The financial world is full of secrets, but they are gradually being revealed. More and more social networking sites are rising. We’ll examine three examples of sites that not only enable networking, but expose financial data. This makes us think – will this transparency reach the big financial institutions? Could the current financial crisis be avoided if the public knew what the bankers were doing?
The Web 2.0 revolution is reaching the financial sector. It’s not only forums and chat rooms, and not another Twitter application for stocks. This time it’s about revealing trades in real time. One sector is standing out: forex. Trading currencies has been around for a few decades, but it was limited to big financial institutions. The internet, among other things, brought this niche of financial investment (or speculation if you wish) to the masses.
“Show me the money”
There’s lots of innovation around forex trading platforms, so this served as good ground for networking sites as well. In 2009 and 2010, these networking sites went deeper – deep into the pockets of investors. Similar to applications such as Google Latitude that expose your geographical location, these sites expose data. But it’s not only forex. Let’s see some examples: Read more…
There was one big absentee from the annual Super Bowl – Pepsi. They decided to pull away their TV advertising budget from this popular event in social media. Did this bold move succeed? Here are a few aspects of this move.
The answer you get by any SEO expert on keeping your readers faithful is -have great content! Although writing ‘great content’ is easier said than done, we can use a few simple tools to keep our readers on board with additional content to our own. In this post we will show the use of a few simple widgets that can enhance our blog’s content.
The first advantage of widgets is that they are easy to install and use. You don’t have to be a software designer in order to install a text widget on your site or blog. The second advantage is that most widgets can be customized in size, color and style to fit your blog in an elegant way. In this post I”ll recommend a few content-related widgets, that add relevant content to your readers in addition to your own original content:
Twitter Search Widget – There is no doubt about the impact tweets have on the web. over 50M users tweet daily billions of tweets, why not share the relevant ones for you with your readers? Instead of adding a twitter widget of your own tweets, add the search widget and cutomise it to your blog topic.This example is a search widget on ‘Ipad’
HootSuite seems like another social network web application. Well, it doesn’t have any killer features that you won’t find elsewhere, but it does have important features that make it a useful tool for networking
Twitter, one of fastest growing social media tools in 2009. One of the popular uses is promoting content through Twitter. In this post I’ll explore the possibilities of using Twitter with automatic and manual tools.
The first and not recommended option for Twitter users when promoting content is manually tweeting every time you post a blogpost, video, podcast. This is not recommended, especialy when most bloggers post more than once a week at their blog, FaceBook, LinkedIn,etc. and upload a video to YouTube every now and then. You would usually like to tweet on most of that. Luckly, today you can add your Twitter account to most of the existing platforms.
The subject says it all: we are active on more than one social platform. It can be difficult to manage all at the same time and connect them with your blog or website. Wibiya is a new and cool tool that does it in a very elegant way.
Operating and managing your blog’s social media activity can be a lot of work, and it might not be so effective if not done right. Many tools offer badges, widgets and toolbars for blogs and websites, I found the Wibiya toolbar very effective and well designed. We implemented it both on this blog and on Sortfix’s blog.
First of all the Wibiya toolbar has a simple step-by-step plugin installation wizard-
The Networking Blog has proudly been updated to the latest and greatest version of Wordpress - version 2.9 that was just released. The upgrade did encounter some trouble – while the site ran perfectly well, no trackbacks or pingbacks were sent. This networking issue was solved quickly, and we’d like to thank those who helped.
Having too many secrets can cause you to be closed in your own shell and not be able to network. But how open are you willing to be? Here’s an example of significant openness and a discussion about it. Let’s start with John Lennon and his monkey, that have nothing to hide:
Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. If you aren’t using one of these social media platforms, now is a good time to start, even if you aren’t big on online socializing. Using social media can help with keeping in touch with your customers and associates. This post explains how.
About a decade ago, a friend bragged about a new phone he just bought, that can hold up to 300 contacts in his address book. This sounds funny when thinking about it in 2009. He then showed me that except for name and phone number you can type in additional details such as city, birthday and mail. To demonstrate the abilities of the new gadget (I remind the readers this is 1999 we are talking about) he showed me a memo the phone just made about one of his customers. The customer’s daughter just turned 16, and my friend called to congratulate his customer for the sweet sixteen birthday party they are holding. We can learn 2 things from this ‘ancient’ story:
Know your customers – they will return a favor by doing business with you again.
In 2009 there is no need to input your phone manually, we have technology for that!