July 31, 2012

Spotify Brings Free Radio Service To Android OS

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Spotify Radio App

Social music streaming service Spotify announced on Friday the release of its radio app for Android users. The announcement comes one month after Spotify released the same feature for Apple iOS users.

Using the application Spotify users can create stations based on artists, albums and other playlists from Spotify’s entire library of songs, nearly 16 million options all together.

Given the social nature of the Spotify app the program also allows users to receive inspiration from friends’ playlists.

Stealing a page from the Pandora music app users can also “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” song selections at which point the Spotify radio app will choose songs that best suit a listeners tastes.

One of the best features is a “like” button which will place song selections on a users desktop for later listening, a nice touch of mobile meets desktop.  read more

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July 30, 2012

Digg To Feature Human Editors, Large Images

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Rethinking Digg From A Design Standpoint

When new Digg owner Betaworks is finished with the social sharing websites image-heavy design users will likely not recognize what they discover.

The Digg team on Monday wrote of the redesign:

“The final version is close to complete. When you visit Digg.com later this week, you’ll find a beautiful, image-friendly, and ad-free experience.”

The Digg.com stories will be chosen by editors and chose stories will be based on shares via Facebook and Twitter.

Launching with a huge face lift on August 1st after a six-week hiatus the site will feature more space for bigger stories while some articles without photos will also be featured. According to the sites staff:

“Some stories are bigger and have more impact than others; some stories are actually components of other ones. Some stories can be told with text; others are best told through images.” read more

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July 27, 2012

What to do With Your Website Before it’s Ready to Launch

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If you want to build excitement, traffic and an audience around your new website or online product launch then your marketing efforts should start from the moment you register the domain name, if not before. In many cases, parked domains are simply a waste of internet real estate and do nothing to help you build your brand or start building a customer base.

There are other more worthwhile but low-effort methods that can be utilised while you work on your site or product behind the scenes and will help you hit the ground running when you are ready for the launch. Don’t leave your domain name doing nothing, or sending traffic to your web host or domain registrar, set it up so that it can at least bring you some benefit before you are ready to unleash the real thing. A simple, well designed temporary page informing visitors briefly what you will be offering them is a vital tool to help to build the buzz. read more

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July 26, 2012

Twitter Goes Down For Everyone, Fail Whale Emerges From The Rubble

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Twitter Fails

The fail whale emerged on Twitter for all users on Thursday after the website experienced technical difficulties that shut down the world’s second largest social media network.

First experienced at 11:15 a.m. ET the site was down for nearly one hour at which time no postings were captured.

Upon relaunching the website was still experiencing only limited functionality for some users while others still could not access or log into their accounts.  read more

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July 25, 2012

LinkedIn Offering Tighter Microsoft Outlook Integration

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LinkedIn Integration with OutlookEmail has failed to disappear despite the warnings of social media experts and if Microsoft has anything to say about it MS Outlook is actually about to make email software better. The company has announced that the new version of Office software will come with easier LinkedIn connections for Outlook.

While LinkedIn works with Outlook 2003, 2007 and 2010 there is at least one big issue that was addressed on Wednesday via the LinkedIn blog:

Today, we’re really excited to share that the Outlook Social Connector for the next release of Office will no longer require an additional download to sync with LinkedIn. This means you just have to sign-in once with your LinkedIn credentials and immediately you’ll start seeing rich profile information, like photos and LinkedIn network activity for any connection that emails you. You’ll also see LinkedIn profile data surface when you view a People Card throughout the new Office experience.

Microsoft then published the following sample image on the Microsoft blog: read more

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July 24, 2012

Pinterest Advertising First! Nutrisystem Must Add Disclaimers To Weight Loss Ad Claims

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Pinterest Ads for NutrisystemPinterest advertisers no longer have the free range to say what they would like without providing warnings to customers. The Council of Better Business Bureau’s National Advertising Division asked Nutrisystem on Tuesday to begin attaching disclosures about their weight loss testimonials to their ads.

A Pinterest board asked customers who were successful with the program to post testimonials about their “reasonable” weight loss from the program which prescribes a diet of prepackaged meals.

Pins on the board including a customers name, their “after” pictures and the number of pounds they lost while using the Nutrisystem program.

While Nutrisystem does not pay to use Pinterest NAD ruled that the curation of the sites marketing tools warrants proper disclosures on Pins.

Nutrisystem was quick to add the following disclaimer: read more

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July 23, 2012

Tumblr Blog ‘Text From Dog’ Inks Book Deal

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Text From Dog LogoTumblr blog Text From Dog has landed a book deal. The website publishes fictitious SMS conversations between a dog and its owner with humorous results.

U.K. Publisher Headline Publishing will release the book on October 25.

Launched in April the blog offers the following description:

“My dog sends me texts. I post them here. Yeah, it’s weird.”

Text From Dog creator October Jones and his dog Cooper expressed their excitement on Twitter, tweeting to their many fans: read more

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July 20, 2012

Google Acquires Social Email Startup ‘Sparrow’

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Google Buy SparrowGoogle has been working endlessly to integrate Gmail into the realm of social media, for example users can now more easily connect their Gmail accounts to Google+. On Friday the company announced the acquisition of Mac OS X and iPhone social media startup Sparrow.

Sparrow created inboxes look more like Twitter feeds than email inboxes, using truncated messages that look like text messages more than full emails.

The startups messages then connect with Facebook which allows a sender’s picture to pop up with their messages while still retaining the feel of a private email inbox.  read more

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Insta-WP Makes Wallpaper Creation Fun With Instagram Integration

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Insta-WP LogoSeveral months ago I wrote an article about InstaBG.com, a platform that allows users to create daily or static Twitter backgrounds using Instagram photos. Now the company behind InstaBG has created Insta-WP, a program that once again integrates with Instagram, this time to create wallpaper images of various sizes.

Using Insta-WP is very simple, users starts by navigating to Insta-WP at which time they click on the “Create “InstaWallpaper” button.

Insta-WP Main Screen

The next part of the setup is to choose the wallpaper size which ranges from 320 x 480 pixels to a much larger 2048 x 1536. One of the nicest parts of the options screen is that Insta-WP tells you which sizes to use for each of your devices. For example the iPad 3 can use 2048 x 1536 pixel wallpapers while the Galaxy Tab 7.0 relies on 1024 x 600 pixels.

Here’s a preview of the Insta-WP screen size setup: read more

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July 17, 2012

Tweetdeck Gets A Facelift With Sleek Interface, Improved Management Tools

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Tweetdeck Improved

Tweetdeck on Tuesday rolled out a new version of its social media management application, allowing users to better navigate through tweets while more easily handling multiple accounts.

The new update is available for Mac OS X, Chrome and windows operating systems and brings with it the ability to show columns in one horizontal row. The new update also offers an updated menu icon for every tweet which provides instant access to various actions including creating a list, deleting a post or reporting a user for spam without leaving the apps main view window.

Tweetdeck’s app update comes at a time when Twitter is winning over more fans by adding better member access through an advanced search feature which allows for member, hashtag and mentions searching. Twitter this week also announced autocomplete, related suggestions and iPhone/Android app updates.

As shown in the video below users can move columns by hovering over the drag icon which is located to the right of the column, then dropping it wherever it belongs. read more