Social Media Newsfeed: Social Inauguration | French Taxes for Facebook?

By Tim Sohn 

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TwitterHow the Inauguration Played Out on Social Media (The Wall Street Journal/Washington Wire)
President Barack Obama’s second inauguration was scaled back from his first in terms of cost and scale. But it outshined his 2009 inauguration in one major way: how it played out on social media. There were 1.1 million inauguration-related tweets sent during the ceremony, up from about 82,000 in 2009, according to Twitter’s Government and Politics Team. The Hill/Hillicon Valley The most tweets came during the end of the speech, when Obama urged people not to “mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.” The moment generated 27,795 tweets per minute, according to Twitter. GigaOM In contrast, Twitter saw approximately 82,000 inauguration-related tweets in 2009, back when the company was still relatively new. The micro-blogging site was experiencing outages on Monday, with some users reporting difficulty accessing tweets and a variety of Twitter apps, and the company posted to its blog that its engineers were working on a fix. The Daily Dot While Twitter may have been the place to find second-by-second updates on Obama’s historic inaugural speech, Tumblr is where Monday’s star-studded festivities got animated. Obama’s second inauguration was attended by music giants Kelly Clarkson, Beyoncé, and James Taylor—and 700,000 people who enjoyed the 45-degree day. Global Post Sasha Obama made headlines on Monday after she … wait for it … yawned during her father’s inaugural speech. Social media networks were buzzing with reaction to the 11-year-old’s yawn.

Google, Facebook, Amazon May Be Subject to French Taxes (CNET)
French President Francois Hollande has commissioned a report that looks at a new idea: taxing the Internet. According to The New York Times, the report, which was released on Friday, details a tax that would be levied against Internet-based tech companies, such as Facebook, that collect people’s data.

Filmmakers Say Instagram, Twitter Key to Generating Buzz at Sundance Film Festival (SocialTimes)
A panel of filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival Saturday discussed how they used social media channels, such as Instagram and Twitter, to find an audience for their work. The panel, “Now Playing: Two Release Models for the New World,” at the Filmmakers Lodge in Park City, Utah, showcased the tales behind two previous Sundance winners, “Bones Brigade” and “Middle of Nowhere.”

Five Clever Artistic Tributes to Martin Luther King Jr. (Mashable)
Artists capture the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. and his legendary words with pictures. Their paintings, sketches and mosaics are one of the many creative ways people paid tribute to the historic figure that forever changed America.

Getting the Most Out of Facebook’s Social Search (AllFacebook)
When it comes to social, the challenge for marketing departments in 2013 will be to monetize and measure their social investments by understanding the value of the data, insights and conversions that these social channels create. Marketers will now be asking the same of recently-launched Facebook graph search as they look to use it effectively for their business.

Terminally Ill 23-Year-Old Dies After Reddit-Backed Vacation (The Daily Dot)
Jake Villanueva, the 23-year-old who posted about his terminal cancer on Reddit last summer and was rewarded with $30,000 in donations to travel around the world, has died, the organizer of his charity drive confirmed to The Daily Dot. “I’m new here, so if Im not doing this right or something – just tell me!” Villanueva wrote in an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) post last June.

What Twitter Reveals About the Modern Game of Soccer [Infographic] (LostRemote)
Soccer (or football or futbol depending on where you are in the world) dominates TV around the globe. Neo Mam, an infographic agency, put together an infographic for that analyzes what Twitter tells us about the modern game of soccer.

RIM CEO Says Company is Open to Licensing New OS, Stock Jumps 10 Percent (ars technica)
After Research in Motion’s CEO told a German newspaper the company may be considering big changes, the company’s stock shot up on the Toronto Stock Exchange, ending Monday more than 10 percent up, at CAN$17.41 ($17.41). In an interview with Die Welt (The World), Thorsten Heins, the German-born executive, suggested that the company could sell the company’s hardware division, or license its upcoming operating system, known as BlackBerry 10 — as part of the company’s “comprehensive review.”

How to Track the Most Popular Twitter Hashtags (AllTwitter)
HiveMindMap is a pretty neat little site that gives a visual representation of the most popular hashtags on Twitter and other related tags. How do they determine which hashtags to track? We asked, and they answered.