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Social Media IPOs: Facebook Not To Steal LinkedIn's Thunder?

With Facebook's valuation scaling to $50 billion and Goldman Sachs anteing up $450 million for a private IPO with the social network, things are heating up as social media start testing the "Wall Street" waters. Book runners with the financial heft of Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and JP Morgan are rumored to be squiring LinkedIn in an attempt to beat Facebook to the public offering punch.

'Social Media First' When Facebook Goes Live With Congressional Changing Of The Guard

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner wants his swearing in to catch Facebook fever. Not content to be picked up by just the traditional mediums of TV and radio, Boehner wants to earn some techie cred by being the first Speaker of the House to go "live" on the popular social media Web site covering his first day's floor proceedings and his initial speech as Speaker.

Social Media Traffic Shows StumbleUpon With Early 2011 Lead Over Facebook?

With Goldman Sachs obtaining a $450 million 'Private IPO' from Facebook this week, could things getting any rosier for the world's largest social network? But it seems that not even an award-winning movie, a graphic novel and Time's 'Person of the Year' can buy everything. Statistics are indicating that discovery engine StumbleUpon appears to be whooping FB's behind in generating more US social media traffic between December and January.

Will Quora, Social Media's New Shiny Thing Exist On A Quorum Of Users?

Well, we're already a few days into the new year, and the tech-savvy early adopters are already hailing the new shiny thing. While Quora's user base had only scaled to 55,000+ this past Fall, in late December it took a noticeable bump in followers with the help - some say - as the result of testimonials from uberblogger Robert Scoble and others. But is the new, slick social network for everyone?

9 Best Travel-Related Businesses of 2010

With the recession starting to become only a memory, traveling is something that many individuals decided to start doing again, and as a result, so did the presence of new travel-related businesses. There have been some cool ones this year, and the best were of course the most obscure. As we ring in the new year and you start to think about travel plans for 2011, here are some of 2010's best travel businesses to help you out!

Social Media Adds Facebook's Open Graph To The Shopping Cart

As noted in my previous post, "Social Media News Feed Becomes Facebook's New eCommerce Marketplace," brands have learned while having a Facebook fan page is a necessary evil in today's world of eCommerce, very few customers ever revisit a fan page after originally LIKING it. What's needed to motivate consumers is a much more robust experience that allows Facebook to gather information about its users, both on the social network itself and from other Web sites tied to its Open Graph.

Jelloware: Drinking Cups That Are Edible And Environmentally Friendly

Dixie is a company best known for their cups proving that sometimes there's one product in a line that becomes the central focus. Another business just may be following in their footsteps in that way, but the fact that cups are the face of the business is about the only shared similarities between this new one and Dixie.

Social Media News Feed Becomes Facebook's New eCommerce Marketplace

As LIKE buttons populate the Web, Facebook is enmeshing itself into the fabric of the Internet to become its defacto eCommerce marketplace. Stand-alone Web sites are no longer enough to attract new or repeat visitors. The old school business model of eBay has become passé and are being replaced by start-ups like Yardsellr that are using the conduit of Facebook's News Feeds to cement deals.

Social Media Surfaces Travel Recommendations From Friends & Followers

Soliciting travel advice before or during a trip is a common practice amongst business and leisure travelers alike. The recommendation from a friend whose opinion one trusts holds much more weight than soliciting advice from strangers. Today, with the assistance of social networks, two new services have developed services that just made that process a whole lot easier.

Social Media's Person Of The Year Networks In '404 Not Found' Territory

Chinese netizens poke fun at the spectacle of Mark Zuckerberg being greeted in a country that bans his Web site. The government's welcoming banner auspiciously reads: Warm welcome to China - the founder of the website '404 Not found.' For a man lauded recently by Time Magazine and whose life is portrayed in an award-winning movie, what motivated the CEO of Facebook to visit the land of the dragon?