Posts byConnor Livingston

Groupon Gets a Facelift

Groupon, the former daily deals site that turned into a social deals site that is trying to turn into a marketplace site has released its first redesign just in time for its five-year birthday. They aren’t just changing colors from old-school green to clean and tidy white. They’re trying to reinvent themselves… again. After passing
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22 Content Types to Keep You Blogging

One of the hardest parts about blogging is staying consistent and pumping out enough content to keep your readers coming back for more. It’s a challenge, not just because of the time necessary to stay consistent and abundant, but also because it’s possible to run out of ideas. Don’t get me wrong – there’s not
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Tumblr Fixes Their Search

For quite a long time, Tumblr search has sucked. No, really. It sucked. They made minor improvements over the years but it got to the point that I started using Pinterest search to find cool images and sharable content rather than Tumblr despite so much more content on the older blogging platform. Thinks have changed.
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Facebook encourage users to vote

Today is a hard day, making a decision that will change the fate of the Country is a huge responsibility and when looking at social newsfeeds neither candidate seems to impress many. The minority within newsfeed are dead fast in their convictions of who they believe should be president going forward, sharing their views and
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Like and Share if You Agree Needs to Stop

I am so tired of seeing newsfeeds flood with status updates and images that try and guilt people into contributing an action on their Facebook activities. This is very reminiscent of the “Please Retweet” that used to baffle me on Twitter, even still when I see the odd one roll by… I am still baffled.
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Have you checked out Scoop.it?

If you like StumbleUpon but don’t have a lot of time keeping up with all the shares and information, you just might want to check out Scoop.it. Scoop.it is a new curated site gathered by its users and even though there is no true voting happening, you are able to like the content that is
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Is social media hurting our relationships?

As social networks like Facebook and Twitter have become a natural part of our daily routine, it often filters into our offline lives and conversations, therefore it must have just as much of a negative effect as it does a positive one…right? We all have our own experiences and outcomes that connecting globally with people
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Is Seattle the Next Silicon Valley?

If there’s one thing in common between Silicon Valley (San Francisco) and Silicon Alley (New York City), it’s cost. These cities are known for having some of the highest costs of living in the world, let alone America. When it comes to tech innovations, centralization is important to keep the various growing companies together, but
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Social Media Milestones

From Friendster to Charlie Sheen, social media has experienced more ups and downs in the last decade than most would believe imaginable. At times, it seems as if we’re just going through the motions and repeating the same things over and over again. Then, every now and then, something comes along that’s… different.
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Social Media has a Friend in Fitness: Greatist

As social media continues to expand and enter more areas of our lives, the health and fitness segment has been dominated by a handful of major companies and publications. Nike was a trendsetter. Men’s Health made a splash early on. For the pure healthy lifestyle enthusiast who also enjoys a good Tweet or Facebook update,
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When in Doubt, Blame Twitter

How can something so harmless in sound and form be so devastatingly bad for our world. Despite the cute little bird mascots and harmless-sounding name, Twitter can actually be tracked back to be the cause of nearly everything that is going wrong in the world. Everything.
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Why We Need Wuphf

Some of us need Wuphf. With so many ways through which to communicate, it can be challenging to get the right message to the right person without having to go through several different methods. It was part of a joke on an episode of The Office last year, but there’s real merit in the concept.
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Did Neil deGrasse Tyson Break Reddit?

In the past, emergency outages at Reddit have been caused by an overload of comments. When astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hit Reddit yesterday with “I am Neil deGrasse Tyson — AMA“, the community responded. During the subsequent slow period on Reddit early this morning, the site went into emergency maintenance mode for over an hour.
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Reddit: The World’s Most Powerful Social Media Site?

This should actually be a long, comprehensive piece detailing the recent meteoric rise, subsequent expansion of power, and reluctant emergence of the site into the same power category as Twitter and even (gulp!) Facebook. The numbers support it. The content is excellent (even though old-school users claim that it’s in decline). Mainstream media and average
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Which Celebrities are Taking Questions on Twitter?

For many, the primary reason they joined Twitter was to follow their favorite celebrities. Twitter gets plenty of attention as a news aggregator and as a general lifestream, but we often forget who really has the attention of most Twitter users: the “idols”. This infographic by our friends at inboxQ breaks down the data they’ve
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Mobile Apps Are Big Business

Chances are pretty strong that if you have a smartphone, tablet, or other device that is mobile-app-enabled, then your devices are loaded with apps. Some come with the devices. Most can be downloaded. Some are free. Some are not. Games are huge. The trends are clear. This growing segment of eCommerce is embedding itself into
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Banner Ads Are Social, Too

Banner ads are like the police. We don’t mind them when they don’t get in our way and we realize they serve an important role, but we don’t want them messing with us. Many people use ad-blockers. Some are “immune” to banner ads now to the point that they don’t even see them when they’re
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The (Video) Wizards of Moz

There are occasions when a specialty within a company translates into an something unexpected. Think “penicillin from moldy bread.” That’s the case with Whiteboard Fridays, an offering by SEOMoz that gives tips to aspiring search engine optimizers as those simply wanting to help their own websites rank better. It was supposed to be a tight
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Google +snippets May Have Impact on Search

We’ve known since June that the +1 button on websites will have a direct effect on searches performed by Google contacts. We have also speculated that plusses will also have an influence over general, unauthenticated search results. Lastly, we’ve had a feeling that the similarities between the +1 buttons on websites and the Google+ social
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6 Questions About Newborn Tech Companies

In reality, running a tech company isn’t that hard. It takes guts, hard work, and a strong vision, but keeping a successful tech company growing is relatively easy compared to other challenges that life throws at us. Starting a tech company, however, is nearly impossible. Once you get there, the rest is pretty easy. Getting
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