The Digital Life & Times

Google’s New Program Reveals the Benefits of Corporate Philanthropy

Check out the picture on the left. What company does it make you think of? If you thought of Google, then you are correct. For that odd little robot is the mascot for Google’s Android devices. But unlike their mascot, Google is not a robot. It’s a company made up of over 53,500 individuals, each with their own dreams, struggles, and loved ones. And for a company recognized by its small green robot, Google’s made a big step towards reminding people of their humanity.

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Text Messaging Turns 20!

Society has come a long way with communication, from smoke signals to OMG, from SOS to LOL. Two decades ago the first text message was sent, making communication faster. The message “Merry Christmas” was sent from a computer to a cellphone December 3rd, 1992 by Neil Papworth.

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What Babies Named Facebook and Hashtag Say about Social Media

February 2012: Facebook is born. Not the site, but the baby girl, named in honor of the role the social network played in Egypt’s recent revolution. December 1, 2012: Hashtag is #born. Again, this isn’t the Twitter topic symbol, but a little eight-pound girl. These names aren’t very surprising considering the number of social media users: 500 million use Twitter and one billion use Facebook. With massive numbers like these, we’ll likely see a few more social media-inspired names going to babies.

 

While these names may seem amusing, they have something to say about the current state of social media.

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Digital Shopping Frenzy: Cyber Monday Sets New Record

Looks like consumers chose sleep over long lines this year. Americans spent an astounding $1.5 billion on Cyber Monday, the busiest online shopping day in history. The top online shopping sites were Amazon.com, followed by Walmart and BestBuy.

 

 

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Cyber Monday 2012 Shatters Online Spending Record in US

 

When was the last time you gave a coworker a high five? If your company engages in e-commerce, you likely have a reason to be high fiving the whole office (try not to leave anyone out), because Cyber Monday 2012 was ranked as the heaviest U.S. online spending day in history. Americans spent $1.46 billion last Monday, up a solid 17% from a year ago

The data comes from comScore, a global leader in measuring the digital world. So far, we’ve spent over $16.4 billion online this holiday season—up 16% from where sales were at last year.

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Real-life Pinterest Board Connects the Digital to the Physical

A California mall recently added what may be the first real-life Pinterest board, and it’s a clear example of how the digital world can be connected to the physical world, like we’ve seen with toys made for apps and products based on apps. It also brings up some interesting strategic points that may be of interest to digital companies.

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Business Wisdom from “Good Will Hunting”

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Bostonian drama Good Will Hunting doesn’t just provide superb performances and outstanding direction—it also delivers some business wisdom for entrepreneurs. Case in point: a moving conversation between the film’s chief characters—Robin Williams’ Sean Maguire, a therapist, and Matt Damon’s Will Hunting, a young but troubled genius.

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#GivingTuesday Launches Tomorrow

First we had Black Friday, now we have Cyber Monday, and tomorrow we’ll have #GivingTuesday. The first #GivingTuesday launches tomorrow, and its supporters hope it will be adopted as a new tradition for millions of people. What exactly is #GivingTuesday? Read on—you just might be inspired to do some good.

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Transform Your Twitter Account

It’s two cool things in one–a vehicle and a robot. The basic premise of what has made Hasbro’s Transformers line of toys so popular is rather simple. And, as it turns out, you can use the same concept with you or your company’s Twitter account.

Here’s how…

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