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Is Social Media ‘Turning Off’ Young Voters to Political Discourse? (The Seattle Times)
Young voters are more engaged with the election than ever before, thanks to social media. But are today’s conversations as deep as they were in the past? The New York Times The media are gearing up for election night, the finale of the year’s biggest story. Different this time will be the level of noise on the Web — more Web sites and individual users will most likely try to call the race early, creating a cacophony on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. AllThingsD Some of what you may read there as the day wheres on may be true, some will be planted in order to discourage or encourage voters from one side or the other at a vulnerable moment when polls. Nearly all of it will be exaggerated and some will be downright false. AllFacebook Facebook wants you to stay connected to the latest news and connect with friends around your favorite candidates via the app center. Facebook compiled the top applications of this election cycle in one section of the app center. AllTwitter If you’ve been seeing some nasty comments about the election on Facebook or Twitter lately, you’re not alone: discussions surrounding both President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney have been much more negative than positive on social media throughout the entire campaign. Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism studied mainstream coverage and compared this to social media coverage of the campaign.
NYC’s Tech Community Rallies Together for Sandy Relief (VentureBeat)
In the wake of the worst storm New York City has ever seen, Hurricane Sandy, the Big Apple’s tech community has come together to help those in need. New York’s techies are coordinating donation efforts, co-working spaces and their technical skills to simply do good wherever possible. The New York Times/Bits Blog While Sandy left hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers without electricity or heat, the loss of one utility left some especially bewildered: cellphone service. “Not having hot water is one thing,” said Kartik Sankar, 29, a technology consultant who lives in the East Village. “But not having a phone? Forget about it.” The Huffington Post Con Edison’s Twitter account, which has gone from 800 followers to more than 22,300 in less than a week, has made itself an indispensable resource for New Yorkers desperate to know when they expect a return to normalcy — and powered, heated homes — in the wake of Sandy. Two ConEd employees have been alternating 12- to 14-hour shifts handling the @ConEdison account to ensure the company is tweeting day and night. Adweek Perhaps one of the most interesting observations in the days after Sandy is the speed and ingenuity with which New Yorkers and East Coast denizens returned to their daily grinds. This behavior is a direct consequence of our obsessively connected digital age where now years of constant electronic tethers have conditioned people to always stay in touch and, of course, never stop doing their jobs regardless of adverse conditions.
Twitter Now Replacing Tweets Reported for Copyright Violations with Takedown Notice (The Verge)
In an effort to be more transparent with its massive user base, Twitter will no longer delete tweets that have received copyright violation claims. Instead the company will take a less drastic approach, replacing the content in question with a message explaining that it’s being withheld due to a complaint.
Discount E-commerce Giant Overstock is Dabbling in a New Market: Social Media Apps (TechCrunch)
Overstock.com is a giant in the discount e-commerce space, pulling in $1.05 billion in revenue in 2011 from its online storefront. So it’s a little surprising that the company is venturing into social media via a set of new apps in the social media and news-filtering space.
Dress with 2,000 LEDs Receives and Displays Tweets [VIDEO] (Mashable)
Singer Nicole Scherzinger found a show-stopping way to blend high-tech with high fashion at the launch of EE – the new 4G mobile network. The celeb wore a haute couture dress constructed with more than 2,000 LEDs, lighting up with tweets fans were sending in real time with the hashtag #tweetthedress.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Sells $7.44 Million in Stock After Lock-Up (The Washington Post)
Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg sold $7.44 million in shares as the company frees up more stock for trading following its initial public offering in May. Sandberg sold 339,512 shares at about $21.10 apiece on Oct. 31, the first trading day after the latest round of lock-up restrictions ended, a regulatory filing shows. She also sold 13,392 shares at $20.79 apiece, according to the document.
‘Saturday Night Live’ Explains Twitter and Facebook Explainers (AllThingsD)
“Saturday Night Live” has tweaked Facebook and Twitter* several times before. No reason not to do it again. Here’s a character you may have seen in real life: “Social media expert” Kourtney Barnes, who explains how Internet debates work and why we should care.
YouTube Now Lets You Upload Public Videos Without Notifying Subscribers (SocialTimes)
YouTube has announced the rollout of three new publishing features designed to save creators time and give them more flexibility. The features include the ability to publish public videos without notifying subscribers, the ability to add custom thumbnails while videos upload (for those that have the ability to upload custom thumbnails) and a new tags editor.
Divers Cause Facebook Outrage by Hunting and Killing Octopus (The Daily Dot)
Two Seattle-area divers are facing major backlash online after bragging on Facebook about capturing and killing a giant Pacific octopus. As of this writing, the image has been shared 354 times and the post has garnered more than 800 comments.