Twitter, Google, Wyoming, More: Morning Buzz, August 15, 2012


Google Doodle for Julia ChildThe co-founders of Twitter have launched a new publishing platform, but it’s in early private beta and not too much to talk about yet. (Read the comments for links to more coverage.) In the meantime, Twitter-founder-backed Branch is out of private beta.

More Twitter: wondering how many of your Twitter followers are fake? Here’s a new tool to give you an estimate.

Even more Twitter, this time an Olympics overview: 16 days, over 150 million tweets.

Google has seriously expanded its patent search tool with the introduction of European patents.

The State of Wyoming is getting a new natural resource mapping tool. It is described as a “… computer-based mapping tool for viewing the locations of a wide variety of wildlife habitats, big game migration corridors, federal/state/private land status, human structures such as towns, roads, oil or gas wells; and other features… ”

PC World has…

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Exploring Social Media as a Personal Negotiating Tool

Keys N Keys

After a 6 year hiatus I decided to get back into mountain biking, but during that time my little brother turned my beautiful mountain chariot into a dilapidated non-functioning rust bucket. The shifty manager at my local bike shop quoted me under 200$ after looking over the dire condition of my bike and in a rush, I quickly looked over the hand written quote and said ok sure.

When I returned 4 days later, my baby did look pretty good but somehow the bill had inflated to the point where I almost spit out some of my coffee. A cool 250$ he said to me, so looking at the breakdown I saw 48$ for a new chain, 14$ per new tire tubes, and apparently installing those tubes requires 20$ in additional labor on top of the 95$ labor charge for the “complete tune-up”, among other questionable charges… Suffice to say, I was…

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Twitter & Business

Furniture & Mattress Advertising

When Twitter started in 2006 it was a platform for technology savvy people to communicate with each other in a quick and easy method.

Six years later that has all changed.

First lets learn some quick facts about twitter:

A third of monthly Twitter users are 25- 34 years old—the next generation to buy your products
U.S. Twitter users have higher incomes than the general population
More than half of active Twitter users follow companies, brands or products on social networks

With more than 200 million users and 1.6 billion searches per day Twitter has become one of the largest and most successful social networks in the world.

However, there in lies the question. How can my retail store use Twitter to capture more customers?

The answer is much more varied than you would expect. Twitter is a social media tool that has extensive business opportunities. Lets take a look…

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Truth in a Facebook world


My recent readings from the popular social media website ‘’ made me write this article. Of the two articles I read recently, one was specifically tagged under social media and the other, under HowTo. The first article ‘5 things your digital agency isn’t telling you’, talked about 5 irrelevant and un-researched pointers. Upon reading the article, I also went on to read the comments to the article and that blew my mind! Reading all of them left me thinking how on earth such an article could find place in a site such as ‘’. Every one of the 5 pointers was crushed down with solid reasoning.

I move onto the second article. The title of this article, “Not on Facebook? Employers, Psychiatrists May Think You’re a Psychopath” immediately attracted my attention. In today’s world, it is not uncommon for anyone to gratify a hungry mind with titles as these. And…

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BarCamp Sarasota-Bradenton

The Three Building Blocks Of A Social Media Strategy:

Social NetworkingAre you overwhelmed with all of the social media choices available today? Do you struggle with choosing the best platform for your business? For the overworked and time crunched business owner, navigating the social media waters can be intimidating, challenging, and occasionally frustrating.

Click through for tips on how to build your social media strategy. Were you aware of them?

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Friday Finds: Natural Abstractions

Artsy Forager

As you may recall, Mr. Forager and I recently returned from a long camping trip in Glacier National Park and Yellowstone ( and we threw in the Lewis & Clark Caverns on the way home ‘cuz we weren’t nearly exhausted enough already ).  We both love the outdoors and as I told Christina Baker in our Artist Takeover interview, I find the natural world to be incredibly inspiring in its artistry.  I thought you might enjoy a few of examples of nature’s artsiness I found while traversing through two of the US’s most beautiful places!

Isn’t nature the most incredible abstract artist?  What are some of your favorite natural abstractions?

All images by Artsy Forager.

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