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Stars Are Getting Their Ning On!

Whether you're into football or chess, bird watching or punk rock, sex or abstinence, Ning has an online community for you. This free social network platform brings together people globally who share common focus and passion. To date, its one of the fastest growing online venues. Launched two years ago, Ning lets members custom build their own social-networks based around the areas of business and pleasure that are of the most interest to them. Whether you are a neighborhood group of 5 housewives or a Boy Band attracting fans in the tens of thousands, we are all stars in our right.  So if you're looking for community to spotlight your star power,  Ning can socially connect you with like-minded individuals in an online neighborhood, built in less than 15 minutes!

TwitSnaps vs.TwitPic - Better Photosharing App?

Did TwitSnaps just build a better mousetrap than TwitPic?  Still in Beta format, TwitSnaps has launched a new photo application for Twitter that appears to feature more functionality than any other other photo sharing application online today. 

Google Wave, Email on Steroids!

Ooops they did it again! No, not the Britney Spears fan club! Google did it again...stealing Microsoft's thunder by rolling out Wave, their new communications and collaborative tool during the same week Microsoft debuted Bing, its new search engine. Google Wave is what email would be like if it were on steroids! It is a little of everything all mashed up into one big giant framework. Wave is part email, IM, calendar, Twitter, wiki, spreadsheets/docs/presentation, picture sharing, social media, forums, maps and just about everything else on the web, but the kitchen sink!

Cooltribe – Green Social Networking Site Launches

Do you believe fervently in saving our planet? Would you like to communicate with others that share that passion?  Well, today there is an online community that can address those concerns.  Cooltribe, the social networking site dedicated to connecting green-minded, socially-conscious people from around the world was recently launched. One of the first of its type, Cooltribe welcomes members who are dedicated to saving the environment and fighting global warming while pursuing sustainability and other ethical issues that affect all citizens of planet Earth.

Top Ten Twitter TV Shows (Twitter All Day, All The Time)

Remember when CNN first entered our lives and people were shocked that any network could take on the daunting task of supplying us with a news format 24/7. "Unheard of?" "Couldn't be done?" And yet, here we are some 20+ years later, and CNN has not only sustained itself but was the impetus for other news networks to populate as well. Well,in 2009, the web is currently abuzz with talk of a “Twitter TV Network.” According to Biz Stone, one of Twitter founders, he's "even getting folks asking (him)if they can audition." Could Twitter TV be the next evolution in the short life span of the micro-bloggin' darling of social media?

Scour - The Search Engine That Pays To Play

You've been searching online for years. Google has captured most of your attention. Other search engines like Lycos and AltaVista have come and gone. But did you ever think you could be bought to search? If Scour has its way, the little-search-engine-that-could wants to pay for your loyalty while it tries to steal market share from the Google-Yahoo-MSN triumvirate.

Top 12 “Blogging for Dollars" Deals

Remember when DJs could be bought to promote the records of a new band or recording artist. Or when special interest groups pay off their congressman to vote favorably for their industy's causes. Well, who would have thought us little ole bloggers could come under the same scrutiny? The FTC, that's who! This is a response to a practice that's come to be known as "Blogola" where companies curry favor from bloggers by giving them computers, weekend getaways, gift baskets, cars and other swag. 

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.