Facebook, News

Facebook to let you edit comments, finally

Facebook ipad Have you ever delivered that witty riposte to someone's Facebook status only to realise that it contains the kind of typo that makes you look like a monumental idiot? Unfortunately there was never much you could do about it. Until now. The social network has started giving users the ability to edit or delete their comments below someone else's post. Facebook will begin rolling out the update in small batches over the next couple of days. It's not just comments ...

LinkedIn

Why LinkedIn’s latest changes prove that it’s like Batman

linkedin batman I clearly mean “The Dark Knight Rises” Batman; not “Original Grey Suit with Yellow Belt” Batman. The professional social media platform had made a significant change to its status updates for companies. LinkedIn has always been the forgotten social network -- mainly because of its unwavering dedication to the professional. This means that it has not always been popular with the masses who adopt social technologies quickly; but that has not stopped it from reaching north of 100-million registered users. LinkedIn ...

Startups

6 breakthrough startups set to disrupt the news industry

News Image In April this year, Memeburn picked ten innovative Knight News Challenge entries that had the potential to propel the news industry forward. The “Networks" leg of the competition required entrants to innovate on top of existing social media and other services to create new ways for informing and engaging communities. The Knight Foundation recently announced the winners of the first round at the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference. The winning ventures will receive US$1.37-million in funding as well as support from the ...

Advertising & Marketing

150+ incredible examples of online marketing

influence image Look, we all know that online marketing is a seriously big-money game. Google wouldn't have made anywhere near the US$37.9-billion it did in 2011 if not for online advertising. We also know that it is exorcising the ghosts of media's past. Online ad spend overtook print in the US as far back in 2010, and in emerging markets like Russia earlier this year. But online marketing is also evolving. Banner ads are on the decline. Big companies are like GM are ...

News, Twitter

Twitter down across all devices, now back up [Update]

twitter support tweet Let the panic ensue. Twitter is down across all devices. The news was confirmed by website Down for Everyone or Just Me, which monitors websites to see whether or not they're down. According to Mashable, the social network was briefly up before going back down again. This isn't just a fail whale type of "down" either. Users visiting Twitter via the web will see a "no data received" message on their browsers, while third-party apps are giving out the ...

Ecommerce, Social media

Exclusive Books gamifies online shopping with social discounts platform

exclusives stickers In case you missed it, South African retailer Exclusive Books just gamified its online store. Stickers -- its new DIY social discounts platform -- rewards you for rating their products and sharing them via Twitter and Facebook. Exclus1ves.co.za customers can now earn up to a 25% discount on books, ebooks, music, movies and games just by dragging and dropping stickers on to items they want. In case you've just logged on to the website and are wondering why on earth ...

News

Facebook, Expedia to visit SA for E-Tourism summit

Remember travelling before the internet? What a pain in the arse that was. No user reviews to save you from dodgy hotels, no quick ticket booking from the comfort of your office, no way to share your boring holiday photos with anyone until you got home. I think it's fairly safe to say that the internet has changed tourism. The ways it has done so, and continues to do so, is the focus of this year's E-Tourism Summit in Cape ...

Apple, Google, Microsoft

Apple and Microsoft have forced Google into a corner

microsoft surface and ipad The timing of the Microsoft’s announcement of Surface was particularly peculiar. “Hands-on” demos were decidedly hands-off. Microsoft didn't allow anyone to use the SmartCover keyboards -- bizarre, given that this is the most innovative feature of Surface (and a real differentiator between the iPad). It’s obvious now that Surface is not ready. So why did Microsoft unveil something that it isn’t launching yet? The answer is Google. It is expected to launch a Nexus tablet to showcase the “best of Android” at ...

Mobile

The smartphone revolution may be unstoppable, but it’s only just begun

SMS Last month, we gave you the low-down on internet prophet Mary Meeker's 2012 Internet Trends. One of the things that Meeker pointed out is that mobile traffic is growing at a tremendous rate, accounting for nearly 10% of all internet traffic. Interestingly, 3G subscriptions only account for 18% of the world's total mobile subscriptions. The enormous number of 3G subscriptions that took place in emerging markets like India and Brazil suggest that mobile is exploding in a way that very ...

LinkedIn

Just how valuable is LinkedIn to your business?

LinkedIn Logo Possibly the greatest benefit for any business executive is LinkedIn’s unique ability to build their professional brand – and make it easy for other professionals to find their profile when in need of a specialist. In fact, if you only had one place to focus your energy on and build your brand online, it has to be LinkedIn. Despite that, most people don’t actually understand how LinkedIn really works. In an emerging markets country like South African for instance 94% ...

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