Townhalls for the rest of us

Last Thursday, Digg held its fifth townhall meeting in which founder Kevin Rose and CEO Jay Adelson share updates and answer questions asked by the Digg community. This type of open forum has become popular among online sites with large followings, but what about offline?

Can companies benefit from creating an open forum like this with its community? Of course, and here’s how…

Flickr adds video uploads for all

Part of what makes the Flickr Pro account so appealing is the ability to upload an unlimited number of pictures and the ability to upload video. Recently, Flickr announced that it will now allow all users to upload up to 90 seconds of video whether you’ve got a Pro account or not. Pro members need not worry, Flickr has added two new features. Here’s more.

Create your own YouTube in seconds

Newish social media tool, Fliggo allows its users to create their own video sharing YouTube-like site or video blog. Pretty neat idea, though why would anyone use it if they could just as easily set up their own channel on YouTube or create accounts on Vimeo, Veoh, Dailymotion, Metacafe, etc.? The answer may be in the ability to customize the appearance. Here’s more on what Fliggo offers and how you can use it.

Picking the Right Networks

Social media and word of mouth marketing are definitely HOT, but as a nation bent on consumption, it is important to do the research before jumping in. Joining every network out there can be disastrous, but with SO many to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? Here’s a little help to get you started.

Can Germs Catch Germs?

BBC Magazine recently ran an article called, The 101 Greatest Questions of All Time including gems such as Where is the safest place to stand outside in a thunderstorm? and What is OK short for? One of the best ways to engage your community across many social networks is to ask a question. So, what kind of questions should you be asking?

Twitter Gets Integrated Search

According to their blog, the growing popularity of Twitter Search has prompted the integration of the service that exists now as a subdomain on Twitter’s main site. Twitter is currently testing this new feature among a selected group of users. From Twitter:

Today, we’ve placed Search and Trends into the signed-in home pages of a limited set of accounts to get a better sense of how it works for folks before we release the feature completely into the wild. Most people will not see this test, just a small, random subset.

Here’s what it looks like…

Facebook: A Lesson in Listening

By now, you may have heard about Facebook’s changes to its Terms of Service. In a sense, the changes make it so that Facebook owns anything you put on their service, even if you delete your account (or delete information). Soon after these changes were announced, it’s users got pissed… Here’s what went down, and the implications…

The Race to Getting More Followers

Don’t get me wrong, we love Twitter. It has become an excellent source for networking, meeting new people, building community, and generating leads. One unfortunate byproduct of this has become a sort of unspoken race to see who can gain the most followers. But, does the number of followers one has determine how important or relevant they are? Not exactly… Here’s why…

Sometimes, you just gotta show ’em

Sometimes, consumers just need to see your product in action in order to make the decision to go with your brand. Here’s an example of a campaign for OMO detergent that does just that. Click here to see the full campaign and why it works…

Teenagers and The Internet

A new poll conducted by CyberSentinel, reveals current trends in Internet use by teenagers. On average, they spend 31 hours per week online, almost 4 hours using social networks alone. Here’s how they are spending their time online…

Champion gets people talking

Recently, Champion launched its “Hoodie Remix,” a design competition where anyone can design their own hoodie using Champion’s drag-and-drop color and pattern chooser. One winner will receive $500 and their design will be produced by Champion.

This is how you get people talking about…

How “social” are we?

Today I hopped on Twitter to catch up with friends and contacts that I haven’t spoken to this busy weekend. Upon logging in, I noticed a bunch of new followers. Yay! Sort of…

With robotic auto-reply messages like these, how social are we, really?

Twitter Keys are Fun!

Here’s one way to make Twitter just a little more fun. Simply highlight the symbol you want with your mouse and copy and paste it into your twitter message input area. Enjoy!

♥ ✈ ☺ ♬ ☑ ♠ ☎ ☻ ♫ ☒

♤ ☤ ☹ ♪ ♀ ✩ ✉ ☠ ✔ ♂

Click here for 70 more!!

Social Networking for Mom

There’s no doubt Twitter is an amazing tool and excellent resource and platform. However, there are a few things Twitter is missing that those used to more conventional (can i say that?) social networking sites are creating on their own. For that reason, small groups and tools have come about to fill the void.

As one of the fastest growing, TwitterMoms offers an influential network of moms where…

Twitter is the conversation happening now

According to viral marketing guru Scott Stratten, “Twitter is the conversation happening now.” and, “If you’re not involved, your missing out.” Those are strong words, considering Twitter is still quite small when compared to giants like Facebook, YouTube, etc.

Here are some great resources for both current and potential Twitter users…

Watch and vote on your favorite Super Bowl ads

Gotta hand it to NBC and for staying on top of this year’s most expensive ad placements. I read somewhere that they uploaded new spots every ten minutes throughout the event. And now, they’ve made it even easier to watch and vote for your favorite ads from last night’s big game. Here are a few of our favorites…