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November 25, 2012

Talknowledgy Podcast #108: Black Friday, American Thanksgiving, the business cost of slow performing websites, and more

Phil and Dave talk turkey on this week’s show with coverage of Black Friday and the role Facebook played in this year’s Presidential turkey pardon. We also take a look at foursquare’s dismal 2012 revenue predictions and the latest in the Apple vs Samsung saga.

We have two Hashtag Fails of the week this week. First, we chat about Lindsey Stone’s tasteless Facebook photo that got her in hot water with her boss. We also look at slow performing websites and how much it costs businesses annually when their sites take longer than three seconds to load.

And finally, our YouTube (anti)Hero this week is Nicole Westbrook. Her video “It’s Thanksgiving” has become the third most disliked YouTube video of all time, and it was only released on November 7, 2012.


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November 21, 2012

The social side of Black Friday: Where will you be checking-in? [Infographic]

It’s almost upon us again. That’s right, Black Friday. When our American friends line up for some great holiday deals on the day following turkey and football day. And it’s a big deal. Some wait in line all night for the stores to open to get one-day-deals of around 60%-80% off, even on big ticket items.

If it’s a big deal in real life, it’s a big deal online. Just take a look at the #BlackFriday hashtag. It is filled with tweets of excitement and plenty of businesses trying to get the word out about their great deals. And the tweets keep mounting up. When I took the screenshot below from hashtags.org on November 21, 2012, it clearly showed the sheer amount of Black Friday related tweets going through the roof.

Twitter will be a great source of information this weekend, but the one social network I’m most interested in for Black Friday is Foursquare. Will a Black Friday badge be available? Who will be the most popular retailers? Who’s offering discounts and sales to people who check-in at their store? I couldn’t find many answers online, or through my own Foursquare app (perhaps because I’m in Canada). To be quite honest, the lack of Foursquare specials in my city has led me to stray away from that social network altogether.

But Foursquare has been very popular in the past. Check out the infographic below released by Foursquare that outlines last year’s activity on the network. It shows that Black Friday is the day that sees the greatest number of check-ins at retail outlets. It also suggests that people start arriving at their shopping destinations around midnight of the day before to either stake out their spot in line or to participate in Black Friday Midnight Madness events.

I would like to ask my American readers if they can add some first-person accounts from the Black Friday social media front. Will you be looking for deals using apps or social media sites? Is Foursquare part of your game plan? What hashtags do you find the most value in? If you are a business owner or retailer, will you be offering any incentives to your social media audience? Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving!

November 3, 2012

Talknowledgy Podcast #105: Hurricane Sandy, Movember, Uncle Drew, Star Wars goes Disney, social gaming, and more

Plenty to chat about in the world of news this week. We kick off the show by discussing the social media and tech implications of  Hurricane Sandy, the most popular Halloween candy on social media, and the launch of Movember.

In our “Creepy of Awesome?!” section we look at a new Facebook rumor – Users may be able to place classified ads to display to their friends on the social media giant. The main difference between this new feature, and the existing marketplace function, is you now have to pay to have your ad seen.

Our “YouTube Hero” this week is Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving. He reprises his role as Uncle Drew in a Pepsi Max commercial posted to YouTube this past Tuesday. The first video he did, posted May 2012, received 16 million views. Adding to the interest, Irving himself, wrote and directed both commercials.

Uncle Drew: Episode 2

And we couldn’t go a full show without touching on the US Presidential Election, so here’s our Bonus YouTube Hero this week, courtesy of The Simpsons:

Our “Hashtag Fail of the Week” is near and dear to Phil’s heart. Disney announces a new Star Wars trilogy. What do you think super-nerd Phil has to say about that? Tune in to find out!

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October 28, 2012

Talknowledgy Episode #104: Horses and Bayonets, iPad Mini, Windows 8, RunPee, Iron Man, #BaldforBieber, and more

We have a packed show this week. In the first segment we talk about the final US Presidential Debate – “horses and bayonets” and “the 1980s called”. We also check in with the big tech announcements this week: New iPad (4), the iPad Mini, Blackberry 10, and Windows 8.

Have you ever needed to run out of the theatre to go to the restroom or grab another bag of popcorn? Well, there’s an app for that. This week’s “Creepy or Awesome?!” features an app that tells you when the best time to leave the movie. What do you think?

Phil also checks in with Fiaaz Walji RE: phishing, and we talk about the 25 worst internet passwords. Spoiler Alert: “password” is #1.

Our “Hashtag Fail of the Week” features bald Bieber fans…is it a hoax? Finally our YouTube Hero pits Gangnam Style: Halloween Edition vs the theatrical trailer for Iron Man 3.

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October 20, 2012

Talknowledgy Episode #103: Binders full of women, EA gives away free games, a new YouTube record, and more!

This week we keep pace with the US Presidential candidates and look at the online reaction during, and after, Monday’s Town Hall debate. We chat about the new twitter handles (@RomneysBinder), and tumblr blogs (Binders Full of Women), created before the event was even over.

Big news on the viral video front, Gangnam Style was knocked off of YouTube’s top spot after they changed the way they rank videos. Our #fail of the week centres on gaming giant EA giving away unlimited free games due to a coupon mix-up.

And in our final segment we talk about Felix Baumgartner breaking not only the sound barrier, but also the record for the “live stream with the most concurrent views ever on YouTube”.

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October 13, 2012

Talknowledgy Episode #102: Sony sues their own spokesman, Facebook launches ‘real’ gifts, Apple stock drops, and more

This week we check in with the American Vice Presidential Debate and the “Mansplaining Paul Ryan” meme that popped up hours before the event.

We also stay up-to-date on the smartphone wars, including the announcement that the Galaxy SIII beat out the iPhone 4S at London Awards Show for “Phone of the Year” honours, and how the recent iPhone 5 problems have affected their stock price.

We discuss the new Facebook Gifts Beta launch where you can buy and send ‘real’ gifts to your friends in our “Creepy or Awesome?!” segment.

Our YouTube Hero this week is a video of the Ohio State University Marching Band’s halftime show, which was a great tribute to video games. It was posted less than a week ago and already has over 8 million views.

Our #Fail of the week is Sony, for suing their own ad spokesman. We had a slight tech issue with Seg 4 but Phil was able to recap the major points.

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