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Published Thursday, December 10, 2009

Contests are a core way to drive participation on your Ning Network and keep members coming back. For example, the folks at My Kicks on Fire ran a contest to win a free pair of Nike Air Yeezy sneakers. To enter, members were asked to help get the word out via Twitter. Friends or Enemies launched a t-shirt design competition, where the winner had their design printed and sold in the FOE merch store. To participate, members uploaded their proposed t-shirt design to the group in the comments section.

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Published Saturday, December 5, 2009

It hangs in the head quarters of Google, Microsoft, facebook, Wordpress and Yahoo! Japan. Even the CERN in Geneva now has its own copy. The has been featured all across the web from TechCrunch to BoingBoing, and Gawker. Now the latest version of our popular Web Trend Map is up for grabs.—The Web Trend Map plots the Internet’s leading names and domains onto the Tokyo Metro map. Domains and personalities are carefully selected through dialogue with map enthusiasts, and every domain is evaluated based on traffic, revenue, and character.

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Published Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I was stunned when I first heard it. The directive came from a senior executive of a global, old-line firm in a capital-intensive industry. He was encouraging his ROI business-case developer to use soft, rather than hard, benefits for justifying a proposed systems project. What a sea change from the "all tangibles, all the time" mentality of the previous 40 years! If select senior managers in the most conservative of industries are finally beginning to see the power of soft ROI benefits, can the rest of the world be far behind?

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Published Friday, November 27, 2009

Community is making a comeback.

This is good, because for decades groups, clubs, unions, associations and communities of all kinds have been in decline. And we’ve felt it. Over the years, I’ve examined research that has shown a steady annual increase in the number of people who want to spend more time with families and friends, and be more involved in their neighborhoods. We’ve been craving more connection at the very time that we’ve driven it from our lives.

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Published Friday, November 27, 2009

Monthly unique visitors Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedInSo you’ve set up a company fan page on Facebook and you’re letting your employees fire off messages to the world via Twitter — or you’re at least thinking about it. Well, congratulations! You’re part of the social-media revolution, which can offer unparalleled access to word-of-mouth buzz among those you most want to reach: your customers, current and future.

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Published Friday, November 27, 2009

Facebook age breakdown pie chart August 2009

Facebook, the largest social media network, recently reached 300 million users worldwide — roughly the population of the United States. So do your homework before you approach your customers online. Here's how users on the top social media sites broke down by age in August 2009.

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Published Friday, November 20, 2009

Ashland, Oregon - ShopDragon, an evolutionary software company developing a hosted e-commerce platform designed to empower small businesses, won an Ignite-style pitch competition, in Eugene, Oregon, giving the company an opportunity to participate in the Willamette Angel Conference in May 2010, for the chance of receiving a $150,000 investment at that event.

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Published Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I hate ugly websites. I realize that I have a particular bias as a result of what I do so I’m sure that is to be expected. In fact, people often have fun with me by sending me links to ugly websites just to see how much I cringe.

All fun aside, however, how often do we really think about how design affects our credibility as businesses? Do ugly websites hurt business? Turns out, the answer is yes.

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