Monthly Archives: April 2012

LinkedIn Makes Comeback with iMobile

LinkedIn just released their mobile version for IOS and it’s a really cool app with a friendly and easy to use interface.  LinkedIn continues to evolve and tread the social media waters amongst the other SMM sharks and giants and does it ever so quietly and eloquently.

There are many reasons business professionals continue to have a presence on LinkedIn, but there are a ton of business people who are missing out on the many opportunities LinkedIn provides and makes available.  Take a look at the new mobile app and interface, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

One of the really cool features is the ability to check updates, read featured group posts, see what other influential friends and associates are up to and more all with a single swipe across the screen. It’s like reading a book and you really do feel like you’re LinkedIn.  (some pun intended)

One of my fellow associate friends and Real Estate associates joined me last week for a webinar and not only demonstrated the power of LinkedIN, he provided these slides and tips for those interested in getting the most out of LinkedIn.  Preview a copy below or view on Scribd here.

Build Your Business With LinkedIn – Zillow Academy IS the NEW closes today. The NEW will be opening very soon and the only difference between the two is the name.  Ribbet .com looks EXACTLY like Picnik and will offer the same exact style and type of features.

If you like easy access to your images, photos and graphics with the ability to create collages, add text overlays, adjust contrast and brightness, combine images, use custom effects and more, then Ribbet is the NEW online graphic/photo/image editor for you. looks like the reincarnation of

“When Google announced Picnik’s impending closure in early 2012 there was enormous public outcry. People had come to rely on the service, that brought “photo awesomeness” to everyone, and they weren’t happy to see it go, to say the least.

Along came Ribbet! Packed with all the original Picnik functionality and built on the same platform that made it great, Ribbet offers a familiar interface and the same ease-of-use that people have come to love. read more…

Since Ribbet has not gone live just yet, you can request an invite to join.  Go for it!

A screen shot of Ribbet (below) demonstrates just how much the NEW Ribbet resembles the OLD and now closed Picnik. It’s amazing to see how much these two look and feel like the same site.  Almost makes you wonder if there isn’t something fishy going on here…  🙂

Facebook Buys Instagram $1Billion

It’s a buying frenzy out there…

and the best place to make a billion dollars is out in cyberspace. 


Mark Zuckerberg announced yesterday that Facebook will now be the proud owners of Instagram at a whopping $1,000,000,000 dollar purchase price.  What is Instagram?

“It’s a fast and fun way to share your photos with friends and family. Snap a picture, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, then post to Instagram.  Share to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr too – it’s as easy as pie.  It’s photo sharing, reinvented.”

Mark Zuckerberg said,

“For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.

We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.

That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.”  Read More of Mark’s Post Here

The immediate responses from Twitter users came in a variety of mixed opinions and emotions:

Meanwhile over on the original Facebook announcement, the most popular (liked) comments seem to create some balance by adding a more positive acceptance of the billion dollar purchase:

No matter what your opinion is of this acquisition, it’s clear that many new and cool popular sites, tools, and services available in the Internet space are quickly being gathered up by the “BIG DOGS” in an online race to be the biggest and best online portal with the most popular online and mobile goodies.

The $60,000 Question is: Should you spend your time guessing and trying to figure out who’s next, or spend your time designing and creating the next “Big Thing” on the web so you too can make a $1 Billion Dollar deposit into your savings account in the next few years?  Just sayin…