This Week in Social Media: Paris Strikes Again

"No one is safe in the twittersphere," bemoans Ms. Hilton.

Paris Hilton’s new “song”, the charmingly-titled “Drunk Text”, leaked on YouTube this week, but there’s other (and dare I say, more important?) social media news. (To be fair, there was a follow-up statement that the song is not part of Paris’ soon-to-be-released album, and that the best is yet to come. Ah, yes.)

  • Twitter hit 500 million users, of which more than 100 million are in the U.S. Twitter records seem to be breaking every week, and we’ll keep hearing them. With huge events coming up, such as the 2012 Olympics and the U.S. Presidential election, I’m sure we’ll see more fascinating records and data coming in this year.
  • What did you give up for Lent? Not Twitter, hopes the Pope. The Vatican is leaning on it’s social media presence to engage in conversations and inspiration during Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday. Also, after a little research, I learned that the person behind their social communications is Monseigneur Paul Tighe. So, there’s that. Perhaps there’s something in the name?
  • Flickr gets a facelift, and it looks a lot like Pinterest. My hunch is that experiences such as Google Image Search, G+ photo albums, Tumblr and Pinterest are changing the game as far as how people interact with images online. They want it to be seamless, easy to refresh, and, of course, beautiful.
To close, here’s a piece of social media advice from Paris’ song-not-song: “‘No-one is safe in the twittersphere”, so watch what you’re sending, especially when you’re going out to “duh, you know, dance.”

And with that, enjoy the weekend!
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