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NewFacebookLogoPolice Chief to Facebook Critic: If You Want to Legalize Pot, You’re Probably a Criminal (The Daily Dot)
Police in Columbia, the state capital of South Carolina, recently seized “$40K of marijuana.” When the cops happily announced their success on Facebook, Columbia resident Brandon Whitmer let them know what he thought of the bust. “Maybe u should arrest the people shooting people in 5 points instead of worrying about a stoner that’s not bothering anyone,” Whitmer wrote. “It’ll be legal here one day anyway.” CNET A Facebook post from the police department said: “Brandon whitmer, we have arrested all the violent offenders in Five points. Thank you for sharing your views and giving us reasonable suspicion to believe you might be a criminal, we will work on finding you.” Gawker Not surprisingly, the response was deleted almost as swiftly as it had appeared. Surprisingly, it was replaced by a comment claiming to be from interim chief Ruben Santiago taking credit for the original comment, and blaming its disappearance on “one of my staff members.” Examiner.com On Friday afternoon, Santiago claimed he learned a lesson about posting on social media. “This is a reminder to us – especially to myself – to double check and triple check what I write,” Santiago told The State. “It’s not our intent to criminalize an individual or create havoc on social media.” Santiago stated he sent an apology to the original commenter who had criticized the department for arresting people for victim-less crimes. The Raw Story Department spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons noted that Santiago started the Facebook page and interacts with commenters to engage the public and to help educate them on police matters. Santiago filed a defamation suit in July against a police captain who accused him of plotting to plant illegal drugs and a stolen weapon inside a top city official’s vehicle.

What are Globe Telecom Mobile Customers in the Philippines Paying to Access Facebook? Zero (AllFacebook)
Facebook teamed up with Globe Telecom, a mobile provider serving the Philippines, to launch a three-month test of giving its customers full access to the social network without having to pay data charges, Mashable reported. In 2010, Facebook launched a scaled-down free mobile site, Facebook Zero, but Globe Telecom senior adviser for Consumer Business Peter Bithos told Mashable the need to log in via 0.Facebook.com caused some confusion.

The Happening Book Explores the Origins of Geek Culture (SocialTimes)
When the author of The Happening Book found a notebook he had pinned as a 7-year-old, at first he thought it might be an interesting preservation project. “They’re [the entries] sort of like tweets,” says the author, who requested to remain anonymous. “One of the cliches about social media is that it’s what everybody had for lunch and so much of what I was writing about was that sort of thing but directed at a page no one was reading.”

Boobs and Banner Ads: Twitter’s Facebook Dilemma (CNET)
“The reality here is that Twitter is taking a page from Facebook’s repertoire,” S&P Capital IQ Equity Analyst Scott Kessler told CNET. “They’re saying … the timeline should be more media-friendly, more interactive, and more appealing to the senses.”

20 Marketing Statistics That Will Drive 2014 [Infographic] (AllTwitter)
Web-based digital asset management company WebDAM created an infographic to look ahead to 2014 marketing trends. According to the company’s research, social media budgets are expected to double over the next five years – that’s a whole lot of Twitter Promoted Trends – and 65 percent of people are visual learners, hence the industry-wide shift towards visual content.

Here’s the First Instagram Ad — Thanks, Michael Kors (VentureBeat)
Instagram released its first advertisement Friday, and it’s a fairly pretty picture of a Michael Kors watch. And that’s it.

The Tweeting Dead Gamifies Tweets About The Walking Dead (LostRemote)
There’s The Walking Dead and Talking Dead, but now PR agency MWW and technology partner Ideation teamed up to create Tweeting Dead. In an attempt to capitalize on the number of hardcore fans and the corresponding Twitter chatter, a MWW Innovation team was formed to consider how they could properly showcase their love for the show by gamifying the surrounding Twitter conversation.

Riding the Hashtag in Social Media Marketing (The New York Times)
About once a week, Gary Vaynerchuk posts a Twitter message that reads, “Is there anything I can do for you?” He means it literally.

Virgin Allows Users to Make Wifi Calls on Landline Minutes (AppNewser)
Virgin’s new Smartcall App service is a nod to landline customers who still have the company’s home phone talk plan. With the Smartcall app and WiFi coverage, phone calls are always deducted from landline minutes, not cellular minutes.

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