Archives: September 2012

‘Spooked’ Is Today’s Free eBook Of The Day

Spooked by Tracy Sharp is today’s Free eBook of the Day.

The paranormal novel is about a teenager with special powers. Check it out: “Sixteen year old Lorelei has a special talent. She can steal your deepest, darkest secrets. However, using her power leaves her open to some very nasty creatures from the underworld. But then a girl from her school disappears. Then another. And another. Lorelei might be able to discover who is abducting the girls from her town if she uses her gift . . .Can Lorelei stop more girls from being taken? Or will using her gift attract the hell-things that are after her?”

The eBook is free from Amazon today only.

For more free eBooks, check out our Free eBook of the Day archive.

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Customers Say the Darndest Things on Social Media

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When they’re not putting out customer service fires and generating memes, social media monitors everywhere are thoughtfully reading through our comments on their pages. It turns out that we’re hilarious, said panelists at Business Insider’s Social Media ROI conference in New York City, and sometimes we’re even helpful.

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Social Media Jobs: Whispr Group, Draftfcb, JorgeCruise.com

This week, Whispr Group is hiring a community manager, while Draftfcb needs a social platform community manager. JorgeCruise.com is seeking a writer and social media expert, and Yoxi is on the hunt for a web producer/editor for Social Innovation Daily. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional social media jobs on Mediabistro.

Find more great social media jobs on our job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented SocialTimes pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

How To Accept Mobile Payments

Many small bookstores and independent media publishers would love to keep up with the latest forms of technology and accept mobile payments, but don’t have the agency budgets of a Starbucks or a Dunkin’ Donuts to build a mobile platform. Don’t fret, you don’t have to. All you need is a smartphone or a tablet, and one of these apps and you’re on your way.

To help you guys out, we’ve put together a list of apps that will allow you to accept mobile payments. We’ve included links to the app’s website and their description below.

1. LevelUp: “LevelUp’s Interchange Zero payment network allows customers to pay with their phones instead of cash or cards. This is fast, secure and convenient. It also enables us to offer 0% payment processing fees. When a customer pays you $10 on LevelUp, you get $10! LevelUp grows your business. LevelUp offers a unique suite of ‘campaigns’ designed to grow your business. Campaigns can help you attract new customers, convert them into loyal customers, or even invite them to join your mailing list.”

2. Square: “Start accepting credit cards today on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Pay one simple rate of 2.75% per swipe for Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Discover. No contracts or monthly fees. No merchant account needed. Funds are deposited into your bank account the next business day.”

3. Phone Swipe: “Accept credit cards by transforming your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into a credit card terminal with Phone Swipe. Upon merchant account approval, receive a free credit card reader to accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Phone Swipe is backed by North American Bancard, an industry leader in credit card processing with 20 years of experience.” Read more

Social Media Ain’t All That: Conversations Are Richer In Person [Infographic]

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Here at Social Times we see all sorts of infographics and statistics coming through that show just how important social media is for big brands and small businesses, for recruiters, job seekers, and more. Today we take a look at social media from a different perspective with an infographic from The Marketing Distillery that plays devil’s advocate, asserting that social networks do not markedly improve our personal lives and that conversations are richer when they occur in person than online.

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Find New Beer Buddies with the Pint Club iOS App

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Shame on you. You’ve been so busy tagging your friends on Foursquare that you’ve forgotten to acknowledge someone very special in your life: the one that’s been there for you at every pub crawl, every backyard BBQ, and many a long plane ride. Your iPhone? No, silly. Your beer. Next time, try Pint Club, a newly updated iOS app that helps you find, tag, and share your next beer with all your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Apologizes for Apple Maps, Suggests iPhone Owners Use the Competition

Apple Maps has turned out to be an utter fiasco since it launched last week, and the situation is now so bad that the CEO has had to apologize. There is an open letter posted on the Apple website from Tim Cook,and he is quite contrite.

But as interesting as that letter is, I have something better. A contact at Apple has slipped me the original unedited version of the letter. It paints a much different picture. One paragraph in particular was missing a number of sentences, and I have reposted it below: Read more

Dictate Comments On News Articles With NY Times Android App Update

The New York Times has redesigned its Android app and added new features including a new design, the ability to dictate comments using voice,   passive customization of a users’ most visited blogs, an updated widget,  and more intuitive navigation using the action bar.

“Our new action bar is based on native Android design standards that users know and expect,” explained Alexandra Hardiman, director of mobile products at The New York Times. “It’s more visible and present on section fronts and allows users to access our sections easily and intuitively.”

Hardiman explained that The Times is always looking for ways to improve the user experience and functionality of their products.  Our updated app takes advantage of the latest Android design principles and enables our readers to more easily read, watch and even listen to our wealth of content,” she said. “Going forward, the redesign gives us a better platform to introduce new features and tools that improve the app experience.”
The update requires Android 2.1 and up.