Is your cute new Facebook friend actually a repo man?Posted on Sat May 9 2009
Another week's end means another installment of The Social Pathology Report, Whitney Mitchell's weekly wrap-up of buzzworthy bits from the world of social media.
It's May 9th. I thought I'd just put that out there, since 2010 is a weird year for me to comprehend and we're nearly halfway there. This Alabama warm weather's getting to me.
Enough with my sudden-onset nostalgia and on to what caught my eye Web-wise this week:
- Hundreds of Facebook users got a little treat recently when they discovered a cute, Aussie blonde they'd "friended" was actually a collection agency out to retrieve information over past debts. That's got to burn. [Consumerist]
- It's not often that I get to post about my long lost friend, Last.fm. It's a streaming music service that collects data on what you listen to on and off of it's site via a service called scrobbling. This week, Mashable broke down the site's new feature, "visual radio". Anyone else reminded of old-school Windows Media Player? Just me, I guess. [Mashable]
- News that MySears.com and MyKmart.com will attempt to engage customers through their own social networks reminded MediaPost of the dire situation Wal-Mart got itself into back in 2006 with it's own attempt to micromanage social media, "The Hub". [MediaPost]
- FINALLY: An aggregated list of websites that will make my decisions for me. Now all I need is some text-to-speech and cheesepuff-to-mouth technology and I'd have this blog covered. [ReadWriteWeb]
- Because we all enjoy lists (as shown by Griner's awesome 7 Deadly Sins of Social Media posted/megatweeted earlier this week), here's a way to devote more time than you ever thought you would to emotions, all thanks to Neatorama and their "10 Things You Didn't Know About Emoticons". [Neatorama]
Whitney Sides Mitchell is an intern social media planner for Luckie & Co., founder of the local-music blog BHAM.FM and a music blogger for AL.com. Her Social Pathology Report appears here each Friday.