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Top Ten Viralsourcing Campaigns

In 2006, crowdsourcing, a term first coined by Jeff P. Howe, a contributing editor at Wired Magazine was used to describe the act of taking a task traditionally performed by employees and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people or community in the form of an open call. In 2004's The Wisdom of Crowds, James Surowiecki argued that masses of people can be remarkably accurate in their predictions. When crowdsourcing combines with viral marketing, the result is now called viralsourcing, a new and innovative marketing strategy that is gaining traction with brands of all sizes.

Twitcam Beats Competition To Stream Live Video On Twitter

With the introduction of Twitcam by Livestream, anyone can reach ones' Twitter following by live streaming video. All you have to do is log in with your Twitter credentials, hit the broadcast button and, assuming you have your webcam set up, you're good to go. It couldn't be any easier way for folks to conduct a video broadcast with live chat while one's followers respond by tweeting in real-time.

Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter Was The Winner In Facebook Contest

If you wanted to be one of the first to see the teaser for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, you  had to jump down the Facebook rabbit hole and choose sides quickly. Tim Burton's marketing minions published 'fan army' pages for the White Queen, the Red Queen and Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter, and the ploy was to get you become the loyal or disloyal subject of one of them. Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter turned out to be the hands-down winner!

3121, A Social Network For Insiders Inside The Beltway

'Inside the Beltway' was originally a term coined for those who worked within the confines of the Administration and Congress. Other time, the negative connotation of "insular" and "out of touch with mainstream America" emerged to describe the close-knit clique of Washington insiders. An "inside joke" refers to humor that is apparent only to those who are "inside" a social group or occupation. Now combine the two...and you might come up with a social network the likes of 3121.

Package Track App Introduces New Business Trend: Package Tracking Via Twitter

With the popularity of Twitter growing rapidly, businesses around the world are incorporating its use into their business models. The most recent business to use Twitter to expand their appeal? Package Track App.

With 250 Million Users, This Is Not Your Son's Facebook Anymore!

Working its way to 1 Billion users, Facebook just reached the one quarter billion mark (250 Million), only three months after reaching its last milestone of 200 million in April. So with such exponential growth, why is there so much talk about people leaving this social network?

Crowd-Defined Video Dictionary Wordia

Ever wondered how people would define words if given the option? Or how specific words have meaning to their lives? Check out Wordia, a recently-launched crowd defined video dictionary that might not win any grammar awards, but is worth the entertainment.


Is 140 Characters Worthy Of The Nobel Peace Prize?

Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama were all previous prize winners. Barack Obama may be in the running this year. So is it possible that his competition could possibly be a social network, the likes of Twitter?  Does a platform, an inanimate entity warrant the same consideration as a person?

Twittereye Presents All Twitter Apps In One Location

When you are in the eye of the storm, there is a calmness to determine one's next move before the maelstrom hits. When one enters Twittereye.com, you will have quick access to every Twitter app known to man on one handy-dandy-all-purpose web site. And while you may be overwhelmed by the data overload, this tool is a real time saver for those who gravitate to all things that Twitter.

Are Twitter & TechCrunch Members Of Fight Club?

One of the rules of Fight Club is "If this is your first night at Fight Club, you HAVE to fight." Analogous to a schoolyard brawl, where stolen lunch money is cause for retaliation, these two industry chums have come to blows over hacked documents.

Chinese Netizen Arrested, Sends SOS on Twitter

Many of you are likely familiar with the case of the American student from Berkley back in April of 2008 who when he was taken into custody by Egyptian police managed to send out a short tweet via SMS saying "Arrested." Subsequently his embassy and the press were notified and he was eventually released (see CNN story) thanks to his twitter distress call.

Yesterday in China there was a very similar situation, where blogger Peter Guo, who goes by the twitter handles amoiist, sent out the following plea for help:

Facebook,The Movie Starring Pete Cashmore, Gary Vaynerchuk or Guy Kawasaki?

Since Hollywood has given a thumbs up to 'Facebook, the Movie,' shouldn't the movie moguls be considering some fresh new faces to star in this biopic, with the working title "Social Network". Perhaps social media rockstars like Pete Cashmore, Gary Vaynerchuk or Guy Kawasaki could be cast in the starring role of Mark Zuckerberg? Instead of method movie-actors, why not use the illustrious members of the digerati that work in the social networking trenches, on a day to day to basis?

Migrate to FollowFormation

Queue up, Get in line. Follow the leader. Cliques were a big part of our formative years. We were assessed and obsessed by those we associated it, and we soon came to be known as  "geeks," "brains," "athletes," or described as "popular," "beautiful," "hunky," "offbeat," or "teacher's pet."

Tweeting 'The French Revolution" via la Network de Sociale

On le 14 Juillet in year 2009, the people of Paris stormed Twitter accounts everywhere with tweets of "Happy Bastille Day" in hopes of leading down a path that would eventually welcome all Frenchman into the elite circle of the Twitterati.

Present.ly, An Enterprise Microblog With A Future

Has your company decided on a Enterprise Microblog system for your office? Aside from LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, is your firm working with an Intranet system that is customized to allow for communications with fellow employees and superiors at your place of work? Present.ly is just one of those services, and it might be coming to an office near you.

Top Ten Hotel Brands A Tweet Above The Rest

Hotels are utilizing the social media channel of Twitter to reinforce their brand image and to communicate directly with their guests. Apart from having a face to face contact with one's customer, no other medium has allowed hotel companies a better one-on-one conduit. While each hotel chain interacts differently with their following, here are the TOP TEN I think are doing the best job in providing customer service, building brand loyalty and engaging their followers with suite tweets.

"Speeches of Barack Obama" Book & CD Helps Japanese Learn English

"The Speeches of Barack Obama", a book and CD combo released last November in Japan, sold over 400,000 copies in just a couple of months. Students, homemakers, even Buddhist monks have all been polishing up their English skills by listening to the 44th president wax poetic on the political stage.

Are Digg Ads Reintroducing 'Push' Advertising?

Trying to tame the new social media space with an effective advertising model is a daunting task for any platform in the social media space. Add the desirable real-time stream of consciousness component to the mix and you've even got the big boys like Google and Bing salivating all over the digital landscape. Tinker is tinkering around with monetizing Twitter, a feat that even their founders can't figure out. And now you have DIGG, the slightly dated social bookmarking site trying to reinvent itself by posting ads to their news content delivery process. Sounds a little like 'what's old is new again?'

Twittorati, At The Corner of Blogo & Twitter

Do you know any bloggers of authority? Bloggers who are distinguished not only by how popular their sites are, but also how often other sites link to their blogs. Those that know TMZ, Gawker and the Huffington Post know that the top blogs of the world have slowly stolen the spotlight away from newspapers and mainstream media in general. Those that know Twitter know how important real-time updates have become. Now with the unveiling of Technorati's new service, one can traverse the terrain where the blogosphere crosses the Twittersphere, at an intersection called Twittorati.

Top Ten Social Networks Circumnavigating The Globe

What does social networking look like by country? Sure, Twitter, Facebook. LinkedIn and MySpace have huge international followings, but indigenous social networks have also grown up within certain countries that are beginning to reach beyond their own borders. So considering Intranets other than the dominant players in the US, take a look at the TOP TEN social networks that are flourishing around the globe.