Google+ round up

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Google+ has been taking social media by storm and I read just the other day that they already have 10 million users. I’ve seen quite a few interesting things about Google+ over at Failbook, a website I’ve posted about before. I saved some of the things I’ve come across recently and I just wanted to share them. First and foremost, a Google+ cheat sheet for those of you out there that are still figuring out what is going on. And if you’re not on google+ yet, what are you doing?

Google + Cheat Sheet

Source: Simon Laustsen

And now for some fun!

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Policy Mic.com and JETAA Ottawa

It’s been more than a week since I’ve posted here, so I figured I should probably write something giving a small update on what I’ve been doing.

About a month ago I was contacted by PolicyMic.com editors and asked if I would be interested in writing for them.  Obviously, I was and have since written 2 articles, with more in the works.  Both were kind of re-purposed blogs, so, if you look at them and you’ve read my previous posts, they may seem similar, but hey, I was just trying to get it done.  They’re probably a bit better too, seeing as there are legitimate editors reviewing the articles.  I really like how they’ve set up this site.  It’s like a public forum meets a news page.  News is created by users who know about their subjects and then debated and debate is encouraged.

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Social Media Revolution Statistics in Video

“We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media, the question is how well we do it,” says Erik Qualman, the man behind Socialnomics has released another video that I came across while perusing the social media section of Mashable.  It has some pretty crazy statistics about social media.

One of the sadder facts I took from the video is that Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Britney Spears have more Twitter followers than the entire populations of Sweden, Israel, Greece, Chile, North Korea and Australia.  That to me is slightly upsetting.  That those three people hold that much influence.  But there are quite a few interesting facts, like that 3 of every 5 gay couples meet online, online gamers will buy more than 6 billion in virtual goods by 2013 and that the Ford Explorer Launch on Facebook generated more traffic than a Super Bowl ad.  Check out the video below, try not to be inspired and awestruck by the Lion King-esque singing and drumming.  SIMBA!!

From the Blogosphere: Failbook

Being a blogger (I can call myself a blogger right?), I read quite a few blogs because I enjoy the online format and they’re generally pretty entertaining. Brentertaining even. So, I’ve decided to start a series highlighting blogs that I find amusing and I hope you might too. Enjoy.

I feel like it’s safe to assume that everyone at some point has received an email or been linked to a post on Failbook, a section of Failblog, that exemplifies the sheer stupidity of human beings via Facebook status updates. I’ve always been interested in social media and I started following Failbook a long time ago initially for the same reason everyone else does. People are stupid and it’s hilarious. Aside from the random stupidity that runs rampant throughout the Failbook site, there are quite few posts that are very news worthy. These stories vary from amazing feats of modern technology and the good that social media can achieve to the uses of social media in order to bring criminals to justice (this does border on the rampant stupidity side but seems to have more of a news hook). Failbook also informs Facebook users of new upgrades, technologies and policy changes on the site, some of which generally aren’t publicized. Below I’m going to offer a few stories that I’ve come across in just the last few weeks that I found of interest.

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The power of Twitter: Oakland MacBook thief caught in ten hours

Earlier tonight, I came across an interesting tweet that someone I follow had themselves retweeted.  Wanting to help, I retweeted it as well.  The person I retweeted it from currently lives in Japan, I live in Ottawa and Joshua Kaufman, well, he lives in California.  This tweet has been retweeted over 100 times, which is the limit to how many people Twitter will say something has been retweeted.

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Digital copy of Quakebook now free

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That was something I definitely didn’t see coming.  The digital copy of Quakebook available on Amazon US, UK, DE and the Sony Reader is now free.  With over 3,000 downloads from Amazon in the 2 months since it was published, the Quakebook team has decided to make the ebook free.  In 12 hours after doing so, over 3000 more people downloaded the book.

The plan was laid out in a recent blog post on Quakebook.org.  Here’s the section that outlines why this decision was made.

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