Really: New Windows Phone Ad [video]

It’s time for a phone to save us from our phones…

On October 11,2010 Microsoft Corp. joined its partners in revealing nine new Windows Phone 7 handsets that will be available this holiday season from leading mobile operators in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. With more than 60 mobile operators in over 30 countries worldwide committed to bringing Windows Phones to market, the millions of people around the world looking for a phone that plays as hard as it works will have a variety of phones from leading device-makers to choose from. (Read more here)

Are you looking forward to this phone? For some reason I am!

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Barn Buddy Game — Apps Using Social Media Brilliantly

Welcome to another episode of Thoughtpick’s series of articles: Apps Using SM Brilliantly. We will again be looking into examples of tricks and methods that online games and applications are using to make the most of social media. In other words, what is making those apps as “spreadable” and “viral” as they are.

Today’s application is: Facebook’s Barn Buddy Game.

The Application:

Barn Buddy Game

With 1,948,750 monthly active users and 1,429,112 likes, Barn Buddy Game seems to be gaining in on Farmville, Frontierville, Cafe World and other Facebook applications that fall into that category.

What They Did:

First of all, you can see how social the game is through its name: adding the word “buddy” to the name of the game automatically suggests that you need buddies to play the game right.

Furthermore, not only did they allow their users to 1) look after their own farm, 2) help friends and 3) grow crops together, they also – so cleverly – gave users the option to “be naughty” and steal crops from friends as well!

XKCD’s Map of Internet Communities 2010

It’s as if Randall Munroe of XKCD has been eaves dropping on the conversation. Shortly after Ethan Bloch posted his updated version of Munroe’s original Map, which we posted on this blog earlier on last month, he went and posted his own take on the Map of Online Communities 2010 and it is LEGEND… wait for it… ARY !

20 Top Social Media Jokes, Clips & Cartoons Aug/Sept 2010

20 Top Social Media Jokes, Clips & Cartoons Aug/Sept 2010

We are back with more hilarious jokes, clips and cartoons to bring a smile to your face and brighten up your day! Therefore, we would like to invite you to enjoy our eleventh fun collection of social media and networking related cartoons, jokes and clips!

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‘It Gets Better’ Campaign — Learn Social Media by Example

‘It Gets Better’ Campaign — Learn Social Media by Example

It Does Get Better

In the past few weeks he LGBT community, especially in the United States, has been hard hit with stories of one teen's suicide after the other. While gay and questioning teens have always been a high risk group when it comes to suicide, and programs, like the Trevor project, have been set up to provide aid, guidence and assistance...

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HOW TO: Download An Entire Facebook Photo Album

HOW TO: Download An Entire Facebook Photo Album

The FacePAD option

One reason for the success of Facebook's photo album is the extreme ease in which a user can upload their photo on the website so even grandparents and little children are able to do it without a hitch. Now even entire family photo albums exist solely on the website but there is one feature that just seems to be missing from their...

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Bored.com — Apps Using Social Media Brilliantly

Bored.com — Apps Using Social Media Brilliantly

What is making Bored.com as “spreadable” and “viral” as is it? Read more for analysis, insights and tips!

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What Color Is Your Bra? — Learn Social Media By Example

What Color Is Your Bra? — Learn Social Media By Example

In January 2010, many men started wondering why many of their Facebook female friends were putting different colors as their Facebook status updates. No one knew it then but it was a discrete shout out to women all over the world. The shout out was for breast cancer awareness!

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Quirky News of the Web — September 2010

Quirky News of the Web — September 2010

Say Hello To My Lil' Friend

Previous quirky news posts: January - February - March - April - May- June - July - August - September There are always smaller headlines that tend to go unnoticed. They are the headlines that let us know how individualistic and unique some of the interactions on the web can be, and how much social media is shaping our world in...

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