The social media numbers

Social

Social Media numbers…2011 695 MILLION – Number of Facebook users. 148+ MILLION – Number of Linkedin users. 140 MILLION – Number of tweets created each day. 2.5 BILLION – Number of visits Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn together received in one month alone. 164 MILLION – Number of active blogs.

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What’s a facebook fan worth?

Facebook

A recent study by Hitwise in the UK has revealed that a Facebook fan is worth 20 additional visits per year to an on-line stores. All good on-line retailers know their ratios and will know how many sales they will achieve for every 100 or 1,000 visitors to the web site. From there it is […]

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Gamification?

Gameification

I keep hearing this buzz word in relation to giving out awards on the web for participation like farmville or badges on foursquare etc. But what is it really and does it hold any merit in my Web world. To me, it goes way beyond just awards but the concept of gamification to me really […]

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Google+ is finally here!

Google +

Google+ is finally live and working well. Google+ has been dubbed Google’s last chance to break into the social media scene. While early attempts Buzz / Wave / etc did not lead to success for Google , this new roll out has seemed to hit the mark. I’ve been using it and it seems to […]

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Social media news

Social

Been researching social media lately in order to devise a strategy plan overall. Here are some of the social media resources I have been using for information and news. http://socialmediatoday.com/ http://usefulsocialmedia.com/ http://usefulsocialmedia.com/b2b

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Web 2.0 expo recap

A couple of key messages that I took away from the Web 2.0 expo this year. Web 2.0 expo finished up a couple of weeks ago and was working on catching up on videos and presentations of this years event. http://www.web2expo.com/webexsf2011/public/schedule/proceedings Key Links http://www.wrike.com/projectmanagement/ David Messenger Online Mobile Guy for American Express at the web 2.0 […]

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Mobile phone turns 38!

Happy Birthday Mr. Mobile Phone! Handheld mobile phones have come a long way from the first call made by inventor Martin Cooper on a Manhattan street corner in 1973, when a 2.2 pound, nearly $4,000 Motorola DynaTAC handset signaled a sea change in the way people would one day communicate with each other. He made […]

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Angry Birds Rio is here … or there

Angry Birds

The new Angry Birds Rio app is here. Well there actually. You won’t find it on the Android market but needs to be accesses through the new Amazon App Store that just recently launched. Really? Another app store now… Hopefully this is not the wave of the future. Things are so much easier when there […]

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Layers, Visual Spaces and Microsites

Web

Been researching best in class microsites and contemplating the effectiveness of agency created microsites. Some rich media concepts for corporations call for a desired separate microsites to convey a message , product and or solution. Some work and some don’t. I believe its all in the way you organize the design and the connection points. […]

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Digital books overtakes traditional format

eBook

July 19, 2010 marked the day that Amazon’s digital book sales eclipsed the sales of hardcover books, and it barely took half a year for those e-book sales to also overtake the sales of paperbacks. According to the ouftit’s latest earnings release, “Kindle books have now overtaken paperback books as the most popular format on […]

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Who has Internet access in this world?

cell

Driving the numbers for web users, online company users and educational information disseminated to the masses is the question around who has access to the Internet and who does not. Who is going to step up the enablement for these countries to have the same access that the “privileged” have? Mobile telecom companies? Probably not. Who know […]

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the social network (facebook)

The big news in January was that facebook was reporting that they had hit the 500 million active user market. That’s alot of customers…but not enough for this popular online experience. Where is the other 90% of the worlds population? So, where have these 6 billion-plus people been hiding? Don’t they know about Facebook? Do […]

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and now… the MAC app store

 Apple has seen so much success with apps that they have launched the Mac App Store.  I knew it would not take long before the desktop would adopt the same structure for downloading apps (ie programs in old computer speak)  The desktop app has been around along time in different forms but only for select […]

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10 billion apps dowloaded at the apple app store

Apple has another milestone.  They just surpassed 10 billion apps downloaded through their apple app store.  This has been due to the explosion of ipod, ipad and iphone users over the last couple of years downloading app to their mobile devices. The app has revolutionized the standalone program and access to internet properties for this generation.

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HTML 5 – super code

HTML5 is many things to many people. It’s a technical spec, it’s an open-web philosophy, its the future standard of the driving web code, its the answer to rich media enablement and it now has a new logo.  The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) gave Ocupop and its creative director, Michael Nieling the challenge of creating a […]

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Nokia and Intuit team up for Small Biz offering

Nokia and Intuit are teaming up to offer small businesses a new service designed to grab more customers through mobile marketing. Unveiled at Nokia World 2010 in September, the new service will target mobile subscribers with a series of ads and personalized offers for products and services that they can buy in their own neighborhoods. […]

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Mobile IT growth on the rise

Increasing end-user demand is making enterprise IT go mobile, the 5th biggest tech trend of 2011, says Baseline research. Mobility, remote user access and telecommuting continue to show remarkable levels of employee-driven deployment. Of the organizations that took part in our study, 27 percent say they are seeing significant end-user demand for these technologies — […]

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2010 Best UI Design

UI design is getting alot of focus these days.  With the popularity of mobile smartphones, tablets, internet TV, and other gadgets, people are demanding better interfaces.  There is some good work going on around the world in this department.  <a href=”Fast” _mce_href=”http://www.fastcodesign.com/1662959/best-ui-of-2010-slideshow”>Fast”>http://www.fastcodesign.com/1662959/best-ui-of-2010-slideshow”>Fast company posted their take on 12 of the best UI designs in 2010</a>.

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Frog does Icons

Frog Design is traditionally a product design company…not a graphic design specialist…or are they?  Microsoft recently brought them on board to design and create the new icons for office 2011 for the Mac.  After several different design concepts they settled on a ribbon concept as the new style.  Read the full article as reported by […]

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Digital Art

Victoria & Albert Museum in London is vaulting into the digital age, with “Decode: Digital Design Sensations,” an exhibition of cutting-edge digital art and design. The show was curated by OneDotZero, a production-house specializing in digital installations. Images can’t do it justice, since almost all of the works are either video based or interactive. Fast […]

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Cool Mind Art

There is a whole genre of art elements that are desinged to play tricks on the brain and visual perception. Here is a sample of some of the best and well known art examples. How many ships can you see? Ever wanted to rock out on your rooftop? Would you see faces in the crowd […]

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Essential Android Apps

New to android phone or looking for some premium apps? Check out this list of the best of the best Android Apps to download and use with your Android phone. The top list is derived from Android Experience using a Hero and Evo on Sprint network. The other two lists have been published by CIO/PC […]

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web 2.0 summit wraps up 2010

The Web 2.0 Summit is the only place, once a year, where leaders of the Internet Economy gather to debate and determine business strategy. At this year’s Web 2.0 Summit, they focused on t shifting points of control and strategic chokepoints on an increasingly crowded board. Over 50 leaders and global executives including Julius Genachowski […]

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the rise of the tablet

Industry analysts are are predicting the tablet to be the new must have gadget well into the next decade. 2010 was the introduction of the ipad and Galaxy S tab as well as a big rise in kindle, nook and a plethora of new tablet devices. In a couple of years this market will be […]

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The new family of browsers…social browsers

We are so used to the old browser wars where IE , Firefox, Chrome battle it out over market share but with mobile and social networking gaining popularity there is a whole new crop of browser wars starting. In the mobile field Opera/Opera Mini and Skyfire are beginning to play a bigger part in our […]

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Downloads and upgrades

Cnet downloads RockMelt Browser Beta v.8 Flock Browser v3 itunes 10.1 – comes AirPlay, the new feature that will allow videos to be streamed to an Apple TV. Apple introduced the feature at its digital music and content event in September. AirPlay is also supposed to allow streaming of audio and video from any iOS […]

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awesome time lapse videos

I love watching time lapse videos. They allow you to see and feel a overall sense of the world at a different angle. There is a particularly awesome video of this years Cochella music festival. See the amazing tilt-shift time-lapse video capturing the action at this year. Check some of the other related videos on […]

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mobile payment services on the rise

As promised, Sprint introduced its Mobile Wallet checkout solution at a developers’ conference. The service is a container for different billing vehicles – PayPal, Google Checkout and Amazon Payment being some of them. You will also be able to directly enter your own credit/debit card info in it, and choose what to use it for. […]

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saving battery life on your Android phone

With today’s smartphones able to do so many things from making/taking phone calls, to watching streaming videos, listening to music, sending/receiving text messages, and downloading tons of apps, addressing the issue of battery life is very important. Two of the hottest new Android phones, the HTC EVO 4G and the HTC Droid Incredible, have amazing […]

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Sprint says no to tiered 4G service offerings

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse today said that he doesn’t anticipate Sprint adopting the tiered pricing models for 4G data services that have been floated by rivals AT&T and Verizon. Speaking at the EmTech conference at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., today, Hesse said he felt confident that Sprint and Clearwire had a strong enough spectrum portfolio […]

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Business leaning more toward Android devices

Network world ran a web article recently power packed full of information that they obtained from Change Wave. The research is from a new study they have been doing on company telecom buying patterns. Companies are increasingly spending their smartphone dollars on Google Android devices, at least in part at the expense of RIM BlackBerry […]

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the new twitter

Twitter is rolling out a redesign being dubed the new twitter. The main focus of the redesign is that you will now find @mentions, retweets, searches, and lists just above your timeline – creating a single, streamlined view on the left of the screen. On the right, you can see the features you’re familiar with, […]

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web 3.0 – means what?

I’ve been hearing alot of buzz lately concerning web 3.0. Just what is this web 3.0? Well the answer is not simple. As we conceptualized web 2.0 for the last several years, we are still formulating the overall definition of what defines web 2.0. The same will happen for web 3.0. What we do know […]

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move over iphone … android coming through

A Gartner forecast on Friday showed Android’s market share surging past Apple’s iPhone operating system by 2014. Who knows if this is an accurate assessment of the future, but one simple example in the present demonstrates that Android has the potential for more market reach than Apple’s iOS. The article highlights a typical story concerning […]

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youtube time machine

Ran across this totally awesome site. The youtube time machine. This is a brillant idea to wrap a popular site with conceptual interface and let the user base populate it. Go Web 3.0.

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Infographic of the top web sites today

You could read a boring old list of the web’s most popular website — or you could check out this sprawling infographic by Nmap.It was created by using a web script to scrape the favicons of the world’s most popular websites, as ranked by Alexa. Then, those favicons were scaled according to the amount of […]

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new amazon kindle review

The new amazon kindle is out now and engadget has done a good review of the new device. I personally have one being delivered any day now as its been on back order. Can’t wait.See the full review.

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The basics – how to choose a cell phone provider

PC mag did a recent article with a very fair assessment on the ins and outs of selecting a cell phone provider. The conclusions fall on the last page but reference Sprint and TMobile the best choices for getting an awesome texting and / or smart phone with out breaking the bank. Read the full […]

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Virgin Galactic terminal

This is Sir Norman Foster’s Virgin Galactic terminal building in the New Mexico desert: like the futuristic aircraft ready to shuttle tourists to the edge of our atmosphere, it is about to move from technical drawing to reality. Angus Batey reports on the final leg of Sir Richard Branson’s most spaced-out venture yet Read the […]

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How to Photograph an Atomic Bomb

Between 1945 and 1962, the United States conducted over 300 atmospheric nuclear tests above the ground, in the ocean or in outer space. On August 5, 1963, the United States and the former Soviet Union signed the Limited Test Ban Treaty, effectively banning the testing of all nuclear weapons except those tested underground. Atmospheric nuclear […]

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innovations over time

What’s the difference between a good idea and a great one? While the secrets to success vary, it’s become very clear that even the smartest ideas require the right infrastructure and technology to enable them. Here are some of the game-changing innovations that shaped the course of life and business in the 20th and 21st […]

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macs over the last 30 years

The Mac Museum put out this two minute rendition of simple tech desktop computers like the Mac II, IMac G4 and G5 to the more advanced IMac Core 2 Duo. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwJsS_FIt0E&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xd0d0d0&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1]

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my space redesign coming finally

There is an article on fast company that alludes to an upcoming redesign for my space and it will incorporate a simpler interface and work on integration of Threadbox a social network aggregator that they purchased a while back.  Hopefully the redesign will address the hideous eye sore that my space profile pages layouts have […]

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Windows 7

I’ve got a new super dell pc coming this week and I’m finally making the jump from Windows XP to 64 bit Windows 7 ops system. F’ you apple lovers. So, sick of iphone and mac people thinking they are better than average. In preparation for the switch I’ve been doing some research. Posting some […]

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Social Media Blogs

The evolution of social media continues to warp / change and adapts to meet consumer needs. There are several good blogs that are following this ride in great detail. Originally posted via CIO Web 2.0 advisor series this article gives a good overview and links to some key blogs. http://www.chrisbrogan.com/ http://www.allfacebook.com/ http://blogs.gartner.com/carol_rozwell/ http://smartblogs.com/socialmedia/ http://www.stoweboyd.com/ http://socialmediab2b.com/ […]

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msnbc.com goes with bigger is better redesign

msnbc.com just went live with a pretty big overhaul redesign last week and it going with the bigger is better concept.  The did away with their left hand sidebar navigation and changed their approach to article lead-ins.  I like the changes but like all redesigns it gonna take some getting used to … Check out […]

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The Top 100 Undiscovered Web Sites

pcmag.com posted this article with links and commentary for the best 100 undiscovered web sites.  They approached the top 100 list as “undiscovered”  which is kind of silly because most site have traffic and a following, if they are decent sites.  This was posted in 2008. They also did a list a year earlier in […]

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