Social Media Predictions For 2010

With the first decade of the new century and new millennium coming to a close, its time to look forward at some of the prognostications that several of today's visionaries have divined from their social media crystal balls.

Chocolate Cellphone Dials Up Style With Good Taste

The Melty Chocolate Cellphone is a sweet collaboration between one of Japan's biggest electronics companies (SHARP) and one of its most interesting designers (Q-Pot).

Twitter's 100,000 Twelephants Can Aid 100,000 Elephants

Twitter is home to many charities that are transforming a corner of the Internet into a market exchange for conducting good works. In a recent blog, titled, "The Good Web Uses Social Media To Advance Causes," a new genre of online sites have emerged that are utilizing social media for charitable endeavors. "Twelephants" is a unique campaign that seeks to provide a safe haven for 100,000 elephants in the Elephant Corridor of Africa.

A Closer Look At The Hoof Shoe Trend: 5 Fashionable Or Freaky Hooves

Who knew that horses, cows and camels had feet that could be so trendy? Well, over the past year, there have been a number of interesting shoe designs made to resemble hooves. In some cases, designers are know, in other cases, no one seems to want to take credit for the funky designs (who would have thought?!). Whether this is a trend that you love or hate, it's probably one that you have strong feelings about, and here are some of the most fashionable and freaky cloven hoof shoe designs I've come across recently!

Will Social Networkers Flip For 'The Flip' This Holiday Season?

Anyone can be a filmmaker these days, and social networkers are learning more and more why it's important to include video as a major component of one's social media plan. This holiday season, the 'Flip,' one of the most compact video camcorders on the market today is debuting just in time for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Will it be this season's hot ticket item?

Sorry Day Is On The Way, Sorry To Say

The Japan Anniversary Association has designated December 10 as 'Sorry Day' so let's get ready to repent!

$40K Awarded To The Best Social Networking Sleuths To Find Balloons

No, its not the return of Balloon Boy, nor a refrain from a 60s pop tune. Its a legitimate challenge to mark the the 40th anniversary of the Internet and it's open to all World Wide Webizens. Sponsored by DARPA, the competition requires participants to locate and submit the locations of 10 moored, 8-foot, red weather balloons at 10 fixed locations in the continental United States.

Buy Nike (RED) Laces For The Holidays And Save Lives

December 1 starts the launch of Nike (RED) in 13 countries around the world. Nike has created Nike (RED) laces specifically designed to fight AIDS in Africa. For holiday gift givers, this is an ideal gift to buy for the people on your Christmas, Hanukkah and/or Kwanzaa shopping list, as 100% of the profits go to the Global Fund.

TV + Social Networking = Strictly Social

Signs of the Internet melding with traditional TV have been emerging for quite some time with sites like Hulu and This past fall, Fox network experimented with live tweeting during episodes of Fringe and Glee called "Tweet-peats."

Embedding Video Into Your LinkedIn Profiles

LinkedIn announced recently that it was opening up its platform to Open Source development, allowing public developers to be able to access the site's API and incorporate LinkedIn into their business and Web sites (similar to the process permitted by Facebook and Twitter). In so doing, will this allow users to be able to add video to their LinkedIn profiles?

Twitter To Charge For Getting Analytical

Finally testing the 'revenue' waters, Twitter is launching a commercial account business model that will charge corporate accounts for analytical tools.  In a recent announcement Biz Stone confirmed that Twitter will be offering a paid-for option that will provide users deeper insight into its analytics.

DayClock Crunches The Numbers So You Don't Have To

Time not of the essence? Tired of being a minute-to-minute man? Reset your life to a slower, mellower speed with the DayClock.

Amazon, Still The Amazon Of Shopping Sites This Holiday Season!, the nation's largest online retailer has stepped up its marketing efforts in response to the demand from post-Thanksgiving shoppers. Their Black Friday page is the top destination for customers to experience's Black Friday Deals Week offered now through Cyber Monday, November 30. And guess what? lines!

CheapTweet Is This Holiday Season's New Black!

The current state of the economy has made many of us rethink our previous 'conspicuous consumption' habits. Today with the help of social media we have new tools available that allow us to purchase the items we really want at an equitable price. Sites like CheapTweet and its crowdsourced feature has found a way to turn our cheap tweets into microbloggin' billboards for the entire Twitterverse to share.

LED Reindeer & Snowflake Christmas Lights Stick, Don't Suck

These new LED Christmas lights from Japan stick individually to flat surfaces using their built-in suction cup. What's more, they glow without heat and cycle through 7 cheerful colors!