How Small Business Is Using Social Media

March 4, 2010 Leave a comment

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Source:  Mashable

The University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business looked at the relationship between social media and small businesses and found that the technology adoption rates in the U.S. have doubled in the past year from 12% to 24%.

The data comes straight from the university’s third installment to its Small Business Success Index report and is based on a December 2009 telephone survey of 500 small business owners. Adoption rate calculations are compared against a baseline report conducted in December 2008.

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Wal-Mart makes streaming push with Vudu buy

February 23, 2010 Leave a comment

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Wal-Mart makes streaming push with Vudu buy

Video: Tanz Says Wal-Mart to Be a `Player' in Video Streaming: Video

Wal-Mart has bought digital-streaming service Vudu, which will give Wal-Mart the capability to sell and rent high-definition movies that consumers can receive online. Wal-Mart’s digital-download offerings are currently limited to music, but the Vudu purchase gives it rights to more than 2,000 downloadable high-definition movies.

ClipSyndicate/Bloomberg (2/23) ,The Wall Street Journal (2/23) Bloomberg BusinessWeek (2/22)

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IT: Computer Engineer Barbie Shows She Is More Than Just A Pretty Face

February 15, 2010 3 comments

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Source:  WomenInTechnology.co.uk

Beloved children’s doll Barbie has joined the illustrious ranks of role models in IT after consumers voted for her 126th career to be a computer engineer.

The iconic toy’s new career was unveiled last week (February 12th) at the New York Toy Fair after an online poll which captured the attention of women in technology around the world, including Microsoft technical recruiter Janelle Godfrey.

In a statement from Mattel, the makers of Barbie, the toy manufacturer said that they hoped having such an iconic figure as “an ambassador from female computer engineers can help inspire a new generation of girls to hone in on their computer skills and become a part of this growing profession”.

Equipped with a smartphone, Bluetooth headset and stylish geek-chic clothes, Computer Engineer Barbie‘s accessories were created in conjunction with the Society of Women Engineers and the National Academy of Engineering.

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53 Ways to Become a Better Entrepreneur

February 15, 2010 Leave a comment

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Source:  QuickSprout.com

Do you want to become a better entrepreneur? Well who doesn’t, right?

Here are 53 things to keep in mind if you want to be a better entrepreneur:

  1. Don’t let emotions cloud your decisions.
  2. Accept criticism, no matter who gives it to you.
  3. Never stop networking.
  4. Learn from your own mistakes.
  5. Learn from other people’s mistakes.
  6. Around every corner lies an opportunity for you to sell something.
  7. Don’t get too greedy… pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered.

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Another Myspace Person Jumps Ship The Myspace Ship and Boards The Facebook Ship

February 14, 2010 Leave a comment

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Source:  TechCrunch

Monica Keller, a MySpace Group Architect who has played a key role in advancing MySpace’s initiatives in activity streams and openness, is leaving the company to join Facebook. Keller announced the news in a blog post this evening. She will be joining Facebook as an Open Source and Web Standards Program Manager, where she’ll be joining a team that includes David Recordon and Luke Shepard. MySpace confirmed that Keller had left the company but declined to comment further.

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Why It’s Important to Be Remarkable in Marketing

February 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Source:  Bryan Eisenberg, ClickZ.com

Remarkableadjective – Worthy of being or likely to be noticed, especially as being uncommon or extraordinary.

“You want great marketing but nobody can be creative enough to compensate for the problem you have. The product you have been offering for the past 10 years just isn’t that remarkable, in fact, very few people truly even care if it exists.” When I told this to the new CEO of a company I advised on a call this past week, I knew he wouldn’t like hearing it. I also knew that he was intellectually honest enough to agree. Would you be?

We were reviewing new marketing collateral his company had just developed. My question: “Who cares?” I wasn’t being callous. I was truly asking how this addressed a deeply felt need of his potential and actual clients. His marketing staff’s copy came off like the teacher in the Charlie Brown cartoons, “Wa wa wa wa wa wa.”

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Concise Answers to Your Top Beginner Blogging Questions

February 13, 2010 1 comment

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Source:  WritetoDone.com / Leo Babauta


Don’t let blogging overwhelm you.

Blogging can be a mighty confusing endeavor for newcomers.

And yet, in my experience, it’s one of the most rewarding, life-changing things you can do, from the comfort of your own home.

If you’re just starting out as a blogger, or contemplating making the leap, don’t let the technical side of blogging, or all the confusing options, hold you back. I remember how overwhelming everything was at the beginning, but several years and 160K readers later, I’ve learned a ton and I’m ridiculously happy I stuck with it.

So take heart, new bloggers … the learning is fun and the experience is delicious. As always, if I can help, I will … and in that spirit, I’m going to give you some brief, concise answers to the most common beginner blogging questions.

1. What’s the best blogging platform?

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