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How Your Childhood Olympic Dream Can Still Come True
socialbutterfly4change
12 Aug 2008 | 9:33 pm
Defining Greatness When I was a kid, playdoh was great. Dancing around in a tutu making cookies was greater. And Lilia Podkopayeva was greatness. Podkopayeva, overlooked by many due to the gold medal win by the Magnificent Seven by the USA, was from Ukraine. And she won the individual Olympic all-around gold in women’s gymnastics at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She was my superstar. As a child, I loved the Olympics, and still do. A hardcore competitive gymnast growing up, I attended the ‘96 games (as an observer) where I saw Podkopayeva achieve what I thought was the unreachable and…
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Your Facebook Professionalism Policy: Balancing Your Relationships On and Off the Clock
socialbutterfly4change
10 Aug 2008 | 6:34 am
For many Gen-Yers and young professionals, Facebook started out as a social network. Then, high-schoolers were allowed in. Now, understandably, more and more people are joining that range in age - and in relationship to you. Point in case: My friend recently helped her mom create a Facebook account. Another commented that all her co-workers want her to become a Facebook friend. According to Quantcast, in July 208, 46% of Facebook users are 18-34. in July 2007, ComScore reported a 181% growth of users ages 25-34, and a 98% growth in users 35+. Thus, with Facebook going from social status…
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New Blogger Neighbor Inspires Girls Everywhere at New Moon Media
socialbutterfly4change
7 Aug 2008 | 7:07 pm
I first ran across New Moon Media when I was researching social networks and sites for teens/tweens, and I was blown away by their concept. Not only it is smart and savvy, but it was and is developed by teen and tween girls themselves (along with some adult guidance). New Moon Media looks to empower girls making by being led and developed by the girls themselves. Originally a magazine written by and for girls ages 8-12 years old, the girls have expanded into multiple blogs, a MySpace page, e-newsletters, widgets, and NewMoonGirls - an online community for girls ages 8-12 which luanches Sept.
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Health Promotion Policy is 20/20
socialbutterfly4change
5 Aug 2008 | 8:47 pm
As they say, ‘Hindsight is 20/20.’ However, social marketing thought leader extraordinaire and fellow social marketing blogger at On Social Marketing and Social Change, Craig Lefebvre, is hoping that the future of health policy will be ahead, rather than behind the curve. Lefebvre launched a new blog series titled ‘Healthy People 2020,’ and invites you to participate. Lefebvre writes: If you haven’t heard, the process of developing the nation’s health objectives for the next decade has started - and you and your readers could become part of the…
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What’s Your Calling? What’s Your Response?
socialbutterfly4change
3 Aug 2008 | 6:02 pm
This past Thursday, fellow bloggers Evange.List, Spare Change, Pulse and Signal and I checked out the early screening for the rockumentary: Call+Response, about international slavery and the modern abolitionist movement. The film combined top music artists (Five for Fighting, Switchfoot, Natasha Bedingfield, ImogenHeap and more!), performing a plethora of heart-awakening music to the footage of modern day slavery images and video that evoke a response. Collecting testimony from modern day activists ranging from Madeleine Albright to Ashley Judd and Nicholas Kristof and many more, the film…

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Debbie Weil's BlogWrite for CEOs
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China Reminds Us That What’s New in Web 2.0 Is Really Old
moc.liamg|liew.eibbed#moc.liamg|liew.eibbed
12 Aug 2008 | 9:43 pm
I'm an Olympics junkie and confess to watching hours of coverage. Yes, on TV. So retro. I'm also a China fan, having had the opportunity to visit Beijing and Shanghai recently. All by way of saying that I watched the remarkable spectacle of the Opening Ceremonies and was struck, like so many others, by the perfectly synchronized choregraphy of several thousand artists, dancers, drummers, percussionists, etc. (image from The Boston Globe). Harmony. Collaboration. Many as one. The power of the group vs. the individual. China couldn't have demonstrated the concept more elegantly or with more…
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The Lost Art of Writing With a Fountain Pen
moc.liamg|liew.eibbed#moc.liamg|liew.eibbed
30 Jul 2008 | 12:54 pm
I noticed Chris when I was walking through National Airport in D.C. yesterday. Sitting at Starbucks, he was writing in an old-fashioned ruled journal with a fountain pen. Nearby, at the ready, was his ink-stained blotter. At the adjacent table was another guy with, predictably, an open laptop. I was so astonished that I circled back and asked if I could take a photo. Chris was quite agreeable. "It’s my sanity," he said. He had on green sneakers and was on his way to Aspen, CO. Can you remember when you kept a journal? I wrote one for years but never mastered the art of a…
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Want To Join Seth Godin’s Pre-Release Tribe For His New Book?
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30 Jul 2008 | 12:34 am
Update: I've just received my invite. I'm member #505 of Seth Godin's Triiibe on Ning. Not sure why there are three "i's" but looks good. You've got until 11 AM Eastern July 30, 2008. Follow Seth's instructions here. As I understand it, you need to pre-order his new book: Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us, to be published in October. Forward the email receipt to him. Then wait for your exclusive invite. As always with Seth, this is clever. Scarcity creates urgency: gotta have it! Hope I get one… As he explains it: This online community will live on a site we've created that will…
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Lots of Changes: New House, New Site, New Thinking
moc.liamg|liew.eibbed#moc.liamg|liew.eibbed
29 Jul 2008 | 7:16 am
My new integrated blog / site went live today. The first thing you'll notice is the lack of clutter. The talented folks at Viget convinced me that less is more. So… no endless stack of widgets in the right-hand column of my blog. No "Digg this" or "Technorati" icons under each blog entry. We thought about this long and hard and I'm glad we did it this way. Note that there are icons for LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and del.icio.us in the footer of each page. It's been a busy year. We (my husband and I - not the Viget team!) moved to a much smaller house, decluttering and…
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Q & A With Best-Selling Author David Meerman Scott
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24 Jul 2008 | 9:05 am
I’ve known David Meerman Scott for several years. We’ve presented together at a conference. He cheered me on when The Corporate Blogging Book was published in 2006. I watched in awe when his New Rules of Marketing & PR was published a year ago in June 2007 and rocketed to best-selling PR book on Amazon. Turns out New Rules is David’s third book and he has a fourth coming out if you count the just released Tuned In, of which he is a co-author. What happened to his first two books? Why has New Rules become a best-seller? As an author I find this kind of stuff fascinating.

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This Week’s Links on Ma.gnolia
miss rogue
9 Aug 2008 | 11:57 pm
Some stuff I’m reading this week… Welcome! - TinEye TinEye is an image search engine built by Idée currently in private beta. Give it an image and it will tell you where the image appears on the web. A source is a source, of course, even when it’s free and turning an industry upside down | The Industry Standard When skydiving PR guy Peter Shankman started the “Help a Reporter” group on Facebook last November, he thought his project could connect a few reporters up with sources for their articles. He didn’t expect his idea would garner clients like The New…
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You can’t eat Whuffie (but it’s getting harder to eat without it)
miss rogue
5 Aug 2008 | 9:37 pm
The last couple of times I’ve come across the border to apply for my TN1 Visa (NAFTA Visa between Canada and US), the border officers have Googled me. And, to my surprise, have actually told me that the results were good enough to back up the resume I handed them. One official actually said, “You should state on your resume that you are very Google-able!” This isn’t new, really, and it has certainly been the practice for many savvy recruiters over the years. I worked for a spell at an HR organization in Canada and met many who ended up hiring the candidates with the…
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Living Life Online: pitfalls and perks
miss rogue
28 Jul 2008 | 12:54 pm
I spent most of a rare beautiful Saturday afraid to leave my house because I knew that the August edition of San Francisco Magazine was on the stands. I knew that if I left my house, I needed to stop and pick up some copies of it and face the article written by Bernice Yeung about the rise and fall of my relationship with Chris Messina. Bernice spent a great deal of time with both of us over at least an 8 month period, both when we were together and after the breakup. What started out as a piece on Coworking and our involvement in the movement slowly turned into a highly personal piece on…
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This Week’s Links on Ma.gnolia
miss rogue
26 Jul 2008 | 11:57 pm
Some stuff I’m reading this week… ABC News: Forget Phones: Companies Turn to Twitter Millions of people call customer service every day, yet few are satisfied with the responses they get. What does a frustrated consumer need to do to get prompt help? Tweet. That’s right, tweet. Twitter is the newest social networking Internet site that asks its 50,000 users only one question when they log on: “What are you doing? The trick is to respond in 140 characters or less, which keeps posts short and pithy. Superstruct! Play the game, invent the future. | The Institute For The…
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Interactive Strategies 08: Secrets Exposed
miss rogue
23 Jul 2008 | 3:00 pm
I’m looking way forward to speaking at this. They have a great lineup and the conference itself has a really awesome theme…kind of a film noire bit about uncovering the secrets. Hope y’all can make it!

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The Psychology of Gap Marketing
Aaron Brazell
11 Aug 2008 | 2:34 pm
Gap Marketing. What. The. Heck. Gap Marketing is the idea that, when you’ve done everything you can to cover the large target audiences, there are still small gaps to fill. Gap marketing is laptop stickers, teeshirts, even designating wifi network IDs that push the brand. Gap marketing is finding interesting applications for a product, service or brand outside of the norm. Gap marketing targets those areas that aren’t covered by targetted advertising buys, radio and television spots, or sponsorship events. It’s the understanding that not everyone really needs to do their own…
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Witnesses, Gatekeepers and History
Andrew Feinberg
11 Aug 2008 | 8:50 am
In an issue Washington Internet Daily last month there is (as one co-worker put it) “double-barreled” coverage of the Senate and House Judiciary hearings on the Google-Yahoo partnership (aka GooHoo, a term I will no longer be using). I covered the Senate hearing in the morning, coincidentally ending across the table from Kara Swisher, which was pleasantly surprising as you rarely see Valley writers out in DC. There are enough accounts of the hearing out there that I won’t re-hash it, but this morning a coworker sent me a link to a story by a longtime political and technology…
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When is a Vote not a Vote?
Andrew Feinberg
8 Aug 2008 | 7:30 am
I love campaign season. I especially love campaign commercials that talk about voting records, and outrage generated over votes that wouldn’t change the outcome of a bill, amendment, motion, or resolution (all different kinds of votes). Why do I mean? Some bodies are simple. The FCC has five members. One member has a tremendous amount of power if the positions of the other members are known. The Supreme Court, although not a political or regulatory body, is the same way, sort of. Now, let’s look at our two houses of Congress. The House of Representatives, has 435 members. The…
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The Hidden Human Cost of Government Going Green
Leslie Poston
8 Aug 2008 | 6:58 am
In the necessary push toward a greener nation, we are leaving some of our most valuable citizens behind. While I am all for “going green” and the overall “green technology” movement, I can’t help but notice that the way the government has chosen to go about doing it is disenfranchising huge segments of the population. Recently, I had the pleasure of talking with a number of people about the issue of the poverty gap and how it relates to technology, and the internet. Noticeably, the topic of green technology kept popping up in the discussion. Specifically, how the drive for forced…
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Understanding our Future by Understanding our Past
Aaron Brazell
7 Aug 2008 | 11:35 am
Generational history is cyclical. That’s where we get the phrase, “History repeats itself”. In understanding our history, we can understand our future. In generational theory, four main generational archetypes exist, and history indicates that the impact on society and culture by each generation lasts for approximately twenty years. The four generational types are known in academia as Prophet, Nomad, Hero and Artist. Each of these types impact society in a different way and write our history for us. For example, Prophets experience childhood in a victory era after a long and dark time,…

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Do You Want to Understand Your Audience?
Allen Harkleroad
11 Aug 2008 | 3:30 am
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I've Been Threatened by Northern Leasing's Attorneys Over a SUCKS Domain I don't own
Allen Harkleroad
9 Aug 2008 | 2:02 pm
Seems Northern Leasing Systems attorney's (Moses & Singer LLP of New York) aren't the brightest bulbs in the pack. Tell you what, go ahead and file a lawsuit in Georgia over the domain you make claim to, see how far you get. That and I have a extensive counterclaim waiting as well. —- Today Saturday August 9, 2008. I receive a letter in the mail from Moses & Singer LLC of New York. (non-certified mail too I might add). To cease operation of "northernleasingsucks.com", a simply check of the Internet WhoIs would show that I do not own that website. In addition I do not even…
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UPS Shipping still SUCKS - A Horror Story - UPDATED
Allen Harkleroad
7 Aug 2008 | 5:12 am
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Telecom Monthly - The Sprint Sucks Story
Allen Harkleroad
17 Jul 2008 | 2:42 pm
From Telecom Monthly "Everyone loves a horror story, even us shriveled old raisins at Telecom Monthly. And this story has it all, shock, anticipation, and an evil villain. Unfortunately, this is a supposedly true story. The tale of a small company which overpaid on their T1s for years and the big company which refused to help. " Read the full story
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Sprint Customer Service Memorandum - Humor
Allen Harkleroad
17 Jul 2008 | 1:00 pm

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Marketing Roadmaps
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The secret sauce for the perfect pitch
Susan Getgood
13 Aug 2008 | 9:55 am
First things first. No matter what we'd like to believe, there is no such thing as the perfect pitch. One person's spam is often another person's breakfast. Here are my ingredients for the secret sauce of a nearly perfect pitch to a blogger. Relevance Relevance is a key ingredient. Without it, it is highly unlikely that you will get even a nibble from a blogger. Do your homework. Make sure that your product or service and pitch match the blogger's interests. And please don't assume that the blogger will connect the dots and understand that your pitch is relevant. Tell her why you sent her the…
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Simplicity
Susan Getgood
7 Aug 2008 | 9:34 am
Over the past few years, my writing has gotten tighter, more direct. Shorter sentences, less jargon, fewer uses of "leading" this or "state of the art" that. Is it a result of age and experience, my increasing involvement in bullshit-intolerant social media marketing or some combination of both? Who knows? What I do know is that I try to make every word count. Even though I sometimes write long, I don't use too many extra adjectives or empty adverbs. Sure every now and then, one sneaks in, but for the most part, my writing is a lot crisper than it was five years ago. In fact, one of my…
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Blogging, Social Media and Customer Service Article
Susan Getgood
30 Jul 2008 | 1:20 pm
Per request of Mrs. Flinger, my entire Blogging, Social Media and Customer Service article in one link. PARTS:onetwothreefour fivesixseven eight
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Blogger Relations Tip: Sleep Is for the Weak
Susan Getgood
29 Jul 2008 | 12:29 pm
Next week, I will be back with new installments of good pitch/bad pitch as well as the promised post about the "secret sauce" of blogger relations. In the interim, if you are interested in a crash course on parent blogging, get your hands on Sleep Is for the Weak, an anthology of posts from some of the best known mommybloggers edited by Rita Arens (Surrender, Dorothy). Sleep Is for the Weak is a perfect introduction to parent blogging and should be required reading for any marketer planning a program or campaign in this space. It doesn't replace the research and reading that I…
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BlogHer '08 - Too many parties?
Susan Getgood
26 Jul 2008 | 5:28 pm
I've just returned from my trip to California for BlogHer '08 and a short vacation, both of which I intend to tell you ALL about either here or over on Snapshot Chronicles, depending on the topic. I certainly didn't intend a two-week hiatus from blogging, but I was so busy being there and truly enjoying the experiences — in San Francisco with my mom and son, at the conference and then up in Sonoma for a few days — that it just sort of happened. But I have some great posts planned, which hopefully will make up for my absence. Starting with my reflections on BlogHer '08. I've been to all four…

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Brands Should Find Their Social Media Champions (SMCs)
Mike Spataro
5 Aug 2008 | 3:45 pm
It’s funny how new ideas and ways of doing business can sometimes take shape in companies. Contrary to popular belief, not all innovation comes from the research lab or executive management suite. Oh those guys usually get credit for it, but sometimes real change starts with a single person or small team of people buried deep within an organization. A good example of this is when some former colleagues of mine at another company banded together in the early 90’s on their own time to create the company’s first Web site. No executive strategic vision. No corporate budget. They…
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Telltale Signs Your Brand is NOT Ready for Social Media
Mike Spataro
17 Jul 2008 | 3:21 pm
There’s been volumes written about why and how companies should get involved in social media, so I thought it might be useful to share some surefire signs that your company is NOT ready for social media. So here goes: Management Indifference: If you spend more time trying to convince your bosses that social media is worth the time, effort and investment than actually implementing ideas, then it’s better to find another place that suits your beliefs and skills. No Strategy Needed: While there is no doubt some of the early trailblazing brands in social media didn’t sit around…
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Social Media Insights from the Front Row
Mike Spataro
2 Jul 2008 | 1:55 pm
As I enter my third year working for a social media company, I thought this might be a good time to reflect back on a few of the things what I’ve learned since joining VT two years ago this month, and what I see as some of big trends on the horizon. Luckily I’ve been able to work with some of the world’s biggest brands as they ramp-up their social media strategies and operations, making the past 24 months a challenging but fun time to be in this part of the Internet industry. So here goes… Monitoring to Intelligence: There is no doubt companies serious about social…
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TV News Stuck in the Dark Ages
Mike Spataro
24 Jun 2008 | 1:56 pm
As a former journalist (six years as a UPI wire guy), I have the utmost respect for the written and unwritten rules that have governed traditional broadcast and print journalism since the beginning of time. In fact, I’m saddened by how much those rules have deteriorated over the years. The day-to-day battles I had during my UPI days with friends and foes at the Associated Press, including the now legendary John King back in the days of Providence, RI, would make for some great posts for another day. However, this lingering story about NBC’s attempt to delay the news of Tim…
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Latest Figures on Internet Advertising from IDC
Blake Cahill
13 Jun 2008 | 8:59 pm
It has been a week of digesting many of the latest papers and data points from IDC, Forrester, and Gartner. Since, I have shared some Forrester and Gartner updates I thought I should post on IDC’s latest figures about Internet advertising revenue which project a doubling from $25.5 billion in 2007 to $51.1 billion in 2012. That will make the internet the #2 advertising medium in five years, growing about eight times as fast as advertising at large. This will make the internet bigger than newspaper, cable TV, broadcast, and second only to direct advertising. Video advertising will be the…

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iPhone 2.0.1
Emily Chang
5 Aug 2008 | 9:41 am
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Female Bloggers
Emily Chang
3 Aug 2008 | 6:27 am
I wanted to take a moment and thank the following bloggers and sites for including me in their recent lists of top/favorite female bloggers. I don't tend to pay the most attention to lists and rankings. There's always deserving people that don't get included and the general nature of lists is subjective. That said, I appreciate the recognition, the time it took to put together these lists, and I'm honored to be included among many of my own favorite female bloggers. It's a good reminder of what blogging is all about - sharing your own voice and ideas, whether it's to an audience of ten or ten…
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On the Go
Emily Chang
2 Aug 2008 | 1:11 pm
I've been tweaking the design of my site behind the scenes for the last few weeks and made the changes live tonight. Of course, there will be continuous tweaks, but I feel purged! Overall, I've tried to reduce clutter and simplify the structure and presentation - a proper cleansing. It's an evolution but also a return to an earlier version with less density.
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Working 073108
Emily Chang
2 Aug 2008 | 10:54 am
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Free Trial for Paid iPhone Apps
Emily Chang
17 Jul 2008 | 4:55 am
Shouldn't there be a free trial period for paid iPhone apps?

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The Social Customer Manifesto
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Steal This Slide: The Six Kinds of "Free"
Christopher Carfi - Cerado, Inc.
12 Aug 2008 | 11:53 pm
In Wired 16.03, Chris Anderson penned an insightful article entitled "Free! Why $0.00 is the Future of Business." In it, Anderson outlined six different ways that things can be "free" yet still create a viable business model. Download this slide from Slideshare. These six kinds of free are: Freemium - Offer a limited-functionality free version of a product to encourage trial, and have a purchasable premium version available for power users, a term coined by Fred Wilson Advertising - Offer a free service to end users, and sell advertising to advertisers Cross…
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SXSW09: FlashMarkets Panel - Please Vote!
Christopher Carfi - Cerado, Inc.
8 Aug 2008 | 3:37 pm
Short version: I've proposed a panel for South by Southwest on the topic of how customers are creating new types of markets. Panels are chosen in part by votes from YOU. I'd love your vote. Three steps to voting: Sign in to the SXSW Panel Picker Go to this link to select "Flashmarkets: From the Roman Agora to the Mobile Web" Click the stars to vote. Thanks! Only Slightly Longer Version: South by Southwest (SXSW) is one of my two favorite conferences. (This one is the other fave.) Part of the reason that I really dig SXSW is the collaborative…
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Let's Be Careful Out There
Christopher Carfi - Cerado, Inc.
6 Aug 2008 | 1:51 pm
Just got off the phone with CRM übermensch Paul Greenberg, who is well on the mend after last week's scary, scary incident. All is well and things are tracking by the numbers, so he'll be back up and at 'em soon. He's currently working on the 4th Edition of CRM at the Speed of Light. Here are a couple of excerpts: Chapter 1: The Customer Ecosystem Chapter 2: CRM 2.0 Chapter 3: Definitions Galore Chapter 4: Customer Experience You can also follow Paul on Twitter at @pgreenbe. Hey Paulie…glad you're feeling better. You scared me, bud.
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DNS Made Skeevy
Christopher Carfi - Cerado, Inc.
5 Aug 2008 | 3:50 pm
Sean looks for a little help from DNS Made Easy after he (admittedly) screwed up, and gets clubbed about the head and shoulders with one of the worst bits of customer (ahem) service I've heard of. The note is from "Kate" at DNSMadeEasy to Sean. An excerpt:"Wow…. Spent hours trying to help you today. Offered you a refund even though we have a zero refund policy and this is the attitude you give me?!?!?! > 1. an active email account was shut down without trying an alternative > method of contact. you do have my physical address. for what reason, i’ve no >…
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LinuxWorld Meetup
Christopher Carfi - Cerado, Inc.
31 Jul 2008 | 5:50 pm
Operating in Privileged Mode Originally uploaded by Iggy Wanna. Our friends over at Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs) just sent in a note that they are firing up some festivities next week at LinuxWorld here in SF. The details: "Just a heads up that OK is making a showing at the upcoming LinuxWorld Conference in San Francisco. On Tuesday August 5th at 4pm the group is headed to ThirstyBear Brew Co. to throw a few back. If there are any hackers out in Northern California that would like to discuss microkernel technology, share ideas or just hang out, come and grab a…

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Flickr Favorite Love
Koka Sexton
28 Jul 2008 | 7:02 pm
Really, I just spent 2 hours stumbling through Flickr pictures and these are all the good ones I could come up with enough to make favorites.
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Top 10 Craziest Science Facts You Didn’t Need To Know
Koka Sexton
25 Jul 2008 | 11:41 pm
1. You can Hypnotize Chickens by S0Cal A chicken can be hypnotized, or put into a trance by holding its head down against the ground, and continuously drawing a line along the ground with a stick or a finger, starting at its beak and extending straight outward in front of the chicken. If the chicken is hypnotized in this manner, it will remain immobile for somewhere between 15 seconds to 30 minutes, continuing to stare at the line. 2. You can have an erection once dead A death erection (sometimes referred to as “angel lust”) is a post-mortem erection which occurs when a male individual…
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Acronis True Image - Backup never felt so good
Koka Sexton
22 Jul 2008 | 12:45 pm
Photo by Leon Meijer Backup for the rest of us We all know we need to backup our data. Most people tend to manually copy their important pictures, documents and other information to a flash drive or an external hard-drive. For most people that is enough to give the belief of a level of security. But how often do you really do this? Chances are you are only backing up your information when you think of it (hardly ever) or when you already notice your computer is having problems. So the fact is that you are rolling dice in a virtual craps game and it’s just a matter of time before you…
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How To Instantly Get Traffic From Google
Koka Sexton
21 Jul 2008 | 8:33 pm
by mnadi There are many ways to get traffic from Google and Pay-Per-Click is one of those methods. I’ve been using that technique for a while and I know exactly how to use it in order to get highly targeted traffic, build a list and make money. This article will speak about how I do that step-by-step. Here’s the first step: The first step I do is find a viable market to operate in. This means finding a product or service that a large crowd is hungry to buy. I can supply the information in e-book format in about 30 pages and charge $20 for it, or I can work as an affiliate and…
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How To Get More Traffic With Article Writing
Koka Sexton
21 Jul 2008 | 8:21 pm
by Neville_S You can make article writing a key to topping the search engine Google. Here is why this works. Search engines want searchers to have a good experience when they search. That means finding good information easily. So what is good information. Well, it must cover the topic that was searched, and it should also have some indication that it is well regarded by others. That translates into good keyword use and links from other sites to yours. Article Writing Tips Share your knowledge - Write an article of general interest concerning your domain knowledge. For example, if you are a…

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Paul Barsch: Behavioral Targeting – Where’s the Fine Line?
13 Aug 2008 | 6:30 am
Behavioral targeting has caught the attention of the US congressional leaders, as privacy advocates grow concerned with the tremendous amount of web data collected by internet businesses such as ISPs and search engines. Consumers, lawyers, congressional leaders, and businesses are now opining regarding necessary disclosures and the appropriateness of targeting offers/advertising based on web visits and/or queries.When it comes to behavioral targeting (using clickstream data), where is the fine line of benefit vs. “big brother”? With petabytes of data available to ISPs, auction sites,…
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Ted Mininni: One Man’s Trash…
12 Aug 2008 | 9:03 am
A recent NPR story profiled an intriguing artist and entrepreneur named Justin Gignac. In that story, titled “Treasure or Trash? Artist Says It’s in the Packaging,” Gignac puts forth a persuasive argument.While an intern at MTV, Gignac relates that he engaged in a discussion with his fellow workers. One of them expressed the opinion that “…they thought package design wasn’t important,” according to Gignac. That made Gignac rise to the challenge. “So I figured the only way to prove them wrong would be to try to package something that absolutely nobody in their right mind…
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Paul Dunay: Command & Control Branding: Not Dead Yet?
12 Aug 2008 | 8:42 am
For years, classic brand strategy has always been about the creation of a single message that can be used with all of your constituents; investors, employees, senior management and customers about who you are and what value your company provides. Brand managers tend to write it up and paste it on every wall and train every new recruit in it. It’s a classic approach to command and control brand messaging which then gets deployed via all the traditional media and used in every communications channel.But these days you hear a lot of discussions about the explosion of new media types and…
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Ann Handley: Want a Free Pass to the Inbound Marketing Summit?
11 Aug 2008 | 7:51 am
I'm attending the Inbound Marketing Summit September 8th in Cambridge, MA, listening to the likes of Seth Godin, David Meerman Scott, Greg Verdino, Chris Brogan, Christopher S. Penn, Mike Volpe, and many others. And, as it happens, there may be something in it for you. My friends at HubSpot are offering TWO extra tickets for MarketingProfs to give away, meaning that two of you can attend the $695 event for free. Nada. Gratis. On the house. In other words, you can be at the Inbound Marketing Summit free of charge, courtesy of HubSpot. See the full event agenda here. Fine print: Actually,…
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Elaine Fogel: Why Are Some Webinars So Bad?
11 Aug 2008 | 7:47 am
Why is it that so many Webinars are bad? The technology makes it easy, but that doesn't mean that the presenter is good, the content valuable, or the topic of interest. I signed up for an association Webinar on marketing communications this week. I bugged out early. Want to know why?Plain and simple - it sucked. And that wasn't the first. I've participated in many - some free, some paid. Here's my take… 1. If the Webinar is being used for lead generation, it shouldn't be SO obvious that the entire presentation is an ad for the vendor's product or service. That happens regularly when…

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In love with your anvil?
Brian Oberkirch
5 Aug 2008 | 7:27 am
You ever get in trouble with friends and family because you have that far away look, dreaming about something you’re working on? Sketch uncontrollably? Write lists and ideas in the margins of a book you’re supposed to be reading? Find it easy to be fan of great work? Huzzah, there’s hope. You already know that it doesn’t matter: * what software platform you choose * what launch strategy you herniate on * what parties you are seen at * who blogs about you * which startup conf. you first demo at * what the logo looks like * where your space is Right,…
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I Thought You Should Know
Brian Oberkirch
1 Aug 2008 | 7:02 am
If ever you tire of ridonkulous webcockery, keep in mind that there are some really groovy people in love with their digital anvils. And these folks will keep trying to make neat things whatever the funding/exit/hype atmosphere is like. So pay attention to them, champion them, learn from them. A sampling: The Start Conference: my heroes are gathering in San Francisco next week for what looks to be a delightful day of real discussion about how you make things and start new companies. Put on by Misters Veen & Mason and featuring all sorts of people who know their stuff. Love that they are…
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A Little Less Conversation
Brian Oberkirch
9 Jul 2008 | 12:03 pm
All the handwaving is even getting to me, and I’m a professional daydreamer. Perhaps you’re also bored. I’ve decided it may have something to do with a fetish-like attachment to conversations. You may recall these things as rich, nurturing interactions you had with people you would run into. Then they became a site of marketing. A temple. Your once innocent interaction became transactional. Instrumental. It’s not Cluetrain’s fault. Misbegotten & generally borked offspring of Cluetrain, I’m looking at you. And it’s not merely semantics. Yes,…
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Social Signals @ Houston Interactive Marketing Association
Brian Oberkirch
9 Jul 2008 | 10:58 am
It’s been a while since I’ve tried to talk about marketing on this blog, and I’m working on some new lingo. We lean too much on the metaphor of conversation (on which, more later), so I thought I’d share this recent presentation with you. It’s a talk I gave a few weeks ago to the Houston Interactive Marketing Association. In it, I talk about our work as that of decoding, interpreting, collating and passing along social signals throughout our organizations. I try to show, specifically, how services like Etsy, MOO and Threadless put social signals to work in their…
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Portability & Privacy Panel at Graphing Social Patterns
Brian Oberkirch
11 Jun 2008 | 9:46 pm
I moderated the final panel at Graphing Social Patterns, East today. David Recordon, Allen Hurff, Dave Morin, John McCrea, Chris Saad and Dave McClure. This video is the panel answering my first question: who is thinking about users when it comes to these issues?

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Optimus Maximus
13 Aug 2008 | 3:11 pm
Thanks to a glowing array of 115 individual OLED displays fitted under its keys, Art Lebedev’s Optimus Maximus is the first and only keyboard that literally morphs before your eyes. Pressing shift and watching all the letters beneath your fingers leap to caps gives you some idea what the Maximus is capable of, and why it’s become one of the most hyped-up, fawned-over and generally talked-about devices on the Web. While it delivers sheer novelty value in spades, we found that its princely pricetag, layout and reliability woes may threaten its practicality as a typing device. Read |…
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Gateway P-7811FX Notebook Packs Centrino 2
13 Aug 2008 | 12:00 pm
Computer maker Gateway is out of the gate with their first Centrino 2-based notebook, the P-7811FX. Aimed at media enthusiasts and gamers, the P-7811FX sports Intel's Centrino 2 technology, a 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS graphics with 512 MB of dedicated video memory…plus a 17-inch 1,920 by 1,200-pixel display. "The Gateway P-7811FX is a great choice for customers such as students and professionals who want a notebook that can handle all of their computing need—from creating videos and playing games to tackling work, school, and home projects,"…
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Logitech Intros Clip-and-Go Notebook Mouse
13 Aug 2008 | 11:30 am
If you've ever gotten frustrated with the pointed devices built into typical notebook computers (and, really, who hasn't?), you may have given into the temptation to buy a separate cordless mouse. Sounds like a good idea, and it's usually rewarded with an hour or so of mousing bliss. But then you pick up your notebook and move to a new table, desk, or counter…and you're back to the built-in pointing device, with your cordless mouse nowhere to be found. Peripheral and accessories maker Logitech wants to solve that problem with its new V550 Nano cordless laser mouse for notebooks. The…
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Crysis Warhead Coming In September
13 Aug 2008 | 11:00 am
Electronic Arts and Crytek GmbH have announced that the latest installment in the fast-paced shoot-em-up Crysis universe, Crysis Warhead will begin shipping in September for Windows PCs—and discount pre-ordering is available now for folks who have to get in on the action as soon as possible. Crysis Warhead will go on sale in Europe September 12 and in North America on September 16; players who pre-order starting today can pick up the game for $24.95 ($5 off the retail price), or get $10 both Crysis and Crysis Warhead purchased together. (Although note that Crysi Read | Permalink | Email…
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Poll: Video Games Top Parents' Worry Lists
13 Aug 2008 | 10:40 am
Recent surveys conducted by What They Play finds that parents are more concerned about the impact of video games on their children than the impacts of alcohol and pornography. The online polls, conducted in April and August, also found that parents are generally more accepting of violence in video games than with sexual content. "These poll results demonstrate that parents are as apprehensive about their children's media diets as they are about traditional social issues such as alcohol, drugs, violence and sex," said What They Like president John Davison, in a statement. The first…

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The Social Times
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Announcing Speakers From Social Ad Summit
Nick O'Neill
13 Aug 2008 | 10:48 am
I’m happy to announce a great list of speakers for the upcoming Social Ad Summit. We will be announcing more speakers in the coming week but I wanted to provide an update. We just recently began sending out invitations to the event so if you haven’t received one, do not worry, we will be sending them out over the coming week. Also, if you are not sure whether or not you have received one, fill out your information on the Social Ad Summit homepage. Here is an updated list of speakers that will be in attendance: Brian Morrissey, Digital Editor, AdWeek, Moderator Allen Stern, Center…
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Is iPhone Captcha Necessary?
Nick O'Neill
13 Aug 2008 | 8:38 am
This afternoon I decided to try out the Evernote application for the iPhone. In the process of installing the application, I had to go through a registration process. As I went through the process, I got to a reCaptcha form as displayed in the screenshot below. Why on earth would an iPhone need to display a captcha form on an iPhone only registration form? This was probably one of the most annoying steps in the registration process. Typing a captcha form on an iPhone is especially annoying. Perhaps that’s because iPhone has a less than intuitive keyboard. Whatever the reason, I’m…
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The Social Web Economy: Entrepreneur Leaders
Nick O'Neill
13 Aug 2008 | 6:56 am
This is a continuation in the series on “The Social Web Economy“ As I said in the last part of this series, “for the most part, developers are not businesspeople.” As such the social web economy turns to entrepreneurs to be the leaders. Just as in the general economy, they are the individuals driving the social web economy forward. They are frequently jacks-of-all-trades and they are willing to do pretty much anything to build a business. I have the utmost respect for entrepreneurs (possibly because I am one myself). Entrepreneurs are involved in pretty much all the…
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Interview with Sebastien de Halleux, Playfish
Nick O'Neill
12 Aug 2008 | 2:10 pm
This afternoon I had the opportunity to speak with Sebastien de Halleux, the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Playfish, one of the top social gaming companies currently out there. The company also has some of the most engaging gaming applications currently on Facebook. Sebastien also discussed plans to expand beyond Facebook to other social networks as well as the iPhone. I also had the opportunity to ask Sebastien whether he thought social gaming deserved the separation from casual gaming. Sebastien argued that it does deserve a clear distinction and that the term means baking…
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Are Special Events In a Bubble?
Nick O'Neill
12 Aug 2008 | 12:21 pm
Over the past few years there has been a rapidly emerging industry around events catering to the technology space. When the first bubble burst, the industry was left with a big void. No more lavish parties that were partially to blame for the Web 1.0 hype. As industry professionals young and old have begun to adopt social technologies it has become easier than ever to promote an event and attract hundreds and occasionally thousands of people. The Internet Helps Connect People Offline Following the collapse of the bubble, many were left to reflect what had happened and what should be done…

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Cheat (or learn from) math problems with Mathway
Josh Lowensohn
13 Aug 2008 | 12:58 pm
Mathway is a Web calculator that not only solves math problems for you, but also shows you how it got to the answer with step-by-step directions. It's the kind of service that would have utterly ruined me in middle school if I had wanted to cruise through the stacks of homework without doing any of the actual computations. Mathway covers several types of math genres, including high school level stuff like trigonometry and calculus. It'll also take any "basic math," like what you'd do with a calculator, although it's kind of a waste since most problems only involve one line of explanation. I'm…
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Flickr taps into open source for better maps. Yahoo Maps to follow?
Josh Lowensohn
13 Aug 2008 | 10:42 am
Flickr is now utilizing maps from the wiki-based Open Street Map project to improve the detail level on cities where Yahoo's maps fall short. The first city to get the treatment is Beijing in honor of the Olympics. Flickr has posted before and after shots and the difference is profound. What was once a brown blob now has streets, landmarks, and of course geotagged shots. Despite the improvement in Flickr's world map, parent company Yahoo's maps, which power the rest of Flickr's world map cartography, have not been cross-updated to share the changes. Flickr is using the data from the Open…
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Facebook: Filter your News Feed even more
Caroline McCarthy
13 Aug 2008 | 4:28 am
You can now filter the items in your Facebook News Feed depending on what you're hoping to check out, thanks to a cool new drop-down menu. Previously, you could sort the list by a few Facebook mainstays: status updates, photo-related updates, and "posted items." The filter additions, originally reported late last night by TechCrunch, are events, groups, fan pages, several applications that differ by the member (my filter offers me the option to search by the "Bumper Sticker" application, which I have never installed but which I guess a fair number of people on my friends list have) and the…
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Outside.in Radar: Super-mega-hyper-local content
Rafe Needleman
12 Aug 2008 | 9:39 pm
At the launch of Yahoo's Fire Eagle on Tuesday, local news aggregator Outside.in launched its latest product, the "hyper-local" service called Radar. Here's the pitch: you tell it where you are (or have Fire Eagle do so on your behalf), and then it will tell you what's going on within 1,000 feet of you. Or you could just look out the window. But seriously, this is a good pitch. While I don't buy the literal 1,000-foot story, since the main drag of my neighborhood is 1,400 feet from my front door and that's where the local action is, I continue to believe that we could all use a good…
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GeoGraffiti on iPhone great for espionage, scavenger hunts
Josh Lowensohn
12 Aug 2008 | 5:21 pm
GeoGraffiti is a geolocation service that centers on little voice notes users can leave all over the world. Before having a native iPhone application it was a voice service you could call into and leave a note that would be associated with whatever ZIP code or telephone number entered through your phone's keypad. It wasn't the most exact system, and to remedy that parent company Slingpost has been working on a native iPhone application that makes use of the handset's GPS to make the voice notes a little more precise. In its pocket form GeoGraffiti is now quite a bit smarter. You can use it to…

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Biz Growth Live Podcast: Boost Your Business Results With LinkedIn
Krishna De
11 Aug 2008 | 7:48 am
Did you miss our live ‘Biz Growth Live Masterclass’ about Gravitational Marketing? Last week on ‘Biz Growth Live’, I was joined by LinkedIn expert Chuck Hester who will be sharing strategies and ideas to boost your business results through LinkedIn. We shared specific actions you can take to will help you raise your profile and attract the opportunities we are looking for – be that a new client, business partner or career move. You can now access the live streaming or download the interview. Be sure to take notes as we provided some invaluable advice building your…
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Biz Growth Live: Strategic Joint Ventures To Build Your Brand
Krishna De
10 Aug 2008 | 6:17 am
In this episode of ‘Biz Growth Live’, I am joined by coach and author Elizabeth Marshall who has been successfully developing joint venture partnerships with leading experts in marketing and sales. We will be discussing ideas and strategies about how to enhance our business results by collaborating and developing effective joint ventures. You can access Elizabeth’s soon to be published book which she co-authored with best selling author Michael Port HERE Here are the details of the Masterclass: DATE OF THE JOINT VENTURE MASTERCLASS: Monday 11 August 2008 TIME OF THE JOINT…
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Social Media Weekly Digest: 8 August 2008
Krishna De
8 Aug 2008 | 6:50 am
Here is a summary of news and articles from around the web that has caught my attention in this week’s social media digest. The Irish Sunday Business Post featured dbTwang, a new social media site based in Ireland, who are currently looking fr investors. The site is for guitar enthusiasts whose ambitions are to have 700,000 registered users and generate turnover of €3 million within five years with their business model being a combination of sponsorship and recurring monthly subscriptions, initially focusing on the US and Japan. Microsoft research indicates that the theory that we all…
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Biz Growth Live Podcast: Gravitational Marketing Strategies
Krishna De
7 Aug 2008 | 12:52 am
Did you miss our live ‘Biz Growth Live Masterclass’ about Gravitational Marketing? Last week on ‘Biz Growth Live’, my guests were Jimmy Vee and Travis Miller who shared strategies and ideas to attract clients naturally. You can now access the live streaming or download the interview. Be sure to take notes as Jimmy and Travis provided some invaluable advice about direct mail and advertising. SHOW NOTES 00:52 Show begins 05:30 The power of gravity in marketing and why it’s an important concept at times of economic uncertainty and recession…
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A Crash Course In Word Of Mouth Marketing
Krishna De
6 Aug 2008 | 4:18 am
When you last made a purchase or a product or service, did you ask a family member, friend or colleagues their opinion on what you were planning to buy before you did so? Most of us look for recommendations as part of the buying process - some call it social proof. That is why testimonials and endorsements are so valuable - people get to read, see or hear what other people ‘just like them’ thought of the product. In one social media workshop I facilitated recently, one participant had made a purchase of over €500 in value only by reading online reviews. Andy Sernovitz, author…

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Tweetake
13 Aug 2008 | 12:01 am
A backup service for Twitter that lets you save your followers, people you follow and tweet history.
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Twuzzer
12 Aug 2008 | 12:01 am
A live aggregation of tweets and photos related to large special events. Twuzzer is currently focused on the Beijing Olympics.
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Monitter
11 Aug 2008 | 12:01 am
A trending mashup that lets you monitor the Twitter world for a set of three keywords and watch what people are saying in real-time.
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4HourSearch
8 Aug 2008 | 12:01 am
A simple search engine built on the Yahoo! BOSS (Build your Own Search Service) platform.
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FriendCompare
7 Aug 2008 | 12:01 am
Allows you to compare your musical interests with your Last.fm friends and neighbors.

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Is Viral Marketing for Everyone? An Interview with Language Trainers, Creators of the Accent Game
Tamar Weinberg
29 Jul 2008 | 6:00 am
If you haven’t yet seen the Language Trainers Accent Game, it has won the “best viral marketing strategy of 2008″ (in my eyes). The idea behind this game is to listen to videos of individuals from all over the world speaking a sentence or reciting the lines of a poem, and you need to guess where the accent is from. You even get bonus points for guessing exactly where (regionally) the individual is from, which gives this game added appeal. Let me put it this way — it’s hard! I was able to interview Dave, one of the brilliant minds behind the company and the game,…
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Quantum Entanglements: The Social Media Scandals
Tamar Weinberg
21 Jul 2008 | 6:00 am
This is a guest post from kd kelly. kd kelly, aka dotlizard, who has learned a harsh lesson or two in her time on the internets, and wants to warn us about the dangers of social media as it relates to trusting relationships that end in lies, deception, and hurt. She’s a very social creature and is known as “dotlizard” pretty much everywhere. Smile, I’m sending you some sunshine. Did your room just light up? What can you say about a beautiful girl who died? In the words of noted internet hedonist Halcyon Styn, from a Flash animation he created in her honor: “I…
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What Traits Define a Social Media Marketer?
Tamar Weinberg
8 Jul 2008 | 6:15 am
With many individuals finding great success with social media (and as an aside, a basic understanding of search engine optimization), they immediately consider themselves social media marketers and consultants (as well as seasoned SEOs) and offer to sell their promotional services. What skills, though, do successful social media marketers have that put these individuals above the average (or addicted) social media user, and better yet, above the traditional marketer? I asked several social media consultants, bloggers, marketers, search engine optimizers, and social media addicts about what…
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Twitter versus Plurk: Not Even in the Same League
Tamar Weinberg
30 Jun 2008 | 5:55 am
Earlier this month, Plurk was discovered and has had social media addicts abuzz with the “new Twitter clone,” especially as a result of Twitter downtime. After using both closely, the comparison to Twitter shouldn’t even be the case. Plurk and Twitter are two entirely different beasts. Personally, I don’t even see the need to compare the two at all. The only similarity is a 140 character limit for posts — so Plurk is essentially a microblogging platform. But Plurk is a lot more, and Twitter still has its place. Plurk: Real Nested Conversations Brought to the…
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Plutter Kite: The Ultimate Micro-Blogging Service
Tamar Weinberg
18 Jun 2008 | 6:25 am
This is a guest post from Samir Balwani of Internet Marketing blog Left the Box.com. It feels like every day there’s a new post about Plurk, Twitter, or some new micro-blogging platform. They’re always heralded as the next big social media hit, the best on the web, or something killer. The truth is, they’re not. Most of these platforms are too young to be killing anything, and are generally unfinished. Twitter has major problems with uptimes, Plurk is missing some major features, and Brightkite is having issues with Verizon. My biggest problem with all these platforms is…

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Abnormal
umair
8 Aug 2008 | 12:17 am
Scott has a point, but I think that Facebook isn't exactly "normal" in terms of expectations, influence, or liquidity options, the secondary markets involved in what's "normal" aren't often made relatively open, the shares traded in them don't go at a >100% discount, and my guess (though the info is opaque) is they're not largely sold directly to private equity, etc…Look. I think a very thin market in Facebook shares at a $15 bil valuation might be OK. But a larger, more open one at a $5b valuation kind of sends not a great signal. The signal is that Facebook might go straight to some kind…
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The New New Thing
umair
5 Aug 2008 | 10:28 am
"…That said, none of this means the bailout is a mistake. "My own view is that the world isn't fair," says Zvi Bodie, finance professor at Boston University. "But would it be fair to put the economy into a deep recession or depression? I don't think so."There's the rub. If the monetary and fiscal authorities are right in their judgment that the risk of an economic plunge of frightening proportions is real, then the Herculean actions they're taking are fair to all of us. What's more, if innovation is the core dynamic in a capitalist economy, the engine of growth and higher living standards,…
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Admin + Sales 2.0
umair
5 Aug 2008 | 10:20 am
Guys, I'm on vacation. So I decided to let my friend Kashif write some posts on Sales 2.0. I think you should give him a chance - the writing needs work, I agree, but he's got some interesting things to say. If you really have a bone to pick, (as usual) leave a comment.NB - I will consider guest posts on a regular basis - just email me. I will publish those I think are interesting, provocative, relevant, etc.
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Bringing Sales 2.0 To Life
kh
4 Aug 2008 | 9:06 pm
So how can organizations make Sales 2.0 happen?First things first, Sales 2.0-enabled organizations see the correlation between customer intimacy and sales results. Shocking! There are 4 characteristics world-class 2.0 sales organizations, they:Maximize selling time- remove mundane tasks associated with salesDefine a clear sales process focused on high value activitiesDetail the mechanics of a meaningful conversationsSynchronize selling activities with the buying processIn this space, Landslide and InsideView stand out for their innovative approach to time-tested problems. For the evolving…
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Sales 2.0
kh
3 Aug 2008 | 3:10 pm
Sales 2.0 is a new approach to B2B sales. Quite simply, the Sales 2.0 approach provides sales organizations:Increased proximity to prospectsThe ability to replicate and standardize selling best practicesSuperior visibility into sales rep effectivenessThe result is greater intimacy with your prospects/ repeat customers. However the process in effect actually works in reverse:Top organizations understand what their best sales reps do to sell effectivelyUnderstanding high value sales activities helps detail the sales process stepsSales 2.0 organizations then take this best process and…

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This week's links from around the net
Debs
9 Aug 2008 | 11:58 pm
Stuff I found interesting this weekMinding OneWebDay « Do You Sociate?MIndfulness - even more important thane ever. Leave it to Jerry to remind us of this. PLus- it is truly the only way to stay sane in this day and age.Tags: magnolia, onewebday, mindfullness, sociateGartner Research Blog for the Media IndustryI just LOVE that Getty is smart enough to do this deal with Flickr - win win for all around. True it does not do much for Yahoo - but still great for flickrTags: magnolia, flickr, prosumerHow big an opportunity is the external memory? » VentureBeatFollows along with my current these…
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This week's links from around the net
Debs
2 Aug 2008 | 11:58 pm
Stuff I found interesting this weekEpeus' epigone: Here Comes Everybody - Tummlers, Geishas, Animateurs and Chief Conversation Officers help us listenIn a world where relationship & curation go hand in hand - everyone needs a catalyst and connector to get things going.Tags: magnolia, socialweb, tummlerTee Feeds » Tracking The Web’s Best T-Shirt BlogsTracking The Web’s Best T-Shirt Blogs - the beauty of the long long tailTags: magnolia, socialweb, t-shirtsThe Social Media Fallacy : Spark MinuteDavid Spark does a nice job demonstrating that social media has to start with something REAL -…
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A rose by any other name ….
Debs
30 Jul 2008 | 5:35 pm
The recent flurry of posts on "the death of blogging" or blogging versus twitter versus [insert latest cool tool here] are mute. It is the motivation behind the effort that is interesting - our human [and business need ] for connection and expression and the impact that micro-connections have on our memory, analysis and objectivity. There is a big difference between living in the moment and stepping back and analyzing an event, business or feeling. There is benefit to both - and they are not interchangeable. Living & communicating in the moment serves one…
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Snackbyte: Are we all just being rude?
Debs
30 Jul 2008 | 10:58 am
[Cue voice over of Carrie Bradshaw for this quick post] I have been thinking a lot lately about the impact the 24/7 social web connectedness has on how we connect and behave in personal and professional settings and the impact it is having on our relationships: "In an era of increased inputs, ambient intimacy** and weak ties, it is now difficult to remember, react and respond to everything and everyone in a timely manner. Are we rude or do we need to reset our expectations of what is proper etiquette in the era of the Social Web?" Is it really ok to not return phone calls? or email?
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This week's links from around the net
Debs
26 Jul 2008 | 11:59 pm
Stuff I found interesting this weekNoise to Signal | Social SignalRob's cartoons make me smileTags: webcartoons, noise2signal, magnolia

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10 Amazing Visualizations of Social Networks
admin
30 Jul 2008 | 1:45 pm
Social networks are dynamic and constantly evolving. While we can easily identify our friends and acquaintances within a network, it’s much harder for us to comprehend how members in a social network are connected and how those connections influence a particular network. Fortunately, there are now a number of people that have taken the time to create stunning visualizations of various social networks that give us a better understanding of how networks function. We take a look at our ten favourite visualizations of social networks. Fidg’t’ : Visualize The Fidg’t Visualizer…
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How to Network Like Paul Revere and Quincy Jones
admin
2 Jul 2008 | 3:27 pm
You might not think that an American revolutionary war hero and a legendary music producer would have much in common, but both Paul Revere and Quincy Jones understood the value of social networks. Paul Revere and William Dawes were both sent to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams that the British army were coming. Both men were from a similar economic and social background, yet it is Revere who raised the militia and later had a poem written about him. A Harvard Business Review article suggests the reason behind Revere being remembered and Dawes being largely forgotten is due to the type of…
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Social Media Websites Banned Worldwide
admin
21 Jun 2008 | 10:39 am
According to the recent World Information Access report, since 2003, “64 citizens unaffiliated with news organizations have been arrested for their blogging activities”. But it’s not just individual bloggers who are under threat. There have been numerous attempts by governments to censor social media sites. Using IBM’s ManyEyes tool, we’ve created a map of the most censored websites around the world. You can find the World Information Access report here [PDF] [via] Unfortunately, this list is probably only the tip of the iceberg. Most of the reports of censorship are based on…
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5 TED Talks on Collaboration and Communities
admin
15 Jun 2008 | 10:26 am
What do some of the world’s greatest thinkers and doers think about collaboration and communities? We’ve compiled 5 interesting videos, so grab your popcorn, sit back and enjoy. New babies and work commitments have meant that this blog hasn’t been updated as much in the last couple of weeks. Normal service will resume tomorrow. We’re testing out apture for this post. Click on the links and you should be able to see either a video, wikipedia entry or photograph. Here’s a brief description of the service from the apture site: With just one line of code, publishers and bloggers can…
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What is the Future of Social Networks?
admin
14 Jun 2008 | 6:06 am
Who says only prophets and fair-ground psychics are able to predict the future? Understanding the future is beneficial to most industries in order to cope with technological and societal change. We take a look at what the future landscape of social networking might look like. Future forecasting “Futures Studies, Foresight, or Futurology is the science, art and practice of postulating possible, probable, and preferable futures and the worldviews and myths that underlie them. Futures studies (colloquially called “Futures” by many of the field’s practitioners) seeks to understand…

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Before I go…
Colin
5 Aug 2008 | 11:51 pm
I’d just like to thank those who left positive comments in response to my post yesterday. The question now for anyone who agrees with any of what I said is: what can we do about it, or is it now beyond our control? Should we even try? You are most likely reading this because you have an interest in some aspect of social media so, to keep you going while I’m away, I thought I’d share my list of those bloggers I have turned to for intelligent discussion in this area. I tend to mainly clear of the larger blogging networks and stick to those who, while they might not be the…
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Hiatus?
Colin
5 Aug 2008 | 11:03 am
You’ll have noticed that things have been a little quiet around here lately, as they were for a bit not too long ago. It appears that it is not just me. Others have been quieter than usual with Corvida giving an eloquent explanation as to why. I completely agree with her. It’s not just that the technology has plateaued, it’s not just that the conversation stalled but, somehow, that the social web has lost its spark. We moan about the echo chamber and dream of social media ubiquity but once things get more ‘mainstream’ our precious corner of the web seems to…
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Getting too social?
Colin
31 Jul 2008 | 5:33 am
Social media is both a blessing and a curse. We have the ability to communicate with many interesting people from all over the world in the easiest ways we have ever had available to us. The flow of information and responses is incredibly engaging and is making the world ever smaller - even if governments still have their differences, the citizens of the world are rapidly becoming citizens of the one global village. On the other hand, however, social media can be a huge time-sink if not managed correctly and the danger exists that we become too engrossed so that other areas of our lives start…
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Are You A Writer, Blogger, Journalist Or Author? Join Our Team!
Colin
23 Jul 2008 | 5:48 am
Reposted from sallywalker.me.uk Are you a freelance writer, blogger, author or journalist? Then why not join our team and show off your articles, increase traffic to your own website, advertise your website and allow potential editors and hosts for your content to find you easily. Benefits include: A page on our website where you can add any information you wish about yourself. Add an online resume/CV if you wish, add links to published and featured work, link to your website, whatever. It’s YOUR page to show the world your work and your website, for an example of how your page could…
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Guest post: Is There A Way Back From Free?
Colin
19 Jul 2008 | 7:58 am
Yesterday, I was privileged to do a guest post for Louis Gray and chose to do something a little bit different and wrote about the issue of whether APIs can be used to generate revenue for services such as Twitter, It was something I had been thinking about for a while but the news that they had throttled the unauthenticated API calls which are the life blood of many third party applications brought it in to context: “It has seemed obvious to me for a while that an ideal aspect of a business plan for a social networking service such as Twitter would be to charge partners for premium…

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Video Microblogging In 12 Seconds
socialmediamom
13 Aug 2008 | 8:26 am
I came across a review done by Kate Greene, of Technology Review, regarding a startup microblogging site that just launched at the end of July. 12 Seconds takes a different approach to microblogging in that they allow you to post a 12 second video about what you are doing instead of using text…….. “Using a Web camera or a cell-phone video camera, people record themselves doing anything–watching a football game at a bar, telling jokes, buying new shoes, playing with their child–and can upload it immediately to the Web, where others who subscribe to their videos…
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Guest Post by Social Media Dad, Jeff Tippett, from Calvert Holdings, Inc.
socialmediamom
11 Aug 2008 | 5:47 am
This guest post comes from Jeff Tippett. Jeff is an Outreach Strategist for Calvert Holdings and one of the authors of the Calvert Creative blog. He is the thirteenth in my series featuring social media dads. “How do you have time to be involved in social media?” I don’t think that I’ve ever conducted a social media and business seminar without being asked that question. Perhaps the question arises because our lives are so busy that adding another task seems overwhelming. But to me, it’s like being asked, “How do you have time to eat?” I take time to eat because it’s important…
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Teens In Tech
socialmediamom
6 Aug 2008 | 7:04 am
15 year old, Daniel Brusilovsky, is not your typical teen. While other kids his age are taking the bus to school, playing baseball and saying “no” to drugs, Daniel is taking his entrepreneurial skills and starting his own business that involves teens and technology. Jason Kincaid, from TechCrunch had an opportunity to meet Daniel at their August Capital event last week and Jason reports that Daniel is a “bright kid” that seems to know everyone……. “a quick glance at his Twitter account shows he gets around too, with recent visits to Twitter, Apple, and…
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Guest Post by Social Media Dad, Jonathan Fields, from Awake At The Wheel
socialmediamom
29 Jul 2008 | 9:01 am
This guest post comes from Jonathan Fields. Jonathan is the author of Awake At The Wheel and the twelfth in my series featuring social media dads. Kids Connecting I’ve always had this deep desire to show my 7-year old daughter, Jesse, just how interconnected we are to others around the world. Living in NYC has made the task quite a bit easier. It seems at some point, someone from nearly every culture ends up here. And we get to meet them. But, the power of social media to demonstrate this point and fuel her exploration really hit home the other day as she strolled in from camp. I was…
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Chief Mom Officer
socialmediamom
24 Jul 2008 | 4:28 am
Being a mom is challenging and if it weren’t for the workable balance created between my passion for social media and my family, I might just lose my mind entirely. That is why I love success stories that involve moms and using the tools of social media used to enhance their lives and establish careers. Kelby Carr writes a fantastic post about how social networks are changing the way women do just about everything-from making friends to sharing news as well as finding jobs…….. “Well, one of my fellow moms on Twitter and my Type-A Mom beauty and fashion editor, Jessica…

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ZoneAlarm ForceField: Free Full Product License Today
QuickOnlineTips
12 Aug 2008 | 9:08 am
ZoneAlarm ForceField is a virtualized browser security tool that lets you bank, shop, and browse the Web safely and privately. In a one time- one day deal, it is available with a free full product license today. ZoneAlarm ForceField blocks unauthorized downloads and malicious software installations, protects your identity by blocking phishers and stopping keyloggers, and helps you browse the internet in complete privacy by erasing all cache, cookies, history and passwords and is a nice addition to any PC antivirus or security suite product running on your computer. Usually a 1 computer 1 year…
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LinkedIn: Most Popular Social Network in India?
QuickOnlineTips
12 Aug 2008 | 8:29 am
Everyone uses Social Networks to connect to friends, contacts and business associates. So which are the most popular social networks around the world. Royal Pingdom tested the 12 top social networks to answer this interesting question. Their study has revealed some interesting observations like Facebook is most popular in Turkey and Canada, Friendster and Imeem are most popular in the Philippines, Twitter is most popular in Japan, Orkut is more popular in Iran than it is in the United States and LinkedIn is most popular in India! They say these results have been compiled using a new tool…
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Twitter Has Limits!
QuickOnlineTips
12 Aug 2008 | 7:18 am
The popular Twitter tool has in built limits to control spam and prevent cheats from gaming Twitter. A Twitter limit will only reveal itself when you cross it, which means you’ve exceeded the maximum number of times allotted to perform a given action on Twitter. Twitter Limits Updates, Messages, Follows, API Calls Brent Csutoras who was following 2000 people on Twitter, found his account limited when he wanted to follow more people. Similar experience was noted by many more Tweeple recently. However, some people have verified that these limits can change for each person, depending on…
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Abhinav Bindra Wins India’s First Olympic Gold Medal
QuickOnlineTips
12 Aug 2008 | 12:37 am
25 year old Indian shooting ace Abhinav Bindra won the first Individual Indian Olympic Gold Medal Ever. This win supercedes the silver medal feat of double trap shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in Athens 2004 last time. And he blogs… Abhinav Bindra Wins Olympic Gold Medal Abhinav Bindra (Olympics Profile) is an Indian shooter from Zirakpur, Mohali district, Punjab and is now the Olympic champion in the 10 m Air Rifle event by winning the gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He now becomes the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games. Previously the Indian…
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Free Windows Software Alternatives
QuickOnlineTips
11 Aug 2008 | 11:09 pm
Guest article by Jason from Third Error. Microsoft Windows bundles a number of software applications in order to provide a basic experience, such as Internet Explorer, Wordpad, and others. In this article, we’ll be listing replacements for basic Windows software and utilities. If you have a suggestion, feel free to list it in the comments. Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox - a fast, open source, secure, and extendable browser from Mozilla. Offers a number of features over Internet Explorer, including Smart Location Bar, Places Manager, and a rich database of extensions. Opera - Feature-rich…

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Linas Simonis on How to Win Marketing Battle in Web 2.0 Age
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Freelance Blog Coaches and Proofreaders Are Needed!
admin
18 Jul 2008 | 8:43 am
In my consulting practice I am working with high-level managers, often CEOs on marketing strategy issues in web 2.0 age. One of the main consequences of my consulting is establishing of a business blog. (What is the difference between business blog and other kind of blogs? The answer is in my free e-book ”The New Rules of Business Blogs”). English is not my first language. In fact, it is only the third language I speak. I make mistakes when I write. I remember my troubles when I was seeking for a proofreader. Many thanks go to my assistant Sigita, who now keeps all my proofreading…
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In Future Most CEOs Will Have a Business Blog
Linas Simonis
22 Jun 2008 | 10:35 am
I am sure that in the future most CEOs will have a blog. A business blog. More, I am sure that for a number of companies blogging will be mandatory for a daily job of a CEO or a General Manager. To run a business blog – it will be a standard requirement in hiring a CEO. Yes, today standard requirement for a CEO is the capability to understand financial schemes, ability to satisfy the Wall Street. But it is a wrong emphasis searching for a perfect CEO. For most companies the crucial point is to build a powerful brand. A company that focuses on brand building always wins compared with the…
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Can You Have an Editor of Your Business Blog?
Linas Simonis
26 May 2008 | 10:20 am
In most cases, yes. Recently David Meerman Scott ignited a great discussion when he wrote the post ”Does Harvard Business School know what a blog is?” about a hot topic in business blogging land. It’s a very interesting discussion going on there, please check not only the post, but the comments too. For those who are interested in business blogging, there are some guidelines on the same topic. Yes, you can have a blog editor in your business blog I fully agree on David’s remark that ”fixing “errors” quickly evolves into control in my…
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A New E-book “The New Rules of Business Blogs” Is Now Released!
Linas Simonis
23 Apr 2008 | 1:17 am
Web is changing rapidly. Rules that were appreciated two years ago, today may be obsolete. But do we always recognize these changes? For example blogs diverged in few categories – usual blogs, problogs, celebrity blogs, corporate blogs, business blogs. But we still apply the same rules to all of them. What a mistake! Take for example, business blogs. All consultants are still recommending a CEO to post frequently. What a mistake! CEOs are in high time-pressure work, and insisting on posting frequently will keep them out of blogosphere. How to act in this new web2.0 environment? What new…
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Why a CEO Must Blog
admin
8 Mar 2008 | 4:25 am
A very straightforward question. Why a CEO must blog? There are two reasons that made the CEO blogging mandatory from the marketing point of view. First, a CEO is the best spokesperson of every company OK, the founder is the best spokesperson of every company, but if the one is not with the company anymore, the CEO is the best spokesperson of the company then. The exceptions are rare. Michael Jordan is the best spokesperson of Nike, not Phil Knight, but this is another story. Customers tend to listen, when the General Manager of a company speaks. If the CEO earns good reputation, the entire…

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Sports Business Journal Launches Olympics Website
Jason
4 Aug 2008 | 3:37 pm
Props to Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily for launching a stand-alone website about the Olympics in Beijing. Tripp Mickle and Jay Weiner are writing from Beijing and offering news, opinions and perspectives on the business of the Olympics and sponsorship. Besides the fact that the site is free, the best part about it is that it allows for a dialogue. People can discuss stories by leaving comments so the site isn’t just a one-sided conversation. While this new site basically is a blog (includes categories, comments, newest posts at the top, etc) it’s interesting that…
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Growth of Sports Websites and Communities
Jason
25 Jul 2008 | 11:57 am
According to a recent report by eMarketer, total revenues for US sports sites will reach $2.96 billion in 2012, up from $1.49 billion in 2007. eMarketer also predicts that ad revenues for these sites will go from $819 million in 2007 to $1.95 billion in 2012, an increase of 24%. Bottom line: sports websites will continue to grow and there is an opportunity for teams, leagues, sponsors and brands to take advantage of this and make money. There is an opportunity to connect fans via sites that have social networking features, provided that this is done in the right way. In my opinion this means:…
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Jr. NBA/ Jr. WNBA Basketball Camp in Raleigh
Jason
17 Jul 2008 | 9:14 am
I apologize for the lack of activity here lately. I’ve been pretty busy with client work and I recently got involved with a startup web business (Scavenja) with 7 other people. Scavenja is a photo-based scavenger hunt that connects offline and online activities and integrates sponsors in a variety of ways, providing a unique and memorable brand experience for players. We started the company last weekend (July 11-13) at RTP Startup Weekend. Scavenja is still in private, invite-only beta so we can get feedback and continue adding features, but we’re pretty excited about it.
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LocalReplay - Interactive Solutions and Community for Local Sports
Jason
8 Jul 2008 | 1:21 pm
LocalReplay is a free local sports hub/community for leagues, organizations, athletes, coaches, parents and fans. While there are other sports social networks out there in the local sports space, LocalReplay is doing as good a job as any in offering turn-key solutions to people involved at every level of local sports. They also happen to be based in my backyard (North Carolina) so I wanted to offer a few thoughts about the site. LocalReplay enables anyone and everyone involved in sports (the groups listed above) to create a website/page that others can interact with. When you sign up for the…
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Using Social Media to Connect Current and Former Athletes
Jason
26 Jun 2008 | 11:31 am
I recently read an interesting white paper from IBM called “The Corporate Newsletter Goes Social: IBM and Employee-Centered Media.” It’s a great read about how IBM is utilizing social media to improve connections between employees, increase productivity and leverage knowledge across the organization. One thing that caught my attention was the company’s effort called “The Greater IBM Connection.” According to the white paper, the goal of this program is to “build a professional network for current and former IBMers to network, collaborate and leverage…

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Why Hire a PR Firm?
Todd Defren
13 Aug 2008 | 1:17 pm
The perennial “bash on PR” meme started up again this week. First Scoble knocked us. Then Arrington took aim. Even Steve Rubel, “one of our own,” took a potshot. Thankfully, both Marshall Kirkpatrick of ReadWriteWeb and Mark Hopkins at Mashable stood up for PR pros (thanks guys! – much appreciated, believe me) … Scoble, Rubel and Arrington basically made the point that PR firms are unnecessary if you have a great product and are willing to spend a lot of time engaging in the blogosphere. I started drafting a lengthy rebuttal ……
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Astroturfing in Political Wars
Todd Defren
11 Aug 2008 | 10:57 am
As noted in the Washington Post last week, the presidential campaign of John McCain has rolled out a new program designed to reward supporters for placing the campaign’s official “Talking Points” in the Comments sections of various blogs. I don’t have a problem with the concept of spurring supporters to be active in the blogosphere. The more the merrier! I don’t have a problem with a campaign pointing subscribers to some of the most influential blogs, either. That’s just PR 101, and, it’s being done in the open. I don’t…
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Oldies But Goodies: Favorite Posts from Blogging's Yesteryear
Todd Defren
8 Aug 2008 | 12:49 pm
If there is a “negative” about blogging, it’s the fact that we all fall prey to the relentless march of content. Some of our best posts from yesteryear – brilliant stuff! still relevant! – start to languish in a musty online archive. Only a pinpoint Google search will ever pour sunlight on some of our best stuff. For my part, even though I have an Archive, I do try to salvage my best stuff in the “Jedi Training” section. Some past favorites of mine, that I think new readers might like, would include: What I Wish My New Employee…
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Empower & Inspire with Content Marketing
Todd Defren
5 Aug 2008 | 8:50 am
You work at a PR firm. Among your tasks is netting a few juicy speaking opportunities for your client’s top executive. You fill out the forms. Follow-up. Nail the gig. A keynote, no less! Yay! Prior to the event, you draft a Media Advisory about the CEO’s upcoming speech. You ping members of the media who will be in attendance: “want to hook up with the CEO for lunch after his speech?” You attend the keynote with the CEO. You take notes on his speaking points: these could be the crumbs of a new trend pitch… Immediately…
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GUEST POST: Voice of the Intern
Todd Defren
31 Jul 2008 | 8:23 am
This post was written by Laura Murray, a talented young intern at SHIFT. As her tenure draws to a close, I asked her how it went, what she’d learned, etc. She provided a written reply that we decided to turn into a blog post. If you like what ya read here, remember that we’re still hiring at all levels. In fact, at 3pm today we’re hosting a live chat if you’d like to interact directly with our HR folks. Here’s Laura: Likemost PR students at Auburn University, the only thing left before graduation was my internship. After deciding to make the…

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Using Your Network to Grow as an Entrepreneur
Vero
12 Aug 2008 | 3:24 am
Recently, I’ve been thinking long and hard about ways to use the incalculably fantastic network of intelligent, experienced and creative people I’ve met over the past few years; 170 LinkedIn contacts, nearly a thousand Twitter followers, mountains of business cards and an address book that’s as full of passionate people as a TED Talk! So when a friend pointed me to the Get Rich Slowly blog earlier, where Marc Hedlund, co-founder and CEO of Wesabe wrote a guest-post, one idea really tickled me. Write someone and ask them for help every day It’s amazing how well this works.
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Time to pick your favourite SXSW 2009 panels
Vero
9 Aug 2008 | 2:32 am
It’s barely been a few months since I’ve stopped clap-trapping on about how utterly awesome my first SXSW experience was, but yes, I’m already talking about the NEXT South by SouthWest. I realise it isn’t until March 2009 and that I have to wait 215 days before the Interactive festival even begins, but I need your support now. During August, future attendees are asked to vote for the panels they’d like to see and the themes they’d like to discuss via the Panel Picker. I’ve been invited by the fabulous Mel Kirk to join a panel called “Clear your…
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Meet Jeff the Screaming Monkey
Vero
7 Aug 2008 | 9:06 am
The screaming monkey on 12seconds.tv
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Cory Doctorow talk for Cambridge Business Lectures
Vero
4 Aug 2008 | 3:01 am
In July, Cory Doctorow gave a talk on the Information Economy here in Cambridge, which was enlightening and very interesting. But so many ideas were being thrown at me all at once, I was looking forward to being able to watch the talk again, at my own pace, and share it around. And now, here it is! http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4454381456832593071 I hope many more clever speakers are invited to speak on issues like this here in Cambridge. Have a look at the Cambridge Business Lectures site for more info and future speakers.
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I’m in London for Mobile Geeks & Tuttle Club
Vero
31 Jul 2008 | 3:26 am
As I’ve just mentioned on the Taptu blog, if you’re in London and you like the mobile world, there’s only one place to be this evening: Mobile Geeks of London (and here’s a non-Facebook link!) It’s an informal evening gathering of people who work in mobile or simply enjoy geeking about with phones. Good company, good beer and hopefully good weather. It all begins at 6:45pm at the New Oxford Street All-Bar-One, and even though over a hundred people have RSVP’ed as attending, I’m putting money on it that there’ll be at least twice as many phones…

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Ad Network Consolidation
Jeff Lanctot
29 Jul 2008 | 1:06 pm
Earlier this year, I wrote about the consolidation of spending on ad networks. We’ve seen increasingly concentrated spending over the last several years, with the top five ad networks (by AA|RF spend) earning 71% of total ad network spending last [more…]
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Quote of the Day…
Jeff Lanctot
29 Jul 2008 | 12:27 pm
From Brian Morrissey: “so we have learned twitter is excellent for earthquake news. cue web 2.0ites predicting imminent death of NYT.”
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Best Buy’s Summer Hub
Jeff Lanctot
19 Jun 2008 | 1:02 pm
I can’t do better than David Deal’s rundown of Best Buy’s new Summer Hub (as David notes in his post, Best Buy is a client of AA|RF). Three things I really like about Best Buy’s effort: 1) The primary focus is [more…]
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Friendfeed and Tiger Woods
Jeff Lanctot
15 Jun 2008 | 7:27 pm
I’ve considered Friendfeed a great resource for marketing/tech industry news and conversation, but the amount of discussion about Tiger’s putt on 18 today was a surprise to me. While there were many great comments, Fred Wilson nailed it- “Tiger Woods [more…]
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A Great Resource for Digital Sales Teams
Jeff Lanctot
2 Jun 2008 | 3:40 pm
Doug Weaver and Scot McLernon of Upstream Habitat invited me to speak at their recent San Jose event. Habitat is an intensive training that the organizers describe as a “digital sales MBA in two days.” Two things struck me about the event: The quality of the [more…]

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Vote for the dumbest viral marketing campaign
Patrick Byers
13 Aug 2008 | 12:35 am
A few weeks ago, I chatted with Dan Tynan regarding an article he was writing for PC World about the dumbest viral marketing campaigns of all time. I shared a few of my faves and it appears most landed on his list, with the Jawbone viral campaign landing at #3. Check out Lame and lamer: The 10 dumbest viral marketing campaigns, then come back and place your vote here: Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. As always, feel free weigh in by commenting below. Subscribe to this feed.
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Love it or hate it? “Kiss my Astra”
Patrick Byers
12 Aug 2008 | 12:05 am
Do you want to Kiss my Astra? I didn’t think so. But Saturn’s new campaign asks you to do just that, then share it with the world. Join Saturn’s Ning-powered ImSaturn social network, then upload a picture of you kissing a Saturn Astra and you could win one. Is “Kiss my Astra,” just a low-brow way to get attention or is it a brilliant piece of marketing? Sure, people are kissing their product, then talking about it and sharing it online—but is Saturn cheapening their brand in the process? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you love it or hate it?
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Obama’s marketing prowess continues to impress
Patrick Byers
11 Aug 2008 | 3:25 am
Whether you are ‘red’ or ‘blue,’ you have to be green with envy when watching Barack Obama’s marketing machine in action. The candidate’s web presence and social media savvy have set a new standard for political candidates, and in some ways, everyone else in marketing. This isn’t news. Obama’s marketing prowess has been covered again and again by bloggers and traditional media alike so I’ve tried to avoid joining the chorus of oohs and aahs. Call it the tipping point, but today I received an email from David Plouffe, Obama’s campaign…
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What’s most important?
Patrick Byers
8 Aug 2008 | 12:05 am
Yesterday, I spoke about how competence and character are necessary to build trust, and it made me think of a business relationship I have with someone that’s in one of the lowest-trust categories out there—auto mechanics. Honest mechanics are hard to come by, and I have one. Years ago, I was referred to my mechanic, Alan, by a friend that said he was trustworthy. My first visit left me a little concerned. I’d been accustomed to dealership service departments and floors you could eat off of. His shop was cluttered and dirty, and parts were everywhere. I tried him anyway…
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How Responsible Marketing builds trust
Patrick Byers
7 Aug 2008 | 12:05 am
Some people think trust is gained through integrity only. Not so, says Steven M.R. Covey in The Speed of Trust. Trust is equal parts character and competence. Here’s how character and competence are directly related to Responsible Marketing: It takes more than just doing marketing right. For long-term success, you really have to do the right thing, too. And while if You can do the right thing, but if you execute your marketing poorly, it won’t matter. But if you can execute your marketing well and communicate character, you really have something. What are you doing to build trust…

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Why Brands Are Unsuccessful in Twitter
jeremiah_owyang
13 Aug 2008 | 3:41 am
Rodney Rumford bluntly points out in this latest post about 33 Brands That Suck on Twitter (be sure to read the comments for more color). Most of them have been “Hijacked” (their corporate name scooped by an individual) and many remain dormant. Having a successful brand in Twitter is few and far in between, and here’s why. Why Brands Are Unsuccessful in Twitter: Brands are slow to the party Who knew that Twitter would become a phenomenon –esp among the social media circles and media? Most brands are too late to come and squat on their names, some savvy individual had…
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Weekly Digest of the Social Networking Space: August 13, 2008
jeremiah_owyang
13 Aug 2008 | 1:45 am
I’m respecting your limited time by publishing this weekly digest on the Social Networking space, which I cover as an Industry Analyst –a good way to get in my head. I’ve created a new category called Digest (view archives). Start with the Web Strategy Summary, then quickly scan the succinct and categorized headlines, read text for my take, and click link to dive in for more. You can subscribe to this digest tag only, which filters only these posts tagged digest. Web Strategy Summary Security issues are starting to appear in Facebook, both from malicious software and clever…
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Why Media and Corporations Should Allow Content to be Embeddable
jeremiah_owyang
12 Aug 2008 | 1:17 am
If you work at an online media company, or are a stakeholder for content on a corporate website, forward this to the decision makers and engage in an email or in person dialog. How Media and Marketers are Missing an Opportunity A few days ago, I embedded a slideshow of fantastic images from Beijing’s opening Olympic ceremony. An embed is code that I can easily paste into my blog post, and it will show media (such as a youtube video). [The community will ’scrape’ content that is valuable to them, often without attribution. Get ahead of their behaviors for your content and…
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Crises Tracking on Twitter: The Benefits –and Dangers– of New Media
jeremiah_owyang
11 Aug 2008 | 3:10 am
Yesterday morning, on a slow Sunday, I was witness to yet another disaster being reported from first hand sources on Twitter. This has reoccured for the small explosion at Times Square last year, Earthquake in China, Bombings in India, Fires in L.A., and now a propane factory exploding in Toronto. When I tweeted that “BREAKING: @photojunkie citizen journalist has pics and video of Toronto explosion, BEFORE press story http://tinyurl.com/6rke9q” I was acting like an amplifier. Some reporters follow me and it quickly was swept into the LATimes blog, and I was contacted in email by a…
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Understanding Gartner’s “Generation Virtual”
jeremiah_owyang
11 Aug 2008 | 1:02 am
Above Image: Gartner’s Generation V Quadrant, found via Marketing Charts. Gartner: Generation Virtual not defined by demographics Gartner has recently published research on the topic of “Generation Virtual” (Generation V) which essentially define as two things: 1) This generation isn’t specified by demographics (age) but instead by technology usage. 2) There are four major behaviors Gartner suggests that Generation V isn’t a demographic categorization, but instead behavioral: “Unlike previous generations, Generation Virtual (also known as Generation V) is…

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the battle over dvr in the clouds > why it matters
Jonathan Burg
11 Aug 2008 | 12:51 pm
Image by obieta via FlickrCall it nDVR. Call it VOD. Call it on-demand streaming. Call it ad skipping. Call it TIVO, SlingBox, or ORB. Call it place-shifting, copyright infringement or distribution democratization.The outcome is the same.The present is changing. The past has changed. Now is too late, but Tomorrow may be to soon. The key to success in today's market is adaptive innovation, planned flexibility that protects today's revenue streams while laying the foundations of tomorrow's solutions.Broadcast Networks and Content Owners will by and large continue…
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links for 2008-08-08 [delicious.com]
Jonathan Burg
8 Aug 2008 | 1:30 pm
advance08: The Future of Media I know this is old, but coming back to it, it's a good one. My favorite quote: brands are no more than a series of interactions and a combination of experiences between an organization and its customers.
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Jonathan Burg
6 Aug 2008 | 4:00 pm
Context is to Chicken as Content is to Egg - mediabistro.com: AgencySpy WOW. While I'm a big Allen Wolk fan, this article is mindbogglingly deep. That's right - mindbogglingly. A must read for all agency types - and unagency types as well.
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the long tail vs. buying local
Jonathan Burg
4 Aug 2008 | 2:52 pm
Last week I finally gave in and made that "impulse purchase" that was 12 months in the making.I bought Wii Play (with the WiiMote), new and in a sealed box on Amazon for $37. What a deal. No retail store could possibly match that price. And I was on Amazon anyway, making a necessary purchase… and the deal looked to good to pass up. Let's face it, I gave in.While tracking the package I noted the shipping location, California. I'm in NYC. What a waste.There must be hundreds of perfectly usable units within blocks of my office. But these units were not…
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links for 2008-07-29
Jonathan Burg
29 Jul 2008 | 12:30 pm
Hulu - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog This should be an off-broadway show. iPhone Siddur 1.0 Uploaded to iTunes Connect As observant Jews praying 3 times a day, many of us need a prayer book on the go. Kudos to Barry for pulling together the iPhone Suddur (prayerbook). 152 Dos & Don’ts of Business Blogging | The Invesp Blog Just stumbled across this list, but it's fairly comprehensive and very well done. Great resource for nubies.

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Location Breakdown of Users from Social Networking Sites
Steven Finch
12 Aug 2008 | 6:02 am
A couple of days ago we ran through the top 5 social networking sites everyone should join, so now with the help from Royal Pingdom, we are going to show you where most users of these sites are located (as well as some other social networking sites). MySpace Countries with highest interest in MySpace: United States Puerto Rico Australia United Kingdom Malaysia Dig deeper into Google’s search statistics for MySpace here. Facebook Countries with highest interest in Facebook: Turkey Canada United Kingdom South Africa Colombia Dig deeper into Google’s search statistics for Facebook here. Hi5…
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Review: Invotrak, Web-Based Invoicing
Luis Sandoval
11 Aug 2008 | 8:37 pm
Working as a freelancer or running your own business with a fired up entrepreneurial spirit can be difficult when it comes to tracking your time and income on multiple projects. One of two things will happen eventually. You will either limit yourself in terms of projects and make just enough money to keep track of or you’ll end up losing money due to inability to properly and effectively keep track of your invoicing. Neither are suitable outcomes for someone starting out on their own.To avoid such pitfalls, we have discovered a web application that is user friendly and informative, that…
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How To Get Your Content To The Top Of Social Networking Sites
Steven Finch
11 Aug 2008 | 10:53 am
I came across a really great post today over at PingPongPie that helped to explain what you need to achieve with certain social networks, and how much traffic you can expect from them. I have added the exact numbers below. Name of Network: Digg Number of Votes Needed to go Popular: 60 – 300+ on average Consequence of Negative Vote: Requires more Diggs to become popular. NOTE: One Bury does not cause your story to be removed! You can have a significant amount of “buries” and the story could still go popular. Expected Traffic: 10,000 to 100,000 UVs Type of Network: Social News Name of…
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Top 5 Social Networking Sites Everyone Should Join!
Steven Finch
8 Aug 2008 | 1:45 am
There are so many social networking sites out there at the moment, but I really find it amazing that the older generation still haven’t caught on to this new phenomenon. Social network sites are amazing because they let everyone communicate with their friends, find people they haven’t seen for a long time, and network with people who have the same interests as them. I thought I would put together an article that will help the older people find some social networking sites that will actually help them connect with people. So here they are, the top 5 social networks everyone should…
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Registered Users Only – WordPress Plugin
Mike Panic
7 Aug 2008 | 9:26 am
A friend with a local business came to me with a somewhat unique request. He wanted to setup a blog that only his employees and certain other people had access to for sharing information, ideas and other business concepts. I suggested Google Apps for this, but he said not everyone that would be using this would be as tech savvy to fully grasp how that works and he needed more than just a text editor and a spreadsheet. I set off to search for a plugin that would allow me to accomplish the goal of restricting access to the entire blog, forcing a registration. After a few minutes I ended…

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Confessions of an eBiz Junkie
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The Wave 3 Report - Social Media Trends
Len Devanna
30 Jul 2008 | 5:00 pm
I came across a rather interesting report from Universal McCann. The Wave 3 report is the third in a series that dives deep into measurement for trending, usage, sentiment and geo adoption of Social Media. If you're evangelizing Social Media in the enterprise - and making a case for investment - you may want to leverage the data in this report. Some interesting notes - - The vast majority of users surveyed are now producing content - Asian markets are leading the way - creating more content than any other geo - China has the largest blogging community - with over 42M bloggers - Video is the…
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Web 2.0 and ECM
Len Devanna
24 Jul 2008 | 5:01 pm
Yesterday EMC announced Documetum ECM 6.5… Despite the 6.5 label, this is much more than a point release. From my POV, it represents a fundamental shift in the ECM space. While there's no shortage of cool new tools under the hood of 6.5, it's the marriage of Web 2.0 with the more traditional ECM capabilities that I believe to be most exciting. As noted in a previous post, my world consists of two very different landscapes… There's the world of structured data - object models, content policies, versioning, etc;. In this world, things are easy to find - Everything is organized and…
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A 2.0 Launch Around a 2.0 Product
Len Devanna
22 Jul 2008 | 9:00 am
As a general rule, I don't deep dive into new EMC products. There are others better equipped for down and detailed product chat. However, today EMC launched a product that I'm personally quite excited about - Documentum ECM 6.5. To be candid - I've been a fan of Documentum for some time. Long before the acquisition of Documentum in 2003, we selected the Documentum product family to meet our ECM needs after months and months of extensive research. Today, Documentum manages hundreds of thousands of assets - in over 52 locales - across our web properties. But, the point of this post isn't to…
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The Twitter Pack Project
Len Devanna
17 Jul 2008 | 4:48 pm
Friend and Brulant Partner Adam Cohen posted an interesting read on how he leverages certain 2.0 tools and his thinking around adding connections. A good read, IMO. Interestingly, it mirrors my thinking and online behavior… If I were to sit down and plot a chart around my usage, it would look identical to AC's. Unlike Adam, however, I don't have the time for such things ;). As is usually the case, investing 5 minutes to check out my favorite blogs led to a (new to me) interesting discovery. Until reading AC's post, I was unfamiliar with The Twitter Pack Project. I'm a moderate Twitter user…
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New Bloggers in the 'Sphere
Len Devanna
14 Jul 2008 | 1:47 pm
Well, not new per se, but new to me anyways. It looks as though these guys have been part of the conversation for some time… I recently came across Chad Sakak's blog - Virtual Geek. Chad's the Sr Director of our VMWare strategic alliance. On his blog, Chad discusses all things virtual. A good read - although in full disclosure, some of it's a bit hardcore… Trying to follow a couple of Chads posts gave me one of those 'ice cream headaches'… Man they can hurt. Also of note, Craig Randall is sharing his thoughts over at Craig's Musings. Craig is a Software Architect within our CMA division…

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Experience Manifesto
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My First Job
David Polinchock
8 Aug 2008 | 8:54 am
I've written about my first job before, (see Experience Manifesto: WDW Electric Light Parade to read more about it), but recently found this video on Youtube. I got a real kick out of seeing it, even if you can't actually see me. Near as I can tell, I'm in the front row on the other side of the trolley. This were the days. What a first job to have out of college. Kinda' fucked me up for all of the real working shit I have to do today!
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Great Verizon Experience
David Polinchock
7 Aug 2008 | 6:42 pm
It's not often that I give credit to phone companies for anything that they do, but Steve Hall posted this program called Verizon Can be Funny! Not only is it funny, it's brilliant as well. I laughed out while watching it, replayed it for my wife, replayed it again for my daughter, sent it out to a couple of newsgroups and twittered it. Yea, this is that good! Now, I'll be bummed with a capital B if it turns out the guy on the phone is actually in on it. But he has a great laugh and really seems to be getting a kick out of it. And it's a testament to how well these commercials do that the guy…
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Advertising vs. Experience
David Polinchock
6 Aug 2008 | 7:06 pm
This is part of our slide that we use during our presentations and although it'll just be short post here, it'll hopefully start an interesting conversation. Paul McEnany writing over at Hee-Haw Marketing: Build Me One of them Dinasours! also has a great post about the same concept. But I have to say, he was a much better video to illustrate his post and yes, I've borrowed it here too! Hope that's cool Paul! And David Armano has a great piece on designing experiences entitled Developing an Experience Strategy in 4 Parts over on his blog and he has much better graphics then I do too. Damn, I…
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About : Experiential Marketing Summit
David Polinchock
5 Aug 2008 | 9:33 am
Taking my first trip to Australia in September to be a part of the Experiential Marketing Summit in Sydney. They have some great speakers on the program, including folks from Sony, MTV Asia, Nudie, adidas, Vodafone, 7Eleven and many others. I've been working with Mark Harvey on the program and I know that he's really working hard to make it a very interactive and engaging program. I'll post more as details as they become available, but wanted to give you some advance planning time! And if you're in Australia, give me a shout and we'll try to meet while I'm there! Experiential Marketing Summit…
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Some Short Takes
David Polinchock
5 Aug 2008 | 8:14 am
Had a couple of quick thoughts lately and thought I would share them with you. It's 2008 folks, put contact information on your web site! I can't tell you how many times I'm looking for basic contact information and it's either buried or non-existent. The web is clearly a key 1st point of contact with your audience and you shouldn't make it so hard for me to figure out how to get in touch with you. While everyone loves to talk about creating viral videos and UGC and getting onto youtube, but sometimes I do just want to see your commercial again. If you think your commercials are good enough…

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Paying Attention
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Revolution of Me: Chapter 2: Business 2.0
Chris Saad
12 Aug 2008 | 4:43 pm
As I posted earlier, I am going to be posting my book outline in parts to my blog to get feedback and Ideas - please feel free to chime in! Except from “Revolution of Me” - A book outline by Chris Saad BUSINESS 2.0 Introduction Further Reading: The themes of this section are explored in more details at these locations: The Starfish and the Spider Customers, employees, markets and corporations are increasingly speaking in casual voices. This phenomenon was thoroughly predicted and discussed in the book “The Cluetrain Manifesto”. To summarize, The Cluetrain Manifesto predicted the…
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Revolution of Me: Chapter 1: Media 2.0 - Bloggers Vs. Journalists
Chris Saad
6 Aug 2008 | 3:37 pm
As I posted earlier, I am going to be posting my book outline in parts to my blog to get feedback and Ideas - please feel free to chime in! Except from “Revolution of Me” - A book outline by Chris Saad BLOGGING VS. JOURNALISM Comparing Blogging and Journalism is like comparing Text (print) and Video (TV). Where there is a change in medium there is always a change in message - or at least the way the message is composed, shaped, delivered and consumed. Blogging has had the same effect on the journalism world. Neither is particularly worse or better and neither will kill the other. Before…
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I’m speaking at Web 2.0 NY
Chris Saad
4 Aug 2008 | 5:18 pm
Are you coming? I will be speaking on “Understanding the Basics of Personal Data: Vendors, Users, and You” - 09/18/2008 3:05pm - 3:55pm EDT Room: 1A06 &07. Here’s a $100 discount code if you’re planning on going webny08mc23. Hope to see you there! In the mean time, I’m hanging out in the Bay Area.
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Revolution of Me: Chapter 1: Media 2.0 - Continued
Chris Saad
24 Jul 2008 | 7:14 pm
As I posted earlier, I am going to be posting my book outline in parts to my blog to get feedback and Ideas - please feel free to chime in! Except from “Revolution of Me” - A book outline by Chris Saad MAKING COMPARISONS In this section I will write in the voice of Media 2.0 participant. Why? Because we are all Media 2.0 Participants. I will compare and contrast the practices of old media against the expectations and demands of the participant. OBSERVERS VS. PARTICIPANTS Observers sit on their couch and surf channels. Participants surf the web. Observers are sampled by Neilson boxes.
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Revolution of Me: Chapter 1: Media 2.0
Chris Saad
22 Jul 2008 | 10:47 pm
As I posted earlier, I am going to be posting my book outline in parts to my blog to get feedback and Ideas - please feel free to chime in! Except from “Revolution of Me” - A book outline by Chris Saad THE AUDIENCE HAS LEFT THE BUILDING There is no more audience. There are no more users. There are only participants. Participants in a human scale network. Participants do not passively consume what an author, creator, director, developer, editor, critic or media outlet has to publish. They do not accept the authority. They do not sit silently ready to have their eyeballs converted into…

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Managing the Gray
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On the Eve of PodCamp
C.C. Chapman
18 Jul 2008 | 5:55 am
I am sitting here on the eve of PodCamp Boston 3 with a head full of ideas and a belly full of excitement. It happens every year around this time. So, I fired up CastBlaster and recorded this episode of Managing the Gray. One of those straight from the brain to the microphone types of shows. I talk about the continued need to connect with people offline, the concept of being an “expert” (thanks again to Shel Holtz for the very complimentary call in) and on what is happening with The Advance Guard.
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The Unknown Road Ahead
C.C. Chapman
2 Jul 2008 | 6:38 am
I took this photo on the road in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I literally stuck the camera out the window, pointed it down the road and shot off a few frames. It really captures where a lot of people are right now in their careers and mindsets. I seem to talk to more and more people across multiple channels about the same topic. They want to know how to break into social media. How to find the perfect job for themselves. What is a hot industry that they should go into. The answer is always the same and it is really a question. What do YOU want to do? What are you passionate about?
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Life Changing Box
C.C. Chapman
17 Jun 2008 | 11:07 am
I got a note from a friend pointing me to LifeChangingBox.com . No details. No hints. Just the URL to go and check it out. Since I knew this person I figured why not. I spent some time putting words into it and seeing what it did. I don’t want to spoil the surprise but go ahead and give it a try. When you give it a word that the box likes it reacts positively to it. I’m still haven’t figured out if there are any key words that will make it go really nuts or not and what the end goal of the site is, but it is a fun for a nice break. One warning though is that the site loads…
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Stop Hoping and Get Working
C.C. Chapman
3 Jun 2008 | 6:41 am
Why is it that I keep hearing about brands and individuals dipping their toes into the power of the web and then sitting back and hoping that magic happens? What I mean is someone sets up a podcast or develops a Facebook fan page. Maybe they create a Twitter account or begin to blog. Whatever first step they take, they do it and then just assume an audience will follow. They assume instant success and people flocking to them. I hate to tell you, but that isn’t how it works. As with every other marketing campaign, public relations initative or successful brand it involved a lot of hard…
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One Third of Women Engage in the Blogosphere Weekly
C.C. Chapman
30 May 2008 | 9:20 am
I was just reading in Advertising Age about a new BlogHer survey that stated: According to a recent study by BlogHer and Compass Partners, more than one-third (35%) of all women in the U.S. aged 18 to 75 participate in the blogosphere at least once a week I’m very glad that BlogHer did this survey because I think it proves what I’ve said in the past about not ignoring the female population on the web. If you win over the Mother in a household, then you win over the pocket book. Sure, I’m the gadget freak of the house, but my wife and I discuss all purchases before they are…

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New Media Internships - MasterNewMedia New Apprentice Positions Open
Robin Good
13 Aug 2008 | 9:06 am
If you know someone who has the talent, will and true desire to get a professional web publishing experience and credential like no other, while creating the foundations for earning a good revenue in the future, this is the right time to apply for one of the several Master New Media apprentices positions. Photo credit: Baby After almost a year, and following the unstoppable demand coming from tens of your emails, Master New Media is opening again its doors to a number of apprentices who are interested in learning all it takes to become effective and sustainable professional web publishers.
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Web Content Strategies: The MasterNewMedia New Editorial Approach
Robin Good
12 Aug 2008 | 7:59 am
From a media and technology news & reviews daily web magazine to a reference / learning resource with a specific focus on media literacy, communication skills and professional web publishing. This is the new editorial strategy focus for Master New Media, the daily magazine that originates the story you are reading now. This is where I am going next. Photo credit: Junaid Khalid I am Robin Good and I am the editor of Master New Media since the very beginning. Born back in 2001, this site has grown over time from a newsletter repository to a full blown blog about media and technology to the more…
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How To Send Files Larger Than 1GB - Sharewood Guide
Robin Good
11 Aug 2008 | 2:00 am
Large files sending web services are a category of online collaboration tools that is made up of those applications that allow you to send huge files, even larger than 1GB, to one or more people, and without resorting to email attachments. In this week's Sharewood Guide, Robin Good and I have selected for you the best free tools that you can use to send very large files to your contacts and workmates. Photo credit: Mipan To help you select which service may best fit your large file sending needs, I am listing here the key characteristics of the services that allow you to send very large files…
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Visual Communication And Video Publishing - Selected Tools And Web Services - Sharewood Guide Aug10 08
Robin Good
10 Aug 2008 | 1:45 am
In this new roundup of visual communication tools find online tools that can help you convert your presentations into Flash files easily, create full web-based slideshows, as well as preparing animated GIFs or adding effects to your existing pics. Photo credit: Hypermania In this visual communication tools guide (we have abandoned the Picnic from our series title, because it confused too much the search engines) these the tools I and Robin have collected for you this week: PowerFlashPoint: Convert PowerPoint presentations into highly compressed Flash files MagToo: Create image slideshows…
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Educational Models And Learning In The Digital Age: What Is Connectivism And What Makes It So Special
George Siemens
9 Aug 2008 | 3:48 am
What is connectivism? If you were to ask Wikipedia without paying too much attention you would discover that this unfamiliar word originates right here in Italy. Photo credit: Clix "…at the beginning of the 21st century in Italy, where is known as Connettivismo. It originated in Italian science fiction as an initiative of a group of writers, bloggers and artists. The name is derived from the imaginary doctrine that connects the specific knowledge of other disciplines, as introduced by Canadian science fiction author Alfred Elton van Vogt." (Source: Wikipedia) But connecitivism is also…

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The Power of Understanding and Solving Problems
Maki
6 Aug 2008 | 6:49 pm
Many have made money and built reputations by solving problems. Doctors cure the suffering of illness, psychiatrists help heal the troubled mind, lawyers protect names from being tarnished, consultants offer marketing advice and a dazzling array of products help to remove any inconvenience you might possibly encounter in your daily life. Many people are solving problems. They’re all offering solutions to people who need them. Some are giving them away for free. Others are selling them for a price. When problem and solution is a perfect fit, a relationship of trust is built…
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The Key to Effective Viral Marketing is Emotional Engagement
Maki
29 Jul 2008 | 7:38 pm
Viral marketing is the process of using peer-to-peer communications in order to rapidly spread information about a brand or message. The term ‘viral’ stems from the concept of a ‘virus’, a self-perpetuating phenomenon which infects whatever it comes in contact with, spreading itself in an expanding outward arc. Your message is the virus. The carriers are your audience. People encounter specific data or ideas daily and pass it on to their friends and other people in their network. All things equal, one can say that information is shared more rapidly when the…
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Ambush Marketing: The Art of Diverting Attention
Maki
28 Jul 2008 | 1:02 pm
Ambush marketing is a strategy used by companies to promote their brands at events without paying any sponsorship fees. An example: “Dutch buyers of Heineken beer were given green hats to wear to the recent Euro 2008 football tournament. Anyone who tried to enter a stadium wearing one, however, as many fans did in 2004, was asked to remove it. The hats were an “ambush marketing” campaign… Heineken’s rival, Carlsberg, was an official sponsor of Euro 2008, paying $21m for the privilege. A few TV close-ups of fans wearing Heineken hats would have cost very little by…
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How to Create Digg-Friendly Content: Cracked.com’s Template
Maki
16 Jul 2008 | 3:48 pm
A while ago I wrote about using selective reporting to frame news, grab attention and make your content stand out from the rest of the competition. Now lets looks at creating original content specifically for a social media channel. How do you increase the chances of your article striking a nerve and spreading like wildfire within a specific community? The answer is simple. I’ve mentioned it before. First of all, you need to start by gathering tactical knowledge on the specific website. Know your audience’s fetishes. Know what they love/hate and know what they talk about. Know…
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How to Say Nothing in 500 Words (A Lesson on Writing)
Maki
8 Jul 2008 | 7:51 pm
The ability to write well is very useful for our personal and professional lives. It helps students, business people, politicians, writers, bloggers, marketers and everyone who has ever needed to arrange words together to convey ideas or opinions. The written word has become an essential means of social communication: mastery of it helps you to enthrall and persuade an audience that would look upon you favorably in return. It goes without saying that learning how to create compelling content is a part of one’s success as an online publisher. Reading widely and deeply while…

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All My Groceries Have Been Socialized
Adam Metz
12 Aug 2008 | 9:00 am
I might not need to ever renew my Costco membership. Ever since my wife and I signed up for an Amazon Prime membership ($70 for free 2-day shipping for one year), we've begun getting everything besides frozen meat, fruit and veggies shipped to our house. Ecologically, I can justify this because, the way I figure it, the UPS truck drives down my street twice daily whether I shop or not, and the UPS truck will be driving tonight from Amazon's Fernley, Nevada distribution center, whether I shop or not. The ecological impact of me taking a trip to the local Costo is about 2 gallons of gas (a gas…
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Obama Goes SMS For VP Announcement
Adam Metz
11 Aug 2008 | 6:00 am
I'm actually taking the day off for my birthday today, but if you want to hear some interesting news (no matter which way you vote), text VP to 62262. Obama's announcing his VP pick via SMS and e-mail only. This campaign gets social media. I suppose there are merits to announcing a big news event like this in a non-shareable distributed format (i.e. television), but SMS just makes so much more sense, since my first reaction to seeing an announcement of this magnitude would be to text a few close friends anyway. We'll see how well this goes tomorrow. One thing to keep in mind: Music For…
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When You Listen, People Talk (Consumer Engagement Metrics)
Adam Metz
8 Aug 2008 | 9:51 am
In May, one of my food/beverage clients began executing upon the social web strategy I wrote for them about three months ago. One of the tools they're using is Twitter, and they've been active in the micro-blog space for about two months now. They now have about 250 followers, and they're following another 500 people, roughly. When they first started, they followed best practices by just "hanging out" and "getting a feel." They simply listened, for the most part, for about a month. I like to think that there are about four different guiding principles in a brand's social web strategy;…
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The Viral Power Of the Fax Machine
Adam Metz
7 Aug 2008 | 9:00 am
Don't slam people who don't use email or social networking as a means of passing along a message. I received a fax Sunday night from a VP at pretty large travel brand. It was a copy of Kelly Spors' article on small businesses using social media from August 3rd in the Wall Street Journal. He sent it to me, via fax, because it was the easiest way for him to get it to me, from his home to my office, on a Sunday evening. After reading and underlining the article, I found it online, PDF'd it, and forwarded it on to no less ten people, each of whom was the programming director at various Bay Area…
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Who's Doing Clean Tech Social Media?
Adam Metz
6 Aug 2008 | 9:00 am
It's like, "Yeah, dude, I should totally know this." My dad's actually the Director of Business Development of a medium-sized clean tech brand. Here's a quick-and-dirty breakdown of who's active in the Clean Tech social media space. Reading these feeds, blogs and tweets should bring you up to speed fairly quickly. Blogs: The big ones here would be CleanTechBlog and CleanEdge (sort of a cross between an eWeek style-pub and a blog) At this point, the major aggregators that carry social media blogs don't have much in terms of cleantech, and their "green" categories are a bit too wide to qualify…

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PR Isn’t Dead … It Just Needs A Catchy Jingle
13 Aug 2008 | 11:34 am
The old chestnut of whether it’s time to look for a new job has surfaced again — whether PR is on its last legs, or just going through a transitional phase. In the red corner we have Brian Solis,…
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PR is Not Dead
13 Aug 2008 | 10:06 am
SourceStop the presses…there's another "PR is Dead" meme that's circulating the blogosphere again. This time, all that's new is that many bloggers are revealing that they prefer discovering new and …
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Connected, baby!
13 Aug 2008 | 7:25 am
You have a great career working with a great team. You have a baby. ( A real one, not a metaphorical baby.) After a long period of angst, joy, laughter, sleep deprivation parental leave you return to…
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Dell pushes another envelope with Twitter
13 Aug 2008 | 7:18 am
I really like seeing how organizations experiment with social media, especially those who keep on pushing those envelopes and invite us to get involved and see what happens during such experimentation…
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Spamming Deterrent… 47 months jail time?
13 Aug 2008 | 7:00 am
It’s a harsher sentence than that handed to some spammers,but is it enough? Have your say athttp://www.virusbtn.com/news/polls/index clipped from www.virusbtn.com Is 47 months imprisonment sufficient …

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Zac Johnson: Inside the secret life of a super affiliate
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Networking at Affiliate Summit East 08
Zac Johnson
13 Aug 2008 | 3:47 pm
Walking the exhibit floor at Affiliate Summit is probably the most beneficial part of the event. Not only will you get to see all of the people working at the exhibits and networks, but it’s where you will meet everyone else you were hoping to meet, and even more! I can’t count how many times people came up to me and introduced themselves just to let me know that they were blog readers of mine. I really appreciate and love meeting everyone in person. I was amazed at how many of my blog readers and Twitter followers were able to make the event. Here are just a few of the many I was…
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Affiliate Summit Last Day Recap
Zac Johnson
13 Aug 2008 | 11:20 am
The second “official” day of Affiliate Summit started with an early 9-10:30am with 9 different speakers in the “Ask the Experts” session. Apparently this was still way too early for the majority of attendees as I would say less than 20% of all attendees actually made the session… not to mention 2 out of the 9 speakers weren’t even there for the start! That didn’t bother me so much, just more people to talk with during my session. I covered the area of “Growing a Blog” and pretty much answered questions, gave new ideas and case studies to…
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Affiliate Summit Boston - Day 1 Recap
Zac Johnson
11 Aug 2008 | 4:08 pm
The first “official” day of Affiliate Summit East has come to a close. The main highlights so far are meeting with a ton of new blog/twitter readers that have been following my writing over the past several months. It’s really great to see of the new faces that were able to make it to the event this year. I will make an upcoming post on all of my contacts, and if you are at Affiliate Summit yet and still want to meet. Find me tomorrow at the “Ask the Experts” session (at 9am), or send me a message on Twitter. The day started out with keynote speakers Cory Booker,…
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Live from Affiliate Summit East in Boston
Zac Johnson
10 Aug 2008 | 7:41 pm
What seemed like mission impossible, is now finally a reality… Yes, I am in Boston at Affiliate Summit East 2008. Having anxiously waited months for the event, and having never missed an Affiliate Summit so far… I would not want this to be my first. Two days ago I started feeling horrible and went to the doctor and was told I had a stomach virus. At one point I was ready to cancel the 5 hour drive up to Boston, and possibly miss the first day or the whole event. Fortunately I felt better the next day (and pretty much back to normal now). My father came over and we were getting…
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Six Degrees of Affiliate Marketing
Zac Johnson
6 Aug 2008 | 11:30 am
The latest issue (#2) of FeedFront magazine was sent out earlier this week and I received mine yesterday. If you were subscribed to receive the first issue, you will immediately notice that the second issue is nearly double in size. Not only does it provide for more useful content, but also more space to sell ads in the magazine! Also, if you haven’t received your copy yet, you will also find that this issue will double as the program for Affiliate Summit East in Boston later this month. Just when you thought FeedFront magazine couldn’t get any better… there’s more!

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Andrew Chen: Futuristic Play
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Internet Advertising Bureau and Bain on pricing in online ad markets
Andrew Chen
13 Aug 2008 | 3:48 pm
For folks who are working in the online advertising space, see below for a great summary on the dynamics between ad networks and publishers. There's a full document from the IAB and Bain. Here's the the Executive Summary: Overall, 2007 was a strong year for the seven participating publishers Average revenue growth of 32%, with CPM increases for several participants Growth in ad impressions served and in sell-out (after secondary channels) High demand for premium video inventory trading at 2-3X display CPMs At the same time, use of ad networks increased dramatically, from 5% of sold…
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YouTube vs Webkinz: Case studies for new product adoption
Andrew Chen
13 Aug 2008 | 8:00 am
Time slicing Google Insight queriesYesterday I wrote about the use of Google Insight to see how widely products had reached in the US. Inspired by a recent post by Erik from Seattle on the growth of Twitter from month-to-month, I explored the fact that the Insight product actually has data from as far back as 2004! This means you can try out timeslices of data on different websites, before they were successful, to see if there were common growth patterns as they grew in userbase. For example, you can look for the search term "youtube" and see what states were active in that search in Nov…
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What web product does this Google Insight map represent??
Andrew Chen
12 Aug 2008 | 7:03 pm
I was looking for a site where it'd be popular in Montana, Alaska, Dakotas, but not California. I hit the jackpot. I will post the answer as an update to this post… Discuss ;-) UPDATE: Too easy! Randal correctly guessed that it was Adultfriendfinder. I imagine the reason is that unlike California, there's fewer people in Alaska and Montana, and they use more dating/adult sites. That's the theory at least ;-)
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Early adopters vs the Mainstream: Google Insights points out websites only used by Silicon Valley nerds
Andrew Chen
12 Aug 2008 | 8:00 am
Intro to Google InsightsI have recently been playing around with the insanely useful Google Insights for Search product. You should definitely try it out if you haven't. It's basically Google Trends on steroids, and shows you a ton of data on any search you try. An SEO wizard's dream, basically. It's described as: With Google Insights for Search, you can compare search volume patterns across specific regions, categories, and time frames. Basically you put in keywords and it give you pretty charts. Navigation searches and geo-locationOne useful query to try is to search for your favorite…
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Virtual goods: Who will be the Amazon.com of virtual item sales?
Andrew Chen
11 Aug 2008 | 8:30 am
Web 2.0 + gamesAs I've previously written about, I'm hugely fascinated in the use of virtual goods to monetize social web properties. In particular, there's an increasing intersection of games and social websites as well as the people who make them. Obviously there's a lot of cross-pollination going on, particularly in the heated Facebook social gaming space. Another space where a lot of innovation is happening is the casual MMOG market, where more than a dozen venture-backed companies are coming to market in the next 12 months.Virtual goods infrastructureOne of the opportunities that is…

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August 31st is BlogDay
jeff
13 Aug 2008 | 6:19 am
BlogDay was started by Nir Ofir in 2005 with the belief that bloggers should have one day dedicated to getting to know other bloggers from other countries, cultures and areas of interest. I celebrated BlogDay in 2007 and I look forward in joining the celebration again in 2008. What will happen on BlogDay? On August 31st, bloggers are asked to post recommendations of 5 new Blogs, preferably Blogs that are different from their own culture, point of view and attitude. On this day, blog readers will find themselves leaping around and discovering new, unknown Blogs, celebrating the discovery of…
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twitter: The Ham Radio (two way radio) of Today
jeff
12 Aug 2008 | 5:24 am
The more I use twitter, the more I feel twitter is becoming the two-way radio of the Internet. Comparing twitter to a two-way radio may seem like a strange comparison, but given my personal history of using a 2-way radio to communicate with others, to me it seems like a very logical conclusion. Back when I was 11 years old, CB radio gave me my first chance to define myself with a social identity. Back then I was known as “Wildcat” and “Tranquility Base.” Most of the time when my CB radio was on, all I ever heard sounded like noise and idle chatter. When I started out on CB, I did so…
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Sometimes YOU Have to be Remarkable
jeff
11 Aug 2008 | 6:33 am
remarkable (r-mr'k-bl) pronunciation adj. 1. Worthy of notice. 2. Attracting notice as being unusual or extraordinary. There are times in your life when YOU need to make yourself remarkable if you want to be remarkable. This isn’t something that just happens to you, without you making an effort. (Remarkable people will understand this.) If you don’t do what it takes to stand out, you just won’t. Sometimes the difference between your success and failure is based on how remarkable you can make yourself be. Surprise yourself! What you do to be remarkable is up to YOU. Tags: Entrepreneurship,…
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An August Afternoon in Southold, NY
jeff
10 Aug 2008 | 7:20 am
(photo taken on Aug 8, 2008 with a Nikon D300 and a 28-200mm zoom)
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Free World Dialup moving to $30 annual membership
jeff
10 Aug 2008 | 6:13 am
The email below went out to inform the nearly one million registered users of Free World Dialup of plans to adopt a $30 annual membership fee as of September 1, 2008. Daniel Berninger has responsibility for day to day operations of FWD as CEO, but I wanted to add a few words on the motivation for taking a stand for paid membership. Yogi Berra said, "When you arrive at a fork in the road, take it." I don't know if anyone predicted that the entire VoIP industry would end up with business models dependent on traditional telecom revenues, but it seems hard to deny with Skype, Jajah, Ribbit, and a…

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meet real people when you travel
13 Aug 2008 | 4:44 am
Jared Goralnick has some excellent advice on how to use social networks to improve your travel experience. And this isn't just a theoretical blog post. Jared practices what he preaches. I met Jared at SXSW, thanks to his efforts on Facebook and one of the SXSW social sites. Now Jared's traveling the globe and meeting interesting people along the way. And he's detailed exactly how you can do the same on your next trip.If you've ever wondered how social networks could benefit you personally, here's yet another wonderful example. Jump in. The water's fine.
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if this featured girls and boobs, people would be in an uproar.
13 Aug 2008 | 4:32 am
Guess the swimmer guys' abs. Is this the kind of Olympic content that NBC can be proud of? Wasn't it enough that Matt Lauer and his silly sidekick blabbered all over the opening ceremony?Here's how this likely happened: A bunch of corporate types got in a beige colored conference room at NBC and said "we need to do one of those viral things."Here's the thing, NBC: Regardless of what you're doing online - it still has to be on-point with your brand. There's no problem with a 'guess the guy's abs' contest. And for that matter, no problem with a 'guess the girl's boobs contest. But neither seem…
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how to build a church in less than 10 minutes
13 Aug 2008 | 4:25 am
The all new insta-church. Pops up in ten minutes or less. These inflatable structures would be cool for promotional events too.
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wear wranglers, end up as road kill
13 Aug 2008 | 4:14 am
Wrangler. Not just for cowboys anymore. All the hottest dead people are wearing them.No thanks. I prefer my denim ads to feature the near dead - heroin skinny with racoon eyes, please.
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there's no surfing in ohio.
12 Aug 2008 | 4:50 am
Here's a really engaging article about Hollister - and how they've basically 'stolen' the surf industry…from the surf industry. With branding.Many don't know that Hollister is a product of Abercrombie. And that they're not an age old surf brand from California - but instead a manufactured story from the Abercrombie headquarters in Ohio. What's weird is that Hollister really gets branding. And they've done a stellar job at creating, building and promoting a lifestyle brand to kids who now believe they're a legit surf brand. So much so, that they're eating sales away from the real surf brands…

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I Am A DJ, I Am What I Play
David Cushman
13 Aug 2008 | 5:02 am
I came across this tweet in Gerd Leonhard’s Daily Wisdoms “Bloggers are now like DJs: They pick bands to play and talk about, and become powerful super-nodes (me;) http://tinyurl.com/5zf2td”Gerd thinks about the future of music a lot (and like many of us who think about the future of anything), discovers convergence at every turn. I like the image. As a start point. But we are not DJs who only select finished versions to play. We are DJs who remix what we listen to as we play it back, scratching and creating our own versions, rapping over them, adding a melody… removing a bass line.
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Gregor Hochmuth Misses The Mark With The 'Power Of Audience'
Stowe Boyd
11 Aug 2008 | 11:23 am
Gregor has attempted to analyze the success of Twitter using old media imaginings, and largely fails to capture what is happening: [from Why Twitter Hasn’t Failed: The Power Of Audience] The answer lies in understanding Audience. Twitter has a simple premise: You tweet & the message is pushed to your friends. The actual mechanics are slightly different (messages go to everyone who follows you, whether they’re your “friends” or not, assuming your stream is public) — but from a user’s perspective, the circle of receivers consists only of the people they know. Everyone else is part…
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Mozilla's Future Of The Browser Project
Stowe Boyd
9 Aug 2008 | 1:26 pm
My pal, Jamais Cascio, asked me to drop in on a series of meetings earlier in the year, something to do with Mozilla and the future of the browser. I was able to work with Jamais again — we met in some of the earliest work with the Open University's Social:Learn project — as well as getting the opportunity to work with Jesse James Garrett and Peter Merholz of Adaptive Path for the first time. The workshop also involved a bunch of other brilliant and interesting people (see below): Jesse recently unveiled the Aurora user interface concept (which I have yet to comment on), which was a direct…
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Boxee: UI Nightmare, But Worth It?
Stowe Boyd
8 Aug 2008 | 11:44 am
My pal, Ian Forrester invited me to the alpha of a new media sharing app called Boxee. Yikes. I was baffled by the experience at first because the app doesn't support the use of a cursor, you have to use keys to mouse around. I can't remember the last time I fooled with a tool that doesn't allow mousing. Boxee, originally uploaded by Stowe Boyd. It would take a handful of friends to determine if sharing my movie, music, and photo preferences with others — and vice versa — through Boxee is worth the fiddly interface, which reminds me of the controls on a television menu, or searching through…
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Google's 5% Stake In AOL Isn't Worth $1B Anymore
Stowe Boyd
8 Aug 2008 | 10:36 am
No surprise that Google has assessed it's $1B acquisition of 5% of AOL and decided that it looks like a bad deal, now: [from Wired News - AP News by Michael Liedtke] Google acknowledged for the first time that it might have to recognize a loss on its 5 percent stake in AOL, whose struggles have made it a financial albatross for its owner, Time Warner Inc. Google bought its stake in AOL largely to prevent one of its largest advertising partners - AOL - from defecting to Microsoft Corp. The bidding war helped drive up AOL's implied market value to $20 billion, based on Google's investment. Some…

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Dimdim, the web meeting software, released the version 4.0 with new features which will please the users
Melissa Worcester
12 Aug 2008 | 10:05 pm
There are over 50 new features in the latest version of Dimdim, the web meeting software. This open-source web program has always been about letting you host an online meeting where the attendees won’t need to download anything. It has a free version allowing meetings with up to 20 people, and also pro (100 people, custom branding, for $99 a year) and enterprise versions (1000 people, more than one meeting happening simultaneously, $1999 annually). With this software you can use your computer and webcam to chat, talk, show slides, and share whatever’s on your…
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Big news from vBulletin forum software makers: vBulletin 3.8, vBulletin 4.0 and Project Tools 2.0, Blog 2.0 add-ons
Mircea Goia
11 Aug 2008 | 2:52 pm
The makers of vBulletin, a very popular forum software, announced the upcoming of two versions of their software: vBulletin version 3.8 and 4.0 Although the team is primarily working on the version 4.0 they didn’t forget about the version 3.x. Later this year they will release the version 3.8 which will have some more new features like (snippets from their announcements forum): * Private Messaging Improvements vBulletin 3.8 will have a number of changes and improvements to make the system easier to use and manage. Users now have the ability to change the sort order in private…
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Tikiwiki CMS launches the version 2.0, release candidate 4
Mircea Goia
7 Aug 2008 | 2:42 pm
Two weeks after the release candidate 2 (Tikiwiki version 2.0) a new release candidate has been unleashed: #4Tikiwiki version 2.0 http://tikiwiki.org/ is the new version of this popular content management and wiki software/groupware. We have reviewed an older version of Tikiwiki here. This new version is packed with new features and enhancements like: # Accessibility # Action log # Admin improvements # Ajax & Flash enhancements # Authentication # Banners # Calendar # Category # Contacts (in MyTiki) # Contribution # Copyright management # File Galleries # Free tags # Forums # Wiki Auto…
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Open source ASP.NET BlogEngine.NET - a new version has been released: 1.4.5 (just a month after update 1.4)
Mircea Goia
6 Aug 2008 | 12:12 pm
Yes, ASP.NET can be open source and, among several projects, one is BlogEngine.NET - a blog system (another well-known project is DotNetNuke - the content management system). BlogEngine.NET reached version 1.4.5 at the beginning of August. It comes with a bunch of improvements, fixes and new features; as the team says on their blog: Here is what’s new on the table: Enhanced Metaweblog API - In this release, they added the ability for administrators to publish blog posts for any of the users utilizing Live Writer. In addition, support for SSL connections with Metaweblog API…
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New Features in Basecamp and Backpack (project management and business organizer)
Melissa Worcester
5 Aug 2008 | 9:42 pm
Basecamp, the project management software from 37signals, has updated its color picker. Users who aren’t comfortable using hexidecimal code to specify colors will love this new tool. You can still use one of their pre-defined color schemes, but if you want to change a color, you mouse around on a fully visual color picker that is very intuitive.Once you’ve settled on your color, if you need to know the hexidecimal code for it, you can see it right at the bottom of the color picker menu. You can, of course, still enter that hexidecimal code if you prefer. This feature will make it…

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Product reviews in 160 characters or less
28 Jul 2008 | 6:10 pm
Move over long form reviews, there's a new player in town. Via TechCrunch, a new service launched this week called Blippr, which is a product review web site that limits reviews to 160 characters. When I first read about it I thought "there is no way it will work", but after trying out the site there are several reasons it does work. Here are a few rules to success that they've followed:Be relevant. The categories they've chosen — music, movies, books and games — don't require lengthy reviews, like, say, consumer electronics.Be portable. The site currently feeds into Twitter, FriendFeed and…
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Who cares if the community likes it, we went viral!
25 Jun 2008 | 7:16 pm
The concept of viral videos has been played to death. I've made it very clear that unless it increases sales or drives action they are absolutely pointless. "But Dave, they break through the clutter of a crowded marketplace!", you might say.Fair enough. The latest video to make the rounds is the fake minor league ball girl who scales the outfield wall a la Jackie Chan to make a spectacular catch. At first glance it appears, um, fake. At second glance - same thing. The camera angles resemble more of a movie shoot than a live broadcast (ding!), and the crystal clear up close shots don't quite…
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The New Breed of PR
23 Jun 2008 | 7:06 pm
Last week I spoke at the Council of PR Firms "Internfest" on a panel about being a "Specialist" in a PR firm. The lovely Melinda Zurich followed up the presentation with a few questions, which I've answered below, for their weekly email.I wanted to write about how this new breed of young PR professionals (digital natives) are changing (or not) the face of the industry through their innate online/social media skills. I wanted to know what some of your thoughts were as a senior-level person working in the industry.Do you think the new crop has a leg up when working on new media projects?As it…
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Webkinz re-introducing banner ads
29 May 2008 | 6:40 am
Parents, lock up your (kids) privacy - Webkinz is reintroducing banner ads back into their site. If you recall back in December, the kids plush-toy-based-social network tried pushing banners for Jerry Seinfeld's Bee Movie and saw considerable backlash from parents. What's different this time? Akin to Facebook's privacy settings, Webkinz has added/changed the "My Pets" tab to "Me & My Pets", which now contains a section where you can temporarily opt out of having banners displayed. A security question is required, as shown here:I mentioned above that the opt out is temporary and expires after…
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Alltop Haters Abound, But I Still Like It
16 Mar 2008 | 1:19 pm
Guy Kawasaki recently launched a site called Alltop, an aggregator of the "Top sites" in various categories. For those unfamiliar with the site, think of it as Mahalo meets RSS feeds. I'm listed under the Social Media category.There are haters abound, however they all have a reason to hate - they're not the target.If you look at who's hating it's those who've readily adopted RSS readers. Essentially they are saying Alltop is a rip off:FredMarch 11th, 2008 at 10:12 amIt’s a http://popurls.com ripp. That’s what it is.Sure, it might be a concept that's been done before. However, the last…

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social media - metrics to know and metrics to skip - FAQ #3
Urs E. Gattiker
13 Aug 2008 | 9:02 am
It is not the technology - it’s what you do with the information that counts. I tell you why successful social media activites build on performance objectives and metrics that exhibit four characteristics. Without, you may not accomplish what you really needed to, in order to improve your bottom line. Previously I addressed some of the issues that […]
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7 ways to hedge your bets beyond LinkedIn and Mixi when building your brand
Urs E. Gattiker
9 Aug 2008 | 10:10 am
Why might social networks such as Facebook or MySpace fail in your country? Why could it be the LinkedIn is of little help when trying to find a new job or trying to make that sale? Could it be that you are just wasting time instead of focusing on what really matters? Are Obama and McCain’s […]
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brand versus reputation - Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Josef Ackermann and Pat Russo to the rescue
Urs E. Gattiker
6 Aug 2008 | 12:40 am
Brand and reputation are two sides of the same coin and closely related. Nevertheless, they are not the same. I recommend a three-step approach to reputation management whereby you monitor, respond and optimize = leverage positive sides of your brand ==> to enhance your reputation online and offline.
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social media - benchmarking the smart way - FAQ #2
Urs E. Gattiker
2 Aug 2008 | 2:19 am
Not too long ago we started this series of posts about benchmarking. At the time, I thought readers would inundate us with suggestions and great ideas… WRONG. We got 2 Comments and a few via e-mail. These seemed to indicate that people are aware of the issues, have some ideas….Nevertheless, most agreed that benchmarking effectively […]
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social media - metrics to know and metrics to skip - FAQ #2
Urs E. Gattiker
26 Jul 2008 | 12:11 am
If you cannot understand it, don't measure it. Moreover, there are two critical questions you have to ask yourself when trying to measure your social media or blogging success: 1. What do you want to know? Identify the metrics that have a significant impact on the bottom line - focus on outcome. 2. What are you going to do with data obtained? Get data that will be used to make a decision and ignore the rest.

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Thinking Differently
13 Aug 2008 | 3:32 pm
Isn't that what it's all about? Doesn't it amaze you how having a simple lunch (or coffee) with a very smart individual gets you thinking differently about the world? Just yesterday, I grabbed a coffee with Sebastien Provencher (one of the guys behind Praized and one of my favourite Bloggers at The Praized Blog), and we got to talking about the difference between people using feeds, RSS and subscriptions versus the power and serendipity behind mass media (that, in and of itself, is a worthy Blog posting for another day). We then started talking about the troubled music industry and how all…
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Michael Gerber From E-Myth Fame Talks Shop In The Latest Episode Of Foreword Thinking Podcast
12 Aug 2008 | 9:32 am
I'm thrilled to announce that Michael Gerber - the author of The E-Myth Revisited - Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It - and I are in conversation for the latest episode of Foreword Thinking - The Business And Motivational Book Review Podcast. I started this Podcast a while back after hoping that I could extend what was happening in my Montreal Business Book Review meet-ups with the rest of the world. I publish episodes on a very irregular schedule, because the point of Foreword Thinking is to bring you highly valuable conversations with some of the best business and…
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All The News - All The Time
11 Aug 2008 | 8:59 pm
Do you remember when the Internet first came "online"? I do. Many media pundits talked about that moment as the "real" twenty-four hour news cycle. Sure CNN was doing its thing, but the news seemed more repetitive than constant and always updating. Only recently do I really feel the impact of a true twenty-four hour news cycle. It really is all the news… all the time. The craziest part is that the real "producers" - the real "first on the scene" types - are you and I. Early yesterday morning, I woke up and saw a tweet from Chris Clarke (hey, little PR…
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SPOS #116 - Six Pixels Of Separation - The Twist Image Podcast - +1 (206) 666-6056 - Facebook And Delicious Facelifts
10 Aug 2008 | 4:05 pm
Welcome to episode #116 of Six Pixels Of Separation - The Twist Image Podcast. I thought this was going to be a quick, twenty minute, episode, but I got on some tangents… and you know how it goes. Warning: this episode does have some self-promotion about Twist Image (sort of a summer update), but I do tie it into why (I think) you're here. Also, my major excitement about PodCamp Montreal (and why you need to care). Enjoy the conversation… Here it is: Six Pixels Of Separation - The Twist Image Podcast - Episode #116 - Host: Mitch Joel. Running time: 40:47. Audio comment line - please send…
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PodCamp Comes To Montreal - Register Now
9 Aug 2008 | 2:24 pm
I'm a huge fan of the unconference movement. If you've never attended a conference that is also organized by the attendees (essentially, a self-organizing event), I would highly encourage you to join me at PodCamp Montreal. The event is being held on September 20th and 21st in Montreal at the Pavillon de De Design at UQAM (one of the major universities here, in Montreal). I've been holding off on Blogging about it until registration was open, and now it is. Registration is free (yes, you read that right… one hundred percent free), so why not take one weekend out of your life to meet,…

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Are You Happy?
Chris
13 Aug 2008 | 12:40 am
Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed Are you happy? I don’t mean just going through the motions. Are you actually happy? Where does happiness come from? Does it reside inside of us, or does it come from external sources? Some would argue that you can find happiness. Sometimes happiness is elusive, depending on what’s going on in your life at the time. Maybe there are things you can do to find it. According to Smogsy, there are five things you can do to help you be happier in your work and life. Stay positive Even if you have a lot of work to do, and you think…
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Why Would You Want a Sony Mylo?
Chris
13 Aug 2008 | 12:24 am
Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed I have been playing with the Sony Mylo Persoal Communicator for several hours now. I was attracted to this because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. The screen resolution was so sharp when I first turned it on, I was taken aback. I honestly thought there was a sticker on the screen making it look that way at first. The Wi-Fi Sony® mylo® internet device gives you what need to stay connected. It conveniently uses wireless LAN technology so there are no monthly bills or long-term contracts. Call your friends on Skype® for…
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Does Your Mouse Have a Skin?
Chris
13 Aug 2008 | 12:12 am
Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed I’ve admitted it before, and I will again. I happen to love Apple’s Mighty Mouse. It fits my hand, and works perfectly for me. It’s probably the best mouse I’ve ever used. I now have three of these, and they each control different machines. How can I easily tell which one is which? The one for the iMac is black… did you know that Apple made a black Mighty Mouse? Well, they don’t, actually. I’m using an iSkin. Just as famous super heroes need a protective cape to save the day, your beloved Apple…
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Can You Solve a Rubik’s Cube?
Chris
12 Aug 2008 | 2:24 am
Have you ever tried to solve a Rubik’s Cube? There is a group of people who call themselves SpeedCubers. They attempt to beat each other by solving the Rubik’s Cube faster than anyone else. There are several videos on YouTube of people doing just that. It’s completely insane how fast they can solve one of these babies. I can only solve them by taking the stickers off and rearranging them. Connor is a SpeedCuber, and sent in the following tips to help you solve a Rubik’s Cube in a short amount of time. Learn to solve a cube. Perhaps the hardest sounding step…
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Are You an Amateur Photographer?
Chris
12 Aug 2008 | 2:13 am
I love to dabble in photography. I’m not that great at it, and I know my limits. But I always like to get new tips, and learn new things. One of our chatters, DellMan94, sent in the following tips to give all of us an extra bit of a boost when practicing our photography skills. Find the right camera. First, make sure when you buy your camera that you find the one that fits you. The camera should not be too small or too big, the menu should be clean and easy to use, and the camera should be comfortable. Second, when you get your camera, do not be confused about the marketing hype about…

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Wow, Thanks So Much for the Feedback
leelefever
13 Aug 2008 | 2:55 pm
We are blown away with the response to the recent post "What Videos Should We Make?" Not just the quantity (over 50 comments and lots of email), but the quality. It's exciting to see suggestions that have opened up new ideas and ones that fit with a couple of the themes that have been top-of-mind. As I've told Sachi recently, it feels a little like we're at the edge of a pool, preparing to jump in. We're confident that we're on the right track, but the content of our future videos will diverge from the social media focus that people have come to expect…
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What Videos Should We Make?
leelefever
11 Aug 2008 | 11:16 am
Our big transition is almost complete and we need your help. The new Store is up, we're finishing up the last custom projects and now is the time to plan what videos we'll offer in the Store over the next year. We have lots of ideas, but we really want to know what you think. We want to make videos that: Help professionals and educators increase awareness and create change at work Have a positive impact on the Web A good example of this is our video "Wikis in Plain English", which is part of our our Social Media series. We've heard from schools, corporate training…
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China Week: Pretty Pictures for 08-08-08
leelefever
8 Aug 2008 | 10:40 am
To finish up China week, I'd like to share some of our favorite photos from China. Enjoy the Olympics! Shanghai from the Pearl City Tower A squished pig from a Nanjing market. Summer Palace Locks on Yellow Mountain. You might remember these from The Amazing Race. Li River, near Yangshou, China Li River Karsts, via Guilin, China. It was a sunny day in Shanghai. The umbrellas (parasoles?) were to block the sun. Yangtze River - Three Gorges Grand Hyatt Atrium, JinMao Tower, Shanghai. No, she was not chopping off my head with a…
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China Week: Lessons in Line Breaking (A Story)
leelefever
7 Aug 2008 | 10:04 am
Below is a short story that was posted to our travel blog from Shanghai. Almost any visitor to China is likely to experience a higher-than-expected level of competiion while standing in line for something like a subway ticket. In the case below, I had made up my mind to be a competitor. Unfortunately things didn't work out as planned. From the post: Lessons in Line Breaking I had made a decision and I was going to act on it. Gone were the days of standing passively in line while Chinese people wedge themselves in front of me and place an order before I could react. I was…
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China Week: Strange Translations
leelefever
5 Aug 2008 | 9:28 am
If making signs in Chinese characters was my job, I would be very, very bad at it. However, I might hire someone who knows the language well before erecting a permanent sign at a major tourist destination. For a long time, this didn't happen in China and we snapped the photos below before they invested in changing the signs for the Olympics. The guy in this photo is one of the most interesting people I've ever met. He's the blind adventurer Miles Hilton-Barber.(notice the broken cane, his favorite schtick) Photo is from the Three Gorges Dam. He did not…

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Reality Overlaps
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Control Freak
11 Aug 2008 | 7:43 am
Ever since social networks showed up, I've lamented that this great technology has simply created a situation where I have multiple profiles in various places, with different collections of contacts. It's a bit of a bizarre world, in fact. Facebook is a kind of place where I collect pretty much anyone I would say "hi" to, my personal address book which is people I actually contact regularly, Flickr contains only friends who I really want seeing pictures of my kids, etc. If only I could have some control over all of this. So far, I've tried some different solutions, like Plaxo Pulse, Flock,…
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Group Paradigm
3 Aug 2008 | 9:29 pm
Groups are a great thing. Groups give a sense of belonging. Groups are a reference point for getting recommendations and assistance. Different social networks seem to have different group paradigms, but the underlying assumption of all the social network "groups" seems to be that there is a leader and then there are joiners. The paradigm also seems to assume that the joiners will come on a "pull" basis to check out what is happening with other group members. This paradigm is vastly inferior to a listserv (think yahoogroups) where anyone can post to a group. In fact, it's even inferior to…
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How to Succeed Failure
22 Jul 2008 | 1:48 am
Most of the projects we set out to do end up as failures. Today is the last day of the Self Expressions and Leadership Program I've been doing, and one of the most important skills I gained was not just to measure the results in my work, but to measure the results in all of the projects in my life, and to be able to look those results in the eye and call them what they are. Often, what they are is a failure, or at least a partial failure, when compared to the original intention of the project.So my project to have the teens in my city create and perform a Broadway-style musical has now been…
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Kung Fu Video
14 Jul 2008 | 3:55 am
One boring afternoon in high school, hanging out in a friend's backyard, someone, I think it was Eric Pullier (maybe it was Andrew Goldman, but I'm not attempting to Google someone with that name), came up with the idea of filming a Kung Fu movie with a home video camera. We filmed a few scenes, which was both memorable and entertaining. I don't recall that we finished the film, but Eric seems to have done alright.That was more than 20 years ago, when creating your own independent film was just a dream for a bunch of high-schoolers. Now my kids walk around the house with my mobile device,…
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ככה לא בונים חומה
13 Jul 2008 | 10:17 am
Not everything translates.In case you've been wondering, I've been light on the blogging because of an extended trip to the States for both business and pleasure. It started with NXTcomm and ended with my sister's getting married. Here is my sister Sara and Brett, my new brother-in-law. They smiled like that practically the entire time I spent with them.Sara and Brett decided to build their home on some land out in the Catskills. Meanwhile, they are living in a rickety trailer. While visiting we stayed in a pop-up camper we borrowed. Other friends and family stayed in various places,…

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2009 SXSW Panel Proposals: Please Vote
Connie Reece
13 Aug 2008 | 7:10 am
I’m honored to be included in two panel proposals selected for public voting for 2009 SXSW Interactive. Please take a look at the descriptions below and consider voting for these panels. 1404 - Breaking Through the Digital Ceiling Level: Intermediate Category: Business / Entrepreneurial Presenter: Allyson Kapin, Women Who Tech and Rad Campaign Are you a woman (or a man) who loves to tech out but is tired of sexism, ageism, and the lack of diversity? Women in tech and social media experts identify strategies for breaking through the digital ceiling. The panel will discuss topics such as…
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The Grand Opening of our Facebook Storefront
Sheila Scarborough
8 Aug 2008 | 9:21 pm
We’ve been doing some interesting work here lately at Every Dot Connects, including some entry-level “Web 2.0 Tools” workshops that introduce both solo entrepreneurs and businesses to social media tools like LinkedIn, Twitter, blogging, Facebook, etc. (Our next workshop is an all-day Blogging Blitz scheduled for September 17 in Austin - the info/registration page on Eventbrite is coming soon!) We wanted a central place to not only spotlight those well-received workshops, but also to highlight any and all social media activities with our EDC team. This blog talks a lot…
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My ooVoo Day In The Pink (Political Edition)
Mike Chapman
30 Jul 2008 | 3:36 pm
I’ve mentioned my favorite political blogger here several times. She’s smart, she’s funny, she’s extremely knowledgable on politics, and I give her much of the credit for getting me interested in social media. Now I get to be on some high powered panels with her as part of My ooVoo Day Political Edition this Sunday and Monday. My political blogging hero is Eileen Smith, creator of In The Pink Texas and editor of TexasMonthly.com the online edition of Texas Monthly magazine. OK, I tricked her into doing this with flattery and small bribes. That’s not really true,…
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When women blog, it’s fashion?
Connie Reece
27 Jul 2008 | 1:01 pm
The New York Times has done it again. They’ve taken a story about women in tech and relegated it to the Fashion and Style section. In “Blogging’s Glass Ceiling,” a story about last week’s BlogHer conference, Kara Jesella wrote, “There is a measure of parity on the Web. According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, among Internet users, 14 percent of men and 11 percent of women blog….Yet, when Techcult, a technology Web site, recently listed its top 100 Web celebrities, only 11 of them were women. Last year, Forbes.com ran a similar list,…
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Barack Had to Be Authentic
Mike Chapman
23 Jul 2008 | 9:19 pm
This past weekend I had the opportunity to catch up with my former colleague and political phenom, Steve Hildebrand, Deputy Campaign Manager for the Obama Presidential campaign. Steve and several of the key staff members from the Obama campaign were speaking to the Netroots Nation conference about their online campaign. Steve recounted that while planning the campaign with the Obamas, they decided that “Barack had to be authentic.” The online campaign, like the overall campaign, had to be about the movement and changing the country. Further, it had to allow for volunteers to be…

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Please vote for my SxSW panels!
Ben
8 Aug 2008 | 11:50 am
I have two submissions to SxSW 2009 and would be delighted if you would consider voting for them please: > Taking Platforms to the Next Level Companies are finally realizing that in order to find market success they must build their products as platforms and empower their technical audience to embrace and extend their core proposition at the edges. But what comes next? Where is this all heading? What does a platform ubiquitous internet look like? Where does this all lead to? This is a panel with my ‘professional hat’ on. I want to bring together some visionaries in the platform…
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Presdo API contest
Ben
7 Jul 2008 | 3:57 pm
Presdo, the online scheduling start-up, has is running a mashup competition around their API. Build something cool with it, win an iPhone 3G. Sounds pretty good to me, so I was delighted to accept Presdo founder Eric Ly’s request to be a judge for the competition. Yes, that sadly means I can’t win one of those little boxes of Apple 3G goodness If you have a cool idea for a calendaring-meets-your-favorite-web-app/API/social site/whatever application then you’ve got until July 18 2008. Good luck! [via VentureBeat]
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Apture: elegantly adding context to your site
Ben
3 Jul 2008 | 11:04 am
“Wow, that’s really really slick!” That was my reaction when Tristan first showed me a demo of Apture (which just opened for signups, if you want to add it to your blog or website). We’d met a few times previously and he’d been teasing with hints about the product he was working on - but refused to show me anything, or even give me any detail about what he and his fellow co-founders were really up to. All I knew was that we shared a common interest in both grassroots and mainstream media, and importance of innovation given the nature of the content often being…
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Puppets, theatre and the conflation of ’successful’ with ‘popular’
Ben
30 Jun 2008 | 12:37 am
UPDATE 08/08/08: I have submitted a panel for SxSW 2009 on this subject. If you enjoyed reading this post please consider voting for my panel! Thanks! Loren Feldman may be hanging up the Shel Israel puppet but sadly we’re still a long way away from bringing the curtain down on the banal theater that’s consuming what the rest of us once proudly referred to as “our industry”. And ‘theater’ is exactly what it is. With set pieces, stooges, rehearsals (backchannels) and whole troops of merry men. The trouble with theater is that it’s fake; the lines spoken…
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MySpace joins DataPortability, announces first implementation
Ben
8 May 2008 | 11:25 am
As you will know, I’ve been working with MySpace for a number of months on a number of initiatives to help them evolve into a far more open platform. Following on from the launch of the developer platform and REST APIs, I’m really excited to announce that MySpace has joined the DataPortability Initiative. In addition MySpace has also announced it’s first implementation in this area, which will making it’s profile data available for those to consume on other websites. From the press release: “MySpace … will be allowing users to dynamically share the content…

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The End of Usenet?
Matthew Hurst
13 Aug 2008 | 10:31 am
Sascha Segan posted one of those link baiting posts, with a title like that for this post, in which he heralded the end of something – in this case, Usenet: R.I.P. Usenet 1980-2008. How wrong he was! As Mary shows, the data actually points to July 2014! Check out Mary’s post for the details (and caveats).
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Olympics Attention
Matthew Hurst
13 Aug 2008 | 5:42 am
You may have noticed low posting volumes lately. This is due to some project work that we are in the middle of here in Live Labs. This should be a temporary reduction of signal, so stay tuned! For now, I thought I’d post some BlogPulse graphs showing attention around the Olympics. This next one gives a little bit of context.
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55 Minutes, 33 Seconds Well Spent
Matthew Hurst
8 Aug 2008 | 6:29 am
[Via SearchBlog]
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Techmeme, Memeorandum's Most Discussed
Matthew Hurst
6 Aug 2008 | 6:30 am
Mary McGlohon has been working with me this summer on analyzing and comparing the spread of information in Usenet and the (political) blogosphere. As part of this work she has been looking at how long links stay around on Memeorandum (and once you’ve done it for Memeorandum, Techmeme comes for free). By looking at the accumulated discussion links for any lead link she has put together a list of the most discussed topics on both sites. On Memeorandum, scandal really is the name of the game; on Techmeme, gadgets and particularly smartphones rule the roost. Below is a teaser list, be sure to…
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The Atomic Cloud
Matthew Hurst
2 Aug 2008 | 8:18 pm
At our recent Social Media Summit, in a break out session with Marti Hearst, Joanna Robinson and others, the topic of the open social network came up: who owns the network implicit in Facebook, what happens if LinkedIn evaporates, etc. The institutional nature of these systems represent an obvious single point of failure as well as subjects for discussions around ownership. The cloud is a term that is used to indicate data and services being out there, somewhere – limitless but possibly beyond our control. Now, imagine a different architecture, one in which our identities are tied…

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Top 10 Reasons Why I Haven't Bought an iPhone 3G
Lisa Whelan
1 Aug 2008 | 12:02 pm
The line: I spent 4 years living in England, the rumored birthplace of queuing. I know the rules of standing in a line, and I respect a good queue. It avoids people trampling on each other, and that's a good thing. But, when a line is 1/4 mil… Read and post comments | Send to a friend
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Girl Geek Dinner: Facebook Developer Garage
Lisa Whelan
26 Jun 2008 | 7:16 pm
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You can Now Follow ShoZu on Twitter
Lisa Whelan
26 Jun 2008 | 5:31 pm
If you're a fan of ShoZu, in addition to keeping up with the ShoZu blog, you can now follow ShoZu on Twitter (when Twitter is working!). I'm sending out regular updates for ShoZu at: www.twitter.com/shozu. Be one of the first to find out when ne… Read and post comments | Send to a friend
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Online Market World 2008 Oct 1-3 in San Francisco, CA
Lisa Whelan
26 Jun 2008 | 5:22 pm
I'm looking forward to Online Market World 2008 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on October 1-3. Aside from speaking at the show, I'm looking forward to seeing the Keynotes - Kathy Ireland, Tony Hsieh (the CEO of Zappos.com), and Marsha Col… Read and post comments | Send to a friend
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Facebook Meets MySpace at the Top of the Charts
Lisa Whelan
13 Jun 2008 | 12:08 am
And the number one social network in the world is…IT'S A TIE! Facebook just caught up to MySpace. The race to the top gets more and more interesting. Stay tuned… Read and post comments | Send to a friend

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A Twitter-Told Tale
KatFrench
13 Aug 2008 | 3:00 am
Thanks to Twitter, I will no longer have to suffer the indignity of cutting tomatoes with a dull knife. As you’ve no doubt surmised, (not to be confused with “summize“) there’s a story behind that statement. Last week, I noticed that I had reached 400 followers on Twitter, the microblogging tool. While it’s still a small number compared to Jason’s account, it was a milestone for me–so I tweeted about it. A couple of folks picked up on my tongue-in-cheek plea for swag: So I went off on a nice little humorous riff: Well, I’ve now officially…
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