choices? I realize that there are technical improvements going on behind the scenes and that taste is subjective. Still, there must be some reason Google and Facebook would make major cosmetic changes. Hey designers, what's the logic?
posted by 2bucksplus on Jul 7, 2011 - 10 answers

No Facebook! That's a bad Facebook!

Why/how did Facebook track what I searched on Google? And how do I stop it from happening again? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on May 30, 2011 - 11 answers

Contacting intenet honchos?

How can I get in touch with someone who works at Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Google? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on Jan 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Google, it was a funny joke back then-- but isn't it time we moved on?

ReputationRepair: How can I fix the Google Search result that's showing an old name for a group on Facebook? The jokes not quite as funny 6 years later. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2009 - 5 answers

How to track down past host family?

How to track down my host family from six years ago? [more inside]
posted by sian on Jul 13, 2007 - 6 answers

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