Simple and short, here are this week’s social media updates. As always, we would love to hear your feedback on our posts. Please let us know what you think! Is there something you would like to see more of? Happy reading & happy Friday!
Scammers Pinning Your Information
As new social media platforms develop, scammers are hoping to take advantage of the early adopters of Pinterest. We have all seen it on Facebook, Twitter, and shall I even dare mention MySpace; “Starbucks is giving away 10,000 free gift cards” or “claim your $50 H&M gift card today.” Those of us smart enough to realize right off the bat that these are just scams meant to get personal information from us shy away. However, there are others who do click and fill out “surveys” and wait for their non-existing gift card. And now, Pinterest users need to be aware of similar scam attempts. Rule of thumb if you want to enter a sweepstakes from well known brands: go on their official Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest pages and check to make sure a contest is truly happening. If at that point you would like to enter, make sure you read all of the rules and understand exactly what information you will be asked to provide. http://bit.ly/zuDrro
March Social Media Madness
If you have dedicated your life to basketball during the month of March, it may make things easier to grab some apps to help you keep track of your bracket. Check out Mashable’s list of 7 “baller” apps to follow March Madness online. http://on.mash.to/FO9Mv2
Instagram for Android Coming “Soon”
Instagram’s Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger were at SXSW last week and gave the much dreaded “really soon” answer for an ETA on the Android version of the highly popular photo app. But don’t worry fellow green robot lovers, according to early reviews of the prototype, the app is “incredibly fast, works great on a range of larger screens, and has a sharing functionality with Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks.” http://wapo.st/ACA2Ri
Will the Twitter Death Hoax EVER End?
Apparently, the answer to that question is no. Victims of the not-so-funny jokes have included teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, comedian Jim Carrey, actress Demi Moore, pop sensation Taylor Swift, and pretty much anyone you can think of (the latest being Celine Dion). While Twitter may be one of the first places we turn to for confirmation of an event, we must also keep in mind it is an unfiltered ecosystem where anyone can put out anything at anytime. Do you think, with antics such as this, it makes it harder for the public to trust Twitter as a ‘source’ for news? http://exm.nr/wyvg5V