E-Commerce & Social Networking Week in Review December 29, 2012

Straight from the source, here’s what happened in the world of e-commerce, social networking and selling online in the past week:

  • Happy Holidays from eBay Partner Network
    It’s crazy to think that in just a few days, 2012 will be coming to an end. It’s been an amazing year here at eBay Partner Network. For starters, we built relationships with tons of new publishers and got them up and running in our program. Internally, we built out an entire team in our new Seattle…
  • Gangnam Style Makes YouTube History: First Video to Hit 1 Billion Views
    A million views? You know what’s cool? A billion views.

    Today, a 34-year-old K-Pop artist made online video history when his viral video, Gangnam Style, smashed our records and became the first video ever to reach one billion views. Yup, that’s right one BILLION views!

    PSY’s success is a…

  • Best Presents for Writers
    Raise your hand if you’ve been gifted a journal in the past. I bet you have one arm up — maybe two. For writers, a fancy pen or notebook is a thoughtful gift, but you may not be the first or the only one with this idea for the writer in your life, so here [...]
  • Lulu’s 13 Days of Writing Song – Day 7 Video
    On the seventh day of writing my true love gave to me… Add some joy (and discounts) to your day with our silly short video. Happy Holidays! To check out Lulu’s 13 days of deals, visit the landing page here: Thirteen Days of Deals
  • Year in Review: Top 3 Posts – 2nd Place
    Our year in review continues, where we’re looking at our top three most popular posts from 2012. Last week we reshared our third place winner, 10 in 10: Google Chrome. Coming in second is another piece from our 10 in 10 series, this time our tips for using Google Calendar.

    *    …

  • Lulu’s 13 Days of Writing Song – Day 6 Video
    On the sixth day of writing my true love gave to me… Add some joy (and discounts) to your day with our silly short video. Happy Holidays! To check out Lulu’s 13 days of deals, visit the landing page here: Thirteen Days of Deals
  • Christmas SALE Starting Early at eBay UK – Up to 50% off from Top Sellers
    Ho ho ho Merry Christmas one and all! The big day is just around the corner and you’d have to be living under a giant humbug if you haven’t noticed that Christmas sales have started early here in the UK.

    Not to be outdone, eBay’s Christmas elves have been very busy and just launched a HUGE sale on…

  • Sellers: Offer extended! List for 5¢ in Books, Music, Movies & DVDs and Video Games* through March 31, 2013
    Great news for sellers! This special 5¢ Insertion Fee offer on select Fixed Price listings using the eBay Catalog has been extended through March 31, 2013: List in Fixed Price format in the Books, Music, Movies & DVDs, or Video Games* categories Create professional, detailed listings in a snap…
  • The Perfect Gift for that Business Owner on Your List
    Here in the US, 58% of small businesses do not have a website. These business owners could be your uncle, your cousin or your best friend. This holiday season, a website may just be the perfect gift for that small business owner on your list.

    As part of our Get Your Business Online…

  • Your Twitter archive
    It’s no secret: You make Twitter what it is. And if you tweet, you may have found yourself wanting to go back in time and explore your past Tweets. Maybe you wanted to recall your reaction to the 2008 election, reminisce on what you said to your partner on your 10th anniversary, or just see your…
  • News on YouTube: 2012 in review
    When something big happens in the world, the YouTube community responds. Our news partners race to get footage live on the site. On-the-spot reporters upload video directly from their smartphones to let us all know what it’s like to be there. Leaders express their outrage, and their sorrow. And our…
  • Holiday Fun 2012
    It’s always nice to pause and celebrate the holidays with those around you. At Auctiva, we were treated to a delicious dinner party, and a fun lunchtime potluck and gift exchange.

    For our night out, we proved that software employees can clean up nicely and took over a local Mexican restaurant for…

  • Creative ways to ‘gift’ an eBook (since you can’t put it in wrapping paper)
    When we think of the holidays, we think of children ripping off wrapping paper in a near-psychotic frenzy, holding up their gifts, and then profusely thanking their parents (or sometimes not — sweaters from aunts just don’t get treated with that much excitement). Adults tend to be more…
  • Half.com Offering Discounts on Textbook Sales and Rentals
    As December rolls along students from all over are thinking about wrapping up classes and enjoying a well-deserved holiday break. However, once we ring in the New Year, it won’t be long before classes resume and students start thinking about the textbooks they’ll need for the coming semester….
  • Lulu’s 13 Days of Writing Song – Day 5 Video
    On the fifth day of writing my true love gave to me… Add some joy (and discounts) to your day with our silly short video. Happy Holidays! To check out Lulu’s 13 days of deals, visit the landing page here: Thirteen Days of Deals
  • Leekes attracts new customers into its home department store with Google Business Photos
    Leekes is an independent, family-owned business that has been around for 115 years. They operate 5 home department stores throughout the UK, offering quality home furnishings. They recently expanded into Coventry, UK, and wanted to build brand and location awareness. Leekes decided to use Google…
  • When musicians talk, #TheWorldIsListening
    From @Deadmau5 collaborating with one of his Twitter followers to @theRealXtina (Christina Aguilera) taking questions in advance of her single release for #YourBody, some of the most exciting moments in music on Twitter happen when our favorite musicians talk directly to their fans. It turns out…
  • Local success stories: Qué Tiempo grows by 30% by going mobile
    The increase in smartphone sales and mobile traffic makes it more important every day for web publishers to build a mobile strategy for their businesses. Nevertheless, only 1 out of 10 AdSense publishers has a mobile-friendly version of their site. To encourage other publishers to go mobile, Ángel…
  • Twitter for BlackBerry 4.0 update: See all the interactions in your network
    Now BlackBerry will have Connect capabilities on Twitter. New tabs, streamlined design, and simplified navigation makes this the most enjoyable Twitter for BlackBerry app yet.

    Connect shows you who retweeted, favorited and followed you, and gathers all your mentions in one place. And now it’s…

  • Helping Out This Holiday Season
    Last Friday members of the eBay Partner Network Seattle office strapped on hairnets and gloves to help those less fortunate by sorting and packing food for distribution at the Northwest Harvest warehouse. The team packed enough food at the Kent, WA facility to serve over 3,700 meals for families in…
  • YouTube in Rewind: What you were watching in 2012
    It’s that time of year again to pause, rewind and remember the videos, the entertainers, and the moments that captivated you in 2012.

    This year, Korean Pop music transcended boundaries and took the world by storm. Cover songs, parodies, and “do-it-yourself” music videos from all genres…

  • Advertising with Amazon’s Sponsored Products Program
    If you have ever searched the Internet for a business or product, then you are probably familiar with Google’s Adwords. Considered Google’s main source of revenue, AdWords is an advertising product that allows businesses to promote their business or product by placing small clickable…
  • AdWords Express holiday offer extended for a limited time
    (Cross posted from the Inside AdWords blog)

    Still scrambling to stay ahead of the holidays? We want to help you make the most of the last 2 weeks of the year, so we’re extending our offer to double your AdWords Express investment. Just start using AdWords Express to attract new customers to your…

  • A gift for you from Taylor Swift
    When Taylor Swift unveiled her first single on YouTube back in August, you went a little crazy for it — along with the rest of the country. During that same session, Ms. Swift secretly recorded an acoustic version of “We Will Never Ever Get Back Together” as well as never-before-heard acoustic…
  • Film and share videos instantly with YouTube Capture for iPhone and iPod touch
    Life moves fast. To speed up recording, enhancing and sharing videos with your friends or the whole world, you can now use the YouTube Capture app on your iPhone or iPod touch.

    Making sharing fast and easy

    YouTube Capture is ready to record as soon as you open it. When you’re done filming,…

  • This week on Twitter: 17 December
    On most Mondays, we post “This week on Twitter” to alert you to key things happening in the coming week. Whether it’s a live chat with the cast of your favorite TV show, a Q&A with a political candidate or a pro sports team Tweepstakes, keep current about can’t-miss moments on Twitter in the…
  • Coming Soon: Nielsen Twitter TV Rating
    Today Nielsen announced an agreement with Twitter to create the “Nielsen Twitter TV Rating,” an industry-standard metric that is based entirely on Twitter data.

     As the experience of TV viewing continues to evolve, our TV partners have consistently asked for one common benchmark from which to…

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