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Social Media Circling Back To Google, Whether You Like It Or Not

You could get dizzy. Google, long known for "valiant-attempts-but-no-cigar" has nevertheless circled over the social media terrain for quite some time now. Dating as far back as 2004, when developer Orkut Büyükkökten was commissioned to work on a product that would compete with Friendster, the social network Orkut has stumbled along trying to find a social media foothold in the States, only to be able to scale in countries like Brazil, India and Estonia of all places.

SXSW Known For Social Media & Music, Also A Film Festival - Part III: Detention

While the multitudes in the tens of thousands flock to Austin every March, and the event is a big hit amongst the digerati, social networkers and musicians and fans - this gathering is known more for its focus on interactive technology and music and less for its film festival. Even though in 2009, the Academy Award winning film, "The Hurt Locker" premiered at SXSW.

SXSW Known For Social Media & Music, Also A Film Festival - Part II: Bag of Hammers

While the multitudes in the tens of thousands flock to Austin every March, and the event is a big hit amongst the digerati, social networkers and musicians and fans - this gathering is known more for its focus on interactive technology and music and less for its film festival. Even though in 2009, the Academy Award winning film, "The Hurt Locker" premiered at SXSW.

SXSW Known For Social Media & Music, Also A Film Festival - Part I: Charlie Casanova

While the multitudes in the tens of thousands flock to Austin every March, and the event is a big hit amongst the digerati, social networkers and musicians and fans - this gathering is known more for its focus on interactive technology and music and less for its film festival. Even though in 2009, the Academy Award winning film, "The Hurt Locker" premiered at SXSW.

No More Tweetdeck, TwitPic, Twitter Apps Doing Their Own Shtick?

While it's not a certainty, but the life expectancy of most of Twitter's 3rd party clients may be short-lived, based on Twitter's recent moratorium on new API builds by developers. Ryan Sarver, director of platform published an official decree stating that when "developers ask us if they should build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer experience. The answer is no."

Who Says Social Media Execs Don't Make Money - When Six Are The Richest On The Planet!

There are naysayers to this day, that say you can't make money from social media. "It's a passing fad that will go the way of the dot.com bubble," has been echoed by many. With the 2011 Forbes' List of World Billionaires just released on March 9, a good many of those folks are now, either eating crow or continuing to live under a rock. This year's list of the wealthiest of the wealthiest, which tallies over 1210 billionaires with a combined net worth of $4.5 trillion includes six of Facebook's original founders and investors.

Japan's Vending Machines Dispense Drinks for People, Juice for Cars

Juicing up on the road is about to get a lot more convenient, because a consortium of 10 Japanese companies wants to quench your thirst and recharge your car... at the same time and place!

Mark Zuckerberg Action Figure Pokes Fun At Facebook Founder

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has followed Apple's Steve Jobs into action figure immortality, and social media hero worship may never be the same again.

If Groupon Cashes In At The Register, Can Credit Cards Be Far Behind?

Groupon, the social buying site with over 60 million subscribers and a valuation of $15 million (at last count) wants to take its successful monetization model and incorporate it into cash registers. According to a Business Week report, VeriFone Systems is in talks with Groupon's president Rob Solomon about adding a "Groupon Button" to their cash registers. Wouldn't it be wiser for the social networks just to issue "Groupon" credit cards?

Slamming Scamming Spammers - How To Identify Anonymous Email Authors

Spammers are on notice: you can run, but you cannot hide. Although you spend so much time at the computer, you probably can't run far.