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Vatican offers 'time off purgatory' to followers of Pope Francis tweets

How’s this for a marketing strategy? Guardian.uk is reporting on the Vatican’s latest attempts to keep up with social media. Tom Kington writes that the Roman Catholic Church “has married one of its oldest traditions to the world of social media by offering indulgences to followers of Pope Francis‘ tweets.” The article says, “the church’s granted indulgences reduce the time Catholics believe they ...

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Teens migrating to Twitter tell researchers there are too many adults, too much drama on Facebook

WASHINGTON — Twitter is booming as a social media destination for teenagers who complain about too many adults and too much drama on Facebook, according to a new study published Tuesday about online behavior. It said teens are sharing more personal information about themselves even as they try to protect their online reputations. Teens told researchers there were too many ...

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#NCAA bans Twitter hashtags on the field

The NCAA has apparently weighed in on the use of Twitter hashtags on college athletic fields. The organization’s decision to ban the use of hashtags (ie: #NCAA) is a strike against social media, school pride and athletic departments everywhere from the University of Alabama to Southern Maine Community College (#SeaWolves). MBJ looked at this phenomenon last October in the middle of Mississippi ...

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Social media guru is gaga for Lady Gaga

From partnering with game developer Zynga to promote her bestselling album “Born this Way” to Tweeting “natural” pictures of herself sans makeup, pop superstar Lady Gaga apparently knows how to use social media to her advantage. The 26-year-old multiple Grammy and MTV award-winning artist (who’s real name is Stefani Germanotta) is a walking brand and admits to being stylistically influenced by ...

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To Tweet or not to Tweet

Twitter, the popular micro-blog and short message service (SMS), has become an important marketing tool for companies and their advertising agencies eager to promote different products and services to the public. While celebrity athletes and movie stars still get the most followers, corporate giants like Best Buy, Target and Apple also enjoy a healthy Twitter fandom. Users who sign up ...

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STODDER: Blooming interest in Pinterest

Once belittled as an insubstantial electronic scrapbook with narrow appeal, the 2-year-old website Pinterest is maturing into a marketing monster. Visits to the site have increased more than 4,000 percent in less than a year, vaulting it to the No. 3 spot in social-media popularity behind only Facebook and Twitter. Some big-name retailers are taking not only notice, but also ...

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Where you @?

Facebook may be king of the social media hill this week with their highly anticipated public offering, but here at MBJ we try to be well-versed in all the social media platforms.         Here are some favorite Twitter handles that we follow in no particular order. Chuck Jordan, Mayor of Greenville @GvillMayorChuck Volunteer Oxford @OxfordVolunteer Gulf Coast Expo @gulfcoastexpo Yazoo ...

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‘Crowd-funding’ changing the start-up game

Thirty-four-year-old Matt Hoggatt has been a Jimmy Buffett fan since childhood. Thanks to his use of social media, Hoggatt is awfully close to becoming a regular touring partner with the music legend. Hoggatt, a detective with the Gautier Police Department, won a contest held by “American Songwriter” magazine for his song, “Dear Jimmy Buffett.” Thrilled, Hoggatt posted a link to ...

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Low tech is still good tech…

I would, somewhat vainly perhaps, consider myself a social media savant. I was blogging on Xanga when WordPress was still in beta testing. I was on Facebook before it was cool. Way before. Twitter has finally grown on me and I’m up to about 200 Tweets since last fall. Skype has been a great way to keep up via video ...

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TWEETING FARMERS

If tweeting farmers seems like a far-fetched idea, think again. Much of agriculture is now high tech and that includes farmers who are turning more and more to social media for a variety of reasons. “Just like the rest of the population, farmers’ use of Facebook, blogs and other social media has increased and is now an important part of ...

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