Author Archives: David Mink

Do you use social media sites? How does that effect your privacy rights?

The question is: Do individuals who post personal information on publicly available Web sites have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their identity? This same question was asked earlier this year in Sandler v. Calcagni, a case out of the District Court of Maine. The facts condensed Two high school friends/cheerleaders have a falling out […]

Social Media Case Study: Phoenix Suns making the most of Twitter

Phoenix Suns fan My close friends know that I have always been a big Phoenix Suns fan. It is hard not to like an organization that consistently puts a winning team on the floor and has always had some of the most likable guys in the league: Kevin Johnson, “Thunder” Dan Majerle, Jeff “Horny” Hornacek, […]

Policing and preventing copyright violations on the Internet

Last night, DSM had the unfortunate experience of learning that an independent contractor we were using for content creation was allegedly pirating other writer’s work. This incident has caused me to spend some time training the DSM staff as to what they can do to both prevent copyright violations and to police intellectual property use […]

How to conduct a trademark search

Why would an Internet marketer want to know how to conduct a trademark search? 1) So that Internet marketer does not register a domain name featuring someone else’s trademark, which domain may later be usurped by the trademark owner. ( A trademark owners will have substantive rights over a domain name owner in a domain […]

LinkedIn called out for “turning a blind eye” to fake celeb profiles

The Trend Micro blog writes that their are numerous fake celeb profiles on LinkedIn which contain links to malware. Bogus profiles of Beyonce Knowles, Kate Hudson, Salma Hayek, and others contain “tempting” links to see these stars naked. Once a user clicks on the link “he will end up on different malicious Web sites trying […]

Matt Siltala is a Super Star

Our own Matt Siltala was presented with two fairly prestigious awards this week: 1) Matt’s article entitled “Free Local Marketing Options that Bring Real Traffic” was recognized by Techipedia as one of the Best Internet Marketing Posts of 2008 2) Matt has been asked to speak on social media at SMX West 2009 (Feb. 10-12 […]

I hate cybersquatters and you should too!

Cybersquatting (don’t you just love that word?) is defined by Wikipedia as: Cybersquatting (also known as domain squatting), according to the United States federal law known as the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, is registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to […]

Be more than just a “me too” – Be like Mike. Michael Andrew that is.

Who is Michael Andrew you ask? The self proclaimed “maven” has a passion for passing his expertise on to others, and Michael has a lot of areas of expertise. Michael’s resume snapshot looks something like this: College football player MBA A discertation short from a PhD in Genetics Renowned wedding photographer Video professor The reason […]

Every restaurant needs a powerful Twitter and Facebook account

How many of you eat out for lunch at least twice a week? How do you choose the location? Do you base your choice off of the daily special, how much money you have in your pocket, or what? Wouldn’t it be sooo much easier if you could just log into Twitter 10 minutes before […]