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Does The Social Media WUPHF.com Start-Up Have Merit?

When the fictional desk jockeys at Dunder Mifflin on the TV show The Office start moonlighting on a Web 2.0 start-up, the mayhem and laughs that follow at first glance seem to overshadow the  potential business model they are lampooning. Because if one were to look closer at the premise for temp Ryan Howard's social network idea, you might see its merit.

Social Media Analytics Apps Are Topped By Twitter's Own

Analytic applications for Twitter are too numerous to count - and probably one of the reasons Twitter has waited so long to launch their own. Finding the right tool that distinguishes signal from noise is not an easy task. Klout, Omniture and Twitalyzer were a few of the existing analytic apps that did not make the final cut. Trendly, on the other hand seems to have fit the bill.

Lodekka Vintage Store: Where Location Is Everything!

Location is everything when it comes to real estate, and that applies to business too! One funky store in Oregon has found their success by using a different type of venue to sell their clothing.

Social Media Under Electronic Gag Order By The Good Wife & President Clinton

The power of a blogger's mobile input, the import of a Facebook status update and the ability of a tweet to report in real-time have been called 'off limits' by a judge and an ex-president this week. As perhaps, a sign of the times, there soon may be barriers as to where and when you can engage in user-generated content. In two separate cases this week, precedents might have been set as to just how social Internet users can be in public places.

5 Ways To Improve Your Brand

Branding is critical to the success of any business. It's more than just a logo; your brand is an intangible asset. It's the emotion created in the mind of a person when they hear your name. If you aren't reaching your target audience, now is the time to re-evaluate your branding strateg - or lack of.

Will Social Media & Google Search Merge Into Semantic Web?

While this week's big news is Facebook's new messaging system and how how it will become Google's Gmail killer, I think the bigger story is how other Internet enterprises are taking Google's core business of Internet search to another level. If the next iteration of the Web is Semantic Technology, why isn't the Big G focusing on the future and what it does best. Today's skirmishes in Web 2.0 are small stuff compared to the bigger battle of Web 3.0 domination.

Pacific Coast: Business Brings Hotel Room Comfort Home

It's pretty much inevitable that when you stay at a luxury hotel, you'll have the best sleep of your life. While, maybe not while you're in Vegas, since that city never sleeps..but that's why there's a business that allows you to bring the comfort of a Vegas hotel room home so you don't miss out on the experience!

Social Media Takes Anti-Social Networking PATH With Napster Founder

Social Media's  'Wisdom of Crowds' originated based on the premise that consensus on any topic would surface if there was a large enough pool of voters. It was the medium's democratic core that attracted people in large numbers to networks such as Twitter and Facebook. At this juncture, is there any possibility that the pendulum could swing back to a more intimate interaction with our follow man? One of Napster's previous co-founders seems to think so.

Social Media Video Chat Advances With Web Site Widgets & Enhanced Security

Chatroulette, while adding to the growing interest in video chat technology has been unable to divest itself from some of human nature's baser instincts. However, it has inspired others to build out the video conferencing platform to develop business models that are now appealing to a much broader audience for business, special interests and branding purposes.

Social Media Holiday Gifting Goes Virtual With Facebook Gift Cards

With the online gift card industry reaching all time highs, according to a report released by Javelin Strategy & Research, gift card sales will rise from $1.6 billion in 2009 to $5.8 billion in 2014. With that kind of growth is it any wonder that Mark Zuckerberg wants a piece of that action for his social network Facebook?