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Location based social network Foursquare celebrated 10 million registered users yesterday but how are businesses and organizations using the platform? I wrote a year ago next month about the incredible potential offered by Foursquar

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e accounts for organizations: following a Foursquare page as a user is like opting-in to view the world through the lens of that organization's geo-annotations. It can be awesome. (My favorites? History Channel and Eater.)



Are businesses getting into it? For one perspective on that question, I extracted some data from the 128 most recent Foursquare Pages that have been created. The 128 most recent Foursquare Page holders have added 728 tips in 311 cities so far. They've amassed a total of over 8,000 Foursquare followers and they came in with some social media experience as well: those organizations already had an aggregate of over 800,000 Twitter followers. Above, a map of all the metro areas around the world that new Page holders have added tips in. Below, more stats.


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The 128 Newest Foursquare Page Account Holders...



Their success on Twitter before joining Foursquare...

  • 17% didn't have linked Twitter accounts at all or have zero followers there
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Facebook allows you to "Attach" links to external content to your Facebook Status Updates, which presents several advantages to simply copying and pasting the URL itself into your update. Namely, the Status Update interface allows you to edit the pre...

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CSS Lint logo CSS Lint is a tool for checking your CSS code. Like JSHint and JSLint (see our previous coverage).



CSS Lint was created by Nicole Sullivan and Nicholas C. Zakas. Based on th

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e conversations thus far is bound to become as infamous as JSLint. However, since CSS Lint is open source, if you don't like the rules, you can host your own version and change the rules.


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Many of the seemingly strange rules (such as "IDs shouldn't be used in selectors") stem from object oriented CSS, a paradigm promoted by Sullivan.



Here's a video by Sullivan on the subject:




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One reason that Google's free "Blogger" platform is so easy to use is that it offers you the choice of literally dozens of preset themes. If you're unsatisfied with one aspect of a pre-existing theme, you need to create a new, custom one to make the...

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Use a proxy when McAfee Enterprise blocks sites on the network.McAfee is a networking security tool that various customers use to protect their network in such markets as homes, small businesses and enterprises. With the McAfee SiteAdvisor Enterprise platform, network administrators are able to block risky websi... by Herman Cruz

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You can burn your email to CD after your messages are downloaded.While Google's Gmail service allows extensive space for your email messages, you may wish to create a personal backup copy of certain ones. Post Office Protocol is designed to put the load of email messages on the user, instead of the server. Typical... by Serm Murmson

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A recent report from Gartner details a spike the firm observed in the number of search queries for the term "PaaS" from users of its website. Independent researcher Louis Columbus summarizes the report on his blog. He notes that at Gartner, search terms are considered a leading indicator of futur

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e IT spending.



The number of searches for PaaS on Gartner.com spiked from around 250 in December to over 700 in January, and have remained between 650-700 in February and March.


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Gartner PaaS search statistics



The spike in interest was likely caused by high profile acquisitions of PaaS vendors by Red Hat and Salesforce.com in December. Red Hat acquired Makara (now OpenShift), and Salesforce.com acquired Heroku.



The spike Gartner saw does not match Google's search trends. Google Trends shows a big spike in April of 2011, with a return to normal in May. Google's spike seems to correspond with VMware's announcement of Cloud Foundry.



PaaS Google Trends



Previously, Gartner revealed that SaaS is one of its top search terms.



We covered the Forrester Wave on PaSS here.


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Posting content from a Tumblr page to an external website can be easily done using an RSS feed that automatically pushes new content to sites that subscribe to the feed. RSS, which stands for Rich Site Summary, is a protocol widely used to syndicate... by Crystal Street

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YouTube allows content providers to broadcast a message to their subscribers. This might be useful to alert your subscribers of news and important updates. Once posted, the bulletin appears on the YouTube homepages of all your friends and subscribers... by Mike Benson

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Earlier this month we had the opportunity to interview Douglas Rushkoff at the Webvisions event here in Portland. You can find that interview

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