Benefits Of Offering Contests and Prizes On Twitter

A few weeks ago I made the mistake of wondering aloud when someone would start offering cash prizes for twitter followers. I had seen people offering physical prizes before, but never cash. A few random people decided to have some fun with me and start saying I was offering cash, so I just decided to run with it.Since this wasn’t a planned event I don’t have the exact numbers but you can see from the graph below I gained about 300 followers

Wikia Search Takes Leave Of Abscence

Jimmy Wales announced a few days ago, the closure of Wikia Search due to the ongoing economic recession. Wikia Search was designed with the primary purpose to allow users determine the rankings of sites and pages for all other users.

Wales summed up the decision like this,

Amazon Introduces Elastic MapReduce
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Amazon Web Services has introduced the public beta of Amazon Elastic MapReduce, a cloud computing service that allows businesses, researchers, data analysts and developers to process large amounts of data.

‘MySpace Local’ Helps Support Local Music
It’s been said that all politics is local and perhaps the same could be said for music. Not only do many fans love to support local music, but they want to know the best places to see it.  Bands too, want to know which are the best places to perform. But like a voter choosing between candidates, which one is for them?  Which choice are other members of their tribe supporting? 

Google Breaks Data Center Silence
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Google’s never been too chatty about its data centers; the search giant is slow to even confirm the centers’ physical locations, never mind discuss what’s going on inside.  But at the Data Center Efficiency Summit, Google spilled a few secrets, and there’s definitely some impressive technology in place. 

Teens Spending Less On Online Music
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Teens (age 13 to 17) purchased 19 percent less music in 2008 than they did in 2007, according to a new report from the NPD Group.

CD purchasing feel 26 percent and paid digital downloads dropped 13 percent compared to the previous year.  With paid digital downloads, 32 percent of teens purchasing less digital music said they were unhappy with the music that was available for purchase and 23 percent were satisfied were satisfied with the digital music they already owned.

Anonymous Googlers Help Whip Congress Into Shape
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An anonymous group of Googlers have helped create a tool citizens can use to whip Congress—and by “whip,” they mean call to voice support of the Fair Elections Now Act.

Conficker A Dud On April Fools
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Well, just like how we watched the clock tick past midnight on January 1, 2000 and subsequently noticed the world was essentially the same as it always was—a few people preaching doom, a lot more stocking up on bottled water, and the rest waiting and watching with bated breath. April 1, 2009 goes down as the day the world was duped by reasonably harmless computer virus.
Worm Virus

Hitwise Documents Huge Rise In Classifieds Traffic
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Don’t be surprised if the people behind Craigslist and other classifieds sites are secretly hoping for a repeat of the Great Depression.  New stats from Hitwise have arrived, and they show that Craigslist’s already-significant market share is increasing in such a way that it almost resembles a hockey stick.

Disney Buys Kaboose Sites For $18.4 Million

Disney Online has reached a deal to purchase all the Internet assets of Toronto-based Kaboose Inc. for $18.4 million, Disney announced Wednesday.

Paul Yanover
Paul Yanover

The assets include Kaboose.com, Babyzone.com, AmazingMom.com, Funschool.com and Zeeks.com. The properties will be integrated into Dinsey’s group of Web sites.

Wireless Revenue Reached $32 Billion In 2008

Wireless revenues showed solid year-to-year gains, as wireless data service revenues for 2008 rose to more than $32 billion, according to a survey from CTIA-The Wireless Association.

This represents a 39 percent increase over 2007, when data revenues totaled $23.2 billion. Wireless data revenues for 2008 amounted to nearly 22 percent of all wireless service revenues, and represent what consumers spend on non-voice services.

YouTube Germany Pulls Music Videos
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German users of YouTube have, like the rest of us, been subjected to the upside-down display prank Google scheduled for April 1st.  Unfortunately for them, music videos have also been pulled from the German version of the site, and this move looks to be serious and long-lasting. 

Google’s CADIE Takes the Company Over
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If you use Google at all, you’ve probably noticed a link on the home page introducing CADIE. CADIE is "the world’s first ‘artificial intelligence’ tasked-array system." Learn more about it here.

Facebook CFO Waves Goodbye To Company

In the latest episode of “How the Facebook Turns” CFO Gideon Yu has been sent packing. The report at All Things Digital says the move appears facebook-logoto be in preparation of an initial public offering (IPO).

eBay Launches Selling Manager For Third Party Developers
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eBay has announced it is beta testing its subscription-based Selling Manager service platform that allows third party developers to embed their applications at My eBay where professional sellers manage their business.

The platform is used by 270,000 online sellers in the U.S. to manage their business. eBay says it will no longer charge for its Selling Manager service in an effort to attract third-party developers.

Twitter Getting Rid of VIP Autofollow Service

For a privileged few who requested it, Twitter provided an “autofollowing” service that saved premium members the time and effort it takes to follow back everybody following them. Twitter sent out word they will no longer be offering this service.

Google Announces Notification Preferences for AdSense
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Google has announced that it’s rolling out new email notification preferences for AdSense account holders. They will become available over the next few days.

Basically, users will have the option to receive specific messages like event invitations, info about webinars, and personalized account suggestions from Google.

MySpace and Citysearch Become Partners

MySpace is still huge despite not getting the degree of attention that other social media outlets get. myspaceAccording to Compete.com from January ’09 it slipped to second behind Facebook when ranked by number of monthly visits.

Online Music Listening Making Push, Downloads Falter

Teens age 13-17 bought 19% less music in 2008 than they did in ’07 according to a new NPD survey. CD purchases declined 26% and paid digital downloads fell 13% compared with the prior year. 32% of the teens who bought less digital music "expressed discontent" with the music available and 23% said that they already had enough music. 24% of teens said they had cut back all entertainment spending.

Micrsoft on Why UK Advertisers Should Use adCenter

Microsoft faces some pretty tough competition in the pay-per-click space. On the adCenter blog today, they have posted some reasons they think users (at least in the UK) would benefit more from adCenter than its "main adCentercompetitor."

Yahoo Mobile Launches Out Of Beta
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Yahoo! Mobile

It’s a more personalized "mobile starting point to the Internet," available on the mobile Web and as an Apple iPhone app.

Yahoo Mobile has been released out of beta, following its introduction at the Mobile World Congress in February.

Google Suggest Goes Worldwide
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Google Suggest was released in the U.S. about seven months ago, and when it came to search terms like "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," the tool could be a helpful, allowing you to type just seven letters instead of thirty-four.  And now, people outside the U.S. will also be able to benefit, with some neat region-specific twists tossed in.

Google Introduces Rich Media/Video Ad Templates
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Google has introduced some new templates for rich media and video in the AdWords Display Ad Builder. Advertisers using the platform should take notice to these if they are looking to get consumers more engaged with their ads.

Google provides a step-by-step walkthrough of how to use the templates in the following clip:

Skype for iPhone Officially Available
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Update: Skype says:

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