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Links of the Week: April 23rd Edition

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Online Retailer’s Customer’s Credit Card Information Available on Google

Identity theft is a huge concern with the increased usage of computers for online banking and buying. It’s been found out that shoppers at the popular online retailer Blippy are at risk of having their credit card information shown live in Google searches.

Facebook Announces New Plan at f8

Facebook has launched a whole plan that integrates the web with the social networking site. Dialogue Media’s Alex Payne explains.

Foursquare Creates Business Page

Foursquare has created a space for businesses to engage their customers with specials. This also allows businesses to track the performance of the venue.

Links of the Week: April 16th Edition

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Ning Is Free No More

Network giant Ning has announced that it will no longer offer a free product. They’ve also decided to downsize their staff, eliminating nearly 40% of their work force.

Tweets to be Archives in Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has announced that it will begin to digitally archive every tweet ever sent on social media giant Twitter. This is a way to preserve historically important information such as President Obama’s tweet about his victory tweet.

Promoted Tweets Make Their Way into a New Advertising Platform

Twitter has announced the newest addition to digital advertising – promoted tweets. These tweets will show up at the top of the page with a small note that the tweet is sponsored. This will be an interesting way for big brands to combat negative social media attention.

Financial Times and Foursquare Team Up

The next generation of Social Media is slowly but surely making it’s way into the mainstream. The Financial Times has announced that it will allow Foursquare check-ins at certain partner locations unlock the paywall – temporarily releasing content for free.

The AP Style Book Changes “Web Site” Rules

The AP Style Book has changed the proper use of website from “Web Site” to “website.” This change will take place as of today on their web version and will be present in the 2010 version of the handbook.

Links of the Week: April 9th Edition

Friday, April 9th, 2010

99 Social Media Quotes on the Wall

This list of quotes from social media leaders like Mashable’s Pete Cashmore to  marketing great Seth Goodin covers everything from online networking and community building to brand blunders.

Google Being Sued by Photographers Over Books

Google has hit another speed bump in their Google Books project. Although a settlement was reached three years ago as to what portions of books may be displayed online, visual artists were not included in the settlement.  A new class action lawsuit that will examine the Books project is said to also include Google Image Search.

Apple introducing iAds

Apple announced their new mobile advertising platform which will be built into the iPhone OS interface. Apple founder Steve Jobs hopes that creating ads within applications as opposed to search will change the face of advertising.

Farmville adding brand sponsored crops

In the near future, you’ll be able to buy brand-sponsored crops on Facebook’s Farmville. Created by ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi for an Israeli candy brand, the newest feature will allow players to purchase and sell virtual peanuts and harvest them.

Foursquare Cracks Down on Cheaters

Foursquare has implemented software that will require users who want to earn mayorship and other badges to be at the actual location (as shown by cell phone GPS). Users will still be able to check-in if not at the actual location but they will not be able to earn badges or become mayor of a spot.

Links of the Week: April 2nd Edition

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

This week is wrapping up, and March has turned to April and we have survived another April Fools Day. Here are some of the stories bookmarked by Dialogue Media this week (including some great April Fools jokes across social media platforms):

Facebook to Scrap ‘Become a Fan Of’ for ‘Like’

Facebook is changing the “become a fan” feature and swapping it out for “liking” on pages. This new feature will increase users’ interaction with their brands, and presents a non-committal declaration of a fan’s support of a brand, etc.

Facebook To Release A “Like” Button For the Whole Darn Internet

Another announcement from Facebook this week was the release of a “like” button across the world…wide web. Expect Facebook to get bigger than ever with this new feature rolling out everywhere, as websites will have to scramble to format their content for Facebook’s preferences.

The iPad Launch: Can Steve Jobs Do It Again?

With barely one day left until the iPad is let loose on the tech- and social media- hungry masses, it’s leaving many wondering what the reception is going to be like and how this new piece of technology could change everything.

Apps For the iPad Now Available

The iPad App store has finally opened, giving way to all those i-junkies chomping at the bits to see what is going to be available. Definitely worth a perusal, there’s going to be some great apps, like Wordpress!

Twitter Gets an Extreme Home Makeover with Release of New Home Page

This week, Twitter’s home page received an overhaul on its home page, featuring more content that showcases the platform for new users.

The Funniest April Fools Jokes

There were some pretty hilarious pranksters this year on Twitter and YouTube. Mashable rounds up their favorites.

What news made your ctrl+d  this week?

Links of the Week: March 5th Edition

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Just because it’s Friday doesn’t mean we are taking the day off! Here are some of the social media stories that got bookmarked by Dialogue Media this week.

One is the Loneliest Number, but One Billion is a lot Happier

In case anyone is still trying to convince you that social media is a fad, new numbers suggest that two of the largest sites in the world could both pull in 1 Billion Dollars in revenue in the coming years. It seems that Facebook is geared to hit the 1.1 billion mark in 2010 while YouTube could hit the magic mark in 2011 ( and have Google keep 700 million in the process).  Not bad for a fad.

American Idol’s Social Profiles Get a Facelift

After establishing profiles for each of the 24 contestants earlier in the season, American Idol has apparently consolidated their entire operation into one account on each major network.  Fans of contestants were greeted by “Thanks so much for following me! All my updates from now on will be on our Official Ai9 Twitter Page”. Some are wondering if follower counts were taking away some of the mystery that AI usually enjoys.  We’re wondering if this will affect how fans interact with the brand down the road.  What do you think?

Foursquare and Owalla to Battle for World Domination at SXSW

Well… not really.  But after unveiling last year at the conference, both have rolled out new features in anticipation of this year’s party in Austin.  Techcrunch is reporting that Owalla has done a major redesign while Foursquare has added a category functionality.  And the word on the street is that both are rolling out new mobile apps next week.  We’re happy using both, but it will be interesting to see who wins this battle of the buzz.

What were some of your favorite PR or social media stories of the last week?