Social 5: “Most Interesting Person Alive” Edition

Want to be the most interesting person at the party this weekend? In this week’s Social 5 we’ve broken down the top social and digital marketing news, so that you can impress a whole room full of strangers.

5. Bing is here to stay. Are you a Google or a Bing person? Fans of the latter can breathe a deep sigh of relief after rumors that Microsoft CEO-candidate Stephen Elop would sell Bing, proved to be untrue.

4. The ideal length for everything on the internet. It appears there is a sweet spot for character count for each digital medium that is significant to the performance of the content. Find out if you’re exceeding character counts on more than just Twitter.

3. How to turn bland text into sparkling content. No more staring at a blank screen. Content marketing gurus, Hubspot, provide great advice on word choice and voice to make your writing sparkle.

2. Hold a meme in your hand. The future is so weird! Shapeways, a 3D-printing facility, has released a line of 3D-printed memes. Pocket-sized versions of Grumpy Cat, Doge, Success Kid and more are available for purchase.

1. Have your blog seen by 40,000 targeted visitors. An incredibly exhaustive list of SEO hacks from Noah Kagan’s blog, OkDork. Try one tip a day to get your content seen by not just more people, but the right people.

If you use any of these as talking points or otherwise we’d love to know! Chat with us here, on Twitter, and Facebook!

Social 5: Pop Culture Edition

Sunday is the premiere of the new HBO show Silicon Valley. The show follows a group of programmers living together and trying to strike it rich in the land of startups. But Silicon Valley is just the latest in a series of startup, social-media focused content to come out of Hollywood in the past couple years. This got us thinking about our favorite social media moments in pop culture. We’ve broken it down by movie, painting, TV, song, and book.

5. Movie: You’ve Got Mail. “Someone you pass on the street may already be the love your life” is the tagline to the 1998 romcom, You’ve Got Mail. 16 years ago the idea of falling in love over the internet was a novel premise that delighted some and horrified others. Nonetheless no one could resist the winning combination of Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, and the third leading character, AOL.

4. Painting: Edward Hopper. What would happen if the already sad paintings by American Artist, Edward Hopper, were introduced to social media? Ukrainian artist Nastya Nudnik has taken Hopper’s iconic works of art and inserted emojis and +1 icons.

3. TV: Jimmy Fallon. The Tonight Show host is so good at integrating social media into his sketches it’s hard to pick just one. But our pick goes for Fallon’s Beatles sketch. In honor of The Beatles 50th Anniversary of appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show, Fallon imagines what it would have been like if social media existed at the height of the band’s popularity.

2. Song: “Unfriend You” by Greyson Chance. If you don’t already know the pint-sized singing wizard you have not been watching Ellen. Chance became a viral hit on Youtube with his rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” and then quickly was booked on The Ellen Degeneres Show. But it’s his original video, “Unfriend You” that made our list for obvious reasons.

1. Book: Hatching Twitter. The book tells the controversial behind-the-scenes story of what happened inside Twitter as it grew at exponential speeds. Though it’s well over 140 characters, it’s still worth checking out.

Like what you’ve read? Check out our past Social 5′s and stay tuned for a new top 5 list each week!