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Underheard in New York: Listening to the Homeless Tweet

There are thousands of homeless people around the world, with no one to listen to their voices, share with them their dreams or sooth their fears…. This is why the “Underheard in New York” initiative began.

Idea & Objectives:

Underheard in New York is an initiative to help homeless New Yorkers speak for themselves through Twitter. “In a time when communication is all around us, we felt it was necessary to give a voice to the people who needed it most. Between Jan. 2009 and Jan. 2010 the total number of unsheltered individuals within New York City rose an estimated 34%.

Four homeless people — Danny (@putodanny), Derrick (@awitness2011), Albert (@albert814) and Carlos (@jessie550) — were given their own prepaid cell phone, a month of unlimited text messaging and a Twitter account.

The 4 Tweeting Homeless Men

The 4 Tweeting Homeless Men

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Apple’s Ping: Taking a Big Bite of the Social Media Cake?

Ping destroys whatever was left of MySpace’s market share,” said Xeni Jardin, co editor of the technology blog Boing Boing. “It remains to be seen what kind of competition it poses for Facebook.” ~ BBC

Having set shop in the technology department through the MP3 player, the mobile phone and the computer tablet markets with the iPod, iPhone and iPad devices respectively, Apple just recently announced its latest expansion – into social media – with Ping.

Apple's Ping

Ping is to be integrated into Apple’s latest iTunes software update and will enable users, or “Pingers”, to do the following:

  1. Follow friends and others.
  2. Build networks of friends and professional musicians.
  3. Create playlists based on what your friends are listening to.
  4. See music related information including what music your ping friends are buying and what concerts they’re attending.

Furthermore, Ping will be accessible through iTunes, 10 software on Macs and PCs as well as through the iTunes application on iPhones and the iPod Touch.

It seems that MySpace is in for a surprise! This smart yet unanticipated step by Apple might as well be the last straw that will break MySpace’s back!

What do you think: Will Ping be a huge success as is being predicted? Do you believe that Ping is able to substitute MySpace once and for all?

Looking forward to your comments down below…

Tron Legacy Viral Campaign – Learn Social Media by Example

Tron is by definition a cult classic that spawned a video game, a comic book and an up and coming TV series. The movie was released in 1982 to mixed critical review, while it had a solid story and featured the first heavy use of CGI in a feature film it never appealed to the critics or the general public. But there definitely was enough neon clothes and light cycle coolness to woo sci-fi fans across many generations.
In February 25th a viral campaign appeared on several websites that gave fans a chance to pick up the tickets to the premiere of the Tron Legacy in 5 different cities around the world.

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Be Ware! Top 8 Social Media Scams So Far [videos]

In efforts to keep you safe, at least from social media inflicted scams, here’s a mixed list of top 8 scams you should know about and probably take to mind when using social media.

Nokia Musings: The mobile phone that can be whatever you want it to be! [video]

Nokia has always been a leader and innovator in the field of communication and this video gives us a glimpse at what Nokia is thinking the future will look like. They explore different application and uses that nanotechnology will have in the field of communication and some of the benefits of being able to achieve the dream of nano...

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Is Technology Making us Cocoon Away From Society?

Is Technology Making us Cocoon Away From Society?

Interaction only from behind the screen?

I can still hear it ringing in my ear every time I sit behind a computer screen "Get off that thing and go interact with Real People!". That was my father's reaction whenever he noticed me spending too much time on the computer. It has been more than a decade since I started growing up with the internet, and to this day my parents...

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Android, Gizmo5 & adMob: The Scary Thought of Google As My Mobile Operator

Android, Gizmo5 & adMob: The Scary Thought of Google As My Mobile Operator

Who does the Google answer to?

The Google Leviathan has been on the move lately, engulfing several smaller fish on the internet. The latest "victim" being Gizmo5 a VoIP service a la Skype. Gzimo5 Coupled with Google Voice has the prospect to be a very seductive concoction. Users will sign up to Google Voice and get a phone number that will forward all their calls...

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Does Social Media Have the Power to Deteriorate the Economy?

Does Social Media Have the Power to Deteriorate the Economy?

Money Talks!

How much is the total economic cost of using social media in other countries worldwide? Consequently, in the long run, does social media have the power to deteriorate the economy in general? And is social media to blame for information leakage and lack of privacy?

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