A social media links of the week list curated from a (mostly) US perspective. This week, gangs, the FBI, global censorship, cat herding (er, no – make that, live chatting,) Facebook’s IPO and 11 deadly sins of social media. Enjoy!
With more than 70 known gangs, Chicago is now officially the most gang ridden city in the US. The Chicago Crime Commission reports on the use of social media by street gangs in a new book, The Gang Book of 2012, exploring the concepts of “cybertagging” and gang leader calls to action via social media platforms as well as evidence collection from public social media posts. On using social media monitoring of public information as a tool in policing, one official states, ““Right now, it’s beautiful for us.”
The FBI Wants a Better Social Listening Tool
Who ever thought we’d have something in common with the Unites States Federal Bureau of Investigation?
The FBI has revealed its intent to build or identify a web-based, open source social listening tool with geomapping capability to “scrape,” sort, and monitor public social media content in order to improve “situational awareness.” We’re tool geeks, too! Sounds dreamy!
Twitter Censorship Policy
Econsultancy’s summary reads, “Walking a fine line in terms of freedom of expression, the company says it will introduce the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country – while keeping it available to the rest world.” Twitter censorship actions in the past have involved silencing tweets that link to child pornography. Initial public reaction has decried the policy (#outrage), but some pundits are stating the formalized policy allows for greater freedom of expression on a global scale.
New York Times Tips on Hosting a Live Facebook Chat
Poytner offers tips gathered from New York Times Social Media Editor Liz Heron for hosting a live Facebook Chat. Having participated in live chats as hosts and moderators in the past, we offer these additions: solicit your community for a few starter questions before your chat, but premoderate them if possible, so that your chat will be seeded with a few questions for which your expert has prepared while your chat retains that level of immediacy that comes from a real-time connection. Splitting the role of facillitator and moderator can also be helpful, so that the moderator can focus on comment moderation and escalation, and the facilitator can act as host to the chat and prompter and intermediary for the expert.
Facebook Plans for IPO as Early as Next Week
A halt on trading has caused rumors to fly that Facebook will file for IPO as early as next week.
11 Social Media Sins
We usually skip over these types of pieces as unbearably twee, but this list of Social Media Don’ts by Sundeep Kapur offers a practical systems check for a brand’s on-going social media efforts.
Who’s on Pinterest?
Ignite Media has released an analysis of the demographics behind the niche network phenomenon Pinterest. On the eModeration blog, we’ll take a look this week at some of the finer points of Pinterest in our series, “Everything you ever wanted to know about Pinterest (but were afraid to ask.)” Yes, we really called it that. Stay tuned!