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High-Five for Week Ending 11-Jul-2011


Weekly High Five lists the most interesting, compelling, and/or useful links of each week.

Weekly High Five lists the most interesting, compelling, and/or useful links of each week.

Weekly High Five lists the most interesting, compelling, and/or useful links of each week.  This week’s theme is, “Google v Facebook: Clash of the Titans.”

#5: MailChimp Integrates Facebook Likes Into Email Campaigns

This is an interesting, though not very surprising, development. It’s an interesting application of online/social media marketing with “old school” outbound email marketing.

Link: All Facebook

#4: Why Facebook Killed A $100 Million Baby

Have you ever sent any of those annoying “gifts” to Facebook friends?  Me neither. But apparently there were plenty who did.  Facebook’s announcement that they are shuttering the gifts ecosystem signals their progress toward the Credits business.  This next generation will establish a global system for games and applications to raise revenue using a universal Facebook “currency.”

Link: All Facebook

#3: 7 FBML examples to rock your Facebook fan page

Many don’t realize the extent to which they can customize fan pages.  Facebook uses a variation of HTML called “Facebook Markup Language” that allows for highly customized tabs and this article provides some common examples of how this can be implemented.

Link: Web Distortion

#2: Google Secretly Invested $100+ Million In Zynga, Preparing To Launch Google Games

Since Facebook’s launch of its social search platform earlier this year, there’s been lots of talk about its threat to Google’s supremacy.  We’re now learning about Google’s strategies and tactics for counter-striking.  As with so many innovations in the history of computing, one of the first beachheads will be gaming.  If you’re dubious about how influential games could be, you may want to read The Future of Software Development Is… Facebook?!?!

Link: TechCrunch

#1: Google’s Facebook Killer “Google Me” Confirmed By Former Facebook CTO

Information is starting to emerge about Google’s response to the Facebook threat.  This article provides evidence that Google is planning something, and we later learned about the weaknesses they intend to exploit.  Check out this Sneak Peak at Google’s Facebook Killer.

Link: Gizmodo

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