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January 8, 2012

social media and pr update for 8 January 2012

2011 was a big year for me, on to 2012!

Here is what I am reading today:

“Facebook users Like positive content way more than negative content, showing the world’s largest social network is not a space where the unhappy help each other slump further into depression.

This should come as no surprise, as many of our Facebook interactions mimic our real world social lives. More popular Facebook users (with higher friend counts) write longer status updates, use the second person “you,” talk about sex and use religious words. Less popular users are more negative and emotional, use the first person “I” and talk about family.”

“Event goers could visit the Heineken U-Code Dome to setup, personalise and print their own QR code stickers that would, when scanned by any other persona at the festival, connect strangers together to hopefully start a conversation! I love it. Simple, smart and highly enticing for people to participate at this kind of event. I can only imagine the type of messages created…”

“For some, it’s almost instinctive to use a smartphone to snap a photo of something interesting or notable and immediately share it with their friends on Facebook or Twitter.

However, volunteers at the 2012 London Olympics might want to think twice about their social media use at the games. According to Reuters, volunteers have been warned about using social media to share news or whereabouts of athletes, celebrities, and politicians present at the event.”

“A new survey of more than 1,000 pregnant women conducted by American Baby magazine and Good Books found that 51 percent of respondents planned to record the birth – as it takes place – through social media, with 42 percent planning to post regular Facebook status updates and 9 percent planning to tweet about the experience.

“I was surprised by the social networking data,” says Myra Wick, co-medical editor of the “Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy” and a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist at the Mayo Clinic. “But we are starting to see people texting and other things while they’re in labor.””

 

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