Top Websites of 2009 !!

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Sites to Visit

  1. Flickr
  2. California Coastline
  3. Delicious
  4. Metafilter
  5. popurls
  6. Twitter
  7. Skype
  8. Boing Boing
  9. Academic Earth
  10. OpenTable
  11. Google
  12. YouTube
  13. Wolfram|Alpha
  14. Hulu
  15. Vimeo
  16. Fora TV
  17. Craiglook
  18. Shop Goodwill
  19. Amazon
  20. Kayak
  21. Netflix
  22. Etsy
  23. Property Shark
  24. Redfin
  25. Wikipedia
  26. Internet Archive
  27. Kiva
  28. ConsumerSearch
  29. Metacritic
  30. Pollster
  31. Facebook
  32. Pandora and Last.fm
  33. Musicovery
  34. Spotify
  35. Supercook
  36. Yelp
  37. Visuwords
  38. CouchSurfing
  39. NameVoyager
  40. Mint
  41. TripIt
  42. Aardvark
  43. drop.io
  44. Issuu
  45. Photosynth
  46. OMGPOP
  47. WorldWideTelescope
  48. Fonolo
  49. Get High Now
  50. Know Your Meme

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Buzz, Content and Brand Community Building > The Hypercube

50 new Nissan Cubes are driving off dealer lots this month. Each one’s being driven by a brand advocate, the reward for months of creation and promotion by musicians, DJs, dancers, programmers, designers, bloggers, podcasters, poets, writers and artists, and all kinds of creative thinkers. Nissan openly called The Hypercube a social media marketing experiment, choosing to invest only in this channel, and is now pleased to announce (or tweet, perhaps) the successful proof of their thesis.

Nissan Canada’s creative agency, Capital C, went beyond the boilerplate hey-make-us-a-video and please-retweet-our-propaganda “campaigns” that are all too common these days, by offering prizes on which creative minds could really envision spending time and effort.

Continue reading about the program and its outcome…

The Contest

Of 7000 applicants, 500 elite were given Hypercube canvases to audition for the mass public, stumping for daily votes with photos and animation, video, poetry and song. Competitors even took their campaigning offline, including Telma “TSwizz” Costa, who created and distributed pins to drive traffic, and Sean “Cube Man” Williams who literally drove offline traffic in his homemade cardboard Cube costume.

You can view all of the winning canvasses at thehypercube.ca. Here is just one of the intense and daily updated canvases:

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The Platforms

The Hypercube site was just the town hall of this experience, though, as competitors posted images to Flickr, tweeted up a storm, created videos on YouTube…

…built web pages and blogs, and invoked social graphs from their other communities. For example, contestant Andre Molnar looked to leverage the passionate Drupal community, by promising to create the “Drupliconcube,” a Nissan cube “decked out in Druplicons, spreading the Drupal love to the streets.

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More than just pleas for votes, these daily updates became meaningful interactions between the competitors. Williams sent out a YouTube dance-off challenge to his fellow participants, and created this mashup:

The Outcome

Such a momentous story had to end with an explosive climax, and on June 24, it did just that. Contestants gathered with friends at events simulcast in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Contestants performed live between DJ sets and mingled over drinks, until winners were announced across the country via big screen video.

But the real prize goes to Nissan Canada, who now has tons of authentic content to work with, generated by skilled creatives at a low cost. The winners are required to update their canvasses twice a month for the next year, but the brand will get a lot more than that, I predict, as these content generators are eager to share their experiences on the road.

Moreover, this campaign was just the spark, a great success already, but the story of the Nissan Cube and the CubeCommunity is just beginning. Cubecommunity.ca teases us with a “coming soon” page, but the long-term strategy is obvious, as the community has all of the core requirements, starting with deeply invested and passionate community leaders.

All too often, big brands create deep connections with new communities, but then drop these connections as soon as their campaign is over. Nissan has demonstrated how to think and plan long term; find–no, create passionate advocates who themselves created a plethora of content and awareness; and build a brand in partnership with their customers. I’m happy to admit, the bar’s just been raised for “social media marketing.”

Packaging Design: If Harry Potter Did!!

Check out this unboxing video for the Samsung WB1000. Ok, it’s a spoof but a very clever one. I was fooled at first and I don’t think I was the only one judging by the comments.

The interesting thing is that the video is posted in two places. On Samsung’s Youtube page, as well as a regular user edanhush184, who seems to be getting more views than Samsung’s page.

And what exactly is “unboxing”? One of the most celebrated geek rituals…

“It begins with a rush right from the moment of purchase, whether online or off, to the foreplay of opening the package, examining its contents, and ends with the exhilarating finish of turning on and using your tech toy… Think Lolcats riding rainbow rollercoasters; the sensation in the pit of your stomach…that unforgettable.” Jank (nixiepixel.com)

New stuff in Gmail Labs!

New stuff in Labs! |    What’s new in Gmail?

New in Labs: Photo previews, offline access, and more

Try out these and other experimental features from the Labs tab under Gmail Settings:

  YouTube, Picasa, Flickr, and Yelp previews 
Instead of just links, see previews of photos, videos, and reviews right in your email.
  Undo send
Oops, hit “Send” too soon? Give yourself a grace period of a few seconds to cancel sending, then edit your message before sending again.
  Tasks mobile
Take your to-do list everywhere you go. Just go to gmail.com/tasks from your mobile browser.
  Offline
Make Gmail work even when you’re not connected to the internet.

What’s been keeping Google Gmail Team busy…

Labels: auto-complete and “move to”
The buttons and menus at the top of your inbox look a bit different: there’s a new “Labels” button that makes labeling messages even easier. Turn on keyboard shortcuts and hit “L” to bring up your labels, and auto-complete will take it from there. Use the “Move to” button to label and archive in just one step — just like you would with a folder. Learn more
Gmail stickers
Send in a self-addressed stamped envelope, get back some free Gmail stickers. We may be all about speedy electronic communication, but this time we’re going old school with snail mail. Send in your envelope, postmarked by February 14th, 2009, to: Send me some Gmail stickers already, P.O. Box 391420, Mountain View, CA 94039-1420 Learn more
Fast PDF previews
Now you can preview PDFs right in your browser without waiting for them to download and open in another application. Just click the “View” link next to any .pdf attachments you receive.
New in Labs: Tasks
Keep track of what you need to do with a lightweight task list right inside of Gmail. Just click and type to add new tasks, convert emails into tasks, and (most satisfyingly) check them off as you’re done. Once you turn on this Labs feature, look for the Tasks link to the left of your inbox under Contacts. Turn on tasks and more from the Labs tab under Settings. Learn more
New in Labs: Text Messaging in Chat
Send SMS text messages right from Gmail. You chat from your comfy computer and reach your friends on the go; they get your messages as texts and can peck out replies on their little keyboards. Turn on SMS text messaging and more from the Labs tab under Settings. Learn more
Spice up your inbox with Gmail Themes
From minimalist grays to dynamic mountain landscapes, choose from over 30 options to personalize the look and feel of your Gmail account. To get started, check out the Themes tab under Settings. Learn more 

Talk face to face with Gmail voice and video chat
See and hear friends and family right from within Gmail. All you need is a webcam and a small download that takes seconds to install. Learn more
15 new Labs features to try out
There’s a whole lot more to play with in Gmail Labs, our testing ground for experimental features. Google Calendar and Docs gadgets, a forgotten attachment detector, advanced IMAP controls, and canned responses are just a taste. Turn on these and more from the Labs tab under Settings. Learn more
Gmail on Android
Gmail is now available on the world’s first Android-powered phone, the T-Mobile G1. All of the features you love about Gmail on your computer, plus real time push email so you never need to refresh your inbox. Learn more
Emoticons – they’re not just for chat anymore
Express yourself with emoticons from  to  or even . Click the  button when composing a message in “Rich formatting” mode, or choose the new emoticons tab in chat, and express yourself to your ‘s desire. Learn more
Gmail for mobile 2.0
Save multiple mobile drafts, compose and read recent email offline, use new shortcut keys and more. Download Gmail for mobile 2.0 for your BlackBerry or J2MEphone by going to m.google.com/mail in your mobile browser.
Gmail Labs: A testing ground for experimental new features
Try out features in development and let us know what you think. To get started with Labs, click the Labs tab under Settings. Learn more
Gmail has a new look on the iPhone browser
Now with auto-complete when composing, automatic refreshing, and faster load times when viewing email. Learn more
More friends are more fun. Gmail welcomes your AIM® friends.
Now you can talk to your AIM® friends using an integrated chat list right inside Gmail. Learn more  

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Colored labels
Better organize your email with new colored labels. Just click the color swatch next to each label to assign a color. Learn more
Group chat
Chat with multiple people without multiple windows. Invite your friends to a group discussion. To start a group chat, click ‘Group chat’ from the ‘Options’ menu when chatting. Learn more
New emoticons
Start sending richer expressions to your friends. Learn more
Free IMAP
Sync your inbox across devices instantly and automatically. Whether you read or write your email on your phone or on your desktop, changes you make to Gmail will be seen from anywhere you access your inbox. Another way to use Gmail on your iPhone is through the browser. By going to m.gmail.com you get the full Gmail experience including conversation view, search, and more. Learn how to set up IMAP on other devices.  

Set up IMAP on your iPhone. Watch the video

  • View as slideshow
    Now you can open PowerPoint attachments as slideshows, without having to download anything. Just click “View as slideshow” next to the .ppt attachment you want to preview. Since you can open .doc and .xls attachments with Google Docs and Spreadsheets too, there’s no need to leave your web browser to check out your Gmail attachments. Learn more
  • Increased attachment limit– 20 MB!
    Now you can start sharing more of those home videos, large presentations and files you just can’t seem to get smaller. We have doubled the allowable attachment size to 20 MB to make your Gmail space even more useful. Learn more
  • It’s a Gmail party and everyone is invited! 
    You can still invite your friends to enjoy Gmail’s spam protection, 5GB free storage and other great features, but now you can also just tell them to visit www.gmail.com and sign up without an invitation.
  • Get mail from other accounts
    Now Gmail can check for the mail you receive at your other email accounts. You can retrieve your mail (new and old) from up to five other email accounts and have them all in Gmail. Then you can even create a customized ‘From:’ address, which lets you send messages from Gmail, but have them look like they were sent from another one of your email accounts. Please note that you can only retrieve mail from accounts that have POP3 access enabled. Learn more
  • Embarrassment-reducing new message notifications 
    Ever replied to a message only to find out that someone sent a better, smarter reply right before you? Now, if someone sends a reply while you’re in the middle of reading a conversation (or replying to it), you’ll get a notification that a new message has arrived. Click “update conversation” to see what you’ve missed.
  • Forward all
    When viewing a conversation, use the new “Forward all” link on the right if you want to forward the entire conversation instead of just one message.
  • Chat even when your friends are offline
    Chatting in Gmail just keeps getting better. Now, if you’re chatting with a friend who goes offline, your friend will be able to see whatever you were typing the next time he or she goes online.
  • Get Gmail on your mobile phone
    Download it once, and start accessing Gmail on your phone with just a click or two. To try it for yourself, point your phone to gmail.com/appLearn more
  • Voicemail
    Your friends can leave you a voicemail using Google Talk. The voice message is sent to your Gmail account as an audio file that you can download or play right from your inbox. Learn more
  • Reply by chat
    When you’re about to (or in the middle of a) reply to someone, and you see that person online, you can just send your reply as a chat message. And if you’ve chosen to save your chat histories, then your chat even gets threaded with that original email conversation. Learn more
  • A picture’s worth a thousand words
    With contact pictures in Gmail, you can pick ones for yourself, see which ones your friends have chosen, and set certain pictures to show up for specific people in your Gmail account. Best of all, you can even send picture suggestions to your friends. Learn more
  • Gmail Chat
    Get in touch with your friends instantly, from right inside Gmail! It’s the biggest thing to happen to Gmail, since well, Gmail. Learn more
  • Vacation auto-responder
    Set an auto-response so that if you’re lying on a beach or taking a train across Siberia, your friends will know you won’t be checking your email. Learn more
  • Contact groups
    One of our most-requested features is finally here! Now you can send messages to a group instead of having to pick out the individual addresses every time.Learn more
  • View as HTML
    Now you can view Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or .pdf attachments as web pages by clicking the “View as HTML” link instead of downloading. For when you want to see it faster, you’re on a mobile device, or you don’t want to install software just to view a document. Learn more
  • Export your Gmail Contacts and save them in a file for back-up or to use in another account or service–great if you’re using Gmail’s free POP access. Learn more 

  • Auto-save
    Saves to ‘Drafts’ as you’re composing. Never lose a half-written email again.
  • Get to Gmail from any web page
    Download the new Gmail-enabled Google Toolbar. Search your mail or instantly go to your Inbox from any web page with just one click. Learn more
  • Gmail on Google.com
    See your new messages directly from your personalized Google.com homepage.
  • Google Talk
    IM and make free calls through your computer with Google Talk. Your Gmail contacts are even pre-loaded. Learn more
  • Customized ‘From:’ addresses
    Customize the address on your outgoing messages to display another one of your addresses instead. Learn more
  • An application for Macs 
    The Gmail Notifier for Mac OS X even supports plug-in development.
  • Free POP access and automatic forwarding
    Access your mail the way you want to. Download your messages. Read them offline. Use your Blackberry or Outlook or any POP-enabled device. Or forward new messages to an email account you specify. You can even switch to other email services without having to worry about losing access to your messages. Think of it as email portability Learn more
  • Import Contacts
    Move all your contacts from Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, and others to Gmail in just a few clicks. Learn more
  • Signature options
    From the settings page, create a signature that’s automatically added to the end of all your outgoing messages. Learn more

What is YouTube?

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YouTube, LLC is a video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. YouTube was created in February 2005 by three former PayPal employees. In November 2006, YouTube was bought by Google Inc. for 1.65 billion dollars, and is now operated as a subsidiary of Google. The company is based in San Bruno, California, and uses Adobe Flash Video technology to display a wide variety of user-generated video content, including movie clips, TV clips and music videos, as well as amateur content such as video blogging and short original videos.

Most of the content on YouTube has been uploaded by members of the public, although media organizations including CBS and the BBC offer some of their material via the site. Unregistered users can watch the videos, while registered users are permitted to upload an unlimited number of videos. Videos that are considered to contain potentially offensive content are available only to registered users over the age of 18. The uploading of videos containing defamation, commercial advertisements, copyright violations and material encouraging criminal conduct is prohibited by YouTube’s terms of service.

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