Focusing on Social Networks

AUGUST 18, 2009 They do it all Universal McCann’s “Power to the People: Social Media Tracker” study, now in its fourth year, indicates that social networks continue to climb in popularity around the world. But the research firm believes a change is happening in social media: Internet users are “starting to focus their digital life” around single networks, rather than … Read More

For Companies, a Tweet in Time Can Avert PR Mess

By SARAH E. NEEDLEMAN The Wall Street Journal A growing number of businesses are tracking social-media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter to gauge consumer sentiment and avert potential public-relations problems. Ford Motor Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co., among others, are deploying software and assigning employees to monitor Internet postings and blogs. They’re also assigning senior leaders to … Read More


SIMON MALL PROPERTY EVICTS VENDOR OVER NON-PUBLISHED POLICIES CONCORD MILLS, NC—Loren Spivack, proprietor of the Free Market Warrior business ( ) was informed by Simon Property Group management that his lease would not be renewed at their Concord Mills, NC Mall on July 31st, because mall management found three of his best-selling products “offensive” and in direct violation of a … Read More

Welcome to Never Neverland

by Jackie Gingrich Cushman “Second star to the right, and straight on till morning.” Peter Pan to Wendy on how to get to Never Neverland. Never Neverland, the magical background in Peter Pan, is where boys go when lost by their nannies, where children never grow up. Based on our nation’s economy and the actions of our government – … Read More


GrassTopsUSA Exclusive Commentary By Don Feder07-13-09 Patriotism isn’t a seasonal occupation – something to be packed away with the flags and bunting until next year – not if you care about your country. Defending America is a year-round, 24/7 cause that requires knowledge, stamina and commitment. Especially in our hour of peril, with a doctrinaire leftist in the White House, … Read More

Companies Cope With Twitter Imposters

By SARAH E. NEEDLEMANTHE WALL STREET JOURNAL Twitter users have caused an uproar by impersonating celebrities on the popular micro-blogging service. Businesses, too, are targets of fake Twitter profiles — sometimes from competitors. Exxon Mobil Corp. has found at least two unauthorized Twitter accounts under variations of its name. Twitter — a networking service where users create profiles and send … Read More

Florida candidates launch campaigns in cyberspace

Americans everywhere are addicted to social networking sites. So it’s little wonder politicians are flocking there.By Josh Hafenbrack Tallahassee Bureau2:17 PM EDT, June 20, 2009 TALLAHASSEE – So long, stump speech. Hello Twitter.Florida candidates are launching their campaigns using social-networking shorthand, in tweets and Facebook messages instantly beamed to their online networks of friends and supporters and beyond. An example: … Read More

Keeping a True Identity Becomes a Battle Online

By BRAD STONE Published: June 17, 2009 SAN FRANCISCO — Since Facebook started giving out customized Web addresses like last Friday, some 9.5 million people have rushed to grab their top choice. On Twitter, public fights have broken out over so-called impostor accounts, like those that should probably be in the hands of Kanye West or Bank of America. … Read More

Poll: Conservatives hold lead over liberals

A new poll released Monday found that, even in the Age of Obama, there has been a “slight increase” in the number of Americans who call themselves conservatives, outnumbering self-described liberals by a 2-to-1 margin. The Gallup Poll organization said 40 percent of Americans interviewed in 10 surveys from January to May described themselves as conservative, 35 percent as moderate … Read More