Getting More out of Social Media
Should Hospitals Stop Giving Out Free Samples Of Baby Formula To New Moms?
It can be hard to turn your nose up at anything that’s offered for free. But are hospitals doing more harm than good when they give out free samples of brand-name baby formula to mothers of newborn babies?
The folks at Public Citizen have fired off letters to more than 2,600 hospitals around the country, urging them to stop including these samples in new mothers’ discharge bags, calling it unethical and a violation of good public health policy.
A number of hospitals in the U…
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Here’s How Much Law Enforcement Has To Pay To Snoop On Your Calls
Back in December, a U.S. Appeals court gave the thumbs-up to telecommunications companies working with the National Security Agency to monitor phones and email. Phone companies are also apparently totally cool with selling access to your phone activities to other law enforcement agencies willing to fork over pre-set prices.
Forbes, drawing from documents requested by the American Civil Liberties Union, reports wiretaps cost this much at each provider:
* T-Mobile: $500 per target…
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9 Social Networks for Sports Fans
SportsFanLive functions as a digital hangout for sports nuts of all stripes. Members can create profiles and add friends on the site, as well as consume content tailored to their sports and teams of choice.
They can also earn points by posting opinions and weighing in on debates. Plus, users can search for the nearest sports bar where like-minded fans will gather for the big game.
The site was founded in 2008 by David Katz, who previously ran Yahoo! Sports…
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Netflix Explains How It Comes Up With Its Recommendations
Sometimes Netflix is able to peek deep into your soul and tell you exactly which movies you’ll want to watch next, and other times it suggests Power Rangers Samurai. The company is now offering a behind the curtain to explain how it plays matchmaker with you and all the lonely movies out there.
According to the Netflix Tech Blog, which brags that 75 percent of everything people watch is due to one of its recommendations, you can blame some of its screwier suggestions on the poor tastes of other members of your household…
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This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.
During Labor Day weekend in 2011, Activision drew more than 10,000 gamers to a massive debut event for their latest installment in the Call of Duty franchise, a full month before the game’s official launch. The event consisted of two major warehouses and 1,000 Xboxes — in addition to a Kanye West performance and a real-life paintball “warzone…
Tax Nuances That Could Get You Audited
By most accounts, Internal Revenue Service auditors aren’t much fun to meet with. Even if you’ve filed your taxes with impeccable precision, facing an audit can be nerve-wracking, so you’re best off making sure you aren’t tossing up any signs that draw attention to yourself.
Time Magazine’s MoneyLand recommends avoiding these moves that place “audit me” signs on your rear end:
* Math errors. Make sure your calculations make it look as though you made or owe less than you actually did…
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Constant Contact Adds Gamification and puts a Social Spin on Email
Constant Contact, Incorporated (NASDAQ ticker symbol: CTCT) is revamping its CRM and email platforms. The company has sought the help of Fanplayr, a company specializing in gamification. The goal for Fanplayr is to incorporate gaming and social media into Constant Contact’s campaigns.
Daily Deal Media has had several discussions regarding the role of gamification in creating a more interactive environment between customers and businesses. Rick Jensen, Senior VP, chief sales and marketing officer at Constant Contact expresses our opinions in a recent statement: “These tools are all proven to help small businesses win customers and build successful relationships with them…
Lenovo Reveals IdeaTab S2109, a 9.7-Inch Android 4.0 Tablet
Lenovo has revealed a new 9.7-inch tablet called the IdeaTab S2109.
The device sports a unibody, 8.9mm-thick case and a 9.7-inch 1024 x 768 IPS screen.
It also has a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera (but no rear camera), quad speakers on the back, a micro-HDMI jack, a microUSB slot and a microSD memory card slot.
The CPU that powers the device as well as memory storage capacity haven’t been revealed, but we know that the device will come with the lastest version of Android, 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich…
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Animated Google Doodle Honors Eadweard J. Muybridge
Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 182nd anniversary of the birth of photographer Eadweard J. Muybridge.
Muybridge was born April 9, 1830 in Kingston upon Thames, England, but he emigrated to the United States at the age of 25, and spent the majority of his life there.
He was known for his photographs of the West, especially of the Yosemite and San Francisco, and later for his work on animal locomotion and an invention called the zoopraxiscope, an early device for displaying motion pictures…
How To Know What To Measure in Social CRM
Well, since we’ve established that you understand how planting a seed and watching for growth works, I’m going to assume that you know the general truth of not planting a seed and then never attending or checking on it ever again…
Mashable Weekend Recap: 40 Stories You Might Have Missed
As the holiday brought out the best in people, reveling in their Easter eggs and double feasts this weekend, there was still plenty of digital, tech and social news breaking all over the world. That’s why we were here having tons of fun finding all the coolest stuff we could, all weekend long.
And find stuff we did, with dozens of Easter eggs both digital and of the chicken ova variety, videos galore, and more gadgets than you can shake a stick at. And revolving around all that? People interacting with each other, taking social media up a notch with the new darling of the Android community, Instagram, along with lots of other useful and powerful tools we discovered…
Online Surveys and Social Media
This feature has been around quite a while, but it doesn’t get much use — mostly because we’ve been trained to think of blind branding surveys as beyond our budget or our reach. But if you or your company have invested time and effort into developing an active social media community inside your industry or area of expertise, then this is where your investment really pays off…