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LinkedIn is a resume-based website for business professionals looking to network—or is it?

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Despite Mark Zuckerberg’s ascent to Internet royalty, Facebook isn’t the only social network around. In fact second tier social sites like Tagged, Hi5, BlackPlanet and Bebo receive 3-6 million unique page views every month. Some second tier networks even rival Facebook’s quality; BlackPlanet users spend an average of 3.6 minutes longer on their site than Facebook users spend on Facebook and MyYearbook and Tagged users spent 3 minutes longer on the site than MySpace users on MySpace. Second tier is here.

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Part 1: The Future of Retailing Lies in a Cross-Channel World

As retailers continue to navigate their way out of the economic turbulence of recent years, many have found that the new landscape they’ve emerged into is characterized by new consumer behaviors—especially those borne of the new channels beyond the physical and virtual storefront.

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Social media integration on websites and blogs is critical today,  serving to broaden reach and engage users. A side effect, however, is that various widgets can easily convolute an otherwise sleek website without giving much in return. Even worse, social media plugins can lure users away to their social networks just when they should be staying put. Enter Wibiya.

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Thanks to some 50 million Americans carrying around smartphones, location based services are among the most prominent applications in today’s social technology sector with players big and small getting in on the action. San Francisco-based PlacePop is one such location based service that focuses on social CRM services through its unique virtual loyalty card iPhone app.

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Social CRM offers a different set of challenges from those related to common IT or CRM projects. In order to achieve success it’s important that people learn and understand these differences enabling them to make decisions for their own organization.

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Google is no longer a search engine; Google’s zeitgeist has permeated very aspect of online life, including social media. To speak to the breadth of Google’s online influence, it is foreseeable that in the very-near future we might all be using Google’s cloud-based Chrome operating system to load our Google Chrome browser to do a Google search or to check our Gmail email, all the while social networking on Google Buzz. Needless to say, Google is an important part of our Internet-based lives.

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Oh YouTube, where would we be without your endless hours of comic relief and social meandering—oh that’s right we would be working instead of spending our office hours watching babies breakdancing. If this doesn’t sound like you then you are the exception to the rule as the average Internet user spends 15 minutes per day on YouTube. Should you be unconvinced of the importance of YouTube…

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600 million daily searches and 10 billion tweets later Twitter has established itself as a critical element to any social media marketing strategy. Twitter’s success is not surprising though, given its unique balance of business & personal use and high-quality users.

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User Comments have been a part of the web for decades. In the early 90’s, forums were the medium for aggregating and organizing user comments through interests (ie: car forums, tech forums, gaming forums, business forums, etc). Anybody with a geocities website could throw on a forum and begin interacting with the community.

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