What Would You Pay to Message Mark Zuckerberg?

Mashable made an interesting discovery this week when they tried to send a message to Mark Zuckerberg through Facebook. The system offered them a chance to move the message to Mark’s main Inbox instead of the Other (aka SPAM) box for the low, low price of just $100.

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I don’t think $100 is too much to ask in order to reach one of the top men in the internet biz. He’s got a lot on his plate and probably doesn’t have time to go through his junk mail. But here’s a chance to put a message right in front of him. He’ll read it. He’ll respond. You’ll become best friends. All for $100. Neat.

Yahoo! Image Search Adds Flickr Photos

Yahoo Image Search 2This is something you don’t hear a lot about these days but considering who is at the helm of Yahoo! these days (ex-Googler Marissa Mayer) it should come as little surprise that the company has announced an improvement in their search offering.

No it’s not nearly as dramatic as say an announcement that says “We’re done getting binged in search” but it shows that the search game at Yahoo! may be getting more attention than we are used to. What it is is the use of Flickr photos that are licensed for free use through Creative Commons terms showing up in the image search function.

The Yahoo! Search blog (which, by the way is pretty sparse on talking about anything over the past six months) tells us

The Oscars Consider Product Placement As Stars Prepare to Live Tweet the Golden Globes

THE 85TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS(r) - Seth MacFarlane will host "The 85th Annual Academy Awards," broadcasting live on Oscar(r) SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2013 on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/BOB D'AMICO)It’s award season in Hollywood. The People’s Choice Awards handed out their statuettes last night. The Critic’s Choice Awards air tonight, and Spielberg woke up to the news that his film Lincoln has more Oscar nominations than any other movie (12).

Now the networks have to figure out how to pay for all this glitz and glamour.

The 85th Annual Academy Awards is doing well this year. AdAge says that ABC usually gets around $1.65 million and $1.8 million for a 30-second commercial and this year they’re coming in on the high side of those numbers. Could be because of the buzz surrounding this year’s host Seth MacFalane. The Family Guy creator is known for his sharp stabs at pop culture and his inability to self-censor as Slate pointed out after this morning’s Oscar announcement ceremony.

Android Users Finally Get Facebook Page Manager App In All Countries

Facebook Pages Manager for AndroidBack in May of 2012 Facebook introduced its Facebook Page Manager app for iOS users worldwide. Just a week ago the Android version was released for those in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Now, according to All Facebook the Android version of the app is available just about everywhere now.

Facebook finally introduced Pages Manager for Android recently, but only to users in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. On Wednesday, Facebook rolled it out to users in the U.S. and the U.K., as well as all Google Play-supported countries.

The application was previously visible in the Google Play store, but not available for download unless you lived in Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

LinkedIn: 200 Million Served and Counting

200 million linked inLinkedIn, the business-oriented social media network just registered their 200 millionth member. I wonder if that person got a prize or at least a digital badge for his profile. . . . the press release didn’t say. What it did say is that LinkedIn has doubled its membership since 2011 and I say, more power to them.

Over the past year, LinkedIn has worked hard to carve out a special niche in the social media world. They’ve added new tools and redesigned the site to make it more relevant. For example, they added the ability to target status updates to a specific group of followers and they added a self-serve video ad platform to take advantage of this hot trend in marketing.

How about a few more LinkedIn facts?

Mcommerce Growth Projections Show Mobile Shopping Getting Stronger

eMarketer has shared findings that give marketers insights into the increasingly critical world of Mcommerce (mobile commerce).

In case you missed it, the Year of Mobile came and went pretty quickly. Now we simply live in a mobile world. This is sea change kind of stuff not some specific moment in time as we like to define things at times. As a result, ecommerce is moving to mobile devices more and more and that trend is not likely to stop. Here are the growth projections from eMarketer.

US Retail Mcommerce Sales Projections

Personally I don’t like this kind of graphical representation because those who are simply glancing at the chart will see a perceived downward trend. Translated: People don’t pay attention like they should. All this chart shows is that at the start of any new long lasting trend the percentage of growth looks less impressive as adoption rates increase over the years. This is the same kind of trending that used to make people frown upon 40% growth reports from Google. Be careful.

One thing that is very important to note in all of this will be the role that tablets will play in Mcommerce.

Now For Something Completely Different: Facebook Teases a Big Announcement

facebook mysteryGossip Girl ain’t got nothing on Facebook. The company recently sent out an invitation to the press with the promise of a big reveal on January 15 and now everyone is talking!

Many tech sites think Facebook is going to reveal their own smartphone. It’s an idea that’s been talked about for ages, even though Zuckerberg has clearly said it “wouldn’t make much sense.”

True, Facebook isn’t in the hardware biz, but neither was Amazon and they’re doing okay with their line of Kindles. For them, it’s about selling a gizmo cheap in order to get people to buy product. For Facebook, it would be about selling the brand along with the social lifestyle.

If it’s not about the phone, then what? How about a fancy new redesign?