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“Today we will be starting with a new post string where we will be featuring designer portfolios weekly. Today will be the first installation of these posts, but we want to make sure that the showcased portfolios do inspire you. We also want to involve the community in these posts and do highly encourage you to post a link to your portfolio in the comments if you would like it featured on Creativeoverflow in the future.”

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Freebies“This free social media icon pack includes 25 sleek, modern and very usable social media/networking icons that can be used and downloaded (free of charge) in your work. Commercial work use is permitted. Use it on blogs, portfolios, web application interfaces, and so forth. The icons come in 2 sizes: 32×32px and 16×16px. Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, and Digg are but a few icons that are in this free social media icon pack.”

 

Download your free pack @ DESIGNINSTRUCT.

google hot spot“Google is rolling out a new advertising and marketing platform for local businesses, and this time, it’s all starting in Portland.

You may recall that earlier this month, Google launched a social, Yelp-like service for consumers. Dubbed Hotpot, the service was based on data from Google Places, but it brought an entirely new, user-friendly interface and recommendation engine.

At the time, we noted that Google had beat Facebook to the punch in launching location-based recommendations; we wondered which company would be most aggressive on places-based marketing.

While Google has already dipped its toes into location ads within Google Maps and Search (and with special programs like Boost, its Hotpot marketing scheme is something entirely new.”

Read the full article at MASHABLE.

Creativity

“In these tough economic times, many designers find themselves applying for jobs and freelance gigs on a regular basis.

So, how can we stand out from the rest and grab the attention of a design agency when they’re usually bombarded with hundreds of applications?

The best way to do this is in the design of your resume. Assuming that you have the skills that they’re looking for, a striking and visually appealing resume will go a long way at getting you the creative job that you want.

In the worst case scenario, it will at least buy you a few seconds by catching the eye of a recruiter and may become the difference between getting hired or not.

In this article, we’ll take a look at 30 creative resumes that can inspire you to think outside the box when designing your own resume.”

Checkout the full article @ WebDesignerDepot.

Limewire

So long, LimeWire, it’s been fun. Seven months after the peer-to-peer file-sharing service was defeated in federal court, its company is preparing to shut down.

In October, LimeWire stopped distributing its software and shut down its servers in order to comply with a court ruling stemming from its lawsuit with the RIAA. In June, the RIAA said it would seek $1 billion in statutory damages for the copyright infringement incurred by the service.

Yesterday, Peter Kafka at AllThingsD reported that LimeWire had shut down its online music store. The closing of this store, which operated like iTunes or eMusic (that is, legally), suggested that the overall company might be shuttering.

Today, LimeWire responded to Kafka, confirming in its statement that it is indeed closing its doors.

The statement:

“Given our current situation, plans to bring our separate, legal music service to market have been canceled. The beginning of 2011 will mark the closing of LimeWire’s New York office and cessation of business by LimeWire. We attracted some of the top talent from the technology community over the years to build our new music service. We’ll be helping our team members commence their job search over the next few months.”

This is an excerpt from the MASHABLE article which can be found here!

 

“David A. Yovanno is the CEO of Gigya, Inc., a leading social optimization platform for online business. He can be found on Twitter at @daveyovanno or e-mail dave(at)gigya(dot)com. 

When it comes to Facebook, if you’re uncertain where and when to place a “Like” button on your site and when to use “Share,” you’re not alone. Social sharing technologies have evolved significantly in the past several months, but it’s not as complicated as it may seem. Used in concert, “Like” and “Share” are some of the best tools around for driving referral traffic from social networks, opening new communication channels with customers and prospects, and building relationships with your best advocates.

Here are three best practices for applying them together.


1. Design for Both “Like” and “Share”


Rather than choose one or the other, sites that combine “Like” and “Share” into the user experience see the greatest level of success in terms of driving referral traffic, building relationships and learning more about their customers and visitors. Why? Not only do “Like” and “Share” have different strengths and different applications, they actually drive the most value when used in concert. Let’s drill into the specifics to illustrate.

The “Like” button has many benefits:

  • When clicked, an item is published to the person’s Facebook feed, driving referral traffic to the website. If the user is already logged into Facebook, this is a one-click process.
  • “Liking” adds data to the user’s profile on Facebook.
  • “Liking” is an easy way for users to make a connection with the things they have an affinity for — just a single-click user experience.
  • “Liking” opens a new communication channel for publishers that can subsequently share news to the feeds of Facebook users who have “Liked” that item on their site.

Facebook recently released data on the value of a “Liker” which provides compelling reasons for engaging them:

“People who click the Facebook Like button are more engaged, active and connected than the average Facebook user. The average ‘liker’ has 2.4x the amount of friends than that of a typical Facebook user. They are also more interested in exploring content they discover on Facebook — they click on 5.3x more links to external sites than the typical Facebook user.”

So where does the next generation of “Share” functionality fit into this picture? Enabling “Share,” in addition to “Like,” enhances both the overall user experience as well as the power of the “Like” button for the site:

  • Sharing provides a way for people to express themselves and share with friends when “Like” (or “recommend,” which is another form of the “Like” button) is not the appropriate sentiment. People typically “Like” things or social objects, but share activity. For example, if someone makes a comment on an article or reviews a product, they are more likely to want to share their point of view with friends rather than “Like” it.
  • When a Facebook user clicks the “Like” button, the website hosting the button does not get access to information about that user or about the “Like.” Integrating sharing into the site — via Facebook’s Open Graph API — effectively closes the data loop by asking a person to connect with a website the first time he or she chooses to share something. Once a user connects, his or her “Like” data is available to the site owner, enabling a more personalized user experience outside of Facebook.”

This article is an excerpt from MASHABLE. Click the name for the full article.

 

“For all we know, Search Engine Optimization, better known as SEO, is used for obtaining the right keywords when we search for something on the internet. But only few of us know is that SEO is used in obtaining rankings for a site under relevant keyword phrases.

SEO has several uses not only in business, but also in making research at school, or at work. Admit it, if this was not invented, you would really be having difficulties in searching and of course, a good SEO means, you won’t be having difficulties and the saves you time looking for what you want.

Following are some of SEO blogs that I consider in the top 15 of my list. And after you go through with them, the more you will appreciate about SEOs.

Seomoz

Seomoz is a website that offer tons of SEO tools and information. Some of the tools are free, and some of them require premium subscription. Their SEO blog is updated frequently and you will always find quality articles over there.”

Read the full article @WEBDESIGNBOOTH.