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Needles in the hay #5 – a few links worthy of your time

Samuel Thompson - Monday, March 19, 2012

—( ‘Do you love reading?’, with thanks to Fiduz )—Each week I put together a collection of a couple of articles, ideas and innovations that I've come across in my attempts to digest all of the information on the internet. These are some of the ones that really stood out.

Enjoy.

// Where's Independent Retail At?

The link goes through to a report complied by the ACS (Association of Convenience Stores) which demonstrates the results of a number of interviews with independent retailers. Although many of the stats come as little surprise considering the economy, there's a goodly amount of optimism swimming around in them there shops.

// PayPal Moves Into Mobile Payment Solutions For Small Businesses

I was amazed when Square first moved into the space a few years back: amazed at what mobile payments promised, at least potentially. Now PayPal are throwing in their two cents, which is bound to stir things up.

// A New Local Craze – Cashmob

Seemingly almost completely organic, Cashmobs are a brilliant new way of supporting local businesses and having a laugh. Happily, the trend has become huge in America, even making its way into a New York Times blog.

// A Facebook Re-design That Affects SME's, Badly

Rounds of user complaints about Facebook's endless re-designs has become a highly predictable trend in recent years, but this time the upcoming changes are going to be hitting businesses too as they're forced to convert to Timeline.

Unfortunately it looks like the benefits are largely going to be reaped by bigger businesses with the budget and time to take advantage of them. Many smaller businesses – well adapted to the low-time high-effect tools that are disappearing – may find the new changes to be quite disappointing, if not darn stress-inducing.

Your Moment Of Zen

// A Shining Example Of Pro-Activity

It's nice to see this kind of altruistic entrepreneurialism burgeoning at such a young age, especially coming from near my home town.

Have you come across any links you'd like to share?

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