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Lay’s vs. Pringles: Can Social Media Alter Your Taste Buds?

Lay’s vs. Pringles: Can Social Media Alter Your Taste Buds?

An attempt to try and separate social media users' efforts from brand efforts and compare similar brands in terms of the amount of effort and resources they are REALLY investing in order to deserve the exposure... Read more »

What Is It Like to Work With Facebook & Zuck?

What Is It Like to Work With Facebook & Zuck?

We have all heard about how it feels like to work in Google and how Google is the trend setter of creating the perfect environment for creativity and employee retention. But Facebook is different, rarely have... Read more »

The (endless) Table of Social Website Platforms for Businesses!

How is Web 2.0 helping everyone stay connected in the business world? What are social website platforms, who are their main users and how do they promote business endeavors and initiatives? How can you find the best website to help you attain the reach and success you aim for?

Thoughtpick always thinks of you when researching a certain topic. Keeping your interest at the top of our mind’s list, we have prepared for you a seemingly “endless” table to help make your online research experience a tad smoother and more informative!

In a nutshell, there are many platforms out there to help a business build a social website. By a social website, we are referring to the ability of having a two-way conversation with your clients, and clients being able to talk to one another thus forming a community around your business.

This following carefully crafted table will discuss and cover the main issues related to social website platforms in terms of their target audience, effort needed to start using them, their interface, business value, limitations and further advices to help optimize your benefit from them. We also added a list of further reading and examples to help you better grasp what we are talking about throughout the table.

Enjoy :)

Here is the table – just click on it to view the full table in full screen:

We hope you feel full after this wholesome meal we have presented you with!

More endless tables coming your way soon :)

The (endless) Web Monetization Summary Table! Start planning…

Have you ever opted to find all the answers you are looking for in just one place? Are you tired of visiting 30 or more websites to get the answers you are seeking: the how to’s, if’s and when’s to an issue of your interest? Well, your wish is our command: We are walking the extra mile for you :)

In this article, we will present you with all the unbiased and useful links, information and updates about the ins and outs of Web monetization; how intrusive Web 2.0 system monetization methods are, the most common utilized monetization methods and how successful are they. All you need to know about Website, Web application and Blog monetization is summarized with loads of links.

The six main monetization methods are listed in our humongous table below. In this table, we will be discussing, in details and with examples, how intrusive, successful and viable each of the monetization methods is in order to help companies, and start-ups in specific, develop an overall concept of what works most and why. We are attempting to summarize the 50+ articles we read, to help you cut through information clutter and develop a clear idea of your next move towards effective monetization planning.

The (endless) Web Monetization Discussion Table:

Click to view the full table (I tried to squeeze it in the post, but it was a mission impossible!).

Another method of monetization is allowing access to your unique dataset for statistical/marketing anlysis. Take Facebook advertising for example, it is light and non-intrusive from an interface perspective, and it guarantees privacy, by limiting possible information inference, through just giving general statistics for large numbers of users rather than to smaller groups. As mentioned in an article by Nial McFadyen of the VirtualMarketing Blog: “Facebook plan to give advertisers access to a wider of array of characteristics without exposing an individual’s personal information.

Finally, we hope that you’ve found this (quite long) summary helpful, and we would like your opinion on something: Will the current monetization tools become obsolete at a certain point in time and how soon do you think that will be?

Further Reading: Monetization Models, Top 23 Ways to Monetize Your Website, How Will Twitter Monetize , New Affiliate Monetization Model

(by Beirut and Amer)

Websters: Trust in God but Lock Your Car!

Have you ever heard of the old saying that goes something like this: “Trust in God but lock your car”? Well, at least I have and I do very well understand the shortcomings of failing to follow that rule in everything we do in life, especially online! There are no honest thieves! This is a […]

Web surfers are like goldfish! Tips to grab their attention

Web surfers, like goldfish, suffer from short–term memory. According to Wikipedia, short-term memory refers to the capacity for holding a small amount of information in mind in an active, readily available state for a short period of time. While discovery channel’s show Mythbusters was able to prove that a goldfish has a longer memory span […]

Our World in 3009: Lazy, Slow & Fat!

Let me begin this article by asking you a question? Which part of the body do you think we exercise most during our every day routine? I will take a wild guess: our fingers! Most of us live a very hasty lifestyle with work and making a decent living being on our utmost priorities’ list. […]

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The Write Attitude Tips: A Snack for Bloggers!

In a virtual world wide web, where we are almost drowned in overflowing information clutters, what is the cloak-and-dagger able to drive your blog to stand out and scream: “Choose me, read me, I’m different!” The answer comes in a form of 4 simple words: The right write attitude! Attitudes are generally positive...

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The Twitter Value: Top 10 Things That Make Twitter A Treat!

If “To tweet or not to tweet” is the question, I bet this article will help you find your answer! In simple English, the word “value” is defined as utility, worth, excellence or desirability. Therefore, any object, topic or medium which captures the essence of those meanings is described as valuable. Taking...

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Digg is bloggers’ Hollywood

Real life celebrity glamor is not that different from that over the Internet. As a Web marketer, you are probably continuously looking for ways to promote your blog to a celebrity-like status. Once it becomes a star, your website rank would spike. But making celebrities is a tough job, isn’t it? You definitely won’t be […]

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Facebook vs. Animal Shelters!

We can find a community almost everywhere! Nature is a great example of a wide range of different communities; take beehives as one example and a herd of sheep as another… But what factors transform a community into a social network? While pondering on the idea of social networking, over and over again, I found […]

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The e-Flu: Are you infected?

When did the common cold become such a welcomed phenomena? With the constant evolution of the Internet, Web marketing has rapidly transformed the term “viral” from a universally fearful term associated with disease into a welcomed – sought after – marketing strategy. Since the beginning, Web services which...

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