Social media moves so fast, it's hard to keep up. Here are the week's top stories in scan-friendly format:

  • Social Networking At Work Makes Us Smarter
  • Twitter Tweaks Its Search
  • Social Media Master's Degree?
  • Spring Cleaning: Delete your Unwanted User Accounts

Social Networking At Works Makes Us Smarter

According to a recent story in Wired link, Twittering and interacting with your friends on Facebook can make for better employees. In fact, it can lead to an increase in productivity.

Citing a study out of Australia, the article goes on to say that workers who get short breaks and are allowed to check their social networks have sharper concentration for doing their work-related tasks. During their short Internet-powered breaks, employees reported doing tasks such as playing online games, researching products and reading online news.

Perhaps more companies should allow for casual Internet browsing, in moderation of course.

Twitter Tweaks Its Search

Real-time search is fast becoming a well-used feature on the Internet. To this end, Twitter is changing the way search results are displayed on their site. In a recent blog post, the company debuted their "Discovery Engine". This new search will display search results right in your twitter home page instead of a separate results page.

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Twitter Search

It will be interesting to see how Twitter can drive usage of their Twitter search features. Many users still utilize third-party utilities such as TweetDeck and Twhirl to monitor Twitter search results.

Twitter, with the rollout of the Discovery Engine and other search utilities, will likely be able to keep eyeballs on Twitter.com for tracking trends and keywords on the popular micro-blogging platform.

Social Media Master's Degree?

Even though the world of social media is an exciting one, does it warrant a college degree being dedicated to it? Birmingham City University, a U.K. college, will start offering a Master's degree in social media, according to the Telegraph newspaper.

The college will offer a program that helps students learn about blogs, podcasts and other online social networking tools and technologies. The Master's program will begin next year and is hoping to garner support amongst those interested in the new way of networking on the Internet.

Although the information being taught in this program might be basic to those in their twenties, the Master's degree will be valuable to anyone in PR or marketing who wants to "get" the brave new world of new media.

Spring Cleaning: Delete your Unwanted User Accounts

In the world of Web 2.0, a new service seems to pop up every day. In order to keep up with what's new and hot, you often open new accounts and quickly forget about them once you become bored with the new-fangled service or website. The result is user names and accounts that you no longer need or utilize.

MakeUseOf recently posted a quick guide on how to delete your unwanted accounts on services such as Jaiku, Friendfeed and the like. Sometimes these sites make it very difficult to find the mechanism to delete your unwanted accounts, so MakeUseOf's guide is a welcome How-To on getting rid of your unneeded account information.