Geocities have gone the way of dial up modems. Slashdot and digg have seen various falters, stumbles and dizzying highs. And reddit just keeps chugging along, doing what it always has done.
Facebook research shows romantic relationships through links. President Barack Obama’s Facebook, Twitter accounts hacked. These stories and more, in today’s Morning Social Media Newsfeed.
Facebook Tweaks News Feed Algorithm to Deliver More Relevant Ads (Inside Facebook)
Facebook is constantly making changes to its News Feed algorithm. The most recent major changes came with Story Bumping and Last Actor, but the site announced Friday that it is altering the algorithm to help advertisers deliver more relevant ads to users.
Could Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian‘s U.S. bus tour for his new book, Without Their Permission, also lay the groundwork for a later run at political office?
YouTube is full of videos from the world’s hotspots, from Syria to Oklahoma tornadoes. But have you ever wondered whether what you’re seeing is real?
Enter Storyful, the journalistic arm of the social web. The organization calls themselves the world’s first “social news agency.” And, with a likely strike by the U.S. against Syria pending, the firm is preparing for a flood of coverage across social media.
Microsoft Said to Be in Talks to Invest in Foursquare (Bloomberg)
Microsoft and American Express are vying to take an equity stake in Foursquare, according to people with knowledge of the discussions. The two companies are competing to invest in Foursquare rather than cooperating on a joint bid, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.
As the Obama Administration weighs how and when to take action against a Syrian regime that reportedly used chemical weapons against its own people, YouTube, Twitter and even Reddit have played a key role in both breaking the news and keeping the world informed.
Thomson Reuters Twitter Account Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army (Mashable)
Thomson Reuters appears to be the latest victim of hacking by the Syrian Electronic Army. The media company’s Twitter account, @ThomsonReuters, tweeted links Monday to images of political cartoons that support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, along with the hashtag #Syria, according to AllThingsD.
Zynga Folds Hand on U.S. Real-Money Gambling (USA Today)
With CEO Don Mattrick fresh at the helm, Zynga is placing bets on the company’s ability to rejuvenate its social games business and to knock out some new hits — and won’t be playing its wild card for pursuing real-money casino games in the United States. But investors may not like the play, as the company’s stock dropped about 15 percent in after-hours trading shortly after it made the announcement during its earnings report on Thursday.
Major Internet, Social Media Companies Ask Feds to Let Them Report National Security Requests (SocialTimes)
Today, more than five-dozen Internet companies, including the major Silicon Valley players, will ask the government to allow them to release information to users about the national security requests they’ve handled, according to a report in AllThingsD. The companies signing on to the request include Google, Facebook, Apple, LinkedIn, Twitter, Yahoo, AOL, Digg, Dropbox, Meetup, Mozilla, Reddit, Salesforce, Tumblr and The Wikimedia Foundation.