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Social Media Platform For Hotels Offers Web Site Visitors Incentives

Based on the premise that travelers can become a brand's strongest advocates, Flip.to, the social media service for hotels, airlines and restaurants launched its 'confirmation' component to beta customers this past year. Over 50 hotels on five continents have integrated with Flip.to to allow guests who book online to receive incentives for communicating with their followers on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. This month, the social media platform expands to include incentives for Web site visitors as well.

Google's Quest For Social Media Holy Grail Redux

A lot has been written about Google and its unshakable pursuit of a means to integrate with social media. The blogosphere is especially cyberventilating this week due a FTC penalty ruling - ironically due to privacy infractions from Google's Buzz debacle last year - and its launch of a "+1 button" that operates uncannily like. . . well, a LIKE button a la Facebook.

From Social Media To Semantic Web, LinkedIn Caffeinates NYC & San Fran

Extra, Extra. . . read all about it, LinkedIn offers free coffee to residents and commuters in New York City and San Francisco with the launch of its latest product. Holy Cappuccino, Starbucks. . . you deserve a break today...

Get Ready for Landing and Takeoff in the Airport Mania iPod Game

You may not own a real physical airport but you can manage one on your iPhone or iPod Touch with Airport Mania: First Flight. Land the planes and guide them across the tarmac to unload their passengers. Load some new ones on-board and send the planes soaring back to the sky for another flight.

Social Media Booty Calls By Virtual Cloud Girlfriends

In 'Lars and the Real Girl' - as delusional as the lead character was in the movie, at least he had something "real" to hold onto. With the beta launch of a site called "Cloud Girlfriend," the goal is to offer virtual love affairs to male users in the form of what they might conjuring up as perfect mates. Giving a whole new meaning to the sexual innuendo "faking it," this new Internet startup wants to help guys move their status from "single" to "in a relationship" on Facebook.

The Ipad 2

On Friday, Apple finally released their much-anticipated follow up to the Ipad, the Ipad 2.  At this point, you've probably got two questions:

1) How does it stack up to the Ipad?

2) Is it worth buying? 

Well, let's have a look. 


From PageRank To Panda, Google Bends The Web To Its Will [Infographic]

With Google's ever-evolving algorithm, SEOBook posted a detailed infographic that took on the burdensome task of piecing together how Google  continually try to reinvent itself. From the rudimentary beginnings that surfaced with the launch of PageRank a decade ago to the the recent release of its Panda update to curtail...

Color Your Social Network With Complete Strangers

Like Blanche DuBois' famous line in Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire," sometimes you just "have to depend on the kindness of strangers." Not to be lumped together with anti-social networks such as Avoidr, Color.com does however have the ability to allow its users to connect with strangers. And on the heels of coming off a $41 million round of funding, apparently investors feel that 'people you don't know' do have something in common - if only being at the same place, at the same time.

GroundLink, A Car Service App That Circumnavigates The Globe

While car service apps like Uber and Flinc seem to be populating our mobile devices in rapid number, GroundLink appears to be the only one that has global coverage around the clock - allowing geek cred to 'virtually' replace the old school street cred of hailing a cab.

Facebook Search vs Google Search - Battle for Internet Domination

Before the recent All Facebook report, titled “Facebook Testing Web Search Box At Top Of Site” was changed to “Facebook Not Testing Web Search Box At Top Of Site (update)” I can imagine the reaction from Google's top brass. There has been a lot of speculation about Facebook potentially adding social media search to its core product, presenting the Big G with its first major threat in over a decade. Is that day close at hand?

Are You A Moron? Prove That You Aren't in The Moron Test iPod App!

Are you a moron? Truth be told, I'm sure nobody would ever want to be stuck with that kind of label because it just ain't good. However, it can actually be fun-- not to be a moron but to prove that you aren't one by taking the Moron Test on your iPhone or iPod Touch, that is.


The Search Is On At Google For Less Speed & More Reflection

Google, long known for it speed in serving up searches faster than a speeding bullet has of recent date been spending more time "thinking" than delivering results. From "Think with Google" a platform initiated in June, 2010 that generated  insightful and inspiring bite-size videos -  to the release of its first edition of "Think Quarterly" a 69-page dive into the world of data and its impact on business - Google is taking the scholarly high-road in analyzing and reflecting on today's digital landscape.

Send Peasants Soaring With the Catapult Madness iPod Game

What do you do when your kingdom is under siege by bloodthirsty trolls who want to take the princess away? Why, catapult peasants through the sky and send them hurtling off toward the trolls outside the palace, of course! Send peasant men and women and eventually the king soaring through the air in a kingdom's attempt to win the battle against the trolls in the Catapult Madness video game for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Social Media App That Responds To LICKS vs LIKES

While Facebook's Open Graph has changed the way we navigate the Web with their LIKE buttons populating faster that rabbits on a hot summer day, the Socialcam app had a different take as to how they could mix things up with the power of social media. When they launched a contest challenge at SXSWi this past week, hundreds of  participants responded - but only one was able to get the job done lickety-split!

Run Your Own Theme Park in the Youda Safari Video Game

The Youda video game series has tried putting you in charge of a marina and a sushi restaurant and has made you try all sorts of activities and jobs such as camping and farming. This installment of the franchise brings you to six different countries all over the world as you bring some much needed life and energy back into the safari parks which will be turned into hunting grounds if you don't intervene and act fast.

New 'Scarlet Letter' Pinned To Apple's Gay & Christian Apps

Hundreds of years have passed since Nathaniel Hawthorne penned his magnum opus, "The Scarlet Letter." Set in the 17th Century and viewed through the prism of puritanical mores, the adulterous heroine of the novel was condemned to wear a badge of shame in the form of the "letter A" sewn on a swatch of scarlet cloth.

Find Out How Big Your Brain Is With the Biggest Brain iPod Game

We've all seen an influx of "brain testing" and "brain training" apps and games for the iPhone or the iPod Touch but Who Has The Biggest Brain? offers a unique and funny take on gauging your smarts by telling you how big your brain is after a series of tests. Do you have the brain of a Neanderthal or do you have what it takes to boast of a Calcubot brain?

Social Media 'Sock Puppet' Impostors OK'd By Military

How many remember the flack that emerged when someone impersonated the Dalai Lama two years back leading the Twitter founders to believe they could create "enlightenment in 140 characters" - only to learn he was an impostor leaving them no recourse but to exile him from the site. Well, now the government is condoning this activity as they enter the game of creating 'fake online identities' in hopes of using social media to counter anti-U.S. messaging around the world.

Social Media's Hashable & BetaBeat Stir Up Anti-Social Behavior

SXSW long considered fertile ground for new start-ups - it attracts those in-the-know cyberventilating over that which they're about to learn. The land of early adopters surfaces for only ten days like an oasis in the desert, and spreads goodwill about a number of new and innovative social media developments. Or does it? Seems like there's a SM Smackdown in progress between Hashable (an app that creates digital business cards on the fly) and Betabeat (the New York Observer's fledgling techie blog).

Social Media Games Win Awards, While Zynga Lacks Skin In The Game?

Do you remember last year this time,  when you were inundated with requests on Facebook by your friends to either help farm a field or join a Mafia family? Zynga and Facebook were not only adding virtual goods to the social media mix, they were taking home hard cash in the millions. The popularity of social media games reached such heights, the "Game Developers Choice Awards" added the category of ...