What Will your Phone Do Next?

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Try to think of something your phone cannot do these days – pretty challenging right? Every year technology takes another giant leap forward and we are left with new innovations impacting our daily lives. Smartphones have perhaps seen some of the biggest developments in the past years. Apps, social media, games and shopping via mobile have all become the norm for many users.

The trend towards being mobile does not seem to be slowing down as people become increasingly more reliant on their phones and other mobile devices. In fact, mobile adoption is growing at a rate eight times faster than Web adoption. It is projected that by 2017, 87% of connected devices will be tablets or smartphones, as opposed to traditional desktops which will make up only 13%.On more recent driving factor is the rise of readily available public wifi services is making it much easier to stay connected anywhere, anytime.

So what does this mean for businesses?

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#InternetOfficial Judges Announced

Verisign Internet Offical

Just a couple weeks ago we announced a new contest from Verisign who is looking for the best .com domain name out there. Offering the opportunity for participants to win up to $35,000, a carefully selected panel of judges will be determining which one is worthy of such a prize.

So, who are these judges? Well, they are among some of the most elite TV personalities, entrepreneurs, and industry experts!

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Hosting A Competition To Increase Blog Visits

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There are various tactics that can increase the number of people who read your blog. Analyzing traffic sources and patterns can help identify areas of improvement. If you’re looking for one quick and easy way to increase visitors, then holding a competition could be a good solution. A great contest, well-planned and executed correctly, can provide significant brand awareness and traffic to your site. Keep these eight tips in mind to maximize the benefits of your contest:

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Wrap-up of this week’s top articles from the 1&1 Blog

Most Popular Blog Posts

To catch you up on this week’s most popular 1&1 blog posts our WordPress Specialist attended WordCamp Norway, we discussed the SMB impact of Twitter’s Mobile Video, uncovered what ‘the cloud’ really means, advised how to best manage multiple social media platforms, and discussed hashtag usage.

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Using Hashtags to Improve Your Twitter Presence

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Hashtags add easily searchable keyword tags to your tweets which makes them show up in public searches for that term. Extending that Tweet’s reach outside of your immediate network helps you to reach a wider audience. Hashtags are also clickable, so it’s quick and easy for readers to immediately performs a search of all Tweets containing that hashtag.

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Managing your brand on multiple social media platforms

Social Media for Businesses

Millions of people visit social media sites each day and it is important that if they happen upon your page that the viewer be pleased with it. Maintaining one social media page is simple. However, when managing more than one, the difficulty increases. For the purpose of this article, I will focus examples on Facebook, Twitter and blogging.

These are three areas that are important when reviewing your approach to social media across platforms:

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What is ‘The Cloud’?

Cloud Computing

We’ve all heard about “the cloud” and, especially for smartphone and tablet users, used the phrase “upload it to the cloud.” So, what does cloud computing really mean?

These phrases are familiar because the concept of cloud computing and the services it provides are not new. In fact, cloud-based solutions have been used by businesses for more than 10 years. Email applications are the most widely-adopted cloud solutions. Through a simple interface, users have been sending and receiving emails, and sometimes storing photos or documents “in the cloud.”

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Category: Net Culture
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Three New TLDs Are Available Today – .WORK, .DELIVERY and .ENERGY!

Your Domain

Beginning last year, more than 250 new top-level domains (TLDs) have been launched for registration, allowing businesses and individual users the opportunity to pursue a memorable, relevant domain name for their website. Today, three brand new TLDs are available for registration. Spice up your domain with one of the creative new endings such as .work, .delivery, or .energy.

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Twitter Mobile Video: Show AND Tell

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Yesterday, we touched on how Twitter’s new Group Direct Messaging can help you reach your audience. But this wasn’t the only new feature that the social media giant launched. In part two we look at Twitter’s other feature, Mobile Video. Combining both of them could go a long way with connecting to your audience.

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An Exciting Weekend at WordCamp Norway

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WordPress enthusiasts gathered in Oslo for the annual WordCamp Norway last weekend. In addition to enjoying the many festivities of the weekend, 1&1’s WordPress Specialist, Marko Heijnen, gave a presentation on Saturday. His session, “Writing Clean and Maintainable Code,” explored the principles of coding as they relate to WordPress and beyond. The concepts of this presentation are not just for the tech-savvy, they can benefit WordPress users of all experience levels. Here are his slides from the presentation as well as some key takeaways:

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