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Get Your Personal iPhone App

InfoMedia is offering a way to create your own iPhone app, without any programming knowledge whatsoever. As of yet, there are no pricing plans available, only an application to fill out. When it does become available, it will include...

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MyCleenr: Stop Following Dead Twitter Accounts

There may have been a time when the best way for you to get Twitter followers was to follow a bunch of accounts related to your interests or your industry. And yes, following is often the best way to get your own followers. But after...

Focusing on the Consumer in 2009

We all want to do better in 2009. And that's a tough task considering the times we are in. This is going to be the year of the consumer. They won't stop spending, but they will start being more careful about where they spend...

Facebook Overtakes MySpace

For the first time, according to the latest data from Compete, Facebook outdrew MySpace in terms of unique visitors. But Facebook isn't the fastest growing network. Twitter's numbers grew 27.6% in December, and 752% for the...

Apple Owns the Mobile Web

No surprise really, but the latest data from AdMob (the leading mobile advertising marketplace) shows that Apple is crushing the competition in the mobile Web space in the U.S. What is a surprise, however, is that the iPod touch is...

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Hittery: Search Across Multiple Platforms on One Page

There are plenty of ways to search. And if you're looking for something in particular, you might need to access several search portals to find it. Hittery has a potential solution. This site lets you create a "personal search...

Tweet Manager: Supercharge Your Twittering

It seems like a new Twitter tool is released every day. And many of them focus around building followers, finding those with similar interests and marketing. Tweet Manager does all three and, so far, exceptionally well. There are a...

Mobile Search Skyrockets With Users: What You Need to Know

According to Comscore , mobile search is taking off in a big way with consumers. Compared to 2007, mobile search has increased 68% in the US. No doubt, the influx of smart phones and 3G network penetration has helped. And there are...

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PageReboot: Scheduled Refresh of Any Web Page

PageReboot does one thing and it works. Enter any URL and a rate of refresh, and the site will display that page, then refresh automatically on your set schedule. There is also a bookmarklet option so you can drag links to start refreshing...

Twitter Reactivates Their Pointless People Search

Much buzz has been circulating over Twitter's re-release of people search, which was deactivated for some time. You can access it through your home page, under the "Find People" tab. Enter a company or individual's...

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State of the Twittersphere, Q4 2008

Online marketing firm HubSpot has released the results of a report detailing micro-blogging and networking site, Twitter . And if you have joined Twitter this year, you're hardly alone. According to the report, more than 70 percent...

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Firefox Add-On of the Day: Cloudlet

There's a new Firefox add-on that provides a very Web-2.0 savvy way to search. Cloudlet adds tag clouds to your search results through Google and Yahoo. Enter a search term, and above the organic results you'll see a tag cloud...

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Google Zeitgeist: What Consumer Search Behavior Can Tell Us

Every year, Google releases Zeitgeist , their roundup of user search behavior from January through November - data culled from billions of searches. Of course, you're bound to see terms like "sarah palin" and "obama...

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Websites are Failing Consumers this Holiday Season

A study by customer analytics firm iPerceptions finds that consumers are not being served well on retailers' websites. The mid-holiday report surveyed data from 300,000 website visitors in November and December, 2008. Task completion...

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RSS: Consumers Don't Care and Marketers Shouldn't Bother

"What is RSS?" This was number five on the top-ten list of "What is" questions asked at Google, according to their Zeitgeist list for 2008 . For years, and to this day, RSS is lauded by some as an effective content...

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