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Need Your Homework Done ASAP? DoesThatMakeSense.com Comes Through in The Clutch

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A real Socialite never lets the party end, but somehow in the end, against all odds, he manages to get his shit done too. Regardless, sitting in a dorm room deciphering Shakespeare for two hours when you could be at the bar for 25 cent wings and $1 shots is something nobody wants to do. Textbooks have to get read though, nothing you can do about that, but with the revolutionary service DoesThatMakeSense.com, all you need to do is “Ask A Nerd”:  24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and just by clicking a button.

Does That Make Sense is a fairly new service but it’s already being used at top schools like University of Maryland, University of Michigan and University of Arizona. Have you seen the girls at University of Arizona? Nobody there is doing papers on a Friday night. It doesn’t matter where you go to school though, or where you live, or what your Major is, because DTMS has a “Nerd” waiting on call to help you with whatever ridiculous homework assignment, or million page paper you’re having trouble with…or just don’t feel like putting a whole lot of time into. No judgements here.

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Here’s how it works: DTMS gathered up teachers, principals, and the dorky kids in class who would give their professor a foot-massage for an A, from all around the country, and they are all on stand by waiting to tutor you. So rather than have to find your campus tutoring center on a map, or worse, admit to your professor that you spend class playing Angry Birds, all you have to do is click the button, pay a very reasonable sum of money (more below), and you will be directly connected with a Pro-Nerd. Check out the site’s demo video below.

 

 

DTMS has had users for a little while now, but just recently, they released the most revolutionary aspect of the service: Reverse Auctioning. Think of it like Ebay for your homework. You submit a help request with material and deadline, the Nerds bid on how much they are willing to assist you for, and you personally select which Nerd you want. They have re-introduced themselves as a full-service, academic tutoring company that sets you up with the tutor you want for what you are willing to pay. Beat that Help Center.

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If you’re thinking that this service is the best thing to happen to college since Natty Light, we are on the same page. They’ll read your textbook for you and teach you the contents, help you write and edit your paper and answer any academic-related question you can think of. They will specifically design the tutoring method to your needs as well, something professors will almost always refuse to do. They can even turn the notes into an MP3 so you can study on the go. So if you legitimately need help (very real possibility) or just really don’t feel like wasting 3 hours reading a textbook (more likely possibility), check out DoesThatMakeSense.com. Never let the college part of college drag down your swagger again.

DoesThatMakeSense.com is one of the lead sponsors on The Campus Socialite’s Blitz & Beatz Tour. Check out pictures from The University of Michigan invasion, and the DTMS Sexy Nerd Ambassadors, right below.

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The Campus Socialite and Dreamstime Are Giving Away An iPad 2!

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You heard me correctly. We’re teaming up with Dreamstime, a leading player in the stock photography industry, to give one incredibly lucky student an iPad this Wednesday, September 14th. Find out more after the jump!

 

At 1 PM EST on Wednesday we’ll be hosting a caption contest with a picture provided from Dreamstime’s immense archive of stock photos. The contest will take place on The Campus Socialite’s Facebook fanpage. Why am I telling you this now? Well, an iPad 2 is a big, big prize, and we thought you should as much information as possible so you can be ready to participate and WIN.

As always, the caption with the MOST LIKES will win…but that’s not all – If you’re interested in pumping up your chances, Dreamstime is giving you another opportunity to win by registering on the site and referring your friends at http://www.dreamstime.com/campussocialite.

 

Through October 6th, Dreamstime is also offering 25% off all images for students. If you’re in a frat, you can find images to throw on flyers for your next rager. If you’re a blogger then get something to spice up your creative nonsense. Or if you just wanna convince your parents that you made nice, respectable-looking friends up at school, grab a photo of some college students and Photoshop yourself right on in there.

 

So get your best one-liners ready for Wednesday afternoon, and get your friends to sign up for Dreamstime to increase your chance of winning!

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The Campus Tycoon: Groupon Offering College Tuition Deal and My Ideas for Future Group Buying Deals

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Here is a deal to bring home to mom and dad. College students that are looking to go on to grad school to become a teacher, National Louis University will offer would-be teachers a Groupon Deal for nearly 60% off tuition of an entry-level graduate teaching course. The deal, set to go live Tuesday, will discount the cost for the three-credit introductory course from $2,232 to $950. The offer is open to as many as 25 buyers, who must possess an undergraduate degree to participate. Students will need to complete another 33 credits at full price to earn a graduate degree. Now I know what most of you are saying, “what the fuck is a National Louis University, I damn sure never seen them play on ESPN.” But that’s really not the point here. What makes this deal interesting is that it opens up an entirely new potential platform for Group Buying Deals, college tuition, as well as a huge financial discount for students looking to attend grad schools. The purpose of this deal is for prospective teachers to get a taste for the work load and what they will entail by embarking on a graduate degreee, without spending a boatload of cash.

With this unique expansion of the Group Buying model, it got me thinking of other things that I would like to see receive the Groupon treatment…

Anything Apple

Not that Apple needs to discount anything, but it would be awesome to see the iPads, iPhones, iPods, & Mac laptops get discounted if you and your friends bought them at a certain time.  Even if they did this with old models it could still be cool.  Here’s my thought, as you expand into more and more apple products, and you recruit friends to do the same, you receive discounts as you move forward.  So if you have owned three types of iPods, two versions of iPhones, both iPads, and a Macbook Pro, your next apple product should receive a substantial discount.  It would build brand loyalism with Apple even further, and increase the rate of expansion of the brand.

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Nothing deserves a discount more than gas.  If it was up to me anyone who comes to a Blitz and Beatz event from out of town or a different campus would receive a group buying opportunity to get discounted gas.  I’m gonna write a strongly worded letter to Groupon to see if I can get this one passed.

Expensive Yankee Tickets

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The most disturbing sight is seeing those crazy expensive Yankee tickets in the front rows have nobody sitting in them.  Groupon should have an instant deals alert, and only offer it to true Yankee fans.  They can determine the Yankee fans by tracking how often people talk about the Yankees on their various social networks.  It’s like Yankee Klout.

Sports Betting

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This concept is off the cuff, but hear me out.  Let’s say you use Sportsbook.com (free plug) like myself.  I think something that would be cool is that if you can get 5 other people to bet on the same game as you, it would lower your spread by 2 pts.  Every 5 people that you get to bet on your game lowers the spread for the entire group by an additional two points.  This would be beneficial to Sportsbook as it would increase people recruiting their friends to bet, it would make sports betting a more social activity, and it would give the people making the bets a better opportunity to win money; which they will ultimately lose back to Sportsbook at one time or another anyways.

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This Mildly Attractive Girl Will Be Your Facebook Girlfriend for $5

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Surprisingly enough, being in a relationship on Facebook is one of the biggest chick magnets money can (apparently) buy. Girls like a guy with status, and having a girl who can stand you enough to want to publicly display her love for you says a whole lot. The above girl  has capitalized on this idea, and will now take your hard-earned $5 to be your Facebook Girlfriend for one week. Any takers?

This is Natalia’s exact quote on her fiver.com ad: “I will change my “relationship status” to ‘in a relationship with__(enter your name here)___’ for an entire week (7 days.) I will also comment on your facebook wall to make your ex and all your friends jealous.” I have a feeling that’s the best picture she’s ever taken in her life and that it took her 10 minutes to pick it out. Still though, nice smile, nice cleavage, cool looking room. Not bad.

From one social media guru to another, much respect Natalia. Just make sure you stick to your original offer. The problems arise when you realize you can charge $10 if you throw in a kiss or $50 if you throw in a handjob. It’s all downhill from there. At the very most you can charge a couple of extra 5’s for using the words “sexy” or “so wet” in said Facebook comments.   Hope all goes well, Natalia. Your semi-whoredom should be an inspiration to women everywhere.

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In a Band? Check out SonicBids.com and Find Promoters ASAP

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Everyone who owns a guitar and took a months worth of lessons thinks they are a legit musician. If you’ve ever been to the dive bar in your college town with the stage, you know that most college bands legitimately suck. The most unfortunate thing is there are those college bands that are actually pretty good, but the get lost in the sea of the bad ones. In New Paltz there were one or two that were actually really good, but the sad truth is those bands have just as much of a chance of getting introduced to the right people as the shitty ones. That’s where SonicBids.com, the social platform for bands, promoters and licensers is here to help.

The way it works is simple: If you are a band, you sign up as a band and upload your music, pictures, links to your website and any other applicable information. If you are a promoter, you can go into the backend and search for bands based on whatever criteria you are looking for. Once you’ve found a band, you can get in touch with them and book them easily for whatever show or festival you are trying to promote. One of the biggest gaps in the entertainment industry, unknown bands and promoters, has finally been bridged.

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If you are a local band with a decent following, trying to come up in the world, or you’re a local promoter on campus trying to take things to the next level, this is an absolute must. Or lets say your just a simple civilian trying to throw a sick party and want to add a little live music, you can book a band in as much time as it takes you to find a hot girl to stalk on Facebook.

According to Sonic Bids themselves, they are trying to empower an “Artistic Middle Class.” As weird as that may sound, if you think about it for a second it makes a ton of sense and it’s actually really admirable. The CEO, who goes by the name of Panos, claims he worked as an agent for years and was just too overwhelmed with bands wanting booking to be able to give all of them the proper attention it would require to introduce them to promoters. So one day he quit his job, and maxed out his credit cards starting SonicBids.com, streamlining the whole booking process and cutting out the middle-man position that he once occupied.

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The truth is i’ve had about 5 people come up to me over the last couple of years, all aspiring musicians, and pitch me this same exact idea, and every single time I thought it was awesome. In the age of Web 2.o, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to get in touch with anyone, for any purpose. Props to Panos for going out and getting that shit done. Socialite Approved.

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TicketMaster Teams Up with Facebook To Tell You Where Everyone’s Sitting

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TicketMaster, the ticketing giant that we’ve all grown up depending on for all our event going needs (before StubHub) is taking the next logical step into digital media: merging with Facebook. Rather than create their own social platform, TicketMaster is using Facebook’s API to allow you to check into your seats at a show, and allow you to see where all your Facebook friends are sitting at the same show. No more lying to your friends about floor seats when you were in the nosebleeds.

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If you ever checked the FourSquare Map to see just how far away the bar your friend is having  “The Best Night of His Life” at is, you kinda already know how this works. The App will display a Facebook infused map, with the seating chart and little Facebook flags and avatars where all your friends are sitting. TicketMaster says that this will take event goers back to pre-web ticket buying. I’m not really sure how it does that, but hey, it definitely beats jumping up and down and waving at your friends during an intermission.

I can think of a bunch of reasons as to why this is awesome. First off, before you even buy tickets to a show, you can see where people you know are sitting. Maybe your really good friends, maybe someone you’ve lost touch with, or maybe just some girl who you’ve been waiting for a shot with. But say none of your friends are going! Sucks, right? Well with the new App, you can actually see who’s sitting in the seats next to you, even if you aren’t already friends. I think you know where to go from there. If you’re seeing the same show, it’s safe to say you already have something in common, so roll with it. Making friends with people you don’t know is the new way of the world. Just don’t try to lock them in your trunk after the show or anything.

9,ooo shows and venues are already using the technology. I have no idea if that is a big number or not but definitely exciting. The App also allows you to purchas tickets from nearby venues, post your seats on Facebook, and nudge friends to buy tickets too. Is it bad that my first thought was whether or not I could walk by a luxury box at Yankee stadium and check into it? Not that Facebook doesn’t already know I’m a big deal. In any case, congrats Ticketmaster. This is totally worth the Surcharges.

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Top Earthquake Tweets of The Last 20 Minutes

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Holy Shit! All of New York just fucking shook. We’re hearing that the Great East Coast EarthQuake of 2011 stretched all the way from Virginia to Toronto. And everyone’s first reaction: Tweet! World events make the best Tweets ever and Campus Socialite is bringing you the best of them. Enjoy, Socialites, and make sure you’re not above the 2nd floor of any tall building.

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/pattonoswalt/status/106064781236125697″]

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/TheOnion/status/106062982051676161″]

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/hodgman/status/106070125706346496″]

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/GlenAllenWalken/status/106066463378513920″]

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/funnyordie/status/106066302396936193″]

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/michaelianblack/status/106088294533697536″]

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/JudahWorldChamp/status/106063889233489920″]

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/mikebarish/status/106067921356328961″]

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/JennyJohnsonHi5/status/106064509113860096″]

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/katz/status/106064499076894720″]

[blackbirdpie url=” http://twitter.com/#!/RolfeWinkler/status/106071721064398848″]

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/bronk/status/106072663818121216″]

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Textbook Rental Giant, Chegg.com is Going Digital

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The average price of a college textbook is not rooted in any notion of reality. Most college kids don’t even buy textbooks (the ones they don’t absolutely need) because you could probably pay Lindsay Lohan for a blowjob with one semester’s worth. You (or more-likely your parents) are being extorted and it’s about time someone took the bookstore down. Enter Chegg.com. The popular textbook rental company has been keeping college student’s money in their pockets for some time now, and they are now taking the next logical step. They are taking their talents to the world of web 2.0, with digital textbooks and a “Linkedin for College Students.” Interesting.

E-Books have sparked a revolution over the last few years, but when you do the research, the first thing you learn about the Kindle is that textbooks are mostly unavaliable. Chegg however, has leveraged it’s already standing relationships with textbook companies to violently force them into the digital world. Or more-likely just ask them nicely and explain that kids are getting the same information they provide for $100 a book on Wikipedia. Chegg’s CEO, Dan Rosensweig predicts that 25% of textbooks will be digital by 2015. And not a moment too soon.

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The idea of spending thousands of dollars less on your textbooks over 4 years is pretty exciting, but Chegg.com seems even more amped up about what they are calling a “Linkedin for College Students.” Chegg’s new website will serve as a social network for college students focused around class notes, homework help, and class/professor rankings. Kind of like what Facebook was supposed to be before it became whatever the Hell Facebook is today. They claim they have millions of students at 7,000 different campuses, and once kids figure out that they don’t actually have to take their own notes anymore, shit is going to explode.

The first aspect of this social network is a professor/class ranking system called CourseRank that the company recently acquired. Students can obviously rate their professors and classes, and other students can view those ratings when deciding on classes. No word on whether they tell you if the professor is hot or not, but I can’t see them leaving something so important out.

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Chegg.com will also feature a “Homework Help Portal” and a “Notehall.” Chegg will seek out students who take good notes and did well in particular classes to write study guidelines for those classes and submit them to the Notehall. What’s in it for them? Students who want to view those notes will have to pay for them and the student who wrote them will get a percentage (probably not a very big one) of the sale, but still, if you take good notes it’s basically free money. The Homework Help Portal will be exactly what it sounds like. Students will be able to pay to have experts answer their specific questions, which means for the right price you can get a whole test’s worth. Whether or not that’s cost effective is  debatable, but we all have those nights where $100 for free test answers doesn’t sound like such a bad idea.

No matter how you look at it, this is an awesome victory for college students. At some point very soon, you wont have to spend hundreds on textbooks or get shady mis-information from Wikipedia as an alternative, ever again. Plus, paying for other people to do your work for you? Not that you’ve never done that already, but now it’s just a couple of clicks on the inter-web. Chegg.com is officially Socialite Approved. God Speed.

 

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EPIC Battlefield 3 Gameplay Trailer

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Battlefield 3: Gamescom Trailer from DICE VIDEO on Vimeo.

EA Games‘ Battlefield 3 is coming out October 25, 2011, and from the look of it, it’s gonna be dope. This is a sweet new gameplay video of a 64 person battle. Best part: highly realistic dogfights…not that I’ve been in one, but I imagine blowing up a jet fighter from a jet fighter to be just like that. If you were intending on skipping class all semester, this would be a good excuse for it.

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