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How Instagrammable Is Instagram For Your Small Business?

While it's often been said, "a picture's worth a 1000 words," none of the current crop of social networks have given as much credence to that sentiment as Instagram. Yet, on the same token, can a platform (which is almost 100-percent mobile-based) really benefit those in small businesses saddled to their computers, working on the 'cube farms'?

Small Business Advertisers: Facebook Wants You!

If you question Facebook's motives as to their current push to bring on SMB (small and medium-sized business) advertisers, you're not alone. Small business operators with small marketing budgets should be cautious about investing in a social network that up till now favored big brands over the little guy. So, questioning whether this current shift in focus is advantageous to your needs or theirs is a legitimate one.

'Small Business Book Awards' Ceremony Goes Virtual This Year

As a result of the burgeoning digital age, the recent eBook explosion and the opportunity for authors to by-pass the traditional publishing route, a number of Book Awards programs have grown up over the course of the last decade. The 'Small Business Book Awards' is one such platform

Small Business LinkedIn For 21st Century Customer Engagement

As foreword-thinking folks who've been in business for a number of years will attest, 20th Century business practices no longer cut the mustard. Ushered in by a hockey-stick uptick of Internet usage, small business operators saw the need to seek out new strategies and tactics to achieve more of a competitive edge in the new century. From 'cold calling' to 'glad-handing,' to '3-martini lunches' and other Mad Men type of . . .

Will The Exit Of Google's Don Quixote Be The Demise Of G+?

With the departure of G+'s head honcho Vic Gundotra, the blogosphere is cyberventilating as to what kind of a future lies ahead for that little social-network-that-could? It wasn't so long ago, the critics opined Google's DNA lacked the social media gene, as every time they got up on the horse, it appeared they were battling one windmill after another. Now, they're saying the burden of keeping the successful G+ well and alive was. . .

Empire Avenue's [X]PendaPalooza 14 Opens To Limited Media Fanfare, But Lots Of Grass Rooters Rooting!

If one was to search for "[X]PendaPalooza 14" on Google News, you'd be hard-pressed to find any coverage. On the other hand, typing those same keywords into a standard search you'll be presented with "about 5,750" links. However those SERPs [search engine result pages] will take you to links created by Empire Avenue's founders or from veteran EAers. . .

U.S. Fights Terrorism One Tweet At A Time

We've seen how Twitter has motivated grass-roots movements such as the Arab Spring, when dissenters took to the streets to protest and unseat governments. This skillful use of social media proved so successful over the years, jihadists have taken this lead to use Twitter to recruit and add sympathizers to their ranks. In turn, the U.S. government followed suit.

Heartbleed Seeks Transfusions From Digital Wallets

While the world is just becoming aware of the number of 'digital wallets' in the market today, even the early adopters are hesitant as to which one of the myriad of options to choose one. From PayPal to Google Wallet to Square Wallet to cryptographic currency such as Bitcoins, at this stage of development, the percentage of usage is very low.

Google Glass & Politicians Through The Looking Glass

Political campaigns, down through the centuries have used the technology of the times to help enhance a candidate's competitive edge. Innovating communication channels has always played a key role in reaching and targeting constituencies during national elections. Presidential candidates who failed to embrace the new technologies of their day often found themselves vulnerable in the eyes of the public.

Fargo, Silicon Valley For Small Business Startups, Minus "Aw Jeez" & Silos

The critically acclaimed 1996 dark comedy film Fargo, written and directed by The Coen Brothers is coming to the small screen. That's right, the hilarious yodeling accent made famous by actress Frances McDorman in the classic flick also featuring Steve Buscemi and William H. Macy has cast equal star power for a TV version about to kick-off on the FX network this week. But that's not the only reason Fargo's in the news these days. . .

'Flash Boys' Forces E*Trade Baby Into Retirement? [Videos]

Differing from a tangible invention, new virtual tools for traders are shaking up the financial industry. Michael Lewis' Flash Boys -- a top-selling treatise on the state of modern-day Wall Street -- is turning the stock market ecosystem on its head. For those who still think the hallowed halls of the stock exchange is still about alpha-male floor traders whaling in trading pits to 'buy' and 'sell' - think again -- for that world is officially DOA.

How An Earworm & Heartbleed Broke The Internet

Are your ears ringing? Does your heart skip a beat? Well, they should - as two divergent forms of malware attacked our online sense of well-being this week. Engineered by social media gurus on one front and hackers on the other, one was analogous to an American Idol trainwreck, while the other, the work of a nefarious cat burglar

ZunZuneo,The Covert Twittersphere Of Cuba That Was, Until It Wasn't!

Mainstream media has been slow on the uptick in covering the U.S. government's current investigation of ZunZuneo by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy. If you are unfamiliar with the name, it's most likely because of the covert actions that led to the rise and fall of this enterprise. . .

Breaking Up With Facebook Ain't So Hard To Do According To Eat24

Ever consider leaving Facebook? Heck, the Millennials are bailing in droves. But when push comes to shove and it's time to put the pedal to the metal, how many of us would actually pull the trigger? Well, there is one brave band of renegades who have not only set the bar fairly high as to how to cut those ties - but also how to read the riot act to the founding fathers while walking out of the door.

Bitcoins Coming To A Store Near You, As Well As Amazon & 'Almost Human' Too!

You know that Bitcoins have gone mainstream when this unique form of tender is featured in the plot line of a current TV drama. That's right - the world's first decentralized cryptocurrency lacking any political authority was featured in the recent season finale episode of the Fox network series, 'Almost Human.' Granted, while the premise of that detective drama is set in the year 2048.  .  .

Technically It's A 'Cold War' For Google & Facebook In Era Of Disruption

It's hard to say, looking twenty to thirty years into the future, just how different the digital landscape will look. Semantic Technology, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Web 3.0 are presently only toddling along in their infant stage. What they will look like in the next few decades is only guesswork on our part.

Taking Stock In Facebook May Virtually Have Nothing To Do With Facebook

Facebook's unprecedented recent $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp helped bolster the social networks' stock price 158% over the past year. In my recent blog post, "WhatsApp With Facebook's Stock?…" FB moved from $25 in February, 2013 to $70 one year later on February 26, 2014. However in acquiring the virtual reality software startup Oculus Rift this week for $2 billion, not all analysts agree that the stock market is pleased with. . .

Teleportation In, Twitter Out In Turkey - Where Is Olivia Pope When You Need Her?

For a Prime Minister who's embraced technology more so than other national leaders of sovereign states, one's hard pressed to sympathize with a man who chose to ban Twitter to cover up a political scandal. The disruption and "going dark" incident sparked public fury and outrage. . .

Hands-Up For Facial Recognition With Facebook, TV Shows & FBI

If you're a TV junkie like myself who gravitates towards fast-paced high-stakes thrillers in this new Golden Age of television, you most likely have also been schooled on the new lexicon of terms used to solve cases. Ever since the award-winning FX series Damages first premiered in 2007 with intricate plot twists, red herrings, foreshadowing and nonlinear narratives. . .

Cyber Berkut & The Ukrainian Cyber War

As the Ukrainian Spring has escalated and boiled over with the Crimea vote for succession from the Ukraine, it's now clear these altercations are not only land-based. A group calling themselves the 'Cyber Berkut' have also gone digital to attack their opponents in cyberspace.