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Why No One Will Watch Your Crappy Corporate "Viral" Video, And How To Fix It. I get asked this question all the time: "How do we make our video/post/content go viral?

Why No One Will Watch Your Crappy Corporate "Viral" Video, And How To Fix It

" The honest answer is that you can't. You can't make something go viral. You don't decide, I don't decide, the audience does. Asking for something to go viral is almost as absurd as calling your newest launch a "viral marketing campaign. " Really? Someone recently sent me their viral video.

Privatization: The Big Joke That Isn't Funny. The privatization of public goods and services turns basic human needs into products to buy and sell.

Privatization: The Big Joke That Isn't Funny

That's more than a joke, it's an insult, it's a perversion. It generally benefits only a privileged group of businesspeople and their companies while increasing inequality and undermining the common good. Various studies have identified the 'benefits' of privatization as profitability and productivity, efficiency, wider share ownership and good investment returns. These are business benefits. More balanced studies consider the effects on average people, who have paid into a long-established societal support system for their schools and emergency services, water and transportation systems, and eventually health care and retirement benefits.

This is how I feel about buying apps. How Do You Turn Pixels Into A Full-Blown Brand Experience? This article was written for 10x10, a series of essays written by Method, a design and innovation firm.

How Do You Turn Pixels Into A Full-Blown Brand Experience?

Download a PDF here. I’m sure that I was swearing allegiance to brands as soon as I began to develop the capacity for critical thought. How Social Media Is Taking Over the News Industry [INFOGRAPHIC] More than ever, people are using Twitter, Facebook and other social media sources to learn about what's happening in the world as traditional news outlets become increasingly less relevant to the digital generation.

How Social Media Is Taking Over the News Industry [INFOGRAPHIC]

American forces' raid on Osama Bin Laden, Whitney Houston's death, the Hudson River plane landing — these are just a few of many major news stories ordinary citizens broke on Twitter first. Professional journalists, meanwhile, use Twitter all the time to break news quickly before writing up full articles. And the business side is going digital too. Online news now generates more revenue than print newspapers. But the trend toward Internet and social media-based news — and the accompanying rush to be first to report a story — also comes with pitfalls. All this and more comes from the online education portal, which pulled research from sources including the Washington Post, Pew Research Center and Reuters to put together the infographic below.

3 Reasons Why Online Advertising is the Worst Model for Your Startup. Blogography. Over the years I’ve heard plenty of designers moan about their clients.


I’ve also witnessed a recent outburst of complaints against authors and speakers on Twitter. The Evolution of Animated GIFs. GIFs have become a bit of an enigma — they are one of the oldest image formats used on the Web, yet if you ask anyone familiar with the old format, they'd likely not associate it with a short clip of a cat in a Godzilla suit knocking over a tower.

The Evolution of Animated GIFs

Throughout their 25 years of existence, GIFs have served a variety of purposes, from practicality to purely entertainment. How did such a vast, eclectic medium come to be? The answer is in the newest episode of PBS's web series Off Book, "Animated GIFs: The Birth of a Medium. " As technology advanced, using GIFs became an outdated, less fashionable format.

According to Patrick Davison of MemeFactory, the format began to increase in popularity again around 2007 or 2008. 13 'Pinteresting' Facts About Pinterest Users [INFOGRAPHIC] It's no secret that the Internet loves Pinterest.

13 'Pinteresting' Facts About Pinterest Users [INFOGRAPHIC]

SNL Spoofs Confusing Smartphone Marketing. When Saturday Night Live decides to make fun of Verizon, there's something deeply satisfying about it.

SNL Spoofs Confusing Smartphone Marketing

See if you agree when you watch this skit that aired Saturday night on SNL, poking fun at the alphabet soup and numerical nightmare that you'll find yourself embroiled within if you decide to buy a connected device. Unless you're an absolute expert about smartphones and 3G and 4G and all the various protocols and model numbers and powerful sounding names attached to such products, you might feel lost if you find yourself inside a store like this. Whew! Don't feel bad. It's complicated. We run into the same problem when reviewing smartphones, especially when we're trying to describe how fast a certain smartphone or tablet is when using 4G LTE.

Data Points: Social System. Social media has gone global.

Data Points: Social System

Facebook, the most widely used network, is now available in more than 70 languages, with three-fourths of its 800 million active users living outside the U.S. But usage varies widely by region, according to a report on global social media adoption by Forrester Research. U.S. adults have a longer history with online networking, but they tend to use it in passive ways, engaging in activities like creating social network profiles, listening to podcasts and reading others' content. Those in emerging markets, meanwhile, are more likely to actively participate in it by posting status updates, contributing to blogs and uploading content they created.