Meerkat Adds New Feature called Cameo

Meerkat-logoThe live-streaming social media video app, Meerkat, has announced a major update this week. The company has added a new feature called Cameo which let’s you make a 60-second video cameo appearance during someone’s live video stream. This new feature now sets Meerkat apart from its competitor, Periscope. However, that’s not all that Meerkat has announced. They pulled another rabbit out of their hat by giving everyone the ability to connect their Facebook account to Meerkat instead of Twitter. Why the big change? Well, the main reason could be that Periscope is owned by Twitter and they could be trying to cut ties with a competitor. We’ll have to wait to see how it all pans out.

Live Meerkat stream

Live Meerkat stream

In the meantime, you now have more reasons to give Meerkat a try. If you do, email us back at socialmediatab@gmail.com and let us know what you think of Meerkat. If you would like to write a report on your experience, we would love to feature you on our website.

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Posted On 15 Jul 2015

Hillary Clinton Sticks with Facebook Twitter and YouTube

Hillary_2016_Presidential_RaceOkay, the big 2016 presidential announcement is now officially in the books. Hillary Clinton is running for President in 2016. When the announcement took place, her staff posted a two-minute video to introduce her campaign and posted it on social media for the world to absorb it. A+ for effort and attention grabbing. After watching the video, people who are interested in learning more about Mrs. Clinton went to her website at www.hillaryclinton.com. Her website asks for your email address and zip code to join her on her journey. If you wanted to follow her through social media you probably also noticed the Facebook, Twitter and YouTube icons to the middle right of her website’s homepage. It looks like she’s sticking with the top three social media avenues and did not include: Pinterest, Google+ or Instagram. Does that mean that the other social media networks are not big enough or good enough to include in a presidential campaign? What about LinkedIn where millions of  U.S. business people congregate on a daily basis? Maybe there will be something included on these other social networks in the future, but for now she’s sticking with the big ones.

 

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Posted On 12 Apr 2015

Katy Perry vs Taylor Swift on Twitter

Katy_Perry_TwitterWell the numbers don’t lie. Katy Perry is currently sitting on top of the Twitter world with more followers than Justin Bieber, Barack Obama, and most importantly, Taylor Swift. We’ve all heard about the feud going on between Katy and Taylor, right? Katy definitely has more followers than Taylor. She has more than 12 Million followers than Taylor and those numbers keep coming in every day.

Here are the numbers for the top 10 Twitter mavens as of April 8, 2015:

1. Katy Perry – 68,096,000 followers

2. Justin Bieber – 62, 506,000 followers

3. Barack Obama – 57, 733,000 followers

4. Taylor Swift – 55, 811,000 followers

5. YouTube – 50, 030,000 followers

6. Lady Gaga – 45, 552,000 followers

7. Justin Timberlake – 44,085,000 followers

8. Rihanna – 43,521,000 followers

9. Ellen DeGeneres – 41,982,000 followers

10. Britney Spears – 41,433,000 followers

 

Who do you think will make it to the top 10 in 2016?

 

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Posted On 08 Apr 2015

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Has to Up His Social Media Posts

04_thThe newly appointed CEO of Microsoft Corp is Satya Nadella. He was Microsoft’s cloud head and has proven himself to be a good leader. In a recent interview with India’s Deccan Chronicle, Mr. Nadella said that he learned a lot about leadership by playing cricket. Taking charge in sports can help one’s self-esteem. It will be interesting to see how he takes his life experiences and applies it to a technology giant.

In the meantime, Mr. Nadella has stated that he will be making some changes right away. One of them he posted right on his Twitter account. It reads as follows:

Satya Nadella ‏@satyanadella  15h “first commitment as CEO…i won’t wait 4 years between tweets!”
This is very good advice, since he will be closely monitored by the world and social media in general.
* What do you think his first steps should be as the new CEO of Microsoft?

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Posted On 05 Feb 2014

Making Fun of Social Media with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and More

Vintage Social Networking cartoon - SocialMediaTAB.com

Vintage Social Networking cartoon – SocialMediaTAB.com

One way to get people’s attention in the social media business is to draw a cartoon about it. If your cartoon happens to be making fun of all the top social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Skype, Instagram, Foursquare, WordPress, Reddit, and any others, it will be a hit. This particular cartoon made its debut a few years ago and it’s still making the rounds in social media posts, walls and photos. What’s your favorite item in this cartoon??? We’d love to hear your opinion. And, if you create your own social media cartoon, send it to us. We’d love to feature it on our homepage.

Enjoy!

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Posted On 22 Oct 2013

Social Media Sites Buzzing About Healthcare – Obamacare!

Healthcare.gov Twitter page - Social Media TAB

Healthcare.gov Twitter page – Social Media TAB

People are either asking where to get new health care insurance or they’re having trouble accessing the new government website at healthcare.gov. The President noted that by 7am on October 1st, 2013, over 1 million people had already visited the site. Then a report came in that stated over 2.8 million visitors came to the site and the site crashed from all of the people trying to sign up at the same time. The White House then reported that the response has been overwhelming. The consensus: people want health insurance and they’re glad they can now get it.

Additionally, Connecticut’s state site showed people interested in healthcare with over 130,000 hits. However, that’s nothing compared to California’s site which saw a whopping 1.7 million hits.

Healthcare.gov’s Twitter account also blossomed quickly and now has over 100,000 people following it.

What do you think of the new Healthcare.gov site? How successful do you think it will be?

 

 

Posted On 02 Oct 2013

Grand Theft Auto V Game – Social Media Sites Buzzing About 1 Billion Dollars

gta5 artWhen Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V (five) game hit the retail scene on September 17, 2013, it seemed like just another game release day, right? Wrong. The social media buzz has been building for months for GTA 5 and gamers couldn’t wait to get their hands on a copy. The debate is still going whether the XBOX 360 or PS3 version is the way to go, but none the less, it’s a HOT game.

According to a Reuters Press Release, GTA 5 has surpassed the $1 Billion dollar mark in sales, yes that’s a “B” in Billion, within the first three days of retail sales. That’s a new all time record for an entertainment product. This game has reached a billion mark faster than any other video game or blockbuster Hollywood film. It’s truly an amazing feat that no one should take lightly. Rockstar did release a “Making of Grand Theft Auto” film to build hype around the game. But, will there be a Hollywood film to follow? Not sure, because video games that turn into films typically have not done well. BUT, perhaps this one could change things around? What do you think, would you go to see the movie version of this game?

Here are some interesting stats on the new game:

Scene from GTA 5

Scene from GTA 5

* First day sales toppled $800 Million

* 5th installment of a 16-year old game

* 5 years in development

* Production cost is between $200 and $250 Million

* In 2012, Activision Blizzard’s Call Of Duty: Black Ops II hit $1 Billion in 15 days

* GTA 5 is currently only available on PS3 and XBOX360 (total gamers who own these consoles is 160 Million)

* Rockstar is now preparing to launch Grand Theft Auto V on the new PS4 and XBOX One in November

* Time Magazine’s Rating: “You’ve never seen a game world as thoroughly realized…as irresistible to play as it is to admire.” – Time, 5/5

Interesting Twitter Tweets:

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Posted On 22 Sep 2013

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, Joins Twitter on iPhone 5S and 5C Release Day

Apple CEO Joins Twitter - AppsGacdgetsETC.com

Apple CEO Joins Twitter – AppsGadgetsETC.com

It’s official! Apple CEO, Tim Cook, creates his first Twitter account to kick off the releases of the new iPhone 5S and 5C. Mr. Cook’s first tweet is as follows: “Visited Retail Stores in Palo Alto today. Seeing so many happy customers reminds us of why we do what we do.” – @tim_cook.

It’s amazing that Mr.Cook didn’t have a Twitter account previously, but it was great timing on his part. Within the first few hours of joining Twitter more than 70,000 people logged on and followed him. His Twitter account states: CEO Apple, Fan of Auburn football and Duke basketball.

Will you be following him on Twitter too? What would you like to see him tweet?

 

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Posted On 20 Sep 2013

Ups and Downs of Apple Stock and The New iPhone 5S

iPhone 5S Fingerprint ID Controversy on Twitter - SocialMediaTAB.com

iPhone 5S Fingerprint ID Controversy on Twitter – SocialMediaTAB.com

Since releasing the news about their iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S, there have been lots of yays and nays from people within the mobile phone industry and techies in the media. Whichever way you do look at these new products, they will forever change our lives both personally and in business. For example, many tweeters on Twitter have been commenting about how the new features will affect them. The biggest discussion is on the Fingerprint ID feature. WIRED states, “Apple’s Fingerprint IS May Mean You Can’t Take the Fifth.” the new feature they’re referring to is the biometric authentication process on the new iPhone. This new feature allows the iPhone user to unlock the phone when the phone scans the users fingerprint after pressing the home key.

WIRED also stated, “Because the constitutional protection of the Fifth Amendment, which guarantees that “no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself,” may not apply when it comes to biometric-based fingerprints (things that reflect who we are) as opposed to memory-based passwords and PINs (things we need to know and remember).” They bring up an excellent point. Well done, WIRED!

Whast do you think of the new fingerprint status? Many believe this will be commonplace with personalized technologies in the near future. Within the next five years many devices within the home such as TV, stereo, dishwasher, refrigerator and others will be connected to our smartphones and smartwatches. It will be the future and many people already have a head start on them.

So, do you believe a fingerprint ID status is a good or bad idea for the new iPhone 5S? Let us know what you think.

 

 

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Posted On 12 Sep 2013

Khloe Kardashian Shrugs Off the Lamar Odom Hype on Twitter

Khloe Kardashian and her friends post on Instagram

Khloe Kardashian and her friends post on Instagram

One day after her NBA star husband, Lamar Odom, was arrested for DUI, Khloe Kardashian does a smart thing… posts an Instagram photo of her with friends to divert the attention away from Lamar. Did it work? Some Hollywood experts think so. When entertainment news hits, people usually turn to Twitter to catch the latest buzz, right? So, Khloe hopped on the bandwagon and posted something other than Khloe/Lamar photos and info. That in turn got people tweeting about something else. This girl is smart!

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Posted On 30 Aug 2013
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