More than 200,000 people signed up to participate in the Reddit Secret Santa event.
Reddit scores a $50 million funding round. LinkedIn leaning more heavily on Pulse. These stories, and more, in today’s Morning Social Media Newsfeed.
MySpace is joining the music streaming business with the latest redesign of its website and new iOS app. The new site is designed to be a marketing platform for creative works and includes music streaming on both the site and in the app. The company hopes that musicians and artists will use their MySpace page as the destination for all things about their band.
The redesign has been in the works for two years, including a beta version of the site. The company has repositioned itself as a “social network for the creative community,” Chris Vanderhook, COO of MySpace told AppNewser. As Tim Vanderhook, CEO of MySpace explained it, artists use lots of social media channels online, but they want one home online. The redesign is intended to be an online home for artists and is full of tools to help enable that.
One of the big features to launch with the redesign is called My Radio, an ad-supported music streaming platform with more than 53 million songs available. “We’re building tools for artist, but we are enabling for music discovery for consumers,” said Tim Vanderhook. Read more
Peter Shukoff (aka Nice Peter) and Lloyd Ahlquist (aka EpicLLOYD) are making friends with their YouTube series, “Epic Rap Battles of History,” in which Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg) appeared as Moses in “Moses vs Santa Claus” in Season 2. With more than 1.2 billion video views and a fan base of 5.4 million YouTube subscribers, ERB has just released a compilation CD with all 18 episodes of its second season. (They’ll be signing these for fans all through June.) In part two of our three-part series, Peter and Lloyd talk about their CD and what it was like to work with Snoop.
TGIF! The weekend is just around the bend and, as usual, we’re ringing it in with a roundup of some of the week’s funniest videos. This week’s Friday Morning Laughs features an amazing video of the world’s first driving dog (really!), a fun song about Christmas apparel, some adorable penguins, a beatboxing boy, a beaver and Snoop Dogg AKA Snoop Lion as Moses. Enjoy!
Thoughtful launched on Thursday with a new model of celebrity sponsorship on social media. Brands and nonprofits can look for celebrities to promote their work, subject to a minimum ad spend of of $25,000. Celebrities can also solicit introductions to causes or products that interest them. Thoughtful claims to have 250 celebrities lined up to participate.
Snoop Dogg is not only one of the world’s most popular rappers, but he’s also a king of social media, with over 4.4 million followers on Twitter and over 12 million fans on Facebook. Last week he sat down with Shira Lazar on What’s Trending to talk about everything from his own online activities to meeting Mark Zuckerberg at F8 this year, engaging with fans and more.
Thanks to virtual goods, Snoop Dogg can throw an extra pool party or two: Since 2008, he’s been offering a line of Snoop-branded avatar clothing, pets, and virtual gifts on virtual worlds like WeeWorld, Gaia Online, and Zwinky. And while each of those items typically cost consumers mere pocket change, to date Snoop Dogg branded virtual items have grossed over $200,000 in sales. That’s according to a new branded virtual goods market report from Viximo and Virtual Greats (the company which collaborated with the hip hop star on moving his virtual merch.) As Snoop’s success suggests, associating a real world brand with virtual goods often equals much more sales: