Social Media Revolution: Social media has become a large player in Middle Eastern civil unrest, for better and for worse. Most recently Facebook took down a Facebook page calling for a third Palestinian intifada to take place on May 15 that had reached 340,000 followers. However, pro-Palestinian activists quickly set up similar pages on Facebook and elsewhere on the Web; for example, the pan-Muslim Rassoul Allah page on Facebook now has 3.5 million followers. While social media does not cause revolutions, it definitely facilitates the organization of revolts. In such a politically and socially unstable environment, who knows what 3.5 million anti-Israel Facebook-page followers can do. Fast Company
Ugh, Society: As I was just saying, social media has become an important tool for social revolution in the Middle East, and in tribute to that, Israeli couple Lior and Vardit Adler named their new baby daughter Like. Ugh, dislike. That poor kid. She can commisserate with her siblings: Pie and Honey in Hebrew. Social Times
Wikiwoops: Oh the irony: British education minister John Hayes was caught plagiarizing. For his speech to the House of Commons, Hayes copied a portion of a Wikipedia entry on bank holidays. Check out the handy table that compares Hayes’ speech to Wikipedia. ePolitix
Tweating: Nothing is safe from the social treatment—because more and more people have been tweeting about their dining experiences, fast food companies are increasingly using social media sites to further engage customers and get feedback. I don’t know about you, but if I’m eating a bucket of fried chicken or a gooey pizza, I don’t really want to let everyone know about it. courier-journal
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