Dec 262011
 

Just released by O’Reilly:

Social networking has made one thing clear: websites and applications need to provide users with experiences tailored to their preferences. This in-depth guide shows you how to build rich social frameworks, using open source technologies and specifications. You’ll learn how to create third-party applications for existing sites, build engaging social graphs, and develop products to host your own socialized experience.

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Dec 212011
 

Just released by O’Reilly:

What do Foursquare, Zynga, Nike+, and Groupon have in common? These and many other brands use gamification to deliver a sticky, viral, and engaging experience to their customers. Gamification by Design provides the design strategy and tactics you need to integrate game mechanics into any kind of consumer-facing website or mobile app. Learn how to use core game concepts, design patterns, and meaningful code samples to create a fun and captivating social environment.

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Dec 162011
 

Facebook offers all sorts of badges and social plugins to web developers, allowing you to add badges, buttons, recommendations, and streams to your site. In this article we describe how to install the Comments plugin, deploying Facebook to add a comments stream to your content pages.

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Apr 282011
 

Last time, we created buttons for bookmarking, permalinking, mail forwarding, and printing. However, these days, your website can not be complete without some sort of social media integration. In this article we add page-specific buttons for LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to our site. Next time, we round up by setting up three general social media buttons. Continue reading »

Apr 082011
 

Although most users do not pay for the services LinkedIn provides to them, the company has to make money some way. It does that by selling the contact and profile data to the users and companies that are paying for their LinkedIn accounts. That means that you will regularly receive messages from recruiters, analysts, advertisers, "partners", and other people trying to make a buck from you through LinkedIn. Continue reading »

Apr 032011
 

Just released by O’Reilly:

Facebook is spreading about as far and fast as the Web itself: 500 million members and counting. But there’s a world of fun packed into the site that most folks miss. With this bestselling guide, Facebook: The Missing Manual, Third Edition (O’Reilly Media), you will learn how to unlock Facebook’s talents as personal website creator, souped-up address book, and bustling community forum. It’s an eye-opening, timesaving tour, guaranteed to help you get the most out of your Facebook experience.

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Apr 012011
 

Mining the Social Web: Analyzing Data from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Other Social Media Sites, by Matthew A. Russell

Just released by O’Reilly:

Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn generate a tremendous amount of valuable social data, but how can you find out who’s making connections with social media, what they’re talking about, or where they’re located? This concise and practical book, Mining the Social Web (O’Reilly Media, $39.99 USD), shows you how to answer these questions and more. You’ll learn how to combine social web data, analysis techniques, and visualization to help you find what you’ve been looking for in the social haystack, as well as useful information you didn’t know existed.

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Feb 192011
 

Subscribing to the Entries RSS feed that comes standard with your WordPress installation, is one way for users to follow your writings. However, these days social networks like Twitter and Facebook are the most popular ways to attract people to your blog. It appears that today who is publishing an item is more important than what he is publishing.

In this post we show you how to integrate Twitter into your WordPress software, allowing you to automatically send out a tweet each time you post a new blog entry.

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