February 2010

Christmas Comes Early for Sisters Who Land Front Page Google Rankings

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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. The question has been popped and wedding bells chime in the distance. It’s time to commence the planning and preparation for the big day, but where do you begin with the countless details to attend to?

Set a date, pick a venue and find the perfect dress – don’t sweat the small stuff – leave the table décor and party favors up to Show Me Wedding. In one simple sweep of online shopping, brides-to-be will discover hundreds of decorative accents produced by Atlanta-based designer Kate Aspen.

Transform your visions of fairy-tale bliss into tangible accents of elegance and creativity with table décor and favors themed for every season or personal preference, such as wine, hearts, beach, candles and more. And don’t forget to thank your bridal party with tokens of appreciation and sentiment; choose from monogrammed jewelry pouches, flip-flops, koozies and more.

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More Blogs = More Customers

blog_logo1Hubspot released an interesting survey Thursday, which stated that companies who blog more, have more consistent sales.  The survey consisted of 231 professionals who were either involved or familiar with their companies marketing strategy and plan. 

According to the report, “social media and blogs are becoming marketing powerhouses.  They are the fastest growing category in lead generation budgets and they continue to be ranked as the lowest cost lead- generation channel.” (more…)

YouTube To No Longer Be Supported By IE6

ie6trashIt was discovered today that in just a few weeks, on March 13, 2010, YouTube will no longer be supported by Inernet Explorer 6. Reports say that Ars Technica found the specific date buried in a YouTube Help item pertaining to browser support.

“Support stops on March 13th. Stopped support essentially means that some future features on YouTube will be rolled out that won’t work in older browsers.” (more…)

Social Media Changing College Admissions

youtubehatIt’s crazy to think we are already almost two full months into the new year and the new decade.  You may recall one of my first articles from this year, when I gave some predictions into what will social media be like in the future, and already some of those predictions are now realities.  Sort of.

I had talked about students hanging up their sports jersey’s for the video camera and YouTube.  You may recall two rival Seattle area high schools who battled it out on the video site with viral videos.  But could YouTube videos help students get into college?  It can now. (more…)

What’s The Buzz On Google Buzz?

buzzIt’s been nearly two week since Google launched their own social network known as Google Buzz, and users are now weighing in and sharing their opinions.  If you’re not sure what Google Buzz is all about,it simply a cross between Facebook & Twitter.  You are able to integrate a number of social networks to you Buzz feed including Twitter & Flickr.  Facebook has not teamed up with Google at this time.

I’ve been trying to figure out the new social media for the past week and I must say it’s a bit confusing!  And I even consider myself to be pretty internet savy.  I’m usually pretty good at spotting out the social networks that’ll make it.  For example, last year is when Twitter became popular and what it is today, but I have been on the site for close to 3 years now.  But Google Buzz, I can’t just figure out the hype about it.  And apparently I’m not the only one. (more…)

Austin Plane Crash Plays Out On Social Media

67119420This morning, reports of a single-engin plane crashing into a building just north of Austin, Texas hit the airwaves and the web.  Local stations KXAN & KVUE in Austin had continuing live coverage of the crash with eyewitness reports.  And why eye-witness reports play a major part of how a story unfolds, social media users shared their views before any of the stations started covering the story. And as we have reported in the past, social media is changing the way we get our news.

While the story is still developing, here’s an overview of the story with how social media users have been reporting it. (more…)

Facebook Passes Yahoo As 2nd Most Visited Site

facebookyahooWe already know that Internet users are spending most of their time on Facebook more than any other site.  Despite the time spent on the site, Google continues to dominate the web as the most visited site on the web. 

However a new report from Compete.com shows that Facebook has now taken out Yahoo as the second most visited site on the web.  At one time Yahoo dominated the web for sure, until about 2 years ago when Google stole the spot from the company.  And since then, most of Yahoo’s traffic has slowly been declining, as Facebook’s rapidly increasing.  (more…)