REUTERS: The clock may be fast running out on Sears Holdings Corp , but you wouldn't know it from the company's feisty posts on Twitter.As the company and its bankruptcy advisers prepare for a possible liquidation, the retailer has taken to social media to reassure the public that it is still around."We are down, but not out... - SMT," Sears, via its official Twitter account (@Sears), said in reply to one of the many posts Monday morning about the 126-year-old company potentially going out of business.Another Twitter user opined that the retailer "had a good run I would say." Sears replied: "We would say that as well, but we are Marathon Runners, and we are still running. We may be slowing down, but we are not out of the race just yet. Don't count us completely out. Happy Shopping! -SMT"The "SMT" signoff is for the Sears Social Media Team that runs the Twitter account, which has a following of 209,000, significantly smaller than many of its retail peers.The company declined to comment … [Read more...] about ‘We are down, but not out’: Sears gets feisty on social media
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By Aneri Pattani The Philadelphia Inquirer Wed., Oct. 17, 2018 Depression affects more than 16 million Americans a year, but fewer than half get treatment. Now, researchers are turning to social media to shrink that gap and give doctors another way to find people at risk. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that analyzing language from Facebook posts can predict whether a user is depressed three months before the person receives a medical diagnosis. The work is still in very early stages, the researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Stony Brook University cautioned. The study was based on a group of fewer than 700 users and the predictive model is only moderately accurate. But this approach could hold promise for the future, they said. “Depression is a really debilitating disease, and we have treatments that can help people,” said Raina Merchant, one of the study authors and director of the Penn … [Read more...] about How social media could help diagnose depression
By Jeff Vrabel The Washington Post Sat., March 24, 2018 My son, now halfway through his Grade 8 year, does not appear to have the slightest whiff of a care about social media, and until about two weeks ago I did not realize the severity of this problem. Newly 14, my son is attached to his phone on a seemingly molecular level, but he has no Facebook account, no Twitter, no Snapchat, no social media presence to speak of (at least outside the world of Minecraft, where, I am told, he exists as a shipbuilding contractor of some repute). He does have an Instagram account, but that’s because we made him get one last summer, as part of a slick plan to force him to keep in touch during an overseas exchange program. For two weeks he obliged us with photos of castles and classmates and cheese, but since his return he’s posted approximately one picture, which was not of any of those things. Read more: Peace of Mind aims to create safe spaces for youths to talk about … [Read more...] about A teenager not on social media — should a parent worry?
Pnern Asavavipas, chief executive of Onebit Matter, speaks about his company's findings on social media users in Thailand. Thailand ranks in the world's top 10 for social media usage, with video becoming more popular and entertainment the topic most talked about on social media. Facebook's policy tweak to reduce its reach will cause brands and advertising spending to rise 27% in 2018, while Instagram and Twitter will gain more traction from brands, said Pnern Asavavipas, chief executive of Onebit Matter Co. "In 2017, there were 49 million Facebook users in Thailand, growth of only 4% year-on-year, the lowest on record," Mr Pnern said at the Thoth Zocial OBVOC in Thailand Awards 2018. "Instagram had 13.6 million users, growth of 24%, and Twitter had 12 million users, 33% growth," he said. Thailand ranked eighth in number of Facebook users, with India, the US and Indonesia taking the top three. Moreover, the number on Facebook Messenger was flat, with 26 million Thai users, ranking … [Read more...] about Thailand makes top 10 in social media use
Melania Trump says she is hard at work as the first lady of the US. Prior to President Donald Trump’s election, Melania Trump’s schedule was dominated by socializing with celebrities and luxury vacations. Scrolling through Trump’s social media posts shows how much the first lady’s life has changed – and how glamorous her life was before the election. Melania Trump’s life has changed a lot in the last year. Since President Donald Trump’s election, Melania Trump’s day-to-day has transformed from a glamorous romp – filled with luxury homes, expensive vacations, and relaxing with her son – to managing a staff of roughly nine as first lady. She has traveled around the world, met with foreign leaders, and begun to take on causes of her own such as bullying and the opiod crisis. The transformation is even more remarkable when you take a look into the life … [Read more...] about Melania Trump flaunted her life of expensive vacations and celebrity-packed galas on social media until the election — here’s how much her life has changed