Your new obsession: Twitter Analytics

Twitchy, self concious writers beware... Twitter has launched an analytics package that is going to twist your melon.

Take a deep dive into the murky world of Twitter Analytics and find out if anyone is listening at all when you tweet,

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The Tax Man is Coming: Kickstarter Tax and VAT

NBC are carrying a story today warning artists and entrepreneurs using Kickstarter that the IRS could be looking into the money they've raised through crowdfunding.

Make no mistake, the tax man is coming... and he isn't looking to pledge for one of your awesome rewards.

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Another Kickstarter project fails: The Rise and Fall of YogVentures!

Hot on the heels of my article on why Kickstarter, and all other crowdfunding platforms, need to take a role in protecting the investment of project backers, another very high profile project has gone kaput.

The project is (was?) YogVentures! and its rise and fall are a cautionary tale to everyone supporting, or launching, a crowdfunded project.

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The Psychology of Giving - Why do people back crowdfunded projects?

Why the hell are people pooping money down the crowdfunding toilet?

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What Happens When a Kickstarter Project Doesn't Deliver?

Since I started blogging about crowdfunding and running my own experimental campaigns, I've come into contact with a lot of people who have complained about projects that they have backed that have never delivered. Perversely, the piece of feedback that I have received most often on my current campaign is that people "don't get" why I am crowdfunding a finished project. It seems that people prefer to back projects that aren't finished, even though there seem to be frequent examples of projects failing to deliver.

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Should I Pay to Promote My Crowdfunding Campaign?

Well, the first thing I've learnt is that crowdfunding is as rife with corruption as most other online endeavours. Over the past 48 hours I have received multiple offers from people who will fund my campaign and let their friends know about if I pay them to.

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Traditional Publishing Contracts vs. Independent Publishing Contracts

Huffington Post is carrying an article exposing some of the more predatory clauses present in the "typical" publishing contract. I've seen more than a few publishing contracts and recognise a lot of these terms. I've even agreed to a few of them in my time. It's a dirty world...

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