Friday, June 7, 2013

Favorite Finds

Happy Friday! This week brings a competitive edge to the world of social media – from challenges posed to existing platforms by new ones entering the game to personal vs. virtual wedding planning. Here are our favorite media stories for the week:
  • Let the Battle Begin – Soon to be a trending hashtag, #GameofCones is a collaboration between HBO and Foursquare that will pit the east coast against the west coast. Between June 7-21, users check-in at select ice cream shops in NYC and San Francisco with the hashtag. The shop with the most check-ins will win the Iron Cone! (What exactly that is remains a mystery.)
  • The Perfect Pinterest PictureWired magazine reports that a research team has determined the six characteristics of a popular Pinterest post. Chef Paula Deen’s “Aunt Peggy’s Cucumber, Tomato and Onion Salad” is the ideal image, having generated the most engagement.
  • LinkedIn May Have Some Competition – The Wall Street Journal is set to launch WSJ Profile, a social networking site that resembles LinkedIn, allowing users to create resume-based profiles.
  • Weddings Go Digital – Are wedding planners and photographers becoming obsolete? NBC News reports that brides are turning to social media for their Big Day.
  • TweetDeck Gets a Major Makeover – Twitter launched the redesigned TweetDeck, creating a more user-friendly menu and an interface that resembles dashboard competitors like HootSuite.

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