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Inauguration Will Come with its Own Mobile Apps (SocialTimes)
President Obama’s inauguration for a second term on Jan. 21 will be the first such event to have its own mobile app for iOS and Android. The Presidential Inaugural Committee launched the apps on Monday. USA Today The app will provide livestream video of inaugural events, including the Jan. 21 public swearing-in ceremony, and schedules for nationwide events associated with the inauguration, including the National Day of Service on Saturday. The app also features schedules of official inaugural events in Washington, blogs with news items, and it syncs with Facebook, Twitter, email and text. The Verge If you’re heading to DC, the app offers comprehensive maps covering both the parade and swearing in ceremony. Food vendors, viewing screens and restroom locations are all laid out for quick reference, and the app helpfully distinguishes between ticketed areas and those where anyone can stand. Politico One point of pride for the app’s developers is that the maps — which also point out such useful sites as public toilets — will work regardless of whether the mobile device can pick up a signal. That’s an important feature because cell networks can be dodgy when too many people are using their phones at crowded events. Mashable Those who want to participate in the Inaugural Committee’s National Day of Service on Jan. 19 can use the app to find volunteer events in their neighborhood. The app, produced by AT&T, is available for free download in the App Store and Google Play.
Researchers Tackle the Question, is Wikipedia Biased? (SocialTimes)
Are the volunteers who write and edit Wikipedia entries capable of maintaining a neutral point of view on easily skewed topics like politics and history? Shane Greenstein, a professor of management and strategy at the Kellogg School of Management, and Feng Zhu, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California, have found that the online encyclopedia has become more neutral in the last decade.
Diane von Furstenberg, VSP Vision Care Use Pinterest to Help NYC Youth (SocialTimes)
The New York City Mission Society is using one of the Internet’s most visual sites to tackle the vision problems of children in New York City. With the help of the style mavens at Diane von Furstenberg and the vision insurance providers at VSP, the charity will donate a free eye exam and pair of glasses to a child in need for every image that is repinned from the #PinToGiveAndGet Pinterest board.
Facebook to Start Super-Sizing Link Previews in News Feed (AllFacebook)
Facebook is apparently testing a new way for links to become more prominent in the news feed. According to sister site Inside Facebook, the link preview image will grow from 90 x 90 pixels to 154 x 154.
Vimeo is Now Available in French and German (SocialTimes)
Last week, Vimeo added two new languages to its repertoire — French and German. Previously, the site was available only in English and Spanish, but the video site reached out to the Vimeo community to help translate the site and make it available in the additional languages.
Another First: Trading Platform Lets You Invest Using Twitter Sentiment Analysis (AllTwitter)
A new trading platform launched Monday, and it claims social media sentiment can predict movement on the stock market. The Wall Street Journal reports that “the platform, called DCM Dealer, will offer retail investors the ability to trade equities, foreign exchange and commodity contracts using a real-time sentiment tool based on data produced by Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels.”
Kids’ eBook Consumption Has Doubled Since 2010 (AppNewser)
The percent of kids in the United States who have read an eBook has almost doubled since 2010, according to a new report from Scholastic. According to the “Kids & Family Reading Report,” last year 46 percent of kids have read an eBook versus 25 percent in 2010. SocialTimes However, kids say that print books are still better for bedtime stories and sharing with friends, according to the report. It’s surprising to hear that kids enjoy their privacy despite the availability of Facebook and Twitter share buttons for them to announce what they’re reading to friends.
Smosh Surpasses RWJ to Become Most Subscribed YouTube Channel (SocialTimes)
For the past year and a half, since June of 2011, Ray William Johnson has reigned supreme as the most-subscribed-to YouTuber. However, as of this weekend, the torch has been handed off to Smosh, YouTube comedy duo of Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox.
Golden Globes’ Biggest Moments on Twitter (LostRemote)
The hilarious duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the Golden Globes on NBC Sunday night, sparking 3.6 million tweets during the broadcast — 4.2 million overall for the last 24 hours. With a night packed full of moments, Twitter tallied the top three tweet spikes.