May 20, 2013
Social media keeps all of us connected in real time and thanks to its reach, disaster response is being given a big lift.
The team at USF’s Online MPA took a close look at disaster response to determine what effect it receives from social media.
The team quickly discovered that many agencies are now using Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram to help facilitate rescue and relief efforts.
Researchers examined three specific disasters: The Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake and Superstorm Sandy. read more
May 14, 2013
Google is about to enter the world of online streaming music. According to reports from The Verge and the Wall Street Journal the software giant will roll out the new feature for both Google Play and YouTube users.
While Google’s software platforms ranging from Gmail and Google Maps to Google Docs and Google.com continue to receive praise the company has failed to keep up with its competitors in terms of media offerings.
To reach a level playing field with Apple and Amazon the company reportedly signed licensing deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. Those two media conglomerates make up a large portion of the mainstream music market and are considered must have partners for any serious online streaming partner. read more
May 13, 2013
Twitter on Monday announced the acquisition of big data analytics firm Lucky Sort.
Lucky Sort is a firm that focuses on natural language data-mining and visualization tools that are used by various online partners.
The company StockTwits is powered in large part by the data provided from the Lucky Sort system.
Lucky Sort will begin to shut down its services over the next few months and the company’s employees will transition to new roles at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters.
May 9, 2013
Dos Equis was the beer of choice for Cinco de Mayo, at least that was the case on Twitter where it racked up the most social media mentions.
Social media management software company Expion examined all brand mentions for top beer brands and found that between April 24 and May 6 the Dos Equis brand was the top mentioned beer product.
The marketing geniuses at the beer manufacturer were helped along by the ‘Dos de Mayo’ campaign which helped it earn 4,746 brand mention. The next closest mexican beer manufacturer was Corono with 464 mentions.
According to Expion CMO Mike Heffring:
“For consistency’s sake, Expion is tracking only @ mentions of each brand, which may be why some of the numbers seem low. We feel that @ mentions are the best representation of users engaging or responding with the brand messages.” read more
May 8, 2013
Foursquare on Wednesday launched an updated iOS app that offers incentives when users share their check-in insights on Facebook and Twitter.
In describing the new app update Foursquare says:
“Love checking in and seeing that you’ve passed your record for weeks in a row at the gym? Now we’ve made it easier to share the insights you see after you check in on Twitter, Facebook, and more. Just tap the share button to show off your 30-week gym streak, an awesome special that you unlocked, or a great tip from a friend.”
When a user checks in they are shown how many similar businesses they have checked into recently and now data from their account can be shared with a users social networks. read more
Twitter launched Twitter #Music about a fortnight ago, a new service and app to discover new artists and music through Twitter. The system uses a platform which was acquired last year by Twitter, oWeAreHunted, but has been refined and expanded through integration with Spotify and Rdio, two large music streaming services.
Currently, the system extracts songs from iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio, but other sources will be added in the future. By default, users can only listen to short snippet of songs – 30 seconds – directly from iTunes but for Rdio and Spotify, you will need to use your credentials to log in. Based on the recent acquisition of “We Are Hunted” by Twitter, the system will help us to discover new songs and artists based on custom criteria, including the artists followed by us or our followers. read more
May 6, 2013
We are huge fans of technology at The Blog Herald and after years of following the top trends in tech we get the importance of understanding the industries we enter.
The team at Potomac College recently examined the most sought after degrees in business and as expected they can all offer something to enterprising up and comers in the connected space.
As anyone who has ever started a new website can tell you there is a degree of entrepreneurship that can’t be understated. From learning about online marketing to building partnerships with other company’s to developing a strategic point of attack for your content or products, understanding how to build a business is an important first step. read more
May 3, 2013
Spotify has acquired Tunigo, a music platform that is powered by the Spotify API.
Employees from Tunigo will move to Spotify’s offices in Stockhom and New York City.
In the short term the Tunigo app will remain as its own entity within the Spotify eco-system.
The move echoes an industry shift towards stronger music discovery practices. Twitter most recently purchased We Are Hunted in an effort to gain access to the music discovery sector. Tunigo however is more closely related to apps such as Songza and 8tracks. Those apps curate playlists and then suggests lists to users based on genre, theme, and mood.
The company has a staff of 17 people and before the acquisition had raised €2.4 million.
Tunigo was built on the premise that pressing a single button can generate the perfect playlist for music lovers in real-time. read more
May 1, 2013
If you need to host a quick webinar with your business colleagues, study group at school, or anyone else for that matter, you might want to consider some of the very capable free applications available for general use.
Webinar programs allow users to share screencasts, chat with friends and even connect to customers. While there are numerous business, educational and personal webinar apps in the market, we focus this time on several free yet competent options. read more
April 30, 2013
Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear modern day internet, happy birthday to you.
Okay, corny I know, but on April 30, 1993 the internet’s daddy Tim Berners-Lee and his employer CERN made available for free the very software that would eventually become what we now refer to as the internet.
In a statement released on the CERN website, the agency on Tuesday said:
“By making the software required to run a web server freely available, along with a basic browser and a library of code, the web was allowed to flourish. read more