The top 10 social-media stories that shaped 2012

With outlandish lawsuits, a botched IPO, and a detailed social record of historic world events, 2012 will be remembered as a year of extreme highs and lows in social media. Here are the top 10 social stories that defined the year.

SoundCloud: Why sound will be bigger than video online

The audio-sharing network SoundCloud, which allows users to share not just music but any audio recording — from company earnings calls to cat impersonations — has just launched a new version, “Next SoundCloud,” at LeWeb in Paris.

How Pinterest and a single blog post completely changed a company

Go to Rodworks.com today and you’ll find a company that prides itself on offering a vast selection of unique iron works and home decor. The small store peddles picture frames, racks, and designs you can’t find anywhere else. Step on into the company’s web site, read some decorating tips, have a look around, select what you like, and buy.