Digg Users Declare “Quit Digg” Day!

The 30th of August, 2010, might be a day to remember for years to come: The day that Digg pays its dues and is sentenced to obsolescence for its repetitive crimes against its loyal users. Finally, it seems that the time has come for Kevin Rose and his crew to evacuate the premises, maybe come back again with a different social media tool or just disappear off of the face of the earth!

This is based on Read Write Web’s announcement yesterday: “Reddit has taken over the front page of Digg…. Not only did Digg’s users declare today “quit Digg day,” but in order to protest Digg’s new auto-submission system, users are now upvoting every Reddit story on the site. These stories are being submitted to Digg by Reddit itself through the new auto-submission system that is a core part of Digg v4“.

Digg Front Page Taken Over by Reddit

Jib Jab — Applications Using Social Media Brilliantly

Welcome to another episode of Thoughtpick’s series of articles: Apps Using SM Brilliantly. We will again be looking into examples of tricks and methods that online games and applications are using to make the most of social media. In other words, what is making those apps as “spreadable” and “viral” as they are.

Today’s application is: Jib Jab.

The Application:

JibJab

Founded in 1999, way before social media times, Jib Jab was simply an application to create customized e-cards, videos, images and so on. Jib Jab offers you a chance to easily spend a few hours there creating funny videos and pictures and laughing your a** off when they are ready!

Now, and through excellent utilization of social media, the application has 599,453 monthly active users on Facebook and 149,116 people like it!

Colbert Report on Social Media: Control-Self-Delete Your Future!

In one of his latest shows on Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert uses “The Word” section to express a serious yet hilarious view of today’s social media environment. He cunningly points out the dangers of using social media in terms of privacy while showing how big social media giants such as Facebook are selling our information to the “highest bidder”.

The Game Layer on Top of The World [TED Video]

This was a really amazing TED lecture that I thought about sharing, the possibilities that open up in your mind, after listening to this lecture, are truly amazing. The concept is very simple: the evolution of social networking has reached its apex and settled on a platform; Facebook. Now, the way forward would be to [...]

HEARTSTOPPER: The Last Exorcism — Learn SM By Example

HEARTSTOPPER: The Last Exorcism — Learn SM By Example

Lionsgate decided to use the infamous Chatroulette to promote this upcoming movie taking the power of social media into account. Although it seems that they are just having a bit of fun with this, they were able to scare many people with this hilarious prank.

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WTF: Are You Next on Facebook’s Hit List?

WTF: Are You Next on Facebook’s Hit List?

Three teens who were on a hit list posted on Facebook have been killed in the past 10 days in a southwestern Colombian town, officials say. Police say they do not know who posted the list or why the names are on it.

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Quirky News of the Web — August 2010

Quirky News of the Web — August 2010

Sesh Roulette, the quickest way to catch a case

There are always smaller headlines that tend to go unnoticed. They are the headlines that let us know how individualistic and unique some of the interactions on the web can be, and how much social media is shaping our world in ways that we could not have fathomed 20 years ago. Therefore, the Quirky News of the Web section will...

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Twitter Happiness Visualized [Video] — MI always pissed off?

Twitter Happiness Visualized [Video] — MI always pissed off?

Twitter Mood

Here is an interesting video depicting how the mood for US tweeps changes across the span of a work day. The map is morphed to depict the number of tweeps from each state rather than the area in what is called a cartogram. It might that surprising that most people are at their lowest during their midday or midweek or that the west...

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INFOGRAPH: Do You Know Who’s Watching You?

INFOGRAPH: Do You Know Who’s Watching You?

A researcher that packaged and posted the information of more than 100 million public Facebook profiles on the internet caused a certain ripple of concern. Nowadays privacy is an ever growing concern for a lot of people, and they are becoming aware of the importance of privacy and securing your information on the web. Although...

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Facebook’s New “Check-In” Service: An Illusion of Utopia?

Facebook’s New “Check-In” Service: An Illusion of Utopia?

I honestly think that we need to fully understand the repercussions of such services before engaging in using them. Remember life without social media: When the mistakes you did were merely stored in pictures on your PC? With a service such as this one, we are now entering a new level of fear, haunting and paranoia!

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