Twitter? What’s a Twitter?

JoePaEveryone and their grandfather is at least trying to talk about Twitter these days. Or are they? While it’s not fair to use an iconic 82 year old college football coach as the pulse of nation regarding social media, Penn State coach Joe Paterno did make this statement at a press conference that should make you chuckle

“You guys have to talk about something. The fans have to put something on those — what do you guys call those things, Twittle-do, Twittle-dee?”

I bet that his incoming freshmen at Penn State know what Twitter is. What about the rest of the folks though? Last week, Biz Stone admitted that while there is a ton of buzz around the service it has not done a good job of getting people from awareness to engagement.

Australian Publishers All Bark & No Bite Over Google’s Real Estate Plans

This will make you chuckle:

Fairfax Media and News Ltd are independently weighing up whether to pull the millions of dollars they collectively spend on buying key search terms on Google following the latter’s decision to list properties for sale on Google Maps.

So, two publishers in Australia are threatening to pull the "millions of dollars" they spend on Google AdWords as a means of protest for Google’s launch of competing real estate listings.

At first glance, you may think to yourself. "Well, Google will sit up and take notice now!" After all, Google doesn’t want to lose any significant revenue, right?

Wrong!

Microhoo Cares Already!

MicrohooJust so you are prepared, this post is entirely speculation and conjecture based on my following the Microsoft and Yahoo “drama” that has been unfolding over the past century or so. As you may guess from the title, I have had enough. Either make it happen or don’t. Put us out of our misery here.

Think about it. If it takes this long for these two entities to figure out if they can tolerate each other then what will it look like when they live together for real? This whole thing is starting to feel like a marriage that everyone mutters under his or her breath, “I give this one 2 miserable years max”. Couple that general feeling with what is probably a remarkably complex corporate prenuptial agreement and you have a recipe for cordial roommates at best and a complete train wreck at worst.

Google Chokes on Apple, Loses Its Voice

It appears that Google can’t get any love from Apple. Just days after the electronics company pulled rank on Google’s iPhone aspirations for Google Latitude, we learn that Google Voice has also been blackballed.

According to a Google spokesperson:

We work hard to bring Google applications to a number of mobile platforms, including the iPhone. Apple did not approve the Google Voice application we submitted six weeks ago to the Apple App Store. We will continue to work to bring our services to iPhone users — for example, by taking advantage of advances in mobile browsers.

Not only that, but Apple has apparently started pulling the plug on third-party iPhone apps that provide Google Voice features.

Google on Short End of Current AOL Valuation

AOL logoJust four years ago Google made a big splash in the Internet space by buying a 5% stake in AOL for $1 billion. Do the math and that placed the valuation of the company at around $20 billion. The fall of AOL from an Internet powerhouse to a “will they ever be influential again?” story is one that Google now knows all to well. Bloomberg reports today that on July 8th Time Warner bought that 5% share back from Google for $273 million. The valuation of AOL is now placed at $5.66 billion. What a difference a few years makes, huh?

Google wrote off $726 million of that investment last year so the pain of the misstep is mostly in the past. It doesn’t mean that it doesn’t sting, however.

Martha Stewart Living for Twitter Not Facebook

Martha StewartIt’s official. Stop the presses. No longer can there be any banter back and forth about the merits of Facebook and Twitter. Your opinions are no longer valid regardless of who you are because Martha Stewart has made up your mind for you. Twitter is the way to go because Facebook is “dippy”. That’s right, dippy. Looks like the folks at Facebook should just fold up their tents and leave the social media camping area because they are not favored by the Queen of All Things Comfortable.

Ok, that was really sarcastic but there may be a little bit of a sting in this proclamation as reported at Mashable. It actually comes on the heels of Bill Gates, the King of All Things in General, stating that he couldn’t tell his real friends from his other ‘friends’ on Facebook. That’s two monsters of the media giving Facebook the thumbs down.

4th Annual SEM Scholarship Contest Update

Our 4th Annual SEM Scholarship Contest has now finished and we’re compiling a list of our five finalists. This will be done today and we’ll then forward that list to our panel of expert judges.

I know that our contest entrants are dying to know if they made the list of top five most popular articles. So as to avoid any tampering with our judges, we will not be making the list of finalists known until August 5th.

We’ll then announce our grand prize winner on August 7th as planned.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Thanks!

PS. In case you missed the awesome contest entries, here they are again (in no particular order):