A Social Brain Is a Smarter Brain – Andy Zynga – Harvard Business Review

It is well established that brain games and puzzles act as calisthenics for our brains, expanding their capacity and improving their overall health. More surprising are the findings of a study led by researchers at the University of Michigan. It shows that just as effective in building cognitive strength are social interactions. continue

Communication Charts Around The World

Language is only the most obvious part of the global communication gap. Different cultures also have distinct approaches to communication during meetings, as described by British linguist Richard D. Lewis, whose best-selling book, “When Cultures Collide,” charts these as well as leadership styles and cultural identities.

Would You Rather be Social or Interesting? 

The “Interest Graph” is not the “Social Graph”. But what does that mean and why should you care?
Despite the rapid ascent of Interest-based platforms, such as Pinterest, Sulia, WeHeartIt and Wanelo, we rarely see dialogue about the Interest Graph except in a Social context. However, The Interest Graph and Social Graph are two fundamentally different infrastructures with different underlying assumptions for marketers.

Nude Webcams and Diet Drugs: the Facebook Ads Teens Aren’t Supposed to See – WSJ.com 

“Who do you like?” asked recent ads on Facebook, featuring young women in alluring poses.

Some of the ads were configured to reach young teens, who were invited to join an app called Ilikeq that let others rate their attractiveness, comment on their photos and say if they would like to date them.

How Will The Economy Improve In 2014 If Almost Everyone Has Less Money To Spend?

Is the U.S. consumer tapped out? If so, how in the world will the U.S. economy possibly improve in 2014? Most Americans know that the U.S. economy is heavily dependent on consumer spending. If average Americans are not out there spending money,

How To Make Your Local Business More Instagram-able

I recently followed along with “live tweeting” on Twitter during the Social Media Club LA (SMCLA) Foodie Event. While I wasn’t physically there, I was still inspired and through social media I was able to “be there” virtually. God, how I love

The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Twitter

Innovations, best practices and critiques of social platforms and social strategy from expert guest contributors. Want regular exposure to our audience? Get in touch with us to sponsor SEJ’s Social Media category. Twitter had a very interesting