All politics is social

The leading social media platforms’ latest campaign efforts could turn out to be more effective politically than traditional lobbying. Rather than acting simply as one voice among many asking for legislative favors or regulatory forbearance, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook are providing tools that politicians can use in ways that benefit them politically, such as tracking public opinion, targeting potential donors and providing a platform for exposure — three of the surest ways to a politician’s heart.

LuxeYard puts a social spin on high-end flash sales

LuxeYard, a site selling high-end home decor products, is launching Tuesday. Yes, it’s technically another flash sales site. But what’s interesting about LuxeYard is that it’s doing things a bit differently from the established players in the space such as One Kings Lane and Gilt Groupe.