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Gold Vending Machines Make 'GOLD To Go®' Good To Go

There are few things more precious than convenience and now, thanks to TG-Gold-Super-Markt's "GOLD To Go®" vending machines, that includes that most precious of metals: gold.

NBC & Flip.to Turn Fans Into Social Media Brand Advocates

What better way to spread the word about a brand or TV show then with the help of loyal fans? TV networks, Hotels, Airlines and Restaurants are finding new ways to improve CRM with loyalty campaigns and social media programs that convert TV fans, hotel guests, airline passengers, restaurant patrons and followers into brand advocates.   

Foursquare App Gallery Signs 500 APIs Becoming Leader In LBS Space

Back in November the first sign that Foursquare was growing up and wearing big boy clothes was news about its "early adopter APIs." Apps like MobZombies, FourTapOyster, Layar and LastNightsCheckin were the first to queue up for the popular location-based social network. On May 12, Foursquare took a page out of the Apple iPhone App Store's playbook, and launched an aggregation of third-party applications built on top its core service aptly named, the App Gallery.

Social Media Comes In For A Landing At Airports

Over the last couple of years, JetBlue has been lauded for their social media prowess. Others like the infamous "United Breaks Guitars" customer service debacle, not so much. Southwest Airlines, long commended for their creative promotions on Twitter, just recently caught the ire of movie director Kevin Smith on the same microblogging platform. Airports on the other hand have not till recently tested the social media waters.

Facebook's Gone Phishing Today With PayPal, eBay & HSBC

In case, you were trying to get through to Mark Zuckerberg today at Facebook, he's taking the day off to go 'phishing.' As if the the major social network in the land didn't have enough problems attending to their 'privacy' issue controversy - they are now saddled with the prestigious honor of ranking 4th in Kaspersky Lab's "Most Popular Phishing Targets" for the first quarter of 2010. 

Creepydoll EBay Store: A Market For Tooth Moulds

If you thought the only business that wants anything to do with your mouth is a dental clinic, you thought wrong, because in reality it gets a whole lot weirder!

Tagwhat, You're It! Augmented Reality Is Future Of Location-Based Social Networks

As predicted, location-based social networks are taking off, especially now that one of the big boys has entered the schoolyard.  Facebook will definitely change up the game as news of improved functionality and acquisitions becomes commonplace. While badges, games and mayoral-ships might be popular today, augmented reality is what's going to truly allow players to become successful in this space...

Qualman's Social Media Revolution (Refresh) Updates Stats For 2010

Last year, Erik Qualman impressed us with his research and video titled, "Social Media Revolution." While some social media critics disputed some of the stats Qualman used to quantify his research, if even only 50% of the statistics listed in this year's follow-up video, "Social Media Revolution 2 (Refresh)" weren't totally accurate, it's staggering the inroads social media has made in just one year.

Blippy & Swipely Push The Boundaries Of Social Networking Privacy

With Google Buzz and now Facebook's Open Graph attempting to redefine 'privacy' in the 21st Century, along comes services that are attempting to make your everyday credit card purchases social.

Trash-To-Treasure Community Uses Map and Facebook With An Innovative Buzz

There are several free trash-to-treasure communities to be a part of online that keep useable but unwanted items from ending up in landfills. I am a part of a few of these eco-friendly communities myself and love the greenness and frugality to it all. Now there is a new trash-to-treasure community, EcoBees, which uses mapping to make it greener.