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  • Social Media Carnival- Calling All Hosts!

    26 February 2009

    Social Media Carnival For whatever reason last year, the social media carnival died. I doubt it was due to interest, it was more likely that it was too much to manage as it is a very time intensive process. Long story short, we have intervened and we are now the new home of the Social Media Blog Carnival! Huh? What's A Blog Carnival? What's a social media blog carnival you ask? It's a weekly online event where people submit and nominate great blog articles about social media, new media practices, theory and statistics and the best are chosen by the weekly ...

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  • Social Media Will Kill You

    25 February 2009

    A recent study shows that social networking sites have negative impacts on children such as (duh) shortening attention spans, making them expect instant gratification and becoming self centered. First of all, parents know that they already experience ALL of these things, but we agree that social networks accelerate these behavior issues. So we get that social networking will make our kids' brains mushy, we've said the same of television, but there's something interesting at play here. Yesterday, when Fox News reported the study with "scary tone" (leaving me to feel like social media might actually kill me and our kids) oddly enough, the ...

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  • Austin Launchpad Coworking Early Adopter Deals

    24 February 2009

    Basements & Garages Early Internet users occupied basements and garages in fluorescent lights as they built motherboards and argued on newsgroups. Then came normalcy of the web which invaded all homes, bringing users out of the basement and into the family room, kitchen or home office where everyone could check their AOL account or play a shoot 'em up game. More recently, the Internet has become home to thousands of home-based businesses (and I'm not talking vitamin pyramid schemes) leaving users in quiet home offices full of daily repetition. Communal Workspaces Because of this evolution of the web into most American homes and ...

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  • Social Media Experts Write Book for Charity

    18 February 2009

    Experts gather for a cause Benn & I recently wrote a section for "The Project 100" book which if you watched the presentation above (you did watch it, didn't you?) you'd know we wrote under 400 words about social media. I won't reveal yet what we wrote because it isn't released until April 6th (get your PayPal accounts ready, y'all!) but it involves martinis and beer, so you'll totally want to read it. So enough about the excitement of our involvement, on to the reality- did you know that about 85 percent of all women diagnosed with breast cancer DO ...

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  • Texas Social Media Award Finalists

    18 February 2009

    For weeks, people across the globe have been casting their votes for the Austin American-Statesman's first annual Texas Social Media Awards and finally, the 25 winners have just been announced with the top most awesomest (yes, that's a word) social median in the state being announced at the awards show party on March 15th. We are honored to be named among the 25 winners and look forward to the party! Party Time! Judges for the winners were Internet Editor Robert Quigley, food writer Addie Broyles and technology culture writer Omar Gallaga. An overall Texas Social ...

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  • Protected: Austin, Allstate Says You Suck at Driving

    17 February 2009

    Austin drivers are better than Irving drivers, yay? Austin, according to the 2009 Allstate America's Best Drivers Report, our city ranks second to last in the state for safe driving, only behind Irving, TX. Allstate ranks 193 of America's largest cities according to car wreck frequency and Austin earned the 179th spot and News8Austin notes that Austin drivers are "44 percent more likely to be in a wreck compared to the national average." How is this true? Austin, tell us in comments- why do we suck so much at driving? Is it because there is too much awesomeness to visually stimulate us? Is it because we're all on vacation ...

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  • Protected: Most Expensive Beer Run in History?

    17 February 2009

    Going on a beer run, can I have $14k? Juan Carlos Maldonado aged 31 (not 19... again, not 19) attempted to steal cases of beer from the Randall's on Exposition Blvd. not one, not two but three times within ten days. Attempt number one and attempt number two involved Maldonado leaving the store with cases of beer and being asked for proof of purchase at the door (to which his response was a fast sprint to the parking lot). Third time's a charm? Despite Maldonado's genius plan to bring a man and a woman as clever distractions, Randall's management recorded the license plate numbers of their van as attempt number three ended in the arrest of ...

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  • Hiring a Twit- Awesome or Suckey?

    11 February 2009

    Auto Responders Microblogging site Twitter is the most rapidly growing social network in the world and hundreds of services are now offered to supplement your Twitter experience from applications that put Twitter on your phone and website, automate responses or help you find a restaurant. Many say that the social network is being dumbed down and abused by people to have timed or auto responses while others say its smart business and its up to the user culture to determine such. On top of auto responses, Twit4Hire.com has launched which is a service businesses or individuals can pay for and have someone Twitter for them. ...

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  • Your Picture Next To Your Comments

    09 February 2009

    Did you know that when you leave a comment here that instead of a gray stick figure photo next to your comment, it can actually be your face? Did you ever wonder why some comments have pictures and others don't? It's because some people have gravatars and others don't. Don't know what a gravatar is? It's okay, not everyone does, so let me back the gravy train back up... a gravatar is a "globally recognized avatar" that appears next to your comments on blogs that have enabled gravatars and it is based on the email address ...

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  • Facebook Up, MySpace Down

    09 February 2009

    Social networking site Facebook turned five years old this week and has a marked impact on social media as their market share continues to grow. According to our 2008 Social Media Statistics Study, Facebook grew 85% in 2008 alone and boasts over 150 million users. Hitwise Intelligence reports that "one year ago, visits to Facebook represented 15% of the total social networking category while MySpace captured 73%. In January 2009, Facebook’s share doubled to reach 31%, while MySpace’s total share of the ...

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