Thursday, 29 September 2011

Facebook Will Never Charge You to Use It.

The rumor that Facebook will suddenly start charging users to access the site has become one of the social media era’s perennial chain letters.

While Facebook prominently advertises that its service is “free and always will be” on its homepage, it hasn’t stopped false rumors of a pay scheme from going viral on numerous occasions, most recently in conjunction with the major profile redesign that the site announced earlier this month.

Given the ubiquity of these rumors, we thought it was worth exploring their origin — and why we can guarantee Facebook will never charge you to use its service.

Facebook’s New Features Will Fuel Social Shopping

Many of the new features introduced at Facebook’s f8 Developer Conference last Thursday, such as a customizable Open Graph and real-time news Ticker, will have a tremendous impact on social commerce and social shopping in the very near future.

Developers will now be able to build a Facebook commerce experience more relevant to shoppers and also offer more effective social discovery for sellers. Sellers will be able to access new insights into shopper preferences and will use this data to better promote their products. These new opportunities will make the Facebook shopping experience richer and more social.

Here are ways Facebook’s new features will fuel social commerce and product discovery.

1. Better Self-Expression for Shoppers

Custom Open Graph gestures will bring a new level of relevance to the Facebook shopping experience. By enabling new buttons such as “Want,” “Own” and “Love,” shoppers will be able to express themselves more specifically around a particular product. Consequently, News Feed stories can also be customized to generate phrases such as “Jim reviewed” or “Jane loved” a particular product. These types of posts will drive much more effective social discovery than a simple “Like” story.

These new buttons will also be used to enrich the social shopping experience within Facebook storefronts themselves. For example, in the future, you will be able to see who “owns” a product you’re considering and connect with that friend for recommendations. This functionality will also enable sellers to engage more deeply with shoppers. For example, if I discover that Jim owns a product in my storefront, I might ask him for a product review.

2. Product Discovery Through Ticker
The new Ticker creates a persistent real-time stream that sellers can use to publicize products to shoppers, just as Ticker allows users to discover music their friends are listening to. For example, if my friend Jane visits a Sahycart's Facebook store and clicks the “Want” button on a product, the resulting Ticker story could read, “Jane wants a Granite Fountain at the Fountain Shop on Facebook.”

As powerful as this capability is, developers should be careful to publish only the activities that shoppers agree to promote.

3. The Ability to Create Wishlists

As part of the new design, Facebook will aggregate application activity to create persistent modules on a person’s Timeline. Different social shopping widgets will post to a person’s profile, such as holiday and birthday wish lists or wedding and baby registries. These lists are created automatically based on the custom action buttons. For example, all “Want” button clicks will create a wish list on the Timeline.

Adding product-focused lists to your profile lets people know what you want, and makes it easier for friends to know what to buy you when those special events come around. Now when your friends get a birthday reminder for you, they can click through to your profile, and may even be able to buy you something from your birthday wish list immediately.

The Ticker will also play a role in promoting these wish lists. Want to remind people about your wish list before your upcoming birthday? Just “Want” a more recent product and it will automatically generate a fresh Ticker story.

4. Clearer Permissions

Have you ever started to use a new Facebook application, but hesitated when seeing how the application could use your data? The current permissions dialog box did not allow developers to explain why they want your permissions, so users didn’t always have enough information to make an informed decision.

Developers will now have more control over the content displayed in the permissions dialog, and thus can better articulate how a person’s data will be used. Social shopping applications can explain exactly what type of data will be used and what benefits it will provide the shopper; they can even include screenshots of posts that might appear on your Timeline. For example, a permissions dialog might explain that your Facebook interests will be used to provide product recommendations and special deals targeted to you. This option could, in turn, build trust and increase participation by users.

5. Shopping With Friends
The Facebook custom Open Graph and Ticker opened the door to social music discovery – so why notsocial shopping as well?

In the near future you might see an “invite friends to shop” button within a sociaishop. Clicking on it would generate a post in the Ticker that says, “Jane is shopping for baby strollers.” When a friend clicks on the post, they would be taken to a chat room-style panel or comment box where they can share stroller recommendations. That feedback might become part of the public comments in the store, or may only be visible to the two of you. The end result is that you have enlisted your friend’s help to make a purchase decision, as if you were both shopping together at the mall.

These kinds of experiences are only the beginning. Just as developers have used Facebook to bring people together to play social games, so too will developers use this new functionality to make Facebook shopping a much more interactive — and social — experience.

What features would you like to see in a Facebook shopping experience?

5 must-have features of an online store

Online retail has become immensely popular nowadays. The web is brimming with several online stores, but there are certain features that give your online store an edge above the others. Take a look at the 5 crucial features you must include in your online store.

Multiple Payment Gateways - Multiple payment gateways is an essential feature of a good online store. It makes the payment procedure hassle-free by offering the consumers an option of paying through a payment gateway they trust. Online stores targeting a single country must use the most reliable payment mode of that specific country. Talking of payment gateways, PayPal is the most reliable brand. You can choose similar trusted payment gateways demanding low transaction fees, if you are covering more than one country.

Social Networking Integration - Social Media has pretty much become an important part of our lives these days. To make your online store popular and attract countless customers from across the globe, you must integrate the social media means within your online store. You must sell your products on Facebook to reach out to several customers at no cost.

Privacy and Secure Checkout – Privacy of customer’s important and personal details must be maintained by an online store at any cost. Online stores often ask for phone numbers, address, etc. at checkout. This information must not reach the merchant so that it remains safe and secure. Privacy of personal details is an important issue for most of the online customers.

Design – Your online shopping website must definitely look good. The products must be described through text, catchy images and multimedia files.

Customer-friendly - When customers visit an online shop for the very first time, certain aspects determine whether they come back to the site or not. The most significant features include, quick loading time, easy checkout, accessibility, and user-friendly features. Make sure you incorporate these in your online store website.

Retailers aiming at running a booming online store should include these must-have features. Additionally, the web storefronts must be regularly innovated and enhanced as per the demands of the consumers. Those who move along with the pace of modification will certainly taste success.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Google+ Traffic Jumps After Opening to the Public

Opening up Google+ to the masses brought in a huge influx of new visits last week.
The researcher estimates the site received about 15 million U.S. visits for the week ending Sept. 24 vs. 1.1 million the previous week. The network’s 13-fold gain in visits came five days after it opened the site to the public. Research from Google+ watcher Paul Allen showed a 30% jump in users in two days and a base of 43 million users. 

Google’s decision to open up Google+ came the same week that rival Facebook announced several bold changes to its site. The boost in visitors puts Google+ at number eight among most-visited social networking sites, right behind MySpace and up from number 54 the previous week.

Monday, 26 September 2011

G+ : Share Your Favorite Circles with Others

Friday, 23 September 2011

How to Enable New Profile Feature on Facebook

Have you read about the new profile features on Facebook and don't know how to make it yours. Here are few tips given at the link below. Though the profile feature is on testing phase and not open for public, the person in your network who have created the profile in this way only can see your changed profile. For rest the old profile is visible.
Hope it will make it available for everyone very early.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Get your product sold-out on Facebook. Check out HOW !

Monday, 19 September 2011

Now Google Wallet Rolled out in the market

For Sprint Nexus S 4G phones and Citi MasterCards or Visa cards, Google’s mobile payment system Google Wallet is now available to the public. Google Wallet is built on an open platform that combines multiple credit cards, loyalty programs and offers at the point of sale. Payment is made by swiping your smartphone at checkout. Surprisingly but yes, Google is turning your phone into your wallet.

Monday, 12 September 2011

eCommerce tip for successing facebook

Most of the business who are having online store is having facebook fan page. As the popularity of the brand is getting higher, the likes on the page is increasing. Now you are having a thousands of fans on your business page, so why not to get the benefit of it and started selling the products to them ?
But how?  Here is an answer. Get your online facebook store ready. We generally call it a Social Shop which helps the people to sell the goods in their own social networks. Thousands of the people are fan of your page and many hundreds are friends in their circle. As the fan click on like button on any of your product, it instantly promote the same to their own circle. This is how your traffic to the social shop is increasing.

Get your social shop ready today, and get the benefit of the networks.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Informative facts for twitter

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Free Facebook Socialshop

Sahycart recently launches social shop services at no cost.
They are offering facebook social shop to the eShop owners and the best part of the offer is, its "FREE"

Example Link: Facebook Shop


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