The Social Media Awards – Beirut – First Edition

Recently, social media in Lebanon has witnessed a noticeable growth. There are more and more people on all the social media networks to the extent that it makes it a must for diverse entities like NGOs, companies and celebrities to have an established presence.

The Online Collaborative took the initiative to organize an event, Beirut Social Media Awards,  during which the best users of social media will be rewarded. Acknowledgement is always a good thing knowing that it takes a lot of work to be successful on the various social media networks.

There are 33 different categories that will be awarded ranging from bloggers, media personalities, artists to various types of businesses, NGOs and social media campaigns. We hope that there will be no confusions here: could there be nominations in different categories for example and people winning 2 prizes?

The selection process will include a panel of judges who will be narrowing down the nominations to 7 and then the voting will be open for the community to select the winners for each category.

We hope that the nominations will be fair and honest as well as the voting and may the best be awarded!

Who will you be nominating?

The New Facebook API: Graph Search

The new Facebook API: Graph SearchUsers of Facebook will soon have a new search tool at their disposal: Graph Search feature will let those on Facebook go through photos, people, places, and business pages. You will be soon able to ask questions like: “What are the sushi restaurants that my friends like in Kaslik?”

Apparently, what people search for the most on Facebook are people, brands and business pages. Graph Search is different in the sense that it improves results by putting together diverse elements.

After the Facebook’s statement that it would make it easier to source for data and photos, worries were raised concerning privacy. The company made sure to address those worries, saying that Graph Search will respect privacy settings. People won’t be able to look for those who have blocked them; they will be able to look up information and photos that have been shared with them.

Zuckerberg wants people to use Facebook in order to discover places where they could go eat, or things that they could go do and have been working in-house on this API for the last couple of years. It is now available for some English speaking users in beta version.

For him, this new feature will form the “Third Pillar” of the ecosystem, after the being able to see what’s going around in the News Feed and what’s going on in ones’ life on the Timeline.

Some people have raised other concerns. Graph Search could be used for less noble reasons. For example one could look up: “People who like child pornography” and do whatever with this information.

How will you be using Graph Search when it goes public?

Entrepreneurs of the Week: Marc Dfouni and Nemr Badine from Eastline Marketing

wamdaMore than 15 years after starting up Eastline Marketing, a digital media agency based in Beirut, today’s Entrepreneurs of the Week, co-founders Marc Dfouni and Nemr Badine, share the most important lessons and insights they’ve acquired throughout the years…