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The Data Cloud: Will it Rain Money for Service Providers?

July 19th, 2011 — 2:46pm

The data cloud is the future and where we’ll soon share our data, spread out in all that storage, and use our computers like access terminals. For many, using Google Docs was their first encounter with this virtual storage and everyone seems to be anticipating the “Cloud from Cupertino” with baited breath. But are you ready for your ISP to turn off the tap if you actually use all that the cloud has to offer?

It’s happened to one Seattle man. Andre Vrignaud seems a bit of a “Data Hog,” going over a massive 250GB of data traffic in a month, but service provider Comcast won’t even consider upgrading him to a business account. He’s a gamer who shares video, pictures, data, and music. Sure, he seems like an inordinately heavy user, but is he just ahead of the curve? Will we all be sharing over 250GB a month soon?

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Integration and Information: Proving Real Social Media ROI

June 28th, 2011 — 1:54pm

American Express just made it work with Foursquare, and it might just illuminate the future of social media marketing. The deal is this: You go to a store, “check-in” on Foursquare, and get offered a surprise store special only redeemable by paying with AmEx and applied straight to your card. No fuss, no coupons, and a great incentive to “check-in” everywhere you go.

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Record Labels Embrace Cloud Music To Save Themselves

May 24th, 2011 — 3:21pm

Last week, Apple inked a cloud-music licensing agreement with EMI Music. They’ve signed Warner Brothers, and are working Universal and Sony.

But why isn’t the headline about EMI signing up with Apple?

EMI already tested the waters with an iPad app, so it’s clear they’re embracing the union. It’s a little startling to remember there still are music labels when you’ve gotten accustomed to buying individual tracks. Labels rank lower in public opinion than the guys who delivered the iPod.

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Twittequite is Dead

March 4th, 2011 — 3:09pm


I recently attended the Engage Collaborate Commune seminar. In a breakout session, I got into a conversation about followers to following on Twitter. There is a large divide between those who believe in follow-backs, and the picky party. I fall into the latter category. For now, we will address them as Party A, and Party B respectively. Here is the reasoning behind each…

Party A

“My philosophy is to follow everyone who follows me. If someone takes the time to follow me, I’m going to honor that by following them and attempting a relationship and conversation,” argued Cindy Ratzlaff from the Engage Collaborate Commune breakout session.
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Online Dating/Stalking – What’s up with Gotham?

January 18th, 2011 — 12:14pm

Did you know EHarmony is responsible for 2% of all US marriages? Did you also know that Plenty of Fish has mustered up 100,000 marriages from its site? It’s okay if you didn’t, it probably means you can find love “the old-fashioned way.” In other words, you can start a conversation without a keyboard.

While I find online dating (especially the commercials) entertaining for all the wrong reasons, I suppose some believe their services offer value – the stats don’t lie, much like hips… But wait, the stats are about to get Continue reading »

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