Last weekend marked the official start of summer 2013, and The Realtime Report is diving into the season with three new guest bloggers. They will each focus on different topic areas, helping us to continue bringing you the latest in social media and realtime statistics, case studies, campaigns, tools and more — and adding some new voices and fresh perspective. Please join us in welcoming Vincent, Alex and Jake to the #RLTM team! Read →
A team of researchers led by Humboldt State University Dr. Monica Stephens of Humboldt State University (HSU) have released the results of a year-long study identifying the geographic origins of hate speech on Twitter in the U.S. Using the Google Maps API, the team has overlaid the data with a county-level analysis to show the distribution of hate speech on Twitter across the country via an interactive map. Read →
Emotional connectedness to Facebook can be largely predicted by anxiety and alcohol use, according to a recent study by Russell Clayton, a doctoral student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. The study set out to examine “how emotionally involved Facebook users become with the social networking site and the precursors that lead to Facebook connections with other people.” Read →
With the rise of Klout and other personal influence measurement tools, much of the talk around influence marketing has focused on how to best target and engage high-ranking influencers. But new research is showing that a focus on mid-level influencers is actually far more effective when it comes to engagement and driving earned media, at a much more effective cost than “professional” A-list influencers. Read →
On Sunday, I attended a SXSW 2013 session that marks a turning point in the influence marketing conversation: the first really useful and serious discussion of what influence marketing is (and is not), how it works, and the types of tools needed to scale. Read →
The game itself drew a record 24.1 million tweets. But the moment that generated the highest velocity of tweets? The power outage, which Twitter says earned a game-winning 231,500 tweets per minute. And many advertisers took advantage of this huge realtime conversation, finding ways to participate in the conversation with clever, entertaining and engaging content. Here are 8 of our favorite brand tweets from last night’s game — which is your favorite? Read →
If 2012 was the year influencer marketing emerged on the social media marketing scene, 2013 will bring more structure, best practices and better frameworks for leveraging online influencers across marketing initiatives. Based on interviews with marketing and communications pioneers, Evy Wilkins – VP of Marketing at Traackr – shares some tips about how to work with influencers to drive interest for your new product. Read →
Last week, PeopleBrowsr, a social analytics company, won a temporary restraining order preventing Twitter from terminating its long-standing access to the full firehose. At the time, Twitter said that it would vigorously defend itself based on “Contract 101″ arguments, claiming that its agreement with PeopleBrowsr gave the platform every right to terminate access. This week Twitter has changed its position. On December 3, Twitter filed a ‘Notice of Removal’ to Federal Court, claiming instead that PeopleBrowsr’s action against Twitter “arises under federal antitrust law,” and as such should be decided in Federal Court. Read →
Yesterday, a San Francisco court gave PeopleBrowsr, an provider of Twitter analytics services, a temporary restraining order against Twitter. The court ruling forces Twitter to maintains PeopleBrowsr’s full access to Twitter’s firehose of data.
This is a first, small victory for the plaintiff in a case that could become a defining moment in the evolution of the data-driven web. There are many issues at stake in the case, but it begs one over-arching question: is data a utility, a resource to which access should be regulated and protected? Read →
Asking your customers and fans to hack your brand is about as social as a social business can get. You don’t own your brand: your customers do. And hosting your own brand hackathon is a brilliant way to find out just how far your brand can go if you let them have the controls.
“I think the reason people don’t do brand hackathons is brand managers jealously guard their tag lines, logos, and look,” says Betabrand founder Chris Lindland. If this is you, you’re not ready for a brand hackathon. Read on to find out what you’re missing. Read →