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Today, were rounding up this week’s top social media stories from around the web. As the year comes to a close, the web has provided an abundance of data analysis of trends, news, and events that have shaped 2012. From the 2012 Summer Olympics, SOPA, Curiosity Rover, U.S Presidential Election and Superstorm Sandy, social media has captured and shared the global pulse of humanity.

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Here at DataSift, we live and breathe all things social data. We are constantly amazed by the pioneers who are manipulating that data in extraordinary ways that promote innovations we never thought possible and get especially excited about those who use big data for the greater good of humanity.
That’s why we enjoyed our interview with Jake Porway, Founder and Executive Director of DataKind, a non-profit organization that brings together data scientists and social organizations to correlate big data and provide solutions about global social issues.

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The recent launch of our re-syndication partnership with bitly allows us to see the connections between conversations and clicks like never before. Using simple analysis techniques to delve into rich data sets we are able to identify key influencer events, local variations in interests and which companies are best able to ride the wave of excitement around a breaking story.
When focusing on the week leading up to Skyfall’s U.S. opening on November 9, we discovered that people from 180 countries visited more than 2,300 different websites discussing Skyfall, covering reviews, trailers, interviews, the soundtrack and other angles.

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Your company’s level of social influence has a huge impact on how users trust and take to your brand. Of course, you need to build trust first in order to actually grow your influence. Sounds like a chicken and the egg scenario, wouldn’t you say? Follow these 7 steps and you’ll learn exactly how to build trust and grow your social influence simultaneously

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