A really interesting look into the value of Facebook advertising and the estimated value of likes for your brand. It appears that the people who are paid to “like” brands are causing a real problem with engagement of actual fans. Draw you own conclusions here but it is a real eye opener if you are considering using Facebook advertising.

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I discovered this data brokerage service from GNIP which offers complete access to data sets from Twitter, Tumblr, Foresquare, WordPress and more, it also offers a partial service for companies like Facebook, Flickr, Instagram. I am not sure of the pricing model however it looks promising for large scale data mining. Check it out here

The videos from the Startup School 2012 talks are now live. They include interviews with Mark Zuckerberg, Hiroshi Mititani (Rakuten) and I really liked Patrick Collison’s talk on Stripe.


Really clever metaphor use of the social geo-location tools to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS

This is a really powerful tool presented by John Maeda at a recent Ted Talk – I would love to know about it but it is a area of real potential. You could possibly create this with interesting detail by scraping email, public blogs, Twitter, Facebook of public information and privately exchanged information from the parties involved.

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TorrentFreak are running a great story about the republicans running banner ads on The Pirate Bay!

Sight from Sight Systems on Vimeo.

A freaky look at what might be in store for the future

A good talk with Sahil Lavingia who is the founder and CEO of Gumroad.com which aims to be a lightweight sales platform. An interesting stat about how long it takes customers to return to Starbucks if the leave their mobile V wallet.



Tweetfuel from Stinkdigital on Vimeo.

I love this idea from StinkDigital combining Twitter and the Nike Fuel Band – just a very clever and fun use of technology.

An interesting view from Jonathan Harris (from we feel fine) on social networks and the trends shaping them:

May 30, 2012 Social Networks