Daily Archives: November 29, 2012

Shopping Habits: Digital And Traditional Shopping Behavior – Infographic

Do you have an addiction for saving money with coupon codes and online coupons? Does your addiction motivate you to find and sort through all the newspaper and mailbox coupons that you can get your hands on? You are a coupon clipper. You save to live and live to save. It’s what you do.

Alright, coupon clipper, you are recognized and respected. Now, put those scissors down for a second and ask yourself, “Is there a better way to save?” Maybe you could change and use a more virtual coupon approach? Use this fun infographic to assess your techno-savvy and determine if, as a modern consumer, you could be utilizing other avenues to save. Scroll through this graphic to reassess and revamp your coupon clipping approach. You’ve got money to save.

Source: Valpak.com

Amanda Ply: “I Secretly…” – Must See Music Video

One afternoon at the age of six years old Amanda Ply walked into a gift shop with her mother. There was a snow globe that caught her attention, playing Beethoven’s “Fur Elise”. After returning home, Amanda found an old junky keyboard her family had in the house and began to teach herself the song by ear. She started to train herself to play songs she heard on the radio and her family started to take notice of her unique ability… Learn More About Amanda Ply

Court Orders Twitter To Continue Providing Data To PeopleBrowsr

Source: Mashable.com – Court Orders Twitter to Continue Providing Data to PeopleBrowsr.

In another example of Twitter‘s growing contentious relationship with its partners, a judge ordered the company to continue providing its data directly to PeopleBrowsr.


PeopleBrowsr has used Twitter’s data for the past four years to create products like social media scoring platform Kred and Playground, a cloud-based social analytics platform. The company argued that being cut off from Twitter’s Firehose Analytics would cause irreparable harm to its business. A San Francisco Superior Court judge agreed yesterday and granted PeopleBrowsr a temporary restraining order. A hearing date for the preliminary injunction has been set for Jan. 8.


“We relied on Twitter’s promise of openness when we invested millions of dollars and thousands of hours of development time,” wrote Jodee Rich, Founder and CEO of PeopleBrowsr, on the company’s blog. “Long term supply is essential as this industry matures. We made this application to ensure full unrestricted access to the Firehose for our enterprise and government clients.”


Twitter responded with the opposition statement below. The crux of the company’s defense is that its business has matured from a handful of data customers including PeopleBrowsr to “hundreds” today. Twitter would prefer that PeopleBrowsr gets its data through three third parties — Topsy, Gnip and DataSift. Twitter used unusually blunt language to swat away PeopleBrowsr’s claim:


This is Contracts 101. Although PeopleBrowsr attempts to dress its case up as some sort of grand antitrust or interference case, it is not. The operative facts could not be simpler, or more dispositive. PeopleBrowsr and Twitter negotiated, at arm’s length, an integrated contract with a one year term, after which either party could terminate at will after giving 30 days’ notice. Twitter has exercised that contractual right. PeopleBrowsr attempts to ignore the plain language of the contract by imagining completely different contract, arguing that ‘Twitter contracted to provide an open ecosystem.’ … Nonsense.


The dispute comes after the social network has put a tighter leash on API partners to deliver a “consistent Twitter experience” across various platforms. So far, the biggest result of the change is the termination of Twitter’s LinkedIn partnership in June. The company is also considering dropping support for third-party image hosts, according to a September report in BuzzFeed.


Central to the disagreement is a question of philosophy. Some third parties believe they played a role in Twitter’s success and deserve payback, but also that Twitter is an “information utility” as co-founder Jack Dorsey dubbed it earlier this year. On the other hand, Twitter believes it should control its own brand experience and shouldn’t be burdened with the task of giving special treatment to some when its list of partners keeps expanding.


What do you think? Let us know in the comments.


2012-1.11.28 Opposition to Application for TRO


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