Goldman’s gambit, of buying Facebook shares before they go public, values the social network at a hefty $50 billion
By Mathew Ingram
More than a decade has passed since Time Warner (TWX) and America Online (AOL) merged in a $180 billion deal, marking the peak of the Internet bubble and beginning a long drought for technology stocks—a drought that has arguably been broken only by Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG). Now Facebook seems to be taking the lead in the next wave of tech-stock enthusiasm, with Goldman Sachs (GS) reportedly investing $450 million in the social network, giving the company a theoretical market value of $50 billion and positioning it for what seems like an inevitable initial public offering. That may be good for Facebook and Goldman, but will it be good for investors? Sigue leyendo
By Josh Catone, Mashable
January 4, 2011 — Updated 1241 GMT
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Hipmunk is fixing everything that’s wrong with flight searches with a tool whose usefulness is immense.
- Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform for creative endeavors
- Grooveshark might be the next big thing in online music
- Diaspora is an open source social network platform
(Mashable) — There are more than a trillion URLs in Google’s index. Yes, that’s a one with twelve zeros after it. And Google crossed that milestone two and a half years ago. With so many sites on the web in 2011, how do you know which to pay attention to?
Mashable’s editors haven’t quite visited a trillion pages, but we’ve checked out a lot in the past year, and we’ve compiled a list of 10 websites we think are poised to have big years in 2011.
Some of these are relatively new sites we think will catch the mainstream’s attention next year and others are older sites that we think will finally hit the big time in 2011. Sigue leyendo
Analysts warn CEO Mark Zuckerberg not to lose focus
Computerworld – With Facebook now flush with cash, the social networking phenom has the muscle to better duke it out with tech industry heavy-weight Google.
But while the investment of $500 million from Goldman Sachs and a Russian investor could do a lot to validate the business behind social networking, the question remains as to what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should do with this new financial muscle and industry clout.
While opinions vary as to what Zuckerberg’s next step will be, most agree that the 26-year-old entrepreneur and billionaire shouldn’t lose focus.
“Facebook needs to avoid the dangers that come from being big and having a lot of cash,” said Augie Ray, an analyst with Forrester. “There can be the temptation to throw a lot of money around exploring different ideas, but Facebook needs to continue to focus on the unique core value drivers it has around personal sharing, relationships and communications.”
by Mallary Jean Tenore
William Zinsser has spent a lifetime teaching people how to become better writers. Now at 88, the author of “On Writing Well” is just as much a student of the craft as he is a teacher.
He’s finding ways to remain relevant as a writer in a digital world because, as he says, he “doesn’t want to get stuck in the 20th century.” About a year ago, he decided to set up a personal website and start a weekly blog for the American Scholar. He still teaches at The New School and Columbia University‘s graduate school of journalism and spends much of his free time reading and writing in his New York City apartment.
In a recent phone interview, Zinsser talked with me about the craft and shared these five tips for journalists who want to grow as writers. Sigue leyendo
I haven’t done an updated “Reccomended SEO Plugins for WordPress” since 2008, so I figure it’s about time to correct that problem.
Surprisingly, the number pure SEO plugins is relatively short. This is due to two factors: my use of Thesis as a Theme (see Thesis Theme Review) and WordPress SEO Plugin.
WordPress SEO – In the past, I haven’t been a huge fan of all-in-one SEO plugins, but this year Joost De Valk changed my mind. This plugin does the work of 8 plugins. It builds XML sitemaps, breadcrumbs, builds the canonical tag, takes care of robots, Google analytics, and more. Really, if you use only one plugin from this entire post, this is the one to get.
Scribe SEO – Scribe SEO is a plugin that checks your post for keyword focus and bunch of other SEO factors (see my Scribe SEO Review for more details). This plugin is part of paid service, but I can tell you it’s one I use, and it makes me more money every month. For an example on how to use it, check out How to Perform a Content Audit. Sigue leyendo
There is a thin line between design and development, and as we move into a new decade, this line is becoming extremely blurry. Is it enough to draw beautiful mock up in Photoshop? Maybe 5 years ago. These days, the average internet user requires more. All beauty, with no substance, gets boring after a while. If your only goal is to impress a community of fellow designers with your flashy designs, you’ll find yourself quickly beneath the tide. 2011 is not about beauty, it’s about function. The trends for this new year and emerging decade are responsive design, constant connection and virtual reality.
How will you stay relevant as a designer in 2011? The ultimate goal of a designer is not to dazzle but to entangle. Any designer can get ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ that are easily forgotten. The supreme designer is able to create an environment which charms and captivates the user to the point where he does not want to find the ‘Back’ button. Several elements come together to forge such a wonderland: harmonious color scheme, intuitive design, easily accessible information and fast response. Additionally, one can never under-estimate the power of simplicity. Of course, this has always been the case, but in 2011, you are no longer at the forgiving discretion of the desktop, or even laptop, computer. Now, your design must contend with smart phones, netbooks, tablets and the like. Are you ready?
Take a gander at the top 11 trends for 2011.
1. More CSS3 + HTML5
What a gratifying sigh of relief! CSS3 and HTML5 have been on the distant horizon of web design for the past couple of years, but now, in 2011, we see an explosion of it. Designers are finally starting to let go of Flash. However you may feel about Flash, you do know that it does not play well with some of the hot, new technology available to your current and potential visitors. In 2011, you will slowly step away from Flash and embrace the magic known as HTML5. Look at the amazingly similar comparison:
by Jason Gross
The popular phrase “good is the enemy of great” echoes a cautionary advice for the inspired and hopeful. The phrase means settling for acceptable or “good enough” results will prevent you from achieving greatness.
This advice, by logic, does stand to be true–allowing our second best effort so that we can just get the job done by the end of the day will always leave us short of our true potential as web designers.
Instead, it would be ideal for us to give 100% every time we fire up Photoshop or lay down a new line of code. Being great–under the premise that good enough prevents us from being great–means never failing, never being wrong, never producing work that sucks or is mediocre, and always being afraid and cautious of what we do.
However, is striving for greatness on every pixel we touch always the best approach to becoming successful in this business? Is good always the enemy of great? Sigue leyendo