March 31, 2013

Twitter’s Most Obnoxious Tech Tweeters Revealed [Infographic]

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Tech TweetersTwitter has more than half a billion tweeters and with those type of numbers the social network is bound to have run-ins with some really obnoxious users.

The team at Conduit decided to check out Twitter’s worst users and put together a hilarious infographic that examines the social networks most obnoxious people.

Talking about Twitter’s worst offenders Conduit’s Sivan Cohen revealed:

“With over half a billion users, it’s no surprise that Twitter has its fair share of awful tweeters.”

The company specifically examined eleven awful tech tweeter types. From “know-it-all developers” who attempt to always look brilliant, to eventaholic Twitter users who brag about all the cool events they are attending, the group really hits the nail on the head. read more

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Anonymous To Spam Facebook With ‘Uncensored’ Posts On April 6

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Anonymous attacking Facebook April 6Hacktivist collective Anonymous will spam Facebook on April 6, 2013. The collective has promise to target the world’s largest social network with “uncensored material” that will clog up Facebook news feeds.

The fragmented groups known as Anonymous have attempted on various occasions to bring down social networks with no success, that of course does not mean they will stop now.

Anonymous is calling the campaign #OpTruthForce.

According to AnonNews:

“In past years we have seen a growing force around the world. Governments and corporations are working strategically to stop free speech by the people. In more recent months we have witnessed an increased number of account blocking and deletion by Facebook, of users who dare to ridicule, mock, satirize, or speak out against political leaders or corporations heavily involved with politics.” read more

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Twitter’s Vine Receives Embed Feature, Better Facebook And Twitter Sharing

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Vine Embeds

Twitter has rolled out a new embed feature for its Vine platform. Users can now choose to embed Vine’s based on three different sizes. The company also unveiled stronger Facebook and Twitter sharing options.

In a company blog post  co-founder and general manager Dom Hofmann writes:

“When we launched Vine, we described posts as ‘little windows into the people, settings, ideas and objects that make up your life.’ With today’s update, you can display them almost anywhere.” read more

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March 29, 2013

RedditRewind Aims To Pull Up Old Memories From Weeks Past

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Reddit Rewind

RedditRewind is yet another reason for site visitors to spend their time endlessly clicking through Reddit posts. Developed by platform creator and back-end developer Parham Negahdar and front-end developer Morley Zhi, the RedditRewind feature allows users to use Reddit as a virtual time machine. Redditors can find old photos, videos, and links that have been posted to popular subReddits over the last few months.

Speaking about the need for such a platform Negahdar explains:

“I saw there was lots of interest in such a thing so I launched my existing project as quickly as I could. At the time it was purely a utility. The UI was simply a list of links with dates, months, and years to visit a cache, and the result was simple list of links on the page (think 4chan-level UI). I knew the design sucked and made an edit to my post asking if anyone would be willing to design the site.”

Negahdar not only created the platform, his front-end developer made it look so nice that they actually use it instead of the Reddit Enhancement Suite and the actual Reddit website.  read more

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March 28, 2013

Give Your Tech Business A Boost With The Right Speaker

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In today’s highly competitive tech market, it’s important that all fronts of your firm are well-considered and given the attention they need in order to contribute to your company’s overall development, and one effective means of making sure your company remains in top form is to keep productivity levels on the green. Often this is done by providing staff and workers a pleasant working environment, problem-free equipment, and recreational facilities – this keeps workers happy, which in turn affects their productivity, keeping your company happy as well. Another factor that helps keep companies successful and productive that is often overlooked, however, is the power of motivational speaking. read more

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Twitter Rapidly Moving Towards $1 Billion In Annual Revenue

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Twitter AdsIf you asked us ten years ago if a company basing its strategy around 140 character micro-blogging could become a billion dollar industry we would have laughed at you. However, Twitter is on track to increase its revenue from an estimated $583 million in 2013 to a cool $1 billion in ad revenue in 2014.

According to industry analyst eMarketer, Twitter will beat 2014 estimates from September by a full 20 percent.

The prediction claims that Twitter will earn more than half of its 2013 earnings from its mobile focus. eMarketer also believes the social network will increase its mobile platform dollars by 60 percent by 2015.

In its analysis eMarketer explains that Twitter’s quickly growing revenue successes are based around its ability to quickly deploy new ad types to mobile devices. The company notes that ad units are part of Twitters basic product which makes cross device implementation simple and effective.  read more

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King Announces Two New Facebook Games: Papa Pear Saga And Farm Heroes Saga

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Papa Pear Saga

King, the social gaming company behind the smash hits Candy Crush Saga and Bubble Witch Saga have announced two new games for Facebook. Now available are Papa Pear Saga and Farm Heroes Saga.

Last week King.com changed its name to King in an attempt to distance itself from a web only platform. The company has promised to work more closely with Facebook and mobile platforms.

King currently serves 108 million players for a total of 12 billion gameplays per month across all supported platforms. The network claims 50 million gamers per day among its user base.

According to Riccardo Zacconi, co-founder and CEO of King:

“The exceptional growth of our mobile, Facebook, and cross-platform audience is a testament to the care and craft that goes into our games.”

Papa Pear Saga is based off of an existing game on King.com called Papa Pear.  The game features dancing fruits, vegetables and inanimate objects. The physics-based game asks players to bounce a shot off as many objects as possible before landing in buckets. Papa Bear Saga currently offers 60 levels of gameplay. The game will also soon arrive for Google Android and Apple iOS.  read more

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March 27, 2013

Social Influencers: The Voices Of The Internet Movement [Infographic]

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Social Influencers

The internet is the home for billions of voices. Users take to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and various other social networks, forums and websites to share their experiences with friends and strangers.

Among those billions of voices are a handful of internet evangelists who seem to understand how to deliver web based messages better than their peers and followers.

The team at MBA In Marketing has examined those voices and the communities they support.

The study found that 54% of consumers are more likely to buy a product from a community with a smaller user size while 31% of online purchases are influenced by blogs.

But who is influencing those buyers? In many cases it is the brands themselves, but other times it is people like internet evangelists Robert Scoble, Chris Brogan and Seth Godin. Those users understand the web, they grew up in tech and they have been consistent and unrelenting voices in their fields.  read more

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March 26, 2013

Google+ Adds Gif Support For Profile Pics

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Google PlusGoogle+ users can now add some flare to their profiles with animated GIF avatars. Google announced the new platform on it’s official Google+ page along with instructions on how to complete the process.

Once you have a Google+ account you can setup your GIF image by simply clicking on your profile picture and choosing the GIF you want to use.

Here is the full GIF profile pic creation process:

  • Download any video you want to make a GIF from. You can download YouTube videos with KeepVid.
  • Trim the source video to the 2 to 3 seconds you want the GIF to be made from.
  • Open with Photoshop. File > Import > Video Frames to Layers.
  • Fix it up (quality-wise) and save.

Google has been GIF happy lately, the company recently added the ability to search for GIF files via its main Google.com search portal. read more

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March 23, 2013

Viral Videos – Hit or Miss?

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Viral videos are pretty hit or miss, and not many brands can match the virality of independent series like Awkward Black Girl. Still, the brands who try can end up winning big: Old Spice and Progressive are just two brands who’ve used humor, silliness and social media to achieve virtually instant name recognition. Videos that are useful or entertaining are the most shared, but there’s no real formula to making a viral video. That doesn’t mean, however, that brands won’t try–and some of them succeed.

For the first few seconds of Till Dance Do We Part it’s not hard to think this is a real show. It’s flashy and gaudy and just weird enough to be plausible: big audience, technically skilled dancers, and a judge who looks like a cross between Liberace, David Alan Grier and Prince. So, when the camera cuts to a female dancer smacking sidelong into a washing machine, the viewer’s surprised. We’ve just been tricked into watching a nearly pitch-perfect pastiche of reality show–and when the punch line comes, the viewer feels a little cheated. That’s what makes it compelling: for a split second, the viewer is left squinting at their laptop screen, not in on the joke.

But that doesn’t last long, and the punch line becomes genuinely funny. It shouldn’t be, because laughing at people who hurt themselves isn’t nice; but the slapstick element is a reminder of just how absurd the reality television industry has become. With the appearance of appliances comes the relief that a dance competition this crazy isn’t actually real. It’s what makes this video both entertaining and shareable. This month-old Sears commercial is proof that virality sometimes doesn’t happen. But Sears’ brand is recognizable enough that it doesn’t need an instantly measurable ROI, and this commercial will eventually become a gamble that pays off.

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