Baidu Launches Social Music Experience With Major Label Support

Baidu Social Music

Baidu Social MusicWhen China search company Baidu began pointing users to copyright-infringing websites via their Baidu MP3 service they came under fire by major labels around the world and now the company is looking to rectify that PR nightmare by launching a new social music service which has received support from major record labels.

Known as Baidu Ting, the program has partnered with Warner Music, Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group. The new system offers music downloads and streaming capabilities, much like options we’ve seen from services such as Spotify, Pandora and Grooveshark.

Among the sites best features are music browsing and streaming, the ability to download free songs and social networking aspects that includes the ability to create and share personalized playlists and check out popularity charts based on what other users are listening to. [Read more…]

Foursquare Expands “College Badge” Program, Removes Badge Fee

Foursquare College Badges

Foursquare College Badges

Following the success of the company’s “Universities 2.0” program, Foursquare announced on Wednesday that they are bringing the program back and adding even more colleges to the program.

On the official Foursquare blog they announced that 15 colleges have partnered with the company at this time and they include:

Arizona State University, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, University of Oregon, Texas Tech, Duke University, West Virginia University, University of Oklahoma, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Kansas, University of South Florida, Virginia Tech, UC Berkeley and The Ohio State University.

The program initially launched with Harvard, Stanford and Syracuse and will relaunch when the fall semester starts for students.

Location based badges for other universities are also expected to be added as the program expands.

The schools chosen to participate were given priority because they have already teamed with Foursquare in the past, for example Texas A&M had previously used Foursquare to sponsor campus wide scavenger hunts. [Read more…]

The Social Media High School Yearbook

Social Media Class of 2011 Yearbook

Although the profession “Social Media Expert” too often sighted is on CVs already, the kids of today have grown up and are ready to graduate as “Social Media Experts”. Although many will argue that Bulletin Boards and platforms such as the Usenet were a form of social media already, it is rather simple to accept that they aren’t representative of Social Media in our day and age.
The students now in high school are the first generation to have grown up with social media omni-present and will soon graduate, and be employed by companies who have social media policies and guidelines. Policies which will restrict freedom to share online. Before being hired job candidates might already be screened and their social media profile might be profiled for your online activity over the last seven years.

Social Media doesn’t have to be as negative or fearful all the time though and the crew at Flowtown have created a great and funny infographic about the social media landscape in 2011. If you were in high school right now, would you be the Digg boy, or the band geek? Or the Jock? [Read more…]

Microsoft Apologizes for Amy Winehouse Download Tweet

"Tasteless beyond belief" says one about @tweetbox360's "tribute" tweet to Amy Winehouse.

The Twitter account of Microsoft’s Xbox (@tweetbox360 ) tweeted “Remember Amy Winehouse by downloading the ground-breaking ‘Back to Black’ over at Zune,” and stirred a lot of negative reactions.

"Tasteless beyond belief" says one about @tweetbox360's "tribute" tweet to Amy Winehouse.

Ranging from sarcastic advice to “stay classy” to being called a “contender for stupidest tweet of the day”, the tweet has forced Microsoft to issue an apology. “Apologies to everyone if our earlier Amy Winehouse ‘download’ tweet seemed purely commercially motivated. Far from the case, we assure you.”

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‘Apply With LinkedIn’ Button Goes Live With Easy Integration, Simple Application Process

LinkedIn Apply Within Referral System

Apply With LinkedIn ButtonLinkedIn on Monday officially released the “Apply With LinkedIn” button which allows social media friendly businesses to accept job applications via a users LinkedIn profile.

The social network is calling their new feature “the future of job applications” which they say will include making the job application process as simple as a click.

The button functions in the same was as the Facebook Like and Twitter tweet buttons, allowing users to embed a job application button on their website. Once a user clicks on the button they are given the opportunity to request references from their contacts.

Here’s a closer look at the simple referral request display: [Read more…]

Install The WordPress Popup Scheduler Plugin For Better Readers Engagement

Getting your visitors’ attention and encouraging them to interact on your blog is often a hard task. Popups are the obvious choice when it comes to this sort of situation, but you don’t want to annoy your visitors or run them away. This is why the WordPress Popup Scheduler plugin is the ideal choice because it has numerous customization options, which allow you to customize it to suit your needs and be less obtrusive. As you’ll see from the customization options, popups don’t have to be annoying or boring. And this is the reason why we have installed it on our psd to html conversion blog.

Here’s what you can do with the WordPress Popup Scheduler plugin.

When to Show

You can decide when you’d like your popup to appear to your visitors, by choosing one of the following options:

  • When new visitors arrive
  • When visitors return for the (second, third, fourth or fifth) visit
  • Starting from a specific date for a certain number of days or for every few number of days
  • At all times
  • Whenever you make changes to the popup content

Set a Delay

You can have the popup show immediately when a visitor lands on the page or you can delay it for a specific number of seconds. We did that in our business neon signs store because we wanted the users to be able to learn more about the product first. So it’s probably best to wait a few seconds so that your visitors aren’t bombarded as soon as they land on your site. [Read more…]

Social Media Background Checks Are Becoming More Common

Twitter Logo

Twitter Logo

The next time you post a message about your drunken nights on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks it might be worth taking a step back and figuring out how those messages may affect your future and even current employment.

The number of employers gathering social network information according to a recent study are on the climb and the information they are gathering might surprise some users, including posts, feeds and even photos.

Evan Urbania of Chatterbox told CBS Local:

“We know that the software and technology and tools that are out there started kind of really recording and logging the social space, going back to about 2005 and 2006 when social media really started to take shape.” [Read more…]

The Difference Between Law & Ethics in Blogging

Dogs on Leash Law

Dogs on Leash LawSocieties generally have two ways that they try to encourage “positive” or “good” behavior on its members, laws and ethics.

But while both are similar in that they are ways to punish or discourage unwanted behavior, they are radically different in both what they are and how they operate.

As a blogger, you find yourself operating in a variety of societies. This includes traditional ones such as your local community, your country and the world as a whole as well as digital ones such as the blogging community and the Internet community.

This has some fairly profound implications for the laws and ethics you have to wrangle with as you’re not only caught between the duality of the two elements themselves, but in the layers of often conflicting standards of all the societies you reach and are a part of.

To unravel this mess, we have to first take a look at the differences between law and ethics and understand how they each impact bloggers in slightly different, but very powerful, ways. [Read more…]

Do No Evil: Google+ Shuts Down Top Brand Profiles, Reaps Ridicule from Tech Pundits

Google+ Migration from personal to business account will not be possible

Do no evilIn an upcoming and expected move, some hours ago Google+ proceded to close a majority of business profiles. We discussed the issue business owners face, due to the lack of profiles for businesses on Google+, recently.

One of the things I said was that Google+ would have to take a clear stand and when, also enforce it:

I do hope you will collaborate and when users do report profiles of brands, no matter how big the brand or website and how popular the page, these profiles will subsequently be deactivated until the pages option for businesses is available.

And exactly that has happened: Christian Oestlien, announced that the Google+ team has deactivated multiple business accounts (also those of Mashable, Sesame Street and many more).

But the story took a rather ridiculous twist and SEO Google spammer par excellence, Pete Cashmore, A.K.A. as CEO and Founder of Mashable, quickly changed the Mashable News account to his personal name and also changed the profile picture, the latter similar to the Mashable Twitter account. [Read more…]

Google+ Early Success: Privacy. Around 2/3 of Updates are Private

Google Plus Circles

Google Plus CirclesOne of the much hyped features of Google+ are the privacy settings, which are not new compared to Facebook, but easier to configure and actually use. While it is unlikely that we’ll soon get any insight in the user numbers. The number known so far is that more than 10 million users signed up to the service within its first three weeks. If, we can expect more official numbers it will probably be at Google’s next earnings call.

While it is too early to call Google+ a success, more and more we see very interesting numbers emerge, combined with the fact that the immediate reception and hype around the service did push Google’s stock (GOOG) with 13%.
Hitwise estimated Google+ at around 300,00 daily US based visits after two weeks, comScore said on Wednesday that the site had reached 20 million page views already in only three weeks, Paul Allen estimates there’s 18 million users already and Alexa ranks the G+ subdomain at almost 2% of the entire traffic to Google properties.

In an interview with The Mercury News, Vic Gundotra – Google+ Project Lead, disclosed another interesting statistic: around 2/3 or more of the updates posted to Google+ are ‘Limited’ and shared only with a select number of people. Women are also likely to share more content privately than men and early statistics of a low number of female users (less than 15%) are wrong. [Read more…]