Cashmore: Google building a Facebook rival? Let’s hope so – CNN.com – I’m looking forward to this for a couple reasons. First: competition is good for this industry. Second: I want to see how the “do no evil” Google mantra holds up in a social networking environment that is starting to push back on privacy. Watch for them to connect their search ad model. I smell new ad options in Google Adwords.
Introducing SlideShowPro Mobile – Video: The popular, robust slide show solution for Flash just released HTML5 support for non-Flash devices, eg iPad & iPhone.
The Social Media Problem for Companies – @daveatnorth from Portland agency North reminds us that social media shouldn’t be thought of as a fix for marketing your brand in this year’s web. Rather, it is a medium that makes it easier to act on our social nature. Let’s not forget that social media connects people and extends our ability to cultivate relationships. That’s the core purpose of participation in social media. Brands are guests at the party.
In Online Retail, Usability Is Rated No. 1 – eMarketer – At the very end of this article is an important point. If visitors to your e-commerce site are there for research, you can think of your site like any other non-e-commerce site where the goal is efficient access to valuable information. Good to remember.
Music – AudioJungle – I haven’t bought anything from this music collection yet, but if you’re familiar with the other online options for sound effects or background music for video, you’ll recognize the potential here. Plus, it’s part of Envato, so you can expect quality.
Data Monday: Mobile Apps vs. Mobile Web – Clients are often quick to request we build an app when often a mobile website makes more sense. Then again, Jobs says the future is apps. Here are the user tendency numbers to help you decide.
Take your RSS Feed and Dlvr.it to Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr | Techcrunch – … and LinkedIn. Portland social syndication company Dlvr.it just got ‘crunched. Just out of private Beta, this is my favorite tool for sending social status updates to custom delivery groups. Powered by multiple RSS input sources, I can customize exactly what content I want to post where. Want examples? My blog posts are announced my Facebook Page, LinkedIn, and Twitter, as are my Delicious bookmarks. Any photo I post to my ‘life’ Flickr photoset shows in my personal Facebook profile status. My Pandora favorites are announced on Facebook and Twitter…
Combine this syndication convenience with the power of their dlvr.it URL shortner, and you get the very best social media reach stats out there. Beyond retweets, think click-through trends, reach potential, most popular links you’ve posted… I could go on, but you just need sign up and check it out. You’ll wonder how you handled your social media presence without it.
The Battle of the Men’s Body Washes – WSJ.com – Ms Wells thinks W +K’s Old Spice campaign has the edge for men’s personal grooming because they’re selling to the ladies. For the rest of us, we prefer whatever is already in the shower. I’ll do frilly, especially if it’s convenient.
These are my links for February 24th through February 25th:
5 Fantastic Facebook Fan Page Ideas to Learn From – This article shows a few examples of what to use a business Facebook Fan Page for: a landing page with a simple call to action (which eventually utilizes FB photo sharing to host user photos), full functionality micro sites, and coupons.
Before & After magazine e-list – How to find the perfect color for your next design. As seen on Lifehacker. This is a PDF with some basic color theory and a tutorial on using colors in an image to build the perfect palette.
My wife linked me to TiltedTwister.com, because she knew I would watch the video end to end, jaw agape. Hans Andersson has used only the pieces in the Lego Mindstorms NXT retail kit to build a robot that can solve the Rubik’s Cube puzzle in about 6 minutes.
The TT uses it’s one little eye to scan the entire cube first, then plans its moves accordingly. Even more amazing is that the robot only has a single motor that will only turn the bottom row. Hans, your brain is huge.