You may have heard about the recent movie highlighting the growth of Facebook. “The Social Network” has scored well at the box office, and it’s a perfect example of a runaway web success story.
It’s the story most Internet entrepreneurs dream about. Organic, wild out-of-control growth…The kind of situation where developers scramble to keep up with a flood of new users, venture capitalists throw money at you and everyone gets rich.
The past 4 years at Yovia hasn’t been quite that dramatic, but in the last 6 months, we’ve doubled in size, and the growth has been almost entirely organic. Let’s be clear: We’re still tiny.
This is the thing: we’ve not even launched officially yet. In fact, for the past 2 months, we’ve actually tried to limit the growth, yet it keeps on growing. As it turns out – our methodology (Social Velocity) actually works.
Yovia’s growth is a perfect example of the law of networks in action. As Yovia grows faster – it grows faster. Today we hit 6,000 beta users, which again, is a tiny number in the scheme of things.† (Facebook has 526 million users!).
Still, these 6,000 users created 60,000 conversations with almost 3 million of their friends on Facebook. They also managed to completely bring our servers down and over the last 30 days a crack team of experts has been rapidly moving us to a cloud environment, streamlining the code and preparing us for 10 or 20 times the amount of people. It’s sort of like the Facebook movie, except with less backstabbing, way less money flowing in and a lot less hype.
We’re excited, a bit tired, and literally hours away from being able to officially launch this. Ready the servers, warm up the coffee and buckle your seatbelts everyone!
YouTube was a service started to upload videos about you and your life. It all started off with the following video.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNQXAC9IVRw[/youtube]
Not very revolutionary huh? YouTube has since grown to become the third most visited site in the world and fourth most visited in the United States. It has become the focal point for marketing campaigns, politicians, musicians, and artists around the world. Millions of viewers go to YouTube every day to look up videos of their favorite band, funny pets, pranks, and even how-to videos. YouTube has revolutionized the way we share media with each other, evidenced first hand by the fact that this Word Press blog template has an embed option for YouTube built-in. YouTube is the perfect place to express yourself whether you are a struggling artist trying to get exposure or a company testing new advertising waters. All you need to do is sign up for a free account and start subscribing to your favorite channels and you can amass quite a following. What are you waiting for? Get started today!
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Maurice Ferre hasn’t been the mayor of Miami for a while, but his passion for politics and serving the people of Florida has been his life’s focus. As the most recent democratic candidate to enter the U.S. Senate race, Mr. Ferre certainly has the experience to get the job done.
The question is, does he have the money?
His $130k in donations thus far are going to have to work pretty hard to make a dent in the $3.7 M Meek has raised.
Being the underdog is nothing new for Ferre, however. He’s been working on balancing Florida’s budget for almost 25 years.
During an exclusive interview just for the Yovia community. Mr. Ferre passionately described how the youth of Florida are the key to economic recovery.
There are 2 million people unemployed in Florida and [there are lot's of students]† not even graduating from high-school, let alone college. Plus, Florida is donor state (we pay more to the Federal government than we receive.
These are both 2 of Maurice’s top issues.
Ferre plans to run a grass-roots campaign and is compiling his official position statements for bloggers to read and ask questions directly on Facebook.
His final comments to us:
“I challenge Mr. Meek to name one thing he’s accomplished. I want to know one thing that he [spearheaded] and got completed during† his last 8 years in Washington.”
Thus far the Meek campaign has not responded.
I got the VIP invites in the Whiskey River opening at the St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville, Florida a while back.
I was of course excited at the concept of a good-old-cowboy-cold-beer western dance club to bring my beautiful wife to on a Saturday Night.
After polishing up the boots and throwing a little armorall on the dash of the F-250 we set out.† It was 9 PM saturday night and we were excited for a little line dancing, bull riding, wing eating and good old fashioned cowboy entertainment.† Unfortunately, none of that happened.
Long story short, at around 11:30 we were done,† pulling through Krystal to pick up a sackful to drown our Whiskey River Blues, and to quench our hunger. Despite repeatedly trying to find some food, someone that could help us or even a place to sit down, we left empty stomached. Maybe that is a good sign.
I can see the potential, but it left a lot to be desired. It reminded me of a mix between Hooters, Disney, and a frat party for† Jacksonville suburbanites. I think I even saw those guys from Jersey Shore there. Fist pumping while they do their laundry or whatever.
For starters, the images on their website paint a picture of the ole-west, jean-short, whiskey infused fun I was looking for on a Saturday night. I can deal with a little optimistic marketing – this is what I can’t deal with:
Here is a picture of what it actually looked like.
It is fairly new and I’m sure we’ll check back in a few months. While it didn’t give us the ho-down I was looking for at least it’s a new genre of clubs to add to J Ville’s options on a Saturday night and the Whiskey River girls did their best to keep the crowd entertained.
Dear marketing community,
Iíve just started planning for 2010Ö
I actually said Ď0-10í in a planning meeting this morning. At that moment I realized that not only is the new year quickly approaching, itís an awkward year to say via abbreviation.
What better time than these last weeks before the winter break to sit down and plan your marketing strategy for 2010.
Our business is very much focused around the major discussions that happen each day on the web.
While we canít always predict what and why these spikes will happen, we can plan for known events.
(I canít believe Yovia missed International Talk-like-a-pirate Day this year)
Please use this free calendar to plan your 2010 marketing strategy.
To your success in 2010 and beyond.
CEO – Yovia
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The idea is really clever. It’s simply a directory of several hundred brands – and the ‘chatter’ that is picked up on the Internet.
The idea is this – if you are in charge of the brand you may log-in and ‘highlight’ the good content and may respond to the bad – for a fee.
Is this an acceptance of the full transformation of the the social web?
Are we finally at a point where quality prospers and incompetence dies?
If so, Mr. Godin may have ushered in this new social era into maturity.