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Big Night for #SOTU on Twitter (Twitter Blog)
Tuesday night, Twitter hosted the real-time State of the Union (#SOTU) experience for citizens as well as politicians, journalists and pundits. From the start of President Obama’s address through the conclusion of the official Republican response by Senator Joni Ernst (@SenJoniErnst), over 2.6 million tweets were sent around the world related to the #SOTU. Bloomberg Politics Using a slick, multimedia presentation at whitehouse.gov that was geared to social-media sharing, President Barack Obama drastically revamped the presentation of the State of the Union address Tuesday night. A split-screen stream of the speech showed Obama on the left hand side of the screen, and graphics bolstering his claims on the right. Beneath the live stream, each graphic popped up in sequence, with handy Twitter, Facebook and email share buttons a click away. MSNBC The most viral moment of the State of the Union address, according to Facebook? That moment when President Obama said “I have no more campaigns to run,” was interrupted by partisan cheers, and shot back: “I know, because I won both of them.” CBS News The president’s proposals for providing free community college also generated buzz on social media, ranking among the top issues discussed on Facebook and Twitter. According to Facebook, the demographic engaging most in conversation on the site during the speech was women between the age of 35 and 49, followed by men 35 to 49. The Huffington Post Republicans were quick to criticize Obama for conveniently ignoring the results of the 2014 election — which handed Republicans control of Congress by large margins. “True to form, the President in his State of the Union speech is more interested in politics than in leadership,” former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney wrote on Facebook.
Twitter Confirms ZipDial Acquisition (SocialTimes)
Twitter has acquired ZipDial, the India-based startup that figured out how to convert the cultural “missed call” phenomenon into a lucrative business. ZipDial built a mobile platform that lets users call a toll-free number where they intentionally hang up, triggering a missed call in exchange for goods and services.
Facebook Now Allows You to Report Links to Fake News Stories (The Next Web)
Facebook has added the ability to flag a news story as a hoax. When you see something that is obviously not real like a made-up celebrity death or fake startup, you can choose to report posts as a “false news story.”
Instagram Invites Android Users to Beta-Test New Features (VentureBeat)
Are you an Android user who loves Instagram? Then you may soon have a chance to be an early beta-tester of the photo-sharing app’s new features for Google’s mobile platform.
NBC To Stream Super Bowl, Halftime Show for Free (LostRemote)
NBC announced that Super Bowl Sunday will also be “Super Stream Sunday.” Starting at noon, the network will stream pre-game coverage, the game, the halftime show, and conclude 11 hours later with The Blacklist.
Facebook Supports 4.5 Million Jobs Worldwide, Social Network Says (CNET)
A Facebook-commissioned study says the world’s largest social network is making a tsunami-sized splash on the global economy. According to the study, conducted by Deloitte, Facebook added $227 billion to the global economy and helped to support 4.5 million jobs around the world in 2014.
INFOGRAPHIC: Only 52 Percent of Facebook Users Are ‘Active’ (SocialTimes)
Facebook may have more than 1.3 billion monthly active users, but how many of them are truly active? According to research from GlobalWebIndex, barely one-half (52 percent) of Facebook users identified themselves as active in late 2014, down from 70 percent in 2012.
How This 16-Year-Old Turned an Instagram Feed into a $15K-a-Month Social Media Empire (Macworld)
Tanner Zagarino is a typical 16-year-old boy. He goes to public high school on Long Island, where he competes for the school wrestling team. He’s typical in every way but one: Zagarino rakes in more than $15,000 a month from social media.
Oscar Snubs Dominate Twitter Conversations (SocialTimes)
After the Oscar nominees were announced last week, social media was buzzing with the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag and people talking about the Selma snub, among others. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag garnered about 122,000 mentions in the two days after the nominees were announced.