social media

Firms can duck NSA surveillance: Reddit co-founder

The best way for tech companies, from search engines to social media, to protect their users’ privacy is to simply stop storing their data, says Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Ohanian spoke with Reuters Opinion Editor Jim Ledbetter at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Does social really sell?

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As the Social Media Manager at Thomson Reuters, the panel titled “Does Social Really Sell?” instantly caught my attention while mapping out which panels I’d be attending on Saturday at the Aspen Ideas Festival. With no description from the Institute, I was flying blind, but it had a loaded panel featuring Brad Jakemen, Jerry Murdoch, Alexis Ohanian, Kevin Delaney and moderated by Alexis Madrigal. The session did not disappoint. The diversity of the panel allowed for a free flowing discussion that touched on a lot of different social media-related topics, from a variety of perspectives. (more…)

Heard Around Aspen – June 29-30

We’re wrapping up a great weekend at Aspen Ideas Festival and heard from an awesome lineup of speakers and presentations. Here are some of the most interesting, provocative and salient quotes we heard around Aspen over the weekend:

“Twitter is a global town square.” – Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter

“There’s no reason to believe that evolution stops with us.” – Charles Alcock, Director, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

“Instead of maximizing short-term ROI, we’re focused on long-term ROC (return on community).” – Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos

“You cannot be free when half of your society is oppressed.” – Mona Eltahawy, journalist and Egyptian peace activist:

“You can’t deny the rights of half your population and hope to succeed.” – Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations

“You have to have great design to be competitive in today’s markets.” – John Doerr, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers

“How social media is used differs culturally.” – Brad Jakeman, president of the global beverages group for PepsiCo, Inc.




You: The Worldwide Leader in News

Professionals are becoming individual news networks as blogs and social media have become trusted news sources for professionals around the globe.

You: The Worldwide Leader in News

“Social media in the workplace: The impact of recent NLRB rulings,” by Todd C. Taylor, Moore & Van Allen


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Legal Solutions blog weekly roundup

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Here’s a quick check-in with our friends over at the Legal Solutions blog to see what’s been going on in the legal world this past week: (more…)

Cory Booker on Ashton Kutcher, Mark Zuckerberg and being a social media mayor

Cory Booker says social media, something Ashton Kutcher pushed him to embrace, enables him to reach and listen to thousands of his constitutes, making governing collaborative. He connected with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg because the two believe the U.S. is “woefully falling short” when it comes to education.

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Student injured during tennis match must show relevance of rival’s social media posts

A New York high school student who was sued for allegedly hurting a classmate during a tennis match must show why information on the classmate’s private social media accounts is relevant to his defense against the suit.

Litigants cannot go on a “fishing expedition” for information and must have a good-faith basis to request access to another party’s private social media accounts, Judge Joseph J. Maltese of the Richmond County Supreme Court said.

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Social media: fish where the fish are

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If you’re interested in social media and how to get started – or if you’ve dipped your feet in the water but want to do much more – then make sure to attend FindLaw’s Social Media: Fish Where the Fish Are webcast. This free one-hour webcast describes why social media is the present and the future of online legal marketing, and how your firm can use tools like Facebook, Twitter and blogs to connect with clients and prospects.

It takes place this Wednesday, January 16th and there are two sessions to choose from – noon EST and 4 p.m. EST. (more…)

Westlaw Insider weekly roundup

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Here’s a quick check-in with our friends over at Westlaw Insider to see what’s been going on in the legal world this past week: (more…)