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The folks here on the DevCentral team have been producing a weekly podcast for a while now.  Trying to keep our budget low, we opted to copy what some other podcasters were doing by making use of Skype for our audio communication and found a great little Skype add-on called Pamela which creates high-quality WAV files from Skype conversations. We created a dedicated Skype account on an old machine here in the office that will auto-record whenever that account is added to a conversation. We would occasionally have differences in audio levels between the callers so we incorporated the awesome The Levelator (from the Conversations Network) into the post production and we were set. A few weeks ago we broke through our one hundredth podcast and along with that milestone we decided to expand things a bit by making the podcast more interactive.  I spent a few weeks investig... (more)

Twitter, Linked In, Ning and Ulitzer: Easy Personal Branding Strategy

Social Media on Ulitzer I use all of these social media tools and although they haven't put me on my own island in the Caribbean yet, I'm very pleased with the combined results. 1. Twitter – It’s the fastest way to share that you have created something of value. As a bonus, Tweetdeck or CoTweet are good ways to manage your Twitter efforts and research. Huge audience with lots of active participants. There are a few shady characters on Twitter but just like being at Grand Central Station, you just step aside and keep moving. It doesn't mean you eschew the benefit. Micro-blogging is probably here to stay so it's a good idea to get up on good habits regardless of what future tools look like. 2. Linked In – It’s the professional network standard where people will find you. A terrific way to maintain knowledge of what former colleagues are doing now. You can also join gr... (more)

Who is REALLY on Twitter?

Social media has become an integral part of our PR campaigns at BLASTmedia, especially Twitter. Clients often ask us, "Who is using Twitter and why should it matter to us?" eMarketer recently published an article that answers both of those questions, and many more. Want to know the demographics and usage habits of the microblogging crowd? Read this article! Here are a few highlights: More than one-half of all Twitter users (53%) are women, and the majority are young. 75% of all Twitter activity comes from just 5% of users. Not surprisingly, the more followers a user has, the more that person tweets. ... (more)

Ulitzer Provides a Powerful Social Journalism Platform

I was reading a blog post entitled "Confessions of a Ulitzer Addict" by John Funnel this morning as I arrived in the office. Then Nancy forwarded me the following email she received from Joe Austin on Friday. Nancy was at the Jersey shore for a long weekend and she is going through her in box this morning. Joe has been a long-time Ulitzer author and has created a number of Ulitzer topics including Cloud Backup and Recovery Journal, Email Archiving Journal, GRC Journal, Green Storage Journal, Infrastructure On Demand, and SharePoint Archiving Journal. Here is Joe Austin's email to Nancy. Another late night development work at Ulitzer, Inc. headquarters, testing the platform on popular browsers and their most used versions From: Joe Austin Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2009 16:10:57 To: Nancy Valentine Subject: Quote for Ulitzer Hi Nancy, Here's a quote for the main Ulitzer site... (more)

Oak Pacific Interactive Web 2.0 Platform Receives $48 Million Funding From Global Investors

Oak Pacific Interactive (Oak Pacific), a Chinese Internet company formerly known as ChinaInterActiveCorp, announced today that it has closed a new round of financing of $48 million from a group of leading global private equity and venture capital firms led by General Atlantic LLC (GA). In addition to GA, the group includes DCM - Doll Capital Management, Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), Accel Partners, and Legend Capital. Oak Pacific provides next generation communication, content distribution and community Internet platforms including a number of well-known Chinese websites such as mop.com, UUme.com, DoNews.com, and wowar.com. Oak Pacific currently has approximately 22 million registered users and more than 150 million daily page views. Oak Pacific will use this new round of financing to continue to expand its portfolio of digital entertainment assets and build ... (more)

Microsoft-Yahoo! - Full Text of the Letter to Yahoo!'s Board of Directors

Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has made a proposal to the Yahoo! Inc. Board of Directors to acquire all the outstanding shares of Yahoo! common stock for per share consideration of $31 representing a total equity value of approximately $44.6 billion. SYS-CON.com here brings you the full text of the letter that Microsoft sent to Yahoo!'s Board of Directors: January 31, 2008 Board of Directors Yahoo! Inc. 701 First Avenue Sunnyvale, CA 94089 Attention: Roy Bostock, Chairman Attention: Jerry Yang, Chief Executive Officer Dear Members of the Board: I am writing on behalf of the Board of Directors of Microsoft to make a proposal for a business combination of Microsoft and Yahoo!. Under our proposal, Microsoft would acquire all of the outstanding shares of Yahoo! common stock for per share consideration of $31 based on Microsoft's closing share price on January 31, 20... (more)

Although Yahoo! Looks Pretty Boxed In by Microsoft, It Could Try For More Money

Microsoft this morning made a $44.6 billion hostile bid for the floundering Yahoo, striking at a point when it has become evident to all and sundry that Yahoo doesn’t have a pray of turning things around on its own let alone getting competitive. Yahoo’s first official reaction was basically to say it’ll think about it. It said it would evaluate the offer “carefully and promptly in the context of Yahoo’s strategic plans.” It did not give a timeframe for a response. Although it looks pretty boxed in, it could of course try for more money. Microsoft’s move throws open the door to rival bids, but Microsoft thinks Google’s hands are tied. Its market share would raise insuperable antitrust issues, Microsoft said, to a counter-offer. Yahoo is the most visited site on the Internet, though it has failed to monetize its popularity a... (more)

ONEsite Launches Proprietary Social Ad Platform

White label social networking software maker ONEsite is launching its very own advertising platform InteractAd today, essentially declaring traditional online advertising is past its prime and that it’s time for social advertising to take its place. Whether that notion is true or not is subject to debate, but we’ve noted earlier that online ad revenue growth seems to be grinding to a halt. ONEsite wants to provide an alternative ad platform that leverages community features, content-driven participation and viral elements like relationship and profile data from other social networks (through OpenID-enabled user signup integration with Facebook, MySpace and Google Friend Connect), and introduce intelligent, interactive banner ads that can track who is viewing them and also allow for brands managers to solicit feedback from users throughout campaigns. InteractAd will... (more)

IBM Named "Platinum Sponsor" of SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that the leading global cloud computing provider IBM was named "Platinum Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 2nd International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (http://cloudcomputingexpo.com/), which will take place on March 30-April 1, 2009, in New York City. The event is expected to attract over 1,200 developers, engineers, architects, IT managers, and hardware and software professionals of every stripe. With the advent of Cloud Computing, the cost of computation, application hosting and content storage and delivery is plunging fast by several orders of magnitude. This is why many analysts and industry-watchers believe that Cloud Computing is changing not just the technology landscape but also the entire nature of the business models that underpin successful software and hardware companies. Leading financial analysts estimate that by 2011 the vol... (more)

Ulitzer vs. Ning

My original post in late June was based on two weeks of using Ulitzer and Ning.  I've added additional thoughts after two months of use. The obvious point for me is that the sites have two different objectives for the writers.  For Ning, the writer is trying to be involved in a niche social network from scratch.  For example, I have built my own social network for marketers and salespeople called BuyerSteps.  I created BuyerSteps as a way for other professionals to join in a conversation around the 21st century buyer.  So, Ning represents a way to build a community. In the case of Ulitzer, as a writer I am focused on getting readers from within an existing audience.  There are already thousands of readers coming to the Ulitzer site, so if they are interested in my topics such as marketing, they will find my articles as well as others.  Ulitzer allows the writer the ... (more)

Do We Really Need Twitter or Not?

Do you need it or not? Most socialites using twitter would quickly tell you that repeated messages from the same user is quite annoying. The average business person is thinking, How do i get one and which one is the best for my company. To fully understand the answer you would have to define your objectives. Twitter has a nifty search feature which allows you to not only search for basic market segments but further allows for an advance target demographic down to a particular city, country, person. If you're business needs to find out if a product could be sold in london england, Twitter allows you to search for a specific keyword, term in that city at a specific date or time to see if anyone is talking about your market segment giving the CEO more insight to whats really happening in real time. Softwares such as Tweep software, a Twitter Marketing Software allows ju... (more)