Friday Finds Link Roundup

LinksToday isn’t just Good Friday, it’s a very good Friday, because we’ve got a new installment of the Friday Finds Link Roundup to share! Read on for a selection of our favorite links from the past week in the areas of Email Marketing, Social Media Marketing, SEM, SEO, and anything else that tickled our fancy. Many of these have also been retweeted by us at @fluencymedia, so follow us there for the latest updates.

  • We never thought we’d take advice from a cobra, but these three social media lessons from the Bronx Zoo Cobra are actually pretty helpful. Lesson #1: Be Lesssss Formal.
  • The blogosphere is still reeling from the unexpected and swift shut down of the Flip. What do you think, did smartphones kill the Flip or were they done in by a lack of vision?
  • President Barack Obama lead a town hall meeting at at Facebook’s Silicon Valley Headquarters earlier this week, a clear sign that the seven-year old company is making strides to establish stronger relationships with Washington.  On Obama’s side, he is surely trying tap back into the social media energy that propelled him to victory in 2008. Will he be successful? Who knows! But we’ll definitely be watching. On YouTube, and Vimeo, and UStream…
  • We spend a lot of time on Facebook, managing pages for clients inside and outside the state of Michigan (and even the state of Michigan itself ). So, needless to say, we’re very excited about the new Facebook community for ad agencies. It looks like a great place to check out some of the other extraordinary work being done on the platform.
  • All eyes this week were on Wal-Mart. They paid $300 million (they can afford it) for Kosmix, a social media start-up with an e-commerce focus . The acquisition demonstrates that the biggest bricks-and-mortar retailer in the world has set its sights on e-commerce dominance, an area in which it lags behind Amazon.com.
  • Pandas are supposed to be cute and cuddly. But, according to this meticulously researched post, the way the new Google Panda is treating original content is anything but.

Did we miss something? Share your links in the comments.