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I’ll Tweet When I’m Dead: Estate Planning in the Digital Age

Hooked on Twitter? Can’t miss a day without tweeting? Soon there might be a way to continue gracing followers with pithy witticisms even after we’re no longer alive. The application, now in beta, is called “LivesOn.” “When your heart stops beating, you’ll keep tweeting,” the LivesOn website home page cheerily proclaims. Show More Summary

Zillow’s Success Based on “Big Data”

2 hours agoMedia / New Media : Screenwerk

Zillow formally announced this morning that it was buying Trulia in an all-stock transaction worth $3.5 billion. I have followed both of these companies — less so after their IPOs — since their pre-launch days. (Makes me feel old.) I recall my initial pre-launch meeting with Zillow’s then CEO Rich Barton. There were numerous real estate sites at […]

Robots attending concerts; what will that look like?

I find robots really interesting, in theory. I think of the network analysis and news research technology we’re building as a team of robots. But this news that robots have begun attending human musical performances is really interesting. This from the Intel/Vice collaboration The Creators Project Damon Albarn, the Blur and Gorillaz frontman, released his [...]

Local SERP in ‘Turmoil’ after Google ‘Pigeon’ Algorithm Update

2 days agoMedia / New Media : Screenwerk

Search Engine Land reported last night that Google has implemented a new algorithm that in some cases radically changes the look and feel of the SERP for local queries. Here’s what Google told SEL: Google told us that the new local search algorithm ties deeper into their web search capabilities, including the hundreds of ranking signals […]

The New Foursquare: Rebirth or Last Gasp?

3 days agoMedia / New Media : Screenwerk

The new Foursquare app is coming. And, depending on the reaction, it represents new life for the company or a last-chance prelude to a sale. My guess is probably the latter but I hope for the company’s sake it’s the former. Yelp is 10 years old and Foursquare is half that old, having launched at SXSW as […]

God-Zillia: Trulia-Zillow Combo Would Dominate Online Real Estate

3 days agoMedia / New Media : Screenwerk

Zillow is reportedly in talks to buy its biggest rival Trulia for roughly $2 billion according to Bloomberg. Both are public, though Zillow is the more valuable company by roughly 3X. Zillow and Trulia are the number one and two US real estate sites respectively. Depending on whose list you consult either Yahoo Homes or […]

Viral Video: Word Crimes

Some of us have grown up with “Weird Al” Yankovic, and we are not ashamed to admit that we have our favorites. If we care to travel back far enough down musical parody lane, there’s always his first big hit, “My Bologna.” Released in...Show More Summary

Southwest Airlines Removes Passenger for Tweet about Bad Customer Service

4 days agoMedia / New Media : Screenwerk

You may have read the story about the Minnesota man and his kids who were removed from a Southwest Airlines flight because he expressed dissatisfaction with the company’s boarding policy on Twitter. The father wanted his two kids to board early with him but because of their status that was denied. Here’s USAToday’s summary of […]

How to Get Started With Longform Immersive Storytelling on WordPress

Ok, time to let you in on a not-so-secret secret: longform storytelling is making a comeback online. Just as we thought attention spans are moving towards a 140-character-maximum, sites like Medium or the Atavist are publishing long and well-crafted stories for a growing audience. Show More Summary

Study: PayPal Most Used Digital Wallet, Apple Passbook Used Most Often

5 days agoMedia / New Media : Screenwerk

A new survey about digital wallet usage from Thrive Analytics finds that there’s a significant gap between awareness (PC + mobile) and usage. As one might expect, usage is higher among younger people and payment security is the biggest usage inhibitor. The online survey had 2,038 US adult respondents. Interestingly the survey found that people […]

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