A few days ago we covered Facebook Classifieds, or more accurately, Oodle Classifieds on Facebook. Now Facebook has launched its own integrated version of classifieds on the site, called Facebook Marketplace. The marketplace is much better integrated with the rest of the site and as a result does a much better job of taking advantage of the social networking aspects of Facebook.
eMarketer published a press release a few days ago highlighting the growth in spending on advertising on social networking sites, a possible reaffirmation of the results from Fox Interactive Media’s study on social networks and marketing.
One of the major reasons that I loved blogging with Matt Craven at The Blog Herald, David Krug at 901am, and love blogging with the Pronet Advertising team is that when they hired me and during my tenure at all of these sites, none of these people forced their ideologies on me or forced me to approach something in a manner that I don’t agree with.
Facebook Classifieds – in partnership with Oodle – is now live, and just in time. As the end of the year approaches and students get ready to part with used books, furniture, appliances, and other miscellaneous items they have collected over the year but now see no need for, many of them will find their answer (i.e. prospective buyers) on Facebook and through Oodle.
If you have a user base consisting of millions of people, many of whom are technology-savvy, why not use this to your advantage? That is exactly what Dell did by essentially converting their community into a free and enormous product development team.
We all know that Kevin Rose has a lot of clout in the social media world because of his socially driven news and media site Digg. But did you know that the founder of Digg transcends math? Well, he does.
In an effort to help our readers completely understand the various social media sites out there, we have decided to do a series of ‘beginner’s guides’ dedicated to teaching you how to get your feet wet. Following in the footsteps of Neil’s beginner’s guide to Digg and based on the same model, here’s your beginner’s guide to Netscape.
There are practically hundreds of useful plugins and services that you can use to track your website’s traffic-related statistics. Some are free and others you have to pay for. Automattic, the company behind the blogging software Wordpress, has now released their official version of a statistics-management plugin for Wordpress blogs.
Before you even ask, the answer is no, I’m not looking for someone to review the album, and yes, listening to Avril is a guilty pleasure of mine. That said, when I was looking for a review of her latest album, I realized that Tom at Shoutmouth knows his audience and he knows what he is doing. Rather than reviewing the album himself, he let his mom review the album instead. Here’s why it’s relevant.
If you recall, I mentioned three hidden dangers of Twitter, and one of them was the hidden costs accrued through the use of SMS (text messaging). Shortly thereafter, I pointed out a lightweight utility that could help you avoid the ‘Twitter tax’. Now Twitter has made move to address Twitter’s hidden danger number 2, itself.
Whenever you see a list of top sites, whether it is the Technorati top 100, the Alexa top 500, or the Schroeder top 40, each of these ranking methods exclusively use one metric to calculate popularity, and therefore is inherently inaccurate. I got an email today about what could be the most accurate method of ranking top sites. Let me know what you think about this.
It’s surprising how much email I get from people who simply sign their email with their name, telephone number, and street address. Nowhere to be found is their web presence or how to get in touch with them over instant messaging clients. Not inserting a link to your online presence is simply free traffic lost, but just throwing a link on there isn’t going to work either. Here’s how to use your email signature to increase traffic, the right way.
There is a secret amongst bloggers. We never speak of it, and we never try to show it, but sometimes matters are out of our hands and it becomes apparent even though we don’t want it to (though it’s okay and even good to talk about it). Well today I’m going to let that secret out of the bag.
There are kings and there are king makers. Social media is an example of a ‘space’ that serves both functions. Take for example the case of Mike Gravel, until about a week ago he was a complete unknown, but since the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate of April 26th, he is all that the people can talk about.
Many people have contacted me today wondering why Digg is censoring content, and wanting me to ‘expose’ it. Well, to be honest, the answer is that they had to, and they were right to do it. For those that don’t know what I’m talking about, a story that made it to the front-page of Digg earlier was removed from all views on the site and the url for the site where the content originated from has been blocked from being submitted to Digg.
It is incredibly important to focus your content to one field, niche, or industry and try to deviate from it as little as possible. The mark of a good blog is how consistently focused its content is, and a quick way to judge blogs in this respect is to look at their tag clouds (and if not available, just look at the list of categories).