LoveIt

 LoveIt is a great tool for design and architecture inspiration.

Check out this cool LoveIt Collection that was created to house creative ideas for our new LoveIt HQ we’ll be moving into end of Sept!

P.S I really hope there is a slide:)

What are some creative ways you use LoveIt?

PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

LoveIt (www.loveit.com) — a visual curation and sharing platform — is actively engaging with its community to prioritize the development and roll-out of various new features from importing content to alternate login options. Several new features are housed in an updated version of the LoveIt button that allows users to leverage images they’ve already curated and easily add more of their offline content to LoveIt. The updated button includes:

Content Importer — Users can import their entire Pinterest boards or multiple images from their account to share on LoveIt. While initially built to allow users to import their content from Pinterest to LoveIt, additional sites will be added based on users’ requests.
Multiplicity — Users can quickly “love” several of their images in one simple step from anywhere users keep them, such as Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr and the user’s blog. These images can be added to one collection or various collections with similar or unique descriptions.
Batch Uploads — Users can highlight and upload numerous images from their personal computers. This allows users to share more of their personal, offline image collections with friends, family and other interested parties.

“A cornerstone of our strategy is listening to our community and building the tools our users request to make their LoveIt experience the best it can be. Features like the Content Importer were designed in response to popular requests for fast, simple ways for users to share their images and work from existing platforms, like Pinterest, on LoveIt too,” said Ron LaPierre, Co-Founder and CEO of Love It, LLC.

“If only there were a way to transfer all my photos from @Pinterest to @Loveit!” — @cathiemaud

“Playing with @Loveit Multiplicity tool (beta)…sorry pinterest this feature will kill you. I loved 50 photos within a few clicks” — @cammipham
+1 for importing from Pinterest. Awesome.
 
 With the import it brings the original source it was bookmarked/pinned from too. HUGE plus for content owners.
LaPierre added: “We’ve been clear from the beginning that we’re an open platform, we don’t claim ownership of any content users add to LoveIt, and will definitely not stand in the way of similar technology being built to allow users to import LoveIt collections onto other platforms as well.”

The Content Importer tool includes an algorithm to automatically credit the original content source as users bring the images into LoveIt. Removing extra clicks improves the users’ social discovery experience by taking them directly to the original source of the image, and to the valuable content the source provides along with the actual image.

Along with the release, LoveIt is providing code for websites that want to block LoveIt users from adding the content from their sites to LoveIt collections. The code can be copied from the LoveIt website and pasted on any other website.

Additional new features include offering Twitter as an alternative to Facebook registration, enhanced Facebook functionality with open graph integration, the ability to find Facebook friends who are using LoveIt and invite Facebook friends to join LoveIt.

About Love It, LLC:

Love It, LLC is a privately-held company based in Pasadena, California with 21 employees. The Company was founded in 2011 by Ron LaPierre, Tom Soulanille and Wei Guo alongside its two active board members, Harry Tsao and Talmadge O’Neill of Juvo Capital. Blending their decades of Internet industry expertise, they created LoveIt – a platform where visual sharing and social networking meet. On June 7th, 2012, LoveIt launched open to the public having raised a $6M Series A round of funding.

About LoveIt.com:

LoveIt is a site for individuals and groups to discover, collect, organize and share photos they love via public or private collections. In addition to private collections and intuitive drag-and-drop organization tools, LoveIt’s powerful, patent-pending recommendation engine provides a more engaging and dynamic user experience.

A Beginner’s Guide to Facebook Commerce

Four Types of  Facebook Commerce


1. Facebook-Facilitated On-Site Selling:

Brands can bring the Facebook experience to their websites, tapping users’ connections and interests to support the purchasing process. The simplest examples involve using social plugins — short code snippets that ping Facebook’s network for information about the user visiting the brand’s site. The Like Button is the most common plugin and is usually regarded as a content sharing device, but when it is used in conjunction with a product page it can provide peer support by displaying the names and profile images of people who have Liked the product — most appealing for brands is the fact that it also highlights any of the user’s Facebook friends who have Liked the product.

A more sophisticated approach uses Facebook’s Open Graph API to retrieve the Likes and interests of the user, as well as those of his or her friends. There is a permission screen involved and every friend’s privacy settings are individually respected.

For the past few months Amazon.com has been offering a “Tap into Your Friends” option (still labeled Beta). After the permission screen, the user is taken to an Amazon page showing the upcoming birthdays of Facebook Friends and their Amazon Wish List if they have one. Amazon uses a user’s friends’ profile data, which often includes favorite books and music, to make gift suggestions.

2. Facebook-Initiated Selling:

Business accounts can set up a storefront for free on their Facebook Pages, and many thousands have already done so. The vast majority start the shopping process at Facebook.com but then jump to their own ecommerce pages at some point. Lady Gaga’s Facebook store is an example of a store that takes users on a rather abrupt transition. Users can browse products on her Facebook Page, but any click takes them to the product page at bravadousa.com, a licensed merchandise marketer and fulfillment service. The Facebook branding is gone, and the look and feel changes completely. A new window opens which would make any Facebook multitasking (e.g., chat) cumbersome. Apparently, a Page with over 30 million Likes can get away with this — Justin Bieber has the exact same arrangement.

Best Buy keeps shoppers in the Facebook environment a bit longer and takes advantage of the social features while they are there. Its store app isn’t labeled “Shop,” it is “Shop + Share.” Users can search or browse for products, and when they find something that interests them, they have two options: “Ask Friends” or “Shop Now.” “Ask Friends” leads to a Wall post asking about the product. Interestingly, Best Buy currently makes “Ask Friends” much more noticeable than “Shop Now,” which takes the user to the product page at BestBuy.com for the shopping cart and checkout process.

3. Complete Selling through Facebook:

1-800-Flowers has pioneered a selling process that never takes the user away from Facebook.com. Shoppers can select products, options, see delivery dates and even include a personal message without interrupting their Facebook experience. 1-800-Flowers does not take full advantage of the social environment, though, as it doesn’t provide an easy way to ask a relative what Mom’s favorite flowers are or what her zip code is, for example.

Delta Airlines has built a complete ticketing system into its Facebook Page, and while it allows the user to promote Delta by posting a general message on his or her Wall, it doesn’t do much to help the user share details with Friends involved in the trip, something that a Send Button could do nicely.

4. iFrames vs. Facebook Apps:

There are two ways of displaying F-commerce Pages on Facebook.com, each with its pluses and minuses. In February 2011, Facebook adopted iFrames as the method that businesses use to supply custom content to their Pages. In the simplest terms, iFrames allow a business to create and host its own content and to display it in the 520-pixel middle column of a Facebook Page.

Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and even Best Buy, present their F-commerce pages through an iFrame. The advantage is simplicity, since businesses can create and maintain the content on their own terms — iFrames tend to offer the most seamless experiences for consumers. 1-800-Flowers and Delta do their selling via Facebook apps. The primary advantage of going to an app is real estate. iFrame content is restricted to the 520 pixel-wide middle Page column, while an app can control the left most 760 pixels — a 46% increase in visible selling space. The disadvantage of apps is that they are more difficult to maintain and they may stress smaller budgets within businesses lacking Facebook development expertise.


Facebook Commerce  Developers Emerge as a Resource


The list of software developers offering F-commerce products is growing. Many come from traditional ecommerce, offering Facebook as an extension for their clients. SortPrice, for example, powers the Dallas Mavericks‘s Facebook store, and Usablenet, which powers JCPenney‘s Facebook store. Another popular application for adding Facebook to an existing ecommerce program is Storefront Social, which Borders uses.

A popular developer that seems to be emphasizing F-Commerce is 8thBridge, responsible for 1-800-Flowers, as well as Delta. And the popular Payvment app allows clients to become part of a Facebook shopping mall with a connected shopping cart.


The Future of Facebook Commerce


There are many more questions than there are answers about the long term future of F-commerce, which is still in its infancy and barely survived its birth. In 2007, Facebook tried Project Beacon, which collected ecommerce activity on third party sites and announced a user’s purchases on his or her friends’ news feed. Facebook quickly withdrew from that privacy nightmare but its dismal reputation for freely dispersing user data still haunts F-commerce. Many Facebook users have become so accustomed to Facebook’s aggressive data sharing policies that they automatically assume the worst. A recent study from JWT found the percentage of people worried about Facebook privacy and security to be in the 75% range.

Experienced ecommerce managers also see problems with Facebook.com itself. “The user experience is less-than-optimal with slow page loads and smaller page size due to Facebook’s advertising and navigation. I don’t see why customers would bother shopping through Facebook when a faster and better experience is only a browser tab away,” notes Linda Bustos, director of ecommerce research at Elastic Path Software. Facebook advertising is certainly an issue. No matter how you structure your F-commerce store, the user will still be served targeted Facebook ads during the buying process.

Many web marketers question the social nature of shopping itself, and there is considerable opinion that people visit Facebook to catch up with their Friends and not to be sold products. The good news on that front, from the JWT study, is that 48% of millennials (aged 20-33) would like to see the places where they shop give them the ability to buy directly on Facebook.

The best reason for businesses to take a deep breath before investing in a F-commerce is Facebook itself, which currently benefits from F-commerce primarily through the sale of ads promoting it. They’d obviously like a better cut and nobody is quite sure how they would do it. Facebook Credits could somehow be expanded to become the currency for F-commerce. Credits for gaming and virtual goods earn Facebook a 30% commission — F-commerce Credits would probably be in the 5% range.

There is no shortage of opinions regarding the future of selling on Facebook, but one overwhelming motivation — it is where the customers are, and they should be able to buy wherever and whenever they like.

via Mashable

Essential Google+ Resources

Already using Google+? Follow Mashable News for the latest about the platform’s new features, tips and tricks as well as our top social media and technology updates.

Google+ hit the news feeds like a strategic and popular ton of bricks. But we haven’t stopped there. In addition to breaking news, Mashable has provided how-tos and tools for maximizing your Google+ experience. We’ve sourced reviews from some of the network’s early adopters, and we’ve also welcomed your input as you navigate one of the most buzzworthy social outlets of the year.

Read on for Mashable‘s roundup of all resources Google+. Gather tips, analyze reviews, participate in polls and, as always, voice your thoughts in the comments below.


Google+ Tips, Tools and Talk


Google Wallet

Introducing Google Wallet
Google Wallet is an Android app that makes your phone your wallet. It stores virtual versions of your existing plastic cards on your phone. Simply tap your phone to pay and redeem offers using near field communication, or NFC.

Payments, offers, loyalty, and so much more

Google Wallet has been designed for an open commerce

ecosystem. It will eventually hold many if not all of the cards you keep in your leather wallet today. And because Google Wallet is a mobile app, it will be able to do more than a regular wallet ever could, like storing thousands of payment cards and Google Offers but without the bulk. Eventually your loyalty cards, gift cards, receipts, boarding passes, tickets, even your keys will be seamlessly synced to your Google Wallet. And every offer and loyalty point will be redeemed automatically with a single tap via NFC.

How it works
1: Look for these symbols at checkout.

2: Tap your phone on the reader.

Your phone sends payment, and, at some merchants, offers and loyalty information.

Your phone sends payment, and, at some merchants, offers and loyalty information.

Payments
Tap your phone to pay with Citi® MasterCard® or the Google Prepaid Card. More on Payments ›
Offers & Loyalty

Offers & Loyalty
Saving is simple because your Google Offers automatically sync to your Google Wallet. More on Offers & Loyalty ›

Security
Stay safe with the Google Wallet PIN and with secure underlying technology. More on Security ›

Look for these symbols at checkout

You can tap to pay using Google Wallet at hundreds of thousands of MasterCard® PayPass™ merchant locations. Just look for these symbols:

Tap to payMasterCard PayPassGoogle Wallet accepted here

via Google Wallet – how it works.

Essential Apps for Your Brand’s Facebook Page

Essential Apps for Your Brand’s Facebook Page

1. Facebook Notes


This app was originally a Facebook feature that they then converted into an application; as such, it is sponsored and maintained by Facebook and less likely to break or be abandoned. Set this application up to pull in the RSS feed from your blog or other content source and it will automatically bring everything into Facebook and show all of your friends that you’ve posted a new Note.

This notification system is important for staying on their radar and is more visible than an RSS Reader, or mini-blog as I like to call it, but lacks many formatting capabilities; it’s best to think of Notes and an RSS Reader as working hand in hand. Start here to get content coming into your Page, then move on to the RSS Reader.


2. Blog RSS Feed Reader


I may have jumped ahead a bit with the Notes recommendation, but I am assuming that most companies have, or could have, a blog. If you don’t, work on that before Facebook, for many more reasons than I could get into here. But if you already have a blog, good news: there are tons of blog and RSS apps out there, but I’ve done the leg work and I found this one offered more functionality, better customization (you can pick an image to make your Facebook mini-blog look more like your actual blog) and a greater sense of control. It can be a bit buggy, but it’s worth persisting for the level of customization, and therefore attention grabbing potential.


3. Twitter App


Again, this assumes that you have a Twitter () account, but if you’re reading this and working on a Facebook Page, my guess is you do. Or you at least know you should have one. If not, set one up before adding this application to your new Facebook Page. This will automatically pull your tweets into your Facebook status, and it puts a cute little Twitter-themed box on your profile, so everyone knows you’re cool enough to be on Twitter. It also saves you time in updating AND ensures profile activity to keep you relevant.


4. Static FBML


Neither Facebook Pages nor Profiles allow any type of HTML in the main content section, but you can add FBML and HTML applications to add more stylized elements to a Page, like clickable images, anchor text and interactive content. The Static FBML app allows you to add advanced functionality to a page by placing a customizable box in which you can render HTML or FBML (Facebook Markup Language), giving you free reign over the space to add images, video, stylized text and almost whatever else you want. This app was developed by Facebook, so it’s fully supported and not prone to the problems of some third party applications.


5. Extended Info


In the Extended Info box you can use HTML to customize any kind of content and create numerous fields beyond the standard Information categories; you can also name the box anything you want so it matches your page perfectly. This app works much like the Static FBML application but is slightly easier to use. Although not developed by Facebook, it is highly ranked and provides a nice alternative or second customizable box option on a page.


6. Flash Player


This Flash application, also developed by Facebook, will add a box to your Page in which you can upload your own Flash files to achieve advanced customization and play any kind of Flash video, widget or game. It can be renamed to maintain the integrity of the page and keep the look and feel consistent with your brand.


7. Posted Items Pro


With Posted Items Pro you can embed multiple YouTube (), Yahoo, and Google Videos, music mp3s, sites, files, and more onto your profile and Facebook pages. You can add any variety of these elements, making it great for a media center or press section.


8. Something Unique


If you have the resources, add some personality to your profile with a fun, irreverent application that you create just for your Page. This could be tied into your brand in multiple ways; try to think of something that people outside of Facebook would appreciate or enjoy that will remind them of who created it and keep them coming back, like a game or contest.

via 8 Essential Apps for Your Brand’s Facebook Page.

GroupScript groupon clone

GroupScript has all features you need for
creating a successful group buying website!
groupon clone

FEATURES

Add new deals* Post new deals with the following info: deal info,
* end date/time countdown,
* min/max orders per user,
* max orders per deal,
* purchases needed to activate deal,
* original price/price after discount

Share & discuss the deals

* Share the deal with Twitter
* Send an email to friend
* Share the deal with Facebook
* Refer a friend and get a reward
* Add comments for every deal
* Discuss deals on the site’s forum

Other features

* Integrated Google Maps
* Show your latest Twitter posts
* Google Analytics integration
* Facebook Connect (soon)
* SSL support
* Buy coupon for a friend

Integrated payments* Different payment options: Integrated PayPal payments
* Integrated Authorize.net payments
* Option to accept credit cards
* Option to pay with site credits
* Add your own payment gateway
* SSL support for secure payments

Newsletters & Coupons

* Automatically sent newsletters
* Unique coupon codes
* Export all subscribers to CSV
* Export coupons for any campaign
* View coupons also in profile
* Export coupons in different formats

Statistics

* Admin stats in dashboard
* Charts with all user types
* Charts with incomes
* Companies can see their own stats
* Logs about all payments
* Integrated Google Analytics

Learn more about this groupon clone

Google Analytics in a Facebook Page Tab

One of my favorite Google tools (after Google Search, of course) is Analytics. Not only is it free, but there is so much valuable information you can gather about your website visitors from using Analytics; hence the reason why more than 56% of websites that track site statistics use Google Analytics.

If you have a Facebook Page that drives traffic to your website or a client’s website, you could probably benefit from adding Google Analytics to your FBML tabs. This data, combined with the information provided through Facebook Insights, can help you create a more well-rounded idea of where your visitors are coming from and what they’re doing.

Here is a quick three-step process for adding Google Analytics to your Facebook Page.

Step 1: Create a New Profile in Google Analytics

Assuming you already have a Google Analytics account, the first step is to add a new profile for the Facebook tab you want to track. If you don’t have a Google Analytics account yet, you’ll need to create one to get started.

Since each FBML tab on your Facebook Page has it’s own unique URL, you can add separate Analytics code to each custom tab. We’ll do just one FBML tab in this tutorial.

Go to your Google Analytics account and click the “Add new profile” link.

On the next screen, select “Add a Profile for a new domain” and paste in the full URL for your FBML tab. It will look something like this:

www.facebook.com/YourFacebookPageUsername/?v=app_999999999.

Then click “Continue.”

Step 2: Add Tracking Code to FBML

The next screen will give you the tracking details; we are most interested in the Web Property ID, which looks something like: UA-9999999-9. Keep that line handy.

Next, you are going to go back to your Facebook Page and edit the FBML for the tab you want to track. To do this:

  • Click the “Edit Page” link under your profile image
  • Click “Applications”
  • Scroll to the FBML app you have already created for your Page
  • Click “Go to Application”

Copy the code below, and replace the UA-9999999-9 with your Web Property ID code as shown above. Then, paste the line at the bottom on your FBML code and save your changes.

<fb:google-analytics uacct=”UA-9999999-9″ />

Step 3: Check Your Stats

Once you’ve completed the two previous steps, go back Google Analytics, click “Finish,” and you will see your tab URL listing with a “Tracking Not Installed” icon: . It can take up to 24 hours for the tracking to kick in. You’ll want to come back to this page in a day or so to confirm it is tracking correctly.

If you plan to add Google Analytics to more than one tab, you will want to rename the tab in Analytics to make it easier for you to keep track. Click the pencil icon to the right of the field and enter a new nickname for the page.

And that’s it. The statistics generated and activity tracked will depend on what type of content you have on your FBML tab, but you will be able to see daily pageviews at a minimum.

via How to Add Google Analytics to a Facebook Page Tab.

Facebook feeds

Find your Facebook Information

To generate these links, it seems you need three ids: your facebook id, your_internal_key and your_friend_key.

1. To find your_facebook_id and your_internal_key, go to > Facebook > Inbox > Notifications.

Right click on “Your Notifications” and copy the short cut. This is your notifications feed.

The structure of the feed is:

http://www.new.facebook.com/feeds/notifications.php?id=your_facebook_id&viewer=your_facebook_id&key=your_internal_key&format=rss20

The first two identical numbers are =your_facebook_id, the third number is =your_internal_key. Copy these numbers.

2. To find your your_friends_key, go to Facebook > Friends .

Right click on “Friends Status’ Feed” on the left hand side and copy the short cut. This is your Friends Status feed.

The structure of the feed is:

http://www.new.facebook.com/feeds/friends_status.php?id=your_facebook_id&key=your_friends_key&format=rss20

The first numbers is again =your_facebook_id, the second number is =your_internal_key. Copy the second number.

You now have all the information needed to construct the feeds below! Let me know if you know about any additional feeds, or if you have any problems.

Status Feed

The feed URL is:

http://www.new.facebook.com/feeds/status.php?id=your_facebook_id&viewer=your_facebook_id&key=your_internal_key&format=rss20

Notifications Feed

The feed URL is:

http://www.new.facebook.com/feeds/notifications.php?id=your_facebook_id&viewer=your_facebook_id&key=your_internal_key&format=rss20

Friends Status Feed

The feed URL is:

http://www.new.facebook.com/feeds/friends_status.php?id=your_facebook_id&key=your_friends_key&format=rss20

Friends Links Feed

The feed URL is:

http://www.new.facebook.com/feeds/share_friends_posts.php?id=your_facebook_id&key=your_friend_key&format=rss20

Friends List Feed

The feed URL is:

http://www.new.facebook.com/feeds/friends_status.php?id=your_facebook_id&key=your_friend_key&format=rss20

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MySpace’s New Strategy

The new MySpace is coming. It is not only redesigned, but it is the start of a completely new direction and strategy for what was once the world’s pre-eminent social network.

As we reported earlier this week, the new MySpace is supposed to be a transformation from “a place for friends” to “a social entertainment destination.” While MySpace profiles, friend lists and newsfeeds will all remain once the transition is complete, MySpace will no longer focus on those things. Instead, it will focus on engaging a “Generation Y” audience with the entertainment and entertainers that they love. New features like Topic Pages will help users follow their favorite TV shows, music artists, actors and games. (more…)