Social Media

Arts & Culture
11:25 am
Mon September 8, 2014

LISTEN: ‘Thirsty’ Might Not Mean What You Think It Does

Morgan Manson and the other youth reporters were based at the American Tobacco campus all summer.
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Teens in North Carolina are using the term "thirsty" these days, and they don't mean that they need a drink. The term refers to a specific behavior - one that occurs in social media, or in person. Teen reporter Morgan Manson explains:

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The State of Things
10:24 am
Thu December 19, 2013

How Did #NotYourAsianSidekick Become The Place To Talk About Race and Stereotypes Online?

Suey Park, creator #NotYourAsianSidekick
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Lots of people are talking about race on Twitter this week, using the hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick.

The person who started the conversation is the writer Suey Park. She says that there are so many stereotypes: Asians are submissive, good at math and science, and play the violin. She wants to have a fuller conversation about Asian Americans.

This minute and a half BBC video is a good intro to Suey and the topic:

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Is Facebook Good For Your Health?

Brian Southwell's new book studies the effectiveness of social networking in spreading health news.
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Scientists and public health officials are increasingly turning to social media and peer-to-peer networks to educate the public.  

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Will The Revolution Be Tweeted?

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Zeynep Tufekci was only 16 years old and living in her native Turkey when she became a computer programmer.

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Internet Summit 2013
6:35 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

What To Expect From Internet Summit 2013

Internet Summit 2012 in Raleigh
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The sixth annual Internet Summit is in Raleigh this week, and organizers are hoping to leave conference goers a little starstruck.

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Law
5:46 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

NC Court Of Appeals Rules That Registered Sex Offenders Can Use Social Media

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The North Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled that registered sex offenders can use social media websites. The ruling invalidates a portion of a North Carolina law passed in 2008 called the Protect Children From Sexual Predators Act.

Lester Packingham, Jr. brought the case. He's a registered sex offender who lives in Durham. In 2012, Packingham, Jr. was convicted of accessing a commercial social networking site. He had been using Facebook.

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Science & Technology
4:52 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Google Names Cary The Leading NC City For Online Business

Google named Cary the state's 2013 eCity for the strength of its online small business community.
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Google has announced its first eCity awards, recognizing one city in every state for the strength of its online business community. In North Carolina, Google gave that distinction to Cary for the high percentage of small businesses that leverage the Internet to connect with customers. Being an eCity won’t earn Cary cash prizes or awards, but it does earn the mayor a congratulatory phone call from Google and some hefty bragging rights.

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State of Things
10:24 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Social Media & Social Change

www.kony2012.com

This month, the San Diego-based nonprofit organization Invisible Children debuted a Web video campaign called “Kony 2012.” The short film aims to raise awareness about a man named Joseph Kony who has been responsible for kidnapping countless children in Northern Uganda and other areas in Central Africa for use in his rebel army.

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Business & Economy
10:00 am
Wed September 7, 2011

Chief Marketing Officers Spend on Social Media

Marketing executives say they’re hiring and they’re increasing social media budgets.

Chief Marketing Officers questioned for the bi-annual C-M-O Survey, say they plan on spending about 10-percent of their budgets on social media.  That’s an increase of three-percent.  Christine Moorman is a professor at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and director of The C-M-O Survey.  She says the increase shows companies are trying to figure out how to integrate social media with the rest of their strategy.

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Business & Economy
1:15 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Twongo Works to Grow "Local" Social Couponing

There’s a company in the Triangle that’s fighting for leverage in the big wide world of social couponing.  Twongo – based in Cary – began competing in the “daily deal” game early last year.   Today – the company considers its main competitors Groupon and Living Social. Twongo says there’s room for everybody – but in the Raleigh – Durham-area – they want to be number one.

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