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Social Media Service For Hospitality Industry Shows Early Results

Flip.to, the social media service that turns hotel guests into brand advocates is announcing significant preliminary results for two beta clients. The service, based on 'magnetic marketing' versus traditional push or pull advertising, engages customers at the time of booking.

Social Media That Believes All Stalkers Ain't All Bad

While privacy issues have been a major concern for many of Facebook's 500+ million users, you might think their new "Subscribe To" feature would put them over the top. Actually in this instance, I think the new service -even though some are euphemistically calling it the "I Spy" button - just might give 'stalking' a good name.

Social Media Sings A New Tune With Musical Social Networks

MySpace, as one of the major social networks five years ago - not only built a critical mass - it attracted tens of thousands of users who were interested in music, whether they were promoting a garage band or selling online albums. When their popularity waned under the shadow of Facebook, several niche music-related social networks seized the opportunity to fill the void.

Social Media Search Forecasts Clouds, With No Chance of Google

With Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Dropbox and other online social networking sites and services now part of our daily routine, we have all become social media publishers to some degree. Our bon mots have been tweeted, emailed and updated with photos on profiles across a wide spectrum of "cloud" lock-boxes. However, the difficulty in accessing those entries after the fact is like searching for a needle in a haystack.

Hippity Hop Shoes: Kid's Shoe Delivery Company That Hits The Pavement

The right businesses know that parents appreciate convenience when it comes to services for their children, which is why mobile businesses are becoming more popular in the market specifically. There's a new one that hits the pavement to help little ones do the same!

Vending Machine Lets You Pay With A Smile: Don't Scream, SMILE For Ice Cream!

Our readers really tend to love vending machine concepts, and while past ones have made you smile; there's a new one that requires you to smile to get a tasty treat!

Social Networking And Infections Have Core Mechanic In Common

Researchers at the City College of New York (CCNY) have found a way to identify just who is the most likely to spread a disease or generate the most-read status updates in a human network.

Social Media's Bully Allows His Reputation To Proceed Him

Just when you thought the furor over Facebook's infringement of users' privacy rights was beginning to settle down somewhat, within the last week Mark Zuckerberg's social network stirs the pot once again, both figuratively and literally.

Where's My Tip: The Business Of Tipping In A Cashless Society

Today most people travel without cash, relying on their debit/Interac cards and credit cards to cover all of their expenses. It's just easier than constantly having to hit the ATM to increase cashflow for every little purchase. Unfortunately, there is one thing that you do need cash for, and that's leaving tips for the staff that you meet while you're on your travels. Fortunately, a new website makes it possible to travel cashless and leave a tip!

Social Media Kettle Calling The Pot Black

In this last week, both Condé Nast and Mark Zuckerberg have censored "Just Say Now' marijuana ads for both the Reddit and Facebook social networks. The ads support the passage of California's Proposition 19, which would largely legalize the use of marijuana in the state.