How Did Gangnam Style Go VIral?

By now you’ve seen the amazing viral video Gangnam Style, by the Korean pop star PSY, but how did it become so popular? “The label behind Gangnam, YG Entertainment, had a plan long before the video went live…

Wisdom from Instagram’s ‘must-follow’ photographer

In his year and a half on Instagram, Richard Koci Hernandez has carved out a niche as a must-follow street photographer, accruing more than 100,000 followers. Slate’s Heather Murphy interviewed him and interspersed his reflections here with a selection of his “yawnographs” — his term for photographs taken so subtly he actually reaches out one arm and yawns […]

Everything Pinterest and Tumblr Users Need To Know About Copyright Law

If sharing something “feels” wrong, it probably is, says Timothy C. Bradley, an attorney with Coats & Bennett, PLLC in Cary, N.C. who specializes in intellectual property matters.

Eyetracking study reveals how people look at your Facebook profile

Mashable worked with EyeTrackShop, a startup that runs eye-tracking studies for advertisers, to study what people look at on the profile pages of popular social networks, including Facebook and LinkedIn. The results are some fascinating heat map images and some interesting tips on what are the most important part of people’s profile pages.

Jonah Peretti’s secrets to making content go viral

Few people know as much about making content go viral on the web as Jonah Peretti, Huffington Post cofounder and BuzzFeed founder. He’s turned doing so into a science, and at Business Insider’s Ignition conference this week Peretti shared his best tips and tricks for making content go viral. Here are the slides from his presentation.

Facebook Comments four times as valuable as Likes

Facebook Comments are four times as valuable as Likes, according to a recent study by EdgeRankChecker.

Google News introduces new way to feature ‘standout’ content

At the Online News Association conference this weekend in Boston, Google News introduced a new content tag that will help publishers get more credit, and presumably traffic, by making it easier for Google News to better feature “standout” content and give even more credit where credit is due.

Free ebook from O’Reilly: ‘Big Data Now’

O’Reilly Media has published a free ebook, “Big Data Now,” which is an anthology of the data-related content from O’Reilly Radar. The ebook covers data issues, the application of data, data science and tools, and the business of data.

NYC, nonprofits try crowdsourcing storm damage

NYC has set up a website for residents to submit damage reports for the city from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene. A number of non-profits have teamed up for a similar initiative along the entire East Coast.

The 5 best hurricane tracking maps

Poynter.org examined all the major hurricane tracking maps online and says the five best are…