Twitter Link Roundup #135 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More Ross | June 15th, 2012

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week!

The above image is a banner ad designed by someone in five minutes using Microsoft Paint. Would you believe it resulted in three times more clicks than a professionally designed banner ad? Read about that interesting advertising experiment in the Social Media & Marketing section below.

More Than Half of Small-Business Owners Go Without Pay – http://amex.co/LmEWMe

What Being an Angry Customer Has Taught Me About Great Customer Service – http://bit.ly/KZTrr1

Fall In Love With Your Business, Not Your Business Plan – http://bit.ly/LmEKwt

crowdSPRING’s Small Business Spotlight of the Week: RentValet – http://bit.ly/LWO23A

Achieving The Network Effect: Solving The Chicken Or The Egg – http://bit.ly/NkF1EC

Spotlight on crowdSPRING – http://bit.ly/MALC7L

What It’s Like To Be The CEO: Revelations and Reflections – http://bit.ly/KlfZEh

Why I Have Sex With My Co-founder – http://bit.ly/LiE6jt

Exposure to Awesome Things Makes You a Better Person – http://bit.ly/LR0gsv

Acquisitions fail 70 to 90% of the time – http://bit.ly/LNp58k

What Being an Angry Customer Has Taught Me About Great Customer Service – http://bit.ly/KZTrr1

Fall In Love With Your Business, Not Your Business Plan – http://bit.ly/LmEKwt

Spotlight on crowdSPRING – http://bit.ly/MALC7L

Achieving The Network Effect: Solving The Chicken Or The Egg – http://bit.ly/NkF1EC

Mobile Advertising: The $20B Opportunity Mirage – http://bit.ly/KZRV8k

About 41% of Kickstarter Projects Fail – http://on.mash.to/MKzu7J

Tough to see why young engineers think Microsoft is cool again – http://reut.rs/LDpsE3

When do I *stop* doing customer interviews and start writing code? – http://bit.ly/NkGGKp

Why Facebook has won the mobile photo war – http://bit.ly/Klhfas

Days of Wild User Growth Appear Over at Facebook – http://on.wsj.com/KZQpCW

Anyone Who Thinks Mobile Advertising Is Going To Be Huge Needs To See These Charts… – http://read.bi/LFfVw1

Companies’ Twitter Followers Mostly Robots: Study – http://huff.to/KZRuuL

Mobile Advertising: The $20B Opportunity Mirage – http://bit.ly/KZRV8k

Maybe you don’t need great design for ads after all. Just make shit up in Microsoft Paint – http://bit.ly/LOB8pL

About 41% of Kickstarter Projects Fail – http://on.mash.to/MKzu7J

Microsoft plans ads that monitor your emotion – http://bit.ly/MGI4AS

Report says 25% of all media consumption now takes place at work. Few agencies plan for that – http://bit.ly/LDrggk

Cheatsheets Wallpapers For Web Designers And Developers – http://bit.ly/LyJVty

The 7 Biggest Creativity Killers – http://bit.ly/KBHKnJ

Top 20 Transparent Business Card Designs – http://bit.ly/KZNESa

30 Typography Examples from Advertising – http://bit.ly/KZNLx0

Lessons in Conveying Complex Ideas with Simple Graphics from the World’s Best Information Designers – http://bit.ly/K3mFWq

25 Retro Packages, Posters, and Business Cards – http://bit.ly/JQEYtb

22 Outstanding Free Collection Of Leather Textures – http://bit.ly/LNlhEc

30 cute, creative and crazy nail art designs – http://bit.ly/OIdKca

30+ Websites That Make Use of Beautiful Typography – http://bit.ly/LyKe7P

40 Beautifully Designed Mobile Apps With Excellent UI Experience in Mind – http://bit.ly/Lbvsqb

User Experience Takeaways From Online Car Shopping – http://bit.ly/Lz1Rpg

35 Useful Mobile Apps for Designers – http://bit.ly/KBHTHO

35 Creative ads Worked in Photoshop – http://bit.ly/LNljf2

Excellent Examples of Creative Postcard Printing – http://bit.ly/KBHPaY

25 Professional White Business Card Designs – http://bit.ly/LbwMt8

25 Inspiring Blue Business Cards – http://bit.ly/KYEeYY

50 Excellent Useful Tutorials For Designing Icons – http://bit.ly/LyKio7

20 Very useful After Effects Tutorials – http://bit.ly/LNlxmF

40 Inspirational Typography Designs – http://bit.ly/KYELKr

A look at Brochures that Break Your Art Funk – http://bit.ly/LyKnbd

Really Useful Resources and Tools for Responsive Web Design – http://bit.ly/OIfphG

20 Eye-Catching and Artistic Business Card Designs – http://bit.ly/KYEpDA

40 Fresh and Colorful Patterns to Spice Up Your Designs: 2012 Edition – http://bit.ly/Lz1jzE

30 Creative and Artistic Typography Examples for Inspiration – http://bit.ly/LyKMum

32 iPhone App UI Shots from Dribbble Members – http://bit.ly/LyVuCm

35 Useful Photoshop Patterns – http://bit.ly/LyKIeb

30 Sets of Free Cork Texture – http://bit.ly/LNlwPu

Interview with a crowdSPRING designer – 12 Questions: Meet Naoki Haruyoshi (Japan) – http://bit.ly/MAKXmJ

Design Patterns: When Breaking The Rules Is OK – http://bit.ly/Lxi2yD

Legal Contracts for Software Developers Who Hate Contracts (w/free contract template to use today) – http://bit.ly/1ySfi

Legal Contracts for Graphic Designers Who Hate Contracts (w/free contract template to use today) – http://bit.ly/XTLkS

Logo Design: Raster Graphics or Vector Graphics – http://bit.ly/LNlszj

Interview with Mike Buzzard: How Facebook’s logo was designed – http://bit.ly/MyFoEO

40+ Latest and Creative Logo Designs for Design Inspiration – http://bit.ly/LQwaqQ

Top 10 Mascot Logo Designs – http://bit.ly/KBFD3g

40 Code & Pixel Inspired Logos – http://bit.ly/LbwAdb

30+ Inspirational Examples of Eye Catching Website Design – http://bit.ly/KZNTN1

30+ Websites That Make Use of Beautiful Typography – http://bit.ly/LyKe7P

29 Green Eco-Friendly Website Layouts – http://bit.ly/Lxh9pU

50 Excellent Useful Tutorials For Designing Icons – http://bit.ly/LyKio7

40 Princing Page Designs That Will Convince Your Clients – http://bit.ly/KYEFCx

35 Beautiful Retro Website Design for Your Inspiration – http://bit.ly/LyKKTd

Breadcrumbs Web Design Examples and Best Practices – http://bit.ly/KYE1F8

30 Creative CSS3 Website Designs – http://bit.ly/LyLrfa

21 Breathtaking Examples of Minimal Color Usage in Web Design – http://bit.ly/LyKBiz

User Experience Takeaways From Online Car Shopping – http://bit.ly/Lz1Rpg

Does everyone cheat (at least a little)? – http://nyti.ms/MqijZ9

Exposure to Awesome Things Makes You a Better Person – http://bit.ly/LR0gsv

Is China Really Set To Dominate The World In This Century? No, It’s Not – http://bit.ly/MjbXdl

Spotlight on crowdSPRING – http://bit.ly/MALC7L

Apparently, robbing banks doesn’t pay particularly well – http://lat.ms/NzxOPL

Online electronics dealer ‘taxes’ IE7 users 6.8 percent for having old browser – http://vrge.co/LOCl0l

Median net worth in US fell to $77,300 in ’10 from $126,400 in ’07 http://sto.ly/LVnYBA

Rome’s Trevi fountain crumbling ‘for lack of maintenance’ – http://bit.ly/L2r0ss

Will India Ever Really Be America’s Partner? – http://bit.ly/KPYhsF

Great apology by Jason Alexander – http://ow.ly/btmzw

Not safe for work … Foursquare for sex (funny video) – http://bit.ly/KZNg6b

Macbook Pro Retina least repairable laptop ever (among other things, memory hardwired to main board) – http://bit.ly/MPbQXV

Not surprising that suicide rates are much higher in arranged marriages. But hard to see those cultures change – http://nyti.ms/LHWRxQ

A Flat Touchscreen With Pop-Up Buttons? What? – http://bit.ly/KlhC58

I hope you enjoy these links! Please leave a comment and let me know what you liked/didn’t like.

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