How do teenagers use different social media sites?

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Social MediaMost teenagers are familiar with social media. In fact, the platform plays a big role in their lives.

Recently, NPR’s Sami Yenigun sat down with teenagers to discuss how they use social media—exploring which sites they use and what they use it for.

In brief, here are some of Yenigun’s findings:

Facebook is for reconnecting with old friends and arranging parties. However, one of the teenagers cautioned that arranging parties through Facebook means getting the attention of local authorities. Often times, wild parties that were arranged via Facebook are busted by police.

Twitter is primarily used for personal expression. Teenagers usually use the micro-blogging site to vent their feelings.

Teenagers use Vine to publish, watch, and refer short videos.

Instagram is like an autobiography platform. Teenagers use the photo-sharing site to share their daily experiences.

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Twitter unveils new analytics tools

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Twitter toolsTwitter has silently released various analytical tools for the public.

The new features allow users to access in-depth data about the people and brands who follow them. On top of that, the tools can also be used to assess the performances of their Tweets.

The changes were found by various online marketing experts.

Users need only activate the Twitter Ads dashboard and select the “Analytics” tab at the top of the new features section.

The new Timeline activity feature displays a graph for the user which is based on the number of mentions, follows, as well as unfollows. Beneath the Timeline is a list of the user’s most recent Tweets—including its favorites, retweets, and replies.

These new tools can be accessed by everyone who has a Twitter account. Using these new features allow Twitter subscribers to analyze data and take appropriate action for their purposes.


Neil Gaiman takes a break from social media

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Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman, the popular writer, will be taking a “sabbatical” from social media.

“I’ll be taking about six months off,” said Gaiman at the Guardian. “A sabbatical from social media so I can concentrate on my day job: making things up.”

The 52-year-old has 1.8-million followers on Twitter and 500,000 fans and friends on Facebook.

According to reports, the famed creator has released little output since joining social media networks. Gaiman thanked his Twitter followers for helping him finish his latest book. However, he claims that he would’ve finished it twice as fast without them.

Gaiman says that the problem isn’t the amount of time he spends on social media; it’s how it spreads to all elements of his life.

“People ask me where I get my ideas from,” explains Gaiman. He continues: “and the answer is that the best way to come up with new ideas is to get really bored.”

“You have to sit there for hours and you can’t read or use a phone or check something on the web. I’ll come out afterwards thinking: ‘Did I just plot out an episode of Dr Who there? I think I did.’ “

Source: The Guardian

Dwight Yoakam Onstage at the Historic Theater

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Dwight Yoakam at the Historic TheaterGet ready for a night dedicated to the magnificent blend of Country and Rock music as Dwight Yoakam takes center stage at the Historic Theater on Sunday, July 7, 2013 from 7:30 in the evening onwards.

Dwight David Yoakam (born October 23, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter, actor and film director, most famous for his pioneering country music. Popular since the early 1980s, he has recorded more than 21 albums and compilations, charted more than 30 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and sold more than 25 million records. Yoakam has recorded 5 Billboard #1 Albums, 12 Gold Albums, and 9 Platinum Albums, including the Triple Platinum This Time. In addition to his many achievements in the performing arts, Yoakam is also the most frequent musical guest in the history of The Tonight Show.

The evening’s sponsors include Blue Water Mortgage, Churchill’s Garden Center, and Clear Eye Photo.

Tickets for the show are sold at $68 for members and $78 for non-members.

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Facebook to add new features, including hashtags

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HashtagFacebook is rolling out a set of new features to connect conversations across multiple social media platforms. And these new features include hashtags.

“We’ll continue to roll out more features in the coming weeks and months, including trending hashtags and deeper insights, that help people discover more of the world’s conversations,” said the company in a statement.

Experts say that the addition of hashtags could have a tremendous impact, especially for social media campaigns that are present in Twitter and Facebook.

The addition of hashtags will only magnify their popularity. And this is something online brands and marketers need to take note of.

Source: ZDNet

Millenials shop for cars on social media

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social media car shoppingHow do you buy a car?

According to a recent study from eBay Motors, Millennial auto purchasers commonly turn to their social media friends for advice. Out of 10 Millenials (people who were born between 1980 and 2000), more than nine use the internet to shop for new vehicles.

On top of that, majority of car buyers (not just Millenials) begin their shopping process on the World Wide Web.

“It has become increasingly important for dealers to ensure that they are reaching consumers when, where and how they want to shop for vehicles—which today, more than ever, means online and on mobile,” explained Kristine Chin, head of vehicles in eBay Motors.

The study had a sample size of more than 1,000 US adults.

Other key findings include:
•    94% if Millennial car buyers collate information online
•    Around 33% of Millennial car buyers access the internet via mobile phone
•    A little over 10% of Millennials listed visiting a dealership as their preferred method of shopping

Source: NBC News

Danica Patrick is a top celebrity endorser on social media

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Danica PatrickSynthesio—a social media marketing company—recently compiled a ranking list of celebrity endorsers, measuring the role they play in generating social media attention for their respective brands.

Danica Patrick, the American auto racing driver, is among the top of the social media rankings. She was leading in terms of Twitter mentions of a brand and its celebrity endorser.

In 30 days, Patrick accounted for nearly 13% of social media buzz for Go Daddy.

Patrick, who has over 900,000 followers on Twitter, often references Go Daddy in her Tweets.

Other top celebs in social media include Rihanna, LeBron James, and Alec Baldwin.

Source: SportingNews

Hillary Clinton signs up on Twitter

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Hillary Clinton on TwitterTwitter is home to many celebrities is home to many celebrities. Now, the micro-blogging site is making room for a noted politician.

Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) has now joined Twitter.

The former Secretary of State describes herself as a “pantsuit aficionado” and a “hair icon.”

In her first Tweet, Clinton thanked Adam Smith and Stacy Lambie for their inspiration. She concluded “I’ll take it from here” with a hashtag “#tweetsfromhillary.”

Clinton’s primary picture shows her wearing a dark pair of sunglasses while reading her blackberry. It was taken aboard a military plane.

In just her first day on Twitter, Clinton already raked in more than 250,000 followers.

Source: Newsday



Margaret Atwood to visit The Music Hall

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Margaret Atwood MaddAddamMargaret Atwood, the internationally acclaimed novelist, will be visiting The Music Hall’s Historic Theater on September 18, 2013.

Atwood will be presenting the third book in her MaddAddam series.

The writer combines adventure, humor, romance, and excellent storytelling. The third installation of MaddAddam will bring a dramatic conclusion to Atwood’s epic trilogy.

Tickets are priced at $13.25 for non-members and $11.25 for members. For every purchase of 1-2 tickets a book voucher purchase is required.

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Israeli military restricts what its soldiers can post on social media

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Female Israeli SoldierIsraeli soldiers are being advised by the military to watch what they post on social media.

The orders come days after a group of female Israeli soldiers posed for photos wearing nothing but underwear and combat gear. The pictures quickly spread on Facebook.

And this wasn’t the first time that such an incident occurred. Previously, a photo shared in a social media site was posted by an Israeli soldier. The picture appeared to be a crosshair aimed at a Palestinian boy.

“These restrictions stem from information security concerns,” explained an Israeli military representative.