Friday, January 20, 2012

Open Graph Plus 60 New Applications on Facebook

Facebook just unveiled new applications to let users share everything from what you are wearing to which convert you're going to.

More than 60 new apps were released and you can now share music that you're listening to through spotify, or articles through Yahoo News.

One of the coolest apps include Ticketmaster and Pinterest. The latter has received much popularity recently and is growing with increasing momentum. It's known as a virtual pin board where you can collect interesting things across the web.

With Facebook's open graph, expect more apps yet to come. Pick a verb or noun and use it to create stories on the news feed and users' timelines. The below demonstrates how facebook is shaping the future of sharing across the web.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

How Does Your Website Look Like on the Go?

61% of mobile users call a business after searching and 59% visit the location (Source: Google). Did you know that 39% of smart phone owners use their phone while going to the bathroom?

Become the #1 game changer and get a mobile friendly web site.

You can test your website using the GoMometer by Google. From there you can see if you have broken links, if you can read the text without zooming or scrolling, if links can be clicked with a thumb or if you can search for something easily.

Is it affordable? Let me ask you, can you afford to wait while your competitors beat you to the punch?

A few key points that are important while getting one are the following:
  1. Keep it quick: Prioritize content, compress images as mobile users are short on time.
  2. Simplify navigation: minimize scrolling and keep it vertical
  3. Be thumb friendly: use large, centered buttons and give them extra space to reduce accidental clicks
  4. Make it accessible: use HTML5- Apple brought flash down with its excess non flash compatible iPhone/iPad sales.
  5. Make it easy to convert: reduce the transaction steps, use click to call functionality.
  6. Make it local: Include maps.
  7. Use mobile site directs: give users the choice to navigate to and from your desktop site
  8. Use Analytics: it is always important to research your insights to learn how people use your site.

The Web Goes Dark Against #SOPA

Wikipedia staged a 24 hour blackout of its articles joining other web sites in a protest against SOPA, a US legislation aimed at shutting down websites that share pirated movies and other content

Reddit shut down for 12 hours, Google blacked out the logo in its home page, and Craigslist took a middle route by changing its home pages to a black screen.

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook made an announcement yesterday saying this is not the way it should be on the web.

I personally, think that SOPA is not the right way to control content on the web- it should not be passed.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Search Enters The World of Social Media

Introducing "Search plus Your World"
Back in March 2011 on my Posterous, I asked what if Facebook adds search? Well, It's hasn't happened yet, but close enough Google has just launched its master plan today while the whole world has its cameras and desktops geared towards the CES event in Las Vegas. Jack Menzel, product management director of search at Google explained that members of Google+ will be able to search agaisnt both the broader web and their own Google+ social graph.

Google's "Search plus Your World" will show results from both the web and across your circles. Watch this video to see how it works.

Mashable in it's last post also had the same question as I had, "is it time for Facebook to finally launch that fabled Facebook Search Engine?" Seems like we are heading towards that direction. So get ready for the ride, and share with us your thoughts on  it. 

Monday, January 9, 2012

The LG Super Model Trick: Viral Video

Last time I checked this viral video almost got 1 million hits
What are your ethical thoughts though on this video? Share it with us!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The World's Thinnest Tablet: Toshiba Excite

Toshiba Excite Tablet
Toshiba might have just did it right with its new 10 inch tablet. With a magnesium back, it is the worlds' thinnest tablet measuring in at just .3 inches and weighing just 1.2 lbs. It might run android's 4.0 ice cream sandwich. It's price has not been decided yet, but it definitely will be more than the Kindle Fire and neck to neck with the iPad.

The 5th Annual Crunchies Awards

The Crunchies awards will be held on January 31, 2012 at the Louise M. Davis Symphony Hall in San Francisco. The event will award the best start ups & products of 2011. Last year Twitter won the best overall category award and Quora won the best new startup award. The strongest contenders in the overall category this year includes Airbnb, Dropbox and Square whereas in the best startups category includes Pinterest,, Nest, Codeacademy, Getaround, and Warby Parker.

Best Overall Category Nominees

Airbnb is a global network of accommodations offered by locals. It's more fun and very cheap, especially in big cities like New York, San Francisco, Paris. The booking process is very easy; you search a property, enter the dates, message the host with any questions through the onsite messaging system, book it and pack your bags.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Belly Bag

Carrying Too Much Weight?

Everybody wants to get rid of their extra weight and have a beautiful body; that’s the thruth. A pilates school located in istanbul and Ankara, Pilates with Gerda’s outdoor campaign targets those people who hates to carry their extra weight to everywhere they go just like a bag.
Like or Dislike? Share with us your thoughts.

Web Pages in 3D

TILT: Web Pages in 3D
Tilt is a Firefox addon that lets you to visualize any web page in 3D. A new update is available, coming with more developer-oriented features.
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SQUARE: iPhone Credit Card Readers

Square Introduces iPhone Credit Card Reader
Square a new start up has introduced an iPhone credit card reader and application for both iPhone and Android. They offer 2.7% per swipe for all cards as a fixed simple rate. It's great for small & medium size businesses.
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Successful Offerpop's Campaigns

Thousands of companies are now using Offerpop to grow fans and repeat customers and here are a few good cases

Washington Redskins: “#BeatPhilly”
Look away, Eagles fans! The Washington Redskins are stoking the flames of a famous football rivalry with this fun new Twitter campaign. Followers who use the #BeatPhilly hashtag are entered for a chance to win a prize pack from their favorite team. Fair game!
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Top 5 Gaddafi Ads

Number 1: International Society For Human Rights