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Welcome to The Age of Virtual Currency

A little over a year ago, I wrote about Facebook beginning testing of a payments system. I am happy to inform you that Facebook credits are now live for selected applications.

Visit certain applications within Facebook, such as Living Social or browse the Games page and Facebook may send you 25 free credits (a $2.50 value).

Credits can be purchased using credit cards, PayPal and even through your cell phone.

Pretty amazing, right? The story just got much more interesting today.

TechCrunch writes that Google has acquired Jambool for $70 million. Jambool powers virtual economies with a platform called Social Gold.

Google may implement Social Gold into their existing checkout product, their new social platform and Google Me, a social network in-development.

I believe this is a very strong possibility and am sure that both Facebook and Google will be vying to integrate and promote the use of their virtual currencies by as many users as possible.

Facebook has a head-start, but Google seems to be nonchalantly adopting all of their strategies and will have the benefit of learning from any hiccups.

Both social giants should realize that there is use for virtual currency beyond games and virtual goods. Could it be that they are just testing the waters for now, or that governments will not allow these currencies to be used for real-world goods and services?

It’s going to be very interesting to follow as the virtual economies evolve. I believe virtual currency will be a success and am excited about it’s potential impact for the future of online business.

This article is from DotSauce Magazine.



Welcome to The Age of Virtual Currency

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Pizza Hut Introduces Foursquare Discounts for ‘Mayors’

Are you on Foursquare yet? Well, if you want to spy on your friends or lifeblog your daily destinations, you should be. And now, Pizza Hut has launched a new campaign that gives discounts to Foursquare ‘Mayors’. Unfortunately they’re not giving away a free pizza, but they are giving away a free order of breadsticks whenever you purchase a large pizza. Not bad for visiting a place you’d already patronize.

“Through past experience, we’ve learned that our customers are spending a considerable amount of time using social media and mobile tools, increasingly incorporating them into their daily lives,” said Brian Niccol, Chief Marketing Officer at Pizza Hut.  ”We see this promotion with foursquare as a win-win situation – loyal, digital-savvy customers will be able to take advantage of a fun promo, while we hope to see a bump in repeat traffic from Mayors looking to take advantage of this offer.”

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Thanko Button Camera Perfect for Spying

Ever pretend you were a spy as a kid? Well, your childhood dreams are about to come a reality. Sure there are other spying gadgets out there, but this genius camera masks itself as a button on your shirt. And don’t worry about matching your shirts, the buttons come in three different colors, black, white, and pearl. Happy spying!

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Did You Know? Popular Marketing Website Features Unused Domaining Category

Domain names are an essential part of the infrastructure of the internet and online business. As such, domains could be considered the foundation or starting point for several aspects of internet marketing.

SEO – You start with a quality domain name and it is widely known that good keywords are extremely beneficial.

Branding – Your domain name is your brand. Often times a brand name and associated domain name are interchangeable by customers and users.

PPC / SEM – There have been studies showing the benefits of call to action and product keyword domains in advertisements.

Social Media – America’s favorite past-time continues to grow. There is always a feature on social media sites for promoting a website URL.

Domain names are not going anywhere and will continue to increase in popularity, number and importance for internet marketing in the coming years.

Sphinn Prominently Features a Domaining Category

I’d like to introduce Sphinn, the most popular internet marketing news hub. Sphinn was launched in 2007 by the people at Search Engine Land and is now visited daily by thousands of visitors. The Sphinn community is comprised of those experienced or learning about SEO and other ways to improve their online web presence.

I use Sphinn occasionally and have submitted articles that received good results. I’ve always noticed the Domaining category and have been saddened by it’s lack of use.

Sphinn: Domaining Popular – Most of the stories are from 2008 and while good, were not published by industry experts.

Sphinn: Domaining Upcoming – No stories submitted in past 72 hours (or who-knows-when).

Can we bring the Domaining category back to life?

Join Sphinn to help promote our industry!

I have been thinking of proposing this for awhile and I believe now is the time to take action. We have been preaching to the choir for far too long. We need to reach out to all the related industries and educate anyone willing to listen about the true value of quality domain names.

Soon, I am going to begin submitting quality domain news and editorials to Sphinn.

I encourage you to bookmark the Domaining Upcoming category (linked above) and assist me in voting for your favorite new stories.

Take a second to join Sphinn to be able to vote and submit content. Let’s have our presence be noticed!

Beyond Sphinn

Twitter ReTweets – If you come across or have written a domaining related article or important news item, please send me a direct message on Twitter and I will share it with my followers.

Facebook Likes and Shares – These features have proved to be very effective methods of sharing quality content with all of your friends.

LinkedIn – Up and coming groups on Domaining and marketing are now becoming quite active and effective means of promotion.

Ping.fm – Enables broadcasting of updates to all of your social networks.

Digg / Reddit - Similar to Sphinn, these social news hubs feature many categories that may be relevant to Domaining and can provide serious exposure if voted up.

Did you know? It only takes 15 to 30 bookmarks for a link to be featured on the Delicious popular page to be seen by thousands of internet professionals.

We can effectively promote the domain name industry by adopting simple, but powerful social marketing techniques.

Please let me know if you plan on participating. You can connect with me on my Sphinn profile or leave a comment below with your thoughts.

This article is from DotSauce Magazine.



Did You Know? Popular Marketing Website Features Unused Domaining Category

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This Week in Technology #1

The technosphere (see what I did there?) is chock full of interesting and important news bits all the time, and while it’s almost impossible to highlight absolutely everything, we like to showcase some of our favorite stories from all over the web. So here it is, This Week in Tech #1.



Steve Jobs Photobomb

Wait, who’s that unassuming man in the background? Steve Jobs! he’s just like us! He loves his artisan pizza.

Android may now be largest smartphone platform in U.S.

Android has overtaken BlackBerry and iPhone sales to hold the largest share of the smartphone market in the US, Canalys argued today.

Google Abandons Google Wave

Google doesn’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects.

iPhone 4 Jailbreak Released

The anticipated iPhone 4 jailbreak has been released as JailbreakMe 2.0. The wait is finally over and iPhone 4 can be jailbroken on iOS 4.0 or iOS 4.0.1. JailbreakMe is actually all in one solution for iPhone 4 3GS 3GS and iPod Touch 3G 2G along with iPad.

12 Events That Will Change Everything

A media-rich, interactive look at 12 things that, if they occurred, would change life on Earth forever.

Women Attracted to Men in Red, Study Shows

Simply wearing the color red or being bordered by the rosy hue makes a man more attractive and sexually desirable to women, according to a series of studies by researchers at the University of Rochester and other institutions.

Oregon Considers Plastic Bag Ban

The Oregon Legislature may impose a plastic bag ban statewide next year.

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Citysearch Wants to Find the Best Restaurants

Polls have recently been opened for the 2010 Best of Citysearch Restaurants contest. All Citysearch users are encouraged to vote for their favorite local eateries now through August 27. So, if you’re a passionate eater or a restaurant owner, you may wanna head on over and get the voting started. Also, don’t fret if you’ve got more than one favorite, you can nominate many different restaurants for a wide variety of categories listed below.

From Los Angeles to Boston and San Francisco to Atlanta, Citysearch wants users to tell us what restaurants you think are most worth your time and money, voting on “bests” in categories including:

  • - Best 24 Hour
  • - Best Celebrity Chef
  • - Best French Fries
  • - Best Organic
  • - Best Mediterranean
  • - Best People Watching
  • - Most Romantic
  • - Best Sushi
  • - Best View
  • - Best Vegan
  • - Best Wine
  • - and more…


Best of Citysearch winners will be revealed on September 7, 2010.

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Gadgets:

Diamond Lights Add Bling To Your Bulbs

This creative lightbulb design comes from product designer, Eric Therner. You can pick ‘em up from here if you wanna bling out your apartment.

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HyDro Power Generates Electricity With Every Flush

A clever British design student, Tom Broadbent, has come up with a way to harness the energy in wastewater and transform it into electricity. His device, dubbed HyDro Power, works by taking the waste water from toilets, showers, and sinks, and passes it through four turbine blades as it flows through the pipes which powers a generator.

The device is currently designed for high-rise buildings where it could generate the most energy and lead to cost savings as much as $1,415 per year for the average building. That may not sound like a lot, but you’ve got to take into account, the value of the environmental impact that the device is offsetting. If this device were to be installed during the construction of new buildings or retrofitted into existing ones, we could be looking at savings, both financially and environmentally, on a tremendous scale.

Of course, the energy converted and collected by the HyDro Power could be put back into the building or sold back to the national electrical grid. Tom Broadbent comments on his idea saying:

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