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Too "Bizzy" To Check It Out Yourself? Thank Goodness For Bizzy!

Life gets too busy sometimes. We lead very hectic and "bizzy" schedules (I couldn't resist this pun, even though I've already used it in the title), that's why it's probably a good idea to get Bizzy so we don't stay out of the loop of good places that are worth a visit.

US Tourism Mission Takes Social Media To China

In an era when Americans can learn a lot from the Chinese pertaining to various business practices, the Chinese also are welcoming new ideas from the West. A Tourism Mission scheduled for April 22- 29, 2011 will bring together educators and tourism professionals who are travel industry veterans. In addition to topics such as green energy, cost containment and management systems for the travel industry, the itinerary for this mission will also include the new field of social media.

Geolocation App Rethinks Check-Ins Making It Less Hat & More Cattle

Since geo-locaton apps - also known as location-based social networks - became part of our cultural zeitgeist, there are many who have chosen not to join their rank and file. Still considered  part of the Wild West fringe of the social media landscape, the schadenfreude descriptor of  "all hat, no cattle" comes to mind in calling out apps that are more playful than serious.

Get A High Score In This Game And Land In The Guinness Book of Records

If you weren't born with a record under your belt (world's smallest baby) or if you just can't seem to bring yourself to do some really grotesque or unhygienic stuff to get a record (like growing your finger nails and toenails for decades), then this could be your chance to get your name printed in the book: play the Guinness World Records video game and get a high score.

Since "4 Squared" Is 16, "Foursquare Day" Must Be 4/16

While Silicon Valley has more techie start-ups than you can shake a stick at, NYC always seems to have to work a little bit harder to earn its geek cred. However, on April 16, that will change, when Foursquare, one of New York's standout home-based LBSs receives a special honor. On that symbolic date, Mayor Bloomberg has declared it "Foursquare Day."

From Instagram to Postagram: Share Memories Via Postcards

Not all of our friends and family are as web savvy as we'd like, which makes sharing treasured memories and photos digitally a bit harder. So when I heard about Postagram, I literally jumped for joy.

Talking My Language - Learning And Translating Languages At The Same Time

Learning a language will never have been so fulfilling, and online translations will never have been so accurate once Duolingo comes online.

The Hacker Wars: GeoHot vs. Sony

The online gaming world exploded with support for hacker George Hotz (also known as GeoHot) when Sony brought charges against him for hacking into the PlayStation 3 (PS3) and posting the root keys of the device online. However, before the entire thing went to court, Hotz and Sony reached a settlement but the air is still not clear. At least, not to Anonymous.

Location-Based Social Networks Need Sheriffs, Not Mayors

Foursquare has been known to hand-out Mayoralships as an incentive for followers to increase their check-ins activity. Since those mayors aren't doing anything to quash crime in our cities, perhaps Foursquare should think about appointing "Sheriffs" instead - to keep a little law and order in the location-based Wild West.

Have Facebook Updates Read Aloud With The Friends Aloud iPhone App

Friends Aloud is an app that will broadcast your Facebook News Feed out loud, anytime, anywhere.