Making a Big Impression – Marvelous Marketing Methods

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Promoting and marketing your brand well is important because you need to make sure you attract interest. And it’s important that you come up with unique and original forms of marketing. You have to understand that it’s not all about digital. This is not the be all and end all. Yes, digital marketing is hugely important, and you can’t very well do without it, but don’t put all your eggs in that virtual basket.

Think about all the different formats of promoting your company effectively. You have to do as much as you can to create a big impression. Wowing people and making them take note of your company is so crucial. You have to stand out these days, and really make a great impression. Here are some of the great ideas you can use that will help you with that.

Tangible Marketing

It’s a good idea to have some form of tangible marketing. This is even more important these days because we live in such a digital world. So you need to provide people with something tangible that they can touch and feel. It makes them feel more comfortable and helps cement your brand in their mind. So, how can you do this? Well, you need to look at what is involved in tangible marketing. Two of the best examples of this are business cards and flyers. Let’s consider flyers, and whether they still have a place. Well, the short answer is yes. Handing someone a flyer with information is more likely to illicit a response, and stay in the memory, than flicking through an advert. If you decide to create a flyer for your business you can market to people offline as well as online. Business cards are similarly effective. They give a unique role and professional perspective. And they can increase sales by up to around 2.5%!

Go Mobile

The future these days lies in mobile technology. If your company isn’t scaled down for mobile use yet, you need to rectify this. So many people use mobile and cellular devices every day, and they will be using these to access your business. 80% of Internet users own and use a smartphone as their primary web surfing tool. That’s why it’s important to make sure your company embraces this, and you make full use of mobile marketing. Now, there are a few things you can do to achieve this. For one thing, you need to ensure that your website is mobile-friendly. It’s also worth developing a business app that users can download. That way you’re going to be able to connect and interact with users no matter where they are in the world. Going mobile is hugely important, and represents the future of business marketing.

Hashtag

You need to make your marketing suitable for modern Millennials. They represent the future of business and make up one of your most important demographics. Yes, all types of marketing are important here, but you need to connect with them on their wavelength. And what do Millennials love more than anything? Social media. That’s why you have to adopt and embrace the hashtag as much as you possibly can. It’s important to make sure you Tweet a lot about the business and that you make a hashtag a major part of the marketing strategy. It might surprise you to learn just how effective this can be for you as a business owner.

Making a big impression with your business marketing and advertising is so important. And that’s why you need to sometimes think outside the box with the things you say and do and the way you market yourself.

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5 Simple Ways to Use Twitter to Its Full Potential

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twitter tipsEven the best businesses can have trouble adjusting to social media. It’s understandable that plenty of profitable and professional companies don’t use Twitter correctly, especially if they’ve been in business for many years before social media came into play. However, customers keep up with businesses online, and they will judge your ability to use Twitter and other social media sites.

If you want to attract more technology-savvy clients, then you need to make sure that you’re making the most of your Twitter account. Twitter can help bring in more potential customers and promote loyalty from your current customers, but only if you’re tweeting the right things in the right way. Take a look at these five things that even good businesses do badly on Twitter, and make note of what you could be doing differently.

  1. They forget to create a profile. One of the worst things you can do is keep your profile picture as the little egg you first start out as. Make it personal. Upload a professional profile picture for your company. The picture should ideally be something that is recognizable even when it’s small. Don’t forget to also fill out your bio. If there is nothing there, people won’t know who you are or what your company does. This should be one of the first things that you do — there’s no excuse for you to be tweeting with an unfinished profile.
  2. They tweet just about business. Yes, Twitter is a great way to show off your company and gain new customers. However, you shouldn’t plug your business in every tweet. Do people really want to read 140-character advertisements all day long? Tweet photos of your workplace or employees, facts about your industry, tips that you learned along the way, a funny anecdote or a question for your followers. People will be more likely to follow you and recommend you to others if they actually enjoy reading your tweets.
  3. They don’t follow polite Twitter etiquette. Just because you’re interacting on the Internet doesn’t mean that you should let your social graces fall to the wayside. Don’t do tacky things like constantly beg for retweets or use excessive hashtags. Take the time to check your spelling and grammar. Use correct punctuation. No, you don’t need to use three exclamation points. Treat Twitter as though you were writing a company email or a friendly note to a client. You can have fun and joke around on Twitter, but make sure you do it in a suitable and easy-to-understand way.
  4. They tweet too rarely. If you’re not tweeting regularly, then you’re not tweeting correctly. Twitter is made for frequent, daily updates. Because you’re limited to 140 characters, you should feel the need to tweet frequently anyway. If you’re having trouble remembering to tweet at least once a day, try a social media management tool that allows you to schedule tweets in advance, such as Hootsuite or TweetDeck.
  5. They don’t interact with others. You shouldn’t just be tweeting out into the abyss and assuming that your followers are reading. Think of Twitter as sort of a meet-and-greet. Make conversation with others and share interesting news and facts. Get to know people within your industry as well. This might sound counterintuitive or like fraternizing with the enemy, but it will help expand your social network. It’s perfectly fine to talk customers and other business owners on Twitter too. Compliment others on something they’ve done that you admire. Ask them about their experiences in your industry. Thank your customers for their patronage, and make sure that you make it personal and sincerely mean it. Interacting is what Twitter is all about, so start talking to others and not just to yourself!

Did you take note of what you could change on your own Twitter account? Not making the most of Twitter doesn’t mean that you run a bad business, but it does mean that you are losing out on potential customers. Now that you’re armed with these tips, go ahead and rethink how you use Twitter. Redesign your account and start tweeting new, more interesting things. Twitter should be a enjoyable experience for both you and your followers, so go have some fun!

Brendon Schenecker is equal parts developer and CEO, which has led to array of tech-based startups and over 10 years of experience managing startup ventures. Brendon is currently founder and CEO of Travel Vegas, a technology-focused destination travel company.

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

Marc Andreesen: High Functioning Businesses Aren’t Disneyland

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We’re all familiar with the stories of founder relationships gone sour. It’s a common tale:

Founders arrive on the scene with a hot new product. Raise crazy amounts of money. See enormous traction and get tons of hype from the press and their peers.

Then, out of the blue (it seems), there’s division and strife. One founder leaves, or is ousted. Lawsuits, hard feelings, drama.

rsz_incontentad2It would be easy to chalk this up to the youth culture of startup land, and Silicon Valley in general. It would be easy to say that if founders were more mature when they were handed millions of dollars of venture capital this wouldn’t be such a common story.

Maybe there’s truth there, but according to Marc Andreesen’s latest tweetstorm, dysfunction in the highest levels of any business is normal. We like to think of building businesses as dispassionate, analytical endeavors: figure out what makes money and do that.

But what if there are fundamental differences in how the founders see themselves making money? Suddenly, even the smartest, most analytical people are at a stalemate. Throw in the passion for their companies that most founders have, and it’s no wonder there are hard feelings.

According to Andreesen, that’s okay.

Moral? Business is stressful.There’s constant conflict, emotion, even anger. Building a company is an intense experience, period. Harnessed properly, this is the crucible out of which high performance and great results emerge. Satisfaction of overcoming challenges.

To quote Jim Barksdale, “This isn’t a family, and I ain’t your daddy.” But together we can build great things & make our grandkids proud.

Are you building great things? Then it’s time to take a deep breath and expect some drama.

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Articifial Intelligence +Twitter Accurately Predicts Election Outcomes

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We all know those annoying polls during election season.

The Democrats are winning by a landslide! (MSNBC)

The Republicans are running away with it! (Fox News)

We don’t know what the hell’s going on. (Normal people)

rsz_incontentad2The polls are as ubiquitous as they are inaccurate, almost every year. In the US we have Nate Silver, of course, but despite the 2012 elections, humans do make mistakes.

Machines,on the other hand.

Yesterday St. Louis-based simMachines announced that they used artificial intelligence to accurately predict Costa Rica’s election earlier this month. Traditional polling methods had Luis Guillermo Soli in 4th place, but he actually finished 1st in the preliminary election.

simMachines was able to predict this accurately by using a similarity engine to study the syntax of Tweets about each party. Like traditional polls, they grouped them into classifications just like traditional polls: favorable, unfavorable, and neutral. The study analyzed 12,455 tweets and was able to accurately predict that Soli would finish in first place.

simMachines was founded by Costa Rican native Arnoldo Muller-Molina, PhD and relocated to the United States as part of the St. Louis Arch Grants program. Muller-Molina wanted to conduct the study as a celebration of democracy in his home country.

“The technology was already in place. While some people sing or dance to celebrate, we are data scientists so we decided to analyze the social space,” he said.

That technology isn’t only good for predicting elections, though. Any data can be put through the system: Tweets and other social media, blogs, media publications, and some servers. Brands can use technology like this to more accurately track the tone consumers to use when talking about them or their product.

The company compares similarity search to a “Swiss army knife,” which can be used in a wide range of data science projects.

With interest in data growing, similarity search and other data technology has all the room in the world to grow.

As Nick and I like to tell each other, “If it’s based on data, let’s go with that. If it’s based on opinion, let’s go with mine.”

Berlin Startup Tame Launches First Context Search Engine For Twitter

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Twitter is a treasure trove of content. We actually source quite a bit of startup news and new startups from everywhere else using Twitter. The problem is, until now there was no great way to do a contextual search. You can use the Twitter search tool built into Twitter and most of the good third party Twitter apps, but they fall short when looking for context. For example, a search for accelerator brings up tweets about car parts and incubator talks about babies.

The team behind Berlin startup Tame have been tirelessly working on solving that problem. They want to make it easier for people to find what they’re looking for on Twitter. That can be tough when at peak loads there can be 300,000 tweets per minute.

The company has launched their product today at tame.it. We got a chance to talk with them, check out the interview below.

What does your startup do?

Tame is the first context search engine for Twitter delivering relevant content around a specific topic in real-time. Aimed at journalists, PRs, marketers and politicians, Tame analyses content from Twitter, sifting through the huge amounts of noise to find exactly what is relevant.

Who are the founders, and what are their backgrounds?

Frederik Fischer is founder and CEO of Tame. Fischer has five years of professional experience as a staff and freelance journalist for TV, radio, online and print.

Arno Dirlam is founder and CTO of Tame. The developer guy!

Torsten Müller is founder and CMO of Tame. He has three years professional experience as freelance journalist for online and print including the German Press Agency dpa, stern.de, Zeit Online.

Where are you based?

Berlin, Germany

What’s the startup scene like where you are based?

Berlin is a perfect place to start a business. It may be over-hyped, but we find that the scene is indeed very active, people help out each other a lot and are very open. Since the city is attractive for living, many people from Europe or beyond flock into it which helps creating international teams with a global approach from the start, which we think is important. We came to Berlin with not much more than an idea and thanks to the Humboldt University’s spin-off team and many others we could get Tame off the ground in a bit more than a year.

What problem do you solve?

Tame aims to address information overload on Twitter. Nearly every user follows more people than they can manage. At peak times, more than 300,000 tweets are sent out per minute, hence people miss a lot of important content. Professionals working with social media need to identify relevant topics, users and content quickly. A solution to ‘Tame’ the social web is needed.

Why now?

In 2011, Google stopped indexing Twitter and has since left a gap in filtering real-time information. Twitter has continued to grow and has a global impact as not only an alternative, but often primary news source (think of Arab spring). Our mission is to tame the wealth of real-time information in social networks so as to empower people to make sense of the world.

What are some of the milestones your startup has already reached?

We got an initial € 94k ($125,725) funding from the German Federal Ministry of Technology and Economics (BWMi) in 2012

Tame has secured € 250k ($334,375) from a crowd-investing campaign with Companisto

A product already used by thousands of journalists and PRs, first paying customers and first cooperations with outlets

We won a spot in the Germany Silicon Valley Accelerator (also by BMWi) and will be working from San Francisco from October on for at least 3 months.

What are your next milestones?

rolling out more features for Tame including a refinement of our Algorithm that will improve the results by ie filtering out spam on Twitter

starting our global launch by entering the US market from October onward

looking in to the possibility of including more real-time information services

Where can people find out more? Any social media links you want to share?

People can find out everything they need at tame.it. We’re also on Twitter – https://twitter.com/tame_it – and Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/tameapp.

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Follow Friday: 50 Startup Related Twitter Accounts To Follow Everywhere Else

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It’s Friday again which means it’s time for Follow Friday. Now we don’t do the traditional #FF and shout outs on Twitter. That’s so 2009. Instead, every week we compile a list here at Nibletz that is relevant to our readers and community.

Last week we ran a list of 50 500 Startups Mentors which you can find here. The week before that we did 100 Techstars mentors.

This week we have a list of 50 startup related Twitter accounts worth following. This is by no means a ranking, and with all the people we know from social media (we have over 130,000 followers across our accounts), we are going to miss some. But no worries; we’ll be running more of these. On to the list.

 

Brad Feld- The author of the Startup Communities bible, investor through Foundry, founder of Techstars.
Dave McClure– The sith lord at 500 Startups, and passionate startup rockstar for everywhere else.
Fred Wilson– Founding partner at Union Square Ventures, godfather of NY’s VC scene and great bloger here.
Scott Case– Founding CTO at Priceline.com CEO of Startup America
Marc Nager- CEO at StartupWeekend/ Up Global
Steve Case– Founder of AOL, Revolution and Founding Chairman Startup America
Kauffman Foundation– KC based organization that supports many startup efforts
Startup Weekend– Self explanatory
Up Global– The official Twitter account for Up Global
.co The fine folks at .co
1871 Chicago’s big startup hub
1776 Washington DC’s startup hub
EntreCenter Nashville’s Entrepreneur Center
LaunchYourCity Memphis’ Startup community hub
Capital Factory Austin’s big startup hub
Jonathon Perelli, Managing Director Fortify.vc and The Fort
Jason Fried founder 37 Signals
Case Foundation– Steve Case’s philanthropic and startup focused organization
Sarah Ware, Founder of 500 Startups backed Markerly, and Nibletz contributor
Danny Boice, CTO at Speek and Rockstar Startup dude.
Mike Arrington founder of TechCrunch, and CrunchFund
Jason Calacanis co-founder TechCrunch Disrupt, now founder Launch
BuiltInChicago great resource for Chicago startups
TechCocktail awesome Las Vegas based startup news and events company
MG Siegler, TechCrunch contributor, Former CrunchFund, Now Google Ventures
Anil Dash Awesome NYC startup guru
One Spark- The world’s first and largest crowdfunding festival (Jacksonville, FL)
Ashton Kutcher- Actor, Director and Startup investor
Paul Berry, founder of RebelMouse, check out my rebelmouse here.
Howard Lerman founder at Yext
Gabriel Weinberg, CEO at DuckDuckGO
Techstars- global startup accelerator brand
Ycombinator- One of the nation’s leading accelerators
Dreamit Ventures Philly,NY, Israel, Austin startup accelerator
Brad Horowitz Partner Andreessen Horowitz
Eric Ries, Mr. Lean Startup
Dan Primack Fortune Magazine
Aaron Levie Founder and CEO at Box
Sean Parker Founder at Napster, crazy startup guy
Mark Cuban, ABC Shark Tank Shark, owner Dallas Mavericks, CEO Radical Investments
David Sacks, founder Yammer
David Tisch, Managing partner Box Group, formerly TechCrunchNY
Brandery Cincinnati’s premiere startup accelerator
Ark Challenge, Arkansas’ startup accelerator
Tech WildCatters, Dallas based startup accelerator
Donna Harris, co-founder 1776, Startup America
500 Startups, 500 Startups
AngelList, the place to connect with investors and other entrepreneurs
CoFoundersLab the best place to find a cofounder
Silicon Valley Bank, the startup bank (no matter where you are)

Bonus: Follow the nibletz team
Official Nibletz Twitter
Startuptechguy, Founder, Content Director
Ntippmann Co-Founder
Monicajselby Managing Editor

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Follow Friday: 50 500Startups Mentors To Follow

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For this Follow Friday, here is a list of 50 500Startups mentors to follow on Twitter:

 

Deepak Gupta

Olga Khroustaleva

Sahil Jain 

Diane Loviglio

Ilya Lichenstein

Marvin Liao

Victor Belfor

Karl Dotter

Andy Johns

Bryan Sivak

Justin Smith

Patrick Vlaskovits

Shiva Rajaraman

Elliot Loh

Michal Kopec

Roger Dickey

Gagan Biyani

Aaron Lee

Ethan R Anderson

Marcus Ogawa

Prema Gupta

Missy Krasner

Sara Mauskopf

Oren Jacob

Sami Inkinen

Hong Quan

Joe Hyrkin

Benjamin Joffe

Dave Baggeroer 

Peter Rosberg 

Luke Shepard

Brian Witlin

Arjun Sethi

Paul Ford

Roy Rodenstein 

Paul Hsu

Maneesh Arora

James Hollow

Wendy White

Matt C Monahan

Roberto Lino

Anu Nigam

James Levine

Leonard Speiser

Blake Commagere

Jeffrey Kalmikoff

Rob Garcia

Victoria Ransom

Mike Greenfield

Eric Ries

Also make sure you’re following Dave McClure

Now follow these 100 Techstars mentors.

 

 

 

 

Bill Gates Geting Gangnam Style Over Polio

Bill Gates,Psy,Gangnam Style,Twitter,PolioOn Tuesday the big tech sites pointed out that Bill Gates and Psy, the artist behind YouTube breakout sensation “Gangnam Style” have become Twitter friends. Well that’s 100% true.

It turns out that Psy is getting behind a movement to end Polio, for which the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are big supporters.  According to Business Insider, Bill Gates took to the Colbert Report earlier this year to announce that Polio would be eradicated in six years.

Psy’s involvement in ending Polio officially began in February when he became a celebrity spokesperson for Rotary’s “This Close” campaign.

On Sunday Gates tweeted out an advertisement that Psy appeared in as part of that campaign.

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Later that evening Psy returned the favor with a retweet.

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Lessons From Damien Echols Have Our Twitter Followers Sighing In Relief

Twitter, NibletzWe took a lot of heat for having New York Times Best Selling Author Damien Echols speak at everywhereelse.co The Startup Conference. All in all though, post conference, the feedback has been tremendously positive. Echols shed a new light on just how far technology has advanced since the early 90’s and opened up eyes to a world many techies and startup folks take for granted.

The fireside chat between Echols and Commercial Appeal business writer James Dowd, was one of the few sessions I got to attend in full, and I learned a lot. But what I really learned came afterwards.

After the speaking engagement we went out with Echols and his wife Lorrie along with Elizabeth Lemmonds from Upstart Memphis/Launch Your City and her husband. We had some amazing conversation and a good time. All Echols wanted to do was eat pizza and ride the trolley, so we went to our favorite local pizza spot, Aldo’s.

During Echols presentation he talked about Twitter. With all the technology out there Twitter is one of the things he likes the most. He likes Twitter because it’s more poetic, to really drive people to engage you need to think out what you’re going to say.

That got me thinking. As many of you know we have over 150,000 social media followers in aggregate. I have a little over 100,000 followers on my personal Twitter and the site has just under 23,000. That’s a lot of followers.

Until now we’ve been broadcasting a lot of content ( a lot may be an understatement). Echols noticed how much we repeat tweets as did many of the folks who attended the conference. Our good friend Tony Monteleone from Indianapolis didn’t want to hurt our feelings but said something has got to be done with our Twitter.

Around 2pm Central Time today, we changed it.  While it’s important to get our content out there’s no reason to force it down our loyal followers throats. How many times do you need to check out the same exact story.

My co-founder Nick Tippmann and I spent a good deal of the day arguing and then recrafting the way we’re going to Tweet, and we’re pretty sure you’re going to like it.

Nibletztweets is the official Twitter account for the site. This is the feed where we will post our links to stories, (but not 100s of the same link anymore). StartupTechGuy is my personal Twitter, you’ll see links to stories, a little of my awkward personality, old school hip hop lyrics, Memphis Grizzlies tweets and the things I like.

If you only want to keep up with the Nibletz news, by all means follow just Nibletztweets but now you won’t see the same exact tweet on both feeds. I may tweet a story out with some opinion mixed in or just throw you for a loop.

The Everywhere Else Twitter will be used to tweet out stories that pertain to the conference, and the community of people that have formed around the conference. It will also serve as a notification place for information about our next big conference and some exciting events in between.

So rest assured, if you have any of our Twitter accounts on mute, and you want to unmute, it’s now safe. Also if you missed a story you can always check out the site or tweet @nibletztweets or @startuptechguy and we can re-send it to you.

Finally, if you want coverage feel free to visit nibletz.com/questions and follow the instructions there.

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Teen Thinks “Facebook is for Old People” and “Snapchat is Getting Boring”

Facebook Twitter Instagram SnapchatThis post may be a little outside of our mission here at Nibletz to be “The Voice of Startups Everywhere Else” but after reading Josh Miller’s, founder of BranchTenth Grade Tech Trends the conversation seems appropriate.

Over the holidays I was lucky enough to head back to my hometown in Indiana to spend plenty of quality time with my younger siblings.

My siblings are your typical, Midwestern middle school and high schoolers. One Direction and Taylor Swift dominate their Pandora while interacting with friends is priority number one.

My two sisters are 13 and 16 respectively and my brother is an 18 year old senior. My youngest sister, 10, would cry if I didn’t mention her but her thoughts are not discussed. Although it should be noted her and her friends are already addicted to Instagram, using my parents’ phones to check it whenever she gets the chance.

I asked the older three a wide range of questions about their usage of social media and the overall sediment amongst theirs peers of the various networks.

What I heard was a bit of a shock.

Facebook

The biggest surprise had to come when I asked my 13 year old sister if she used Facebook? “No, it’s for old people and it’s stupid! Nobody has it anymore.” (yes, I realize you’re supposed to be 13 to have a Facebook account but the majority of her friends we’re on it well before). While I laughed at her choice of words, my jaw almost hit the floor. Is it true? Has Facebook become so “uncool” that they had all already left?

I heard similar responses when I asked the other two. My brother had recently deleted his account but said that many of his friends hadn’t because, “their whole high school career is on there.” It seems my brother’s friends, who mostly adopted the service about four years ago, currently use it to look back at the good times they’ve had, not to post new content.

Instagram

I got a very difference response when I asked them about Instagram. Each uses it everyday. It has completely replace Facebook as their default photo service.

This echoes Josh’s takeaway that Facebook was smart to buy Instagram.

Twitter

But what about Twitter? Are the kids as hooked as you and me? It’s been pointed out before that Twitter is not a mainstream technology and Josh’s sister said, “I guess a few kids use it.”

I found a little different response. Both my brother and 16 year old sister, along with “most” of their friends, check it daily (but less than Instagram). However, It’s primary function for them is to broadcast things that make them look funny or cool and to find out what their friends are doing, not to find links and join interesting conversations.

The 16 year old said her friends are really into sharing quotes and other things to get them more retweets and followers. As for the youngest, “None of my friends use it.” The 16 year old was relatively new to the service while my brother had been on it for a few years. This lead me to believe Twitter is adopted more as they get older.

Snapchat

Now it was time to ask about Snapchat. Is it really a sexting app?

Probably not the most appropriate conversation to have with your little sisters (let alone get honest responses) but I drilled my brother on it. He said, “Yeah, I’ve heard some people use it for that but it’s definitely not its main purpose.”

All of them proclaimed that it was used to, “share funny pics with close friends that are too ugly or ridiculous for Instagram.” As for their frequency of usage, “basically everyday.”

The most insightful takeaway regarding Snapchat came from my 16 year old sister. “I’ve used it for a while now but it’s getting boring. I feel like I have to respond to my friends though.”

This makes me wonder, is Snapchat a fad? More of a viral service that goes out of vogue after receiving the 1000th picture of your friend pulling their cheeks apart in the mirror?

Conclusion

Teens are “so over” Facebook. Instagram is now the de facto photo sharing app. Twitter has their foot in the door. Snapchat isn’t just for sexting.

One final point is age seems to be the largest determinate in how teens use these networks and for the most part not geography or cliques

While these observations are clearly anecdotal and are by no means meant to be scientific (I can hear the comments on Hacker News now), it does provide another interesting look at how teens are currently using the world’s largest and fastest growing social networks.

Let me know what you think? Does this go along with what you’ve seen or is my family an anomaly?

Drexel Students Launch Philly Startup: Tagitbest

Nicholas Pirollo, a self proclaimed serial entrepreneur and an undergraduate student at Drexel University and his team have launched a new and exciting SEO product. Sure you’re saying what’s new and exciting about an SEO product? Well first off Tagitbest is about Twitter and Instagram, moving SEO to two of the hottest spaces on the planet right now.

Rather than search engine optimization Tagitbest is a “hashtag optimizing engine”. Tagitbest is actually solving a huge problem for people. Take the DNC for instance. We’re on the ground in Charlotte NC operating out of Startup Hub “Packard Place” at the PPL blogger/online journalist lounge. Now in a room full of 500 journalists no one could tell us the “official” hashtag for the DNC on Monday morning. Some are using #DNC2012, some are using #DNC12, Some are just using #DNC and then some are using #obama and #4moreyears.

If you head upstairs to the official Politico convention studios and hub they use their normal tag #Politico and then a different tag for each event that they’re hosting which has been a minimum of 4 events per day. All of these various tags can get a bit confusing, and that’s just for this one event.

Tagitbest will optimize your content, whether it be a picture, tweet or other piece of media and tell you what tag will be best to get your content in front of the most people.

Tagitbest comes in three flavors, web, iOS and Android and you can find their app in both the Google Play Store and the iTunes app store.

The interface is easy to use and as long as you know what a hash tag is you’re in business. Now if you’re a developer they do offer an API as well so that developers can embrace their new backend technology.

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