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  • How ‘socially devoted’ is your company asks Socialbakers [LeWeb]

    Emerging markets are driving growth online, we know that much already. But it turns out companies in these countries are also the most devoted to social media. That's according to social media analytics business Socialbakers, known for producing some of the juiciest social stats out there. And, as far as the company's founder Jan Rezab is concerned, the rest of the world needs to follow the example that is increasingly being set by emerging market companies. Rezab took to the stage at LeWeb London to talk about his company's "new industry standard" called "Socially Devoted". "By defining...

  • Niche social apps will save us from the AI Armageddon [LeWeb]

    Soraya Darabi has been thrown into social media and in five years has gained more experience than most of you reading this combined. She went from media to the startup world with brief stints at Drop.io (acquired by Facebook) to Foodspotting and is now getting ready to launch her own startup. Speaking at LeWeb London, Darabi said something interesting. She believes that the future of social is niche applications. She's putting a dream team together with developers from The New York Times, Drop.io and Foodspotting. And surprisingly her startup has nothing to do with social apparently (I'm guessing media-based)....

  • SoundCloud wants to make the web more emotional [LeWeb]

    SoundCloud founder and CEO Alexander Ljung took the stage at LeWeb London to explain what his company does and why he founded it. SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform which allows collaboration, promotion and distribution of audio recordings. According to Ljung, SoundCloud came about because of the founders' "desire to share sounds on the web". It all started when they discovered that they were interested in how people were connecting via social media. They then decided to explore how sound could become social. The way Ljung presents it, it seems as SoundCloud solves very specific problems in the social world....

  • Social media tools, scale, automation and world domination [LeWeb]

    Altimeter analyst Jeremiah Owyang today led a panel at Le Web London with two of the hottest social media management tools out there, Wildfire App and BuddyMedia, which was recently acquired by Salesforce.com. As fierce competitors I was really hoping for some sparks to fly between the two companies but we are in Britain so (sadly) everyone behaved very properly. Owyang asked why companies use social media management tool and the simple answer is scale. If you work at a large company or even a small company that uses multiple channels then you know the pain that these tools...

  • The AI needed to enslave mankind is reading your tweets [LeWeb]

    The session started off harmless enough. I've heard Sandy Carter, VP of Social Business Sales and Evangelism at IBM speak before. What you probably don't know about IBM is that it has a huge business doing social media consulting. You know social media is big business when IBM is getting in the game. That's right, every social media ninja, guru, expert out there is now competing with IBM. Carter walked through IBM's Social Business A.G.E.N.D.A: Align organisation goals Gain social trust Engagement Not sure because I got distracted Don't remember because I was on Twitter Analytics She also threw out some pretty interesting...

  • 4 crucial steps to get your event trending on Twitter

    Co-authored by Jonathan Houston According to www.dailybloggr.com, if you want to trend on Twitter, all you need is around 100 people tweeting the same hashtag simultaneously. Sounds simple but this may not be that easy to pull off. It’s about the volume of your audience rather than the volume of your tweets. So here is how you should set about doing this. The process rules are simple enough so that you can take this process and copy it for your own events: 1. Get the right speaker Just one high-profile speaker can help ensure that you have a successful event. This brings...

  • Microsoft Surface: Diplomacy is for the birds

    The Microsoft Surface looks alright... nice one Microsoft. But, while you were strutting your stuff on the catwalk of LA’s swanky Milk Studios, could you hear the collective grumble rising from the tech industry? The Surface is an assault on your arch enemy’s iPad and MacBook Air, turned up to eleven, but you’ve offended your hardware partners. You see the Surface as an archetype, your hardware partners see it as a competing device for tablets and Ultrabooks. By saying things like "this has specs that rivals that of the best Ultrabooks that have ever been announced," you’re not making any...

  • Okay, maybe Microsoft hasn’t got the cool thing taped just yet [Video]

    Microsoft's big tablet reveal went a long way to showing that the company was well on the way to regaining its cool. Mostly. You see, there was one teeny tiny blip. While he was showing off the "smooth" browsing capabilities of the Surface it froze. Nothing helped, not even jabbing at the Windows button (to be fair, that's exactly what we would have done. At this point, you can imagine what was going through his head. Still, Sinofsky stuck with the script, and a new Surface was brought in from the wings. Here's the thing. The blip was there...

  • Google Maps: Now with real-time traffic overlay

    We recently reported on the massive changes Google was making to its Maps offering. Today a few more of those updates roll out to the general public. As of today Google Maps traffic overlay is fully functional in seven new countries, including South Africa with cities like Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town covered. Now when plotting a route from one point to another, Google maps will give you a few options with live traffic info and real-life time estimations for your trip. This is really amazing and the best part is, it's available for mobile devices as well. Recently I...

  • YouTube founders to lift veil on their new site Zeen next week [LeWeb]

    The mystery around Zeen, the new site from the founders of YouTube will be lifted next week. That's the lowdown from co-founder Chad Hurley, who was speaking at LeWeb London. At the moment, there's precious little information about the site, aside from the promise that it will allow people to "discover and create beautiful magazines". Zeen is the latest project from Avos, the company that Hurley and fellow YouTube founder Steve Chen started last year. In April 2011, it was announced that AVOS had purchased Delicious, before acquiring social analytics company Tap 11 a month later. The company also...

  • Go Daddy set to forge its own passage to India

    Go Daddy is set to join a growing list of big online players plying their trade in India. The web-hosting giant today announced that it had identified the BRIC giant as "a priority market" for its "global expansion" and has already hired its first ever international executive to run operations in the country. The company has appointed Rajiv Sodhi as Managing Director of Go Daddy India. The former Microsoft executive will be responsible for overseeing Go Daddy's expansion into the India market and is reportedly in the process of hiring a team. "We knew we needed an experienced...

  • Facebook hovercards: Now with Timeline cover photos

    As tech news goes, this is no Microsoft tablet announcement, but it's still interesting in an "oh that's cool" kind of way. Hover over someone's profile picture in your news feed. After a while their basic bio information will pop up. That's been around since 2010, but it just got a little prettier. Along with the information that's always been there, you'll now see their cover photo. As The Next Web notes, Facebook appears to be taking a business card-style approach to its hovercards. In fact, the format of the new hovercards closely resembles the offering...

  • Assange remains hidden in Ecuadorian embassy

    Wikileaks founder Julian Assange remains hidden in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he is seeking political asylum. The man behind the well-known cable-leaking site turned to the embassy after the UK Supreme Court refused to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden over alleged sex charges. Assange denies any guilt in relation to the sex charges, but is afraid that Swedish authorities will hand him over to the US, where he will be treated unfairly. According to the BBC however, Swedish authorities claim that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) would intervene if Assange was to...

  • Microsoft may have finally cracked the convergence code with Surface tablets

    The gloves are off as Microsoft, for the first time, commits to a range of computers that bears its own name. In a very Apple-like way Microsoft held a super-secret event in Los Angeles which got the Tech world speculating and claiming all sorts of inside info. Many were close, predicting a Microsoft tablet. The reality was far bigger than the hype suggested. Microsoft launched a well-executed and extremely innovative range of tablets appropriately called Surface. The Microsoft Surface tablet is, in some ways, just the beginning of a new resurgence from the Redmond-based giant that has actually been...

  • Queuing for a ticket online: Is Computicket crazy?

    So the general idea of booking something online is to satisfy the need instantly. The idea of standing in a queue while online does not sit so well with me; but that’s what is happening on online ticketing site Computicket as it attempts to deal with the demand for the South African leg of a Lady Gaga world tour. So maybe I’m being melodramatic or maybe the promise of a digital world if instant gratification has spoiled me; but the queuing system that has been implemented -- although for a valid reason -- seems to strike at the heart of...