Should Web 2.0 Embrace Localization?

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After reading Bernard Sunn’s blog post, “Re-Localization Opportunities – Local 2.0”  I thought how can Web 2.0 developers incorporate local business owners into their 2.0 business models?  Believe it or not, a world still exists outside of the blogosphere or Twittersphere.  The Internet is mainstream, but there is still a market of millions of people and who prefer to shop local and fellowship in person rather than in cyberspace.

So the question is – How can web 2.0 developers reach those consumers?  By somehow targeting local business owners who cater to this market, developers have access to consumers who would normally be off the radar.

I commented on Bernard’s though-provoking post:

What a great post. I too found it thought provoking. I predict that we will see more and more Web 2.0 applications incorporate GPS (annotated tagging) in a way that will pull consumers out to local stores, shops, etc. For example, how can BrightKite take its annotated, geo-tagging application and localize it? How can they partner with local business owners, and bring value to them via their application and local BrightKite users? It will be interesting to watch this trend develop.

Should web application developers incorporate locailization into their business models?  Or should they continue to focus on the cyberspace for revenue generation?

Re-Localization Opportunities – Local 2.0 – ReadWriteWeb.

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State of the Twittersphere – Q4 2008 Report

Hubspot has released its first-ever State of the Twitterspere report for Q4 2008.  The report summarizes the trends of Twitter users based on real data pulled from hundreds of thousands of Twitter profiles accessed through the reports generated by Twitter Grader.

I found that the report accurately reflects my Twitter profile.  For example, I currently have a Twitter grade of a 91, which based on the report, Twitter users with a score between 90-100 have an average of over 100 followers.  As of today, I have 169 followers and I’m following 180 people.

Are you on Twitter?  If not join today and connect with me.

Here is a link to the report: State of the Twittersphere – Q4 2008 Report.

What’s Your Favorite Podcast?


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ReadWriteWEb posted this great article, Favorite Podcasts of the ReadWriteWeb Community of readers and writers.  One of the more interesting podcasts tha stood out was : You Look Nice Today, “an audio-based Journal of Emotional Hygiene” – What?  What podcasts are you subscribed to?

One of my favorite podcasts that isn’t listed is HubSpot’s Inbound Marketing Podcast hosted by Mike Volpe and Karen Rubin.HubSpot TV Hubspot’s podcast covers inbound marketing, social media, blogging, SEO, etc.  Check out a few of the podcasts below.

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Twitter in Real Life

For the Twitter users who have ever encountered this scenario, I though you would enjoy this cartoon I found on Hubspot’s blog.

The Follow-Back

Twitter In Real Life: The Follow-Back

What’s your opinion?  I always feel somewhat guilty if I don’t follow someone who follows me?

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Free Social Media for Publishers Webinar, Featuring Chris Brogan

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For those of you who are fane of Christ Brogan, watch him in action on Tuesday December 16th during the O’Reiley webinar: Social Media for Publishers.

Meet with Chris Brogan for a not-too-techy and not-too-light dive into the world of social media from the mindset of a publisher. Learn how he views the tools and how they apply to the work that you have on your plate for 2009. Leave the presentation with at least three things that will give you immediate results.

Update: Here is another webinar that will be hosted by Chris on December 11th: Duct Tape Marketing’s Twitter for Business.  Sign up now!

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Curious About Google? 10 Google Slideshows

Stan Shroder posted a great article of Mashable, “10 Great Google Slideshows.” I’m a big fan of Slideshare after downloading a presentation, “How to Use Twitter for Marketing and PR.”  Slideshare is a great resource for educators, marketers, and everyone in between.

Yesterday we dug out a cool slideshow which tries to tell us, in a mere 34 slides, everything there is to know about Google. It’s not the only Google-related slideshow out there, though; in fact, we’ve found dozens of them. Here’s a selection of ten we’ve found to be either very useful or interesting.

Google for Life Science ResearchAs you can see there is many presentations on varying aspects of search engine giant Google.  I especially liked the presentation “Google for Life Science Research: Searching Power and More,” since I’m constantly on the look out for research tools and resources to help me with my Doctoral work.  What resources for research do you use?

Here is a link to the article on Mashable: 10 Great Google Slideshows

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10 Questions to Ask Before You Start Blogging

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Hubspot has a great post on blogging.  As I am continuously trying to improve my blogging by adding value and substance to my blog posts, I found  Joe Pulizzi’s post to be very to be a constructive.

Here are 10 questions I frequently ask bloggers just getting started:

1.  Who are your primary and secondary targets for your blog?

2.  What do you want to tell them?

3.  Do you understand what the key informational needs of the audience are?

Here is a link to the complete post, Before you Start Blogging, Ask Yourself These 10 Questions.

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