Another Try by Google to Take On Facebook

"Remember Google Buzz? What about Orkut, or Google Wave?

Google has tried several times, without much success, to take on Facebook and master social networking. Now it is making its biggest effort yet.

On Tuesday, Google introduced a social networking service called the Google+ project — which happens to look a lot like Facebook. The service, which is initially available to a select group of Google users who will soon be able to invite others, will let people share and discuss status updates, photos and links, much as they do on Facebook."

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Lodging Interactive Wins Top Honors at 2011 Interactive Media Awards Winning Multiple Design Awards

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Lodging Interactive, a leading Internet Marketing Agency exclusively servicing the hospitality industry, today announced that is has been awarded multiple awards of Outstanding Achievement in Website Development by the Interactive Media Awards for its work on the Crowne Plaza Lake Oswego and Wyndham Garden New York City websites.  The honor recognizes that both design and development projects met and surpassed the basic standards of excellence that comprise the web's most professional work.  Both websites were honored specifically for excellence in the Hotel/Resort category.

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Lodging Interactive Launches Chatter Guard For Restaurant Industry

Lodging Interactive, an award winning Interactive and Social Media Marketing Agency servicing the hospitality industry and the provider of Chatter GuardTM , the hospitality industry’s leading social media monitoring service, announced today the launch of Chatter Guard Social Media Monitoring Services for the restaurant industry. Chatter Guard for Restaurants provides ongoing monitoring and service attribute scoring of user generated social media content and reviews.

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Google launches indexed local directory portals

"Google has just released city-specific business directories that are clearly going to compete with Yelp, Citysearch, and for travel with TripAdvisor in terms of highlighting popular local businesses.

Google has been trying hard to get a secure position in the local scene. As Marissa Mayer described it, local was one of the important aspects of the current web – with the others being media, search, mobile, and social. With YouTube, Google has the media stage. With Android, Google has mobile. But the social sphere and the local platform are both owned by competitors (specifically Facebook and Groupon), and Google has to fight to catch up."

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