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Social Media Homeboy Wants Homepage Advantage

The blogosphere is cyberventilating once again with the recent news that Facebook is making a rather aggressive push to integrate with browsers to become your homepage. For years, Google has held that coveted honor by many of us - but in the ensuing war for the next decades' dominance of the Internet, Facebook appears to be storming the search giant's Bastille, sort of speak.

Social Media Entrepreneurs & Garfield Fans Star In Graphic Novel & Comic Strip

This month a graphic novel and a cartoon strip offered walk-on parts to social networkers and cartoon fans. In an era that blends the real and online worlds, it's a natural fit to have someone's caricature or actual photo introduced into a comic or illustrated narrative. In the case of "Facebucks & Dumb F*cks," and "Garfield," it allows these intellectual properties to interface with the public in a very personal way.

All The News That's Fit To Touch - Murdoch & Jobs Join Forces

In the last year, a good number of legacy newspapers have adapted to digital distribution channels, namely the iPad. Most recently the Washington Post joined the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Financial Times and the New York Times. But like an old habit that's hard to quit, they all maintained a printed version of the paper.

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.

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.

Lodekka Vintage Store: Where Location Is Everything!

Location is everything when it comes to real estate, and that applies to business too! One funky store in Oregon has found their success by using a different type of venue to sell their clothing.

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.

5 Ways To Improve Your Brand

Branding is critical to the success of any business. It's more than just a logo; your brand is an intangible asset. It's the emotion created in the mind of a person when they hear your name. If you aren't reaching your target audience, now is the time to re-evaluate your branding strateg - or lack of.