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Whrrl Adds Game Of Chance Spin To Social Media Loyalty Program

Traditional loyalty programs based on discounts earned as a result of transactions are being re-examined. The value proposition is generally very costly for the brand and doesn't necessarily lead to a deeper relationship with the customer. At least that is the belief of Whrrl, the latest location-based social network and what is behind their goal to rework a dated business model.

Fueled By Social Media,'Groupawn Man' Lives Off The Kindness Of Strangers

There is a man who's traveling across this great land of ours, supplied with a fistful of coupons but nary a penny to his name. His task is to travel to 15 US cites over the course of one year leveraging social media as his sole means of support and sustenance. Is 'Groupawn Man' today's real-life action hero - and will you help him reach his ultimate goal of a $100K Grand Prize?

Yucca Tree Bird Kabobs: Buy Them By The Dozen

If you want to watch your bird go immediately bananas for a toy, you've got to get him a Bird Kabob... but what I am really saying is you need to put this item in your bird budget, because he'll want a steady diet of these messy shredders made from the yucca tree.

 

@Earlybird On Twitter Is First To Get Social Media Advertising Worm

It's been said the early bird gets the worm - so hats off to Marshall Kirkpatrick of ReadWriteWeb for being the first to tip us off to yet another advertising revenue source for Twitter.  Coming to a Twitterstream near you, get ready to fish where the fishes are - as a new account called 'Early Bird' or @earlybird is going to open for business shortly (excuse my mixed metaphor)!

Electrolux Plastic Karma Brings Vacs From The Sea

To help raise public awareness about the islands of plastic debris in the oceans Electrolux has come up with an idea that really sucks... dirt out of your carpet.

Mark's Work Warehouse Vending Machines Dispense Needed Clothing In Niche Locations

Vending machines that dispense clothing, aren't a new concept, although there are relatively few of them in North America. Mark's Work Warehouse, a Canadian clothing store is taking this idea to an all new level, placing test machines in niche locations to give people the convenience of what they need, where they need it!

Is Coke's 'Promoted Trends' The Real Thing For Real-Time Social Media?

Buying Twitter's 'Promoted Trends' seems to me to go against a major tenet of Twitter, namely the surfacing of real-time news items generated by the 'wisdom of crowds.' In my post, "Will 'Promoted Trends' Corrupt Real-Time Social Media News," I talked about the juxtaposition of obtrusive ads next to legitimate news items.

Avoidr, The Anti-Social, Anti-Check-In Social Network

Scaling to twenty thousand users overnight, a virtual unknown Web app has arrived on the digital landscape to address our latest social media dilemma - how to avoid the many followers we've worked diligently to attract? As such, Avoidr might be labeled the first "anti-social" social network.

New Soccer Shoes For Tough Players Have A Soft Side

Mizuno Super Sonic Wave SP soccer shoes are designed to make The Beautiful Game less chancy and more fancy - at least where footwork comes into play.

Rafael Morgan 'Light Drops' Drip From A Faucet

In his metaphoric design, Light Drop, Rafael Morgan reminds us that light, like water, must be conserved. Though energy-saving LED lights are embedded in the custom-made polycarbonate bulbs, their brightness is controlled just like precious water, from the spigots.

8 Money Saving Do-It-Yourself Pet Fur Grooming Products

DIY grooming saves money, but can also enhance your relationship with your pet.  Do it daily, gently (always working in the direction of the hair growth!),  reward your pet, and make grooming fun for your pet.  There will still be times you want to take your pet to the groomer for nail trimming and ear cleaning... and a good haircut.  But you can reduce those visits by half, if you can manage their fur 'issues.'

 


'Retina Display' & 'Reception' Complaints Launch On iPhone 4 Launch Day

With the iPhone 4 launch firmly under way, early Apple and gadget-focused Web sites are reporting problems with Apple's latest smartphone iteration. Did the device leave the station too soon - or are these cases an anomaly?

The MiniPak, An Innovative Eco-Friendly Money Saving Small Electronics Recharger

Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies has developed an innovative eco-friendly recharging device that uses hydrogen sticks to charge a variety of small electrical gadgets. It's called the MiniPak, is easily portable and fits in the palm of your hand. It also designed to help consumer save money.

Biggest Threat To Apple iTunes Is 'Google Music' Hitting A High Note

While Google has been battling it out with Apple for quite some time on the hardware front - Droids vs iPhones - and on the mobile advertising side - AdMob vs Quattro Wireless - it now appears to want its own music download service to go mano-a-mano with Apple's iTunes, as well.

'Gourmet Live' To Serve Up Location-Based Social Networking With A Side Of Gaming?

Condé Nast's Gourmet Magazine closed shop almost a year ago. Like other legacy newspapers and magazines, print content is slowly becoming a dinosaur right before our very eyes. However, apparently the publishing conglomerate couldn't just let it die - so like a phoenix they are thinking about resurrecting its remains into a flashy social and location-based application-  called - what else - "Gourmet Live."

BP Blaster App Allows You To Be Master Of Your Domain

Remember the Seinfeld episode "The Contest" aka "Master of Your Domain," when Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer were tasked with controlling sudden urges? As an analogy to that condition, all of our pent-up anger over the Gulf Oil disaster has no easy or satisfactory means for release. That is, until now. With  the introduction of a new game - Zippi Networks has developed an app to help us vent.

iPad Dummy Is A Decoy For Apple Fans Who Can't Afford The Real McCoy!

Can't afford the real thing, but want to impress your friends and family? The iPad Dummy looks authentic, but instead of aluminum and glass and an operating system, you get a plastic decoy.

Virgin America Offers Social Media Perks To Most Influential

Do you have to be Ashton Kutcher to have influence on Twitter? If not, what does it take to be an influencer on social networks? And Is there a return on investment on the time you spend on social media tasks? Virgin America airlines is examining what influencers can do for their brand and is depending on a social media analytics company to surface the results so they reward those that do the best job.

BeautifulPeople's Social Network Wants To Build A New Master Race

Back in the last century, leading up to and during World War II there was a movement afoot to build a Master Race. It was led by a maniacal leader that convinced an entire Aryan society that they were genetically superior to other races. Today, almost 80 years later a similar mentality exists where a social network's goal is to create more genetically-conceived "beautiful" people.

New Balance 'Sunshine & Pink' Shoes Are Some Stealthy Sneakers... NOT!

The limited edition New Balance MTG580 SP running shoes are just about sold out but that doesn't mean you'll never see them again; you will... from miles away.