Get ready, because it’s time for another weekly serving of features.
This week, we got ready for CES. Not making the trip out to Vegas? Don’t worry, we’ll keep you covered here. In the political sphere, social media is playing a different role than we’ve seen before in the presidential campaign, and we’re keeping up with the digital trends. It’s still the beginning of the new year, so we have a few more tech and social media predictions for you too.
Enjoy your weekend, relax and catch up on all of our social media resources here.
- 7 Social Media Predictions for 2012
YouTube in the living room, celebs investing in startups and mobile security threats are among the social media trends that will shape 2012.
- CES 2012: What to Expect
Is this the end of CES? That’s one question we’ll be trying to answer as we walk the acres-long CES 2012 trade show floor.
- 10 Things You Can Fit Into Your 63,206-Character Facebook Status
We measured 10 pieces of text to determine whether they made Facebook’s 63,206-character cut.
- 5 Best Practices for Digital Marketers in 2012
In 2012, the expanding digital industry is destined to affect marketing. Try our five resolutions for marketing success.
- How to Get the Most Out of Google Analytics
Google Analytics is a powerful, free tool for measuring your website’s traffic and engagement. Here’s an overview of the core features and the metrics you should be paying close attention to.
- 5 Fitness Brands Kicking Butt on Social Media
Trying to get fit in the new year? Check out these five fitness brands — they’re all over social media, and their inspiring content on social channels will make you want to break a sweat.
- Positive Facebook Updates Get More Likes, Negative Get More Comments [INFOGRAPHIC]
While positive updates receive more likes, negative updates receive more comments.
- 5 Predictions for Social Media Law in 2012
As more of our social and commercial interactions move into the online social space, we can expect this trend to continue — with new law being made in the process.
- How the Internet Saved Buddy Roemer’s Presidential Campaign
Buddy Roemer, GOP presidential hopeful, is using the Internet in creative ways to gain new supporters.
- 11 Sports Writers You Need to Follow on Twitter
Here’s a look at sports journalism’s most successful reporters on Twitter and how they became social media stars.
- Facebook Timeline Customization: 5 Tools for Killer Cover Photos
Have you personalized your new Facebook Timeline? Here are five tools that make it easy and fun.
- Top 2012 Social Media Resolutions: Share Less, With Fewer People
Did 2011 mark the high point of oversharing? That seems to be the lesson of studies examining New Year’s resolutions by social media users.
- Have 2 Minutes? Check Out Who Has Access to Your Social Media Accounts
Israeli entrepreneur Avi Charkham compiled direct links to permissions pages for eight different social networks into MyPermissions.org.
- The Iowa Caucus, as Told by Twitter
Follow Mashable to see how politicians, journalists and citizens are tweeting about the Iowa caucus and giving people unprecedented access.
- The Year in Mashable: What It’s Like Inside a Fast Growing Media Company, And What to Expect in 2012
Here’s a sneak peek into 2011 from inside Mashable — and some dates for your calendar in 2012.
Business & Marketing
- Why College Is Still Relevant in the Age of Free Information
Given the debate around the value of a college degree, it’s important tease out the exact benefits that you’d get from a college experience.
- 4 Online Secrets for Getting Amazing Flight Deals
The cheapest time to travel each year is during January and February. Mashable offers more tips for getting the best flight deals.
- How to Design an Ecommerce Site to Maximize Sales
When designing your ecommerce website, keep these three basic principles in mind to streamline your customer’s online shopping experience.
- What Does PayPal President Scott Thompson’s Departure Mean for eBay?
PayPal president Scott Thompson’s departure to Yahoo comes at a sensitive time for eBay.
- 10 Easy Customer Engagement Ideas for Small Business
How can you create a customer experience that sets you apart from the competition and keeps customers coming back? We asked 10 entrepreneurs.
- The Pros and Cons of Android Fragmentation
Building an Android app may mean developing for multiple devices, app stores and screen sizes. This might be good news or bad news for developers, depending on how you look at it.
- 6 Turnkey Tools for Content Distribution
These five solutions can help publishers build an audience with the push of a button.
- 6 Tips For Building a High Quality Blog Following
It’s easy to get excited when the occasional “viral” post brings in a spike of traffic. But often that traffic melts away as quickly as it arrived.
- 6 Steps for Protecting Corporate Reputation in the Social Media Age
While social media is great for marketing, it can also become a firestorm of angry customers. Here are some ways to protect your brand.
- What Job Seekers Need to Know in Today’s Digital Market
Think you have a pulse on what works in the digital job market? Check your strategy with these helpful tips.
Tech & Mobile
- 10 Ways to Refresh Your Digital Life for the New Year
The New Year offers a fresh start. It’s a fantastic time to reset your goals, aims and ambitions. It’s also a great opportunity to refresh your digital life.
- 5 Augmented Reality Apps for Reporters Abroad
With the latest generation of augmented reality apps, you can use your smartphone camera to get more information and translations of text on objects, including signs and menus, on the go.
- Everything You Need to Know About CES [INFOGRAPHIC]
In anticipation of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we’ve got a handy infographic packed with interesting stats about the yearly Geek-a-Palooza.
- Why Tablet Publishing Is Poised to Revolutionize Higher Education
Higher education can benefit enormously by rapidly adopting tablet devices and interactive digital publications.
- 5 Predictions for Online Data in 2012
In the spirit of the new year, check out these five online data predictions for 2012 — and discover which of last year’s didn’t pan out.
- Mashable’s Digital Predictions for 2012
What’s in store for this year in tech, social media, gaming and more? Check out Mashable‘s predictions here.
- How to Access the Best New Features in Google Analytics
You may want to take advantage of all the new goodies in Google Analytics, but finding them in the dashboards can be confusing. Here’s a breakdown of the new navigation.
- A Brief History of Kodak, American Tech Icon
With the sad news that the company is now struggling to stay afloat, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the consumer history of Kodak.
- How Attaching Smartphones to Microscopes Could Change Global Health
Skylight attaches any camera-phone to any microscope, making it possible to transmit diagnostic images to doctors elsewhere.
- 5 Things Yahoo’s New CEO Must Do Now
New Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson has his work cut out for him. Here are five things he can do to turn around the brand.
- 10 Ways to Trade Your Old Electronics for Cash
Looking to make a buck for your old gadgets? Here are ten tech retailers that can help you out.
- 14 Essential Stops to Make on Your Tour of CES 2012
CES 2012 is less than a week away, and we’ve got an interactive map full of hot tips for those planning to attend.
- How to Mitigate Risk During Software Development
These eight tips can help your company cover its legal bases when contracting a software developer, and vice versa.
- 4 Innovative Solar Tech Projects From Around the World
Check out clever implementations of solar energy in the Netherlands, Finland, London and Serbia.
- Keep it Real: 8 Services to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick
Making resolutions is easy; keeping them is the hard part. These apps and websites can offer help — if you’re willing to pay the price.
- 6 Apps That Block Online Distractions So You Can Get Work Done
Some software programs promise to make you more productive and happier by limiting your Internet use. Here are a handful of good options.
- 4 Big Moves Google Should Make in 2012
Google had a big 2011, with CEO Larry Page leading the company with new focus. Here’s what 2012 may have in store for the Web’s No. 1 brand.
- Reddit’s Guide to Fitness Dishes Out Diet and Exercise Tips [INFOGRAPHIC]
If you’ve made any New Year’s resolutions to get fit in 2012, this detailed infographic from health startup Greatist may come in handy.
- Top 10 Tech This Week [PICS]
Strap yourselves in once again, space cadets, because it’s time for liftoff: It’s the Top 10 Tech This Week.
- 8 Simple Digital Tools for Scanning Documents
Small businesses and startups need quick, mobile solutions for scanning, storing, organizing and sharing important documents. We’ve found eight that do the job.
- 30 Best Google Doodles of 2011
Google Doodles have come a long way from the first artwork. Here are 30 of last year’s favorites.
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