Great Facebook Apps for Business

Great article in this month’s issue of Website Magazine, Making the Case for Facebook by Matt Goulart, Founder and Lead Consultant with Webstar Content. In this article, Matt states, “With the decline of traditional television and print advertising, it is getting harder and harder to find effective ways to attract consumer attention. Increasingly, many businesses are moving toward online and social networking tools. Facebook can be a highly effective cost-free solution.”

So, why Facebook? Well, as many are aware, Facebook is the world’s largest social network!

Seven Great Facebook Apps for Business
From the Staff at Website Magazine

Contests – Businesses can create and launch branded contests on Facebook Fan Pages within minutes. Available formats include photo contests, video contests, design contests, logo contests, essay-based contests and more. Contests are a great way to build brand awareness, build content on Fan Pages and recruit new fans.

SocialToo – Enables users to update their personal profile pages, any Facebook Fan page they administer and even remotely to Twitter from the convenience of the status update box.

SocialOomph – Provides productivity tools for social media users and includes tools for Twitter, StatusNet, and Facebook. Facebook users can schedule status updates for their accounts to be published at dates and times of their choosing.

NetworkedBlogs – Promote your blog on Facebook and discover new blogs. NetworkedBlogs is a community of bloggers and blog lovers. Join the fun, add your blog, and connect with others who read and write about subjects you like, as well as promote your blog to active social media users.

RatePoint – Lets users create e-mail newsletters, collect reviews and testimonials and build surveys for free. Connects to Facebook and Twitter easily and allows for share reviews and newsletters with Facebook Friends and Fans, and Twitter followers.

Jobmagic – A social media recruiting application that expands a recruiter’s reach by leveraging Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter social media channels to help start a dialogue with other candidates which other recruiters cannot.

Social Store Builder
– Enables a Volusion store owner to display and sell products directly on their Facebook page. After clicking on a featured product, the customer is taken to the store owner’s secure, one-page checkout to complete the transaction.


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Social Media Activity Adds to Real-Time Search Results

Google Adds a Real-Time Wrinkle
As reported in Website Magazine

Beginning in early December 2009, Google took another giant leap by releasing Real-Time Search Now, for some queries, the first page of results shows a scrolling box with real-time search results – many of which come from users’ social updates and content. Real-Time Search has major implications and further alters the SEO landscape.

Read more about this important news and how it affects SEO at Website Magazine.

Check out this Google YouTube Video


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Top 50 Websites Including Social Media Sites

website_magazineIn the recent issue of Website Magazine, there was a Top 50 ranking of Websites for Professionals. The ranking was based upon each site’s popularity that focused on average daily unique viewers and page views over a specific period of time.

As we’re working towards simplifying social media, and many of the sites listed in Website Magazine’s Top 50 are social media and related sites, I thought it would prove quite beneficial to our readers that we include this great Top 50 list and trust it will open some eyes to the great resources available. In fact, below is an interesting statement from the corresponding article for the Top 50:

“What is most fascinating about a list of this nature is… the type of marketing and development resources it highlights.” – Website Magazine


Top 50 Websites for Professionals

1. Google.com
2. Yahoo.com
3. Facebook.com
4. YouTube.com
5. MySpace.com
6. eBay.com
7. Bing.com
8. AOL.com
9. WordPress.com
10. Ask.com
11. Blogger.com
12. Twitter.com
13. Adobe.com
14. Photobucket.com
15. Answers.com
16. LinkedIn.com
17. Digg.com
18. EzineArticles.com
19. Metacafe.com
20. Ning.com
21. Yelp.com
22. Tagged.com
23. Alibaba.com
24. Scribd.com
25. PayPal.com
26. RapidShare.com
27. Bebo.com
28. Squidoo.com
29. BizRate.com
30. Shopping.com
31. SourceForge.net
32. Hi5.com
33. DomainTools.com
34. Skype.com
35. GoDaddy.com
36. BlogCatalog.com
37. Local.com
38. ArticlesBase.com
39. PriceGrabber.com
40. SimplyHired.com
41. Mahalo.com
42. StumbleUpon.com
43. Meetup.com
44. Ustream.tv
45. Technorati.com
46. MediaFire.com
47. FindArticles.com
48. Mozilla.org
49. SnagAJob.com
50. Blinkx.com