Mashable’s “Web Faceoff”: Foursquare vs. Facebook Places

Mashable.com, the leading social media news source site, has instituted Web Faceoff an “ongoing series comparing technology apps or ideas.” In this week’s Web Faceoff, Mashable asked their readers “which location-based service  do you prefer: Facebook Places or Foursquare?”

Foursquare vs. Facebook Places: The Winner is Foursquare

Mashable’s readers responded overwhelmingly in favor of Foursquare- a complete blowout!

  • 57.11% of the vote (1,611 votes), Foursquare remained the king of geolocation
  • 18.86% of respondents voted for Facebook Places
  • 7.73% (218 votes) said it was a tie between the two
  • 16.31% of you (460 votes) said that you preferred another location-based service

Visual Results: Mashable’s Poll:

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Inner Architect’s Dean Guadagni Speaking at WITS July 13th

The 6th annual Wine Industry Technology Symposium returns July 13th and 14th. Billed as “Technology and Innovation Best Practices for the Wine Industry”, Inner Architect Business Director Dean Guadagni will be participating as a speaker-panelist in the day one afternoon workshop: “Embracing Social Media & Commerce: Cultivate Brand Loyalty.” The opening day activities include a Technology Showcase, CIO Round Table,  Technology Showcase and workshops:

Day One: July 13th

Afternoon Workshops

A. Embracing Social Media & Commerce: Cultivate Brand Loyalty

The session is about Cultivating Brand Loyalty and developing grassroots evangelists via social media with new and online wine lovers.

Moderator: Lisa M. de Bruin, National Account Development Specialist Hahn Family Wines

Panelists: Dean Guadagni, Business Director, Inner Architect; Judd Wallenbrock, President/General Manager Michel-Schlumberger Benchland Wine Estate; Hardy Wallace, Social Media Guru, Author, Dirty South Wine Blog, former Murphy Goode Wine County Lifestyle Correspondent.

B. Consumer Compliance: The Next Generation The Next Generation of Issues on PCI Compliance

C. Google Analytics and other Free or Low Cost Technologies

D. Apps Alley

E. Your System: “Not Guilty as Charged”

Workshop Times

The 5 workshops will be presented at both 2:30 – 3:45 and again at 4:00 – 5:15 pm (subject to attendance). For more detailed information on both day’s activities go to: http://www.wineindustrytechnologysymposium.com

Copyblogger’s Brian Clark: How to Create Compelling Content That Ranks Well In Search Engines

Brian Clark the man behind Copyblogger.com one of the most compelling and successful blogs in the blogosphere is at it again. Brian is giving away a very compelling 28 page report “How to Create Compelling Content That Ranks Well In Search Engines.”  This is a comprehensive report that is a fantastic how to first step in writing online content that will get indexed and ranked high in Google.

As Brian so succinctly states: “Put simply: If your content isn’t good enough to attract good, natural links, it doesn’t matter how “optimized” that content is. Here is your link and first step to copy “optimization.”

How to Create Compelling Content That Ranks Well In Search Engines

The Growth of Social Media By Erik Qualman: Bring This To The Boardroom I Dare You!

“The Growth of Social Media” by Erik Qualman is the latest in his über compelling series of videos on the growth and proliferation of social media throughout the world. Qualman delivers again, with an eery Fatboy Slim track accompanying, an almost mystical quality that brings viewers to one conclusion: Everything we know is changing at light speed. Enjoy!

Social Media: Revolutionary Paradigm Shift Away From Print

“Years to reach 50 million users: Radio 38 years, TV 13 years, Internet 4 years, IPOD 3 years, facebook added 100 million users in less than 9 months”   Erick Qualman

Web 2.0 Social Media is a paradigm shift of such massive proportions that it could be the biggest shift since the industrial revolution. The momentum is not slowing. Yet many naysayers try to point out that “this social media stuff” is just a fad- a passing fad. Instead blogging, microblogging, social networking, bookmarking, crowdsourcing, reviewing, and other forms of social media networks or concepts are expanding and evolving everyday.

Want some proof besides the failure of 800+ magazines in 2009, Gourmet the most recent victim, and the implosion of the print advertising business model? Don’t believe that things are changing because the delivery channel is changing? Trying to justify holding out establishing that blog, facebook business page, or Twitter account? THINK AGAIN-STOP and watch the video!

Erick Qualman, author of Socialnomics: How social media transforms the way we live and do business, is behind this eye-opening video that details how social media has changed the world. This kind of development reminds me of the music and cultural revolution of the 1960’s—a transformation that will likely have a long-term impact. Are you ready now to take social media seriously?

The Top 10 Blogs For Writers: A Blogger’s Resource Library

If you need tips on how to become a better writer, you may be acquinted with Copyblogger. If you need more resources to help your writing, the following Top 10 list is sure to provide the content you are looking to read. Michael Steltzner the author behind WritingWhitePapers.com chose his “Top 10 Blogs for Writers-The 2009/2010 Winners” awards. This list can be a content library unto itself. Congratulations to Coppyblogger the winner of this years competition.

Michael Steltzner’s Top 10 Blogs for Writers

The following is Michael’s list in his own words on why he chose each site:

Copyblogger award

  1. Copyblogger: This site is the heavyweight champion of the world four years running (and one of the top blogs on the planet)!  The brain-child of Brian Clark, his blog keeps winning because of its insightful articles.
  2. Men With Pens: James Chartrand and Harry McLeod maintain the number two slot with their inspiring content and rich community discussion.
  3. Write to Done: This blog nearly always delivers a home run with its excellent articles for all writers and is the product of top blogger Leo Babauta.
  4. Editor Unleashed: Inspired by the former Editor-in-Chief of Writer’s Digest, Maria Schneider explores writing, social media and community on her excellent blog.
  5. Freelance Writing Jobs: This site is the first stop for freelance writers seeking new work and great articles (and it remains a top winner since this contest began).  Congrats Deb Ng!
  6. Confident Writing: Joanna Young delivers rich and useful articles that will help you take your writing to the next level.
  7. Urban Muse: Susan Johnston covers a wide range of excellent topics that all writers will enjoy.
  8. WordCount: Journalist Michelle Vranizan Rafter explores the challenges freelance writers face on her excellent blog.
  9. Quips & Tips for Successful Writers: A true cornucopia of ideas for writers, Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen provides endless content and freelancing tips.
  10. Fuel Your Writing: This site will certainly fuel you! Michelle Krasniak Oxman and her huge team of contributors provide great content for writers.