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Bing Redux - Google Killer By Microsoft

On April 4th, in "Bada Bing... is Microsoft putting a Hit on Local Search?" I blogged that when Bill Gates filed a trademark under the name "Bing" for "web sites to link to geographic data, map images, and trip routing" it was Microsoft's attempt to perfect a better "local search" mousetrap than Google. However skeptics quickly associated it with "Kumo" as another failed attempt by the little "M" to ever become a worthy contender of the big "G". Now in and AdAge article published May 25, Abbey Klaasen suggests Microsoft might be sinking $80 to $100 million in a "Bing" ad campaign to go toe to toe with the search engine giant.

Top Ten Social Media Books

It's not a surprise that social media books are prolific! With many being published faster than new Ashton Kutcher Twitter followers, there has been no definitive Top Ten list published to date. With over 17 million unique Twitter visitors and 100 million registered Facebook users (as of this moment in time), I have selected what I think should make a Top Ten list. And perhaps one day when the NY Times Book Review decides to designate their own list, they will agree with my selections. A Readers' Poll is available for you to vote for your favorite at the end of the blog...

New Industrial Revolution Sabotages Social Media!

Calling all bloggers... calling all bloggers... there's a spill on Aisle 13... and your services are no longer needed for clean up! Line up for your pink slips and check your Web 2.0 propaganda at the door, as that's no longer needed either. That's right wordsmiths, it looks like the new Industrial Revolution is steamrolling its way into our digital landscape, and you Mr. & Ms. Blogger just happen to be a disposable commodity.

Wanted Dead Or Alive On Social Networks

Is the FBI giving Social Networks a bad name? After all, the whole construct behind a social network is for followers, fans and alike to interact with each other... and kind of like... behave in a social manner. In what the FBI is calling a "pilot test," the agency is distributing billboards across the virtual worlds of Second Life with the Top Ten Most Wanted list of fugitives. Is this a cheeky way of tempting criminals to crawl out of their covert holes to sign up for Twitter and Facebook accounts?

Re-Kindle Your Fake Blogs?

In Dennis Leary's Hulu TV commercial, his alien persona critiques us mere mortals of sharing our "bliggety blogs" and our "Facey-spaceys" and our "Tweety pages" with all our "bookwormy anti-Boobtubey friends." Perhaps Amazon was thinking along the same lines when they rolled out their Kindle Your Blog campaign. This week Amazon's Kindle Publishing for Blogs is promoted as a "fast and easy self-publishing tool" that let's you upload  and sell your blogs at a subscription price of $1.99 per month.

Social Media Taught In Schools

What if you could go to school to become famous? Where a curriculum was built around your individuality! Where you were measured and graded on your sphere of influence? Today, in the Age of the Individual, we are all learning to market our own brand. In this new world of commerce, both online and off, your reputation is indeed becoming an accepted form of currency. If you ever thought you were too cool for school before, think again... you just might be able to enroll in an institution of higher learning that puts a whole new spin on socializing!

Wolfram Alpha, The Next Google?

Move over Google, there’s a new race car driver on the track. Expected to launch on May 18th, Wolfram Alpha is one of the early leaders in the Web 3.0 race, and its turbo-charged search formula may be just the design for all future Google contenders to emulate. It’s the brainchild of Stephen Wolfram, founder and CEO of Wolfram Research who has been fine-tuning his well-oiled machine for almost three decades, in hopes of taking the pole position away from the Mario Andretti of all search engines.

President Called In To Bail Out KFC!

To celebrate the highly anticipated launch of its new Kentucky Grilled Chicken, fast food chain KFC was giving away gratis pieces of grilled chicken to customers. To help promote the offer Oprah Winfrey added her celebrity heft in marketing the offer. Usually whenever the Big "O" gets involved, the world listens. Well, in this case, KFC's innovative viral campaign came to a crashing halt when the chicken-lickin' demand exceeded its paltry poultry supply.

Tink! Part 4 ... They Can't Believe His Blinking Eyes!

As tink! was continuing to perplex and befuddle the vast majority of the New Kids on the Block fan base, the word in and of itself still eluded many us. As the mystery remained clouded, Jordan Knight, the pied piper himself played an online version of 20 questions. Tens of thousands of followers continued to submit guesses which were returned with simple "yes" or "no" responses. And just as this post was being written... Jordan Knight revealed his meaning of tink!  However, based on the research of  one very shrewd private investigator. I think her investigation in this case came closer to demystifying tink! than Jordan's blinking eyes!

Twitter In A Word...

If you were tasked with defining Twitter in just one word, what would that be? What best sums up what Twitter means to you in one word? While there has been article upon article, blog upon blog and analysis upon analysis burning up the digital airwaves, many of us still don't know WHY we are so fascinated with this entity called Twitter. Since its simplicity is definitely part of its charm (tweets of a 140 characters or less), I thought a poll based on a one word definition would be most apres pos in trying to nail down what this elusive phenomenon means.

NKOTB's Tink! Takes on a Life of Its Own

Jordan Knight promised to release the true meaning of "tink!" and has announced the winner of the New Kids on the Block's NYC Today Show contest. Virally, Jordan's one-word tweet of "tink!" has exploded onto the Twitterverse into a global frenzy exciting a fan base who just can't get enough! From tens of thousands tweets to tink! cartoons, tink! products and even an Ashton Kutcher Platinum Tweet Award, tink! has taken on a life of its own.

Swine Flu App Can Detect When Pigs Fly?

With news of the swine flu epidemic crowding the airwaves, could pigs now possibly be crowding the airways? Could your favorite hog be allowed to fly the friendly skies? In a world that's paranoid of a potential pandemic, and Joe Biden being chastised for warning people "not to fly," is it even conceivable that pigs might be boarding planes? Well if PetAirways has anything to do with it, that just might be the case. And if IntuApps moves forward with their Swine Flu App, there may be a way to detect when pigs fly?

NKOTB Contest Reveals Tink! & Flies Winners To NYC

In an effort to capitalize on the buzz created by "tink!" Jordan Knight and other members of the New Kids on the Block band will be flying two "contest winning"  fans to NYC. The viral social media experiment originally initiated by Jordan Knight on Twitter appears to have formulated a life of its own as NKOTB fans have been tweeting themselves silly trying to figure out just what tink! means.

Top Ten Things "tink!" Could Be?

Jordan Knight, one of the five aging boy-band troubadours who make up New Kids On The Block sent out a tweet on April 23, at 1:14AM, with the simple enigmatic word: "tink!" From that day forward, tens of 1000s of tweets have flooded into the Twitterverse questioning what he meant by that!

Billionth iPhone App is a Freebie!

Nine months after Apple began selling apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch, the billionth application download from the iTunes store has rolled off of the digital assembly line. Bump Technologies' free app (paid version soon) called "bump" is useful in transferring data in a very hip fashion... literally bumping data from one phone to another!

Top Ten Internet SuperStars of 2009

I tracked down some of the Internet's biggest overnight sensations to determine just how many were able to live past their "15 minute of fame" expiration date. Some have settled into lives of quiet but sustained popularity; others are now making grand livings off their Net-based notoriety. While becoming famous for being famous and turning self-promotion into an art form is often the stimulus, there are micro-celebs growing up all over the Internet who have a lot to offer.

Fail Whale Killers

Now that micro-blogging has had its day in the sun, what is the next big "shiny" thing to capture our imagination? Ahoy me maties, who is the next Captain Ahab to take on the Fail Whale? Big thinkers have been hard at work struggling feverishly to be the first to market with an innovative new product that will knock the twitter bird off its perch! with 1000s of roll-outs tripping over themselves to organize a coup d'etat, I have surfaced the "Top Three" I feel have the best opportunity for success...

Bada Bing...is Microsoft putting a Hit on Local Search?

Like a scene out of the Sopranos, the Microsoft family might be setting their targets on an area of the search engine arena that has the greatest potential of becoming monetized..."local search!" If they are successful, "Bada Bing" they are back in the big leagues, bucking the Don of Search...Google, itself!

Little Shop of Twitters

If you're familiar with "Little Shop of Horrors," the successful Broadway Show and rock musical, then you remember how the nerdy florist tended to Audrey II, his demanding plant with a ravenous appetite. The refrain "Feed Me" that became more and more pronounced as the plot progressed might give one a little insight as to how our lives might change if our plants could Twitter?

Twitterlebrities & Politicians Not Safe on SuperNews!

Online animation has been capturing the imagination of Internet users for quite some time, ever since JibJab first lampooned the Bush Administration some 8 years ago. Sort of like the progeny of South Park and Mad Magazine, or The Daily Show meets The Onion, SuperNews! has been hatched live and raw to expand on that age-old tradition of satire. With its own twist of ironic commentary on politics and the lifestyles of the attention-deficit digerati, Super News! is a short form animated television series which airs on Current TV and has officially alerted the media online and off, that they are taking no prisoners!