Missouri Says “No Friends For You!” To Teachers

As a father I have often wondered about social media students and teachers. I have assurances from my Facebook using child that just the idea of being friends on Facebook with a teacher is weird. A good sign in my opinion but at least one state doesn’t trust their citizens as a whole to come to the same conclusion.

In fact, to safeguard against any social media misdoings between students and teachers, Missouri has enacted a law saying that a social media relationship between teacher and student is illegal.

msnbc reports

Missouri has passed a law making it illegal for state teachers to friend their students on Facebook.

Governor Jay Nixon signed Missouri State Bill 54, which bans students and teachers from communicating and being “friends” on the social networking site. The law was created to prevent inappropriate relationships between children and teachers.

Google’s Apparent Patent Swing and a Miss

If part of a company’s game plan to defend against a perceived wrong doing against them involves firing off allegations, one would guess that those said allegations should be bulletproof, right?

Maybe Google’s SVP and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond should have done a little more homework before he accused some big names of playing patent pranks on the search company. Here’s the gist of his claim from the Google blog

But Android’s success has yielded something else: a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents.

Nielsen Wants to Change the Way We Measure Facebook Success

Measuring success is one of those social media marketing sticking points that still has most people baffled. Traditional online metrics such as measuring click-throughs doesn’t really give you the full picture because a lot of social media campaigns are about awareness, not action. In other words, they function more like TV commercials than banner ads. This is why TV ratings leader Nielsen is working on bringing “Gross Ratings Points” to Facebook.

As explained in an article published in the Wall Street Journal, Gross Ratings Points are a metric that measures reach — “that is the size of an audience—by the “frequency” with which the audience sees a brand.

Google+ Hits 25 Million Visitors

On July 24, Google+ had 25 million unique visitors making it the fastest growing website ever. As Reuters reports, they’re pulling in an average of one million visitors a day with no end in sight.

Facebook took three years to get to that point, but as Reuters also points out, MySpace took only two years to reach that number and look where they are now. Faster isn’t always better.

What’s interesting about this monumental number is that I don’t see any difference in the site than I did when I joined. Actually, it’s worse. As of today, my entire Google+ stream, all the way to the bottom of the page is nothing but posts from the very informative and fun Darren Rowse of ProBlogger. Yes, he’s a talkative guy, and granted I don’t have a lot of people attached to my account, but I have to go back several weeks to see a range of posts from people.

Foursquare Pages for Business Now Self-Serve But Will Anyone Notice?

I will warn you on this one. I have tried to be a location based services user but I lose interest real quickly. My erratic check-ins at restaurants or sporting events are more a result of me saying “I guess I could check in” or my wife checking in thus making me get competitive and making sure I am not one-upped by her. Not exactly the stuff of location based legend, I know.

That’s why when Foursquare announced that their business pages were becoming self-serve I had to actually educate myself as to what this meant. Since January of 2010 these pages have existed but the foursquare blog tells of the new option:

Instant Pages Officially Part of Google’s Chrome Browser

We told you about the beta of this search feature way back in June but that’s like a few years ago in Internet time.

So that you will always know when something is real or if it’s beta, here is a reminder about this search feature called Instant Pages which speeds certain search result pages downloads to literally nothing (because they are pre downloaded before you click on the search result) in the latest stable version of Chrome. Although Google has not bothered to update the video, here it is again for you.

What’s your take on this feature? Is it useful? Personally, I get a little leery of just how often something like this actually impacts results since Google uses the vague language in the post on the Chrome blog announcing the more permanent addition of the feature.

For Journalists, Social Media is All Business

They say that all publicity is good publicity so making friends with a journalist who covers your industry is worth the time and effort. (So says this journalist.) Where can you find such an individual? If you have a good social media presence, they’ll find you.

According to the 2011 Arketi Web Watch Survey, 64% of B2B journalists said they spent more than 20 hours a week online and 21% spent over 40. The overwhelming majority of that time was spent reading news and searching for story ideas. (I’m here to tell you it’s so very true.) Where do they get those ideas? Check this out: