App enables users to deliver items through traveling friends

Social networks are useful for helping users stay up-to-date with what their friends are doing, however they can also be harnessed for greater purposes. Friendshippr is an app that keeps track of contacts’ travel plans to allow users to ‘crowdship’ goods through them. 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…

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…

Physical counter shows online Facebook ‘likes’

We recently saw how Nordstrom is integrating its Pinterest activity with its brick and mortar stores, with real-time showcasing of the most pinned items. Now the Fliike is enabling any store to demonstrate online engagement through a physical Facebook ‘like’ counter. 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…

Fingerprint recognition allows automatic Facebook updates for hotel guests

We’ve already featured the Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel on these pages before thanks to its biometric payment system. Using the same technology, the hotel is now set to feature similar technology that recognizes guests’ fingerprints and automatically updates their Facebook profiles. READ MORE…

Airline’s Facebook app lets passengers choose seats near their friends

We’ve seen numerous services designed to help travelers hook up while on the go — KLM and Air France’sBluenity social network is one example — but it wasn’t until just recently that we came across an effort by an airline to help them choose the people they sit next to during their flight as well. Sure enough, Malaysia Airlines recently launched its Facebook-based MHbuddy service to make booking and arranging a flight fully social. READ MORE…

Site taps Facebook for friends’ anonymous doctor and dentist recommendations

If Facebook friends are a group to be trusted for vacation rentals and even dating guidance, it stands to reason that they should be a good source for physician recommendations as well. Enter WhichDoc, a New York-based company that taps the user’s social network for doctor and dentist referrals. READ MORE…

Confectionery brand will turn fan’s face into candy

It was just last month we saw Maxwell House handing out free coffee and positive messages at their Optimism Cafe in Toronto, and now Maynards Canada — another Kraft Canada brand — are using another novel marketing approach with a human touch by giving customers the chance to have their face immortalized in Maynards candy. READ MORE…

Renault connect offline approval to online Facebook “liking”

Many brands have struggled when it comes to converting a popular offline presence into online recognition. Hoping to remove any practical barriers to this process, and encourage instant online appreciation, Renault were displaying their innovative Facebook share pillars at the recent AutoRAI Amsterdam Motorshow. READ MORE…

Viewers customize interactive Facebook-based “Social Film”

When it comes to entertainment, regular readers of Springwise may have noticed a growing trend where, user interactivity is not only encouraged, but is made compulsory in order to reveal certain content. Recently we spotted Bluebrain’s location-based album, and now we’ve discovered Murmur’s “Social Film” — Him, Her and Them — which relies on the viewer/user to alter the viewing experience for their Facebook friends. READ MORE…