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Mobile Social Media Competes With Facebook For Photo-Snappin' Check-in Crowd

With a user base of less than 1 percent of Facebook, Foursquare hasn't really seemed like much of a competitor for the monolithic social network that is currently scaling past a half billion followers. However, in just surpassing 5 million users, the location-based social network has increased its base by ten-fold in just 9 months. Why? Because mobility is now a major factor in how folks want to access their social networks.

Easiest Give: Non-Profit Helps You Donate Where It's Needed Most

It's the time of year where many of us are focused upon giving, and as we pass around gifts to those already leading comfortable lives, it's hard to forget about those who really need our help. With so many different charities and centers designed to help the under-priviledged, it's always hard to know where a donation that you choose to make will be most needed and appreciated. A non-profit operating online ensures that every donation you make truly helps.

Google's Next Social Media Wave Might Be Shared Spaces?

Google, as the current Internet leader may be deposed soon by the one consituency of the Web it's been unable bring under its allegiance. With flawed social network attempts such as Orkut and Buzz, and even it's still-to-be-released Google Me - it just doesn't seem to have the social media gene to pull it off. When Google Wave closed shop recently and engineers started an exodus for greener pastures at Facebook, it looked like the search giant had seen its better days.

New York Introduces Pop-Up Cafes!

In the past, there was no option for NYC business owners to introduce cafes along the city's curb lanes, but after a successful summer trial this past year, the city is actually encouraging the establishment of some pop-up businesses and they're willing to make changes to make it work!

YogaTailor: Site Creates Custom Yoga Programs

Yoga is hugely popular right now, and in order to compete, websites and yoga studios need to have an edge against the competition. There's a new website that offers a unique yoga experience for a very affordable price!

Social Media Monitor Sizes Up A Brand's Competition On Twitter & Facebook

During the last decade when Google was the leader in driving traffic to Web sites, a number of analytical services became available for brand competitors. Vying for Google's search results on Page 1 (preferably above the fold), brands utilized tools to tell them if they were gaining or losing ground.

Street Dinner: A Surprise Italian Dining Adventure

This is without a doubt one of the most intriguing business concepts I've come across in a while, and I would love to see it surface in every major city around the world. This business, Street Dinner offers individuals the chance to experience an Italian dining adventure, and it's all a surprise!

iPad-Compatible Clothing For Carrying Social Media On Your Person (Just In Time For The Holidays)

As innovative as the iPad is, the one challenge that most owners are up against is how to transport their portable hand-held computers around. Sling bags, purses and backpacks are jerry-rigged solutions. When you're on the go with an urge to tweet or check your Facebook status quickly, the best access is reaching for the envied device from the inside pocket of a jacket or vest designed specifically for the purpose.

Salvation Army Modernizes Their Kettle Collection

One of the big names in business that you hear about during the holiday season is the Salvation Army. It's a non-profit that we all know best for their collections efforts that involve collections kettles and little ringing bells. This year, they've decided to take their business plan, and collections efforts to new levels by modernizing the way that they take donations.

Flip.to & Magnetic Marketing: Social Media That Engages 21st Century Travelers

Flip.to, a new marketing service that turns travelers into a brand's best advocates (spreading the word about their upcoming stay or flight to their social networks), has expanded to five continents with over 50 charter members.  Differing markedly from the traditional push or pull marketing of the last century, Flip.to is based on “magnetic marketing” and is already showing extraordinary results when engaging with hotel guests and airline passengers, at time of booking.