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!

Social 5: Monday Morning Meeting Edition

This week’s Social 5 comes from a spirited discussion in the SoMe weekly team meeting. Lots of things happened over the weekend but here are just a few pieces of social media news that got us talking.

5. Twitter Data Shows When We’re Hungover. A recent data study by Twitter looks at when users tweet certain words and phrases like, “feel happy,” “feel sad,” and “hungover.” The data, which is broken down by month and day of the week, looks at tweets from 2013 to understand what users are feeling, and when. Image via Twitter.

4. Facebook Launches 15-Second Video Ads. Facebook announced that users can expect to start seeing video ads on their newsfeed in the next few months. For now Facebook says they’ll be working with a “select group of advertisers” to bring users quality auto-playing ads.

3. Facebook Ads Get Enhanced Calls to Action. Facebook’s new call-to-action ad tool may help businesses attract more customers to their landing page. Businesses can choose from 5 call-to-action buttons (Shop Now, Learn More, Sign Up, Book Now or Download) in addition to larger clickable space for ad display.

2. Police Turn to Social Media to Fight Crime, Dispel Rumors. Law enforcement are beginning to look at social platforms like Twitter and Nextdoor as powerful tools in fighting crime. “A 2013 social media survey from the International Association of Chiefs of Police found that 96% of police departments use social media in some capacity, and more than 80% say it has helped them solve crimes.” (Mashable).

1. Instagram Photos with Faces Get 38% More Likes. A recent report conducted at Georgia Tech reveals people are more drawn to photos that feature faces (re: selfies). The report also found that the amount of faces in the photo, age or gender didn’t influence engagement levels. Image via Shutterstock

What social media news is on your mind? Tweet us a link to what you and your co-workers are talking about. Check back next week for a brand new Social 5!

Social 5: Oscars 2014 Edition

We present our favorite social media moments from the 2014 Oscars! Agree, disagree? Tell us what got you talking on the biggest night in movies! Then check back each week as we bring you our top 5 favorite moments, news, and happenings to come out of social media.

5. Ellen Breaks Twitter. In a story we’ll tell our grandchildren, Oscars host, Ellen Degeneres, crashed the social network by posting a photo of her and her Hollywood friends (Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie’s eyes.) The star-studded selfie quickly became the most shared photo EVER on Twitter.

4. Ellen Breaks Twitter Pt. 2. The selfie story doesn’t end there. Like any good social media happening, industrious fans have already adapted the event to fit their needs. Using the “My Best Celebrity Selfie Ever” site, you can upload your face into the center of the A-list photo.

3. Jimmy Kimmel Enters Your Living Room. As part of the pre-Oscars programming, Jimmy Kimmel took a stand on internet trolls and the anonymity of the internet. In the sketch, he “climbs” into the living room of America and calls out couch-watchers (me and you) for tweeting insults at celebrities. “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones,” Kimmel says to a slovenly couple eating Cheetos and wearing board shorts. We’re still trying to figure out if we should be offended by this but at least we’re still thinking about it!

2. Jennifer Lawrence Trips, Again. Jennifer Lawrence a.k.a. J. Law a.k.a. J. Flaw, reprised her role from the 2013 Oscars when she stumbled out of her limo entering the red carpet at this years Oscars. In what is now an infamous GIF, Jennifer Lawrence trips and grabs a gowned woman in front of her. Social media networks go wild!

1. Cosmo’s Astute Observation Tweet of Channing Tatum. The magazine’s insightful tweet calls out what we’ve known all along, Channing Tatum is made of magic.

Social 5: Women in Social Media Edition

International Women’s Day was this Saturday, March 8th. This year’s theme, “inspiring change” was echoed across Twitter by supporters tagging their tweets with #womensday2014. In honor of the day, our Social 5 this week is dedicated to the women who continuously inspire us in 140 characters or less.

5. Stephanie Izard-@StephAndTheGoat, Chef, Girl and the Goat

4. Karen Nyberg- @AstroKarenN, Astronaut, Earth

3. Sara Conley- @styleit, Plus size fashion and beauty blogger, internet

2. Megan Amram- @meganamram, Comic, Los Angeles

1. Alexis Maybank- @giltfounder, Gilt Groupe

Have a phenomenal female tweeter you would add to the list? Share with us @SoMe_Connect! And check back next week for a new Social 5.