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Will Tweet for Food

Delivery pizza is part of the American way of life, whether it’s a party with friends or a late night movie binge, there has always been the traditional ordering process of a simple phone call. In recent months however, Domino’s pizza has taken the ordering process to an even easier and technologically advanced way of ordering: tweeting. Beginning May 20, Domino’s rolled out a “tweet-to-order” system for U.S. customers. Domino’s will be the first major player in the restaurant industry to use Twitter on an ongoing basis to place and complete an order. The company has already seen a huge burst in sales as online digital orders have increased by over 50% and are continuing to climb into the next year. Domino’s will enjoy a “burst of publicity” as social media buzzes with the news, says Rebecca Lieb, digital advertising analyst at Altimeter Group. In the early going, she says, it also gives Domino’s a competitive edge.

 

The process is simple as sending a pizza emoji to domino on twitter @Dominos to place the order. This not only makes it easier for the consumer, but also provides the company with a distinct marketing advantage over other companies who are quickly adapting this savvy style of advertising. This tool has added a much needed feather in the cap of a struggling Twitter, that has been struggling with user acquisition as of late and helps it differentiate itself further from other social media platforms. Whether tweeting an order is something that sticks around or not, the company has made it clear that they are by no means done exploring the different internet platforms social media has to offer, and they will continue to innovate to enhance the customer experience.

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Stay Unique My Friends

For most people, shopping online is a way to discover the best prices on deals on the items they need most. Places like Amazon and Jet.com provide unique discounts and deals for the everyday items, in addition to their vast array and variety of products. For other people however, merely settling for the economic choice is boring and plain. They want to shop the internet in search for items they didn’t even know they needed. That’s where Fancy can help. It’s an app and website that offers a limited supply of unique and creative clothes, electronics, furniture, watches, and things that you didn’t know you needed for prices ranging from as little as a dollar to the extravagant and expensive priceless luxury goods.

 

What makes the site so unique however is that is not curated by the sites admins, but by the global community that purchases and adds items to the site, as well as small storefront stores from around the world. It is not only a online store, but also a social media site where friends can share, recommend, and “fancy” the different items they see at a click of the button. This really allows the more mom and pop specialist stores to their name out on the marketplace, and sell their unique items at a small quantity to people that appreciate quality goods. It also allows the larger retailers to clear leftover inventory and canceled prototypes that never hit the market. For some, it’s simply the joy of discovering that keeps them coming back, for others it’s finding the one of a kind items that will never be sold again and building a portfolio of their purchased goods. This is the Amazon of connoisseur, and it is his to conquer.

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Let’s Explore

Out of the many popular travel sites that can be found online, Kayak.com is regarded by many as the best for finding  the cheapest fare available. The more flexible you and your fellow travelers are on time and destination, the better you or your groups chances are of finding a great deal using kayak. You can search for dates up to three days before and after your ideal travel dates or on any weekends in the next year to maximize the value in the service. If you use the site’s Explore tool, you can scan a world map for all the places you can reach with the limited amount of funding you have for one ticket. It also lets you specify your preferred flight time, vacation activities, and weather.

 

Kayak can also help you and buy your ticket, or not, with its “price predictor,” which forecasts whether fares will go up or down. Enter your desired itinerary and the site will return a list of flight options, along with a recommendation to either buy now or wait for a fare drop. But the tool is not omniscient. Predictions appear with confidence rates and are limited to certain cities, round-trip, coach flights, and specific time frames depending on your departure and arrival cities. In a world where travel prices can reach prices of insanity, it’s good to know there are companies out there that are looking to help the average customer have a quality experience at a reasonable price.

 

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A Sea of Streaming

 

For years it used to be that renting or buying a server was a complex and expensive task that required a lot of networking knowledge, valuable time, and extensive costs. Through companies like GoDaddy and others, website hosting became a cinch, and allowed just about anyone to have affordable access to their own domain and site, without the hassle of setting up a personal sever, and the advantage of multiple severs located across the glob for a fast response time. This is all good and great for the average Joe, but what about big data, I’m talking media streaming, file hosting, and versatile APIs that will seemingly never shutdown.

 

It’s companies like Digital Ocean that are making these big data wishes come true, with fast and reliable servers that can be bought within minutes to supply businesses and individuals with their big data needs for an extremely reasonable rate.  With their company, a user can have a datacenter customized and deployed in as little as 55 seconds to meet the needs for that particular situation. They even give the user a choice if he wants to pay by the hour (streaming a movie or video would be a good use for this) or by the month for maximum value and data transfer. Not only do they provide powerful SSD severs, but spread information out in a “Droplet” manner among their network for even greater speed. Their APIs redirect network traffic between any of your Droplets within the same datacenter using a Floating IP, a static IP address that points to one of your Droplets. With Floating IPs, you can create high availability server structures without a single point of failure.

 

With hosting rates as little as 8 cents an hour, it’s clear to see that the future will give us seemingly limitless data without breaking the bank.

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The Power of Free

 

The Power of Free

It was in the summer of 2006 that singer/songwriter Derek Webb promoted one of his albums for free online, asking very little in return from the thousands of followers, fans, and musicians who provided as little information as name, email and postal code. In just a matter of months, the success of Derek’s musical generosity provided him with a list of 80,000 emails from those who had downloaded the final product. It was after this stunning response that Mr. Webb realized the potential in extrapolating this type of internet business model throughout the music industry.

 

Free music is nothing but commonplace in a post Spotify world, but back in the early years, Noisetrade.com was way ahead of its time when it came to downloadable music. The folks working behind the scenes quickly realized that that their model of free music let artists raise donation money for the content they wanted to give away, and recruit a fan base quicker and more substantially then the normal route that iTunes and CD sales provided. The musician is not only building a larger fan base, but building a “targeted” following. Allowing him to play shows in areas where he knows the people will receive him best.

 

Music isn’t the only source of media that the company is planning to stick to, as in recent months they have received commitment from dozens of authors and novelists who want to give their works to the people, so that their fans will hunger for more. This is a kind of business that could have only evolved from a music internet entertainment platform that is constantly evolving to benefit the consumer and the creator.

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