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Risks Of Using Social Networking In Business

Social Networking sites such as Facebook, Myspace and Youtube have gained popularity among the younger population. Sites such as LinkedIn, Plaxo and Xing have followed quickly in their footsteps to provide the business friendly social network opportunities.

More recently, companies large and small are exploring ways to use social network site to support and improve sales (Youtube), to find new employees and business partners (LinkedIn) or to monitor their performance and respond to critics (Yelp and increasingly Facebook and Twitter).

However, for information security experts commissum.com, businesses looking to embrace these social media channels and tools in their business need to understand and calculate the benefits and risks before engaging them.

To consider the risks of using social media for your business consider the following:

Be careful using social media for employment vetting purposes for the same reasons that employers should not ask about religion, preferences, age, race etc.

Once a business takes the step of using social media, they are opening up a channel that in most cases you have very limited control of; in fact almost handing over control to the public. How would the business deal with both fair and unfair criticisms and opinions expressed on social media websites and how could its reputation be affected?

Would your employees know what business information can be disclosed on social media websites and could the business therefore be at risk of involuntary information leakage?

Could information on the size, structure of the business and operational details such as IT infrastructure details be used for initial data gathering activities for targeted attacks?

Could the business IT infrastructure be vulnerable to malicious software downloaded from social network sites?

And lastly consider whether the business should monitor the activities of its employees to ensure that security is maintained and resources are not being wasted by social networking activities.

“The risks of using social media encompass all aspects of the business; legal, employment, technical, operational and reputation”, according to a commissum spokesperson.

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Government Looks to Facebook Users for Ideas on Spending Cuts

With 23 million members in the UK alone, the social media site could provide Ministers with a wide ranging source of suggestions from the public with regards to the proposed spending cuts. The growing presence of the political world on social networking is a logical step forward according to SEO experts QueryClick.com.

The ‘Spending Challenge’ profile set up by the government has already received some 50,000 responses to their invitation for spending cut ideas. On the page, users are able to discuss spending priorities, offer their views and vote on their favourite suggestions.

It is proposed that the most worthy solutions will be further analysed by Treasury officials, in addition to the Chancellor George Osborne set to meet some of the contributors to the page to discuss their opinions.

This move signifies a turnaround in the view held of social networking sites by Prime Minister David Cameron. Prior to his election into Downing Street, the PM was deemed to be dismissive of this form of communication. Now however, the government is to make Facebook its primary means of public communication on issues of the economy.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Cameron spoke with Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg to discuss a possible partnership with the site. On a recent visit to London, Zuckerberg was impressed by the level of public oriented online sites created in Britain after attending the London Facebook developer event. One particular project which appealed to Mr Zuckerberg, and one which he discussed with the PM, was the ‘Together We Can’ initiative. It offers communities in the UK a chance to influence the development of their local area.

The idea of integrating politics into the world of social networking, and subsequently creating a series of dialogues between ministers and voters, is a logical and inevitable step forward according to SEO consultants QueryClick.com. The increasing usage of social media, and Facebook in particular, cannot afford to be ignored by governments seeking to better understand and converse with a greater majority of the population.

Social media experts QueryClick.com believe that this process will vastly increase traffic levels on Facebook, and will even tempt first time users to the site. With such an influx of users, the SEO benefits will be strongly felt in terms of the traffic increase, frequently updated information, and the huge potential for information sharing across sites.

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SOKULE Combines the Best Features of Free Posting Sites for A More Effective Social Business Marketing Strategy

A newcomer to social networking, Sokule.com, promises to blend the best features of social business networking sites in order to help businesses boost their online exposure for increased customer contact.

SOKULE Combines the Best Features of Free Posting Sites for A More Effective Social Business Marketing Strategy

Internet entrepreneurs and marketing professionals Jane Mark and Phil Basted launched SOKULE in 2009 in order to create a social media website that was geared more directly to the needs of business owners who were looking for ways to integrate social business networking sites into their marketing plans.

The fact that small businesses face a tougher time in securing the m a s s i v e amounts of marketing exposure that larger companies tend to have is why Mark and Basten designed SOKULE as a social media portal that harnesses the power of multiple free posting sites in order to help smaller companies quickly release information about their companies to many places online.

Each time a user “Squeeks” a Sokule profile update, they can also post the same update at 49 other free posting sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Not only does this help reduce a business owner’s social marketing time, but this m a s s i v e release of information will also help the company catch the attention of search engines.

Increased search engine exposure will go a long way towards helping a new (or existing) business quickly develop a positive Internet reputation. In addition, any time an upgraded Sokule user’s followers decide to upgrade their membership, the user will earn a commission.

The idea helping to grow the Sokule user base can also be profitable is one of the many features that help Sokule to stand apart f r o m other social business networking sites and traditional free posting sites.

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Yahoo/Facebook Deal Brings a Level of Consistency to Social Networking According to SEO Specialists QueryClick.com

In an age when many users are active on a multitude of social networking sites, it makes sense that steps have been taken to link Yahoo and Facebook together in a bid to create a more efficient and cohesive web of networks. SEO experts QueryClick.com see this as a clever move by both sides, and is aware of the potential benefits of such a deal.

Yahoo/Facebook Deal Brings a Level of Consistency to Social Networking According to SEO Specialists QueryClick.com

Yahoo and Facebook have recently announced a site tie-up, reasserting further their relationship in the process.

The dealings between the two began last year with Yahoo’s integration of Facebook’s Connect, a service which allows one to log-in to other services using one’s Facebook ID, as well as allowing users to view what their friends have been reading, watching, and enjoying on the social networking site, and to subsequently receive recommendations from such friends.

Speaking of Yahoo’s integration of Facebook’s Connect, Vice President of Yahoo Jim Stoneham explained that:

“You will be able to see your friends’ activities on Yahoo! and share Yahoo! content…directly on your Facebook stream.”

With the extension of the partnership, users with a presence on Yahoo and Facebook have the ability to update both sites simultaneously as the information on one site is automatically transferred to the other.

QueryClick.com believes that such cohesion and consistency enhances the social networking experience, creating comprehensively accurate profiles for users.

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Dating Website Wants To Pay Your Rent Or Your Wedding

How would you like to have your rent paid for a year or your Cinderella wedding fully paid for? New Dating website company, Gotham Dating Partners Inc., will pay a full years rent or a Cinderella wedding for any couple that is a member for one year and has gotten married as a result of being on our website.

Dating Website Wants To Pay Your Rent Or Your Wedding

Gothamdatingpartners.com is the parent website of niche market dating sites like: Prisonhookup.com, wealthypeopledate.com, Uglypeopledate.com, whitepeopledate.com, multimillionairedate.com and faithfullover.com.

We realize that our goodwill can lead to potential fraud by some members. In an effort to curb the tide of misrepresentation, we ask that a marriage certificate be submitted to verify the consummation.

Gotham dating Partners Inc. is an online social Networking company focusing on the single dating community.

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New York City Businesses bank on America’s Love Affair with Pets and Social Networking

What do Midwest Airlines, Loews Regency Hotel, Paws Pet Resort, Pet Express Pet Taxi, Wagwear, and Gavroche French Restaurant all have in common?

New York City Businesses bank on America's Love Affair with Pets and Social Networking

Well they are all New York City Pet Friendly Businesses that are banking on America’s love affair with pets and social networking to promote their services to the 71.4 millions homes that own pets throughout the US. And, YapStar has given them a creative way to get their message in front of the people that will listen through the YapStar Pet Holiday Contest at http://www.yapstar.com.

Red Magic won the YapStar Contest with 17012 Votes received from social networking activity and public voting from pet lovers in almost every state in the USA and from England, Germany, Australia, Canada, Norway, Portugal, and Mexico. With Magic’s sweet face and beautiful red coat it’s no wonder why he had fans cheering him on to be crowned “The YapStar”.

As sponsors of the Pet Holiday in New York City, these pet friendly businesses have put together a magical weekend of pampering for the YapStar Winner, Red Magic and Diana Dunigan.

Red Magic and his owner Diana Dunigan from Brunswick, GA, will be flying into NYC on Midwest Airlines through their Premier Pet Program which offers special pampering for “Red Magic”. To make sure they fly in style, Red Magic will be toting along his new “Bag on Wheels” from Sherpa Pet Products. Waiting at the curb on their arrival, Pet Express Taxi will whisk them away in their very own pet specialty cab to Loews Regency Hotel in Midtown Manhattan where they will be waited on hand and paw in first-class comfort.

Then off to the Happy Paws Pet Resort; where Magic will enjoy a “spa session” in order to look his best when they go out on the town for a shopping spree at Wagwear, a favorite among preppy pups and their fashion-minded owners. And what better way to end the day then at Pet Friendly Gavroche Restaurant, enjoying Camelia Cassin’s traditional specialties of the French country side under the stars in a garden out back where “Red Magic” is welcome. And, that’s not all! Red Magic will come home from his pampered holiday to a stunning pet portrait painted by Suzanne Berry.

About YapStar.com
YapStar.com at yapstar.com is a local search and review, social shopping and social networking community designed by pet lovers, for pet lovers and the pet businesses that serve them.

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FarmConnect.net – Social Networking for Farmers

A new social media site specifically set up for connecting farms and communities was launched a few days ago.

FarmConnect.net allows farms and those interested in telling agriculture’s important stories to get their own blog, create groups and discussion forums that are either public, private (by invitation only), or hidden (only viewable to invited members).

Farms who might have been daunted by getting their own website can easily set up a group with their farm name and easily keep in touch with friends, family, and their community.

If you are passionate about any aspect of agriculture, create your own discussion group on FarmConnect.net today and start sharing your passion.

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BT Brings Video Marketing To Small Businesses

BT Tradespace, the UK’s first business social networking site, has launched Version 2.0 of the social business network to enable small businesses to create and use video and other social media tools to market themselves and grow their businesses online.

With research revealing that people spend longer on websites with video, BT Tradespace will give small businesses the tools and advice they need to easily record and upload video content onto their online profile to display products and engage with customers. Internet video is also on the rise and is predicted to be over 60 per cent of all consumer internet traffic in the next three years.

Members of BT Tradespace will be given a special offer when purchasing a range of video camcorders. Businesses can get further information at http://flip.bttradespace.com

The complete revamp of BT Tradespace introduces a range of new features to ensure that small businesses can extend the reach of word-of-mouth online, get noticed by customers through influencing their search engine rankings and create more sales on and off the web.

Ivan Croxford, general manager of Digital Marketing Services at BT Business, said: “Online video advertising is continuing to grow as more and more people are using engaging video content to help get their unique personalities across online. We are now giving businesses on BT Tradespace a simple, effective way to market themselves using video.”

Tradespace V2.0 will offer further benefits to small businesses to help grow their online reputation and establish stronger relationships with their customers, partners and suppliers. These include the addition of BT ServiceSmart, a new customer service tool designed to help members improve their customer service. Customers can ask questions or report a problem so that businesses can resolve any queries through the community.

Members can also use keywords for every item they add to their online profile, which helps them to achieve a higher ranking on search engines allowing consumers to find them more easily. Additionally, businesses can track visitors to their BT Tradespace profile using Google Analytics.

Croxford, added: “More and more small businesses are boosting their online presence in an effort to increase their turnover. BT Tradespace is all about making online an accessible and effective sales and marketing channel for businesses, helping them grow their customer base and in return their business.”

Other benefits to members of BT Tradespace include online fans, testimonials and business recommendations and BookItNow, which allows businesses selling services to accept appointments in just a few clicks. Secure transactions using PayPal will also be available to enable businesses to quickly set-up an online store using both images and video to display goods and services.

Businesses using Tradespace will have access to more than 4.2 million stock photos and illustrations so businesses can personalise their online profiles and now also have the opportunity to set-up or join communities to connect with others, share ideas and get advice on a diverse range of topics.

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Lovetropolis.com Promotes New Option for Latin Dating

Lovetropolis.com, an online dating service and subsidiary of The Lombard Company, Inc., is promoting a new option they have added for Latin Dating. They made the announcement this morning from their Bowie, Maryland headquarters to introduce the new service as part of the online dating service they recently started in February 2009.

“In order to ensure a more accurate match and pleasurable dating experience, we have added five new ethnic and religious categories where our users can focus their efforts,” the statement read. “Our goal with this is to offer as many choices as possible to those looking for companionship. General dating pools are not right for everyone. In the case ofLatin dating, many times family structures and language familiarity dictate the criteria for choosing a partner. With our new Latin Dating service, we have found a way to address that.”

In addition to Latin Dating, Lovetropolis.com is also adding Black DatingAsian DatingJewish Dating and Christian Dating. Each of these groups will be able to take advantage of the social networking platform Lovetropolis.com put in place back in February which offers users live chat, webcam dating, blogging, internal secure email, video upload capability from YouTube, and a selection of applications that can help users improve the look of their profile.

“We have used every social media tool that has been developed in the past decade in the development process of this website,” said a company spokesperson. “The end result is a user experience like no other in the world of online dating. You can meet and get to know someone intimately before you even meet them in person. In today’s world, that makesonline dating less scary and far safer for those who prefer to avoid the club scene.”

All five ethnic and religious groups are now available with Lovetropolis.com, and they are building their membership with a number of incentives and referral programs. Foremost among these is a “Free Membership for Life” program they have initiated where you pay a one-time profile approval and activation fee of $17.95 and then no monthly or annual fees for the life of the account.

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No More Playtime: Children Spend Their Free Time Staring at a Screen Instead

A new generation hooked on digital content is shunning traditional playtime in favour of watching TV and surfing the internet, according to new research from uSwitch.com, the independent comparison and switching service. The report also reveals a high proportion of children using the internet and watching TV unsupervised in their bedrooms after being sent to bed, while an alarming number of parents have yet to set up the necessary control measures to protect them from viewing unsuitable content.

In a typical day, outside of school hours children spend an average of 1.4 hours online and 1.6 hours watching television. Not only does this mean that they are spending 3 hours a day staring at a screen, but it suggests that surfing the internet is set to take over from watching TV as the most popular children’s recreational activity.

But where does this leave old fashioned playtime, and are we creating a new generation of internet addicts? Children today have a plethora of digital distractions whether they are in the form of games consoles such as the Wii, or social networking sites such as Bebo, with traditional playtime all but lost. Worryingly, 29% of children now have a computer in their bedroom and almost two thirds (63%) of these use it before going to sleep. Similarly, nearly half (49%) have a TV in their room and 64% regularly watch this in bed.

Despite nearly a third (30%) of parents worrying about information or images that they have found their child looking at on a website or on TV, just 41% of parents always supervise their children using the internet and 11% never do. Over half of parents (55%) leave it up to their children to decide which websites to visit, based on either guidelines they have set or common sense.

Taking the issue of parental control extremely seriously, all major broadband companies offer filtering facilities in their broadband packages, usually for free, enabling parents to have more control over the information and images viewed by their children. Yet over a third of parents (34%) have not set up any filters or blocks on their home internet: 22% believe that it’s too time consuming, and a further 21% simply haven’t got round to setting it up. A third of parents (32%) are unaware of the parental control features available with their service.

Jason Glynn, communications expert at uSwitch.com, says: “In an age where engaging content such as on-demand TV will only increase the amount of hours our children spend online, we urge parents to contact their internet providers to see what controls are available to them. Speed and price should take second place to safety – but with most broadband services including filtering software for free, there really is no excuse not to take action.

“We fully support the measures being laid out by companies to help families tackle this issue, such as TalkTalk’s plans to classify websites with U, PG, 14 and 18 certificates. Our research shows that 8 out of 10 parents would back such a system.”

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New Black Dating Service By Lovetropolis.com

A Bowie, Maryland online dating service owned by The Lombard Company, Inc. issued a statement today inviting African Americans to try their new Black Dating Service. Lovetropolis.com, an online dating service that was launched in February 2009, is rolling out Black Dating along with four other ethnic and religion targeted dating services.

“Our goal here is to provide people with what they are looking for in a partner,” said a company spokesperson. “Members of the African American community who have used our general dating service have been requesting that we add something more specific to race, culture and religious beliefs to make it easier to find a more perfect match. Black Dating is our response to that plea.”

Lovetropolis.com would like to point out that Black Dating is not limited to strictly African Americans, but they are issuing an open invitation to all members of the black community to come and visit their new service. They are even offering free lifetime membership for anyone who signs up now and pays the $17.95 profile approval and activation fee. As a dating service still within its first year, Lovetropolis.com is offering a number of incentives to all in order to build their customer base.

“Right now the price is very low, and memberships are virtually free,” our spokesperson tells us. “We are growing fast though, so I’d suggest that anyone who wants to try our service should sign up now. With the social network platform we’re using, we’ll have to start charging at some point. Anyone who joins at this stage will never have to pay membership fees.”

The other four ethnic and religion targeted dating services offered by Lovetropolis.com are Latin DatingAsian DatingJewish Dating, and Christian Dating. Their social networking tools include webcam dating, instant messages, internal secure emails, Favorites menus, YouTube upload capability, and a variety of apps and custom features to improve the look of a profile page.

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Lovetropolis.com and Couturemoda.com Announce Co-Brand Partnership

Lovetropolis.com and Couturemoda.com announced they are joining forces in an inventive partnership to market online dating services and contemporary fashion. The venture will make available Lovetropolis.com’s full range of dating and social networking services to Couturemoda.com’s savvy shoppers. The campaign will focus on looking your best to feel your best and put your best effort toward your love life. Couturemoda will be able to market its swank designer clothing to Lovetropolis.com’s upwardly mobile user base of over five million. The co-branding campaign will offer the most current trends in fashion and the most compelling range of online dating services in the marketplace.

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Lovetropolis.com will feature Couturemoda clothing in multiple ways, including on a special content page, and drive traffic to the Couturemoda website. Couturemoda will promote the dating website to its single clientele and develop best deals and special packages to be extended only to Lovetropolis.com’s users. To celebrate the campaign’s launch, Lovetropolis.com members are being offered a special discount when they shop Couturemoda.com.

Couturemoda’s owner said, “We are very excited to enter into this agreement with Lovetropolis.com. Lovetropolis.com’s current reach represents a huge market for our designer fashions and today’s most exclusive style trends. We’re confident our partnership with Lovetropolis will drive new users and increased sales to Couturemoda.com.” According to the CEO of Lovetropolis.com, the partnership with Couturemoda will be mutually beneficial. He said, “Couturemoda has always focused on bringing superlative style and unrivaled fashion to its shoppers. With this collaboration, we can also bring Couturemoda clientele unmatched online dating opportunities through exclusive, innovative dating services they can take advantage of only when they join Lovetropolis.com.”

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Christian Dating Service by Lovetropolis.com

Responding to market research and industry needs, Lovetropolis.com, a Bowie, Maryland-based online dating service owned by The Lombard Company, Inc., introduced a new Christian Dating service today as part of their push to attain a larger market share of the lucrative online dating niche market. They are hoping to match the success of their general dating service which was launched in February, 2009, and has already become a major player in the online dating business.

“Christians generally look for other Christians when entering the dating pool. A shared belief system is essential for a happy, long term relationship; and the closer we can match couples up, the more successful their dating experience will be,” said a spokesperson for Lovetropolis.com. “Our ethnic and religion-specific dating services are simply another way we can make sure that our customers meet the person they will be truly happy with.”

Specific niches in the online dating industry have become necessary with the explosion of multiple sites going up in recent years. The success of companies like Match.com and EHarmony has paved the way for others who want a piece of this lucrative pool. Lovetropolis.com though is claiming to have distinct advantages over the others that set them apart.

“Our service utilizes more of the social networking tools that are available today,” our spokesperson tells us. “We have video profiles, live chat features, YouTube uploads, Favorites menus, and applications to spice up a profile. The technology to do all of this is out there for the taking now, and we use all of it to improve user experience. Anyone can claim to be a Christian just to date someone whose photo they like; but when you have multiple conversations via webcam dating and spend some time getting to know someone on an intimate level before meeting, the truth comes out.”

In addition to Christian dating, Lovetropolis.com is also now offering Latin DatingAsian DatingBlack Dating and Jewish Dating. “Be prepared,” our spokesperson tells us. “There’s a lot more where that came from. Our designers and marketing people are working day and night to crank out more sites very soon. We’ll keep you posted.”

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Research: Brits Spend 30 Hours a Week Online

Brits just can’t get enough of the internet when it comes to both their professional and personal lives, according to new research from uSwitch.com, the independent price comparison and switching service. By using the web for work, rest and play, they are clocking up an astonishing 30 hours a week online, with every indication that this is set to soar even higher.

On a typical working day, the average person now spends 5 hours online – 2 hours for professional or work purposes and 3 hours for pleasure and leisure, including online shopping, managing their finances, socialising and emailing family and friends.

Brits are also addicted to the web at the weekends too, spending an average of 3 hours a day online during their ‘down time’. And this looks set to grow in the future as younger age groups come to the fore. 18 – 24 year olds already spend 7 hours a day online during the week, but they supplement this with 5 hours a day at the weekend too. However, almost two in ten 18 – 24 year olds (19%) now spend more than 8 hours a day online at the weekend – barely leaving time for anything else and possibly contributing to rising obesity levels amongst the young.

The social networking boom is one of the main reasons why Brits now spend so much time online. A quarter (25%) of adults say they need to use sites such as Facebook and Twitter at least once a day and almost a third of 18 – 24 year olds (30%) spend more than 5 hours a week on them. People even have to log in while on holiday with over a third of under 25s (36%) admitting to checking these sites while away.

But, while the influence of these sites cannot be under estimated, only 27% of people think that social networking is a good thing – almost half (46%) are still weighing it up saying that for them, at least, the jury is still out. Social networking has also led to a new generation gap – while 41% of over 65s agree that social networking is the future and they should get used to it, over two thirds (67%) aren’t joining in, preferring not to socialise online.

With the recession pushing people to hunt for bargains and people keen to save both time and money, 93% of the population now shops on the internet. Over 38 million people (79%) spend up to two hours a week doing so. Brits are also spending time managing their money online – just 18% say they don’t use their bank’s online services. Over a quarter (28%) spend between one and two hours a week banking online while nearly half (44%) spend up to an hour a week.

Jason Glynn, communications expert at uSwitch.com, says: “This research shows the huge impact that the internet is having on British life. Broadband is rapidly becoming a necessity – as important to our quality of life as gas or electricity. Our reliance looks set to increase dramatically over the coming years as younger generations come to the fore, putting the Government under even more pressure to deliver universal broadband access across the whole country.

“However, we are also seeing growing signs of a ‘digital divide’ and the risk of social exclusion for those who are unable or unwilling to go online. As we move towards ‘Digital Britain’ some groups, such as the elderly, are in danger of being left behind – more work needs to be done to encourage greater take-up amongst these groups, who could otherwise be left disadvantaged.

“As usage increases it is going to become even more important that consumers fully understand broadband packages so that they are able to choose one that is cost-effective and right for their needs – at the moment this could save them up to£140 a year. Ofcom should be pushing suppliers to ditch the small print, tell people exactly what they are getting for their money and be upfront about any limits to their service – unlimited broadband should be exactly that.”

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Free Lifetime Membership for Dating Service At Lovetropolis.com

Lovetropolis.com, a Bowie Maryland company owned by The Lombard Company, Inc., is offering a free lifetime membership for their dating service. For a limited time, there will be a one-time $17.95 profile approval and activation fee; but after that, there are no monthly or annual user fees of any kind. They are claiming they are the only full-service major market dating site making an offer of this kind in their industry.

Free Lifetime Membership for Dating Service

Lovetropolis.com was launched in February of 2009 and is currently providing dating services in twenty three countries. A company spokesperson describes their site design as “unique” and their goal as, “creating a website that is more user-friendly and offers an experience unlike any other on the web today.” He goes on to say, “We set out to provide a better, safer, and more fulfilling dating experience for users who were tired of the same old thing; and we’ve accomplished that.”

Lovetropolis.com offers ethnic dating options for Christian, Jewish, Asian, Black and Latin patrons. They also have a general pool and provide dating “tips” from a number of experts including Amy Waterman, Christian Carter, Scot McKay and Emily McKay. They add in an online magazine, daily horoscopes and lovescopes, member blogs and a feature called Chef Jay’s Romantic Recipes. The additions set it apart from other paid monthly membership sites that offer only profiles and messaging.

“We implement social networking tools to provide additional functionality for members,” our spokesperson tells us. “Lovetropolis.com members can send emails using the site’s internal delivery system, blog and comment, maintain a list of favorite profiles, upload videos from YouTube and add unique gadgets to personalize their profiles.”

Industry insiders are already raving about the newcomer to their market. “Lovetropolis.com is one of the major online dating sites,” wrote Online Dating Magazine, and it’s “The Next Great Dating Service,” according to AloveLinksPlus. Users are also praising Lovetropolis.com. “The free lifetime membership is just icing on the cake. It’s already a great dating site that any user would be happy to pay a monthly fee for,” claimed one satisfied customer. “I’ll never go anywhere else.”

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LipstickRocks.com – The Networking Organization For Professional Women In The DC Area

Network. Network. Network. That’s what everybody is saying these days, but how? One solution is LipstickRocks.com, a networking organization for professional women that offers both an online community as well as regular networking events in Metro Washington, DC.

LipstickRocks.com - The Networking Organization For Professional Women

LipstickRocks, LLC hosts regular theme events for business-savvy women to meet and empower each other and grow professionally. The virtual community on LipstickRocks.comis for professional women in multiple industries to connect and share information. The website is easy to navigate and offers search engine optimization, which is a powerful Internet marketing tool that boosts the user’s web presence. LipstickRocks.com‘s web presence is multiplied by new advertisements on twitter.com, facebook.com, and meetup.com.

Regular meetings provide an opportunity for women to bring friends and co-workers to mingle with other professional women, most who are already on the LipstickRocks.com website. Women come to promote their business, glean from each other, and provide practical advice. Many m embers of LipstickRocks sponsor these networking events to strategically promote their businesses. Premium members of LipstickRocks enjoy other privileges including discounts on advertising, web design, hosting, member-to-member discounts, and consultations.

Most sponsors and business partners actively give back to the community. A percentage of all purchases from LipstickRocks go to charities, such as the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure for breast cancer research. The total amount contributed will be tallied up and displayed on the website at the end of the calendar year.

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Lakestar Media Signs With Sunwin New & Used Motors To Provide SEO And PPC For The Company’s Motor Sales And Bodyshop Website

Lakestar Media today announced that it has driven through a deal with Sunwin New & Used Motors to provide SEO and PPC for the company’s motor sales and bodyshop website. Part of The Co-operative Group, Sunwin Motors operates a number of car and van dealerships and bodyshops throughout the North and Midlands.

Lakestar Media Signs With Sunwin New & Used Motors To Provide SEO And PPC For The Company’s Motor Sales And Bodyshop Website

Lakestar Media’s director of sales Scott Reed said: “We’ve developed a solid and mutally beneficial working relationship with The Co-operative Group over the last 18 months and we’re delighted to provide SEO and PPC for another part of this leading UK retailing group.”

Sunwin MD for specialist commercial business Mike Austin said: “This partnership is based on both companies understanding that the key to success lies in striving to exceed customers’ expectations. We do that for our customers and we expect Lakestar Media to do the same for us. From what we’ve witnessed of how they handle other parts of The Co-operative Group’s online promotion we are confident of success.”

Lakestar Media recently moved into larger premises in order to accommodate an ever-expanding list of clients, and has increased their services offering in order to help cement their place in the digital marketing world as a leading UK agency.

Lakestar Media is a leading digital marketing agency offering a professional and individually tailored service to its diverse and exciting client portfolio. Established in December 2007, Lakestar Media delivers a mix of search engine optimisation (SEO), paid search (PPC), affiliate marketing, display advertising (OMP) and social media services for their customers.

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LoveSilverDoor Is Now The SilverDoor Page On Twitter

LoveSilverDoor is now the SilverDoor page on Twitter, the micro blogging site taking the world by storm. Twitter was formed in San Francisco in March 2006 and since then has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices.

“We decided to take a page on Twitter to u p d a t e our followers on any special offers, promotions or even last minute availability.” Marnie Delaney-Parker, Head of PR and Marketing at SilverDoor said: “Twitter enables companies to communicate to their clients on any news that may be relevant or even just daily life within that organisation.”

Silverdoor sees Twitter as the ideal way of connecting with potential clients to quickly inform them of any company news or new promotions, such as the offer of complimentary parking, broadband and a welcome pack on arrival including a bottle of wine which is available through the Vizion Apartments, one of Silverdoor’s serviced apartments in Milton Keynes.

Other serviced apartments which have already received a LoveSilverDoor tweet include the Buxton Street Apartment in Newcastle and the Keel Wharf Apartments in Liverpool. This was to promote that both of them are offering complimentary coffee all day and a drinks reception four evenings per week. Discovery Dock Apartments and Chichester Street Apartments in London, with their offer of complimentary gym and pool access are also amongst the first announcements talked about on Twitter, however Silverdoor is looking to fully embrace the speed and ease with which Twitter allows companies to provide information to their customers and clients in real time.

“It’s an easy way to give clients a quick reminder of what we have on offer and it’s good to embrace modern communication methods”, said Chris Gee, Sales Director at SilverDoor.

About SilverDoor
SilverDoor international serviced apartments was incorporated as a limited company in March 2000 under its original name of Hotdigs. At the beginning of January 2006 the company changed its name to SilverDoor. The company was formed and continues to be led by managing director Marcus Angell.

SilverDoor boasts an impressive client portfolio which includes many FTSE 100 companies such as Cadbury, MAN Group PLC, ICAP and Serco Group as well as relocation and hotel booking agents.

SilverDoor offers serviced apartments in over 170 locations globally such as London, Paris, New York, Abu Dhabi and Toyko. SilverDoor has also just added to its portfolio with additional new Farnborough serviced apartments and a selection of serviced apartments in Basingstoke as well as new serviced apartments in Maidenhead.

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Online Grief Support Group Reaching Out World Wide

An online grief support group, Angel Families Online LLC, whose website services over 600 families throughout the United States and several other countries across the world, now plans to set up physical offices in several localities. The main headquarters for Angel Families is in Farmington, Connecticut, which houses the first office and conducts local support under the name, Eternally-Loved.

The group originated with a handful of individuals who had created online memorials for their loved ones. The interactive features of these memorials allowed visitors to leave condolences or tributes and even contact the website owners by email. As each read the other’s stories and viewed photos of loved ones who had passed, friendships began to develop.

They started to organize and post their loved ones Birthdays and “Angel” dates (anniversary of death), so that others could visit the memorials on these difficult days and post their messages of support.

In September of 2006, Angel Families held it’s first “gathering”. It was a weekend event and was held at a hotel in Virginia Beach. Over 30 people attended from several US states including people as far away as California. “It was the first time my wife and I actually enjoyed ourselves since our son passed.” Mike Smart relates, “We were free to cry, laugh and talk about our loved ones knowing that everyone else in the room didn’t expect anything from us and they knew our pain, because they were going through a similar pain themselves.” The weekend included a memorial slideshow and a candle-lighting ceremony.

The group has come a long way from that first meeting. There have been several meetings in various states. The website, which was then hosted on free websites, now owns their own Dedicated Server and hosts their own memorial websites for their clients.

The new plan is to plant “Eternally-Loved” group support offices in several key areas. This will enable a more “hands on” immediate approach for support. It will also reach those people who can benefit from the same type of support but may not be comfortable with the computer.

Eternally-Loved offers one-on-one as well as group support. Individual support is offered by appointment. The duration and frequency of support is determined by the client and his or her needs. Support group meetings are held weekly. These groups are designed to meet the needs of people with similar experience. These include parents, children, grandparents, spouses, and friends. Websites, personalized DVD slideshow, personalized memorial gifts, memory cards and year books are just some of the products available.

Memory Walks, Balloon launches and Candle-Light ceremonies are also held regularly. Please visit http://eternally-loved.com and http://angelfamiliesonline.com or call us at 860-676-7736 for more information.

Grief has no time limits. A person may find themselves in need of someone to talk with regardless of how long it has been since their loss. Many times after the loss of a loved one, the survivors experience a change in their relationships. Some family members may feel it is time to get back to “normal”. They do not understand that for the person who is grieving, there is no going back to what others think is normal instead; we will never be the same.

Friends of the grieving individual may become uncomfortable. Some avoid any mention of their loved-one’s name, while others are full of advice and clichés. It may be difficult to watch others “move on” with life, while yours has virtually stood still. Holidays, birthdays and milestone events such as graduations and weddings may trigger deep feelings of grief and depression.

Many people who are having difficulty find comfort in relating to others who have experienced the same pain from a significant loss.

We, at Eternally-Loved, know this pain and we care. We are on this grief journey with you and “together” we can get through it. not “over” it…..we know there is no getting over it. Keeping our loved one’s memory alive is very important in easing the pain and depression. We focus on this and offer several ways to do just that.

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Sir Alan Sugar Voted Most Inspiring Business Figure In The Country

BT Tradespace, the business social networking website, has revealed that Sir Alan Sugar has been voted the most inspiring business figure in the country, according to a recent poll conducted with BT Tradespace users.

The 62-year-old founder of Amstrad and star of The Apprentice scored 34 per cent in the vote, well clear of Naked Chef Jamie Oliver, who came in second with 25 per cent.

Ivan Croxford, general manager of BT Tradespace, said: “People admire how Sir Alan rose from a humble background and relate to the no-nonsense style he shows during his TV appearances.

“He speaks in a language the public can understand and is very focused on what the consumer wants.

“He is a good illustration of how business people have crossed into mainstream popular culture and The Apprentice has definitely helped raise his profile and popularity.”

Users of the 350,000-member BT Tradespace site also voted Victoria Beckham into joint third with lastminute.com founder Martha Lane Fox (both 11 per cent), pipping Marks and Spencer executive chairman Sir Stuart Rose.

The result is further evidence of how the former Posh Spice has transformed herself from a pop singer into a global entrepreneur with fashion, cosmetic and women’s accessory lines.

Ivan Croxford, general manager of BT Tradespace, said: “Victoria Beckham has proved to be a very shrewd businesswoman with a keen sense of what consumers want.

“She has skillfully combined her celebrity status with a drive and determination which has helped to take the Beckham brand in completely new directions.”

Croxford added: “The survey choices show how the celebrity and business worlds sometimes overlap.

“Leading business figures are becoming household names and showbiz personalities are increasingly pursuing business ventures to exploit their star status and enhance their income.

“Sir Alan Sugar epitomises this trend and is a good illustration of how businesspeople have crossed into mainstream popular culture.”

Other stars featured in the poll include Kate Moss, Myleene Klass and Gary Barlow, each of whom received 3 per cent of the vote.

About BT Tradespace
BT Tradespace.com is a 350,000-member social networking for businesses online community which enables businesses to set-up their own free website to sell products and services and connect with other people effectively – both building business and customer relationships.

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