Virginia Tech and MySpace

We all share the grief in the tragedy at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, but it is especially gnawing on me. Over the years that I lived in Virginia, I watched with pride as the Hokies became a first-rate school and…

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@SES: Social Networking and Local

This morning I attended an interesting session on advertising on social networks at SES New York. Much of the subject matter here has implicit ties to local, and some explicit. The conversation around social networking in this session was, correspondingly,…

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Facebook Gets a Job(ster)

In a move that resembles MySpace's partnership with SimplyHired (to create MySpace Jobs), fast moving social network Facebook has partnered with career site Jobster. CareerBuilder and Monster were in the running for this deal, according to GigaOm, but Jobster won…

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Online Video News Roundup

The online video space continues to see a lot of action. This is not to be confused with the IPTV space, talked about in the previous post, which involves telco-delivered video service packages (akin to cable). Online video is rather…

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A Conversation With vSocial

Recently I had the chance to catch up with Mark Sigal, CEO of online video distribution platform provider vSocial. The company provides a platform for advertisers and video publishers to publish and brand videos on existing Web sites, social networks…

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Local Troubles

There has been a lot of talk in the past week over some of the apparent challenges facing local destination sites. Last week, BackFence endured a major downsizing, including the resignation of cofounder Susan DeFife (past writing on BackFence and…

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UGC: To Be or Not To Be III

Sebastien Provencher reproduced a MarketWatch article on his Praized Blog that goes into great detail about most of the major trends in online social media and user-generated content. It's a nice state of the union on where these technologies are…

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SME Advertising on Craigslist

ClickZ has an interesting article on the practice of advertising on Craigslist. Essentially this entails small businesses advertising products or services in the form of a Craigslist posting. I wrote about this for Search Engine Watch a few weeks ago.…

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Jason Calacanis on Social Media and Local

Search Engine Watch has a write-up of an interview between Danny Sullivan and blogging pioneer, turned AOL exec, turned VC Jason Calacanis. Last time we wrote about Calacanis, he was given the task of turning the downtrodden Netscape brand into…

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Digg Adds Video, Podcasts

I'm a bit late on this news, but Digg.com started off the week with a new interface that users so far (going by anecdotal evidence) seem to really like. Part of the redesign involves the integration of videos and podcasts.…

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