In light of the recent NSA* leaks regarding the PRISM and Boundless Informant programs, I’ve decided to come forward and detail our own secret technological advances in order to establish a more transparent and open society. Somewhat smaller in scope, our project was likely conceived in a fashion similar to the NSA’s total information awareness initiative (in a room, with chairs, and probably a table; we both used computers). While the NSA is pulling down billions of pieces of intelligence a m... [Read more]
Jeremy presents the Wii U to Marci Lombardo.
On December 26th, 2012, four Ticket Liquidator team members visited Connecticut Children's Medical Center with one mission in mind; to deliver a brand new Nintendo Wii so that children being treated there would have a new toy for the holidays and beyond. The Wii U is Nintendo's latest and greatest - the first one in the eighth generation of home gaming consoles - and we hoped it would light up some little faces who hadn't anticipated encountering t... [Read more]
Scientists are sexy and lead extremely vigorous lives.
We live in chaotic times, zany times, whacky times, and nothing's whackier than science, is it? In tribute to the amazing scientific breakthroughs of 2012 I decided to do some research into what we can expect to see next year from the bionic boffins and energetic eggheads who make this world the place it is. Here are 10 amazing scientific innovations that will become a reality in 2013!
WebMediaBrands held its inaugural Social Curation Summit on July 31, 2012 in New York City. The gathering sought to address the proliferation of visual social networks and the transformation of the social graph of “who-knows-who” into an interest graph of “who-knows-what” with an eye toward exploring new strategies for determining what sacrifices to make at the alters of the all-powerful gods of ROI. Representatives from Tumblr, Pinterest, Behance, BO.LT, AOL, Bertelsmann, Sesame Street and GE... [Read more]
Later this year - September to be exact - there will be a book published about social media. This one won't be like the rest, though. Its title, "Social Media is Bullsh*t", pretty much says it all. As you might imagine, author BJ Mendelson isn't interested in being one of the ever-growing in-crowd of marketers and SEOs who bombard us daily with "data" on how social media is changing our lives. Nor will you find him guest posting on the myriad optimistic tech blogs who seem to have some invisible... [Read more]
After almost 15 years in the search business it looks like Google has finally found what it was looking for. Despite the fact that every single person on the planet already uses Google to find what they’re looking for (sorry Bing), there were still a few kinks that needed to be ironed out.
We in the SEO industry (Search Engine Optimization for the uninitiated) play in the Google sandbox every day. For years we played word games, sorting out different iterations and combinations of syllables... [Read more]
I can’t remember who first “invited” me to Google Plus when it was still in beta, but I was excited to join the latest social media site and see what is was all about. Of course, as is the case with many Google+ early adopters, I was initially discouraged after finding that most of my Facebook friends weren’t on Google+. With no one to talk to, my Google Plus account remained dormant for a few months. A skeptical person by nature, I figured that Google was trying to reinvent Facebook and fail... [Read more]
Why does “Project Glass” sound sinister, like someone plans to give you a glass of wine with crushed glass in it? Sorry, I’ve been watching the new Game of Thrones season and it seems like everyone is always trying to assassinate someone else. Ever since Ned Stark got his head chopped off, it seems no one is safe. Of course, since Google’s motto is “Do no evil” we should not expect anything sinister from their new Star-Trek-inspired glasses that will help you see a computer in front of your r... [Read more]
The technology gods produced a veritable geek-smorgasbord this week. Not only did Google announce its Ice Cream Sandwich/Android 4.0 update, but Moonfruit partnered with PayPal to launch its super easy-to-use Shopbuilder tool for web, mobile and social media platforms. Moonfruit’s software allows people who don’t even know what a computer is to build slick storefronts that integrate seamlessly into Facebook and mobile, a big improvement over anything that already exists. Google de... [Read more]
When Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO of Apple six weeks ago, I don’t think anybody not in the Jedi High Council really knew how sick he was. Surely he was just going underground for some top secret stem cell treatment and would return later with super powers or worst case as a cyborg. Unfortunately the all-powerful, all-seeing, all-knowing Steve Jobs was still only a man and the pancreatic cancer he had been struggling with for the past seven years finally got the upper hand. Jobs made a... [Read more]