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Twitter, the Friendly Ghost

Following your favorite celebrity on Twitter? Maybe not! While the whole world is a 'twitterin'...was it any wonder that a certain level of the elite twitterati would eventually find a way to game the system. The latest trend a foot is "Ghost Twittering." The term was coined to describe when someone, usually a celebrity, politician, sport figure or a corporate brand pays another person or persons to update their Twitter account on their behalf. The use of ghostwriters has been around in the literary world since literature was first penned. Now,it appears it is prevalent in Twitterdom as well. But, while it may make sense for our busy world leaders to farm out their tweets, when celebrities engage in this practice it really seems to be defeating the purpose.

Maghound Lets You Compile Your Favorite Magazines Through One Subscription Service

As an industry, magazine subscriptions of course, aren't new, but a new trend emerging in the market allows more flexibility, by allowing magazine subscribers to receive a compilation of their favorite magazines at a lower monthly cost.


Rescue Critters: Animal Mannequins Teach Veterinary Students About Animal First Aid

Testing on animals has rightly faced controversy for decades, but that doesn't change the fact that in order to learn how to medically treat an animal, veterinary students need practice. In order to give veterinary students a safe, humane method to learn their craft, without practicing on someone's beloved pet; Rescue Critters has created animal mannequins that may look goofy, but mean serious business.

Weatherbill: Unique Weather Insurance Lets People Predict And Profit From Mother Nature

You may have heard of weather insurance, which protects businesses when their profits decline due to bad weather. However, Weatherbill is a little bit different from its competition, as an e-commerce website, it allows anyone to invest in weather conditions, to make an easy buck if those predictions are reached.


Go Home Gorgeous: Mobile Spa Service Ready To Pamper Moms As Soon As Baby Pops Out!

Women love services that help them relax, and new mothers like to be pampered after giving birth; to help them feel comfortable in their new bodies and help them adjust to motherhood. Go Home Gorgeous combines both of these aspects, to make new mothers feel beautiful and pampered after having a baby, before they even leave the hospital.

Niche Matchmaking Service for Rednecks: Fall in Love & Have a Laugh

The online dating market has become a hubbub of activity with single (though not always) people looking to make a love connection. In order to be successful in the dating industry, online dating businesses are turning to strange niche businesses, to attract unique clientele looking to meet their match. Redneck and Single may sound like a joke, but really, Rednecks take their honky-tonk dating seriously!


Recession-Friendly Crowd Sprout Lets Parents Team Up To Receive Group Discounts On Children’s Products

New business, Crowd Sprout, offers new parents the benefits of bulk buying, without requiring them to fit the full bill. Bulk discount businesses have been popularized by businesses like Costco, but require that consumers purchase many of one item. Since very few families need six of the same Kettler scooter, Crowd Sprout allows new and expecting parents the option to team up in order to receive group discounts.

Borrow A Cat’s Affection At Japan’s Cat Cafés

We've seen pet rental companies, which while successful, have created controversy with animal rights activists worldwide. Now, there is a new more humane way for people to mix and mingle with their favorite furry friends in the comfort of a public place. In Japan, cat cafes have been popping up all over the place, allowing people to relax with a cup of coffee while receiving the purr-fect, relaxing companionship of a kitty.


Twitterlebrities & Politicians Not Safe on SuperNews!

Online animation has been capturing the imagination of Internet users for quite some time, ever since JibJab first lampooned the Bush Administration some 8 years ago. Sort of like the progeny of South Park and Mad Magazine, or The Daily Show meets The Onion, SuperNews! has been hatched live and raw to expand on that age-old tradition of satire. With its own twist of ironic commentary on politics and the lifestyles of the attention-deficit digerati, Super News! is a short form animated television series which airs on Current TV and has officially alerted the media online and off, that they are taking no prisoners!

ExecTweets: Twitter for Biz Buffs

With Twitter exploding as the new big thing in social networking, a slew of different user aggregators are popping up to allow you to find who's who on Twitter.  Microsoft's ExecTweets is site that groups together all of America's top business executives for your microblogging pleasure.