SOCIAL MEDIA SNAP: social emotions, credible Tweets & the freedom to Like

Social media changes so much in a week that it can be hard to keep up. Check back every Friday for our roundup of stories we think you should know about in our Social Media Snap.

This week was a busy one for social media. From headlining tragedies to what some might consider “business as usual”, social media certainly gave us no shortage of headlines.

  • A study released from Beihang University in China revealed that anger is the most influential emotion on social media. This revelation can help researchers and brands understand how news is spread, why some content goes viral and trends in how users interact with social media posts.

  • This week an appeals court ruled that a “Like” on Facebook is protected as free speech. This ruling came out of a Virginia lawsuit filed by former employees of a sheriff’s office who lost their jobs after “Liking” his opponent’s campaign page on Facebook. It will be interesting to see how this ruling impacts future lawsuits involving the implications of one’s actions on social media sites.

  • Many are questioning Twitter’s decision to go public, especially considering the less-than-hopeful precedent set by many public social media and online companies (i.e. Facebook). Mashable has outlined several risk factors that Twitter needs to watch and address if it’s going to maintain its position as heavy hitter in the online world after its IPO.

Happy weekend,