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The Campus Tycoon presents: This Week in Social Media (May 1-7)

May 8, 2011

The Campus Socialite
By Matt Schoenman

Each week, we check in with The Campus Socialite for a roundup of the latest in tech news affecting college students. This week, they examine the Web reaction to the Bin Laden assassination, the ongoing Playstation Network security fiasco and rumors of collaboration between two of the world’s most popular communication platforms.

Osama bin Laden on the cover of Time Magazine

Osama bin Laden's likeness appears crossed out on the cover of the latest issue of Time Magazine, a nod to the iconic May 1945 issue which featured a similar illustration of Adolf Hitler.

Osama bin Laden’s death breaks Twitter records

Social networks were abuzz this week when President Obama announced that we finally found and killed Osama bin Laden, and no network attracts trending news like Twitter. The platform released updated statistics that declared an average of 3,000 Tweets Per Second on the night of Obama’s speech and a total of 27,900,000 in the two hours before and after it. That’s a lot of Twitter chatter, and only goes to show the influence that social networks have over how we get our news.

Facebook rumored to buy Skype

It’s been reported that Facebook is currently in talks with Skype about a possible buyout or joint venture. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering that Skype has already integrated the ability to call and video chat with Facebook friends through your newsfeed into its 5.0 software for windows. It’s rumored that Google is also looking into purchasing Skype, which means Facebook has some competition. This is all just speculation and information from sources, though: There are no official announcements regarding the situation yet, but Facebook video chat would be pretty baller.

Sony’s Playstation Network struggling to recover

As you may already know, Sony’s Playstation Network was hacked and millions of users’ information leaked onto the Internet. In the few weeks since, Sony has struggled to recover by implementing new security measures, defending against a possible follow-up attack, explaining the leak to Congress, and regaining the trust of its millions of users worldwide. It is now Sony’s top priority to re-establish the good reputation that it lost in just a few short weeks. Thank god I own an Xbox.

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