E-Commerce & Social Networking Week in Review March 16, 2013

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

  • Do you have a contingency plan in place for bad weather?
    While some areas of the United States have had a relatively mild winter for the first two months of 2013, as we roll into March another major storm hit the Mid-West and East coast hard. Heavy snow and icy roads will no doubt cause problems for eBay sellers in both package dispatch and delivery, and…
  • How to make a great science eBook
    Science journalism has always been at the forefront of innovation — the first to utilize diagrams in reporting, the first to experiment with the advantages of digital books. But what makes a great science eBook? Download the Universe, a wonderful new website devoted to reviewing science…
  • Secondhand, Not Second Best
    Surely, technology is one of the industries that has been most transformed by an efficient online marketplace for used merchandise. The increased availability in recent years of gently used laptop computers, older yet perfectly functional desktops, and secondhand cell phones and smart phones has…
  • #OnlyOnTwitter: Mr. Paul Goes to Washington and the Senate filibuster
    In a modern-day “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” moment, Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul), R-Kentucky, stood on the Senate floor for almost 13 hours yesterday. He was using the filibuster to debate the Obama Administration’s drone policy prior to a vote on the White House’s nomination for CIA…
  • Sales Taxes: What to Know Going into 2013
    Tax law can be a source of confusion and worry for small business owners. Online merchants selling on eBay, Amazon, and eCommerce stores in particular should be aware of recent changes that might impact 2013 taxes, as well as industry trends and pending bills that may impact them in the near…
  • Mobile app updates: Enhancements to search, web browsing and more
    Today we’re updating our iOS and Android apps along with mobile.twitter.com to make it easier and faster to find and see content on Twitter.
    We recently introduced the ability to see older Tweets in search results. Now when you search for important Twitter moments, you may see a Top Tweet separate…
  • Zero Makes Counting a Billion Times More Fun
    Occasionally, we invite special guests to share their thoughts on the YouTube Blog. Today, Sesame Street became the first nonprofit to reach 1 billion channel views on YouTube. In honor of that achievement, we bring you a guest post from the Count Von Count about the number zero.

    Greetings, it…

  • Time to Spring Forward
    If you are an eBay seller in the U.S., you are probably getting ready to spring forward and set your clocks ahead an hour this coming weekend. Daylight saving time is set to begin at 2 a.m. on Sunday. This change, proposed in 1895 and implemented during World War I, will allow the evenings toRead…
  • ePN TV: Brian Marcus Talks Priorities for the First Half of 2013
    One of my favorite parts of ePN TV (aside from the blooper reels) is that our publishers get to hear from our team members in their own words. Sure, we write lots of blog posts about product updates, changes to the program and best practices for working with eBay Partner Network, but nothing beats…
  • Looking for Ways to Grow Your Business Online? Meet Friday 15
    In 15 minutes, you could clip coupons, wash dishes, fold laundry, dance to your favorite song… three times, or you could learn some new tips to help your business succeed on the web. Businesses that are online grow faster.* Make it a habit to grow your business online with Friday 15, a series…
  • The 2013 DoGooder Video Awards Open for Nominations
    Awards season is upon us. And for the fourth year, YouTube is teaming up with See3 Communications to present the DoGooder Video Awards, a celebration of the best nonprofit videos of the year. If you’re a nonprofit who made a video in 2012, you’re eligible and encouraged to submit your video.

    But…

  • What’s Up With all the Private eBay Promotions?
    In the land of eBay, getting a private invitation for free listings is a lot like Cinderella getting an invitation to the ball. It’s a big deal. Unfortunately, not everyone gets invited to every dance, so for those without a fairy godmother they may wonder — “what’s up with…
  • Making the Most of the Domain Validation Policy Change
    One of the most exciting policy changes that we’ve made in 2013 is the removal of domain validation. This requirement had been in place to ensure that a publisher owned the domain that hosted an ePN tracking link, ideally ensuring a higher quality network. But there are unintended consequences to…
  • Simplified contact resources and consultations for select accounts
    AdSense provides access to a number of resources to resolve issues and answer your questions. Many of these resources are available in the Help Center, including the Fix a Problem troubleshooting section, the AdSense Academy learning modules, and answers to common (and not so common)…
  • This Week on Twitter – 4 March
    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…

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