As the internet continues to grow and play a key part in daily life for citizens of the United States, calls for new laws to monitor and control web actions have risen. The opposition jumps at the chance to pick at the nature of the proposed laws, and explain that they are motivated by greed, fear, or misunderstanding by out of touch politicians. Lawmakers on the other side of the argument claim that as use of the web becomes more ubiquitous in real life, it should be regulated as any other communications hub should.
This past week was a high water mark for usage of social media (for people in flooded areas, no pun intended!). In addition to YouTube videos of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, many voters took Instagram pictures of their completed ballot from directly inside the booth. People of all political persuasions had some heated debates on Facebook and Twitter. According to a tweet from Twitter’s verified Government & Politics team, Election Day was the most tweeted about event in US political history with 20 million tweets.
Hurricane Sandy was a life changing event for anyone living on the eastern seaboard of the United States. For people in other regions of the country, social media provided a spotlight on the pre-storm preparations, emergency announcements, on-the-ground reports of damage, and a network of support for victims and volunteers.
In a recent press conference, Linkedin, the social network for business professionals & job seekers, unveiled their new profile design and features, which seek to give members a better looking profile to spotlight their skills, connections, and professional identity. The redesign is the biggest news coming out of the company since going public in 2011.
Since January 2009, LinkedIn’s membership has grown from 32 million to 175+ million members, and more than 175,000 new profiles are created every day, along with 25 million profile views. In September 2012 alone, LinkedIn users conducted 3 billion people searches, and there have been 10 million endorsements since that feature’s launch.