Aye Moah of Baydin Inc has done busy people everywhere a giant favor.
She's created a Gmail/Chrome extension called INBOX PAUSE. This glorious tool was discovered by The Next Web's Zee Kane.
It does exactly what you think it does. It prevents any more emails from popping up in your inbox the moment you press the "pause" button. Emails are stored in a hidden place until you're ready to receive them.
What's more, INBOX PAUSE can send auto-replies to email senders saying their messages were not received -- kind of like a voicemail box that's run out of room.
When your inbox is paused, a Gmail-style yellow banner appears at the top of your inbox that reads, "Your inbox is currently paused. Please click the blue UNPAUSE button to see what's waiting for you."
INBOX PAUSE is currently available for Chrome. "Take a break from email," the creator says. "Be Free."
What's the best day of the week to publish your post? What time of day will get your content the most page views and tweets? Are shorter posts better than longer ones?
There are lots of answers to these questions. Unfortunately, most of them are anecdotal, not data driven. But if you're a blogger, marketer, or PR agent, the answers to these questions are absolutely critical.
I asked dozens of Big Data vendors if they could help me answer these questions. Ultimately, Big Data analytics company Datameer rose to the challenge.
As a starting point, Datameer analyzed 30 days of Big Data articles on Forbes.com, between July 9 and August 8, 2012. Datameer used the publicly available data displayed with each post, including publication date, time, page views, tweets, headline, and full text.
Facebook has finally closed its deal to acquire Instagram, the companies announced today.
When Facebook announced in April that it would acquire Instagram, the price was $1 billion, including $300 million in cash and the rest in stock. Since then, Facebook went public, and its stock price has plunged. With Facebook's stock trading at $18.92 Thursday, the deal price is about $736 million.
"So many of us at Facebook love using Instagram to share moments with our friends," said Facebook vice president of engineering Mike Schroepfer in a blog post. "And for so many people, sharing photos with friends is an important part of the Facebook experience. That's why we're so excited to bring Instagram to Facebook and see what we can create together."
Seesmic is one of those startups that never quit, it just kept pivoting. And today, it's getting rewarded for all the work — we're hearing it is about to close a sale to Hootsuite. We're still trying to get the price, but we expect this isn't a huge acquisition given the competitive market it is in today.
[Update: Hootsuite has confirmed the news -- in that the confirmation was embargoed for 6am PT tomorrow, but ended up getting leaked now. You know how these things can end up. Congrats to all, in any case!]
The company began life in mid-2007 as a "video Twitter," with backing from a wide range of Silicon Valley investors*. Then it experimented with new features, like video comments, and eventually pivoted into the social media client business. That's basically what Hootsuite appears to be buying it for.
So much for that. In a victory for all of us who find the idea of trying to trademark generic-sounding terms tedious — and a victory, too, for those who actually work in the world of social enterprise — Salesforce.com has announced that it has withdrawn its applications to trademark the term "social enterprise," originally filed earlier this year in the U.S., UK, Australia and Jamaica. It's also promising to stop using the term "social enterprise" in its marketing materials in the future.
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