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TV + Social Networking = Strictly Social

Signs of the Internet melding with traditional TV have been emerging for quite some time with sites like Hulu and TV.com. This past fall, Fox network experimented with live tweeting during episodes of Fringe and Glee called "Tweet-peats."

Embedding Video Into Your LinkedIn Profiles

LinkedIn announced recently that it was opening up its platform to Open Source development, allowing public developers to be able to access the site's API and incorporate LinkedIn into their business and Web sites (similar to the process permitted by Facebook and Twitter). In so doing, will this allow users to be able to add video to their LinkedIn profiles?

Twitter To Charge For Getting Analytical

Finally testing the 'revenue' waters, Twitter is launching a commercial account business model that will charge corporate accounts for analytical tools.  In a recent announcement Biz Stone confirmed that Twitter will be offering a paid-for option that will provide users deeper insight into its analytics.

Wholesome Tummies: Healthy Bagged Lunch Service That Gives Moms a Break

Moms are among the hardest working people on the planet, and I'm only talking about the ones who parent full-time, not to mention those that juggle other responsibilities, like careers at the same time! This holiday season, give a mom in your life a break from one of her daily parenting duties - lunch making, by supplying her with a service that delivers healthy meals to her kids at school!

CheapTweet Is This Holiday Season's New Black!

The current state of the economy has made many of us rethink our previous 'conspicuous consumption' habits. Today with the help of social media we have new tools available that allow us to purchase the items we really want at an equitable price. Sites like CheapTweet and its crowdsourced feature has found a way to turn our cheap tweets into microbloggin' billboards for the entire Twitterverse to share.

Small Coffee Shops Defeat Big Chains With Unique Concept: Use Of Latte Art

It's a trend that's happening around the globe- instead of just serving a boring old cup of coffee that will give you the jitter, some shops are adopting latte art as a part of their services. For no additional charge, visitors can receive their favorite beverage with artwork built right into the foam.

The Early Adopter APIs For Foursquare

What catapulted Twitter and Facebook into the Stratosphere? One innovative approach opened the doors to the most successful social media experiments to date? An Application Programming Interface or API is what did the trick! And Foursquare, the popular location-based social network has taken a page out of that playbook in an attempt to scale faster than its competition.

"Mr Murdoch,Tear Down This Wall" Infers Biz Stone

President Reagan's "tear down this wall" address may well have been the Great Communicator's most remembered words. Perhaps not as historic, but noteworthy nonetheless was a BBC interview with Biz Stone this past week where he criticized news mogul Rupert Murdoch similarly for lack of foresight in today's Web 2.0 business climate.

Social Media Putting The "Black" Back In Black Friday?

Black Friday is the term used to mark the start of the traditional Christmas shopping season in which retailers transition from being in the red (posting losses) to black (turning profits). The difference this year might get an extra boost as merchandise in stores online and off utilize social networks, Web sites and mobile applications. Will having access to the new social media tools available be enough to turn that red ink black? Check out ten enterprises that are banking on it!

Top Ten Holiday Stores For Social Media Gifts

Gifting your favorite social networking netizen this year doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. A lot of entrepreneurial and social networking online store sites are selling some very unique social media-oriented gifts this holiday season. And with just a few mouse clicks, you can purchase that special gift that demonstrates just how social you are.