Bebo Opens Up With Social Inbox

The AOL owned social networking site Bebo, has launched a "Social Inbox" that allows users to aggregate all of their social media into their profiles.

The Social Inbox aggregates feeds and updates from Twitter, Flickr, Delicious, YouTube, and AIM. Users will also be able to access Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and AOL Mail in one-click. The new mail feature allows users to see previews of new email messages.

Users of AOL and AIM will now be able to log directly into Bebo using their existing screen names.

People Don’t Trust Your Blog

Forrester Research has released a report (you must fill out a form to get it) that details how much people trust different information sources. At the top of the list is email from people they know. At the bottom are company blogs. This is precisely why company blogs should be treated more like emails to friends.

SEM Tips For Small Businesses
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In the "SEM Small Business Blitz" session the speakers focused on how to use social media in an affordable and practical way.

 (Coverage of SES Chicago continues at WebProNews Videos.  Keep an eye on WebProNews for more notes and videos from the event this week.)

Jennifer Evans Laycock, Editor-in-Chief, Search Engine Guide, offered advice on social media marketing.

Browsers Judged On Privacy, Personalization
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Personalization can be nice; looked at one way, it’s what leads the bartender at a favorite pub to get your Guinness the moment you arrive.  It can be kind of a drag, too, though – do you want your friendly neighborhood pharmacist to remember your every problem? – and so personalization was weighed against privacy in an SES Chicago session called "Battle of the Browsers."

Bopaboo’s Interesting MP3 ‘Pawning’ Service
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A Look Inside A Very Controversial Startup

Google’s Global Zeitgeist – 2008 Edition
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Last week Google revealed the fastest growing search terms for the United States, which we looked at here. Now Google has released their year-end Zeitgeist, looking at a number of categories in (for the first time) over 30 different countries.

Tracking Santa’s Web Analytics
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The North American Aerospace Defense Command, otherwise known as NORAD is tracking Santa Claus’s rounds this year, keeping up a tradition that has been going on for 53 years. Mike Sachoff explains:

Hulu Continues Holiday Usability Run

It’s new feature Tuesday for "Hulu for the Holidays", the JCPenny-sponsored event that has Hulu adding something new each day through the holiday season. On Mondays they add new TV shows. Tuesdays its new site features, and Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are for new movies.

Open Handset Alliance Attracts 14 More Members
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Open Handset Alliance

Google seems to be having a "big growth" kind of day.  One exhibit: Street View doubled its coverage of the U.S.  Then there’s also the case of the Open Handset Alliance, which started out with 34 members, gaining 14 fresh ones.

YouTube Grabs 100 Million Video Viewers
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U.S. Internet users watched 13.5 billion online videos during October, marking a 45 percent increase compared to a year ago, according to comScore Video Metrix.

In October, Google sites once again dominated, ranking as the top U.S. video property with 5.3 billion videos viewed (representing a 40 percent share of all video viewed) with YouTube accounting for more than 98 percent of all videos viewed at the property.

It’s Not Mojo: How to Take the Guesswork Out of Keyword Selection
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Gut instinct and superficial analysis just can’t cut it anymore when choosing keywords, a hallmark of search engine optimization (SEO).

The stakes are high for sophisticated marketers who need to give an SEO program the best shot at success in a competitive marketplace. It can take months to secure premium organic rankings for some relevant words that can bring traffic to clients’ sites. If they pick the wrong keywords, they’re going to waste a lot of everyone’s time and cash.

You’ve Got it Better Than Ever For Viral Marketing

Nobody ever said that viral marketing is easy. Well, somebody probably said it, but if it were that easy, everybody’s viral campaigns would be wildly successful, and unfortunately, that is just not the case. For every successful one, there are probably thousands of campaigns that just don’t catch on.

Delicious Goes Mobile
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DeliciousDelicious has launched a mobile version of the popular social bookmarking service, which can be found at http://m.delicious.com. Stephen Hood at the Delicous Blog writes:

Facebook’s French Connection
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Facebook has been making a lot of efforts to expand internationally, and that continues today with the promise of a new team in France starting with one guy.

Is Google Second-Guessing Itself?
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Times are tight. Heck, college professors are having to sell ad space on exam pages to make up for budget cuts. It would make sense that Google would increase the number of ads on its search pages, too, except it’s hard to forget certain executive speeches about fewer ads with better targeting.

Online Holiday Shoppers Remain Satisfied

Even with a decrease in online shopper satisfaction on Cyber Monday year-over-year, customer satisfaction with retail Web sites has remained steady ever since, according to ForeSee Results’ weekly holiday benchmark.

Google Street View Doubles U.S. Coverage

News of Street View updates often leaks out a little early; unofficial reports will surface ahead of time, or sometimes, people just spot new photos before Google has had a chance to comment.  Today, however, the company seems to have caught everyone off guard in a big way, doubling its amount of U.S. coverage.

Google Adds Magazines to Book Search
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Google’s quest to organize all the world’s information has taken another step forward today with the announcement that magazines are now appearing in Google Book Search. In time, these results will also become part of regular Google searches.

How Are People Succeeding on Digg?
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Well, some are paying for it directly, but if you don’t want to do that, you can just develop your reputation and basically make friends. That is really what it’s all about.

Everyone knows that Digg is a popularity contest. It can still be a great place to find interesting stories, but it’s not unbiased. You have to know people (or pay them) to get your content enough Diggs to really get noticed by the community at large.

Yahoo Zimbra Desktop Now Synching

Yahoo has announced that its Zimbra Desktop can now be synchronized with Yahoo Contacts and Calendar.

To try out the calendar synchronization users need to be on the new Yahoo Calendar Beta.

The Yahoo Mail Blog explains. "After you have installed or updated your Zimbra software, go to the Account Setup link and then look for the link to Edit your account details." 

Tons of Holiday Google Mobile Tips – Video Style

In an effort to spread some holiday cheer and perhaps some more Google Mobile use, Google is posting a number of holiday video tips for using the Google Mobile service. For instance, here are a couple of mildly amusing videos of Santa using Google Mobile to figure out how to give himself the Heimlich maneuver after he begins to choke, and finding a locksmith when he can’t gain entrance into someone’s home. For some reason, he’s delivering presents in the middle of the day.

Microsoft Talks Up Vista Customer Satisfaction Trend
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A lot of eyes may be fixed on Windows 7, but Microsoft hasn’t given up on Vista just yet.  An executive recently spoke out in defense of the operating system, saying that customers’ reactions are improving.

Pulitzer Opens Up To Online-Only Publications

The Pulitzer Prize Board has announced it will now accept submissions from online-only news outlets for the first time in its history.

An Internet Virus Can Start Anywhere
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SES: An Internet Virus Can Start Anywhere

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