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Who will take over the world first? Facebook or Walmart?

27 Oct

Don’t people work anymore? Just when you thought you were sick enough of Farmville and Mafia Wars,  it looks like you’ll be seeing a lot more of the social gaming phenomenon come holiday time because credits will now be sold in Walmart.

Already available at Target stores, the social networking site is set to offer the credits -– which can be used for in-game purchases in games like FarmVille –- at Walmart and Best Buy too. Walmart will offer $5, $10 and $25 versions of the gift cards, while Best Buy will sell them in denominations of $10, $25 and $50.

A Facebook spokesperson tells Mashable that, “As we approach the holiday gift-giving season, we’re happy to expand the availability of Facebook Credits gift cards to Walmart and Best Buy. More than 200 games and applications accept Facebook Credits, giving people a fun, convenient and secure way to buy premium items, and making Credits gift cards a unique gift for the holidays.”

Print your Facebook Photos at Target

21 Oct

I don’t know about you, but I sadly haven’t printed a photo in AGES, although, I always mean to/want to. I just never get around to it and viewing them online (for the whole world to see) seems to do the trick as stand-in. But now Target has announced that their Kodak photo kiosks will allow you to simply log-in to your Facebook and print the photos in stores.

Now to all of those who have concerns about privacy issues, the software developed for the kiosks is very sensitive to privacy and has limited access to your Facebook information. That being said, this is Facebook we’re talking about, the ultimate in “sure we believe in privacy……………. not”

What do you think? Will you use this service? I’ll probably be giving it a whirl in the very near future.

Mario and Luigi take it out on Facebook

21 Oct

This was too irresistable not to share with everyone. The folks at www.walyou.com posted this. Enjoy some mindless social media humor.

NEW Social Media Stats

10 Nov

Brought to you by the folks at Razorfish. (Whose site I love, must check it out) Their new study offers some compelling information which further proves that Social Media is not just a phase. (Click an image to enlarge)

Haters & Hackers

23 Oct

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As I was watching the Today Show this morning, Billy Ray Cyrus (Don’t break my heart, my achy-breaky heart) was talking about his daughters (Miley) choice to cancel her Twitter account and he actually said something that made sense… when you make yourself so easily accessible to the public you have to be prepared for “Haters & Hackers”. This holds true whether you’re involved in Social Media personally, or for your business.

Social Media must be monitored as often as possible so here are a 2 ways to keep your name and your brand under close watch:

Google alerts!!! – Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic. I personally use this to track all of my clients, news stories I’m interested in and much more.

Twilert – Twilert is a Twitter application that lets you receive regular email updates of tweets containing your brand, product, service, well any keyword you like.

While the positives of Social Media far outweigh the negatives, it’s important to remain aware of what others are saying because the sooner you catch a Hacker or Hater, the easier and quicker you can put the kabosh on it.

Details of the new Facebook Redesign Leaked!

21 Oct

October 19th, 2009 | by Ben Parr

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Facebook RedesignA few weeks ago, we caught wind that Facebook was testing a new homepage design. Screenshots revealed a few interesting changes, such as a decrease in size for the Facebook Publisher box and a new, Friendfeed-like “Top News” filter for the news feed.

Yet that’s all of the details we could discern from the screenshots. We didn’t know when it would launch, the philosophy behind the changes, or its impact on advertising. But now, thanks to one of our readers, we have an exclusive inside look into the new home page, engagement ads, and more. Below, we provide a detailed explanation of the new Facebook (Facebook) home page, as well as the document sent to brand advertisers. Check out the screenshots here.

Social Media Standards

14 Oct

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With Social Media become more and more widely accepted in the corporate world, some standards must be set. Employers should encourage their staff to be brand representatives and using the social web to help grow your company and engage with your customers. But with this new age comes uncharted territory and some standards MUST be set.

You need a social media policy that sets the foundation of your expectations, empowers your employees to tweet or blog without fear, rewards social media problem-solving, and educates staff on things to avoid in both personal and professional status updates. It’s smart business to have a social media policy.

But with the trend so new and fresh, each company must decide for itself what is deemed appropriate for YOUR business. What works for one company may not work for another. I recently came across the Online Database of Social Media Policies. Business like IBM, America Red Cross, and ESPN are making their policies available to the public to view.

Check out the database here to help jump start your companies Social Media Policy. Don’t have time to browse through them? No worries… I’ve listed three that have set the standard for an effective S.M. plan.

1. Kodak – The Kodak Social Media Tips document is available for download as a PDF.

2. Intel – Intel, a very active and social brand, has their social media guidelines published online.

3. IBM – Considered innovators in the social media guidelines space, IBM was one of the first big companies to publish a social policy document and make it available to the public online.