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#SocialSkim: Social Media This Week: Twitter's IPO, Apple, 'Verified' on Pinterest, Viral Video King

by Angela Natividad  |  
September 13, 2013

Read about Twitter's upcoming IPO, Apple's latest product announcements (and the bevy of competitor tweets that followed), how to get "verified" on Pinterest (and why), what brands tweeted on 9/11, and who's just been crowned king of viral video. Also: how can media partners use Facebook conversations in real-time? It's all here. Skim for your social sustenance!

#IPO, anyone? Yesterday Twitter confirmed (via tweet, of course) that it's filed an S-1 with the SEC... meaning it'll soon be going public, at a valuation between $15 billion and $20 billion (compared with Facebook's $100 billion valuation when it went public). Goldman Sachs is the lead underwriter. TechCrunch thinks NASDAQ will likely be snatching this one out of the NYSE's still-trembling hands.

#Neverforget... to choose AT&T? 9/11 passed this week, leaving socnet users somber and reflective about where they were and what they were doing when they first heard the tragic news. Unless you were a brand... many of which built promotional messages around the day, an awkward exercise at best. AT&T, however, got the most flak —for a tweet featuring a phone snapping a pic of the Twin Towers memorial. One user even started a (now viral) hashtag, #ATTtragedies, based on the gaffe. Feeling sheepish, the telco CEO has since apologized, calling 9/11 "a day that should never be commercialized."

Google, however, got worthy attention on that day. Some users revisited Street View imagery of the 9/11 memorial], which Google updated in May, along with imagery for Hurricane Sandy and Central Park. (Worth noting: it was other people bringing the imagery to people's attention, not Google itself pushing people to the page on 9/11.)

The twerk trick. A video of [one girl's epic twerk fail—in which she finishes on fire but not badly hurt—went insanely viral this week, scoring a whopping 1.4 million views. The catch: it was actually a prank (on the whole Internet!) by Jimmy Kimmel, who's since been crowned the unparalleled king of viral videos. (He's the guy who encourages parents to tell their kids they ate their Halloween candy... then film the kids' reactions.) See Kimmel reveal his prank (which also includes the original video):

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Angela Natividad is a social media strategist, copywriter, and journalist based in Paris. A Bay Area native and lover of vending machine candies, she co-founded and is a frequent guest on marketing podcast The Beancast. You can follow her on Twitter at @luckthelady.

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