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Before I begin this column, you should know that I never play the lottery. In late November 2012, though, I found myself in line with a dozen other people getting ready to purchase a ticket for the Powerball drawing. After all, the jackpot was over $500 million at that point. Forking over a few dollars for the possibility of winning a few hundred million was just too tempting.

Posted Jan 01, 2013

While without a doubt the internet has made it easier to search for jobs-from such general job-seeking sites as Monster.com to more specialized ones such as JournalismJobs.com-it has also, in some cases, made it more difficult for someone to get hired. According to a survey released in April by CareerBuilder, LLC, nearly 2 in 5 companies use social networking sites to research job candidates. And a March survey from Eurocom Worldwide shows that 1 in 5 technology industry executives admit to rejecting an applicant based on his or her social media profile.

Posted Dec 31, 2012

Beginning in 2009 with the massive election protests in Iran, media pundits in the West began heralding a new era of political activism in which young pro-democracy advocates harnessed the power of social media to organize spontaneously to overthrow their oppressors. Aided by western journalists, the term "Twitter Revolution" entered the popular lexicon to refer to the mass demonstrations and uprisings in Iran, Tunisia and Egypt during the period from 2009-2011. In his celebratory piece, "The Revolution Will Be Twittered", the prominent British political commentator Andrew Sullivan declared, "You cannot stop people any longer ... They can bypass your established media; they can broadcast to one another; they can organize as never before."

Posted Dec 27, 2012

If Instagram has you feeling like a professional photographer the news tweaks to its terms of service may have you concerned about your intellectual property. Starting January 16, 2013, the photosharing app will share data with Facebook. How will your data - and your photos - be used?

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Early adopters. In the digital age, they're people like you and me-folks who are among the first to see the possibilities of the "next best thing." We sign up for the latest services, test cutting-edge approaches, and try newfangled electronic devices. If we like what we see, we often become unofficial evangelists, helping to spread the gospel of the "next best thing."

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Liferay, Inc., provider of an enterprise-class, open source portal, announced the launch of Social Office 2.0 Enterprise Edition (EE), the newest version of Liferay's social collaboration solution for enterprise teams. Social Office 2.0 EE, the newest app available in Liferay Marketplace, equips users with a means to collaborate with teams in their business units and to build a social network within their enterprise.

Posted Dec 13, 2012

Ping.it, an Oslo-based web startup, introduces an alternative to information overload and mass content sharing. The new technology lets people send "pings" - relevant content recommendations - straight to designated recipients instead of sharing to a public stream, as in traditional social networks. And unlike e-mail accounts, the Ping.it inbox has no address that can be reached by unsolicited content.

Posted Dec 13, 2012

Last week, Instagram made waves when it pulled its Twitter integration. Now Twitter has introduced its Instagram-like photo editing tools. The tools are available on iPhones and Android devices.

Posted Dec 11, 2012

According to one Huffington Post writer, Facebook's 1 billion user figures may be vastly overstated. Janet Tavakoli says that due to duplicate accounts, straight out fakes, and identity fraud, she estimates the social media giant's use base to be more around the 500 million mark.

Posted Dec 11, 2012

Nimble, a social relationship management pioneer now integrates with HootSuite, makers of a social media management system. Now users can connect social media best practices to Social CRM capabilities, such as identifying, connecting and nurturing prospects; businesses can finally "close the loop" on social selling and customer engagement.

Posted Dec 11, 2012

My grandmother used to say three things changed the world after World War II: the atom bomb, the birth control pill, and television. The atom bomb because people recognized that entire countrysides could be devastated in a matter of seconds; the pill because women could control their fertility; and television because people could watch the news unfold in real time. It wasn't just her either: It seems that most historians agree with this premise.

Posted Dec 11, 2012

Wondering why the picture you just took of your lunch and promptly Instagram'd isn't displaying properly on you Twitter feed? Well, according to The New York Times it isn't just a glitch. Instagram - and by extension, Facebook - disabled the ability for photos to display properly on the Twitter site and applications.

Posted Dec 05, 2012

Another potential Facebook competitor has entered the fray. Socl, Microsoft's offering to the social network market, is now in open-beta after originally launching in May. At first glance, it certainly looks different than Facebook, Twitte, or Google+. But it is reminiscent of the visual-heavy Pinterest. But Microsoft describes Socl a bit differently:

Posted Dec 05, 2012

By all measures, 2012 was a boom year for social media. From big acquisitions and huge IPOs to increasing engagement on every screen, social media was omnipresent-growing bigger at every turn.

Posted Dec 03, 2012

Breaking up is hard to do, which may be why Facebook and Zynga have simply opted to "see other people" rather than break off their relationship all together. On November 29, the two companies made regulatory filings that detailed changes to the partnership that has made virtual farming all the rage. In 2010 the companies signed a five year agreement, but they are now cutting it short.

Posted Nov 30, 2012

For every brave soul that posts a comment on a website or blog there are likely hundreds of others simply lurking in the background. Content providers crave interaction and want to encourage discussion, yet many find themselves faced with a dearth of comments, save for perhaps those spammy postings that pop up every once in a while. What can they do?

Posted Nov 30, 2012

"Cyber Monday" may have come and gone, but that doesn't mean America is done with its online holiday shopping. In fact, a recent LivePerson survey found that 63% of shoppers plan to do 50% or more of their holiday shopping online. And this holiday season retailers have relatively new tool at their disposal with sites like the wildly-popular Pinterest.

Posted Nov 28, 2012

It's the time of year when predictions abound, and in the digital content world, few things are cause for more speculation than mobile revenues. ABI Research data says mobile app revenue will top out at over $30 billion by the end of the year, PCMag reports. That is nearly double what apps raked in last year.

Posted Nov 27, 2012

British "Silicon Roundabout"-based social data analytics provider, Likely Limited, announced the completion of a $1.6 million (£1million) equity investment led by growth capital specialists New World Private Equity together with seed and early stage specialists Charlotte Street Capital.

Posted Nov 26, 2012

There are currently over 50 million Hispanic people in the U.S. This means that the Hispanic population of the U.S. is greater than the entire population of Spain, which makes the U.S. home to the second largest Hispanic population in the world, second only to Mexico. Furthermore, the Hispanic population is growing despite the precipitous decline in immigration from Hispanic countries since the Great Recession. Currently comprising about 17% of the U.S. population, Hispanic people will constitute between 26-29% of the U.S. population by 2050.

Posted Nov 22, 2012

Twitter wants to make darn sure you can share its content and bring new eyeballs to its site. Users will now be able to share Tweets via email to non-users and users alike-which has the added bonus of passing along any photos attached to the post.

Posted Nov 19, 2012

Badgeville announced the launch of Badgeville Embed, a new product offering that enables technology and software providers to increase user engagement and reduce customer churn. Embed introduces OEM Networks, making it easier for technology providers to manage engagement mechanics for thousands of customers.

Posted Nov 15, 2012

netizeen, an application for tablets to unleash the social engagement potential of magazines launched its open beta. With netizeen, users are able to interact around content, creating a shared magazine reading experience. It offers readers the potential for real-time conversation with one another. With netizeen's topic-based social structure, readers have a way to discover, connect, and chat in real time. netizeen's social features reflect the growing trend of forming and facilitating communities around content and similar interests.

Posted Nov 14, 2012

Pinterest is a relatively new entrant to the social media market. As a virtual pinboard, the mission of the site is to "connect everyone in the world through the ‘things' they find interesting." The site offers some examples under the heading "What Can You Do With Pinterest?" that include: redecorating your home, planning a wedding, finding your style, saving your inspirations and saving your recipes. While these suggested uses are prevalent among the site's participants, other uses are springing up regularly as individuals and businesses find new, and increasingly practical, uses. Content providers are among them-using Pinterest to share information on the environment, events, jobs and more.

Posted Nov 14, 2012

In 2006 I wrote a blog post on thinkjose.com about a small appliance company in Utah doing something dangerous and in turn creating a viral success selling $400 blenders that could turn a rake into sawdust. Several months later I wrote a feature article for Streaming Media entitled "Giant Web 2.0 Lies" highlighting BlendTec and their runaway video success. BlendTec continues to use the Will It Blend? videos to test their devices' power by blending phones, gaming consoles, cars, and even food over the last six years. With over 120 YouTube videos the company has racked up almost half a million subscribers and over 212 million views on their YouTube.com/Blendtec channel.

Posted Nov 08, 2012

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