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Brizzly Adds Facebook – Aims to be The Blogger.com of Social Media (2000 Invites Below!)

first_imgRelated Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Brizzly in 2009 = Blogger in 2003 Brizzly shares much of the same philosophy as Blogger. It’s simple to use and aims to make microblogging easy to understand and use by a mainstream audience. This seems like a great strategy. Back in 2003, blogging was at a similar stage in its adoption as microblogging is today – passionately used by early Internet adopters, but not fully understood by a wider audience. The popular Twitter clients circa 2009 include TweetDeck, Seesmic and PeopleBrowsr. Those are great apps and no self-respecting Web geek would be caught without at least one of them. However it’s unlikely that your brother or sister, let alone Mom or Pop, is using those products. Brizzly wants to be the service that introduces your family and friends to the world of microblogging and social media.Jason Shellen, who RWW readers may also recognize as a creator of Google Reader, was at The ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit in October. Jolie O’Dell interviewed him about about filtration and discovery on the real-time web. Shellen mentioned that mainstream users probably won’t use hashtags to tag their tweets. He noted (at about the 3 minute mark in the video) that “most people are not going to do that [hashtags], so it needs to evolve into a different type of filtration.” One of Brizzly’s goals is to make hashtags and other “geeky” social media concepts simple for mainstream users to understand. Less NoiseRegular people often struggle to see the value in Twitter and other social media apps. Web app developers need to find ways to convince people that behind the noise of social media, there is tremendous value. So how does Brizzly compare to the now Facebook-owned FriendFeed, an aggregation service that early adopters love but most others think is information overload? I spoke to Jason Shellen at the RWW Summit about that. He told me that Brizzly won’t blend services together like FriendFeed. It will keep them separate (Twitter, Facebook, other services that are added over time), in order to maintain simplicity.ConclusionAll in all, we’re impressed by the vision of Brizzly and we think it has a good chance of hitting the same wide user base that Blogger.com so successfully tapped. It’s fair to say that power users will probably be a little disappointed by Brizzly – but you’re not the target audience.INVITE CODE: ReadWriteWeb readers can access the private beta of Brizzly by signing up using the code “rwwsentme” or clicking here. There are 2000 invites available. richard macmanus Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Facebook#Features#Product Reviews#Social Web#twitter#web Brizzly wants to be to microblogging what Blogger.com was to blogging five years ago. Currently, Brizzly offers a user-friendly browser-based interface for Twitter and Facebook. The Facebook integration went live today and more social media applications will be added as the product evolves. Brizzly was founded by Jason Shellen, one of the original developers of Blogger (acquired by Google in 2003). Currently Brizzly is in private beta, but ReadWriteWeb has scored 2000 invites for our readers to test it out! (see the bottom of this post for the code). Features, Including New Facebook SupportBrizzly is a self-described “social media reader.” It’s a browser-based service, like Blogger.com. Today Brizzly added Facebook as the second service it supports, after Twitter. Facebook users will be able to view and update their status, wall posts, comments and likes using Brizzly.Brizzly is similar to Twitter clients such as TweetDeck, Seesmic and PeopleBrowsr (not all of them currently support Facebook though). However power users won’t see much reason to switch, as Brizzly doesn’t have the advanced features of those products. And that’s the point.The feature set of Brizzly aims to make microblogging a simple and seamless experience for users. For example instead of having to click links to view media such as photos and videos, Brizzly puts those items inline in the user’s stream. Another example: Direct Messaging via Twitter has a UI (user interface) very similar to Instant Messaging, which many mainstream users will be familiar with. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Can Facebook Capitalize on the Social Discovery Trend?

first_imgTags:#Social Web#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification dave copeland As Facebook released its earnings last week, pundits focused on the company’s troubled mobile strategy. But Facebook may face an even bigger problem: The social networking behemoth must compete with the nimble startups poised to capitalize on the trend toward social discovery. (This is Part 3 in a series of articles about social discovery. You can read Part 1 and Part 2 here.)The people at Powerhouse Factories, a brand strategy consultancy, point to recent statistics that show people are spending less time on Facebook. The change isn’t massive – yet – but Powerhouse social media expert Taylor Wiegert believes that the trend reflects people splitting Facebook time with more specialized social networks like Pinterest, Tumblr and Deviant Art. All these sites focus on social discovery: finding new connections, ideas and products through social media.The concept behind social discovery is nothing new, but it erupted at the South By Southwest Festival in March 2012. If this is the first time you’ve heard the term, it certainly won’t be the last. Web companies are trying to figure out how best to integrate social discovery  and help people easily find what they want based not only on their own preferences, but the preferences of their social-network contacts.“It’s not in place of Facebook – it’s in addition to,” Wiegert said. “People are still spending time on Facebook, but they’re also going on these niche social networks where they can connect around their passions.” Wiegert and his colleague, Emily Worstell, say the niche social networks help marketers find the early adopters and influencers. Reaching those people with targeted messages via social discovery is much easier than wading through the masses on Facebook. Worstell said, “We’re tapping into the very potent numbers. It can give a brand a very good idea about who their influencers are.”Adding Local to Social DiscoverySometimes those influencers aren’t on Facebook but just down the street. Nextdoor, a social network for people who live in the same neighborhood, is an engine of social discovery based on household problem-solving. (For more on Nextdoor, see our earlier profile). With Nextdoor, neighbors (who may not want to share personal information among each other the way they do with Facebook friends), ask questions ranging from “Know a good electrician?” to “Why are there fire trucks down the block?”“Has Facebook dropped the ball by not integrating local social discovery?” Nextdoor CEO and founder Nirav Tolia asked. “I don’t think so. Different social networks have different uses. Facebook and Nextdoor are miles apart.”But maybe not for long. Following last week’s earnings release, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg hinted that Facebook may be contemplating a local push into a potentially lucrative market segment. “The problem is local businesses are not very tech savvy,” Sandberg told earnings analysts. “Something like 40% don’t have any Web presence.” If Facebook can entice them to set up shop on the social network – which, after all, is easier than setting up a custom URL and homepage – the company will have a good shot at covering the local end of social discovery.Social Discovery Is Not PrivateSocial discovery is most effective if it can draw on large volumes of personal information, which increasingly includes physical location. Especially as people use mobile devices to discover who and what is around them, they may start to wonder whether they’re sharing too much. “Consumers have to think about what they are comfortable with sharing and if they want people around them to know about them,” said Jeff Tinsley, CEO of MyLife, a service that unifies messaging from various social networks. We’re “living in a world where people are a lot more comfortable sharing information, but [social discovery] can certainly test the limits.” And given that Facebook has repeatedly tested those limits with frequent and often intrusive changes to its user agreement, it may not be the leading candidate to make users feel secure as social discovery comes to play a larger role in their choices.“People have started to become increasingly dissatisfied with Facebook because of the ads and because of privacy concerns,” Wiegert said. “These niche platforms are starting to chip away at Facebook as people reevaluate what they’re getting out of Facebook.”ReadWriteWeb’s Dave Copeland will be speaking at the SocialDiscovery.org’s next Social Discovery Conference on Aug. 6-7 at the Fairmont San Francisco. ReadWriteWeb readers can get a discount of more than $1,000 if they register by August 3.To read more about social discovery, see Social Discovery is Pushing Search & Social Closer Together and Hooked Media Group Uses Social Discovery to Fine-Tune Game Recommendations. Related Posts center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Square small businesses aren’t so small anymore, here’s how the company is growing with them

first_imgBuilding a Workplace for the Next 100 Years Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… How to Avoid Being Part of 90% of Failed Companies Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. center_img Related Posts Nine years ago Square launched it’s iconic white card reader that turned any cell phone into a credit card reader and solved a huge problem for America’s tiniest businesses. Fast forward almost a decade and many of those small businesses are not so small anymore. That taco truck start-up is now a fleet of ten and a quick serve restaurant, the once seemingly obscure tea pop-up catering to aficionados, Silk Road Teas, is now booming with wholesale clients and a direct to consumer model on their custom built eCommerce site. As these businesses have grown, they face new challenges and have new needs that Square is continually working to address. In comes Square’s latest launch, the Solutions Partner Program, to grow with them and meet these new demands.“Square sellers were asking for help building a specialized mobile checkout experience or a customized online store that connects to Square to streamline their online and offline sales. Until now, businesses were forced to turn to the abyss of an online search. We want to give them direct access to a  Square-approved partner that knows how to help clients grow all while keeping their payments secure and synced to Square,” said Pankaj Bengani, the Global Partnerships Lead at Square. “With this new program, we can continue to be a key partner in the next stage of growth for any business powered by Square.”The new partnership platform launched at the company’s annual Partners Squared Summit where hundreds of developers and channel partners from bespoke agencies around the world gathered to learn how Square can help power their clients’ business. One of them was Brett Spiegel, who flew in from Fuzz Productions in New York City. You may not know that name, but you’ll know their work if you ever checked out at Shake Shack’s innovation concept store in Manhattan. The self-ordering kiosk was customized by Brett’s team and powered by Square’s now ubiquitous and easy payment process.“The effortless payment flow was a component of success for this new ordering channel, which was well-received by Shake Shack employees and their hungry customer. With Square, we’ve been able to expand to several new restaurant brands, including Next Level Burger in San Francisco,” Brett said.The program also gives sellers access to channel partners like Vision33 who helped David Leadbetter Golf Academy connect Square across their 40 global locations to SAP Business One. The partnership resulted in a simplified data dashboard for the owner of Leadbetter Golf and simplified checkout anywhere on the green for their golf pros.The Solutions Partner Program comes on the heels of Square’s announcement that their flagship Square reader got a lightning port facelift to keep up with Apple’s iPhone technology. AsSquare goes upmarket to help the Shake Shack’s of the world scale their payments, it’s clear they haven’t lost sight on serving the small businesses who got them here. Why Your eCommerce Business Should Have a Pop-U…last_img read more

Nova Scotia not looking to open up adoption records minister says

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s community services minister says the province isn’t looking to open up adoption records, even as many other provinces ease access.Kelly Regan said the province took steps a few years ago to provide more information to adopted children, and also heard “loud and clear” from parents who had given up their children that they are opposed to opening up the records.“We make a lot of information available to adopted children if they want to learn about their families, but I think we need to respect the women who have decided to give up their children and who may not for very good reasons want to be contacted,” she said.“At this point it’s not something we are considering.”That doesn’t mean her department may not revisit the issue in the future, but the current priority is transforming its programs, she said.“I’m not saying not ever. I’m saying right now we have a lot of work underway and that’s what we are focusing on.”Prince Edward Island is holding public consultations on adoption records in the new year.Nova Scotia, Quebec, P.E.I., and New Brunswick are the only provinces to have closed adoption records, although birth records will be unsealed in New Brunswick beginning in April 2018.British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador have all changed their laws to make it easier for adoptees and birth parents to access adoption records.Manitoba decided to unseal 75 years of adoption records in June, resulting in a flood of applications that prompted the province to add more staff to deal with the backlog.last_img read more

James Bosh lift Heat over Trail Blazers 9391

first_imgMIAMI — Chris Bosh had another postgame scream. For the Miami Heat, that was outstanding news.LeBron James scored the last of his 32 points on a layup that put Miami up for good with 11.4 seconds left, Bosh capped his 30th birthday by blocking Damian Lillard’s layup on the final play, and the Heat blew a 17-point fourth-quarter lead before beating the Portland Trail Blazers 93-91 on Monday night.“If you talk it, you back it up,” James said. “That’s what it’s about. We have guys in here that will deliver the words and then go back it up. That was big-time on his part.”Bosh ripped into Miami after a loss at New Orleans on Saturday, saying the Heat aren’t playing with passion, among other colorful sentiments.He screamed again Monday, this time in celebration as time expired.“This game’s about passion,” Bosh said. “As hard as it is during the dog days to muster it up, the spark has to come from somewhere.”Wednesday won’t be one of those dog days. Miami visits Indiana with a chance to close within one game in the Eastern Conference race. The Pacers lost in Chicago on Monday night.last_img read more

Study Digital Ad Spending to Overtake TV by 2017

first_img It’s worth mentioning that the same report just two years ago projected digital’s share would expand at a slower rate and wouldn’t pass TV until 2018. It also estimated mobile ad spend would total $26.59 billion in 2015, which is $5 billion less than the $31.59 billion actually spent last year. So it’s not unreasonable to wonder how these figures will change as mobile media continues to proliferate and attract advertiser interest over the next four years. Mobile ad spending in the U.S. is projected to reach $43.6 billion this year, which is a 38 percent increase over last year. This, according to a recent eMarketer report that also suggests digital ad spend will overtake TV’s majority share in 2017.  The message: Mobile-first isn’t just industry jargon anymore. Mobile now accounts for more than half of the total digital ad spend—nearly two-thirds, in fact (63.4 percent). What’s more, it will continue to be a growth catalyst, and by 2020 will account for about 70 percent of the total spend within digital, and 32.9 percent of the overall share—the same as TV. The report has less than favorable findings for print magazines. According to projections, magazines will account for 6.8 percent of the total share this year, and only 5.6 percent by 2020. Of course, digital will help offset some of this, but the players who will benefit most are few. Ad networks like Facebook, Google, Adblade and about a dozen others are certain to generate the most digital revenue, but there is presumably still meat on the bone for publishers with scale. Likewise, publishers who max out on every platform—print, digital (including mobile and video), social and events—and have brand collateral to leverage licensing opportunities, will presumably thrive.last_img read more

Budget 2019 Raise in import duties on gold other precious metals

first_imgIndia’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrives to present the 2019 budget in Parliament, New Delhi, July 5, 2019.ReutersIndia has raised the import duties on gold and other precious metals to 12.5% from 10%, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in her first federal budget speech on Friday, which may boost smuggling in the world’s second-biggest bullion consumer.Shares of jewellery makers such as Titan and PC Jeweller fell as much as 5 percent after the announcement.Jewellery trade associations have asked India’s government to reduce gold import duties, which has caused a surge in smuggling.India, which vies with China as the world’s top gold consumer, raised import taxes on the metal to 10% in a series of hikes to August 2013 as policymakers attempted to narrow a gaping current account deficit and arrest a decline in the rupee.last_img read more

Growth rage Angry Birds may look at tapping markets

first_imgIPO FLOAT COMING UP? An Angry Bird float makes its way down 6th Avenue during the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York, in this November 24, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Saul MartinezInsanely raging birds launching themselves into buildings and bringing them crashing down on the bad guys is more Hitchcockian than the stuff of gaming legend. But an obscure Finnish startup created one in 2009 with its Angry Birds franchise.Building on its stupendous success since, the franchise will be looking to expand its further offerings with a IPO in the near future, according to a report first filed in online news website The Information.Technology news site The Information, citing unnamed sources, had reported late on Friday that mobile game and animation studio Rovio may be considering an IPO, in case a possible acquisition bid from Chinese Web giant Tencent for $3 billion bid does not materialise.However, Reuters reported on Saturday that Rovio has declined comment that China’s Tencent Holdings is looking to acquire it.”We and our shareholders regularly assess different alternatives to further develop Rovio,” Rovio told Reuters in an emailed statement on Friday when asked about The Information report.”A stock exchange listing at some point in the future could be possible in order to support the continued strong growth of Rovio and its strategic targets. However, Rovio and its owners have not made any decisions regarding a possible IPO,” the company said.The unlikely platoon of foul-tempered fowls and their all-consuming wrath was celebrated, in what Rovio has claimed, is the most downloaded paid app of all time. The game became a phenomenon riding on some sharp gameplay and emotional connections forged on mesmerising user appeal.Rovio has five game studios, including its Match, Slingshot, and Battle studios in Espoo, Finland. It also has a role-playing game studio in Stockholm, Sweden, and a new massively multiplayer online studio in London.Following years of falling earnings, job cuts and divestments, Rovio returned to profit last year as the release of its Angry Birds movie helped boost game sales. It grew its revenues 34 percent to €190 million ($203 million) in 2016, up 34 percent from $150 million a year earlier.Earnings before income taxes (EBIT) were €17.5 million ($18.5 million) in 2016, up from a €21 million loss ($22 million) in 2015. The games division had its best year ever, with revenue growing 40 percent from €113 million to €159 million in 2016.Rovio CEO Kati Levorenta said in February that the gaming vertical and The Angry Birds Movie helped push the company into the black compared to a loss the year before.last_img read more

2 die in Uttara fire

first_img.At least two people have been burnt alive in a fire at Uttara in the capital on Monday morning.Fire fighters recovered the bodies of a man and a woman from room 302 of Sea Shell Hotel and Residence.Identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.The fire broke out around 5:00am. A total 14 fire fighting units brought the fire under control at about 9:00am in the morning after a 4-hour battle.Fire Service director (operation) Major Shakil Newaz said, “We talked to the hotel authorities, but they failed to provide us with the identities of the deceased.””The bodies were sent to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.”The fire service control room said the fire broke out at three buildings in Uttara. Later, it engulfed four floors of the Sea Shell Hotel.last_img read more

Texas Senate Advances ScaledBack School Finance Plan

first_imgThe Houston Independent School District approved the 2017-2018 school year budget.The Texas Senate has advanced a once-sweeping school finance plan, but only after scaling it back so much that it will only offer about $500 million in extra funding for some school districts statewide and teacher retirement.The House passed its original, far more ambitious $1.8 billion bill during the regular and special legislative sessions.The Senate has repeatedly rejected that plan, which the chamber’s leader, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, called a “Ponzi scheme.”The Senate version pumps money to hundreds of smaller school districts facing declining property tax revenue. Texas’ Supreme Court has ruled the school finance system flawed but minimally constitutional.Lawmakers have until the special session ends Wednesday to forge a compromise.Also Monday, the House approved a commission to study future school finance solutions. Sharelast_img read more