Social media moves so fast, it's hard to keep up. Here are the week's top stories in scan-friendly format:
- Delicious Comes out With Real-Time News Tracking
- ESPN Responds to Social Media Outcry
- Social Media Gets Even More Mobile
- Marines and NFL Ban Twitter and Facebook
Delicious Comes out With Real-Time News Tracking
Delicious (formerly known as del.icio.us) was acquired by Yahoo! a few years ago. It has sat humming along as a great utility for capturing and sharing your favorite links from around the web in one centralized location. More recently, the Delicious founder left Yahoo! and many wondered what would happen with the popular bookmarking service.
Yahoo! answered this question yesterday by releasing a new feature for real-time news tracking. Now, the Delicious home page shows hot tagging activity and the hottest news on the web, according to Delicious users.
The new site page also has some rudimentary Twitter functionality, showing how many times an individual story has been tweeted.
It's good to see Delicious continuing to innovate, especially pending the upcoming Microsoft activity associated with Yahoo!'s new agreement.
ESPN Responds to Social Media Outcry
Early in the day on August 4th, an ESPN employee sent out a tweet that said ESPN, the popular U.S. Sports network, is “prohibiting tweeting info unless it serves ESPN.” After this, an onslaught of outrage followed on Twitter, as the public lashed ESPN for this new policy towards the popular microblogging service.
Apparently, ESPN got the message and replied with a more official response where they clarified their intentions. ESPN is merely clarifying the policy where reporters and commentators can send out Tweets. A publicist even reached out to a Mashable reporter and gave her a copy of the entire policy.
The policy itself is a little authoritarian, but isn't as bad as Twitter users had feared before ESPN's response. This is a valuable lesson for companies working in the new social media world - that being upfront, authentic and honest is the new way to go with regards to communications.
Social Media Gets Even More Mobile
INQ Mobile is an innovative mobile phone maker. They build the INQ1, a fancy little 3G handset that embraces the social media world by giving you tools on the handset including MySpace, Facebook, Flickr, MSN Messenger and so on. All this functionality is available on a phone that costs less than $100.
Yesterday, INQ continued with their product roll-out by touting the new INQ Chat, INQ Chat 3G and Mini 3G. These new phones are aimed at those otherwise lured by a BlackBerry or iPhone, but offer similar functionality at a much lower price. The new INQ handsets add on-board Twitter functionality, IM tools such as Skype, and push-email -- everything the social mobile crows needs.
Aiming squarely at the iPhone, the new INQ handsets also offer media syncing with Apple's iTunes.
With great prices and an attractive feature set, phones such as these offered by INQ are going to put social media services and the mobile web into more people's pocket.
Marines and NFL Ban Twitter and Facebook
The Marines and the NFL have separately (but simultaneously) banned soldiers and players from using social networking sites. The Marines are concerned with soldier safety, noting that enemies can lurk anywhere, especially on social networking sites. As for the NFL, the football league wants to reign in on personal behavior issues associated with players tweeting during team functions.
These organizations' denial of social networking should have us all think about when it is appropriate and not appropriate to be participating in microblogging and networking sites.
Also, think about those who are watching your tweets and status updates. In recent months, a man's house was broken into while he tweeted about being on a road trip with his family.