How Social Media Is Changing Disaster Response | Mashable
More than 66% of adult online users are now connected to one or more social media platforms. And it’s not just about keeping in touch with friends or following news or interests. As social media continues to play a pervasive role in the way people think, act and react to the world, it’s also changing one of the most crucial ways of actually helping the world: how people respond to emergencies and disaster.
From government agencies and other organizations, to citizens and social platforms themselves, people across the spectrum of social media are leveraging its use to respond to emergencies. According to a 2011 report of the Congressional Research Service, there are two broad categories in the way that we can conceptualize this use of social media: 1) to “somewhat passively” disseminate information and receive user feedback; and 2) to use social media more systematically as an emergency management tool.

How Social Media Is Changing Disaster Response | Mashable

More than 66% of adult online users are now connected to one or more social media platforms. And it’s not just about keeping in touch with friends or following news or interests. As social media continues to play a pervasive role in the way people think, act and react to the world, it’s also changing one of the most crucial ways of actually helping the world: how people respond to emergencies and disaster.

From government agencies and other organizations, to citizens and social platforms themselves, people across the spectrum of social media are leveraging its use to respond to emergencies. According to a 2011 report of the Congressional Research Service, there are two broad categories in the way that we can conceptualize this use of social media: 1) to “somewhat passively” disseminate information and receive user feedback; and 2) to use social media more systematically as an emergency management tool.

5,000 APIs: Facebook, Google and Twitter Are Changing the Web | Programmable Web
Our API directory has hit another major milestone. We now list 5,000 APIs, just a short four months since passing 4,000. No longer is the web simply about links connecting one site to another. Instead, developers are using tools to connect data and functionality from one site to another site. It’s an incredible transformation that has happened over a very short period of time. APIs are at the heart of Google’s strategy and they led directly to the growth enjoyed by Twitter and Facebook.

5,000 APIs: Facebook, Google and Twitter Are Changing the Web | Programmable Web

Our API directory has hit another major milestone. We now list 5,000 APIs, just a short four months since passing 4,000. No longer is the web simply about links connecting one site to another. Instead, developers are using tools to connect data and functionality from one site to another site. It’s an incredible transformation that has happened over a very short period of time. APIs are at the heart of Google’s strategy and they led directly to the growth enjoyed by Twitter and Facebook.

NASA launching multi-player game on Facebook | Physorg.com
NASA is seeking friends for a new game the US space agency launched on  Facebook. The online game, Space Race Blastoff, tests a player’s  knowledge of the space program with multiple-choice questions. Players  can compete against others or play solo.
The online game, Space Race Blastoff, tests a player’s knowledge of  the space program with multiple-choice questions. Players can compete  against others or play solo.
It features questions such as “Who was the first American to walk in space?” and “Who launched the first liquid-fueled rocket?”
Players who answer questions correctly earn virtual badges depicting NASA astronauts, spacecraft and celestial objects.

NASA launching multi-player game on Facebook | Physorg.com

NASA is seeking friends for a new game the US space agency launched on Facebook. The online game, Space Race Blastoff, tests a player’s knowledge of the space program with multiple-choice questions. Players can compete against others or play solo.

The online game, Space Race Blastoff, tests a player’s knowledge of the space program with multiple-choice questions. Players can compete against others or play solo.

It features questions such as “Who was the first American to walk in space?” and “Who launched the first liquid-fueled rocket?”

Players who answer questions correctly earn virtual badges depicting NASA astronauts, spacecraft and .

Facebook game enables real-world social good

A few months ago we featured Striiv — a portable device that gamifies exercise and converts points earned through physical exertion into money for charity. In a similar charitable vein, WeTopia is a new social game that enables players to directly fund initiatives that improve the lives of children. READ MORE…

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Facebook game enables real-world social good

A few months ago we featured Striiv — a portable device that gamifies exercise and converts points earned through physical exertion into money for charity. In a similar charitable vein, WeTopia is a new social game that enables players to directly fund initiatives that improve the lives of children. READ MORE…

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Facebook’s Push toward the Semantic Web | semanticweb.com
When asked about the single biggest change that Facebook is making, Fernando replied, “The biggest change is Facebook driving toward becoming the semantic web. The semantic web is making sure that the Internet has a dictionary and a grammar that can be understood by consumers, yes, but also by advertisers and brands. It’s also understanding how people behave on the Web rather than just clicking on stuff: what are they actually doing? You read, watch things, you get instant feedback, your friends can read and watch with you, but then the brand knows what you and 13 others are reading, watching, listening to as well, and you can target advertising based around that. It’s a beautiful feedback loop both for the consumer and the brand.” 

Facebook’s Push toward the Semantic Web | semanticweb.com

When asked about the single biggest change that Facebook is making, Fernando replied, “The biggest change is Facebook driving toward becoming the semantic web. The semantic web is making sure that the Internet has a dictionary and a grammar that can be understood by consumers, yes, but also by advertisers and brands. It’s also understanding how people behave on the Web rather than just clicking on stuff: what are they actually doing? You read, watch things, you get instant feedback, your friends can read and watch with you, but then the brand knows what you and 13 others are reading, watching, listening to as well, and you can target advertising based around that. It’s a beautiful feedback loop both for the consumer and the brand.” 

Web 2.0 Accurately Predicts Election Results - Smarter Strategies
Although analyses are still being compiled, one trend is clear: Social media Websites played a large role in this election—for everything from campaigning and predicting outcomes to encouraging citizens to vote. 

Web 2.0 Accurately Predicts Election Results - Smarter Strategies

Although analyses are still being compiled, one trend is clear: Social media Websites played a large role in this election—for everything from campaigning and predicting outcomes to encouraging citizens to vote. 

Why IBM Could Be Bigger Than Facebook in Social Media | Fast Company
Last week IBM announced a new software portfolio that is the clearest indication yet that social media has truly changed the business landscape.

Why IBM Could Be Bigger Than Facebook in Social Media | Fast Company

Last week IBM announced a new software portfolio that is the clearest indication yet that social media has truly changed the business landscape.

New  Facebook Application Gives You the Quick and Dirty on Your Personal  Water Consumption : TreeHugger
Facebook is featuring a new water conservation application that gives you a speedy rundown of your personal water use. You can complete the test in a few minutes and then afterward see where you fall in comparison to other Facebook peeps. Obviously low flow toilets, efficient washing machines, and eco-friendly dish washers are crucial to keeping your personal water footprint in check, even if you think you’re conservative with water use. But the test also listed simple tasks like trying to get your shower time down to one song and installing low-flow faucet aerators in your sinks. Also consider buying whole foods like vegetables, rice, and potatoes and cutting back on your consumption of meat. Processed foods and meat take a lot more water to produce than vegetables that come straight from the farm.

New Facebook Application Gives You the Quick and Dirty on Your Personal Water Consumption : TreeHugger

Facebook is featuring a new water conservation application that gives you a speedy rundown of your personal water use. You can complete the test in a few minutes and then afterward see where you fall in comparison to other Facebook peeps. Obviously low flow toilets, efficient washing machines, and eco-friendly dish washers are crucial to keeping your personal water footprint in check, even if you think you’re conservative with water use. But the test also listed simple tasks like trying to get your shower time down to one song and installing low-flow faucet aerators in your sinks. Also consider buying whole foods like vegetables, rice, and potatoes and cutting back on your consumption of meat. Processed foods and meat take a lot more water to produce than vegetables that come straight from the farm.

Remember not so very long ago how amazed you were that Google could return so many useful search results in just a split-second? Today, that kind of speed isn’t enough for many people. The real-time communications inside social networks and microblogging services such as Facebook, FriendFeed, and most of all Twitter have introduced a new immediacy to online interaction and news. Even Google concedes it’s not yet providing an adequate search experience for such real-time streams of information. (via Collecta Launches *Really* Real-Time Search Engine - BusinessWeek)

Remember not so very long ago how amazed you were that Google could return so many useful search results in just a split-second? Today, that kind of speed isn’t enough for many people. The real-time communications inside social networks and microblogging services such as Facebook, FriendFeed, and most of all Twitter have introduced a new immediacy to online interaction and news. Even Google concedes it’s not yet providing an adequate search experience for such real-time streams of information. (via Collecta Launches *Really* Real-Time Search Engine - BusinessWeek)

For a sense of how to manage the process, it’s instructive to take a look at IBM (IBM). In 2005, seeing hundreds of its employees taking to blogging in their downtime, IBM drafted a set of “social computing guidelines” that has since grown to cover employee activity on sites like Twitter and Facebook. These guardrails urge employees to be up-front about their identities, remember that they are personally responsible for what they publish, and to take a breath before hitting send.