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New Media Pioneer: Joey Smith and Peter Nash of TrekWest5 Podcast

trekwest5aTrekWest5 is a podcast that strives to bring thoughtful conversations to television, books, movies, music, and pretty much anything else they want to talk about.

Q) Tell us a little bit about your site. What inspired you to start it?

Peter: We love television, but the idea of just turning off your brain for mindless entertainment never felt right to us – it seemd to close to the Looter mentality.  We feel that you can have intelligent and entertaining discussion based on the subjects that television shows handle.  Our aim is to facilitate such conversation in ourselves and our listeners.

Cute Is What We Aim For Set to Release New Single Today Via Twitter

CuteIsWhatWeAimForThis is the year of revival and resurgence for Cute Is What We Aim For, and like everything else this band does, the release of the first track will be anything but ordinary. Taking advantage of the rise in social media in the immediate age, Cute Is What We Aim For will release their first new song in over two years via Twitter tomorrow. Follow Shaant here: @Shaantastic.

With one tweet (to be release tomorrow at NOON EST) the first 10,000 followers will receive the new song called “Harbor” automatically downloaded onto their computer or wireless device.

Shaant Hacikyan, the founding member of Cute Is What We Aim For has come full circle.  After struggling with alcohol addiction and successfully completing treatment, Shaant began writing music again and will be releasing a new album with a fresh reincarnated version of the band.  He is also prepping for a headlining tour with The Friday Night Boys, The Bigger Lights and Down With Webster, which kicks off May 11th in Boston.

USA TODAY Announces To Write Love On Her Arms Winner of Twitter Hashtag Campaign for Charity

twlohafounderUSA TODAY, the nation’s top-selling print newspaper, announces the results of the #AmericaWants Twitter hashtag campaign for charity. With the most tweets of support, To Write Love on Her Arms will receive a full-page, full-color ad in USA TODAY, valued at $189,400.

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. The movement exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Since 2006, To Write Love on Her Arms has responded to more than 150,000 emails and messages from over 100 countries, in addition to giving more than $700,000 directly to treatment and recovery.

Help To Write Love On Her Arms to Win an Ad in USA Today by Tweeting

twlohaNon-profit organization To Write Love on Her Arms is in the running to win a full page ad in USA Today (worth $189,000) and all they need to win is your tweet! To win, TWLOHA needs the most tweets to USA Today.

To help TWLOHA win this great gift, simply tweet: “#AmericaWants @TWLOHA to get a full-page ad in USA TODAY!” Re-tweeting it and spreading the word could only help TWLOHA, so tweet up a storm for a good cause!

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

Social Media Overview

social_media_icons_20Social media is the buzz phrase of the web today, however, ask any two web professionals what “social media” actually is and you will get two differing answers. In fact, social media means different things to different people including the most important group of all, the users.

Users are bringing change to the web because of how their web surfing habits are evolving. This is leading to new and creative ways to satisfy the changing demands for how information and content is searched and used.

Social Media Defined

The World Wide Web was conceived as a medium for information exchange between users, however, it is only with the advent of Social Media innovations this has become reality for ordinary users as individuals and collectives including businesses. Social Media is not defined by “What It Is” but more by “What It Does” – it is the enablement of any user to share information whether uploading it to the web for others or viewing and downloading content for their own use.

3 Simple Steps to Succeed With Your Online Music Promotion

free music downloadsOnline music promotion is an essential part of any artist’s successful marketing campaign in the “new music” business model.

The music business has been forced to change its business model as a result of the internet. This in the long term is good for musician’s bands and artists as they have more control of promoting themselves online using the various platforms of web 2.0 and are not as beholden to record companies as they were.

So how do we market music online?

Why Should Indie Music Artists Utilize Google Buzz?

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When people ask me what Google Buzz is, I simply say it’s a hybrid of Facebook and Twitter. You apply live updates to your profile for your followers, similar to Twitter, and then add links or photos. You also have the ability to make your updates public or private.

Why should indie bands or artists use Google Buzz?

It is another excellent way to gain exposure for your band or project. You can apply custom links and have your profile showcased during Google searches of your project’s name.

Having a link back to your Web site is a solid reason to create a Google profile. Google also gives you the ability to add multiple links to your other social media sites, store, blog, etc. For instance, I currently have five links on my profile to the sites I want my followers to visit. Categories Showcase Radio Shows and DJs launched their new “Category” pages, which feature some of the finest stations, shows and DJs (Cloudcasters) on Mixcloud across 10 music and 6 talk Categories. The new update also includes an interesting integration with Twitter and Facebook.

The Category pages are a selection of editorial picks, designed to help listeners browse through the wealth of content on Mixcloud and discover high quality shows more easily. The Categories range from indie to house to comedy. In addition to the editorial picks, the Category pages include a section for “community picks”, empowering the community on Mixcloud to choose the Cloudcasters they would like featured – an interesting model for crowdsourced editorial. New user picks will be revealed every week on Mixcloud Monday!