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New Social Media Seasonal Holiday Created By Groupon

As one of the first and most popular social buying sites, Groupon differentiates itself once again from its competitors by establishing its own holiday. The fact that it begins on the Monday prior to Thanksgiving and continues through Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa might smack a bit like overt commercialism, but with deals up to 90 percent off, I think a lot of seasonal shoppers are going to be celebrating "Grouponicus" this holiday season.

Will The Social Media Bubble Follow The Financial Crisis?

Are Internet bubbles on a 10-year cycle? Like the economic booms and busts that have occurred over the course of last 30 years, similar Internet peaks and valleys seem to follow suit according to John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers. He refers to them as "waves" and it appears that we are currently transitioning from a simmer to a slow boil presently.

Does The Social Media WUPHF.com Start-Up Have Merit?

When the fictional desk jockeys at Dunder Mifflin on the TV show The Office start moonlighting on a Web 2.0 start-up, the mayhem and laughs that follow at first glance seem to overshadow the  potential business model they are lampooning. Because if one were to look closer at the premise for temp Ryan Howard's social network idea, you might see its merit.

Walmart Gets on the Green Bandwagon

Walmart has announced the opening of the company's first sustainable fresh food distribution center.  The facility, located in Canada, utilizes LED lighting, solar energy, hydrogen fueled vehicles, and smart refrigeration.  Purported to be 60% more energy efficient, the site will cut energy costs immensely.

Social Media Analytics Apps Are Topped By Twitter's Own

Analytic applications for Twitter are too numerous to count - and probably one of the reasons Twitter has waited so long to launch their own. Finding the right tool that distinguishes signal from noise is not an easy task. Klout, Omniture and Twitalyzer were a few of the existing analytic apps that did not make the final cut. Trendly, on the other hand seems to have fit the bill.

Social Media Under Electronic Gag Order By The Good Wife & President Clinton

The power of a blogger's mobile input, the import of a Facebook status update and the ability of a tweet to report in real-time have been called 'off limits' by a judge and an ex-president this week. As perhaps, a sign of the times, there soon may be barriers as to where and when you can engage in user-generated content. In two separate cases this week, precedents might have been set as to just how social Internet users can be in public places.

Will Social Media & Google Search Merge Into Semantic Web?

While this week's big news is Facebook's new messaging system and how how it will become Google's Gmail killer, I think the bigger story is how other Internet enterprises are taking Google's core business of Internet search to another level. If the next iteration of the Web is Semantic Technology, why isn't the Big G focusing on the future and what it does best. Today's skirmishes in Web 2.0 are small stuff compared to the bigger battle of Web 3.0 domination.

Social Media Takes Anti-Social Networking PATH With Napster Founder

Social Media's  'Wisdom of Crowds' originated based on the premise that consensus on any topic would surface if there was a large enough pool of voters. It was the medium's democratic core that attracted people in large numbers to networks such as Twitter and Facebook. At this juncture, is there any possibility that the pendulum could swing back to a more intimate interaction with our follow man? One of Napster's previous co-founders seems to think so.

Hello Kitty Official Tartan Blanket Warms Your Body, Drains Your Wallet

What does a $2,000 blanket look like? Well, you could knit together a couple hundred $10 bills or just buy this cashmere gladrag in official Hello Kitty Tartan plaid. 

Social Media Video Chat Advances With Web Site Widgets & Enhanced Security

Chatroulette, while adding to the growing interest in video chat technology has been unable to divest itself from some of human nature's baser instincts. However, it has inspired others to build out the video conferencing platform to develop business models that are now appealing to a much broader audience for business, special interests and branding purposes.

InventorSpot's Top Ten iPad Kickstands You Can't Find At The Apple Store

OK, so, you've made the big investment. You've depleted your savings account or cashed in on one of your 401Ks to purchase your very own iPad. And while you like the idea of holding your coveted device in your hot little mits, it would be nice at times to go hands-free. However, if the thought of investing one more cent in accessories is causing you heart palpitations, InventorSpot has sought out some inventive new ideas for making make-shift kickstands  - almost free of charge.

Bizarre Real Piglet Bank Saves Change, Costs A Mint, Annoys PETA

The Piglet Bank: Sick joke or slick marketing scheme? This cheeky product from, er, TheCheeky.com gives a new and unusual spin to your old change jar.

Social Media Holiday Gifting Goes Virtual With Facebook Gift Cards

With the online gift card industry reaching all time highs, according to a report released by Javelin Strategy & Research, gift card sales will rise from $1.6 billion in 2009 to $5.8 billion in 2014. With that kind of growth is it any wonder that Mark Zuckerberg wants a piece of that action for his social network Facebook?

McDonald's Japan New 'Christmas Set' Challenges KFC Chicken Tradition

McDonald's Japan not only ho-ho-hopes you're hungry for chicken this Christmas, they're pushing a new "Christmas Set" that aims to steal some thunder (and sales) from traditional holiday powerhouse KFC.

Social Media Outraged By Amazon's Objectionable Titles

How does a book with the heinous title, "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure" make Amazon's Top 100 list for Kindle? How does Amazon accept pre-orders for the hardcover version of "I Am the Market: How to Smuggle Cocaine by the Ton, in Five Easy Lessons," or sell "RapeLay," a video game in which the protagonist stalks and rapes women?