March 31, 2012

YouTube As Cash Cow: Charlie Bit My Finger Family Has Earned $500,000 [Video]

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Charlie Bit My FingerIn 2007 father Howard Davies-Carr put up a YouTube video titled “Charlie Bit My Finger” which as the name suggests featured a baby boy named Charlie who bit his brothers finger.

Since going viral just over 4 years ago the video has been viewed 436 million times, earning the family heaps of money under Google’s revenue sharing program.

According to Mr. Davies-Carr he almost removed the video at one boy but then realized:

“At first I thought, well, this is a bit strange, maybe I should take it down.  And then I realized that, well, if I take it down then what would happen is that everybody that’s already created parodies or taken a copy of it and put it on their own website will just keep those running.”

The family started receiving revenue after the video reached 50 million views and when added in with TV spots the family soon found itself half a million dollars richer with more money coming in as people continue to revisit an internet favorite clip.  read more

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March 30, 2012

Spotify’s Facebook Timeline Goes Back 1000 Years, Drops Some Education On Us

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Spotify Timeline Goes Back 1000 YearsSpotify is the most popular music streaming services currently available in many parts of the world and the company takes their music very seriously, so much so that the service recently worked with Facebook to created a Facebook Timeline that showcases music that’s up to 1,000 years old.

While Spotify only launched in 2006 and didn’t reach the U.S. until last year they wanted to showcase different music styling of the last 1,000 years.

On the Spotify Facebook page users will find music as modern as Eminem and Frank Sinatra, all the way back to German composer St. Hildegard Bingen who was rocking out audiences way back in 1098.

By simply navigating Facebook Timeline pages Facebook users can have some music knowledge dropped on them while perhaps finding some new artists to listen to for all types of events.  read more

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Effective Guerilla Link Building Strategies

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There are many strategies that are effective in achieving the goal of increasing a blog or website’s page rank in search engines. A high page ranking means you’ll get more visits to your website, which is what all blog or website owners want. Among the many strategies that you can use, link building remains one of the most effective strategies.

There are many ways of implementing a good link building strategy for your website or blog. One of the more effective ways of doing this is by using certain guerilla tactics that will generate the links that you need. For example, a popular guerilla link building tactic is to write link bait articles. These are articles that have a compelling content that other sites will want to link to it. It could be a controversial topic or a polarizing opinion. read more

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Fundamentals of Starting A Blog

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Blogs are so popular nowadays that practically everyone has a blog – be it for personal use or for the promotion of their business. Blogs are an effective way of putting your ideas across on the internet, talk about things that interest you, or market a product or service.

Starting a blog is easy and does not require a lot of hand-holding. Here are some tips and steps on how to create a blog. read more

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March 29, 2012

Tumblr Reaches 20 Billion Posts, Almost Forgets To Tell Everyone

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Tumblr 20 Billion PostsLeave it to the team at Tumblr to nearly forget to mention that they’ve reached 20 billion posts. The company used a rather casual tweet to its 237,000 followers to make mention of the mathematical big milestone.

In the tweet the company said:

“Forgot to make a big deal of this earlier.”

For a company that just got its start in 2007 they should be considering the feat a big deal, especially when considering that the company’s massive content is almost solely created by users who are not paid or even asked by the company to create content.  read more

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March 28, 2012

Reddit Is An Effective Tool For Social Change, It’s What Blogging Wants To Be

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Reddit bullyReddit is more than a social link sharing platform and micro-blogging service, it’s a platform for change that helps social issues gain momentum and the platform proved that point once again this week when it helped a bullying victim target their bully.

A student under the pseudonym “Sarah” posted about a bully who was bothering them offline and online. As evidence mounted about the bully and their propensity towards death threats the Reddit community stood behind the victim.

The students school was soon flooded with emails demanding that action be taken, ironically some of those requests were “a little nasty” and “bully friendly” on their own.

Regardless of the email attacks and their often nasty message, Sarah showed up at school the next day at which point the schools principal called the police, allowed all victims involved to share their stories and ultimately have the police called in to question the bully.

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March 27, 2012

Social Media Is Popular But Email Is Still The Reigning King [Study]

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Email vs Social MediaAs a country, perhaps even as a planet we have become increasingly obsessed with social networks and while more than 845 million people may be using Facebook, 140 million are on Twitter and Google+ is about to reach 100 million users that hasn’t stopped email from being the number one source of internet communications.

Research firm Ipsos recently polled 19,216 adults in 24 countries and they found that 85% of those polled said internet email was an important part of their communication structure while just 62% admitted to using social networks.

Of course how people actually use the internet greatly differs from one country to the next. For example in Hungary 94% of internet users choose to log into their accounts just to check email while just 46% of Suadi Arabians choose email as their main reason for logging onto the web.  read more

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Pinterest Listens to Users and Revises Terms and Conditions

Pinterest can be a great way to increase the visibility of your brand or connect with other like-minded individuals in your industry (although it doesn’t help eliminate distractions for writers because it is so incredibly addicting, but I digress). For this reason, the social network has over 10.4 million registered uses, 9 million monthly Facebook connected users, and 2 million daily Facebook users according to Inside Network’s AppData tracking service. However, even with all of these users, the site was in serious jeopardy just a few short days ago.

Users were starting to realize that the Pinterest terms and conditions simply were not safe. Since most people do not read the terms and conditions, this problem went unnoticed by many for quite some time. Nevertheless, the truth came out quick to a large number of people; forcing Pinterest to make a change. Below are some of the terms and conditions that caused the uproar:

  • When you pin something, you agree that you own whatever it is you pin or have permission from the original owner.
  • Pinterest is allowed to sell anything you pin.
  • If any legal fees need to be paid or dealt with, you must pay the legal fees for Pinterest.
  • Any risk you may be taking by using the site (copyright issues, ownership disagreements, etc.) is entirely your responsibility.

The word was spread quickly by this graphic written by Jon Contino. This caused many to remove photographs or stop using the site out of fear that something would go wrong and they would be entirely responsible for all fees and blame. Fortunately, Pinterest listened.

The Latest Pinterest Terms and Conditions Changes

This past weekend the Pinterest team sent an email message out to all users to help solve the situation. Pinterest decided that they would be changing their terms and conditions and apologized for any inconvenience the terms may have caused. The terms will not be split into three sections: Terms of Service, Acceptable Use Policy, and Privacy Policy

Splitting the terms up into three sections should help make the terms easier to understand for all users. However most importantly, the site is going to change some of the “rules” that had so many users up in arms. Below are some of the changes discussed in the email:

  • Pinterest will not be selling any content published on the site.
  • Pins that explicitly encourage self-harm or self-abuse will not be tolerated (such as unhealthy diets or bullying).
  • There will not be simpler tools for anyone to report any copyright or trademark issues. Every pin will also have the option of a “Report Pin” button to help make this easier.
  • New features such as a Pinterest API will be added. This will allow developers and third party services top get involved in the site.

All of these changes will be set into motion on April 6, 2012. Although we still haven’t seen any changes about legal fees or responsibility of the images on the site, this is certainly a set in the right direction.

Will this change the way you use Pinterest?

Amanda DiSilvestro is a writer on topics ranging from social media to payroll processing. She writes for an online resource that gives advice on topics including merchant services to small businesses and entrepreneurs for Resource Nation.

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March 26, 2012

Pinterest Continues To Gain Popularity Around The World [Infographic]

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pinterest logoPinterest is still operating as a “private beta” social media network but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming the 16th most popular website in the United States. In fact half of all Pinterest traffic currently comes from US visitors.

While the site definitely gained its momentum in the United States the infographic shown below by Color Jam demonstrates how far the company has come in a relatively short period of time.

Pinterest now includes more than 12 million actives users and receives 16.23 million unique visitors in February, 2012.

As you’ll notice on the Infographic map each country shows three numbers, correlating to the popularity of Pinterest versus other social networks in each country. For each percentage we are given the average number of users and pae views each country offers to Pinterest on a daily basis.   read more

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March 22, 2012

Facebook May Have Purchased 750 Patents From IBM

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Facebook Patent BuyYahoo and Facebook are embroiled in the start of what could be a long legal battle over 10 patents Yahoo claims Facebook has violated through its social networking service but now reports are circulating that Facebook may be collecting a patent war chest of its own.

A new report suggests that the world’s largest social network may have acquired 750 patents from computer-systems giant IBM.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek a  “person with knowledge of the transaction” revealed the purchase although the companies have not yet went public.

The move will largely be seen as a defensive maneuver as Facebook attempts to fight about against companies with far larger patent stockpiles. For example Microsoft, Apple and even Yahoo have managed to stockpile thousands of patents while Facebook has registered just 56 patents.  read more

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