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  • Wikipedia’s description sums it up: “Social media is information content created by people using highly accessible and scalable publishing technologies. At its most basic sense, social media is a shift in how people discover, read and share news, information and content. It's a fusion of sociology and technology, transforming monologue (one to many) into dialog (many to many) and is the democratization of information, transforming people from content readers into publishers. Social media has become extremely popular because it allows people to connect in the online world to form relationships for personal and business. Businesses also refer to social media as user-generated content or consumer-generated media.”
  • You love your friends and enjoy your acquaintances, but their Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn/MySpace activity is killing your productivity. Here's the two ways, "sledgehammer" and "scalpel," we recommend for keeping yourself in the loop while minimizing constant distractions.
  • Programs in Washington, D.C.; Chicago, Toronto and San Francisco allow young people to text a number, select from a menu of frequently asked questions (“What 2 do if the condom broke”) and receive automated replies, with addresses of free clinics. Last month, California started HookUp 365247, a statewide text-messaging service. The texter can type a ZIP code and get a local clinic referral, as well as weekly health tips.

    “Technology reduces the shame and embarrassment,” said Deb Levine, executive director of ISIS, a nonprofit organization that began many technology-based reproductive health programs. “It’s the perceived privacy that people have when they’re typing into a computer or a cellphone. And it’s culturally appropriate for young people: they don’t learn about this from adults lecturing them.”

    (tags: education2.0)
  • Daniel Lathrop is an award-winning journalist in Seattle, Washington. His work has received awards including: a White House Correspondents Association Edgar A. Poe Award, the Online Journalism Awards Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association and many others.

    From his Seattle base, Lathrop freelances for news organizations around the country.

    He also teaches other journalists extensively at seminars around the country on computer-assisted reporting, Web development, multimedia, investigative reporting, public records and other topics at the intersection of journalism and technology.

  • Beehive is an internal social networking site that gives IBMers a "rich connection to the people they work with” on both a personal and a professional level. Beehive helps employees make new connections, track current friends and coworkers, and renew contacts with people they have worked with in the past. When employees join Beehive, they get a profile page. They can use the status message field and the free-form “About Me” section on their profile page to let other people at IBM know where they are, what they are doing, and what they are thinking. Beehive also lets them post photos, create lists to share their thoughts, and organize events…. The Beehive photo page shows the owner, title, and description of the photo, along with tags and comments people have exchanged about it. A photo is worth a thousand words — it is a visual memory that can connect or reconnect people to their coworkers socially.
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