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[Video] – Bashing MySpace

It’s been a while since I last posted a video. Here is an attempt to start things off with a hilarious clip where all the big social media boys pick on the little MySpace. Starring: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Foursquare and Google.

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Bubble in Theory, Not Reality

I read a somewhat interesting post on Reuters about LinkedIn’s recent IPO. In theory, LinkedIn’s first day price fluctuation and the week following the IPO, depicted a bubble. Three academics, Robert Jarrow, Younes Kchia, and Philip Protter, have created a model which they say proves their theory.

The paper they authored is currently being peer reviewed and will soon be released. What the paper essentially talks about is the volatility of “any other stock” compared to that of LinkedIn stock. The gut feeling out of the LinkedIn IPO compels one to say it is a bubble and the paper proves that point in theory.

I am still not convinced LinkedIn is a bubble stock and here’s why:

LinkedIn has a revenue generating service, can make a profit, is not “run-of-the-mill” startup that went to NYSE to cash in and above all, has an excellent management.

Of course there will be a price correction and the stock will close well under $40 by the end of this year, my speculation, but that doesn’t mean the company is fad. The paper in question does pose another interesting question that assumes that most social media companies to follow will create a dot com era bubble in the stock market.

Personally, I don’t think investors are that stupid. Memory of dot com bubble burst is still fresh in the valley. And yes startups are getting grossly insane evaluations, mostly undeserving, but it’s human nature to be part of the next big thing or bust. On the other hand, people who are trading the stock in the secondary markets are the ones who will lose if those startups fall flat, not the average investor.

Did I mention that Groupon filed for IPO?

How to Add Google +1 Button to your Blog using Sharebar Plugin

+1 Google’s +1 button is now LIVE and you can implement the code on your blog. Instead of just copy pasting the code on your blog, try achieving the functionality of the +1 button by adding the code to a social sharing plugin.

Install and activate Sharebar before you read any further.

Step 1

Assuming you have installed the plugin and activated it, go to Plugins menu and Click on Sharebar.

Step 2

There will be a blue colored button “Add new Button,” click that.

Step 3

Paste the code from Google +1 your Website. If you like what I have, use the tall code:

<!– Place this tag in your head or just before your close body tag –>
<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js”></script>
<!– Place this tag where you want the +1 button to render –>
<g:plusone size=”tall”></g:plusone>

Step 4

Once you add the code, you should have a screen like this:

+1 Button

That’s all you need to do. Please let me know by commenting below if you run in to any problems implementing the +1 Button.

The Wall Machine – Fake Facebook Wall Generator

The Wall Machine - Fake Facebook Wall Generator Some wall posts are funny to begin with and authentic but what if you could create a fake Facebook wall and make it even funnier? You can do that with a new tool provided free by the “well intentioned” folks at The Wall Machine.

Connect using Facebook (duh) and you can pretend you are talking to someone you admire, hate or whatever. Make it funny (or not) and post it. You can see what others have posted to get an idea of how The Wall Machine really works. In case you are interested, my favorite fake wall post is “Bin Laden’s Last Status Update” and “God has a sense of humor.”

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Alternion – Your Social Media Dashboard

What if you could see all the status updates your friends post all over social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter in one place? What if you could manage 220+ social media accounts from one place? Well, look no further. Alternion is a free web service that let’s you manage all your social media services from one place. Not only social media, email as well, can be managed through Alternion.

Alternion is currently in BETA and you can request an invite. Turnaround for invitation is fairly quick and you will be able to access your social dashboard right after you sign up for the service using the invitation code.

CrunchBase Profile: alternion

Image Credit: CrunchBase

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