What I’m reading and finding for January 9th 2012 through January 13th 2012:
- Google, what were you thinking? ← Mocality Kenya –
– StefanI’m very proud of the business that we’ve created here at Mocality, but I’m especially proud of two things:
Our crowdsourcing program. When we started this business, we knew that (unlike in the UK or US, where you can just kickstart your directory business with a DVD of business data bought from a commercial supplier), if we wanted a comprehensive database of Kenyan business, we would have to build it ourselves. We knew also that if we wanted to build the business quickly, we’d have to engage a… show all text
- Should The Times Be a Truth Vigilante? | The Public Editor – NYTimes.com –
– By ARTHUR S. BRISBANEThe public editor asks for help from readers on determining how and when The Times should set the record straight on untruths in the news pages.
- Google’s Results Get More Personal With "Search Plus Your World" –
– Danny SullivanGoogle’s search results are undergoing their most radical transformation ever, as a new “Search Plus Your World” format begins rolling out today. It finds both content that’s been shared with you privately along with matches from the public web, all mixed into a single set… Please visit Search Engine Land for the full article.
- BlackoutSOPA.org – Change your profile picture to protest SOPA! –
- From Twitter – http://t.co/f2FchE7y Simple.TV – A New Toy for Cord Cutters #ces
- Viral Aggregator BuzzFeed Raises $15.5M To Transform The Way People Get Their News | TechCrunch –
Social media optimized and meme focused aggregator BuzzFeed has just raised a $15.5 million round of Series C financing, lead by New Enterprise Associates and followed on by Lerer Ventures, Hearst Media, Softbank and RRE Ventures. In addition to the funding, NEA General Partner Patrick Kerins will be taking a position on the BuzzFeed board and Huffington Post co-founder Ken Lerer will be moving on up to BuzzFeed Executive Chairman.
- SOPA Opera – A Guide to the U.S. Congress Debate on Internet Laws and Freedoms –
Filtering the web so you don’t have to for January 3rd 2010 through January 7th 2010:
- Microsoft at International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2010 Virtual Pressroom –
- The Shorty Awards – The best producers of real-time, short form content on Twitter –
- From Twitter – RT @thurrott Exclusive! Microsoft To Announce Tablet PC Before Apple! .. http://bit.ly/6vInEd.
- February 2010: Vanessa Grigoriadis on Twitter | vanityfair.com –
- Sooner or Later, Facebook Will Launch Its Own Phone – The Steve Rubel Lifestream –
Adapted from photo by Mat Honan Change happens slowly. It took us years before we noticed that Microsoft was slowly upending a tech industry that, until the 1990s, IBM dominated. However, if you squinted you saw this starting in the 1970s once the mainframe era ended. Then Google changed the game for Microsoft (a client) in the 2000s when the desktop lost some of its dominance – but like with IBM this shift started earlier, back in the 1990s. Now, it could happen again. Just as eve.. show all text
- Nobody Has A Million Twitter Followers – Anil Dash –
Last week, I wrote a bit about what it's like to be on Twitter's suggested user list. The response to that post has been really gratifying, and I wanted to share a bit of what I've learned, as well some of the more interesting responses.
First, to recap: I had about 18,000 followers of my own back in October, when I got added to the suggested user list. (Let's call these "organic" followers.) If I'd have continued my normal rate of growth, i'd have about 25,000 followers today, but thanks to b.. show all text
- Foursquare Goes Global: Now You Can Check in From Anywhere –
We knew this move was coming, but it doesn’t make it any less monumental for the rapidly rising location-based industry. Foursquare is no longer restricted to specific cities. Now, you can check in anywhere.
According to a report by CNET, the social location service now offers you the ability to check in anywhere from your mobile phone. This is in contrast to the previous system, where you chose your specific city if it wasn’t auto-detected. Smaller towns and cities in this system were left.. show all text
- Nexus One Phone-Web meets phone. –
- Google Android Press Gathering on USTREAM: We are broadcasting Live from building43 on Google’s campus. At the Google Android Press Gathering.. Gadgets –
- MediaBrowser Firestorm Brings Performance, Stability and Features – The latest iteration, Firestorm, adds even more features to the mix including a vastly faster user experience as well as increased stability over previous versions. For new Media Center enthusiasts Firestorm offers the perfect timing to try Media Browser for the first time.
- Uncovering Windows 7’s ‘GodMode’ – Although its name suggests perhaps even grander capabilities, Windows enthusiasts are excited over the discovery of a hidden "GodMode" feature that lets users access all of the operating system's control panels from within a single folder.
- Ping.fm / Update all of your social networks at once! –
- The Digital Media Zone » CES 2010 –
- mass evac at EWR sent by pal. security breach sends everybody… on Twitpic –
- 10 things you need to stop tweeting about – The Oatmeal –
- ‘Avatar’ reaches $1 billion worldwide – Movies- msnbc.com –
James Cameron’s science-fiction epic “Avatar” had another stellar weekend with $68.3 million domestically, shooting past $1 billion worldwide, only the fifth movie ever to hit that mark.
- Affiliate Marketing Undervalues The Link –
Two days I posted about Gretchen Rubin's new book, The Happiness Project . When I linked to the book in the original post (and here too), I included an amazon affiliate code.
And here is the data two days later: So, in two days, that blog post generated 535 views of the Amazon page and 40 purchases. The affiliate fees associated with those 40 purchases add up to $6.50.
But those 535 views are pretty valuable. Those 535 clicks translated into a total of 118 orders in the past two days, includ.. show all text