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Top Ten Twitterati, A Tweet Above The Rest

While the movers and shakers on Twitter might be just "micro" bloggers...they sure know how to create a "macro" influence. Forbes Magazine compiled a list. Every country has their own top ten ranking. The top most influential tweeps within the DC Beltway according to Politico lists Barack Obama as number 4 behind Dick Gregory, Claire McCaskill and Karl Rove. You can determine your own list by tallying a user's number of followers, their number of tweets, their number of status updates -- or an algorithm thereof.

Angry Green Girl: Sex Sells For The Environment

Sex sells and while it has been used to some extent in order to support the environment (think the PETA lettuce bikinis), there's yet to be a solely green business with the goal of using their good looks to do environmental good. Enter Angry Green Girl.

Top Ten Drug Companies in Social Media

What is the "social share of voice" amongst pharmaceutical companies online? While some drug companies have been reluctant to embrace social media for fear of running afoul of FDA regulations that govern the advertising and promotion of prescription drugs, others are embracing social networks to help brand and position their companies in a positive light with consumers and practitioners. Here are the TOP TEN Pharma companies that are presently useing social media to reach out to larger audiences.

Cross.tv, the Christian Spacebook FlickTube Social Network

Holy Roller, Batman, apparently social networking has gotten a little too risque for some. Since language is not censored on sites like Twitter and Facebook, Christians soldiers are marching onward in a pilgrimage to clean up the social media space, with a beta launch of Cross.tv. While the social networking space is getting a little crowded, Cross.tv is one of the first to focus on a faith-based approach to reach out to prospective network members.

Urban Outfitters Introduces A Custom Bike Shop

As if Urban Outfitters isn't already well on its way to total global domination (within all the limits of human welfare standards and eco-friendly principles of course), they've introduced a new line of products to further expand their business, and these are accessories that can be coordinated with your outfit but won't necessarily be worn out to a dinner party.


Is Twitter's Geolocation Jon Stewart's "Stalker"?

Several months ago, Jon Stewart's parody of Twitter by his faux-techie correspondent, Samantha Bee surfaced some of Twitter's potential new competitors. Strangely enough her prescient  investigative report may have been a premonition of things to come, as she described the new social network of "Stalker."

Top 10 Women In Business: Results of StartupNation’s Leading Moms in Business Competition

This summer, StartupNation held the Leading Moms in Business Competition which asked Americans to vote on their favorite businesses run by busy moms and women out of the thousands of submissions that were received. The top leading moms in business were whittled down to 200, and here are the top 10 who lead the competition! Many of these entrepreneurs aren't just mothers with businesses - most of them can thank motherhood for their ideas and success!

Facing Facebook's Schizophrenia?

To grow a population larger than Brazil and slightly less than than the US does Facebook need to adapt to change? And if so, could its underlying success become its ultimate downfall? Being all things to all people normally dilutes the effectiveness of any system. If governments have failed at it is Facebook enough of a chameleon to take on the challenge? Just how many faces does Facebook have?

Soak Media: Marketing Company With Unique Water Bottle Advertising

Soak Media has a unique marketing plan that it delivers to its clients to increase visibility and increase clientele. Although it seems like they're onto something by capturing a unique, niche market in branding, their concept is also a controversial one because it doesn't abide by the eco-conscious trends that we're so heavily focused on today.

Pie Lab: Greensboro Business Serves Sweet Treats With A Dose Of Healing!

Not all businesses are about monetary profit, and there's a pop-up restaurant and café that serves some sweet treats in an attempt to alleviate tension amongst socioeconomic groups and different races by bringing them together.