Every week, we have a look at some of the biggest social media stories that are out there, sift through the thousands of articles on offer and bring you 25 stories that are worth your attention.
These are never breaking news stories, but rather some of the deepest thinkers and smartest minds from the world of technology and social media, offering their thoughts and views regarding the biggest stories of the week.
You won't make it through them all in one sitting, but it'll bring you up to speed with this week's happenings. So just sit back, grab a coffee and enjoy.
- The narcissism of minor Silicon Valley differences. (TechCrunch)
- The mess that is Google shopping (Search Engine Land)
- How many startups will Facebook gifts kill (PandoDaily)
- Well, it's becoming clear that Steve Jobs was flat-out wrong (Business Insider)
- The late smartphone adopter paradox (Asymco)
- How YouTube is leaving amateurs behind (Slate
- Via @BarackObama, the most popular tweet of all time (The Atlantic)
- The secret sauce in Square's Starbucks partnership: Discovery, QR codes (Fast Company)
- Twitter kills the fail whale, one tweet at a time (New York Times Bits)
- Why can't Silicon Valley take a joke? (New York Magazine)
- Here's what a piece of viral news looks like as it makes its way to Google+ explore (TechCrunch)
- The Niantic Project: What is Google up to? (Forbes)
- How did Gangnam Style go viral? (Social Media Today)
- Whether it's Bing or Heineken, at the end of the day, it's what's inside that counts (Forbes)
-Is Facebook "broken on purpose" to sell promoted posts? (Ars Technica)
- LinkedIn endorsements changes everything. Here's why (Inc. Magazine
- Why Google went offline today and a bit about how the internet works (CloudFlare Blog)
- Why Twitter hoaxes will always be short lived (MIT Technology Review)
- How design bloggers are taking on Pinterest and Tumblr (Business Insider)
- Blog counterpoint: Why Facebook should *not* buy Tumblr (PandoDaily)
- How can brands best plug in to the social media revolution? (AdAge Digital)
- Now Wikipedia used to predict movie box office revenues (MIT Technology Review)
- News Feed, EdgeRank and page posts: what's really going on with Facebook? (Inside Facebook)
- Here's LinkedIn's biggest unresolved revenue problem right now (Business Insider)
- Why Google and Microsoft are competing for the airwaves (and what it says about opportunity) (Forbes)
Some of our blog posts this week that you might have missed.
- The giant free Simply Zesty eBook - An advanced guide to social media marketing
- How to increases your YouTube video views the right way.
- B2B business blogging - The complete in-depth guide to creating a killer blog.
- The top ten social media agencies in the world.
- How to improve B2B lead generation on LinkedIn.