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Top 10 Social Media Monitoring Tools to Track Your Online Presence

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Take your marketing game up a notch by using these effective social media monitoring tools. With features from keyword search alerts to useful analytics, these tools will help you understand your customers’ sentiments. You can also compare various such tools here, to evaluate them competitively and find the one that suits your needs the best.

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One of the first things to note about this social media monitoring tool is that it is free – no need to pay subscription fees to companies for monitoring software anymore! They offer a ton of quality services like tracking specific ads, integration with Adsense and Adword accounts as well as your website which is WordPress-powered, notifications in case of noticeable changes in patterns of data, etc. More importantly, they have a substantial collection of how-to articles, video tutorials, a blog and a responsive and useful official forum to help you out in case you face problems. For a lengthier review, visit here.

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This Restaurant Encourages And Teaches Proper Instagramming Of Your Food

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If you’re like any normal North American, you’ve snapped pics of your food and posted them on Instagram. Good on you, although we hope this trend dies soon. Regardless of how we feel about it, it’s interesting to note at least one restaurant is embracing the practice wholeheartedly. Israeli restaurant Catit, in partnership with Carmel Winery, have launched a project called Foodography that provides the restaurant’s patrons with special plates designed for Instagram photography. One plate is called The Limbo, and features a slot for your smartphone on one end, and a curved backdrop on the other. Another plate is called The 360 and has a rotating plate as well as a smartphone slot, to allow you to shoot short video clips. If these accessories are not enough to create the perfect shot, the restaurant occasionally invites top food photographer Dan Perez to teach some workshops on the art. The entire experience costs $155 an hour, and should run through June. Of course you’ll have to add airfare if you’re not, you know, in Israel, although Carmel Winery does have plans to expand the experience to many of its international locations.

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Invisible Boyfriend (And Girlfriend) Is A Service That Lets You Fake Being In A Relationship

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Oh let’s face it, it’s never easy to admit you’ve been on the shelf, gathering dust, for the last couple of years. Maybe you liked the idea of curling up with your four cats on a Friday night while watching Frazier reruns at one point, but that’s gotten old fast. And while you may have a bit of trouble actually doing something about it, Invisible Girlfriend and Invisible Boyfriend hopes to make it easier for you to at least give the appearance of being shacked up. The service will provide you with all the evidence you need to successfully fake having an SO, by providing you everything from pictures, to a credible backstory, to an automated SMS companion and possibly at one point a social media profile you can “be in a relationship with” (provided of course this doesn’t violate any TOS, which seems unlikely). But yes, you read that right, you can text your fake boy(girl)friend, and they’ll answer right back!

Right now the company is in a private beta, and you’ll have to apply to join. Once in (and don’t ask us how tight the admission is, because we don’t know), you’ll be all set to create your virtual boyfriend/girlfriend.

[ Invisible Girlfriend ] AND [ Invisible Boyfriend ] VIA [ LaughingSquid ]

Undo Feature Comes To Tinder… For A Price

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You know how it is. There you are on Tinder, swiping left, left, left, left… oops, that was such a cute one! Oh no! Now you have to deal with the pain of knowing you’ll never see them again. Unless of course there was some way to undo that left swipe. Well, now there may be. Tinder has confirmed that it will be rolling out a paid version of its service, Tinder Plus on Thursday. This will give paying users the ability to Undo a left swipe and correct their blunder. We’re not sure what the pricing will be, and nor is Tinder apparently. This is a test for now, and different markets will likely see different pricing as the company tries things out.

Another rumoured paid feature, aside from the Undo button, is one called Passport. This would allow you to search for people outside of your geographical region. This is particularly great if you’re planning a trip somewhere and wouldn’t mind making some friends beforehand.

Nothing is official until Thursday, when the announcement is expected.

[ TechCrunch ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

The Website Helps You Pick What To Watch On Netflix

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WhatIsOnNetflix is a great website that ranks Netflix movies in descending order of their IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes ratings. It’s updated once a week, and lets you drill down by genre, as well as search for a specific movie. Also, you’re able to click on each movie and be taken to its page on Rotten Tomatoes or IMDB.

It’s little limited since it shows you the top 50 movies or so, and doesn’t access lower rated stuff, but that’s ok, because why would you want to watch that anyway? Right?

In any case, check it out.

[ What Is On Netflix ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

There’s A Facebook Clone That Charges $9,000 For Membership

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If you’re tired of rubbing elbows online with nothing but, you know, regular people, you’re going to want to take a look at Netropolitan. It’s an exclusive social network that charges $9,000 to enter. $6,000 of that is the initiation fee, then it’s $3,000 annually. In exchange for all those dollars, you gain access to “the online country club for people with more money than time”. But instead of a spa, jacuzzi, free towels, and rudimentary gym equipment (typical country club amenities), you’ll get to socialize with people just as, uh, special as you.

Netropolitan’s founder, James Touchi-Peters, 48, a composer and former conductor of the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra, said he had trouble finding people to whom he could relate on other social sites. “I saw a need for an environment where you could talk about the finer things in life without backlash — an environment where people could share similar likes and experiences,” he said.

The hefty initiation fee, he said, “ensures that our membership remains exclusive, but also private.”

Members must be at least 21 years old and must register using their real names. Once in, they may form groups around common interests, but will have access to posts and status updates by all other users. There are no ads, the site is not indexed by search engines, and moderators are active at all times to police bad behavior (like spamming ads for your own business).

Allegedly, the site has already attract hundreds of members, although you can’t really check it out right this minute since it seems to be down.

[ Netropolitan ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Fan Of Reading? Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited

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If you’re on this website reading the words rather than just looking at the pretty pictures, there’s a chance you’re also into reading other stuff. Like, you know, books. Amazon has recently announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited. For $9.99 a month, you’ll have unlimited access to their entire library of digital books, more than 600,000 strong. Additionally, you’ll receive a 3-month membership to Audible, where you have access to yet another library of professionally narrated audiobooks. This works across devices, and not just on the Kindle family of products. That means tablets, cellphones, and even computers.

The kick in the nuts, however, is that if you’re not living in the states, you’re out of luck for the moment. Still, the company claims to have plans to expand the service, so stay tuned.

[ Kindle Unlimited ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

You Can Explore The Colorado River In Google Street View

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Some lucky Google employees (in partnership with American Rivers) have spent some time going down the Colorado river with their imaging equipment, this much is clear. Because it seems that you can now explore the famous waterway in all its glory from the comfort of your home. No need to spend on pricey helicopter tours, or even getting a single drop of water on your nature-averse body. Click, point, and pan all you want folks, the river that carved the Grand Canyon awaits your 21st century explorer spirit.

[ Colorado River Street View ] AND [ Google Blog Post ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Google’s Interactive Music Timeline Will Drive Music Nerds Crazy

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Fancy yourself a music aficionado? You might want to head on over to Google’s Research blog and take a look at the fantastic interactive music timeline they’ve developed. You can see the ebb and flow in popularity of several music genres and sub-genres. You can click trough and drill down each one, and are presented with quintessential examples for each. It’s extremely well done, meticulously researched, and chock full of so much data that it would take days to go over all of it. And of course, provided you live in a country where Google has the rights to play the music, you can listen to any of it at the press of a button. It’s about as exciting a course in music history as we’ve ever seen.

[ Google’s Music Timeline ] VIA [ Engadget ]