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Geekbook 12.13 | An Internet and Online Media Zeitgeist

Welcome to Geekbook —  Capturing the daily buzz in social media and online marketing & design, as well as trends and cultural topics that are helping shape and inform today’s readers. Send comments or ideas to [email protected]. For more from Dream Local, go to our Daily Dose blog.

I was offline a bit yesterday so catching up on some ‘old’ news today too. Today we’re talking about Google Maps, the Pope on Twitter, and lots of interesting, insightful year-end reviews.

BREAKING: Ambassador Susan Rice withdrawing her name from consideration for US Secretary of State, @NBCNews reports

  • Google Maps: It’s ok to leave the house…Google Maps for iPhone is back! – The New York Times
  • The Pope Tweets: Pope Benedict XVI clicked on a tablet to send his first twitter message during his weekly general audience on December 12 at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican. – The Washington Post
  • What We Searched For: Google released a cool video highlighting the key search trends so far this year. – Social Times
  • What We Shared: Facebook revealed its most talked-about events for 11 countries, including the U.S., U.K., Australia and France. – Mashable
  • What We Watched: Ad Age released its list of Top Viral Ad Campaigns of 2012. It was the year of ‘Kony 2012,’ Angry Birds, Samsung, and Stratos. – Ad Age

  • Facebook Privacy Changes: Yesterday Facebook updated its privacy settings, making it easier to control ‘Who can see your stuff,’ while also taking away the ability to hide themselves in Facebook’s search. – New York Times, Bits
  • Newspaper News: The implosion of the newspaper industry, long a dreaded topic in the US, has finally hit the continent. – Columbia Journalism Review

Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will. – Charles Baudelaire

Geekbook is produced by Jeff Howland, Online Media Strategist at Dream Local Digital.

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