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This week, Facebook is getting ready to introduce verified accounts and branded Timeline pages, while tweets about Whitney Houston, Jeremy Lin, and Adele dominate the Twitterverse. Also, buzz about the popular Web site Pinterest continues to makes its way into social media news.
Facebook Statuses Reveal Top 10 Cities for Getting Engaged
After analyzing over 29 million Facebook statuses, Uptake determined that the top ten cities for getting engaged are: Atlanta, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Hamilton, Chicago, Baltimore, Houston, Milwaukee, and Seattle. Do any of these cities surprise you? http://on.mash.to/xBx1y2
Facebook Timeline for Brands Coming Later This Month
Later this month, Facebook is planning to make its Timeline feature available to brands. Timeline will allow brands to express themselves in a number of new, different ways. Additionally, Timeline will allow brands to display a large image at the top of their pages, just like people are able to do on their personal pages. Examples of possible branded Timeline pages are show at the bottom of the full article in a slideshow. Example pages include Burberry, McDonald’s, Kanye West, New York Yankees, Coca-Cola, RedBull, and more. http://on.mash.to/wfGXL3
Facebook Will Verify Celebs – And Let Them Use a Fake Name
TechCrunch reports that Facebook will start offering verified accounts, much like Twitter, to high profile users (starting out as invite-only). After an account is verified, it will appear more frequently in the “people to subscribe to” list. Strangely, unlike Twitter, Facebook will not display a badge on verified accounts – so, how exactly will we be able to tell that these verified accounts are, in fact, verified? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Also, verified account users will have the option to display a nickname, in lieu or alongside their real name. http://on.mash.to/Avwm5m
Pop Legend Whitney Houston Dies at 48 – Twitter Reacts
Pop music icon Whitney Houston passed away this week at the young age of 48. As with any other breaking news story, people responded on Twitter, including celebrities like Mariah Carey, Ryan Seacrest, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and many others. In honor of Whitney, Spotify created a playlist of her greatest hits album, which is now available. Rest in peace, Whitney. http://on.mash.to/y4RMt8
In a related article: Twitter Breaks News of Whitney Houston Death 27 Minutes Before Press. This is another example of the power of social media and how it can be used as a viable news source.
Knicks’ Jeremy Lin Continues Domination of Social Media and NBA
#Linsanity is a hashtag you couldn’t miss if you’ve been on Twitter at all this week, especially for NBA fans. In the past week alone, Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks has added over 130,000 followers to his network. #Linsanity has inspired spinoff accounts, such as @Linterest. How long do you think #Linsanity will last? http://on.mash.to/AfBsui
Adele Raked in More Than 10,000 Tweets Per Second During Grammys
During the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, Adele pulled in a whopping 10,000 tweets per second after she won Record of the Year. As you might have guessed, this was the most-tweeted event of the night. After Adele, other popular Twitterlebrities (and actual celebrities) of the night were Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna. Who did you tweet about during the Grammys? http://on.mash.to/wNZfJ5
Google+ Most Popular With Male Users, Students [INFOGRAPHIC]
According to Website-Monitoring, men make up 67% of the Google+ audience, which isn’t exactly new information. Something we didn’t know is that 20% of Google+ users are students, which happens to be the most popular profession on the social media site. Software engineers come in second place with a mere 2.65%. On another note, Google+ has become quite popular in India with Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Calcutta all making the list of top ten Google+ cities. http://on.mash.to/xVVC3a
Pinterest: Everything You Wanted to Know About 2012’s Hottest Startup [INFOGRAPHIC]
Have you hopped on the Pinterest train yet? If not, here’s an infographic that will tell you everything you need to know about 2012’s social media phenomenon. http://on.mash.to/z8sPsW
Valentine’s Day Google Doodle
In light of Valentine’s Day, Google featured a special Google Doodle with a cartoon video featuring Tony Bennett’s “Cold, Cold Heart.” http://bit.ly/A7oSXH