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The week in social: Kyck, Obama & why we share

by Mike Davison on 22 June 2012

Here are some stories that caught our eye on and around the social web this week.


Facebook rolls out comment editing

Facebook’s been busy rolling out a new edit feature on comments allowing users to correct or amend posts. This will be a relief to clumsy fingered, impetuous or drunk users alike. Apparently this won’t yet be available for embeddable comments. Read more on the LA Times.


Kyck mobile app for footie fans

Kyck is a new social app for sports fans. Still in beta, it’s been described as a cross between Twitter and Tumblr and allows you to tag content by team or player. View the demo below.


YouTube joins Pinterest

YouTube set up an account on Pinterest this week and are video pinning away. Boards include ‘Make It Yourself [craft]’, ‘Nom Nom Nom [food]’, ‘Work It Out [exercise]’ and ‘Fins, Furs and Feathers’ [animals]. Check out what YouTube’s sharing here.


Facebook introduces new hover cards

Facebook has integrated cover photo design into hover cards. If the user has upgraded to Timeline, a hover provides more contextual information than you were able to get before – all without needing to click through. The hover card includes a ‘Like’ button and stats are all aggregated in Facebook’s insights as a separate series on the chart labeled ‘on hover’.

Read more on Inside Facebook.


Obama’s campaign dashboard

With the presidential race in full flow, team Obama have released a social campaign dashboard called, er, ‘Dashboard’ designed to complement offline canvassing and help advocates spread the word. It’s designed to track volunteer group goals, mobilize the community and help coordinate campaigning efforts.

Read more on Mashable.


Is social media making us more socially awkward?

Each day, Facebookers spend 10.5 billion minutes on the site. So are we just too obsessed with social media? This provocative study by schools.com takes a look at the trade-off between online interactions and offline relationships.


Where the Hell is Matt 2012

Over a million views in a week, ‘Where the Hell is Matt’ returns with contemporary jigging. Hurrah.


Why we share

This study from Online Education examines why people share and what people share online. According to the stats, 90% of us think we’re sharing too much.

More from Online Education’s study here.


Hyper Hashtags

This university project is a fun way of blending physical and social. From the creator, Raquel Martinez (@rademark_), here’s how it works:

1. Everyday I pick a hashtagged trending topic on twitter
2. Then I pick a tweet from the trending topic feed
3. I go into kindergarten mode, and illustrate a response or commentary to that tweet with clay and paper
4. Then I tweet about it, and the #HyperHashtag becomes part of the wave of tweets of the day

And the result looks something like this:

Here’s a whistlesome intro video to explain more about the project.

Visit hyperhashtags.com for more.



WitStream describes itself as a live comedy stream with contributors from the great and good of US TV comedy. In their own words…

“WitStream® is your 24-hour live comedy ticker. An endless flow of up-to-the-minute comedy and commentary delivered to you in real time: what’s funny, about what’s happening, NOW.

Assembled at WitStream® is an exclusive group of established comedians, professional writers and all-around brilliant humorists. Read topical gems from the people who bring you Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Onion and more. Check in if you want to hear their take on the latest in celebrity shenanigans, political idiocy, or even their own daily lives, however mundane or extraordinary. Whatever’s happening now, this crew can see right through it and find something hilarious to say.”

Have a scan through their latest posts here.

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