From the monthly archives:

December 2008

It's been awhile since we had a good "bitchmeme" flare up on Techmeme, so now is as good a time as any, I suppose. In this case, it's a cross-cultural, multi-continent event involving Mike Arrington of TechCrunch, LeWeb organizer (and TechCrunch partner) Loic LeMeur of Seesmic, and a cast of thousands -- or possibly hundreds.…

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Guest poster Mark Drapeau has a piece up on Mashable that looks at what -- for the social-media sphere at least -- has become an age-old question: should companies and brands be on Twitter? He comes to the conclusion they should not, for a whole bunch of what are very good reasons, including that company…

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Inside Google’s Canadian HQ

by Mathew on December 9, 2008 · 5 comments

I noticed that Andrew Noyes of Tech Daily Dose wrote about the opening of a Google office in Reston, Va. and provided some pics, so I thought I might do the same and write a post about my recent trip to Google's Canadian HQ in Toronto. The search giant has had a small office in…

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Over the past year, Twitter has become a wildly-popular social network, allowing people to stay in touch not just with their friends but also with celebrities like MC Hammer and Shaquille O'Neal, who use the service to talk directly to their fans. For many companies, meanwhile, Twitter has effectively become a real-time market-survey tool. Comcast…

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Is charity the new greed?

by Mathew on December 8, 2008 · 31 comments

Anyone looking for a test case in how Twitter can be used to pull a community together -- apart from little things like the Obama campaign, of course :-) -- might want to consider a recent Toronto phenomenon called HoHoTo. A holiday party for Hogtown geeks and friends started as the germ of an idea…

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