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JournoTwit Turns Your Twitter Account Into A Newspaper

If you're looking to get the breakdown of your account and the news in it, you can now use JournoTwit to turn your into account into a virtual Twitter newspaper.

TweetUp Adwords or Organic Tweets?

While not a Twitter service per say, TweetUp is a 3rd-party developer client of Twitter. Their service believes there is money to be made by charging for keywords in tweets. Similar to Google's Adwords, in theory this would offer users the opportunity to obtain higher rankings for their posts.  Similar to Google's algorithm, it also would give tweets a higher ranking, based on popularity and how often those tweets are clicked by members of the Twitterverse. It's the age-old story of 'Paid' versus 'Organic' Search.

Is Apple iGroups, iPhone OS 4 & Quattro Wireless, The Next Location-Based Social Network?

Is Apple considering building its own location-based social network the likes of Foursquare and Gowalla? A lot has been written about its recent filing of a patent application for a social networking application called iGroups. The question is - Are they too late to the party - Or based on their new operating system, do they have the best fighting chance of becoming the dominant player in the location-service space?

Magnetic Marketing In Social Media Pushes Past Push-Pull Marketing

If TV, Newspapers and Billboards is Push Marketing - and Web 2.0 and user-generated content produces Pull Marketing, what's prompting 'Magnetic Marketing?'  According to Ivan Askwith, director of strategy for the digital creative agency, Big Spaceship, "magnetic marketing is where the consumer and brand are drawn together, at the right time, without either side needing to take an aggressive action." Like a magnet, the customer and brand come together because the attraction is that strong.

Tweetie Morphs Into 'Twitter For iPhone' For 3rd Twitter Client Acquisition

So many apps. So little time. With 100 million dollars of funding burning a hole in the Twitter Troika's collective pockets, Ev Williams, Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey have been aggressively surveying Twitterville's landscapes for new purchases. It was determined a while back that a company grows by having 3rd party developers do the heavy-lifting.  And then once the product is perfected, companies like Twitter swoop on in for the acquisition. Such is the case with Tweetie.

Virtual Hugging Vest Lets You Feel Others' Emotions

A wearable robot developed by a husband and wife team in Japan can translate 9 different emotions from text into touch, adding a new dimension to virtual communication and social media interation.

TatMash: Ink Is For Life, Try Tattoos Before You Buy With This Site!

Getting a tattoo is one of the biggest decisions you'll make in your life. A tattoo can make a big statement about your design aesthetics and about other personal values. You might think that a tattoo is a decision that can't compare to getting married or buying a house, but both of those things can be walked away from without permanent burn marks (I hope); so it shouldn't be taken lightly.


Who (was) On First? Zuckerberg Accused Of Shop-Lifting Facebook

Who says Google is the only Internet player getting sued? Yes, they get most of the notoriety. Of recent date, they've battled a major superpower (i.e. China), Rupert Murdoch, a Google Buzz Class Action suit, privacy issues and various and sundry anti-trust complaints (see "Google vs The World…"). But up till now, no one has accused the Big "G" of stealing their idea. Facebook, on the other hand is another matter.

Iris Recognition & Augmented Reality IDs Straight From The 'Minority Report'

Its almost unfathomable to think that sci-fi movies that featured mind-boggling futuristic advances could be within our grasp. But such is the case. For those that remember the 'Minority Report' starring Tom Cruise, you might be surprised to learn that some of the technology featured in that movie is coming soon to an iPhone near you.

Korea's Naver & Daum Build Better 'Search' Mousetraps Than Google?

While Google is the search engine of choice for the majority of American Internet users, garnering on upwards of 75% of the search market dependent on who you're talking to - it is actually a less sophisticated tool than search engines in Korea. Why would territory the size of the state of Minnesota have more advanced search technology than the Grand Daddy of Search Engines who competes with countries 200 times their size, namely China.