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Domain Pigeon: Get Inspired by Available Domain Names

Sometimes it's tough to find a new domain name. Domain Pigeon lists available names, sorted either by date added, alphabetically or by most popular. When a meter shows the name's popularity and double clicking will show how...

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Are Users Searching by Numbers or Letters?

Top 10 lists are a good way to get attention and traffic to a blog post. And the same can be said about top 5, 25 or top 50 lists. But could you be doing more to get search traffic on these lists? Using Google Trends , a search for...

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Consumer Feedback at the Speed of Light

These days companies of all sizes are enjoying (or suffering, depending on how you look at it) consumer feedback at a pace never seen before. Consumers have become empowered with tools that allow them to offer compliments, complaints...

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Free iPhone Apps Hardly Ever Used

Pinch Media (iPhone business specialists) conducted an analysis and found that after downloading, iPhone apps are hardly used. According to the analysis of 30 million downloads, just 20% of free apps are revisited one day later. That...

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Quickly Create a Quality Logo Without Photoshop or a Designer

Every successful website needs a logo, but creating a logo without a dedicated designer can be difficult. There are logo generators to be found on the Web, but many of them use stock clip art and just don't look good. However,...

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Track Everything with Trackle

Trackle is like RSS for your world. When you sign up on the website, you're prompted to enter things you would like to track. And there is no shortage of categories to choose from. You can track neighborhood crime and home values...

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eBay Leads the Way in Customer Dissatisfaction with E-Commerce

According to ForeSee's American Customer Satisfaction Index , customer satisfaction with e-commerce has fallen for the first time in three years. No surprise, given the overall state of the economy. But the biggest loser is eBay...

Create an Instant Chat Room Through Twitter

Sometimes you might find yourself engaged in a conversation spawned by Twitter, with a fellow Twitter user. Usually that either turns into a slew of "@" messages, cluttering your home page, or a volley of direct messages...

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Older Folks Flocking to Facebook - Find Them

According to Inside Facebook - a Facebook watchdog of sorts - women ages 55 and over are signing up to the site at a blistering pace. This age group has grown by more than 175% since September 2008. In addition, the male segment over...

Poll Your Twitter Followers with Two Clicks

One of the advantages of Twitter is that it's fast - users type fast messages, telling everyone what they think in a matter of seconds. So, it would seem that polling Twitter users would be a natural fit. With PollDaddy for Twitter...

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Best Practice: Email Re-offers Immediately

I was a Web consumer yesterday, buying flowers online. First, I went to and searched for what I wanted. I found it and started through the checkout process. But when I neared the end, the price (including shipping) had...

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Create, Embed Video Playlists from Multiple Sites

YouTube is far and away the leader in the online video game, but they are hardly the only players. Some other video sites include Dailymotion, Metacafe, Vimeo, Blip.TV and MySpace Video - all supported by embedr . With this site you...

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Viral Content Ideas for Valentine's Day

The mother of all Hallmark holidays is soon approaching - Valentine's Day. And users are hitting the Web in droves to seek information. Google Trends shows that search volume started soaring as of Feb. 1 and it will continue to...

Magpie: A Twitter Ad Network With Big Possibilities and Problems

Twitter may not have a real business model, but that's not stopping others from figuring out a way to make money on the micro blogging site. In short: Magpie works by sending tweets under the cover of your profile, but from advertisers...

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State of the Social Sphere

Pew Internet & American Life Project's December 2008 tracking survey revealed some insight into users' online social networking behavior. There are few surprises, but some important points to note. First, the use of social...

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