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  • Is Social Media Urban Sprawl Possible?

    by: on 13 July 2009 - 1 Comment

    Is Social Media Urban Sprawl Possible?

    co-authored by Benn Rosales The City as a living organism With the birth of the major American metropolises, scientists sought out ways to describe how a city is born and how urban sprawl occurs. One of the dominant urban growth theory models that is still used to explain the phenomenon of cities spilling over into more rural areas (thus becoming neighborhoods/subdivisions) is Ernest Burgess’ “Zone Model” (or “Urban Land Use Model” if you’re fancy). He was a sociologist at the University of Chicago, so his model was based on his home city and his aim was to study the city as a living organism and showed that just like in a natural ...

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  • Twitter is a Breeding Ground for Scams

    by: on 09 July 2009 - 0 Comment

    You knew this was coming... If you've ever had an email address and had Prince Abdulla contact you offering to pay you $5k if you transfer some money for him or been told you can work from home and make six figures per year just by buying a starter kit, you know how the online scam world operates. It took longer than I expected, but Twitter has become a breeding ground for scams much like those that hit your email spam box or call your phone with private numbers. Better Business Bureau points fingers BBB has issued a warning to everyone about Twitter scams: The e-mail links to EasyTweetProfits.com, a company out ...

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  • Find People in Common on Twitter

    by: on 08 July 2009 - 2 Comments

    The Problem: When you have a Twitter account, people come from out of the blue to follow everything you say. You have no idea where they came from and you don't want to ask them directly in case you met at a party or through a friend and you have since forgotten. Who needs *that* embarassment? The Solution: TweepDiff is a simple tool that allows you to enter two twitter usernames (for example yours and your new follower's) and see who you have in common. This way you can see instantly what common ground you have AND you have an automatic conversation starter, "cool! I see you follow ...

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  • Twitter Addiction Side Effects

    by: on 07 July 2009 - 1 Comment

    Are You Addicted to Twitter? The fastest way to know if you're addicted to Twitter is to take the quiz. The other way is to look at the 46 phases of Twitter which range from "1. Hear the word Twitter. Scoff." to "25. Make it your life mission to get RT'd." to "44. Think to self, 'I should twitter that.'" to see if you've completed the final stages. 8 Side Effects of Twitter Addiction I'm no doctor and studies that I just made up in my head show that addiction to Twitter side effects can be: Verbal diarrheaing via SMS. Telling your children to behave or you'll Twitter ...

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  • Austin Tweetup This Thursday

    by: on 07 July 2009 - 1 Comment

    Wow What's a Tweetup? It's an informal happy hour where everyone in the city using social media is invited to come have a drink and mingle with the people you know from online. Almost 100 people have RSVPd to this impromptu gathering, you should come too! Details

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