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Viral Vacations

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Hotels and resorts might need some upgrading because while people still want to get away, they don’t want to go that far.

Gone are the days of lounging on a beach and escaping it all. These days travelers want to stay plugged in and are using email, Facebook and Twitter to stay connected. Amelie Hurst works with the travel website, Trip Advisor and says for many travelers figuring out how to keep in touch with the mainland is as important as packing sun screen and swimwear. Hurst says in years gone by this was never a concern, with vacations going hand in hand with being disconnected from everyday life. But now everyone wants to plug in.  read more »

Facebook Finding Families

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Love it or hate it, social media has changed the way we live. Facebook and Twitter or LinkedIn and YouTube, now help us connect to millions of other social media users and often band together for a greater good. By example, Twitter has helped millions of victims communicate after natural disasters, from fires to hurricanes to the recent Haiti earthquake.

Consumers now have the option to participate in a true cross section of sharing tools, community websites, blogs, audio and video tools and more to create truly rich social media experiences. And that can have profound implications in our personal lives, as the dramatic story below points out.  read more »

A Public Divorce

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Heading for divorce court? You might want to remember that the next time you update your Facebook status.

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers reports that 81% of its members has used or faced evidence pulled from social networking sites like Linked In, My Space and Twitter. But when it comes to the best site for scandalous information, Facebook takes the top slot with 66% of lawyers retrieving most of their ammo from the site. Linda Lea Viken is President of the matrimonial lawyers group and says this type of evidence makes the cases very easy. Viken says she can’t believe some of the things clients are posting on Facebook.  read more »

An Apologetic Facebook

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Facebook allows its users to connect with people all over the world. But recently the social networking site has come under fire for being a little too social with your personal information.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg switched into full damage control mode earlier this week in response to public dismay with facebook’s privacy settings. There is even a group on facebook calling for all members to delete their accounts on May 31st as a type of protest. Users of the site are upset with the latest privacy settings that make it harder to set your profile so only people of your choosing can see it.  read more »

Sharing Your Secrets

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Everyone is entitled to vent after a bad day at work. It’s sharing your frustrations on a public forum that will get you in trouble.

A waitress at a Brixx Pizza in North Carolina is saying goodbye to her income after updating her unfriendly Facebook update targeted two customers. Twenty two year old Ashley Johnson was almost done with her shift when a couple was seated in her section.  read more »

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The Next Facebook

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We have blasted into the 21st century. We can plan our day with a cell phone and connect to people on the other side of the world. But as ideas continue to evolve you must wonder what the next big idea will be.

From Microsoft to Apple to Facebook the world of computers evolves through the mind of the technologically savvy. Reuters has compiled a list of seven up and coming entrepeneurs to watch. First up is 19 year old Catherine Cook whose company, My Yearbook allows people to build and update their own digital yearbooks. Today the company has more than 9.8 million users and last year brought in over ten million dollars in sales.  read more »

Twitter de...de. Twitter de dumb?

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I had the opportunity to participate at a Web 2.0 seminar for some local business owners and workers at a Chamber of Commerce event in northern California yesterday. It was set up by Dagaz Solutions, the folks who designed my own web site.

Some three hundred business folks showed up, eager to learn how to jump into this brave new world of social networking as a way to get and keep more clients. All the usual suspects were in the spotlight. Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, LinkedIn, and the latest craze, Twitter.  read more »