Tag Archives: social networking

Tech Thursday: Google Launches Google+ Social Network


After word leaked out about an internal memo from a senior executive from Google warning the company of how behind they were in the social networking space, Google has finally launched its much-anticipated social network—Google+.

The real question to be asked is: Can Google+ really compete with the social networking giants Facebook and Twitter, which completely dominate… Continue reading

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Game-Changer of the Week: Google +1

Google’s +1 (say plus-one) button “is shorthand for ‘this is pretty cool’ or ‘you should check this out.’ Click +1 to publicly give something your stamp of approval.” From Google.com: Recommendations when you want them.

The +1 effort, Google’s latest attempt at social networking, won’t replace Google search results. Instead, +1 allows users to publicly recommend websites to their Google/Gmail contacts.

Sound familiar? It’s inspired by… Continue reading

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Tech Thursday: The Phone Call is Dead?

The phone call is dead.

Yes, most of us carry phones with us at all times, but greater access to telephony has made us more wary of unexpected, interruptive phone calls. “The whole phenomenon of the random personal phone call is pretty much becoming a thing of the past,” this TechDirt blogger says (from the Keep-Up-With-the-Times Department).

Text messaging surpassed phone calling in usage… Continue reading

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Tech Thursday: JumpScan

We looked at QR codes back in October. Where have you spotted QR codes since then? My credit card bill has one, my soda can has one, and I hear they’re even popping up on shampoo bottles.


With the artwork for their upcoming album, the Beastie Boys confused some of their fans. This is not, in fact, a QR code.

Over at Eventbrite, guest… Continue reading

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Tech Thursday (on Friday): Social Media During Japan Quake (and other tech bytes)

“Is social media truly entering our social DNA to the point that for a significant number of people it is part of their reflex response to emergency?” Dartmouth’s Ano Lobb

Today, the Japan earthquake and tsunami proved that Twitter has become the go-to emergency communication service. As Japan lost phone services (less than an hour after the quake), the number of tweets from Tokyo topped 1,200 per minute. Twitter users… Continue reading

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Tech Thursday: Hello Facebook, Goodbye Traditional Company Websites?

Will Facebook replace the traditional company-branded website?

The social networking’s commercial director in the U.K., Stephen Haines, says Facebook will soon make company websites all but obsolete. He supported this argument with statistics from large companies like Starbucks and Coca-Cola: More people recently “liked” those companies on Facebook than visited their websites.

It’s not hard to imagine a future where companies would interact with customers solely through Facebook… Continue reading

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Tech Thursday: Let’s Get Rapportive

Rapportive is a free add-on that lets users interact with their social media contacts (Facebook, LinkedIn, Skype, Twitter, Flickr, you name it) right through Gmail. Within a Gmail message, Rapportive’s “rapplet” replaces Google Ads with the sender’s status updates, profile info, and photos. Observe:

As the line blurs between personal and business social media usage (who here is reading this post from Facebook?), tools like Rapportive… Continue reading

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Tech Thursday: New Facebook!

We’ve talked a lot about Facebook at Tech Thursday, but the social networking site’s new profiles deserve discussion. Last month, Facebook gave users an optional test drive of the new layout — and this week, new profiles are being rolled out to all Facebook users.

In an official blog post, Facebook said the new profile makes it “easier for (users) to tell your story and learn about your… Continue reading

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Tech Thursday: Delicious Cake Is Delicious

Today, I joined Delicious. The social bookmarking site, once styled as del.icio.us, allows you to save, organize, and access your favorite websites from anywhere.

Registration: Simple. It was as easy as logging in to my old Yahoo! Mail account, choosing a name for my Delicious account, and clicking one button to add a Delicious bookmarklet to my browser.

Installation: Also simple. Delicious supports Firefox, Safari, IE6… Continue reading

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Tech Thursday: New Twitter: It’s Here. Google: It’s Still Here.

New Twitter: It’s Here. Google: It’s Still Here.

We’ve blogged before about how our readers have used Twitter to generate sales leads. Yes, Twitter is exciting and fast and trendy. (And yes! I made that pun!) But in a Web 2.0 world, have we forgotten how powerful and effective a Google search can be?

Back in 2007, Hubspot’s Brian Halligan posted 12 Quick Tips to Search… Continue reading

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