I’m starting to see an increase in announcements of content management solutions which are packaging up content curation functionality, The functionality allows content editors to search for content sources around a particular topic, and provide various automation techniques to the way these sources are filtered, and presented in an aggregated publication.

The automation tools are improving and are already starting to exert a disruptive influence on the process of collecting online research.

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Life socialises their Timeline maker

Life.com is now allowing people to use their photos and their timeline maker to tell and share stories.

Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and Google users can connect to Life.com using their preferred profile and begin creating a timeline right away. Completed timelines can also be shared on Facebook.

The Life.com editorial staff has created some sample timelines to give you a taste of what you can create such as the vibrant World Cup Winners Throughout the Years

Check it out http://www.life.com/timeline

World Cup Widget

It’s good to see Widget’s being made available to help syndicate content across the internet in support of the FIFA world cup event.

Minicart WordPress plugin

This is a very cool WordPress plugin that allows you to create a single post shopping cart, connected to PAYPAL. 
You can use this for donations, example

[MINICART item="2"]

Or for a product, here I’ve included a product that we sell on the GourmetShopper website, which you can purchase here inside this post.

[MINICART item="1"]

If you use wordpress and would like to install this plugin, you’ll find everything you need here.
The plugin is part of a WordPress Plugin Competition, and you can see & rate the entries here.

Facebook Page widget

Facebook now let you insert a widget of pages onto other sites such as blogs or websites.

Here’s an example of the BRITA facebook page widget that we have developed.

BRITA fan box

The Fan Box as Facebook call it allows people to become fans of your page with 1 click without needing to visit Facebook.

Bushfire widget

I have just created this widget for the Victorian Government in support of the Bushfire appeal, which is now listed on the Premier’s site at http://www.premier.vic.gov.au

2009 digital marketing predictions

Here’s a list of 10 Digital Marketing predictions for 2009.

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1. Mobile apps
Goldman sachs estimates 210 million  iphone apps will be dowloaded by 2010. Much of this will be monetized by the emerging mobile ad market, e.g. www.admob.com

2. Video streaming from mobile
e.g. www.qik.com www.kyte.com www.ustream.com
Soccer mums through to corporate presentations will be beamed from mobiles directly to the internet

News Gaming mashup

MSNBC have released a NewsWare site, which provides an interesting news spectrum which can also be customised into a widget to embed on your blog, social network profile, or desktop.

The news experience includes this spectrum which is very engaging.

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There is also a Newsblaster tool which lets you read the news while you are playing an online game.

To promote this feature, MSNBC setup the world’s first interactive cinema crowd game.

Video search goes regional

Truveo (a video search engine) has just launched several country specific video sites Australia, Brazil, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Russia, Turkey.

This is the top rated section in Australia sports category, which you can “snag” as a widget.



It’s incredible just how much video content is now available, and the ability to create and serve niche channels is quite powerful.

Snapshots

I have just installed another cool widget to this blog from Snap Shots that enhances links with visual previews of the destination site. This gives you the opportunity to see a small snap shot of the destination link as well as interactive excerpts of Wikipedia articles, MySpace profiles, IMDb profiles and Amazon products, display inline videos, RSS, MP3s, photos, stock charts and more.

Snapshots

If you don’t like it, it’s easy to disable, just click the Options icon in the upper right corner of the Snap Shot and opt-out.