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Why Are There So Many Facebook “Free Giveaway” Scams? Learn How to Spot Them and Avoid Them

In a growing trend over the past year, Facebook fan pages have been popping up, offering free items like iPads, phones, computers, and other electronics and prizes. All the pages ask you to do is "like" or share the page or post in order to win. Pages like this are categorically considered fraudulent by social media specialists. Why are these pages being made, and how can you spot a fake?

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Duluth’s Central High School For Sale On Craigslist

Call it "imaginative marketing".  Call it "using modern/social media to its full potential".  Or - call it "strange".  The recently-vacant Duluth Central High School is for sale - on Craigslist.

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What Do All of The Red Equal Signs on Facebook and Twitter Profiles Mean? Find Out Why They’re Popping Up on Social Media

If you've been on Facebook or Twitter today, you've undoubtedly noticed several people changing their profile picture to a red equal sign that is spreading rapidly around the web. What is this supposed to signify?

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The Internet and Social Media Lead to Online Garage Sales

More and more people everyday are using the internet to shop. It seems like all business both big and small have their own website, packed full of wonderful bargains for the holiday season. Shopping on the internet can save you a lot of time, it's a real convenience.

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Source: Hummanna via flickr
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Restaurant Industry Battles Cell Phone Use by Customers

I think we've all been there.  You go to a nice restaurant for a relaxing meal - and the person at the table next to you is talking on their cell phone.  Or texting.  Or snapping pictures and updating their Facebook account.

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Is ‘Manteresting’ Pinterest for Men?

Over the past month or so, Pinterest has taken the internet by storm, with the pinboard-style photo sharing platform proving to be especially popular with women. So does that mean there is space in the cyberverse for a Pinterest-like site geared toward men?

Enter Manteresting, which is described as a place where men 1) get inspired by awesome content; 2) share manly things with the community; and 3) view what other members are posting.

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How Are You Adapting to Facebook and Other Social Media? – Survey of the Day

Now that people are getting more used to being on social networks like Facebook they seem to be getting more picky about whom they are sharing their information with.

According to a survey from the Pew Research Center, 63 percent of social media network users removed people from their friend rolls in 2011, which was up from the 56 percent of those who did so in 2009.

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Facebook To Help Suicidal People

There appears to be an "app" for everything these days and social media is the cause or cure or most everything else.  That's why this story is interesting:  Facebook has announced a program designed to make it easier for people who are expressing thoughts of suicide to get help

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Colleges Research Applicants On Facebook

Those pictures your friend posted to your wall.  The late-night status updates.  If you're a prospective college student, you might want to re-think how you use Facebook.
The number of college admissions officials using Facebook to learn more about an applicant has quadrupled in the past year, underscoring the effect social media has on U

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Facebook Users More Likely To Drink, Do Drugs Than Peers Who Avoid Social Networking

Interesting study from a very reliable source. Definitely worth reading, especially if you're raising kids.

When young people regularly see images of their peers doing such things, they are more likely to see that behavior as normal and do it themselves, the study found.

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Study Finds Decreased Social Media Use Among Many Younger People

A study by technology research firm Gartner, which recently surveyed 6,295 people between the ages of 13 and 74, reveals almost a quarter of 18- to 29-year-olds use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter less than when they first signed up for the services, with many saying the services simply aren’t that much fun anymore.

“The trend shows some social media fatigue among early adopters,” says Brian Blau, research director at Gartner. “And the fact that 31 percent of younger consumers indicated that they were getting bored with their social network is a situation that social media providers should monitor, as they will need to innovate and diversify to keep consumer attention.”

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Want A Cup Of Coffee? Use Jonathan’s Card

Cool article about a very  cool guy. Heck, if I get a free cup of coffee, I'll but two for other people.
Need a caffeine boost? Use Jonathan's card. Want to buy a cup of joe for a pal? Or, more likely, someone you've never met? Use Jonathan's card.

Jonathan Stark, a mobile app consultant from Providence, Rhode Island, had a crazy idea. What if he gave the entire Internet access to his Starbucks mobile-app code and invited them to have a free cup of coffee on him?

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