The Weekly Compete Pulse

With the Fourth of July under our belts, along with an overabundance of BBQ cuisine, we were free this week to kick back in outfits that didn’t resemble the American flag and pick up on some great articles “gallantly streaming” across the web. Check out these links to some of this week’s news articles that we read and found interesting for online marketers.

Though that sparkly Star-Spangled Banner shirt might not have been working in your favor last weekend, here’s something that will. Check out Vizualize.me, a new app for LinkedIn that gathers all of the information on your profile and converts it into a beautiful infographic, allowing your experiences to literally speak for themselves. Jolie O’Dell of Mashable walks us through our new professional makeover: HOW TO: Turn Your Resume Into a Gorgeous, Web-Based Infographic.

If you’re feeling courageous after celebrating the home of the brave all weekend, try your wit at participating in a growing debate about the increasing tension between Google and Facebook. With the excitement of the Google+ launch in the air, this past Wednesday Facebook announced its official partnership with Skype. There is much buzz surrounding the similarities of the featured innovations released by both Google+ and the Facebook/Skype partnership – specifically the group chat features. Follow along with this article by Search Engine Watch: Will Group Chat, Video Calls Help Facebook Counter Google+ Hangouts & Huddle?

Many companies are working to integrate social apps into their products to align themselves with online market behavior.  Over the years several internet-based companies have made similar “pivots” in order to increase their chances of success. You may be surprised to find out what very familiar companies were initially. Mashable presents to us a must read for any online startup: 11 Startups That Found Success By Changing Direction

A word for any business leveraging an online platform, the market for mobile payments is becoming an unstoppable force- both in developed and emerging economies. TechCrunch takes a look at why this is so and just how large the transaction value is: Mobile Payments To Triple To $670B By 2015; Digital Goods Will Represent 40% of Transactions

For those of you who knew you never wanted to be a doctor or a lawyer, yet swoon when you hear the words “Competitive Intelligence”, listen closely. Our booming e-world of information has generated a new job in high demand and The Degree 360 is here to tell us all about it: The Hottest Job You Haven’t Heard Of: Data Scientist

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About Jen Duguay:
Jen Duguay joins Compete to take on all things social media. She comes from a social issue background, most recently having worked for the Social Innovation Forum, the venture philanthropy arm of Root Cause, a nonprofit research and consulting firm. Jen's interests include singing, marketing, running, art, making guacemole, and using social entrepreneurship to tackle world issues. She has spent time in Belize and the Dominican Republic working on microfinance initiatives and recently traveled to Kenya where she studied the public healthcare system. Follow Jen @jenduguay on Twitter.