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Government Advises Americans to Create ‘Social Media Wills’ (New York Daily News) If you haven’t thought about what will happen to your Facebook account when you die, the government suggests you get started. Creating a “social media will” is now one of the government’s official personal finance recommendations, listed on USA.gov along with advice on home ownership and money management. USA.gov Like with a traditional will, you’ll need to appoint someone you trust as an online executor. This person will be responsible for closing your email addresses, social media profiles, and blogs after you are deceased. The Atlantic Sounds good, but legally it’s tricky territory. As Naomi Cahn, a professor of law at George Washington University, explained, “Formal wills become public. So you need to be careful what you put in a will, because anyone in the world could have access to it.”
Facebook Comes to Boston for Day Two of IPO Road Show (The Boston Globe) Top executives from Facebook are expected to be in Boston today to preview the company’s initial public offering. Dressed in his trademark hoodie sweatshirt, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg was in New York on Monday to kick off the road show, speaking to a packed, invitation-only audience of hundreds of bankers and investors, said Scott Sweet, senior managing partner of the research firm IPO Boutique in Lutz, Fla. BuzzFeed Are you annoyed by all those automatic Facebook news apps? Apparently you’re not alone. They’re falling off a cliff right now. WebProNews A new comScore report found that Google, followed by Facebook, received the highest number of unique visitors from smartphones in March. Google saw 94 million unique visitors, while Facebook reached 78 million. The Hill Facebook’s new political action committee spent its first-ever quarter of activity hewing to a more or less bipartisan donation strategy with emphasis on the House and Senate Judiciary committees, the PAC’s first quarter disclosure form shows. Facebook’s PAC was formed at the end of 2011, but the company’s strong revenues and high valuation in the runup to its initial public offering allowed executives it raises funds from plenty of resources to donate.
Google Lets You Broadcast Yourself With ‘Hangouts on Air’ (The Next Web)
After initially offering the service to a limited number of users, Google is finally rolling out its Hangouts on Air feature to Google+ users around the world. We’ve seen some great uses of people being able to publicly broadcast their hangouts, from celebrity interviews to showcasing nonprofit initiatives.
A New Standard for the Mobile Web (Twitter Blog)
We’re updating Twitter for mobile web (mobile.twitter.com) in an effort to give every person on the planet a consistent Twitter experience. People who access Twitter from feature phones, low-bandwidth networks or older browsers can now enjoy the new version of Twitter we introduced in December.
Why Do We Talk About Ourselves So Much? Harvard Research Suggests it’s Rewarding (The Boston Globe)
A pair of Harvard University researchers have begun to pry open one of the most basic questions about everyday existence: why do we talk about ourselves so much? We spend more than a third of our conversations disclosing our views, our feelings, our experiences to others. Online, our collective self-centeredness reaches new heights, with some surveys suggesting that more than 80 percent of the dialogue on social media websites follows this simple formula: me talking about me.
How Land O’ Lakes’ CIO Freed Facebook at Work (The Wall Street Journal)
Until two years ago, Facebook and YouTube were forbidden at Land O’ Lakes offices by management who believed social media would constrain bandwidth or impede productivity. Today, Facebook is central to the company’s strategies for marketing dairy products on the Web, making social media a complement to its traditional marketing efforts.
Now 4 Billion People Know the Joy of Texting (The Guardian)
Here’s a question: what’s bigger and far more important than Facebook? Hint: it’s very low-tech and doesn’t need a smartphone or even an Internet connection. And this year marks its 20th birthday, which means that in Internet time it’s 140 years old.
Too Much, Too Soon? Perfect 10 Sues Tumblr for Copyright Violations (Social Times)
In what could be a definitive case in the battle for copyright protection against photo-sharing sites, Perfect 10 has sued Tumblr for failing to remove unauthorized nude images from the blogging site. Previously, the publishers of the pornography site and magazine Perfect 10 sued Google for allowing paywall-protected photographs to turn up in the search engine’s results and lost. Mashable On a more positive note, aiming to help curate the site’s vast array of content, Tumblr has launched a new initiative called Storyboard, billed as “tales from behind the dashboard.” Whether it’s highlighting content from writers and musicians to animators, scientists and comedians, Storyboard will highlight one new story each day and become a hub for in-depth conversations within its community.
Vidpresso Launches Social TV Product (Broadcasting & Cable)
Vidpresso has launched its first product, which offers broadcasts with a simplified, low-cost way of bringing social media posts from Facebook and Twitter using existing computers without adding expensive hardware. The technology is designed to tap into a growing interest in social media and would allow local stations to show social media reaction to local news without investing in expensive additional broadcast equipment.