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Social Media Daily News – May 3, 2011

May 3, 2011

Good morning. I recently wrote about the crazy law in Canada that didn’t allow citizens to talk about their election on social networking sites until the polls closed. From the looks of things people did follow the law, but the social chatter that erupted on Facebook after the polls closed was staggering. Canadians were quick to jump online and talk about their votes as well as the law keeping them off of the web. I’m just shocked anyone actually followed the rules. With Bin Laden’s death making headlines everywhere, the web was where the news first broke. Twitter saw 12.4 million tweets per hour, the “Bin Laden is Dead” fan page on Facebook gained 442k+ likes, 350+ people reviewed Bin Laden’s Compound on Google maps, and people all over the world checked into “Bin Laden’s Grave” on the geo location game Foursquare. AT&T is joining the Groupon style coupon game with their version of a daily deal. AT&T will use YP.com (Yellow Pages) to send daily deals to registered users. The social coupon landscape is quickly becoming saturated and crowded, so it will be interesting to see what AT&T can do to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Enjoy.

I. Canadian Facebook Postings Surge After Polls Close, allfacebook.com, May 3, 2011
II. How the Social Web Reflected on Bin Laden’s Death, mashable.com, May 2, 2011
III. AT&T To Launch Groupon Competitor, mashable.com, May 3, 2011
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I. Canadian Facebook Postings Surge After Polls Close, allfacebook.com, May 3, 2011
http://www.allfacebook.com/canadian-facebook-postings-surge-after-polls-close-2011-05
The moment the last of the polls closed, Canadians began posting rants about the outcome, almost overcompensating for the nation’s ban on social media posts while the votes were still coming in.
The letting out of pent-up desire to post makes more sense when you compare how Facebookers in the U.S. — and other countries besides Canada — have posted their votes on the social network.

II. How the Social Web Reflected on Bin Laden’s Death, mashable.com, May 2, 2011
http://mashable.com/2011/05/02/social-media-bin-laden/#13477Social-Medias-Reaction-to-Bin-Ladens-Death
What a difference ten years makes. In the past 24 hours, a resource we didn’t even have a decade ago has become a primary medium — not only for finding out about important news but also for sharing it and reacting to it. News of terrorist Osama bin Laden’s death has been spreading across the social web with a speed and volume only seen in the most dramatic world events. In fact, many of you heard the news via Twitter or Facebook before turning to traditional news sources.
III. AT&T To Launch Groupon Competitor, mashable.com, May 3, 2011
http://mashable.com/2011/05/03/att-groupon-competitor/
Add another big player to the list of Groupon competitors: AT&T. The telecom giant Monday began pre-registration to consumers in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas-Fort Worth for a service via the company’s yp.com that will send daily deals to consumers. The company is offering $10 toward the first Deal of the Day for those who sign up through May 22. The service is expected to go live in a few weeks.

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