Politics and Digital What’s Not To Love?

Oh. Wait a minute. lol

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us flag tech imageIt was a big week for big names in politics, as high-profile figures and organizations faced off against one another.

Weiner announced his resignation from office Thursday after facing a wall of political pressure that included President Obama and Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader of the House of Representatives.

Republicans had their own media circus with the massive presidential debate that took place last week in New Hampshire. The debate included former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Atlanta businessman Herman Cain and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Hosted and broadcast by CNN, the debate featured social media integration such as live streaming the broadcast and fielding questions from Facebook and Twitter.

The Federal Elections Committee ruled that Facebook ads are subject to disclosure rules for political advertising. Facebook was hoping the 160-character ads would earn an exemption since a disclosure would take up the better part of the ad-space, reported the National Journal.

LulzSec, a rogue group of hackers, has set its sights on taking down Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) and other big name targets. They’ve gone big-game hunting, taking down both the website for the U.S. Senate and the CIA’s website with a distributed denial of service attack.

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Google Invest $280M In Solar Energy

Pick me! Pick me!

Google is making its largest investment yet in clean energy, setting up a $280 million fund to finance home solar rooftop installations.

The search giant announced today it was teaming up with the Silicon Valley’s SolarCity—a company chaired by Paypal co-founder and Tesla Motors executive Elon Musk—in an effort to break down the biggest barrier to solar energy adoption: the cost.

“It’s a great way to support installations going into more homes,” said Google spokesperson Parag Chokshi.

The $280 million fund is the largest fund ever created for residential solar in the United States, according to SolarCity, which has raised a total of $1.28 billion in financing capacity during its five-year history.

Google over the past several years has invested in large, utility-scale wind and solar, enhanced geothermal energy, and other renewable energy projects, for a grand total of more than $680 million in the sector. But today’s deal is not only Google’s largest foray into the sector, it is its first investment in distributed energy.

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Crowdsourcing Isn’t Just For Social Media

It only takes a few to make a huge difference. Who’s in?

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Crowdsourcing isn’t just for social media.

In essence crowdsourcing means that customers help organizations decide what the next product or service or improvement should be.  It’s a way of including the people who matter most – the folks who actually generate revenue.

I’m wondering how we can do that in the juvenile justice system.  Instead of being alone together let’s just be together.  Let’s crowdsource what  we know and feel to be true about our kids in the system and create change.

I’m ready!  Join me?

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Global Internet Traffic Will Quadruple By 2015

Wait – this internet thing isn’t just a fad?!

Click through to Mashable to see the awesome infographic. I couldn’t clip it.

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Global Internet traffic is expected to quadruple between 2010 and 2015, according to data provided to Mashable by Cisco.

By that time, nearly 3 billion people will be using the Internet — more than 40% of the world’s projected population. On average, there will be more than two Internet connections for each person on Earth, driven by the proliferation of web-enabled mobile devices.

Internet traffic is projected to approach 1 zettabyte per year in 2015 — that’s equivalent of all the digital data in existence in 2010. Regionally speaking, traffic is expected to more than double in the Middle East and Africa, where there will be an average of 0.9 devices per person for a projected population of 1.39 billion. Latin America is close behind, with a 48% increase in traffic and an estimated 2.1 devices per person among a population of 620 million.

The rest of the world will experience more moderate growth in terms of traffic, but the number of devices per person is forecast to increase significantly. By 2015, there will be an average of 5.8 devices per person in North America, 5.4 in Japan and 4.4 in western Europe.

Somewhat surprisingly, it is neither mobile phones nor tablets that are expected to grow the most in the next four years. Rather, flat panel televisions will experience the greatest production increase globally, up 1063% from 2010, followed by tablets (750%), digital photo frames (600%) and ereaders (550%). The number of non-smartphones and smartphones is expected to increase by 17% and 194% worldwide, respectively.

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Google Ups The Ante With +1

I love the wild west feel of the web. I really do. And yet I am starting to feel like the gunslinger who has to look for trouble in every town. lol

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Marketing with Google|Google is getting Social!

Google is getting social baby! Have you seen the new Google +1? The new Google +1 Button is the answer to Facebook’s Like button. What does this mean for you? Marketing with Google means you need to get social! You have to become popular if you want to get free traffic with your SEO in your attempt at Google Marketing.

   Right now Google just has the +1 button, and if it becomes big (which it will), then you may risk another Google Slap if you are not on board which will directly affect your Google Marketing. Now if you are using a PPC method, go ahead and continue to pay a ridiculous amount of money just to reach your target market. We like to do things for FREE. We like to hang out on the left side of the Google page. So if you want to get Free traffic as well, then continue reading.

   The Google +1 Button currently just acts as a recommendation to your network of friends. It sort of acts like a big highlighter and says, “hey, I visited this site and I like it – you should forget about all of the other search results and check this site out as well.” This specific button has not yet impacted the rankings on search results, but I guarantee that it will! It would be in your best interest if you already do your Marketing with Google to hop on board now while it is still pretty much in pre-launch.

   This is the action you should take right now, create a Gmail account; set-up your Google Buzz account within your Gmail account; start to +1 all of your sites and sites that you feel would be beneficial as an association (this one maybe? lol). You also want to build your connections on Google Buzz so that others can view your +1′s. Google Buzz is similar to the social site, Twitter. It doesn’t seem as functional …yet. However, it would be a good idea to incorporate and use Google services as well so that you can soak up the benefits, especially if you want to Market using Google for Free.

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