* HOW TO: Disable Facebook’s “Instant Personalization” [PRIVACY]
New menus on the Facebook home page this week took users by surprise, and
left many concerned about the privacy implications of being suddenly more
“connected” to their favorite sites and interests. If you’re looking for
ways to opt out of these new features, this guide will show you how.

* HOW TO: Spring Clean Your Twitter Account
An untended Twitter feed can quickly become overgrown with useless tweets
and dead weight users. These great tools will help you streamline your
Twitter account in no time.

* How Freelancers are Using Social Media for Real Results
Social media can be a boon for those who make their living gig-to-gig. Sheer
networking is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to landing work via
the social web. We spoke to freelancers in a variety of fields to find out
how they make it happen.

* 9 Essential Social News and Bookmarking Sites for Designers
The design community is always hungry for content, inspiration, and
tutorials. These nine networks are a great place to discover and share
creative resources.

* 4 Ways One Non-Profit Uses Location to Increase Engagement
The National Wildlife Federation has been getting creative with their social
media awareness campaigns, particularly when it comes to location-based
technologies. This post discusses some of their innovations.

* Tim Ferriss: 7 Great Principles for Dealing with Haters
For all the personal connections and open sharing done on social networks,
you’ll always find a fair share of scathing negativity. Tim Ferriss, author
of The Four Hour Work Week, gave a talk at The Next Web ’10 event in
Amsterdam, and had these seven points to share on the subject.

* Gowalla CEO Talks About the Future of Social Media [INTERVIEW]
We sat down with Josh Williams to discuss the origins of his location-based
network, and what current trends in the space mean for the future.

* 5 Free Services for Pre-Scheduling Your Twitter Updates
Whether for marketing purposes, event promotion, or just keeping your
account fresh while you’re on vacation, a tweet scheduler can be a handy
tool. Check out these five great ones, all of them free.

* How Twitter’s New Media Blog Aims To Teach By Example
Twitter’s new blog highlights news organizations with smart Twitter
integration in the hope of becoming a resource for the media. We spoke with
Twitter about their strategies and goals.

* Top 10 LEGO Movie Tributes on YouTube
Those stop-motion goodies are back, this time reenacting our favorite flicks
in all their colorful plastic glory.

* Top 10 YouTube Cover Songs
For better or worse, YouTube has become the ultimate repository of musical
tributes. From guys in their bedrooms, to a capella cleverness, to
guitar-wielding toddlers, this hand-picked list highlights some of the best
around.

* 5 Ways to Support World Malaria Day Online
The fight to end malaria in the developing world has become a rallying cause
on the social web. Check out these five easy ways you can make a difference
online.

* How Non-Profits are Using Social Media for Real Results
Social media has become an essential tool for non-profits in their efforts
to spread awareness and raise funds. Check out some real-world examples of
how some organizations have put the social web to good use.

* Why Content Curation Is Here to Stay
At times, content creators and content curators have been at odds. But the
sheer volume of “stuff” and noise on the web has made curation essential.
This post discusses the status of the curator on today’s social web.

* Social Enterprise: 5 Tips for Getting Execs on Board
There’s no longer much question about whether corporations need to be
engaged in social media, but convincing the head honchos of the value can be
challenging. We spoke to some of the top names in social strategy and got
some great tips on bringing the boardroom up to speed.

* How Does Twitter’s New Social Good Initiative Stack Up?
The recent launch of Twitter’s Hope140 campaign has already done some good
for important causes, but how effective is it when compared to other social
awareness and fundraising campaigns? This post discusses the pros and cons
of tweet-based charity.

* 5 Ways Facebook’s Open Graph Will Impact E-commerce
Facebook’s new Open Graph technology could dramatically change how we
interact with the web, especially when it comes to online shopping. These
five predictions lay out what to expect from your favorite e-commerce sites
in the near future.

* Top 10Wedding Dance Videos on YouTube
If you think you’ve seen some crazy nuptials, check out some of these dance
moves, immortalized forever in the hallowed halls of YouTube.

* HOW TO: Find Long Lost Friends on Facebook
400 million people are using Facebook. If you’re looking for someone,
chances are you can find them there. Here’s how to do it.

* HOW TO: Make the Most of Your Twitter Profile Page
There’s a lot more to Twitter than just sharing your favorite foods in 140
characters. If you’re looking to make an impression with your profile page,
check out these tips.

* 5 Ways Government Works Better With Social Media
Social media has the potential to make government more transparent and
accessible. Here are five examples of how the social web can improve public
services.

* 8 Tips for a Successful Social Media Cause Campaign
Social networks can provide unprecedented reach to non-profits and their
partner companies, but there are some strategies to note before diving into
the next campaign. Check out these eight tips.

* 4 Tips for Integrating Social Media Into the Classroom
Education has long faced resistance to new technologies, but social media
can be a great resource in the classroom. Here are some tips on bringing it
to the fore.

* Top 5 Social Media Tips for C-Suite Execs
While your web-savvy employees may be hip to social media, getting upper
management on board can be challenging. We gathered some expert advice, and
lay out the value proposition in this post.

* Why the Fashion Industry Loves Foursquare
Lifestyle brand Diesel recently launched a fairly tacit Foursquare campaign
that demonstrates the great marketing potential for location-based services.
This post details where they succeeded, and where they fell short.

* Why Hasn’t Location Reached the Mainstream Yet?
Despite all the buzz about location-based services, most people don’t use
them. Here are some of the reasons why, and a few predictions about the
future of the trend.

* HOW TO: Turn Slacktivists into Activists with Social Media
Non-profit Twitter and texting campaigns may be tapping thousands of new
cause contributors, but is a $10 SMS really where their engagement ends?
This post speaks to how non-profits can deepen that connection through
social media.

* Social Media Parenting: Raising the Digital Generation
Who are your kids friending on Facebook, and how much online time is too
much? We asked the experts to weigh in on some concrete strategies for
raising the first fully digital generation.

* HOW TO: Get Notified When Someone Hacks Your Facebook
Did you know that Facebook can alert you when someone logs into your account
from an unknown computer? Follow these simple profile steps to set up this
important security feature.

* In Defense of Facebook
With all the vitriol surrounding Facebook’s latest privacy gaffs, this post
takes a moment to look at the people most responsible for our online privacy
– ourselves.

* How Facebook Makes Edgy Concepts Mainstream
Two years ago, the thought of sharing your location or credit card purchase
history online would have seemed ridiculous. Today, it grows ever more
mainstream thanks to major social networks like Facebook that make these
early-adopter trends more comfortable for the average user.

* Why Twitter Needs to Do More to Save Trending Topics
Twitter recently amended its trending topics algorithm in the hopes of
producing more relevant and newsworthy results. But is this an interference
in the natural development of popular topics? And is Twitter doing enough to
remain a relevant source of real-time news? This post takes a hard look.

* How the U.S. Engages the World with Social Media
You might be surprised to learn that the U.S. Department of State and many
of its embassies around the world are having great success shaping America’s
image abroad through social media. We spoke with some of the diplomats and
officials who are making a difference through Twitter and Facebook.

* 21 Rules for Social Media Engagement
If you’re creating a social media policy for your business, or even your
personal brand, these 21 points are a surefire way to stay on track and on
message in an online world full of noise.

* 5 Innovative Websites That Could Reshape the News
While traditional journalism remains in upheaval, a handful of startups have
provided a glimpse at what the future of news gathering might look like on
the social web. Whether these models are sustainable remains to be seen.
Check out this post for look at some of these innovators.

* 5 Essential Facebook Privacy Tips
If you’re not cognizant of your Facebook privacy settings, you may be
broadcasting things to the world (or even certain groups of friends or
family) that you may not have intended. Note these important settings to
ensure you stay in control of your social data.

* How Social Media is Changing Government Agencies
Agencies around the world are finding that social media is more than a
broadcast medium. Active engagement can serve the public in important ways.
Here are some examples.

* EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes at the “Married on MySpace” Wedding [VIDEO]
We got an exclusive chance to go behind the scenes at the actual wedding of
winning couple Dehlia and Graeham Ford-Feliz.

* TwitPic Founder Talks About the Future of Twitter Photo Sharing [VIDEO]
TwitPic has become one of the most popular ways to share photos on Twitter.
With a recent facelift and a lot of attention from prospective buyers, the
company has some big plans in the works. We spoke to the founder, Noah
Everett, to get his take on TwitPic’s rapid growth and future.

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