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Reading Eric’s recent post about HelloTxt , I went back to some old files and opened up a presentation I gave last summer at BizJam Seattle and was treated to some entertaining content. At least, it was funny to me. I just had to laugh at the way I struggled to come up with compact, clear ways of categorizing and naming social media tools. How easy it is to forget that everything we use and talk about every day now — just one year later — didn’t have a set of agreed-upon terms. I thought I’d share some slides from my old presentation to show how difficult it is to come up with ways to describe the tools that we use.
Google Profiles: You can customize your Google Profile URL but it may also expose your Google email address to web harvesters. A word of caution for people who have their email accounts on Gmail and are planning to use a vanity URL for their Google Profile . Vanity URLs are available across all Google Accounts but you can pick a custom username for your Google Profile (like this ) only if your Google Account is not associated with a Gmail address.
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Update | 8:51 p.m. Related Bits post about Oprah Winfrey endorsing Twitter.
Imagine you’re an astronomer who discovered an asteroid. Happy days, you might be able to name it after yourself ( 99942 O’Neill has a certain ring to it, don’t you think?). At first you feel little concern, after all, we are getting better at spotting near-Earth objects.
Gmail has been my email client of choice ever since I managed to get my hands on an invite years ago (ah, the days of Gmail-by-invitation-only, I’m just glad I never paid for mine). I never really did much do pimp my inbox though, until now. Well, until Multiple Inboxes made it possible to prioritize my messages and turn even my inbox into a to-do list . Turns out, I can do a lot more than just this, as long as I download the right script.
Like it or not, the emergence of social networks, the proliferation of mobile devices, and the ubiquity of the Web has blurred our personal and professional lives. This has been particularly true on Twitter , the social networking service where users share short messages with one another. Twitter holds inherent value for both your personal and business life. As a business person, building a presence on Twitter helps you connect with customers and peers, and perhaps get feedback on your products and services. For your personal life, Twitter can create what social media experts call an "ambient awareness" for the people important to you in your life - while each message might not be hugely significant, taken in total people can piece together you as a person or at least see the things you value.
By Jesse Stay of Stay N' Alive ( Facebook / FriendFeed )
Last week, Danny Sullivan , editor-in-chief of Search Engine Land , coined the term Digggate in response to concerns of a potential scandal surrounding Digg , Google and the Diggbar . According to Sullivan, Digg is deliberately skirting issues surrounding the new Diggbar and consequently confusing and potentially misleading citizens of the Web. Andy Sorcini , long time Digg user and social media enthusiast disagrees. "I honestly don't believe that the Diggbar was conceived with any maliciousness toward stealing content producers link juice. I think the idea was to drive traffic to Digg, while at the same time facilitate access to Digg services from content producers sites." So, is the new Diggbar evil or will it be remembered as one of Digg's finest moments?
Like most SEM shops, our business is an amalgamation of flat rate products and hourly work. It’s generally been our focus to procure longer contracts, usually 6 month to 1-year agreements.
Sunday, April 12, 2009 by Dave Winer. This article by Pete Cashmore at Mashable is now the top item on TechMeme. Cashmore is one of very small number of users who Twitter includes in their Suggested Users List, which has resulted in huge growth in their number of followers. Three months ago, he had 28,621 followers.
While RSS still plays a very important role for practically all online publications to get their news out to subscribers, and Google plays a critical role for the stories to get picked up by casual visitors, Twitter is playing a middleman role and growing in the minds of many publishers, who see the microblogging service as a significant traffic driver. Now, instead of using the catchy headlines we once saw in print, or keyword-laden headlines that make Google giddy, we're now seeing headlines truncated to less than 140 characters, or even as low as 125 characters as the standard, assuming a short URL follows.
Noted astronomer Richard van der Riet Woolley once told Time magazine that human space travel is “utter bilge” and no one would put up enough money for it. Five years later, he had to eat his words as Russian test pilot Yuri Gagarin blasted off to become the first human in orbit and make seemingly impossible science fiction into science fact. On the anniversary of his historic mission, countries of the former Soviet Union celebrate Space Exploration Day and honor the many men and women who followed in his footsteps.
It was one year ago that Facebook started suggesting “People You May Know.”
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