The World’s Top Ten Social Networks Social Networking has become a global phenomenon over the past 8 years and continues to grow year on year. So we’ve all heard of the big players like Twitter and Facebook, but there are thousands of Social Networking sites out there, many of which have been left by the wayside since the introduction of Facebook. Let’s take a look at the top ten Social Networks of 2011. In the Collaborative Economy, the Crowd Has Built a Car What if I told you the next affordable, long-range, fuel-efficient vehicle might be assembled in your garage or built by your neighbors? That's what I was surprised to hear when I learned about the Wikispeed auto project. Above Image: The orange Wikispeed SGT01 Roadster: crowd-funded, crowd-designed, crowd-produced, hitting the streets in small batches now for $25k, oh, and it gets 100 miles per gallon. Wikispeed is a business that crowdsourced designs, production, development, and has created a SAE-registered, road-legal-approved car, the Wikispeed SGT01 Car, now on sale in limited quantities.
The 8 Steps To Creating A Great Storyboard [Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of seven posts on running your own Google Ventures design sprint. Read the first part here, the second here, and the third here.] At the Google Ventures Design Studio, we have a five-day process for taking a product or feature from design through prototyping and testing. We call it a product design sprint. In the first two days of the sprint, we’ve learned about the problem, shared a lot of knowledge, and chosen the challenge we want to tackle in this sprint. It’s time to start cranking out solutions. 12 Gadgets to Survive the Apocalypse Now is a good time to ponder the apocalypse. Iran and North Korea are going nuclear, the wonky weather is a harbinger of catastrophic climate change, and end-of-the-world blockbusters abound. (Tim Burton's '9' came out last week and '2012,' 'The Road,' and 'Zombieland' are all coming up later this fall.) In that dismal spirit, the Switched team has gathered its first choices for last-chance gadgetry -- a collection of 12 must-haves if society is in peril, whether it be by fire or ice, zombies or aliens. Using our handy "What Type of Apocalypse Will It Be?"
What A Detroit Supper Club Teaches Us About Co-Creativity A social movement is underway in downtown Detroit. Each month, 100 or so individuals pay $5 for admission to a loft, where they eat a dinner of organic soup (and other foods) prepared by volunteers. Diners share ideas and connections, hear presentations from artists who are working on projects aimed at improving the city, and then vote on which project will receive proceeds from the evening's dinner. Detroit SOUP organizers call the gathering "a democratic experiment in micro-funding," but it’s much more than that: It’s an example of the power of co-creativity, and it represents the way forward for organizations that want to remain relevant and reach consumers in an authentic way. In recent years, crowdsourcing has become a trendy tactic for soliciting input and engaging consumers, but in reality this approach is nothing more than an open call for submissions. Yesterday, businesses succeeded through industrial or technological expertise, with little need to converse with consumers.
Five Reasons Why Your Mission Statement Probably Stinks I can probably count on one hand the number of great company mission statements I've seen in my over two decades in marketing. While most business owners have been told that they need to have a mission statement, not everyone has been instructed on how to create one that's useful and meaningful. By definition, a mission statement communicates the fundamental purpose and values of a business or organization.
HOW TO: Stay Competitive in a World of Online Price Transparency Langley Steinert is the CEO/founder of CarGurus, a leading online automotive community which provides price transparency tools for car shopping. Previously, Steinert was chairman/co-founder of TripAdvisor, the largest online travel community in the world. Prior to TripAdvsior, Steinert was VP of marketing at Viaweb (acquired by Yahoo!).
5 Website Features You Can Easily Offload to Reduce Costs This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business. The term "offload" or "offloading" in information technology and computer science refers to the transfer of something from your system to an external system. In the context of websites, your system is your website (and your web servers/web host), and the external system consists of third-party web services such as Google Analytics or Shopify. This article suggests five common site features that you can host elsewhere. Why You Should Or Shouldn't Offload Data for Policy Advisory Committee: Jean Bacon – University of Cambridge Kenneth Benoit – London School of Economics and Political Science Jon Crowcroft – University of Cambridge; The Alan Turing Institute Anthony Finkelstein – Government Office for Science; The Alan Turing Institute David Hand – Winton Capital Management; Imperial College Helen Margetts – University of Oxford; The Alan Turing Institute Beth Noveck – The GovLab, New York University Quentin Palfrey – J-PAL North America, MIT Alan Penn – University College London Rob Procter – University of Warwick; The Alan Turing Institute Peter Smith – UK Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN); University of Southampton John Taysom – Privitar; University College London Philip Treleaven – University College London Sir David Wallace – University of Cambridge Derek Wyatt – Royal Trinity Hospice; All Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics Chief Organisers: Zeynep Engin – University College London Daniel Edwards – Government Office for Science
50 Life Secrets and Tips Memorize something everyday.Not only will this leave your brain sharp and your memory functioning, you will also have a huge library of quotes to bust out at any moment. Poetry, sayings and philosophies are your best options.Constantly try to reduce your attachment to possessions.Those who are heavy-set with material desires will have a lot of trouble when their things are taken away from them or lost. Possessions do end up owning you, not the other way around. Become a person of minimal needs and you will be much more content.Develop an endless curiosity about this world.Become an explorer and view the world as your jungle. Stop and observe all of the little things as completely unique events.
IdeaPaint Buy Now We exist for one simple reason: to fundamentally improve the way people work. IdeaPaint was born from this very notion, a frustration with the way ideas were shared and coworkers collaborated. How can you think big when you write small? How can you harness the collective intelligence when it's awkward to share what's inside your own head? How can you think on your feet when you're sitting on your hands?