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Have you ever posted a Facebook status update only to instantly regret it? I’ve done it more than I care to admit, but was pleased to find that the Urban Dictionary has already addressed the sentiment. These statements are called “epiphanots.” Urban Dictionary defines epiphanot as: An idea that at first seems like an amazing… Continue Reading The ‘epiphanot’ killing social-media endeavors

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It’s going to happen sooner or later. We’re hitting the wireless device critical mass where we need to be connected to the Internet all the time in order to function. And we need a lower price point for this pervasive connection. Sure, right now you can buy 100 percent connectivity via a whole bunch of… Continue Reading Free municipal Wi-Fi – the next big thing, again?

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It looks like we’re heading into some rough economic water again, which makes me very excited. Some of the greatest advances in technology take place during economic slumps, so I am looking forward to the results of a second dip. Here’s how it works: When the economy is strong, all of us techies are busy… Continue Reading The up-side of technology during a down economy

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There’s a joke among web developers that the Great Recession coincided with the launch of Twitter, but we only tell the joke quietly after first checking to make sure the room is empty. We’re careful because we know all you business owners and marketers out there just love Facebooking and Twittering all day long while… Continue Reading Did social media contribute to the Great Recession?

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QR codes and the new “Enhanced Reality”

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I hope you all know what I’m referring to when I say “QR codes” — they’re those squiggly, square bar code thingies that are showing up on packages and in ads all over the place. The idea is that you hold your phone over this QR code (if you have a QR code reader app… Continue Reading QR codes and the new “Enhanced Reality”

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Remember the 1979 tune, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles? Here’s round two: the smartphone is well on its way to killing the laptop. Everyone’s talking about it, venture capitalists, users, developers. It’s happening. I started noticing the reality of this trend when I saw an iPhone app that I could use to… Continue Reading Laptop being replaced by a younger, thinner model

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Google launched their new “+1” feature recently, amid a slew of media fanfare. I bet you all are wondering, “What does Google +1 mean for my business.” And I’ll tell you, but in order for it to make sense, let’s take a step back to get some perspective. The “old Google” circa seven days ago,… Continue Reading Tech Talk: What does Google’s ‘+1’ mean for your business?

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So this week I posted a YouTube video of Nappy Roots on my facebook profile and got immediate rave reviews from my college age nephew. And I started to wonder if he thinks I’m actually cool. Here’s the thing: I’m really a fraud at being cool. I use the Internet as a “cool engine” that… Continue Reading As coolness expands, content companies tremble

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The slippery slope of newspaper paywalls

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In case you haven’t heard, The New York Times launched its paywall system on March 28, 2011. Their paywall is an attempt to monetize the content generated by the news professionals at the Times, and “save the newspaper industry.” Speaking as a Web enthusiast, I’m going to predict that this will be a bumpy road… Continue Reading The slippery slope of newspaper paywalls

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The other day I was stuck in traffic on the way to a meeting, and the delivery van in front of me made me burst out laughing. On the back of the van was the “F” icon for Facebook, the “T” icon for Twitter below their phone number. I think their graphic designer was confused… Continue Reading Tech Talk: Avoid using social media icons for print marketing

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