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Foursquare Reinvents Itself as a Discovery Engine

I suppose if I spent much of my life traveling to new places, I’d be excited by an app that easily allows me to tell people where I am. But I don’t, so I wasn’t and after a brief dalliance, I cut Foursquare out of my life.

Today, I’m reconsidering renewing our relationship because Foursquare says it’s changed and this time it’s not just playing games, it’s going to be helpful.

The new Foursquare, to use their own words, is prettier and includes a snazzy new Explore. Check-ins are still encouraged but the emphasis is now on discovering new places to visit relative to where you are right now.

Since it is first and foremost, a social app, it opens to your friends page with a quick look at the latest activity.

Study Shows Video Adds Significant Boost to Mobile Ad Engagement

I’ve become somewhat of an iPad junkie in the past few months. I use it for reading, games, shopping, and social interaction. What I’ve noticed is an increase in video ads. Even more importantly, I’ve noticed an increase in my own click-through percentage.

While I rarely click on a video ad online, I often click them on the iPad. Often I do it because the ad comes with a reward. Also, I’m usually working on the computer, but the iPad is fun time, so the video ads don’t feel as disruptive. Whatever the reason, video ads are getting the job done and that lines up nicely with the results of a new study by Medialets.

Survey Says Social Media Butterflies Will Rule During the London Olympic Games

The Taylor Brand Counsel Group sees digitally savvy moms as social media butterflies who flutter around the web connecting and conversing at a rate well above that of normal men.

According to the results of their recent survey, these moms are going to be a huge part of the buzz surrounding the London 2012 Olympic Games. Though they aren’t usually big sports fans, the Olympics are a whole different animal. More than half of the moms surveyed said they will be tuning in and talking up the event from the opening ceremonies on through the extinguishing of the flame.

This year will be the biggest in terms of coverage. NBC is committed to covering every single event. They’ll be live streaming over 5,000 hours of footage online and 272 hours on TV.  To go along with that, they have mobile apps for the tablets and smartphones.

10 Reasons to Develop for Android First

As part of our desire to help our readers see more of the Internet and social media marketing landscape we will be bringing in guest authors who can give you a point of view that only they can bring to the table.

Today, Craig Palli of Fiksu tackles the most vexing question for mobile developers “Do I develop for iOS or Android first?” Be sure to add your voice to the comments.

There is a widely held belief in the mobile ecosystem that app developers should build for iOS first. There’s no doubt that Apple’s first mover advantage in the app space and its built-in mechanism for monetization have made it an attractive place for developers to place their resource bets.

Obama Takes Steps to Build a 21st Century Digital Government

Franklin Delano Roosevelt brought the country closer by using radio to deliver his “fireside chats.

John F. Kennedy rose to fame thanks to the proliferation of televisions in American homes.

Now, Obama is pressing forward with the new technology of his time — the mobile app.

Earlier this week, The White House released a memo about this new push.

The memo states:

For far too long, the American people have been forced to navigate a labyrinth of information across different Government programs in order to find the services they need. In addition, at a time when Americans increasingly pay bills and buy tickets on mobile devices, Government services often are not optimized for smartphones or tablets, assuming the services are even available online.

Would You Pay More for Mobile in the Sky? Survey Says No!

We’re very attached to our mobile phones. I don’t know about where you live, but here in Southern California it’s common to see people talking or texting while shopping, walking, driving, even while watching a movie (in spite of those clever ads made to make you shut it off.)

But as much as we love our phones, there’s one place where people are saying no — that’s in the sky.

A survey from flight comparisons site Skyscanner reveals that 86% of people are against mobile phones on airplanes. They say it would be ‘annoying to have to listen to other people’s conversations.’

Tablet Ownership is Up 54%. You Know Who is #1, But Who is #2?

Here we are again, folks, time to look at the facts presented in another Millennial Media Mobile Mix. This time, it’s the report for Q1 2012. And you know what I look forward to most about these reports? The covers. I mean it. These things are always amusing. Have a think on this one:

Now, down to business. Tablets are the big story this quarter. Ownership rose 54% year-over-year bringing the total to 106 million. That number is expected to keep climbing at a steady rate, hitting 198 million in 2016.

Apple iPad is number one (no surprise there) but who is number two? The Samsung Galaxy Tab. This little work horse has pushed the Amazon Kindle Fire into third place. Coming around the bend is the Motorola Xoom followed close behind by the BlackBerry Playbook!