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The Top #Nifty50 Women in Technology on Twitter for 2012

Webbiquity SMM

We’re proud to acknowledge these 50 women from 41 different organizations as the top #Nifty50 women of technology on Twitter for 2012. Active across social networks, Cindy leads Microsoft’s small- to midsized-business sales and marketing efforts as Vice President U.S. The 10-year Microsoft veteran is also a graduate of Harvard Business School. Stacey Acevero.

Microsoft’s new logo

Sherrilynne Starkie

For the first time in 25 years, Microsoft, one of the world’s most pervasive brands has revealed a new logo. According to Mircosoft’s blog this represents a new era for Microsoft, so a logo should evolve to visually accentuate this new beginning. Microsoft got its font design wrong in two ways. Microsoft’s New Logo. Microsoft reveals simpler new logo.

The Microsoft Surface's Beauty is Only "Surface Deep"

Stay N' Alive

As a long-time Microsoft fan (my first computers were all PCs), and with all my excitement about Windows 8, I was very excited about the Microsoft Surface. In fact, I was so excited that despite Press not getting complimentary Surface tablets (or even trial ones) at Microsoft's recent Windows Build conference, I went out and bought my own. Microsoft Office tends to lag.

Apple vs Microsoft: Tablet Market Clash between iPad and Windows 8


A row of Windows 8-based tablets are to enter to the scene later this 2012. Microsoft has already previewed its ARM compatible Windows 8 and a dedicated app store called the Windows Store for it. But when it comes to Windows 8, iPad may be grounded on the fact that Microsoft’s firmware is more enterprise friendlier and innovative. New iPad Vs Windows 8 tablets.

Top 5 Social Media Fails of 2012

Shift Digital

Here are the top 5 social media fails of 2012. London Olympics 2012 Banned Brands. The London Olympic 2012 were an exciting time for fans all over the world. Microsoft gets Political. Back in September, a Microsoft employee who managed the Microsoft Twitter account posted a negative tweet about conservative Anne Coulter. McDonald’s #McDStories.

Coca-Cola Is #1 Brand In Social Media Impressions

The Realtime Report

Coca-Cola was the #1 brand in social media impressions – with nearly twice as many mentions as #2 brand Apple – in July 2012. The top 10 consumer brands by social media impressions, based on uberVU’s Leading Social Brand Report in July 2012: Coca-Cola – 1,479,716,000. Microsoft – 284,681,000. Coca-Cola accounted for nearly 14% of the 10.6 The U.S.

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Microsoft Launches So.Cl Social Media Network

Bill Hartzer

So.Cl (pronounced “social”) is a social sharing network currently in beta that was launched December 4, 2012 as an experiment by Microsoft FUSE Labs to provide a social media platform for students to share content with others. You can either sign up with your Facebook ID, or a present Microsoft Windows ID. What would be even better is to have a web 2.0 Getting setup on So.Cl

Red Bull Wins Top Social Video Brand of the Year

The Realtime Report

The study looked at Interbrand’s 2012 Best Global Brands (with the addition of Red Bull and Old Spice), evaluating their performance based on volume, total views and engagement for video content uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook throughout the year. Microsoft was much further back, in 37th place. The top social video brands of the year (in order of rank): Red Bull. Google.

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Does Google Deserve More Credit?

Geoff Livingston

If you ask me, though, Google deserves much more credit for everything it does online, especially compared to its competitors like Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Apple (umm, maps?). Reality android Apple facebook facial recognition glasses project google Microsoft penguin privacy twitterSometimes I think Google deserves more credit. It’s not an isolated incident. Google+.

Digital, Social, Brands in 60 Seconds [Infographic]

Puzzle Marketer

If you search inside of Facebook it automatically populates with web results powered by Microsoft’s Bing. I recently attended a digital marketing conference where they showed this very interesting infographic as a slide in their presentation. I found it so interesting that I’d thought I’d write a post and share it. It just seemed easier. People want to share.

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Weak Passwords Can Jeopardize Your Personal And Professional Security [Infographic]

SocMed Sean

Guess what…according to the Microsoft guidelines on passwords , you just created a strong password. Are your passwords strong? Better yet…are they weak? Do you know the difference? I know, I know…passwords are a pain. They’re hard to remember, sites keep making you change them and don’t even get me started on the process you have to go through to reset them.

21 (of the) Best Facebook Guides, Tools and Rants of 2012 So Far

Webbiquity SMM

Find the answers to these questions and many others here in more than 20 of the best Facebook guides, tactics, observations, tools, stats and rants of 2012 thus far. A fantastic infographic illustrating the history of Facebook feature changes from 2006 through the beginning of 2012. Despite a shaky IPO last spring, Facebook remains the 800-pound gorilla of social media marketing, as it now approaches the billion-user mark. So what are the best tactics for marketing and advertising on Facebook? How can marketers best utilize social plugins for the platform? Facebook Apps and Tools.

Does a Social Score Make a CMO?

Geoff Livingston

I did like how the Forbes article noted: “Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, Corporate Communications explains the importance of personal use of social – this way, ‘If we as communicators are going to use these new channels, we have to use them personally, understand the differences in tone, the idiosyncrasies, strengths and weaknesses each offer.’”

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The End Of The Smartphone

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Beyond patent debates and legacy OEM manufacturers struggling to keep up, Apple and Android have set a furious pace as brands like Amazon , RIM , Microsoft and others continue to evolve from a personal computer business into a smartphone/tablet offering. Do you think they're going to let Samsung , Nokia or even Microsoft leap ahead? microsoft. What will be the timeframe for smartphone and tablet devices to decimate desktop and laptop computers? By all accounts, it is already happening. The question is this: how long will this last? Sounds creepy? Most new technology does.

Klout’s Effect On The Classroom, Your Career & More


Q&A With CEO of Klout, Microsoft’s Latest Big Investment. By Matthew Lynley Microsoft has invested an undisclosed amount of money in Klout, a San Francisco-based start-up that measures social influence on sites like Twitter and Facebook. It comes as part of a deal that now plugs Klout into Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, as part of its social search algorithm.

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Major Social Media Acquisitions: 3 Must-Reads


Billion Yammer Buy, Microsoft’s Social Enterprise Strategy Takes Shape. By Colleen Taylor and Ingrid Lunden The Yammer deal also puts Microsoft further into the game of developing social media services specifically for enterprises, an area where companies like Oracle, Salesforce and IBM have been actively playing, too. Salesforce Buys Buddy Media To Ride Social Media Marketing Wave.

The Year Of More

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While many article and columns look back at the year that was or posture on the year that will be, it's becoming abundantly clear that 2012 will - without question - be the "Year of More.". Businesses who have struggled with the technology revolution (and don't kid yourself, there are many businesses that are still playing catch up) will continue to struggle, but it's becoming less about physical infrastructure and much more about a philosophical perspective on what businesses need to look like in 2012 and the year of more. microsoft. More social. More global. More local.

Web Lead Tracking Explained: How to Get High Quality Leads with the Internet

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

In the same way, a unique phone number can be tied to Microsoft adCenter ads, an email campaign, a specific email blast, a social media landing page, or even a print ad. This is a guest post from Brad Shorr. . A lot of entrepreneurs and midsize firms say they “get a lot of web leads.” How can you tell where to direct your marketing efforts if you don’t know where your leads are coming from?

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February 2012 Search Engine Rankings

Bill Hartzer

percentage points), followed by Microsoft Sites with 15.3 Every month about this time comScore releases the search engine rankings data, and I report it here. These are not the actual search engine rankings that you see when you search at a search engine, which are constantly changing. Think of this more as the “market share” for the search engine industry. comScore, Inc. with 1.5

Engaging the Right Audience on LinkedIn

Adam Cohen

The features are still in beta phase and only available to several companies like: AT&T (client), Samsung Mobile, Dell and Microsoft. (Cross posted on the Fleishman-Hillard DNA blog ). LinkedIn, one of the established social networks, is making strides in advancing how businesses can leverage the platform to engage followers. Engagement to the Next Level. Imitation is Flattery.

Implement a Social Media Policy: Make Your Employees Brand Ambassadors


Add best practice examples, and get inspired by companies like Cisco , IBM , Intel , or Microsoft. Tweet Written by Marina Guz who works as Junior Consultant at Mindjumpers. Every day, you are faced with multiple considerations concerning your organization’s social media strategy. What is a social media policy? How does a social media policy benefit your company?

38+ Cool Social Media and Web Tools and Reviews

Webbiquity SMM

Gmail Backup ) to harder but free (forward to an email client such as Microsoft Outlook) to other slightly more involved but still free alternatives. Innovation is alive and well in the development of cool free and low-cost web-based tools and apps. How can you quickly find out how far a link has spread on Twitter? Surf the web securely and anonymously when using pubic WiFi? PingTags. Prezi.

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Social Reach: Size Does Matter

Jason Yormark

Almost 3 years ago a bomb dropped on me when Microsoft laid me off. In the past 2 1/2 years I have scored 3 different interviews, 2 at Microsoft, and 1 for my current gig. A popular topic amongst social media folks is the ongoing discussion around how many likes/followers a person or organization has and how much that matters. Most folks will usually side on how the numbers do not matter, and what’s more important is engagement, conversions, and whether those connections actually result in contributing to business results. All of this is is very true. Maybe, maybe not.

Apple Should Not Buy Twitter

Spin Sucks

Apple’s biggest competitors over the next decade are not HP or Dell or even Microsoft — they are more likely to be Google and Facebook. I was just reading a GigaOm article titled, “ Should Apple Buy Twitter? ” It likely comes as no surprise to you that I’m shocked Twitter is still around. Yes, they were just valued at $9 billion. Yes, they have tons of funding. You know.

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Social Curation Will Not Cure Your C.P.A.


Linda Stone, a leader in the digital revolution (headed up the social computing group at Microsoft in the early 90′s) and digital bon vivant coined the term in 1998. I was sitting in Austin a few weeks ago waiting to go have drinks on Dirty Sixth Street. I’d been thinking about C.P.A. and was reading a post from 2006 on the Three Minds blog. What do you think? C.P.A. Me too.

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comScore December 2012 Search Engine Rankings

Bill Hartzer

explicit core search market in December 2012 with 66.7 percent market share, followed by Microsoft with 16.3 Every month about this time comScore releases the search engine rankings data, and I try to remember report it here. These are not the actual search engine rankings that you see when you search at a search engine, which are constantly changing. comScore, Inc. percent (up 0.1

Just Another Screen

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This is a story about devices: NPD figures that 10 percent of homes now have at least one Internet-enabled TV (though I bet that only a minority of them are actually plugged into the Web), and we're seeing a steady increase in the use of Web-video peripherals, like Blu-ray players, Apple TV s and Microsoft Xbox 360 s." microsoft. Is TV becoming just another screen? In my next book, CTRL ALT DEL (out in May 2013), there is an entire chapter titled, The One Screen World. In it, I make the argument that the only screen that matters is the screen that is in front of you. Quickly.

Solving The Mystery Of My Highest Blog Traffic Day Yet

Jason Yormark

Back in May of 2009 before I took my blogging seriously, I was laid off of Microsoft. However the next morning, I woke up to find that my post was picked up by Mary Jo Foley, a prominent Microsoft blogger on ZDNet, and my traffic spiked big time. Yesterday was the day. Yesterday was the day I broke my long standing one day traffic record on my blog. And I can honestly say, I have no idea why. I continue to dig into the numbers, but I only have a few ideas of what may have caused the spike. About 1,800 page views for a blog that rarely got 20. Until yesterday. Currently 219.

Asked For Your Social Profile Passwords In An Interview? Look The Other Way.

Jason Yormark

I’ve interviewed hundreds of folks over my career all the way from tiny start-ups to Microsoft, and never once considered asking for that sort of thing. There’s been quite a bit of hoopla this week on the story of interviewees being asked for their Facebook login credentials as part of the interview process. I’m sure it’s not a practice that has just taken shape of late, but for whatever reason, this week it surfaced and has caused all kinds of discussion on the matter. And let’s be honest; do you really WANT to work for a company that would ask this?

Comparison of 100 Top Companies on Social Business and Corporate Culture

Convince & Convert

Last week’s release of the 2012 FORTUNE list of 100 Best Companies to Work For got me thinking about whether being employee-centric inherently impacts the social business aptitude of the company. Among the top 100 companies in the Social Business Index, 11 are also Best Companies to Work For in 2012. Another interesting finding in my comparison is that among the 40 companies appearing on both lists, only five (Starbuck’s, Microsoft, Mattel, Hasbro, and Cisco) were ranked higher on the Social Business Index than on the Best Companies to Work For list.

Introducing the New Social Kid in Town:


Tweet Microsoft just launched their social media rival to the established social media platforms Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest. However, there are some major differences: Users cannot upload their own images but on the other hand share web content found by searching on Bing, Microsoft’s own search engine. Social Media Social Network Bing Microsoft Infographic].

5 Tips for Great Content Curation

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How One Social Superfan Made The xx Album Release Go Viral

The Realtime Report

The visualization – created by Microsoft – prompts “a burst of lines as the album is distributed across the globe, cascading from its origin to the opposite ends of oceans, where it then radiates to another point on the map.” English indie pop band The xx released their debut album ‘xx’ back in August 2009. ” ( The Guardian ). .

Seven Ways to Present a 360 Degree View of Your Brand

Spin Sucks

Do you have an audio logo like Microsoft Windows ? Today’s guest post is written by Heidi Cohen. . Today’s multi-platform, device-indifferent, connected world requires 360 degree branding. By increasing the value of the products, companies, and people they represent, brands are an essential element of PR. Visual signs. How are your people dressed? Are they in suits or casual clothes?

Where The Boys (And Girls) Are

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According to Business Insider and their chart of the day today, Microsoft's Windows Compared To iOS And Android , the number one operating system (by a massive landslide) is still Microsoft Windows. microsoft. In schizophrenic times, there's a good chance you'll see some schizophrenic thinking. It takes a couple of years as a Blogger to come to the realization that you will, eventually, write a Blog post that completely contradicts what you may have blogged about earlier on in your process. Does this remove credibility from the Blogger? Hardly. Mobile is small. ios: 4.91%.

The Rise of Mobile Media and the Fall of Advertising Media [Infographic]

Direct Marketing Observations

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A Confederacy Of Patent Dunces

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With Apple and Microsoft developing mobile devices (smartphones and tablets), it made perfect sense for Google to follow suit (and they struggled with their own iterations of Android devices). It cost Microsoft $8.5 microsoft. Things are about to get a whole lot more stupid. There was a lot of online chatter when Google acquired Motorola for $12.5 billion. Others figured that the acquisition had much more to do with the patents that Motorola owned. Stealing is stealing. Absolutely not. billion to buy Skype. What did that get them in relative terms? he's suing. I didn't.

Build an Organizational Culture that Deconstructs Silos

Spin Sucks

An article written in Vanity Fair , called “ Microsoft’s Lost Decade ,” describes a corporate culture based on a concept called “ stack ranking.” Today’s guest post is written by John Trader. . Working directly with international markets during the past few years has broadened my perspective on a number of things. In other words, the focus on independence in the U.S.

Protecting Your Online Privacy: How to Keep Your Online Activity Private from Pirates, Hackers and Marketers

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

Microsoft Windows is the most widely used operating system and is therefore the biggest target for criminal activity. Microsoft claims that the computers with Windows XP are four times more likely to be infected with malware than computers with Windows 7. Avira, AVG and Microsoft Security Essentials. This is a guest post by Christopher Wallace. So where do you begin? E-Mail.

5 Essential Spreadsheets for Social Media Analytics

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