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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.

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

3. Syndication and widgets
Content syndication will become more mainstream
Value will emerge in personalized aggregation services
Rss will start to include ads (most rss feeds are ad free at present), this will finally convince the major publishers (news sites) to publish full feeds rather than only the article teaser.  e.g. Springwidgets.com/ and Sproutbuilder.com/

4. Location based services
Thanks to the GPS functionality on the Iphone and other smartphones, the use of location based services will rise turning the yellow pages directory listing businesses on their head.  e.g. iloop.com and brightkyte.com, but I expect facebook and myspace to integrate location based services in 2009.
Social recommendations will add value creating a mashup of recommendation & discovery services. e.g. tribesmart.com

5. Social media matures
2009 will see social media mature as brands, organisations and politicians read about why Obama’s campaign was so successful.

6. Integrated campaign metrics
The holy grail of marketing .. will get one step closer as technology starts to allow a more integrated metrics reporting of campaign media.  This will accelerate the move to digital and digital agencies will start to play the lead role in marketing initiatives & strategy.

7. Personalised Knowledge Discovery
Recommendation engines and personalisation will start to produce some value as people learn about needs they didn’t know they had.
Attention spans will overflow forcing a change in information distribution.  E.g. Twitter will be used for what I call SPR or the “short press release”.

8. Attention Surplus Disorder will be coined as a condition that affects a growing number of people.  Media saturation will start to drive a market for a growing range of filtering services, many of them specialised on a niche topic.

9. Opinion fraud will become common place with companies paying for positive recommendations for their products and services.  Traditional media will continue to publish the worst of these stories, but even that will not be enough to discourage a growing number of companies into this activity.

10. Life Streaming will explode as devices simplify the ability to record experiences. Examples Socialthing.com/ (recently acquired by AOL) and Friendfeed.com/

All in all 2009 promises to be an exciting time for innovation and despite the economic climate, I believe that emerging tools will continue to prosper.

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