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Updates on Your Contacts Coming to Your Gmail

A couple weeks ago, Google Reader started sending you shared items from your contacts. But it’s about to get worse. Google Operating System takes a look at the some of the Gmail code for a peek into the future—and if you didn’t like the Google Reader changes, you’re really not going to like this.

One of the reasons why the chat box can no longer be disabled in the new version of Gmail is that it will include some new features: updates from your contacts. Yes, they are the same contacts you barely know, but these updates will help you learn more about them.

Gmail’s code suggests that you’ll be able to delete the updates you don’t like, reply by email or post a comment. It’s not very clear what kind of updates you will receive, but they’re probably the latest important actions of your contacts from different Google services.

Pringles to Air User Generated Ad on Christmas Day

Sometimes you get more than you ask for. That’s the case when Procter & Gamble asked their fans in the UK to come up with a new jingle for their ads. But a man from Scotland named Nils Elders made an entire commercial. Procter & Gamble liked it so much they will air it on prime time on Christmas Day in the UK.

The 40-second ad 25-year-old Elders $600 and three days to make. It features a bunch of dancing, singing Pringles chips dressed in Santa hats. He named the commercial “Jinglin’ Pringlin.”

Elders is a musician and won $4,000 as the winner of the contest. He said the commercial was inspired by South Park.

Apple Forces Popular Blog to Shut Down

iStock_000000582779XSmallIt’s not my intention to host a series of articles pointing out Apple’s missteps in social media, but the company continues to put its foot in it.

This time, Apple bullied Think Secret–a popular Apple rumor blog–to cease existence. The shut down comes as part of a settlement that at least protects Think Secret’s sources.

Here’s the statement posted on the Think Secret site…

Apple and Think Secret have settled their lawsuit, reaching an agreement that results in a positive solution for both sides. As part of the confidential settlement, no sources were revealed and Think Secret will no longer be published. Nick Ciarelli, Think Secret’s publisher, said “I’m pleased to have reached this amicable settlement, and will now be able to move forward with my college studies and broader journalistic pursuits.”

The Latest in Facebook Lawsuits and Features

There’s another rash of Facebook headlines today, and for once it looks like they’re all different. Keep reading—I’m saving the best for last!

Lawsuits of late
Facebook is always in and out of court. Sometimes they’re the plaintiff, such as in a case they’ve filed in federal court against some hackers, naming Brian Fabian, Josh Raskin, Ming Wu and Slickcash.com.

Things didn’t pan out so well for Facebook in a kind of strange-sounding case where a woman got a new phone number which happened to have belonged to a Facebook member. She was receiving that member’s Facebook updates as text messages. Unfortunately, she didn’t have a text plan, and the messages were costing her 10 cents apiece. Facebook was accused of receiving some portion of that money. (So that’s where their revenue comes from!) SFGate reports:

Digg Selling for $300 Million?

Rumors have surfaced again that Digg is looking to find a buyer. This time credibility to the reports is added in the form of news that Digg has retained the services of a private investment bank.

As VentureBeat reports

A reliable source just confirmed the company8217s plans, noting the company has hired Allen & Company, a tiny but influential private investment firm, to help broker a deal. The asking price is still $300 million, the source said.

This will come as no surprise. Rumors of a sale have been rampant for months, although until now we hear co-founder Jay Adelson has been trying to muster up interest in a sale. This is the first time Digg has hired a bank to shop the deal, we8217re told.

WordPress Grows 310% this Year

Second place isn’t so bad with numbers like these. Here are some numbers about blogging and social networking sites according to Nielsen Online. They just released November’s numbers on the top 10 social networking sites. The biggest gainers are Flixster (where you share movie reviews) and LinkedIn, a social network for professionals.


Quick Facts

  • MySpace.com is #1 social networking site in the US, with nearly 57.4 million unique visitors last month.
  • Google’s Blogger rests is #1 for blog site rankings with 33.6 million visitors and 49% more than last year with 33.6 visitors in November.
  • #2 social networking site, Facebook is keeping double digit growth rates compared to last year. The number of visitors is nearly 22.0 million – 89 percent higher compared to MySpace visitors which rose just 7 percent year over year.

10 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Social Media Marketing Campaign

Andy Beard has posted a thought provoking top 10 list, which will help marketers that are considering launching a social media campaign, focus on making sure that they will get the most out of their efforts.

1. Undefined Goals vs Specific Goals

2. Random Activity vs Planned Method of Attack

3. Random Stats vs Accountable Statistical Measures

4. Random Content vs Planned Content Strategy

5. Random Encounters vs Optimized Role Management

6. Random Pathways vs Defined Traffic Funnel

7. Traffic vs Targeted Traffic

8. Topical Linking vs Strategic Linking

9. Reporter vs News Epicentre

10. Self Orientated vs Customer Orientated