Social Media Zeitgeist – May 22nd, 2009
Here are my favorite links from around the web for May 22, 2009. Because this space moves so fast, I wanted to surface great content rather than try to comment on everything. Have a great weekend!
- I finally understood FriendFeed’s potential after watching this. Robert also talks about feedly.com, which improves usability over Google Reader.
- Christophe Langlois has been doing this watch for a while, and it’s something I watch for regularly. He tracks 121 Twitter accounts of financial institutions. The companies with the most followers are Somerset Mortgage Lenders (6,075), Wachovia (3,620), ING Direct (2,933), HR Block (2,831), and USAA (2,740).
- I really enjoy watching what ING Direct is doing for banking on the web.
- The twitter buzz was one of paranoia, freaking out that mint would invade people’s privacy. Personally, I’m a huge fan. I believe it’s a consumer benefit to compare your own personal data to that of your peers (aggregated anonymously).
- It all comes down to the details; as Malcolm Gladwell suggested in The New Yorker, ideas are everywhere and execution is king.
- Writer Rick Aristotle Munarriz challenges fellow Motley Fool writer Tim Beyers his argument on why Twitter will beat Facebook in 140 characters
- The Tweet: “Dell and Amazon sell goods via Twitter. Tweeps find homes and jobs and create companies. Businesses don’t depend on Facebook.” – Tim Beyers (@milehighfool)
- A great tee-shirt at Amazon sparked some really funny customer reviews. According to my buddy Sevick, this has been around for a while…I learned about it this week while listening to CNet’s BuzzOutLoud Podcast
- Excerpt from A Customer Review: “So I’m looking for threads that say, ‘Hey baby…I’m real boss!’ when I stumble upon this epic creation….I mean, one wolf howlin at the moon is major…but three???” – T. Guymon at Amazon
Have a safe Memorial Day 2009!