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Social Media's Six Billion Dollar Man Knows How To Shop For Deals

Wunderkind 29-year old entrepreneur Andrew Mason figured how to inject hysteria into his Groupon model of Internet bargain hunting. Exclusivity and short-order inventories were the key. Not only has it attracted 33 million subscribers and the attention of top line investors like Digital Sky Technologies, this week the founder enters the stratosphere with an inconceivable offer of $6 billion by search giant Google to acquire the social media buying site.

Social Media Service For Hotels & Airlines Adds Arrival, Concierge & Loyalty Components's social media and marketing service for the travel industry is broadening its platform with the addition of "Arrival," "Concierge" and "Loyalty" components. As an international operation, has been customizing innovative services for boutique hotels, airlines, airports and destination restaurants around the world.

If Google Can't Be Social, How Can It Thrive In Social Media?

Google has had more than a hard time developing a social network that could compete in the same stratosphere as Facebook. With reports of a world Internet user base of about 1 billion and over 20,000 employees, it's hard to understand why the search giant can't figure it out? Perhaps the answer lies in the fact, its staff hasn't learned to play nice?

Celebrities Experiencing Digital Deaths In Social Media Fundraiser For AIDS

Social Media has long been known for its involvement in charitable initiatives. Among them is Causes, a Facebook application which is very popular among non-profits. Noted proponents like Corey Szopinski, Jane McGonigal and former Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes all come to mind regarding the work that is being done, associated with what is referred to as the Good Web.

Flattr, Social Media's Online Tip Jar Might Save Its Pirate

The 32-year old Swedish entrepreneur Peter Sunde, while suffering the slings and arrows of a business model condemned by the courts has created yet another social media site that actually pays starving bloggers for their content. Found guilty of online music piracy and copyright infringement and about to face a jail sentence and millions in damages, The Pirate Bay co-founder is also the master-mind behind Flattr, an altruistic site that monetizes content via the kindness of readers.

Twitter, Facebook, Google & Apple TV: Social Media Transitioning To Small Screen

With social Media so pervasive today, it's captured the imagination of Hollywood moguls in treatments for the big screen. With movies exploring the origins of Facebook, and a Google movie under development by Groundswell Productions, is it any wonder that the Internet giants would also be thinking about adapting to the small screen and integrating with desk top computers and mobile devices as well?

"Face" May Be Off Limits To Social Media Wannabes & "Facebucks"?

Facebook is no stranger to litigation. Anyone who has read the books and seen the hit movie "The Social Network" knows what Mark Zuckerberg and his ubiquitous social network have been up against over the course of the last 6 years. But what does this mean to intellectual property and Web sites that are currently using the coveted word "face" in their titles today?

Social Media Handles Baggage Handlers With Touchy-Feely iPods, Foursquare & Loopt

Location-based social networks have seized (pun intended) a contentious issue affecting travelers at airports this holiday season. Starting with the infamous "day before Thanksgiving" travel onslaught, both Loopt and Foursquare have found ways to relate to the we-rub-you-the-wrong-way security guards and their new frisk-first-ask-questions-later policies.

Social Media Homeboy Wants Homepage Advantage

The blogosphere is cyberventilating once again with the recent news that Facebook is making a rather aggressive push to integrate with browsers to become your homepage. For years, Google has held that coveted honor by many of us - but in the ensuing war for the next decades' dominance of the Internet, Facebook appears to be storming the search giant's Bastille, sort of speak.

Social Media Entrepreneurs & Garfield Fans Star In Graphic Novel & Comic Strip

This month a graphic novel and a cartoon strip offered walk-on parts to social networkers and cartoon fans. In an era that blends the real and online worlds, it's a natural fit to have someone's caricature or actual photo introduced into a comic or illustrated narrative. In the case of "Facebucks & Dumb F*cks," and "Garfield," it allows these intellectual properties to interface with the public in a very personal way.