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Vanity URL Gold Rush at Facebook

Well Twitter's done it. LinkedIn's done it. Why has it taken Facebook this long to allow its registered members to sign up for vanity URLs?  Well that oversight will be rectified soon. Let the Gold Rush begin...

Top Ten Meet & Tweet Gatherings

Starting in June, until the end of the year, there are hundreds of conferences held in the US that focus on social media, Web 2.0, Web 3.0 and beyond. With so many events and so little time, you might want to focus on the content that speaks to your needs. This Top Ten highlights the best of the best that provide most current and innovative content available today.

Top Ten Most Mentioned Brands On Twitter

How is Twitter faring as a business model? What brands are succeeding in grabbing our attention and why? We're in a recession. Money is tight. So which brands are diligent in positioning themselves up front and personal on Twitter to capture what dwindling disposable incomes we have left.

Spark.ly, the Dungeons & Dragons of Social Networks?

Spark.ly describes itself as the "definitive social and economic ecosystem that empowers people around the world to communicate, engage in commerce and have fun in a culturally aware and profitable virtual environment." With a BETA launch date of June 16, 2009, nobody knows yet whether that description is an illusion, bravado, grand self-promotion or truly the next big shiny thing. To date there are no blogs written, no product announcements, and no press releases to alert the media. One would think with a June 9th launch date, Spark.ly should be 'sparking' a few conversations out there? Or is this part of their master marketing plan to create buzz about their emerging online kingdom?

Social Networking Brave New World of China

On June 4, 2009 during the 20th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, the government actually shut down access to Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Flickr. Then Hotmail blipped off the radar, followed by Bing, Microsoft's latest search engine. Repression was rampant as a Great Firewall went up to prevent Chinese webizens from mourning online in their respective virtual worlds. Is Big Brother alive and well in China?

TwitSnaps vs.TwitPic - Better Photosharing App?

Did TwitSnaps just build a better mousetrap than TwitPic?  Still in Beta format, TwitSnaps has launched a new photo application for Twitter that appears to feature more functionality than any other other photo sharing application online today. 

Cooltribe – Green Social Networking Site Launches

Do you believe fervently in saving our planet? Would you like to communicate with others that share that passion?  Well, today there is an online community that can address those concerns.  Cooltribe, the social networking site dedicated to connecting green-minded, socially-conscious people from around the world was recently launched. One of the first of its type, Cooltribe welcomes members who are dedicated to saving the environment and fighting global warming while pursuing sustainability and other ethical issues that affect all citizens of planet Earth.

Top Ten Twitter TV Shows (Twitter All Day, All The Time)

Remember when CNN first entered our lives and people were shocked that any network could take on the daunting task of supplying us with a news format 24/7. "Unheard of?" "Couldn't be done?" And yet, here we are some 20+ years later, and CNN has not only sustained itself but was the impetus for other news networks to populate as well. Well,in 2009, the web is currently abuzz with talk of a “Twitter TV Network.” According to Biz Stone, one of Twitter founders, he's "even getting folks asking (him)if they can audition." Could Twitter TV be the next evolution in the short life span of the micro-bloggin' darling of social media?

Facesaerch: More A Book of Faces Than Facebook

When profiling a certain celebrity, there always comes a point where you wind up looking for that perfect picture to accompany your article.  Its easy enough to use Google to search for images, but more often than not you wind up getting images that are unrelated to the search you're on.  

Gift Giving In The World Of Social Networking: Buy Your Facebook Friend A Real Gift Using Get Them In

Facebook gifts are great, but truly do fall into the "it's the thought that counts" mentality, since naturally, the bouquet of gorgeous roses gifted to you by a crush, or the nice cold beer presented to you by a friend appears as no more than a sub-par graphic accompanied by a personal message. BuyYourFriendaDrink.com has captured the market that bridges the gap between virtual gifts, and those that can be redeemed in the real world. However, unlike another new startup, Get Them In, it doesn't allow you to show off your gift-giving generosity on your favorite social networking sites.