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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
This social network pays its users for their status updates
It’s widely considered that there’s an unwritten contract between tech companies and their userbase — you get to use our service for free, but we own the content you post and can sell it to third parties or use it to target advertising. However, the backlash over Instagram’s privacy policy changes in 2012 showed that consumers aren’t totally happy to give social networks free rein with their data. We’ve even seen services such as Datacoup enable web users to take control of their online information by choosing what to share and selling it to businesses. Now Bubblews is enabling its users to make money for sharing their thoughts online. READ MORE…
History-free social network destroys status updates when a new one is made

Privacy concerns are fuelling a huge demand for online services that don’t keep a permanent record of users’ activity, with the most prominent recent example beingSnapchat, the image and video sending platform that deletes messages after ten seconds. Offering another ephemeral messaging alternative, Voycee is a social network that allows users to post Facebook-style status updates, deleting the previous one whenever a new thread is created. READ MORE…
App blocks social media trolls
Reports of abuse being meted out on social networks, especially to people in the public eye, is becoming a sticking point for companies such as Facebook and Twitter, and has even led to a number of arrests in the UK. A new platform called SMC4 aims to stop hurtful or brand-damaging messages being delivered to its recipients using smart algorithms. READ MORE…
App-based bank puts a social twist on finance
Most high street banks have already launched their own smartphone apps to offer customers simple access to their accounts. Russia’s Instabank, however, is an entirely app-based bank that uses Facebook and Foursquare data to make money transfers and bill tracking easier. READ MORE…
Teen concierge program uses social networks to connect with young tourists
We recently wrote about 1888 Hotel, the venue that actively caters for adults obsessed with Instagram. Now Marriott Australia has introduced This City My Way, a teen concierge program that uses social networks such as Instagram and Kik to guide young adults around the city they’re visiting. READ MORE…
In the Philippines, credit checks based on social media profiles
Recruiters are already using social media sites to find out more about job applicants’ histories and personality, so it stands to reason that other industries might follow suit. Sure enough, Lenddo is a financial lender based in the Philippines that takes into account customers’ social network profiles when determining their credit score. READ MORE…
Hotel offers personalized holiday tips through Pinterest
From customer review sites to social media recommendations, there is a plethora of info for those planning a trip to digest. We recently saw Suggestme aggregate all of this data to offer up-to-the-minute travel advice trends, but now hotel chain Four Seasons has launched Pin.Pack.Go, a Pinterest-based concierge service that offers holiday suggestions based on customers’ existing pins. READ MORE…
In Australia, hotel caters for Instagram junkies
Springwise recently wrote about tourist-friendly stands designed by Japanese company Sunpole – helping them to take scenic selfies on their mobile devices – and our latest spotting has also recognized the importance of social media for capturing holidaymakers’ memories. The 1888 Hotel in Australia is integrating Instagram into its offerings, with facilities dedicated especially for smartphone photographers. READ MORE…
Stores promote products based on real-time Pinterest activity
Social media activity is considered to be a benefit for brands, but it’s difficult to see the real difference it makes for offline stores. While Brazil’s C&A store has integrated Facebook into its clothes racks by showing the number of real-time likes for each item, Nordstrom has now introduced a section in its brick and mortar outlets that includes some of the most pinned products on its Pinterest page that week. READ MORE…
At Japanese cocktail bar, customers add their own creations to the menu
Apps such as Coaster have already enabled cocktail fans to use mobile technology to find the best bars and order drinks remotely. Now Tokyo’s Logbar uses iPads to allow its patrons to make their own concoction and add it to the menu for other guests to buy. READ MORE…
Teen reality series created by phone company takes place only on social media
Platforms such as Visual SyncAR and SonicNotify have already attempted to offer more to TV viewers through interactive channels. Now @SummerBreak is the first reality series that is broadcast solely on social media feeds, enabling followers to interact with the characters. READ MORE…
Tourist suggestions crowdsourced from social media trends in real time
Netherlands-based WaarSchijntdeZonWel.nl has already provided a way for tourists to book last minute holidays based on the current weather. Now another Dutch platform – Suggestme – is doing the same for travelers looking for destinations that are popular on social media at the time and enables users to compile their own custom guide. READ MORE…




Vine video clips turned into paper flip books
We’ve seen many innovations over the years that bridge the offline and online worlds, but recently we came across a simple example focused on Twitter’s new Vine app for iOS. Vine Flip is a platform designed specifically to turn Vine users’ short video clips into offline, paper flip books. READ MORE…
During presidential inauguration, hotel offers social media butler
Capturing a trip is an important part of the experience for most travelers, something that the Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel picked up on with its instant Facebook update booths. In conjunction with the presidential inauguration earlier this week, The Madison Washington DC offered its Inaugural Town and Country package, which included a social media expert to document guests’ stays and keep their online profiles updated. READ MORE…
Online purchases through Facebook comments
We recently wrote about Material Wrld, the social fashion photo site that enables consumers to show off their wardrobe as well as sell the items when they’re done with them. Now Soldsie is also combining sharing and selling – by allowing Facebook users to purchase items with a comment. READ MORE…