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Gigaom site news: Please welcome Carmel DeAmicis, Gigaom’s new social & web writer

I’m pleased to introduce the newest Gigaom reporter cranking out stories in our new digs in SoMa: Carmel DeAmicis, who you might have noticed writing about Product Hunt a little earlier today, plans to start officially with us on Monday covering social media and web startups.

If you’ve been following this kind of stuff you’ve probably noticed Carmel’s writing over at PandoDaily over the last year or so. I’ve been impressed with her ability to write with voice and candor about the San Francisco startup scene, and am very pleased she’s agreed to contribute that voice to our site on a full-time basis.

As you might have noticed, we recently decided to call out Social & Web as a distinct channel on Gigaom, something we honestly should have done years ago but which nonetheless reflects our desire to bring the same level of coverage you’ve come to expect from our coverage of cloud, data, mobile, science, and media to the hugely important world of social media and the web in general. As I wrote recently, the gatekeepers of the 21st century are as likely to be the social media and web powerhouses of our time as they are the broadband ISPs and personal computing vendors. We need to make sure we are watching the impact of these companies.

Carmel will have the tough but important job of covering the big established companies on this beat — Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others — as well as the emerging contenders and startups that continue to define this area. You can follow her on Twitter (@carmeldea) and you can contact her here.

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