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Lifehacker - Tips and downloads for getting things done. Brian Solis - Defining the convergence of media and influence. Social Inequality and SES. Become a smarter digital marketer. Nike Opens Its Fuel Band API To Developers To Create A More Useful Product.

Nike most recent bid to enter into the crowded field of wearable fitness technologies is its Nike FuelBand, a rubber wristband that tracks user movement and links that data back to an iPhone application for real-time performance readouts. In a bid to further the usefulness and value of the personal technology, Nike has also opened the beta version of its NikeFuel API to developers interested in combining music with the wristband, marking the first time Nike has released an API of any kind.

Developers will be able to use the API to hack together apps, platforms, and other technologies that can work together with Nike’s fitness offerings. Though the API is only currently available in a limited beta for developers who participated in the Backplane hackathon during SXSWi in Austin, Texas, the move likely signals wider API availability in the near future. Fuelband. Ron Conway is a Silicon Valley startup's best friend.

The prolific angel investor has rarely met an Internet startup he didn't like.

Ron Conway is a Silicon Valley startup's best friend

What is the future of sharing? Study [infographic] A very good event this morning at London Social Media Week run by digital agency Beyond on the Future of Sharing.

What is the future of sharing? Study [infographic]

It presented research that is perfectly distilled here into a very decent infographic. The focus ws on what is being dubbed “frictionless sharing”, which with the introduction of Facebook OpenGraph we are seeing from brands like Spotify, Ticketmaster, AirBnB. Soon a lot more brands we join that small cadre. This shift to frictionless sharing has proven to be polarising with some saying that sharing is being ruined by oversharing, but it is early days.

We are still at the very start of this change in how we share and have barely dipped our feet in the water let alone taken the plunge. These competing views formed the basis of the Beyond study, which also asked if there was some middle ground — with the greater emphasis being placed on making sharing smarter. We’re getting annoyed. We still continue to share. Scribd. Iliyana's Blog. Listen to twitter. RIM hopes The Bold Team will come to BlackBerry's rescue. CEO. Every 10 years or so, a company in the technology industry that appears to be dead, dying, or stagnant makes an amazing turnaround.


In 1980, it was Intel; buried by the Japanese in the dynamic memory business, it reinvented itself as a microprocessor company. Kontakter: Kontakter-Blog: Pitches ohne Sinn. Edeka pitcht, das ist schon Ende des vergangenen Jahres durchgesickert.

Kontakter: Kontakter-Blog: Pitches ohne Sinn

Living Networks – Chapter 7: The Flow Economy – Opportunities and Risks in the New Convergence. Download Chapter 7 of Living Networks on the Flow Economy Every chapter of Living Networks is being released on this blog as a free download, together with commentary and updated perspectives since its original publication in 2002.

Living Networks – Chapter 7: The Flow Economy – Opportunities and Risks in the New Convergence

For the full Table of Contents and free chapter downloads see the Living Networks website or the Book Launch/ Preface to the Anniversary Edition. Living Networks – Chapter 7: The Flow Economy. 5 Lessons On Branding Your Business Socially. How can a business of any size stand out and profit in an @anywhere world?

5 Lessons On Branding Your Business Socially

It’s all about currency. Brand Social Currency, that is. Vivaldi Partners, an international brand consultancy, just put out its Social Currency 100, which ranks the social branding efforts of companies across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. 99 Favorite Social Media Quotes and Tips. Newsletter. Five Social Media Trends for 2012. It’s that most wonderful time of the year … time to predict the future as we close out the year! I think my 2011 social media predictions were pretty solid, so I’m going to take another stab at it for 2012. Here are the five social media trends I think marketers need to be aware of in the next year as we grow and change along with technology and consumer demand.

Content Marketing. Why Dell Is Still A Great Case Study. Using Dell Computers as a case study in talks and discussions about social media marketing almost begs for eye-rolls from the audience these days.

Why Dell Is Still A Great Case Study

VP Social Currency 100+ Telefónica Europe's social business strategy. Iceland's Crowdsourced Constitution - A Lesson in Open Source Marketing. After the huge financial crash Iceland suffered back in 2008, they have bounced back into the headlines with a world first - crowdsourcing their new constitution across social media channels.

Iceland's Crowdsourced Constitution - A Lesson in Open Source Marketing

Is it a risky mob rule strategy or is it a strategy for democratic success? Erfolg made in Germany: 33 Internetunternehmen, auf die Deutschland stolz sein kann. Peter Thiel To The New Yorker: “I Don’t Consider [The iPhone] To Be A Technological Breakthrough” Peter Thiel is a grump, but a special kind of grump.

Peter Thiel To The New Yorker: “I Don’t Consider [The iPhone] To Be A Technological Breakthrough”

He is a dystopian utopian (if such a person can exist). The investor who wrote the first check for Facebook both believes in the power of technology to transform our lives, and is perennially disappointed by it. 3 Facts That Will Shape the Future of Branding, Marketing and Social Media. Popular Today in Business: All Popular Articles Havas Media just came out with an insightful new report entitled, “Meaningful Brands For A Sustainable Future.”

3 Facts That Will Shape the Future of Branding, Marketing and Social Media

One of the most telling aspects of the report was how it revealed the often-overlooked punitive side of the social business marketplace. Specifically, that means the growing awareness and capacity of consumers to punish brands for their duplicitous behavior or outright lack of social responsibility. The report contains three key facts that contain profound warnings to marketers. World's 50 Most Valuable Brands in Social Media [Infographic] A new report ranks the social media performance of the world’s top 50 most valuable brands, and it seems that Google fared pretty well.

Google was the clear leader overall, with Disney, Apple, Starbucks and BlackBerry next in the ladder. The bottom five social performers from the top 50 most valuable brands were Marlboro, Berkshire Hathaway, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and China Mobile. The study was carried out by social media consultancy Sociagility, applying its social media performance measurement methodology, which was drawn equally from established independent studies by Millward Brown and Interbrand.

The ‘social brand value’ ranking, which it calls ‘the PRINT Index’, measures five attributes of social media performance: popularity, receptiveness, interaction, network reach and trust, across multiple social channels like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Social Media Strategies - Argentina by Charlene Li. Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang.

Silicon Valley is known for a lot of positive things, but there’s clearly a negative sentiment from outsiders. The question is, does Silicon Valley want to fix this image problem? Decades ago, before it was called “Silicon Valley,” it was an area abundant with fruit and flower farms, redwood harvesting, and scattered towns connected via dirt roads. This fruitful area has also blossomed into computer chips, hard drive platters, networking gear, devices, computers, and internet companies galore.

Top Ten Articles of 2011. Twentytwentyone. Wal-Mart Enlists Bloggers in P.R. Campaign. 12 B2B Social Media Predictions for 2012. 2012 is going to be a big year for adoption of social media for B2B companies. We expect that early adopter companies will move even further out in front by becoming social in many areas of their business, while more of the second wave adopters will begin to see value in social media and move forward with planning and execution.

Predictions for Social Business in 2012, Part II: Knowing Your Customer - Founder of Altimeter Group, Author of Open Leadership, Coauthor of Groundswell. 10 Startup Trends That Will Be Huge In 2012. In his inauguration speech, President Obama paid homage to entrepreneurs. Predictions for Google's 2012. 5 Tech Trends to Watch in 2012. 2012 promises to be a very busy year in all things digital, but, as with any annum, there will be just a handful of big, memorable trends. Here, I’ve collected five such movements that are likely to make a big impact in our technologically-enhanced lives. Augmented Reality. Social Business .org - Social Ventures, Entrepreneurial Ideas and Charity Trends. What’s NOT Going to Happen in 2012? New York, New York - 13 Dec 2011 ​As 2011 comes to a close, ABI Research is back again for its seventh consecutive edition of “What’s NOT Going to Happen.” Instead of trying to predict what will unfold in the next 12 months, ABI Research’s analysts are traveling off the beaten path to provide their best insight on all of the progress we will not be making this coming year. 2011 proved to be a turbulent year for the global economy.

Although the economic downturn is reported to be officially over, the global economy still sits on shaky and uncertain ground. With this in mind, predicting exactly what 2012 will bring seems difficult. Will anyone stop Apple from bullying operators? 5 Best Practices for Digital Marketers in 2012. How Dell Gets Its Social Media Strategy Right. What is Amen (startup) Amen.

Ashton Kutcher and Madonna’s manager invest in tiny Berlin startup. What gives?