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Foursquare checks in with over half a million businesses | VentureBeat

Foursquare checks in with over half a million businesses | VentureBeat | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Popular check-in application Foursquare announced today on its blog that as of last week it has more than half a million businesses signed up and offering specials.

Businesses looking to take advantage of customers using Foursquare to check in to their locations can sign up for a merchant account. Once they do so, they can offer specials, update venue information and gain useful insights on check-in data, such as popular days and times. Best of all, it’s free.

Foursquare spotlights several specials that are currently running, including one from Radisson Hotels that allows guests to check out 2 hours later than normal. Also, McDonald’s is offering a free beverage with the purchase of a meal to people who check in with Foursquare.
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Facebook Video Chat v. Google Hangouts: It’s No Contest

Facebook Video Chat v. Google Hangouts: It’s No Contest | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
One of the questions I had when I broke the news last week about the Facebook/Skype partnership: Would group video chat be part of the product, and if so would it be free?

The answer is no, there’s no group chat. Facebook says that one on one video chat is far more popular on Skype than group chat and so it makes sense to start there. But that’s misdirection – group chat on Skype requires that at least one user be paying $4.49/month for premium service. So not a lot of group video chat happens on Skype.

Google’s new hangout product is all about group chat, and it’s free. Up to ten people can use it at once. Google is smart about this, figuring out which person is talking and focusing the video stream on them until someone else takes over. If you want to have fun with a group of friends, or hold a dead simple video team call, Google Hangouts is perfect for that.
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Lost Boys, Pitti Uomo Fashion Shows, Summer 2011 Kelly’s...

Lost Boys, Pitti Uomo Fashion Shows, Summer 2011 Kelly’s... | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Pitti Uomo Fashion Shows, Summer 2011 Kelly’s back from the Pitti Uomo Shows she’s sharing an insiders view of the shows, a behind the scenes peak to Band of Outsiders’ West Side Story Fashion Show. Pitti Uomo Fashion Shows, Summer 2011

Kelly’s back from the Pitti Uomo Shows she’s sharing an insiders view of the shows, a behind the scenes peak to Band of Outsiders’ West Side Story Fashion Show, and a notebook full of must-see places for you to shop, eat, and beyond on your next Italian escapade… Bon Voyage!

Florence: Your Can’t Miss Shopping A Piedi Nudi Nel Parco

Built atop ancient Florentine ruins you can see beneath you through the glass floors, this store is a mecca for independent designers that won’t be discovered for another 5 years. They just opened a ‘brother store’ featuring mostly men’s collections encapsuled by leather walls and life-size statues made of metal. (A Piedi Nudi Parco, V. Santa Margherita, 2R, Firenze, www.pnp-firenze.com)

Capri: Your Can’t Miss Cocktails with a View: Hotel Scalinatella

This exclusive 5 start hotel boasts the best view in Capri and the best Campari blood orange cocktails we’ve ever tasted served with a trio of mouthwatering appetizers. (Via Tragera, 8, Capri, www.scalinatella.com)
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Klout Gives Serious Perks To Facebook Fans - PSFK

Klout Gives Serious Perks To Facebook Fans - PSFK | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
A different kind of word-of-mouth advertising is sweeping the online world. Brands can offer Facebook fans with high Klout scores customized content or special offers. Klout, the indicator of online influence, now allows brands to connect with fans on their Facebook pages, by giving perks to those with high scores. Some examples of previous perks include Universal Pictures inviting entertainment influencers to an advance screening of The Adjustment Bureau and Hewlett Packard offering influencers a HP laptop loaded with top films from the Cinequest festival. Klout’s co-founder, Joe Fernandez, said:

We believe that companies can no longer simply judge each customer by the lifetime value of what they spend with them. Every individual now has a network value based on their ability to leverage word of mouth and social media to influence their network and spread the word about a product or service.


via PSFK: http://www.psfk.com/2011/07/klout-gives-serious-perks-to-facebook-fans.html#ixzz1R2vrNRnZ
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Welcome, Google. Seriously.

Welcome, Google. Seriously. | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Here is the latest comic from our Joy of Tech friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac and Snaggy. Joy of Tech appears three times a week in the Voices section of this site. This is a multi curated piece on Google +, so be sure to enjoy all of it, as well as our featured content curator Rachel Parker of Resonance Social Media who has created a scoop.it topic on all things Google +. Well enjoy. Here is a segment from the video.

K. Cameron Lau | Jul 01, 2011 | 1min:25sec Google+ Might Not be Able to Scare Facebook, Twitter Could be Crushed. With all the buzz surrounding the launch of Google Plus, expectations are high and the reviews have been good, but as the minutes tick by, some are wondering how this is all going to play out. Facebook currently has over half a billion active users, and when I say active users, I almost mean addicts. It’s for this reason that some are saying that it makes more sense for Google to set its crosshairs on Twitter primarily.
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Yelp Brings Local Deals To Mobile And Gives Groupon Now A Run For Its Money

Yelp Brings Local Deals To Mobile And Gives Groupon Now A Run For Its Money | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
The next phase of growth for local deals will be mobile. Groupon knows this, and so does Yelp, which today is rolling out Yelp Deals to its iPhone and Android apps. An update to its mobile apps that is getting pushed out today will add a new deals icon to the app. When you click on it you can see a list of nearby Yelp Deals for discounts at restaurants, spas, and other businesses. (These are in addition to Yelp Special Offers and Check-In Offers, which already appear on mobile).

Yelp started offering daily deals at local merchants about a year ago, and it now has deals in over a dozen metro areas, including San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Boston, LA, Phoenix, Seattle, and San Diego. You have to sign up for these deals currently and you get an email when there are new deals, just like with Groupon or LivingSocial.

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Video of the Day: NASA Successfully Tests Robotic Hover Lander

Video of the Day: NASA Successfully Tests Robotic Hover Lander | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
With drones in and out of the news as they fly back and forth across Pakistan and Afghanistan every day, we know that, while we're able to pilot military aircraft remotely, it doesn't always work out as planned. But we keep the drones flying and that's because, sometimes, it makes sense not to risk the life of a pilot by putting him or her in a dangerous situation.

But Pakistan isn't the only dangerous environment. So, too, is the moon. And the surface of an asteroid. And other low-gravity environments that require parachutes and other safety equipment, but that NASA wants to visit anyway.

That's why NASA is working on eliminating the need for human pilots on some of its missions. The Robotic Lander Development Project taking place at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama is the next step toward reaching that goal. The team behind the project has successfully tested a hover lander and captured that test in the video embedded below. "The lander is captured in flight from overhead and side mounted cameras in high definition and infrared video," according to the video's description on YouTube. "The infrared video allows engineers to see how the vehicle is behaving thermally as well as how the thrusters pulse during [the] test since the thruster plumes are invisible to the naked eye."
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Cele|bitchy » Blog Archive » Shia LaBeouf covers Details Mag, admits that he hooked up with Megan Fox

Cele|bitchy » Blog Archive » Shia LaBeouf covers Details Mag, admits that he hooked up with Megan Fox | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
I can’t help it - sometimes I find Shia LaBeouf very attractive. Not in a “I must have the Fassbender RIGHT NOW” kind of attractive, but sometimes Shia looks kind of dirty and sexy, and I could totally see getting drunk with him and bringing him home. He’s the cover boy for the August issue of Details, and some of these photos are… nice. You can see the slideshow here. His scruffy facial hair is working, his arms look good, he’s kind of dirty and sweaty, and YES, I have issues with men. Don’t even start. Anyway, the Details piece is called “Hollywood’s Last Bad Boy” - er… but it’s a decent read. Shia usually gives a decent interview. Here are some highlights:

On his reported bar fight: “I’m at a bar, trying to be with my friends,” he begins, still a little peeved several months after the night in question, “and a dude comes up to me and says he wants a photograph, and I say no.” He’s talking about the widely reported incident at Mad Bull’s Tavern in Sherman Oaks in February that ended with one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars chilling on the curb in handcuffs. “Then he comes up with his girlfriend and says it’s for her, and I say, ‘Actually, I’m a little topsy-turvy, man. Can I not?’”
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Amazon Starts an Ad Network, Powered by Your Data

Amazon Starts an Ad Network, Powered by Your Data | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
You can buy just about anything on Amazon.com, including advertising. Now Amazon is selling ads on other people’s sites, too.

The e-commerce giant has started what is effectively an ad network*, where it buys Web advertising inventory and resells it to marketers at a premium. It can add a mark up to its ads because it’s using the data it collects about its visitors and shoppers to target likely prospects.

Amazon has noodled with Web ads in the past, but has confined itself to selling space on Amazon.com and other sites it owns, like IMDB.com. This is the first time it has branched out into ads on third-party sites, and that could be a big deal: It could be a serious revenue stream for the company, and it could also raise a privacy fuss.
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Google’s Driverless Cars, Now Legal In US State Of Nevada (video) » Geeky Gadgets

Google’s Driverless Cars, Now Legal In US State Of Nevada (video) » Geeky Gadgets | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Google has been lobbying Nevada legislators to make driverless cars legal on state roads for sometime, well this week Assembly Bill No 511 was passed making Google’s driverless cars now legal in the US State of Nevada.

The new Nevada law defines permits cars which relies on artificial intelligence, sensors and GPS to drive without active the attention of a human operator. You can see a video of the new Google driverless car put through its paces after the jump.
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The New “Must Have” in Your Content Marketing Mix | Business 2 Community

The New “Must Have” in Your Content Marketing Mix | Business 2 Community | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
One of the keys to a successful content marketing strategy is injecting variety into your content. People absorb information differently. Some people like to read. Others prefer video. Traditional marketing focusing on the written word eliminates the visual learner, people who remember information presented through images. One piece of content is gaining wide influence because it appeals to everyone: the infographic.

What is an infographic?

At its best, an infographic describes complex information or statistics using attractive images displayed on a single screen or page. Infographics require strong graphic design skills and concise copywriting to communicate your message. The strong visual aspect makes them excellent candidates for sharing on social media. They’re wildly popular in all industries and fast becoming the ‘must have’ for anyone with a serious content marketing program.
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Employment Site Monster Starting a Network on Facebook

Employment Site Monster Starting a Network on Facebook | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Monster is adapting its job search functionality to social networking with BeKnown, an app that lets users set up a professional network on Facebook.

BeKnown, set to go live on Monday, will let Monster users import their data to Facebook and set up professional networks there as well. Matthew Mund, global vice president of product for Monster, reasons that since Facebook has around 700 million members, most people are on it already. “This is the path of least resistance,” Mund says. “You can manage your professional identity and your social identity in one place.” BeKnown will also be targeted at recruiters. Mund says Monster gets about 38 million unique visitors a month.

In starting a network from scratch, though, Monster faces a formidable challenge. Most notably, there’s LinkedIn, which has more than 100 million members and has established itself as the premier professional social network. Monster is also not the first to consider using Facebook as a backdrop for a new professional network — BranchOut, which has more than 800,000 users — is trying to do the same thing.
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Content Curation Platform | Podcast Interview with Scott Jangro

Content Curation Platform | Podcast Interview with Scott Jangro | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
I am the co-host of a weekly podcast called The Bella Buzz with Desiree Scales, the CEO of Bella Web Design. We have great conversations about topics related to online marketing. I am posting the programs here for the Overflow audience. This is episode 78.

I strongly believe that the future of content discovery and presentation on the web will be as a result of curation. A powerful role in our digital futures will be that of the Curators, who will develop strong communities around their topic of expertise. Digital Content Curation will become a science taught in academic institutions.
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27 Cool Ice Sculptures for Geeks

27 Cool Ice Sculptures for Geeks | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Most likely you have probably seen some amazing ice sculptures, but have you seen so many that are inspired by the world of geek? In this amazing collection, we have put together 27 Geeky Ice-Sculptures that are absolutely cool to touch and look at.


Although Star Wars fans will probably freak if they ran across any such Ice Sculptures, it doesn’t mean you have to be a fan to appreciate the detailed artwork. In these examples you could see Darth Vader, Princess Leia, R2D2, C3PO, AT-AT, a Wampa, a Tauntaun and even the awesome Stewie Griffin Darth Vader.

star wars ice sculptures wampa

star wars ice sculptures tauntaun

star wars ice sculptures darth vader stewie griffin

star wars ice sculptures clone

Images: Kermit Gonzales, Every Joe, tikistitch
Awesome Ice Sculpted Robots
Optimus Prime


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Cool Use of Photography in 45+ Advertisments by Zaun Carreno | Modny73

Cool Use of Photography in 45+ Advertisments by Zaun Carreno | Modny73 | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Zaun Carreno is a Colombian fashion photographer. Zaun Carreno has used the photography beautifully in advertisement designs. So here i have a beautiful showcase of superb advertisement designs by Zaun Carreno for your inspiration. Advertising is a form of communication used to persuade an audience (viewers, readers or listeners) to take some action with respect to products, ideas, or services. Zaun Carreno is a Colombian fashion photographer who is available for editorial and commercial assignments worldwide. Zaun Carreno has used the photography beautifully in advertisement designs. So here i have a beautiful showcase of superb advertisement designs by Zaun Carreno for your inspiration. You gonna love it.
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WhoSay Brings Social Media to the Stars (Video)

WhoSay Brings Social Media to the Stars (Video) | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Have you noticed that lately an increasing number of tweets from famous people are tagged "via WhoSay"? What is this WhoSay app -- and if it's good enough for Steven Tyler and Tom Hanks and Eva Longoria, can you use it too? Not unless you’re famous.

WhoSay, it turns out, is a sort of HootSuite for the stars, helping them manage their social media presence and making sure photos and videos are posted on a page the stars themselves can control and eventually monetize.

I spoke with WhoSay CEO Steve Ellis yesterday about his 18-month-old company and what it has accomplished so far. First, the start-up basics
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Are Angels Engaging With Humans on Twitter? Interview with Amit Verma

Are Angels Engaging With Humans on Twitter? Interview with Amit Verma | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
An interview with the 16 year old author of the popular blog, Modern Life, Amit Verma.
I don't remember which of Amit Verma's Modern Life blog posts first caught my attention. What I do remember is that it was inspiring and amazingly insightful and it caused me to want to know more about the writer.

But when I read his "About" page I was blown away. I couldn't believe a 15 year old kid from India could be so wise and in tune with what's really important in life.

Amit seemed to truly embody his angelic avatar. I was charmed and I started to retweet his posts. I noticed that lots of other people were retweeting Amit's posts too. Then I noticed that he made some list of top bloggers (which I can't seem to find now.) Remarkable, I thought at the time.

Amit friended me on Facebook and would occasionally instant message me to ask me how I was doing and offer a word of support. Even with a slight language barrier and the limitations of online communication, he always managed to convey kindness and compassion.When he asked me to write a guest post for his blog Modern Life, I couldn't say no.
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LAPD Appeals to Lady Gaga, Ashton Kutcher Regarding 405 Closings

LAPD Appeals to Lady Gaga, Ashton Kutcher Regarding 405 Closings | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
The LA Times reports that the LAPD is appealing to Lady Gaga and Ashton Kutcher to use their Twitter influence to alert motorists to the traffic nightmare that is expected when the 405 Freeway closes next month. While city officials have resorted to press conferences, advertising, email blasts and warning messages in order to inform locals about the impending doom, they are not above recruiting celebs to get the message across.

The LAPD has requested that celebrities with large Twitter followings –- including actors, musicians and professional athletes -– send out messages helping authorities get the word out. Officials want the celebrities not just to urge their followers about avoiding the 10-mile stretch of the roadway that will be closed on the weekend of July 15th but to encourage them to stay close to home. Wow, they think celebs wield that much influence over the common folk?

Two of the celebs they reached out to are Lady Gaga, who has over 11 million Twitter followers, as well as Ashton Kutcher, who has over 7 million followers.
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Google+ Users Want App Store, Facebook Data Imports

Google+ Users Want App Store, Facebook Data Imports | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
What's next for the new Google+ social network? If Google acts on its users' requests, the ability to export data from Facebook to Google+ might be one, as well as an app store.

And one user already acted on his own request: a Chrome extension to export Google+ Stream posts to Facebook and Twitter.

Announced Tuesday, Google's Google+ takes on Facebook in form and function. With LinkedIn serving as a social network for jobs, PCMag.com's hands-on found Google+ to be a social network for geeks, chock full of new features and social options.

Even Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has joined Google+, although his profile page has just one update: a change to his profile picture. Larry Page also has a single public post, but Sergey Brin has yet to publicly announce himself on Google+.

Within Google+, any comments attached to a public post are themselves public, and early users attached enthusiastic comments to two posts from Vic Gundotra, Google's senior vice president of engineering, with congratulations and feature requests. Google currently is conducting a "field trial" of the service, with a full rollout at a future date.
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Klout Stars: Dan Schawbel « Measuring Online Influence: The Official Klout Blog

Klout Stars: Dan Schawbel « Measuring Online Influence: The Official Klout Blog | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
About Dan: Dan Schawbel, recognized as a “personal branding guru” by The New York Times, is the Managing Partner of Millennial Branding, LLC, and the author of the #1 international bestselling book, Me 2.0: 4 Steps to Building Your Future (Kaplan, October 2010). Dan is the founder of the Personal Branding Blog, the publisher of Personal Branding Magazine, the youngest columnist at BusinessWeek, and has been featured in over 400 media outlets, such as The Details Magazine and ELLE Magazine. He’s spoken at Google, Harvard Business School, MIT, Time Warner, IBM, and CitiGroup. Dan was named to the Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 List in 2010, and BusinessWeek cites him as someone entrepreneurs should follow on Twitter.
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New website to help patients compare doctors, hospitals

New website to help patients compare doctors, hospitals | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Consumers looking to compare doctors and hospitals are getting a new resource as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launches an online state-by-state directory of healthcare providers.

The directory features an interactive map of the 50 states that consumers can click on to access 197 state-level and 27 national quality databases set up by nonprofits, health plans and government agencies nationwide.

Though some of these databases have been available for years, such directories have been proliferating as patient advocates, healthcare leaders and public officials intensify efforts to improve the quality of care that Americans receive.
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How Century 21 makes social media hit home

How Century 21 makes social media hit home | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Bev Thorne, chief marketing officer at Century 21 Real Estate, shared her company’s social media strategy with SmartBrief editor Jesse Stanchak at this year’s BlogWorld and New Media Expo.

Thorne spoke about what kind of content the company creates, what real estate agents shouldn’t do with their blogs and how to integrate national outreach with the hyperlocal nature of the real estate business.

Some key points of Century 21′s strategy:

* Engage home buyers and sellers. The company uses social media to address consumer issues using the expertise that Century 21 agents have. For real estate agents, social media is “an extension of the natural marketing and networking that they’re already doing,” she said.
* Tailor the message to customers. National content can be a good jumping off point, but Century 21 tries to connect its social media message to the issues facing people where they live. For example, the company might use a famous person to bring up the topic of foreclosure, but the conversation stemming from that would be how foreclosure issues affect people in their communities. “So we really merge the queries that begin at the national level with the application at the local level,” Thorne said.
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Win a $100 Shopbop Gift Card | Fashion & Beauty Blog

Win a $100 Shopbop Gift Card | Fashion & Beauty Blog | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Who’s in the mood for some shopping? I most certainly am. This summer, my wishlist is packed with maxi skirts, racerbank tanks, ruffle skirts, and cognac strappy sandals. If only I could just win a gift card for a shopping spree…

Well, according to Smarter’s rules, I can’t win any of our company’s giveaways– but luckily, you can!

This time, we’re giving away a $100 gift card to Shopbop.

Want it? Here’s how to enter:

1. Become a fan of Smarter on Facebook AND
2. Browse through Smarter.com’s shopping guides, and answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post: What are your top-3 summer finds on Smarter?

(Make sure that you do both)

Everyone who comments will be placed into a random drawing, and we will select one winner. The contest will end on Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST. We will contact you by email to let you know whether you’ve won.

Stay in the Loop:

Join Smarter.com on Facebook and follow Smarter.com on Twitter.
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Inspired By Wikipedia, Quora Aims For Relevancy With Topic Groups And Reorganized Topic Pages

Inspired By Wikipedia, Quora Aims For Relevancy With Topic Groups And Reorganized Topic Pages | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Quora has just announced a redesign of its Topic Pages and the introduction of Topic Groups, aiming to make information discovery and navigation on the site a little bit easier. The motivation behind these changes is a thrust towards ease of search and content relevancy on Quora, as there is currently a ton of content on the site that people need to figure out how to navigate.

Now, instead of a chronological stream on Topics Pages (which you can get to via the tags in questions), users will see Best Questions, Open Questions as well as Featured Questions and Frequently Asked Questions depending on the topic.

A Topic Page can also correspond to a Topic Group which will be focused on all the activity on the Topic Page and can roll up multiple topics into one, giving users a way to self-organize and share info. For example this Movies Group corresponds to this Movies Page.

Quora co-founder Adam D’Angelo likens the difference between and Topic Page and a Topic Group to the difference between a Wikipedia article and a Wikipedia Talk page, where the Talk page features the activity of a group behind the page that is committed to the topic, moderates questions and features content. The page is just an outpost of the total sum of the group’s knowledge.
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The Rise and Inglorious Fall of Myspace - BusinessWeek

The Rise and Inglorious Fall of Myspace - BusinessWeek | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
It once promised to redefine music, politics, dating, and pop culture. Rupert Murdoch fell in love with it. Then everything fell apart. In 2006, Jeremy Jackson—the buff, bronzed former Baywatch child star—couldn't imagine a world without Myspace. He was a single, underemployed actor in Los Angeles, an exhibitionist in need of an audience, and Myspace filled almost every need. He spent hours every day on the edgy social network, which was known as a pop music hub where artists such as Lily Allen and My Chemical Romance helped launch their careers. Jackson had more than a thousand "friends." He sold trucker hats and flirted with women. His profile page was decorated with Trojan Magnum XL condoms. He was the poster child for the Myspace lifestyle.

But things changed.

"I tried to cling to Myspace for a long time, hoping that someone there would come up with some idea to keep it alive," says Jackson, 30. "But my assistants and business partners finally beat it into my head that it was a dead horse. It's done. It's a joke. If you do stuff on Myspace, you just look sad
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