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eBay refreshes mobile apps and homepage to tell stories, create community

EBay is rolling out of a mobile update and is refreshing one of its online experiences today in hopes of creating a customer experience it describes as hunting for treasure and being part of a connected commerce community. For frequent eBay users, the updates may appear minor, but the language being used by eBay’s President Devin Wenig hints at where… Read More


Microsoft Bing adds another Pinterest feature to image search, hints at more social integration

For the second time this year, Bing has added a Pinterest feature to its image search. Now when you search for certain topics on Bing images, Pinterest boards will show up on the right hand panel as “Image collections.” For example, when you search for “Halloween decorating ideas,” on Bing now, Pinterest boards created by… Read More


Bing adds ‘Pin It’ Pinterest feature to image search

Bing is making “Pinning” to Pinterest easy. Today the Microsoft search engine introduced a “Pin to Pinterest” feature that allows users to pin images straight from Bing to their Pinterest boards. The goal is to save people time and remove the need for extra bookmarklets in the browser. The inspiration for Microsoft came when they invited… Read More


Pinterest just ‘acqui-hired’ Seattle startup Livestar, dev team moving to San Fran

Pinterest, the fast-growing social networking startup that raised a $200 million funding round last month at a reported $2.5 billion valuation, just gobbled up tiny Seattle startup Livestar for an undisclosed price. What’s interesting is that many are already labeling the deal an “acqui-hire” — meaning Pinterest was more interested in the people than the… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Pinterest rival Clipboard looks to make screenshotting a breeze

If you’re tired of taking those messy screenshots and arduously cropping them to the perfect size, the solution may be here. Clipboard is a Bellevue-based company that allows users to cleanly grab images or boxes of text from anywhere on the Internet and save them to folders on the site. The service often draws comparison to Pinterest, which was… Read More


The 10 social media tools that every startup must have

Social media has revolutionized the way we communicate. With the revolution has come insane amounts of data, analytics and information about customers, followers and users. How can companies leverage this social media data in ways to help analyze parts of their business? That’s part of what Andy Boyer included in his talk about social media… Read More

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Zappos to let Pinterest users show picks via PinPointing

With all the social networking and such online it was only a matter of time until shopping got more into the act, too. Zappos has announced a new page called PinPointing that recommends products based on Pinterest posts. As Bloomberg reports, San Francisco-based Zappos Labs created PinPointing, which loads Zappos products — shoes, clothes, etc…. Read More


Study: 40 percent of top brands active on Instagram

Instagram, the image-sharing social network that’s in the process of being acquired by Facebook for $1 billion, is getting active participation from 40 percent of the world’s top 100 brands, according to a new report this morning from Seattle-based social media analytics startup Simply Measured. The report calls the engagement “very impressive,” given Instagram’s relative… Read More


How I used Pinterest to plan my wedding

Planning a wedding can be a dream come true. I was lucky enough to find the right person and was super excited to get engaged last July and begin planning our destination wedding. Being a busy real estate agent in Seattle and knowing no one in Maui, I was quickly overwhelmed by the process and… Read More


Why Facebook may surrender users to niche social networks

What do you recall seeing in your Facebook feed recently? The following are recurring items in mine: an e-card character inventory of a melancholic young woman who has sobered up barely enough to realize her iPad is actually an Etch-a-Sketch; side-by-side comparisons of an ad for a Whopper and an actual Whopper; a funny-cuz-it’s-true reminder… Read More