Facebook could create a “sympathize” button, but don’t hold your breath. Twitter discusses #IranTalks in a blog post. These stories, and more, in today’s Morning Social Media Newsfeed.
How one New York health system uses social media tools to tell inspiring stories, get messages out during crises, and measure return on investment.
Twitter Alerts Lets Users Get Emergency Information, Fast (SocialTimes)
Twitter has become a place for people to connect and get information quickly during emergencies. To facilitate the speed of information, Wednesday Twitter announced the launch of Twitter Alerts.
Two of Bradley Manning’s most vocal supporters participated in a call with reporters today to champion the rights of journalists and the public to a free and open press as closing arguments wound down in the Wikileaks case of U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning at Fort Meade.
Digg Reader Will Launch Just Before Google Reader Shuts Down (SocialTimes)
Digg will open its new RSS platform, Digg Reader, just weeks ahead of Google Reader’s expiration date, the company announced on Monday. Beta testers will see the first version of the tool starting next week; everyone else will have access on June 26.
Tumblr is growing rapidly, but its strongest demographic is one without much money to spend, making advertising on the blogging platform a tough proposition for its new owner, Yahoo.
Looking Back at WordPress on its 10th Birthday (infographic) (VentureBeat)
It’s a little hard to believe that the publishing world has only been using WordPress for a decade, as Monday marked the 10th birthday for the platform. Back in 2003, WordPress was the new kid helping those that wanted a simple publishing tool.
Vast Oklahoma Tornado Kills at Least 91 (The New York Times)
Emergency crews and volunteers continued to work through the early morning hours Tuesday in a frantic search for survivors of a huge tornado that ripped through parts of Oklahoma City and its suburbs, killing at least 91 people, 20 of them children, and flattening whatever was in its path, including at least two schools. Much of the tornado damage appeared to be in the suburb of Moore, where rescue workers struggled to make their way through debris-clogged streets and around downed power lines to those who are feared trapped under mountains of rubble.
When Mel Taylor saw Hurricane Sandy coming, he saw an opportunity to launch BrigantineNow.com, a website that aggregates news focused on covering the Jersey Shore community of Brigantine, which sits north of Atlantic City. “I covered that horrible storm from a Dunkin’ Donuts and my house in Philadelphia. Nobody knew that,” said Taylor, founder of Mel Taylor Media, at America East 2013.
Gnip, which licenses so-called firehose data from Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress and Disqus to report to brands how they are being discussed on social media, will add data from several other major social networks, the company said today.