Ypulse Essentials: Taylor Swift Goes Platinum, Can Facebook Predict Election Results?, Justin Bieber Joins The Anti-Bullying Chorus

Taylor Swift goes platinum in one week (The country-pop star’s third album, “Speak Now,” is the fastest-selling new record in five years, partially thanks to her finely tuned social media sense and an extensive marketing campaign from label Big Machine, including a recent literacy event that was broadcast to 25,000 classrooms) (New York Times, reg. required)

- Can Facebook really predict election results? (It sure can…says Facebook. The number of virtual fans a politician won online seem to correlate to actual votes in Tuesday’s election. Notable exceptions include Christine O’Donnell, Meg Whitman, and Sharron Angle, who all had more Facebook fans than their opponents but lost their elections) (LA Times) (Fast Company)

- Teenage girls and politics (Are they really that uninterested—and if so, why? asks one teen blogger, noting that only 27 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 said they’d definitely vote in midterm elections—which matches up pretty well with the low youth voter turnout we noted yesterday—and even fewer young women saying they would when the numbers were broken down by gender) (fbomb) (Washington Post)

- ‘Sesame Street’ goes international with health education (thanks to a grant from the MetLife Foundation that will allow the Sesame Workshop to create new nutrition and healthy habits-focused   content in India and Mexico) (Cynopsis Kids)

- Facebook launches local ‘Deals’ service (to the site’s Places feature, allowing retailers to send special promotions right to users’ phones. Gap, one of the first 22 companies to sign on, is offering a free pair of jeans to the first 10,000 users who check in to their local store. Here’s why it might be a real threat for Foursquare) (LA Times) (TIME)

- Justin Bieber joins the anti-bullying chorus (on yesterday’s episode of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show,’ telling teens “everybody goes through bullying”) (EW)

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