links for 2009-05-04

  • According to, Twitter's traffic grew over 75 percent in March, up to more than 14 million unique visitors from 8 million in February. That's a plenty strong argument to use Twitter to promote your brand, products and services to consumers. But how do you make the most effective use of your time on Twitter and who are the users you should seek out?
    (tags: twitter)
  • We apparently can’t get our social information fast enough. In fact, it almost seems like a race for who can get information out the fastest. Twitter (Twitter reviews) updates are lightning fast, even occasionally breaking the news before the major outlets, and FriendFeed (FriendFeed reviews)’s interface now updates in real-time. And today, Facebook has jumped back into the real-time race by implementing live updates within the Facebook home page.
  • SHENZHEN, China — The phone’s sleek lines and touch-screen keyboard are unmistakably familiar. So is the logo on the back. But a sales clerk at a sprawling electronic goods market in this Chinese coastal city admits what is clear upon closer inspection: this is not the Apple iPhone; this is the Hi-Phone.
  • The National Rifle Association Foundation will present Sen. John McCain's ill-fated running mate with a military-style assault weapon next week.
  • The Facebook generational culture clash is here. The world of all-access, all-the-time via posts, photos and instant status updates has become the stage
    for the familiar struggle: parents trying to get to know their kids better, and their kids cringing in agitation.

    But like it or not, Mom on Facebook is here to stay.

    (tags: facebook moms)
  • Shih, a 2000 graduate of the Illinois Math and Science Academy, in 2007 created the first business-based application on Facebook called Faceconnector. A social media executive with San Francisco-based, Shih views Facebook as the ultimate tool for managing customer relationships. While a site like LinkedIn allows users to share their professional skills and experiences with chosen networks, Facebook conveys less formal but equally important professional attributes.

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