Being an American can get distracting. Making fun of absurd American traditions? Even more so. Whether you were basking in the red, white and blue stateside or laughing from afar at such age old traditions as Joey Chestnut’s hot dog conquest, you might have missed a couple of this week’s Mashable features. And that, my friends, is unAmerican.
Don’t worry; we’re back with the roundup of this week’s top digital media resources to get you back in the know.
Embarrassed to phone a friend about how to tie a tie or change a tire? There’s a Mashable post for that; check out our roundup of 10 Youtube videos that teach some pretty handy life skills. Scratching your head as to why we don’t consider Tumblr a life skill? Oh, we do—look out for our post explaining Tumblr slang and get in on the conversation.
Looking to impress your boss? We’ve got a handful of tips and tricks for integrating social media into your business model that will up your sales and your office cred.
And what is a trip to the Web without a healthy dosage of cats? In celebration of the launch of our newest channel Watercooler, feast your eyes on Mashable‘s selection of the 15 Best Cat Memes Ever. You’re welcome.
5 Chinese Social Networks You Need to Watch
Connections mean “power” in China. This is why the following five social media platforms are worth watching.
15 Best Cat Memes Ever [MEOW]
Celebrated cats of the past have been pushed aside and replaced by their Internet-famous brethren. These 15 are scratching their way to the top.
Women Win Facebook, Twitter, Zynga; Men Get LinkedIn, Reddit [INFOGRAPHIC]
When it comes to the sexes on social media, there are a few places where the battle lines seem settled.
5 Ways to Monitor Your Brand’s Effectiveness
Here are five ways to measure and monitor your brand’s effectiveness online.
15 Vintage Video Games You Can Play on Your iPhone
Check out these 15 classic games that will take you back in time, courtesy of your iPhone or iPad.
8 Zynga Hits That Look Suspiciously Like Other Games
The games industry is full of copycats. One company seems to perpetuate more unoriginal ideas than the rest: Zynga.
Why You Should Embrace Twitter Lurkers
There are many Twitter lurkers, searchers, and readers who may never tweet, but still have a great deal of value. Here’s why.
20 TV Shows With the Most Social Media Buzz This Week
Which TV shows generate the most buzz on social networks? Find out each week from our social TV chart.
6 Ways Google Can Secure its Social Future
What should Google do to become socially relevant? Here are five things.
Our 15 Favorite Independence Day Instagrams
We found some great pics on Instagram that will remind you fondly of July 4th.
10 Life Skills You Can Learn From YouTube
From changing a flat tire to performing CPR, you can learn fundamental skills on YouTube.
Tumblr Slang, Explained
Tumblr is a social micro-blogging site where memes are born. But to get the punchline, you must first understand the joke.
Business & Marketing
5 Little Known Facts About Google Analytics
Learning a few little-known facts and limitations of Google Analytics may dispel the notion that it’s a set-it-and-forget-it kind of tool.
Should Your Small Business Advertise on Facebook?
Conflicting reports have shown Facebook ads are both an effective and ineffective means for businesses to target their advertising dollars.
YouTube’s 10 Most-Shared Ads in June
YouTube‘s 10 most-shared ads this month prove that the web will eat up just about every kind of spectacle.
How to Choose an Online Video Platform
How to overcome the top three challenges new video publishers face when choosing an online video platform.
How 3 Entrepreneurs Used Instagram for Business
The key is building a following that wants to see your point of view, whether or not you’re selling something.
6 Posts That Build Engagement on Facebook
Here are six ways to create the right type of engagement via Facebook posts for your brand.
Hot New Events in Social Media, Mobile and Dev Worlds
Our Events Board helps event organizers and the Mashable community convene at events in social media, tech, marketing and other fields.
4 Ways Social Media Can Help You Close More Sales
Social media is rapidly changing the sales sphere. Make sure you adopt these four tips to stay ahead of the game.
Just How Interested Is the World in SEO? [INFOGRAPHIC]
About 3.5 people look up the term “SEO” each second.
The Big Data Playbook for Digital Agencies
There’s a good chance that big data will change the face of digital agencies in as little as five years. Here’s why.
3 Ways to Change How Your Organization Shares
We need to incorporate the innovation in education technology into the business world. Here are the principles for making that happen.
4 Rules for Luxury Brand Mobile Marketing
The mobile device requires brand marketers to rethink engagement strategies. Here are four ways to do that.
Tech & Mobile
10 Instructional YouTube Videos for Young Kids
ABCs and 123s: We’ve found 10 YouTube videos that will help teach your kids the basics.
10 Retro Game Gadgets That Scored an Extra Life
Your favorite gaming memorabilia has taken on new life as upcycled products for your home and office.
How to Summer-Proof Your Gadgets
Protect your gadgets from all your summer activities with water- and shatter-proof cases, laptop sleeves and device insurance.
How Young Is Too Young for a Mobile Phone?
If you’re thinking about getting your kid a cell phone, first consider school policy, usage, cost and your child’s privacy.
Dress Your iPhone for Summer With These New Cases [PICS]
Check out these 10 iPhone cases for summer.
5 Eco-Friendly Apps That Could Change City Living
NYC sponsored its first sustainability-focused hackathon, Reinvent Green, which brought the local tech community to create green apps.
5 Apps for the Literature Major
Five apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices that feature free or low-cost literature classics and writing tools.
How to Take Photos of Fireworks With Your Phone
To get you ready for the 4th of July, here’s some tips for getting the perfect photos of fireworks on your camera.
6 Clever Ways to Charge Your Devices in a Pinch
Much of the U.S. mid-Atlantic region found itself without power last weekend. We’ve gathered some tips to keep you juiced up in the future.
5 Battery-Saving Tips for iPhone 4S
Some Apple customers have voiced concerns about the iPhone 4S’s battery life, but there are a few things you can do to get more juice.
3 Ways to Simplify Your Offline Errands
These services use technology to help the urban professional run a wide range of errands.
History of the Internet in a Nutshell [INFOGRAPHIC]
An interactive graphic by Vizzuality and Hyperakt tracing the entire history of the Internet.
10 Perfect Summer iOS Games for Kids
Games built for iOS appeal to a wide range of people, and that includes kids! Here are some of the most entertaining ones out there.