The Weekly Compete Pulse

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! It’s know it’s hard to believe ladies and gentlemen, but the ball will drop tonight signifying yet another miraculous year has passed us. What are your favorite memories? If you haven’t already, check out this Google Zeitgeist video which portrays 2011 through Google searches & maps: Zeitgeist: 2011 Year in Review Also, for a recap of Compete’s top blog posts in 2011 check out: 11 Defining Digital Insights of 2011

It would be hard to deny that social media and our usage of it has changed drastically over the course of the year. But what’s in store for next year? BostInno would like to wager a guess: 5 Social Media Predictions for 2012

While we are on the topic of 2011 trends and 2012 predictions, check out this article by Search Engine Watch: Search & Mobile Marketing Trends: SEO Apocalypse 2012

2011 may have been the year of the QR code, but with that mighty title inevitably comes the year of the QR code fails. Mashable shows us that sometimes just because something is trendy doesn’t mean you can pull it off: The Top QR Code Fails of 2011

Does your company have a new years resolution? Maybe it’s to redesign your website – realistically. There’s some good news for you – you don’t need deep pockets to have a powerful presence online. Check out these resources from Mashable: 5 Tools for a Big League Website on a Budget

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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.