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TinyChat (Chatroulette With Clothes) Adds Twitter Chatrooms

When 140 characters are just not enough to get your point across, you can now actually square off with your Twitter followers face-to-face, with the launch of a new service by TinyChat. Twitter Chatrooms allows for instant video chat conferencing where any Twitter member can immediately engage after registration.

Facebook Moms Meet Hallmark's 'Instant Personalization' on Mothers Day!

With Facebook facing one's of its most critical hurdles - probably since its inception - brands like Hallmark are upping their game in marketing their products and services via the social network. While the term 'instant personalization' has been tainted with the launch of Facebook's Open Graph, Hallmark is using "personalization" in a way that takes some of the sting out of that privacy issue.

Cupidtino, Apple's Social Networking iJoke?

Could Dell, Kindle or Android ever pull this off? Apple aficionados have such an affinity for the company's products, an Apple dating service will launch next month to match up like-minded Machearts. Is it true that those that own iPhone, MacPros, iPods and iPads are all cut from the same cloth?

You Can Run But You Can't Hide - Face.com & Face-Recognition Will Find You

Face.com has developed technology that will let you find photos of yourself, friends and followers that are not tagged or identified with a name. While questionable on the privacy front, Face.com has scanned over 7 billion photos and indexed more than 52 million faces with its Photo Finder & Tagger apps.

Worldfare: Gourmet Mobile Restaurant Hits The Pavement On a Bus!

Mobile restaurants of all sorts have been popping up, particularly in New York to offer unique curb side dining options for those who need to grab a quick bite. However, there is one major problem with that type of fast food option, and it's an issue for those who don't just want to grab takeout.


Plagiarism Is Alive & Well In The Blogosphere - What's A Blogger To Do?

While the book "Who Moved My Cheese?" is more about adapting to "change" in the workplace, "Who Moved My Blog" could be about the "copy and paste" mentality that unfortunately taints the Blogosphere and those who attempt to make a living working in that very crowded space.

Hotels.com First To Use Augmented Reality For Virtual Travel Experience

Augmented Reality has hit the streets of Amsterdam, converted magazines into Harry Potter-like newspapers, created invisible cloaks and has surfaced on a countless number of apps adapted for smartphones. But Hotels.com is the first online travel agency (OTA) to make virtual vacations a lot more 'real' using Augmented Reality to appeal to would-be travelers and tourists.

Graffomat:Controversial Graffiti Vending Machine That’s Sure To Cause Damage

We all like to support artists and their craft, whether or not we understand it. But some art goes too far, and with that in mind, should businesses really be facilitating something that thinks outside of the legal box? Well, there's one business that thinks so, and it's a really cool, artistic vending machine.

Opting Out Of Facebook's Instant Personalization 101

If you are unhappy with Facebook's Instant Personalization service recently launched with their new Open Graph initiative, The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Internet watchdog organization has provided a step-by-step process of making this slightly confusing and arduous task a lot easier.

Pepsi Loot & Shopkick, Social Media's First Location-based Loyalty Programs

Back in January, when I wrote, "Tasti D-Lite Program Needs Geolocation To Sell Product," I questioned why this ice-cream vendor was not 'geotagging' their tweets to enhance their loyalty program. At that time, Twitter was just rolling out its geolocation tool and Tasti D-Lite was missing an opportunity by not restricting their tweets to locations where their promotions were offered. Today, 'Pepsi Loot' the and 'shopkick' apps are the first two consumer product applications to offer location-based loyalty programs that will geo-target customers.