5 Social Media Stories We Didn't Cover Yesterday

Number 5 IconWhile we’re always trying to cover the latest news in the social web economy, sometimes it simply isn’t possible to get all of our stories out. That’s why once in a while we will provide a roundup of some of the more interesting social media stories from around the web. Below are some of the more intriguing stories that took place yesterday.

Twitter Celebs Attract Hackers and Criminals?

John Dunn of TechWorld/ PCWorld brings up a very interesting tidbit about the motivations in the recent increase in Twitter spam and phishing attacks. According to a report by Barracuda Labs [PDF, 30 pgs], nearly half of the current top 100 Twitter celebrities started tweeting between late 2008 and early 2009. Two of the most notable celebs: Oprah and Ashton Kutcher. As public interest in Twitter rose as a result, so too did criminal interest, followed by phishing and hacking attacks. Spam increased as well, and Twitter is actively trying to do something about that.

Free TargetGov Conference on Social Media

If you want to learn more about social media, TargetGov will have a free teleconference, “How to Cut Through the Clutter, Chatter and Confusion of Social Media,” on Mar 30, 1pm EST. Access includes a 40-page “toolkit” on SM strategies, a link to which will be emailed on the day of the teleconference. Registration is required. [via SBTV]

What’s in the Future of Social Gaming?

USA Today reports from SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, that the next killer social gaming title will be one that can be played on different devices: computer, smartphones and TVs (via a console). This is very likely something that’ll come from more than just game publisher. Nils-Holger Henning, CCO of Bigpoint, one of the sponsors of last week’s GDC 2010 (Game Developers Conference) in San Francisco, showed me a demo of a “pod racing” type of game that functioned both online and on an Apple iPod Touch.

Three Laws of Social Media

Josh Sternberg of Huffington Post posits an interesting three laws of social media that seem to be a play on the three laws of thermodynamics. Good for a bit of amusement and insight on social media.

Some People Will Believe Anything

All Things Digital’s Peter Kafka writes that it’s pretty easy to hoodwink people on Twitter, and even gives a few tips on how to do so. The problem is, some people will unwittingly (or intentionally) participate in hoaxes, helping virally propagate misinformation as a result.

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