Link Post for March 26th through March 28th

This is the A2SM Link Post for March 26th through March 28th. To see more of the bookmarks we’ve found, check out our Delicious Feed.

  • Turtles: So Hot Right Now [Randomly Viral] – Watch out cats and kittehs everywhere — your spot atop the heap of most viral animals is about to be usurped by a whole legion of heroes on a half-shell. That’s right — for some reason that I have yet to ascertain (aside from the obvious, “I like turtles” sentiment), turtles have become a seriously hot Internet meme.
  • Violent Flash Mobs Becoming a Problem in Philly – Flash mobs are usually associated with randomized fun (or pantlessness), but in Philly, they’re basically akin to randomized violence. Last night, Mayor Michael Nutter and District Attorney Seth Williams took to the streets to spread a message to the city’s young, social media-savvy inhabitants: Flash mobs will not be tolerated.
  • Why Chatroulette Is More Than Just Penises – Five months ago, right around the time that Andrey Ternovskiy was building Chatroulette, no one could have predicted that being “nexted” would become the modern day equivalent to a rite of passage.
  • See Yahoo’s Sketch-a-Search in Action [VIDEO] – Earlier this week, Yahoo launched a new iPhone app called Sketch-a-Search that allows you to trace an area with your finger to get restaurant results in a specifically defined region.
  • Browsing the iPad App Store [VIDEO] – Feverishly awaiting the release of the Apple iPad and all the goodies that go along with it? Well, now you can take a virtual tour of the iPad App Store, via a video that purports to depict the storied place.
  • 5 Essential Apps for Your Business’s Facebook Fan Page – If you’ve already searched for some Fan Page inspiration and undertaken the task of building a custom landing page for your business’s Facebook presence, you may now be in the market for some features that will further engage your fans.
  • Case Studies in Freemium: Pandora, Dropbox, Evernote, Automattic and MailChimp – Don’t spend money on marketing, do offer flexibility and data exporting to eliminate buyers’ regret, make sure to capitalize on and value goodwill, and only charge for things that are hard to do. That’s what some startups say is the key to success in the freemium business. But the biggest reason the five presenters this morning at the Freemium Summit in San Francisco — Pandora, Dropbox, Evernote, Automattic (see disclosure at the bottom) and MailChimp — are doing well is because they have great products that people want. They’ve been able to get those products to a broad audience by using the freemium model — that is, offering a free service with the option to upgrade. It’s an increasingly important business model, but one that’s hard to navigate, so their anecdotes, open sharing of data, and lessons learned were really valuable.
  • Free email archiving and backup software – MailStore Home – MailStore Home enables you to backup all your email messages from multiple applications and accounts into one secure and persistent archive. Lightning-fast search, one-click backup, powerful export – all information from your email is at your fingertips anytime. Never lose important email again!
  • The Magic Formula For Blog Retweets | Bit Rebels – You’ve worked hard on a post that you think many people will like. You tweet it to all your followers and wait to see all the RTs come in on your stream. They aren’t there. It’s like a ghost town. What happened?
  • CITY OF PHILADELPHIA TO COMPETE TO BECOME A GOOGLE INTERNET TEST SITE « City of Philadelphia’s News & Alerts – Today Mayor Michael A. Nutter declared that tomorrow Philadelphia will be known as the “The City of Google-ly Love and Gigabit Affection” in support of the City’s application to become a Google internet test site.