A social media links list curated from a (mostly) US perspective. Below are just a few of the week’s Social Media reads that captured our imagination. Enjoy!
Dear Congress: It’s No Longer Ok to Not Know How the Internet Works
Last week’s links list included an infographic that makes SOPA simple to understand. This week, Techdirt and Joshua Kopstein of Motherboard.tv want Congress to be ready for 2012, as the hearings on SOPA make it clear that thinking the internet is a “series of tubes” is no longer cute and is, in fact, a somewhat dangerous state of ignorance with consequences for us all.
Facebook Timeline is Here!
Facebook Timeline finally arrives world-wide and on mobile with a special “enable now” 7 day preview time period before an automatic upgrade. Guides are being published fast and furious, but we found Mashable‘s and PCWorld‘s two of the most useful. Facebook has its own austere timeline here, with the last update from July 2011. Time to give that a refresh, eh, Facebook?
Facebook’s New Suicidal Reporting Tool
This week, Facebook also released a new suicide reporting tool for US and Canada, making it easier than ever to escalate content from members who might need professional intervention by providing a direct link for the person to a live help chat.
What Really Gets Noticed on Your Facebook Page
Mashable gives us a fascinating study on involving eye-tracking and representative big brand social media page layouts and graphics, revealing what viewers are really noticing. The takeaway? For Facebook, it’s all about the wall and photos (the middle swath,) unless your brand is Victoria’s Secret. We probably all knew that without a study, though.
KLM: “Social Seating” = In-flight Dating?
Dutch airline KLM always entertains us with their fusion between social media and physical space (the KLM crowdsourced plane! Personalized gifts from duty-free!). This week, rumors surface about “social seating,” where choosing a seat means also choosing a compatible seatmate. We are eagerly anticipating 2013, when reports of the first KLM babies might be heard. “Delft Blue” would make a lovely name for a girl, no?
ZNGA opens at $10, closes at $9.50
Zynga’s weak opening day on Friday gives everyone the jitters. Has the social media bubble finally popped?