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Digg overhauled again in response to user demands

Digg V4 didn't receive the warmest of welcomes from faithful users when it launched last year. Now, the company is beginning the move to Digg V5 -- another retooling of the site's interface, which it says is based upon users' most requested changes. The new look dumps the category sidebar and search box, and the overall appearance is less cluttered than Digg V4. Digg has also finished importing...

Social Media Sobriety Test stops you from tweeting and Facebooking under the influence

In this crazy world of constant Facebook and Twitter status updates, it's inevitable that some people are going to make the mistake of posting while drunk. A new browser extension called Social Media Sobriety Test aims to prevent you from doing that -- while you're at your computer and using Firefox or Chrome, anyway -- by making you take a series of tests before your status update can be sent. ...

Facebook Photos gets a resolution boost and new viewer

The Facebook Photos service has always been a bit limited when compared with competitors like Flickr due to a hard and fast limit of 720 pixels maximum resolution. Thankfully, that limitation has been lifted thanks to an overhaul that includes a new photo viewer and an improved upload and tagging engine. Photos uploaded to the world's largest social network can now be up to 2048 pixels at their...

DLS @ SXSW - MutualMind

There was almost no end to companies looking to track your social media efforts at this year's SXSW, and MutualMind is another runner in the race. MutualMind adds some CRM flavors to the mix, providing you with specific data on campaigns and accounts and some metrics that, in theory, allow you to make adjustments to your strategy. As any marketer will tell you, social media marketing is a fluid...

DLS @ SXSW - Social Toaster

There are quite a few social media plays at SXSW this year, and the name of the game is analytics. Once you go beyond the hype of social media, marketers who decide to use it for promotion need to know what the return on their investment will be. Social Toaster automates some of the work, and provides analytics to track how many people are actually finding and sharing your stuff online via the...

Twitter activity at all-time low, only 17% of users actually tweet

In a flurry of interesting (if you're into social networking) statistics, pie charts and graphs, RJMetrics has just published its latest Twitter data and user analysis. If social media or Twitter isn't your thing, here are the vital statistics: by the end of 2009, Twitter had 75 million user accounts -- of those, only 17% actually sent a tweet. The delicious stats go on! About 80% of Twitter...

WSJ taunts the NFL with couch-based live-blogging

At the end of August, the NFL decided to institute a number of rules prohibiting the use of social media by teams and referees on match day - as well as rules that banned the media from providing live play-by-play coverage of matches. As was pointed out at the time, the rules are easily imposed on officially-sanctioned media reps at matches - but what's to stop the average Joe in the stands...

DEMOfall09 - Gelato is online dating meets social search

Online dating is a somewhat static market. You have premium players Match.com and eHarmony, who seem to suggest at every commercial break that the person you've been looking for your whole life just signed up a few minutes ago. At the other end of the spectrum, there's Plenty of Fish which, although vastly improved from a few years ago, is still one of the least visually pleasing and user...

Twitter statistics that make you go "hmmmm"

Something feels a little wrong about having to rely on a company that defines itself as a social media analyst to discover fully 15% of the Twitter users that follow more than 2,000 accounts on the social network identify themselves as "social media marketers." that of the people who identify themselves as marketers, 15% follow more than 2,000 people compared to 0.3% of total Twitter users...

BackType: keep track of your comments everywhere on the Internet

A lot of sites have a feature that lets registered users keep track of their comments, so you can follow whatever conversation, flame war or trolling expedition you might be part. BackType attempts to bring that feature to the whole Internet, giving you a central reference point for your comments across multiple sites. Backtype uses the URL you attach to your comments to search for what you've...

Compartmentalize, or you'll get 20 lashes! (unless you're into that sort of thing)

Recently I was interviewed by a graduate student who was working on a thesis about representations of female sexual empowerment in popular culture. Much of our conversation centered on women's usage of the internet. One of the first questions she asked me was whether I thought there was still a stigma against women being openly sexual online. After stumbling over my words because I couldn't get...

Girls and technology: what's next?

A February 21 New York Times article ("Sorry, Boys, This Is Our Domain") states that teenage girls far outnumber teenage boys in the creation of web content such as blogs, web sites, and original graphics. Some of these teens have created viable businesses out of their online efforts, such as Chloe Spencer of The Ultimate Neopets Cheats Site and Martina Butler of Emo Girl Talk. In the working...

Product Clash: Frankenchild of Digg and Bizrate

With everyone and their cousin busy idea farming for the next monster Web 2.0 social media community site, there are going to be some oddities. And Product Clash, despite the "sounds good on paper" concept, is shaping up to be one of them. The idea is this: you have a bunch of products like game consoles, cameras, or mp3 players and match them up against a similar product in a 1-on-1 "clash."...

Facebook's social networking numbers

There's no doubt that Facebook is the 'most' popular social networking site to hit the scene. This one, unlike LinkedIn (although it has a whole other target, however users seem to be sliding towards Facebook recently), MySpace, and Friendster, seems like it could quite possibly be here to say. The proof is in the numbers. Shrel Israel, social media guru, picked up the phone and contacted the...

Do you know where your customers are?

Gen Y, a term sometimes used for those 20-35 years old, are old enough to be (some of) our kids but more importantly make up our next generation of clients. This generation, defined more by popular culture than by age, is an Internet-hungry and online-casual bunch. Currently, there are about 76 million of them in the U.S., not a bad market slice. They communicated first via Instant Message and...