Social media

When social media goes bad: a cautionary tale

Mike | July 25th, 2011

One of the most enduringly popular ad campaigns in memory is from the California Milk Processor Board – “Got Milk” has become an iconic part of the cultural landscape and has been shared, copied, parodied, and imitated over and over again. Although that campaign pre-dated the rise of the social media, it is a great […]

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Social Media Revolution – Facts and Figures (Updated)

Ross | June 30th, 2011

A few years ago, Erik Qualman, the author of Socialnomics, produced a popular video highlighting the impressive facts and figures about the growing popularity of social media. Erik updated that video in 2010 and has just released a third update (below) which shows the impressive dominance of social media across the world. Some examples mentioned […]

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10 Habits of Highly Successful Freelancers

Ross | June 15th, 2011

The most successful freelancers are excellent communicators. Is it enough to have great communication skills to succeed as a freelancer? No. However, it’s nearly impossible to succeed as a freelancer without effective communication skills. We’ve seen many talented designers on crowdSPRING and elsewhere fail to grow successful freelance businesses because they were poor communicators. We’ve […]

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Google Summer of Code 2011

Adriano | April 1st, 2011

Since 2005, Google has led a wonderful open source program called Summer of Code. The goal of that program is to promote open source software development. Google invites open source organizations to propose ideas that could benefit the world, and asks the organizations to mentor students to develop these ideas and released them as FOSS […]

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Are You Listening?

Ross | March 30th, 2011

Many people use social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and others to broadcast information about themselves and their businesses. Far fewer people take the time to listen. The video below shows baby twins having a “conversation” between themselves. Notice how each patiently listens while the other is “talking”. We can learn a lot from babies and […]

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crowdSPRING Community Gives Back – Kids In Danger

Ross | March 27th, 2011

Give Back is the crowdSPRING community’s way of helping worthy non-profit and charity causes in need. Creatives in the crowdSPRING community have agreed that for these special projects, no monetary awards will be given. crowdSPRING will waive all fees and will assist the organizations with posting their project. We will collaborate together to help those […]

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crowdSPRING on Good Morning America

Ross | February 17th, 2011

Last year in our 12 Questions interview series, we profiled Tiffany Reed, a single mom living in Virginia and working as a graphic designer on crowdSPRING. This past week, Tiffany’s design work on crowdSPRING was covered by Good Morning America (America’s most popular morning show) on their national television show and an accompanying article – […]

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David Carson, Spec Work, and Hypocrisy

Ross | January 5th, 2011

The About page of Carson Mag, a new bi-monthly magazine, says the following about David Carson: Creative Director David Carson has won over 170 awards for his work in graphic design, had numerous one man exhibitions of his work worldwide, and has been called the “Art Director of the Era” by Creative Review London. USA […]

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Small Business Tip: Get $100 AdWords Credit From Google

Ross | December 30th, 2010

Google is giving away $100 million dollars in AdWords credits to small businesses that sign up for an AdWords account BEFORE December 31, 2010. Up to one million small businesses can sign up for this program. If you sign up in the next two days, you’ll have until February 15, 2011 to spend $100 on […]

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Is Social Media Making Us Less Human?

Ross | December 28th, 2010

A few days ago, I read an essay in the New York Times by Robin Dunbar. For those not familiar with Dunbar – Dunbar is a professor of evolutionary anthropology at Oxford and author of a popular book – “How Many Friends Does One Person Need? Dunbar’s Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks.” I’ve long been […]

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