As AirBnB and other vacation rental sites become more popular, government regulation could undermine this emerging sector of the tourism industry.
Clients of Greater Giving, a provider of technology and credit card-processing services for nonprofit organizations, will soon be able to make donations through social media channels. The Beaverton, Ore.-based company signed an agreement with Chirpify, which will allow users to donate by simply replying to a comment.
Quarterly Co curates packages based upon various contributors a person can choose to follow and once a quarter delivers a box of items a particular contributor likes to their subscribers. It’s like following someone on Twitter except getting to taste and smell what they like or use. Interestingly enough, you can even follow startups (like Wander) or a group of VCs like True Ventures — they even have Stanford’s Design School on board and boxes to help you get “uncluttered.”
Google is reportedly working on a new service called Google Mine that will allow Google+ users to track their belongings and compare notes with their circles on the products they own or want to buy.
While everyone is talking about Tumblr’s acquisition as a one-man show at $1.1 billion, Yahoo! paid $3.5 billion for Geocities back in 1999 with only 19 million uniques compared to Tumblr’s 300 million uniques, so, in some sense, Tumblr is a good deal. While this latest acquisition seems like a big one, it’s also symbolic of what internet traffic is worth now in scale and shows that social blogging networks are not just traffic platforms, but strategic internet real estate. Tumblr, where anyone can blog and share others’ blogs, has also become mainstream, so is everyone blogging now? Is that the future of consumerism?
Google+ shares are more valuable to merchants than referrals from Twitter or Facebook, according to an analysis of $5 million worth of online purchases that came through the social commerce platform Addshoppers.com.
8coupons, the go-to place for local deals, has scoured the kingdom of local commerce and defined the “Houses” of local commerce in a truly majestic chart. Notable inclusions include the myriad of options for virtual wallets and the ubiquity Apple-led operations. Below that, we included links to all of the business mentioned.
This week we saw many April Fools’ jokes from companies on blogs and social media channels, followed new movers and shakers in the “task space,” and discovered new apps for getting noticed when we’re angry.
American Express and Twitter struck a deal yesterday to allow consumers to buy select products without leaving the Twitter stream. But Chirpify has been doing that for a year.
The future of social commerce is not in traffic referrals from Facebook, Twitter, or even Pinterest, but in socially enabled e-commerce sites like Fab, say researchers at 8th Bridge. In the 2012 Social Commerce IQ Retail report, released today, research showed that the most successful internet retailers combine branding on social networks with social functionality within their own websites.