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Why Social Media Practices Are Like Football
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Co-authored by Jay Baer and Amber Naslund

One of the continuous discussions and questions surfacing in the social media chatterbox is that of “who owns social media?” Is it marketing? Public relations (PR)? Customer service?

The answer is . . . yes. For the long-term, anyway.

Solving the Insolvable Problem of Information Overload
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Every now and then, a debate will pop up in the Blogosphere/Twitterverse about whether or not RSS is dead. One such debate has been raging this week, and has even got some high profile tech bloggers bickering in an embarrassingly public manner (name-calling and all). 

Do you think RSS is "dead"? Tell us why or why not

How Will Quora Handle Being Both Twitter and Wikipedia?

You’ve probably noticed that Quora has been getting a lot of press here in early 2011. As a result, the site is getting a lot of new users. As a result of that, there is growing concern that Quora will have a hard time maintaining the level of quality that led to it getting all the press in the first place. 

Fair Use Controversy: The Gift That Keeps On Giving
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So the whole "what is fair use?" debate is back, as Fortune describes the business practices of Righthaven and the Las Vegas Review Journal of going after publications for violating copyright. 

Tasks That Should Be On Your Local Search Shortlist
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Recently, I have been talking about local Internet marketing and the rapid developments in the area. Well, as we start 2011, there is a strange sound in the local Internet marketing space—silence. There is a temporary lull in the frantic pace of change and innovation in the Google local search results.

Trend Micro Releases Security App For Android

Earlier this week, a company called Trusteer determined that mobile users are three times more vulnerable to phishing attacks compared to people sitting in front of desktops.  Now, in a move that’ll perhaps help address that problem (and others), Trend Micro has released its first security app for the Android platform.

FDA Warns Of Scam For People Who Buy Drugs Online
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The Food and Drug Administration is warning people who have purchased drugs online about fraudsters posing as FDA agents or other law enforcement officials attempting to extort money.

Researchers Study Dialects, Slang On Twitter

Much as someone born and raised in Boston probably won’t sound the same as a person who grew up in California, people don’t always tweet alike.  And while that may appear obvious, Carnegie Mellon researchers studied the presence of slang and different dialects on Twitter and discovered some interesting facts.

Blekko Launches Spam Clock
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Blekko, the recently launched search engine that relies on the community to help maintain relevancy, has launched "The Spam Clock". This is essentially a counter that displays the number of spam pages created since the year started. 

Is Augmented Reality the Future of E-Commerce?
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eBay has launched a new version of its eBay Fashion iPhone app. This one lets users virtually try on sunglasses by using their phone’s front-facing camera to capture an image of themselves and fit the sunglasses to their faces. 

Reasons Why Delaying Your Product Launch Can Hurt You
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A common feeling for entrepreneurs when building a web application is the fear of failure in launching one that nobody will use. This fear usually causes the entrepreneur to delay launching to add more product features in order to make their product “better” or more impressive.

This feeling usually just persists though. How does one get over this fear? I think there are a few key points to consider:

My Own “Facebook Obsession”
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I shuffled to the front of the room and scanned the crowd, looking on in bored anticipation. I stood up straight and addressed the room, "My name’s John Wiggill and I’m a Facebook ho."

Last night I watched CNBC’s "Facebook Obsession"  and it made me think… am I being duped? Is Facebook really as evil as they seem to think?

Bing Secures Place In Hyundai’s Connected Vehicle Program
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Bing is, in both a figurative and literal sense, on a roll this week.  First came word that Toyota’s new in-car infotainment system will feature Bing Maps and Bing for Mobile, and now, it seems a new product from Hyundai called Blue Link will do much the same thing.

Global IT Spending To Top $3 Trillion In 2011

Global IT spending is forecast to reach $3.6 trillion in 2011, a 5.1 percent increase from 2010, according to a new report by Gartner.

In 2010, worldwide IT spending totaled $3.4 trillion, up 5.4 percent from 2009.

 

Global-IT-Spending

 

Communication Breakdown: When Email Goes Down
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At the end of December, some Hotmail users experienced problems with their email – it was gone. Messages and folders went completely missing from their accounts. Luckily, for those users, the emails came back. 

Microsoft says it recovered 100% of email and folders for the accounts affected. Unfortunately, for those who didn’t sign into their accounts between the time of the incident and the time the account was restored, any messages sent to their accounts during that time would have bounced. 

Facebook Extends Lead Over Orkut In India

For a long time, supporters of Google’s experiments in social media were able to point to Orkut’s success in Brazil and India.  In those countries, at least, the social network was dominant.  But Orkut fell behind in India last year, and new stats from Experian Hitwise show that Facebook’s made impressive gains since then.

Android Tablets and the iPad’s Lead in the Enterprise

Pundits have predicted the growing adoption of tablets as a top 10 trend for 2011. According to Mashable, a new Forrester report estimates that 44 million tablets will be sold in 2015, surpassing even laptop sales by nearly 5 million and desktop PC sales over 25 million.

Android-based tablets are expected to capture a significant share of the overall tablet market and they’re making quite the splash at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Will 2011 Be Even Bigger Than 2010 for Facebook?
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Was last year the year of Facebook or is this year going to be the year of Facebook? 

Hulu Plus To Become Available On Some Android Phones

Individuals who both own an Android phone and subscribe to Hulu Plus are perhaps not the poorest folks around (food and shelter tend to come before data plans and entertainment services), but soon enough, they may get more for their money.  Hulu Plus is supposed to become available on certain Android phones sometime this year.

Mac App Store Hits One Million Downloads In First Day
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Apple said today that over one million apps have been downloaded from its Mac App Store in the first day.

“We’re amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.

“Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is.”

 

Google Adds Email Authentication Feature to Google Apps
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Google has added DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) signature availability to Google Apps customers. 

Bing Integrates Local TV Listings
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Every evening, tens of millions of people enter their homes, set down their keys, and waste little time in turning on the TV.  Bing’s taken a good shot at becoming part of their lives, then, by integrating local TV listings into its regular search results.

To be clear: this is not Bing’s answer to Google TV.  Then again, given how Google TV has failed to find a lot of fans, that’s probably a good thing.

Salesforce Buys Dimdim for $31 Million
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Salesforce.com announced that it has acquired Dimdim for $31 million. The acquisition will help Salesforce expand its Chatter line of products, often described as a "Facebook for the enterprise", with real-time communication technologies.

The company says the move follows the proven Facebook model of combining real-time collaboration.

Will Quora Go Mainstream?
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Recently, I have had an influx of Quora friend requests in my inbox. Honestly, I have not seen so many social media experts flock to a social media web site since all of my social media and search engine marketing buddies flocked to Twitter.