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Who’s afraid of Facebook? Australia’s top businesses

Australia’s largest companies say they’re using social media, but they’re not using the networks most Australians use. Twitter rules, ahead of Facebook.

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White noise of history and humanity’s struggle to progress past ‘please authenticate my existence’

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Eye spy: the future of terror will be viral

You could have the box seat for the next terrorist attack — whether you like it or not. The Boston bombings and resulting social media storm were a window to the revolution online.

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Britain’s new youth champion: ‘I want to cut everyone’

The British county of Kent appointed a new youth commissioner — who turns out was acting like a bit of a youth on Twitter. The scandal is a top tabloid fodder across the nation.

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Tips and rumours

Another pointer for Murdoch on racism … this dog really did fly … Jehovah’s Witnesses still on the beat in ACT …

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Too many entrants to the Daily Leadership Beat-Up Award to even choose a winner, plus other political issues of the day.

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ABC hack attack: online security is getting worse

Hacking is getting easier, and any criminal with a cause — or even without one — can now bring down companies’ websites and access users’ personal information. The latest victim is the ABC.

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Media briefs: Planet Janet … ABC Twitter gaffe … eat pineapples …

Janet Albrechtsen is joining Insiders next year, but she thinks it’s a decade too late. Also: a fruity media release and an ABC Twitter fail.

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‘Trial by Google’ the new threat to privacy, Leveson warns

Trial by media? Trial by Google is the real threat to privacy, Lord Justice Brian Leveson told a Sydney audience today — fresh from delivering his media ethics report to the UK government.

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War by social media: ‘we’re coming for you Gaza!’

As the conflict between Israel and Hamas heats up again, Crikey intern David Donaldson traces war by social media.

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@IndigeousX: using social media to connect with Aboriginal communities

Organisations looking to connect with Aboriginal communities can learn from social media activist Luke Pearson, founder of popular Twitter account @IndigenousX. Pearson speaks to Crikey’s health blog Croakey.

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Fake followers and the upshot of dodgy social media

You may have heard of black hat search engine optimisation, but what about black hat social media? Patrick Stafford of SmartCompany asks if it works.

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Brave News World: how social does the media now have to be?

Social media will enhance or destroy the journalism model, depending on who you believe. Gideon Haigh on Twitter, Facebook and measuring news in the third chapter of his investigative special for Crikey on the future of the media.

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Tweets of the week in health: Qld budget, need for greed & more

Bleak humour about the Queensland budget and a reminder about the many inequities within the healthcare system were two of the highlights of last week’s Tweets about public health, writes Melissa Sweet.

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The troller troll’d, or, disrupting the market for causing offence

The trolling debate is merely the mainstream media doing what it’s always done: try to make money from enraging readers. But it’s unlikely to work.

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Which social media do Australians use most?

Facebook and email are Australians’ preferred social media, depending on age. And Twitter barely features for them.

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London start-up takes to Twitter in legal stoush

Energy drink company Monster Energy has launched a trademark action against a small UK business, who have responded by launching Twitter warfare, writes Michelle Hammond.

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All press is good press for Twitter during Olympics debacle

The suspension of a Twitter user critical of NBC’s coverage generated a flurry of negative press that ultimately benefited the social media platform, writes John Constine.

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Pollies bludging on Twitter? Tory MP’s twit-spat

Chickshite novelist turned Tory MP Louise Mensch has kicked a minor Twitterspat into play by demanding that Labour repudiate a flock of Labour activists talking about party planning for the day of Margaret Thatcher’s death.

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Tweeting the Olympics: the good, the bad and the ugly

Twitter has generated its fair share of scandal in the London Olympics — but there’s an upside to the social media games, writes Crikey intern David Jeans.

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Age v Oz food fight … Global Mail departure … Lehrer resigns …

In today’s Media briefs: Marian Wilkinson leaves Global Mail … Food fight: The Age dishes up a win to The Oz … Twitter suspends journo’s account … Jonah Lehrer resigns from The New Yorker in disgrace …

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How to write the best tweets for the widest audience

Did you know that people are far more likely to be engaged by tweets sent on the weekend? Or ones that ask others to re-tweet? All Twitter’s Shea Bennett lists some pointers on how you can maximise your tweets.

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GigaOM | LINKS|

The birth and evolution of the Twitter #hashtag

According to Twitter, 11 percent of tweets now use hashtags, which help users group and sort information. Liz Gannes explains who started the craze and how it evolved.

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Twitter is humanity, warts and all. Where’s the story in that?

Mocking the weak and stupid is universal human behaviour. So why is it global news when a young woman is ridiculed for asking an ill-informed question on Twitter?

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Mashable | LINKS|

Top social media cheat sheets

For newbies and experts alike, Mashable presents a set of useful cheat sheets for Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.

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