E-Commerce & Social Networking Week in Review January 5, 2013

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

  • Is it time to destroy your little darlings?
    Your book is your baby. We get it. That’s why we know how hard it is to objectively edit your work. But just because it’s a hard step in the process, doesn’t mean you can ignore it. It’s important to find a way to remove yourself enough from your work in order to get a [...]
  • Brian Marcus Makes New Year’s Predictions
    One of the long-standing traditions of ringing in the New Year is the practice of making predictions about what’s to come. We see this often in business – sometimes based on wishful thinking, but mostly based on expertise and experience within a given space. This week Brian Marcus, Director of the…
  • #OnlyOnTwitter: The 113th Congress convenes
    Yesterday the 113th Congress was sworn in at the US Capitol. Many of the newly-elected members took to Twitter to share their pride, gratitude (and a dash of awe) to be officially taking office. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be sworn in to public office, these Tweets from some of the…
  • Collaborative Storytelling with Kids
    When I was little, I took stories my parents told me and added to them as I drifted to sleep. My mind would take a story and turn it into something very different. Bedtime stories becomes so much more than just stories in the imaginative minds of children — they become worlds. Thanks to…
  • Make some New Year’s resolutions for your business
    Cross posted from the Official Google Blog.

    When Melodie Bishop heard about our Get Your Business Online program (an initiative that makes it fast, easy and free for U.S. businesses to get online), she jumped at the opportunity to turn her hobby of creating Chicago-themed gift baskets into a…

  • Turning your phone and tablet into the best remote control for YouTube
    We bet you a billion views you can find your way around YouTube faster on your mobile device than on your TV. That’s why we launched a feature making it easy to send videos from your mobile to your TV with just one button.

    This year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we’re bringing that…

  • Join Us for Cocktails at Affiliate Summit!
    Every January Affiliate Summit West sets the tone for the New Year in online marketing by hosting one of the premiere conference events in the industry. This year, eBay is excited to bring our affiliate team to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In addition to the many meetings, sessions and…
  • Updated Twitter Profiles Provide that Something-Something for Online Sellers
    You knew it would happen. First, Facebook made its big changes to their Facebook member’s pages by giving us what they call “Timelines.” Now, Twitter announced on December 10th that everyone’s profile page on their site would update and change to the new format on December…
  • Meet Molly: A Successful Author at Age 14
    Although just 14, North Haven (Conn.) Middle School student Molly D’Andrea has always known her dream: to be a writer. She worked on projects here and there, but then inspiration struck — and she ran with it. Most authors write from personal experience, but that wasn’t the case…
  • Celebrating 2013 in the global town square
    Happy new year! Last night millions of people rang in 2013 by tweeting messages as midnight arrived in every time zone. From Tokyo to San Francisco, the spikes in Tweets per second reveal when and where people celebrated as seen in this visualization created by Twitter’s @trebor: While the…
  • Seller Stories: Meeting Those Non-Paying Buyers for the First Time
    I have been selling occasionally on eBay for about five years. I am not a PowerSeller, but I have made some extra cash selling items I no longer wanted or needed that I accumulated over the years.

    My transactions were always smooth. Buyers paid me promptly, and, in turn, I shipped their items…

  • 13 business tips to countdown to 2013, Part III
    Happy 2013! Over the past 13 days, we’ve been posting one tip daily on the Google+ Your Business page to countdown to January 1st and get your business ready for the new year. We previously shared our first and second set of five tips, and our final three of our top 13 tips are below. Now you can…
  • Year in Review: Top 3 Posts – 1st Place
    Happy New Year! We’ve been looking at our top three most popular posts from 2012, and we’re at number 1! And the winner is…Measurement Mondays and measuring online marketing. Previously we reshared our third place winner, 10 in 10: Google Chrome, and our second place post, 10 in 10: Google…
  • Our year in Twitter news and notes
    As the year ends, we wanted to look through our various communication channels to learn what news and notes have interested you most in the past 12 months.

    First up, @twitter. Here are the top 5 tweets of the year (those with the most clicks and retweets):

    1) New Twitter Profiles
    New Twitter…

  • Resolved: It’s time for resolutions
    The New Year is upon us, and soon many of you will share your wishes and resolutions on Twitter for the year ahead. We’ll all be watching as the world rings in 2013 with Tweets from Sydney to London to LA, and everywhere in between.

    Whether you aspire to something silly or serious next year,…

  • KDP Select Fund for January 2013
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  • Sellers: Upcoming UPS and FedEx 2013 rate changes—review your shipping costs now
    Rate changes for UPS and FedEx will go into effect December 31, 2012 and January 7, 2013, respectively. The Shipping Calculator, eBay Labels and PayPal Labels will be updated to reflect these changes—please make sure your shipping costs reflect these new rates, as well. For more information, visit…
  • The Rise of “New Adult” Fiction
    It’s everywhere you look — media about young people in their 20s, trying to figure things out. It’s on HBO, it’s in film, it’s definitely in the blogosphere (it’s also the writer of this blog post, obviously). “Millenials,” as they’re known,…
  • 13 business tips to countdown to 2013, Part II
    With 2013 around the corner, we’ve collected the top 13 tips for you to get your business ready for the new year. We’ve been posting one tip each day on the Google+ Your Business page, and previously we shared our first five tips here. Check out our next five tips, and keep an eye out for our last…
  • A look back at 2012 highlights
    Time sure flies! We’re coming up on another year end and, with that, we’d like to take a step back to review our AdSense highlights of 2012.

    With your feedback in mind, we made updates to the AdSense interface including a refresh to the Ad review center and the ability to add multiple users to…

  • Holiday Sales Continue – eBay Expects $815 Million in Unwanted Gifts
    Christmas may be over, but eBay’s holiday shopping season continues! That red sweater just isn’t Aunt Susie’s style, and Cousin Tyler already has an iPod. Now it’s time to figure out what to do with those well-intended but unsuitable gifts that were exchanged around the Christmas tree.

    Help is on…

  • [INFOGRAPHIC] Tackling Financial Items Before Year’s End
    We know that many of you earn your living – or a good portion of it – through your participation in our program. As 2012 winds to a close we wanted to pass on some information we found over at Open Forum about wrapping up financial loose-ends before  we ring in the new year.

    We…

  • Resolutions You May Want to Consider
    Are you a fan of New Year’s resolutions?

    I love the annual tradition of trying to make a year-long promise to myself. One time I managed to give up soda for more than six months.

    I’m more prone to keep my resolutions if I embark on them with a friend or two. Holding each other accountable becomes…

  • 7 Great Reasons You Should Open an eBay Store
    Over the last couple of years eBay has gone through a lot of changes. Some changes have been good for sellers and some have left us scratching our heads. I’ve heard a lot of stories about why people have walked away from eBay and why some members still sell there, but no longer have a [...]
  • 13 business tips to countdown to 2013, Part I
    With 2013 around the corner, we’ve collected the top 13 tips for you to get your business ready for the new year. We’ve been posting one tip each day on the Google+ Your Business page, and we’ve collected the first five tips here. Start getting your business ready for 2013 now, and stay tuned for…
  • Sellers: Gear up for next year! LIST FREE in Outdoor Sports, Winter Sports and Golf categories from January 1—February 28, 2013
    Offer extended—and expanded! From January 1, 2013 through February 28, 2013, sellers can list FREE—pay no insertion fees—when listing in Outdoor Sports categories, and now Winter Sports and Golf categories, too. Be sure to take advantage of this deal and cash in big! This offer applies to both…

Selling online since 1997, Hillary is the author of Beyond Amazon, eBay, and Etsy and The Trading Assistant’s Assistant. She is also a niche blogger, fiction writer and bestselling playwright when you aren’t looking. You can connect with Hillary via social media using any of these links:

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