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Jury Set to Deliberate MySpace Suicide Case

By Taylor Pratt

A Los Angeles jury is set to deliberate the suicide of a Missouri teen who was emotionally tortured on MySpace and committed suicide. In yet another blow to the human race, a 47-year-old woman posed as a 13-year-old boy to tease and humiliate a 13-year-old girl named Megan Meier.

Lori Drew, the 47-year-old woman, lived just a few houses down from Megan. She was upset that Megan had been teasing her daughter in school, and sought revenge. I’d like to take a moment here for you all to read that sentence again, focus on “sought revenge.” We’re talking about 13-year-old girls here. I know they are mean to each other, but as a parent, don’t you sort of prepare for this type of thing to happen in your daughter’s life? Has there even been a kid who wasn’t made fun of at some point in their life? It is part of growing up. It is what shapes us into who we are. As a parent, you have an ethical responsibility to teach your children to overcome those obstacles, not to retaliate to the degree that Lori did. </rant>

LinkedIn Improves Search Feature

By Carrie Hill

Today professional networking platform, LinkedIn announced some upgrades to their on-site search features.

They’ve provided more ways to find people.
I think this is a good advance as I have been frustrated in the past looking for a particular person’s profile. Previously it seemed necessary to find someone who was connected to find their profile. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – but it did add some frustration to building your network.

An expanded the search space.
That header was confusing for me – but I figured it out. They’ve decided to eliminate the tab switching for a people search from in-network to out-of-network. They now retrieve the most relevant professionals from the entire community. My question how is relevancy determined?

Court Awards Facebook $873M in Spam Case: Is This Really Gonna Help?

By Joe Hall

On Friday, a San Jose court awarded Facebook $873 million in a spam case involving Adam Guerbuez and his company Atlantis Blue Capital. Guerbuez has a real sleazy history as the type of guy that likes to sell videos of people beating homeless people. This time around the court ruled that Guerbuez’s actions on Facebook were a violation of the CAN-SPAM act.

Does Facebook think they are actually going to get $873 million? Apparently not. Max Kelly, Facebook’s head of security wrote on the Facebook blog,

It’s unlikely that Geurbez [sic] and Atlantis Blue Capital could ever honor the judgment rendered against them (though we will certainly collect everything we can). But we are confident that this award represents a powerful deterrent to anyone and everyone who would seek to abuse Facebook and its users.

Getting the Hang of the Twitter Culture

By Patricia Skinner

Twitter’s Population Explosion

In the past six months or so there has been a staggering surge of users on Twitter, as word gets round about what a wonderful networking tool it is. As you’d expect, a fair number of recent newcomers make no secret of the fact that they only joined to further their business interests. So we old-timer Twitterers are happy to see articles like Beth Harte’s Twitter for Business: Ten Things to Consider Before You Get Started, over at Search Engine Guide.

We’ve all seen too much less-than-subtle marketing (spamming is not too strong a term) from people who are in such a rush to turn a profit they don’t even stop to consider what the rules might be!

Be-A-Magpie Brings Advertising to Twitter

By Taylor Pratt

Looking to monetize your Twitter efforts? Well now you can! Thanks to Be-A-Magpie, Twitter’s spam filters (or lack thereof) will be put to the ultimate test!

Be-A-Magpie will pay you to insert ads into your tweet stream. Advertisers will pay a Twitter user on a cost-per-thousand impression basis, and are tailored to your Twitter audience by analyzing your Twitter messages and matching keywords to various advertisers. Magpie advertisers can bid on a particular keyword and the winning bid will be shown in a person’s tweet.

By default, “Magpie-tweets” are inserted once every five tweets, but you can create a range anywhere from one Magpie-tweet per 20 tweets or as often as one Magpie-tweet per tweet.

Facebook Note Removes British Juror from Trial

social justice?By Taylor Pratt

In what will most likely become a trend in the social networking realm, a British juror was removed from the jury for posting a “note” on Facebook. According to the The Sun, a U.K. tabloid who originally broke the story, she was asking for advice from her friends on what they thought the outcome of the trial should be. She was unable to make a decision herself.

As social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter continue to grow, will this become more of a problem? In addition to the increase in social networking sites, smart phones are making it easier than ever to login to your favorite social site and share your thoughts. How will governments be able to prevent jurors from accessing these sites, and should there be a punishment for disclosing the confidential information? Let us know your thoughts.

SMX London – SEO & Social Media Marketing

The social media sessions at SMX last year were a packed affair and this year was no exception with the subject proving equally in demand.

Jane Copland – SEOMoz

Jane told attendees that relevant link bait is not just a good idea these days but a necessity. However with the link bait explosion there were some winners and losers and this year there was noticeably a more serious tone in the air…

She cited a case study where a web based widget was originally created and used on a dating website. The widget had a link contained inside back to the source website whenever it was placed on a website.