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Bing Overtakes Yahoo as No. 2 in Search Survey


By NICK BILTON
The Nielsen Company

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Yahoo search just dropped from No. 2 to No. 3.

According to a report released today by Nielsen Company, Microsoft’s search services, which include Bing search, overtook Yahoo search in the United States as the No. 2 search engine during the month of August.

Nielsen said that the Microsoft search services had taken 13.9 percent of the search market in the United States compared with Yahoo’s 13.1 percent. Nielsen also noted that neither company came close to Google’s domineering 65 percent share of the United States search market.

The Microsoft search growth coincides with a decrease in usage of Yahoo’s services. Sigue leyendo

Cell phones, how are adults using mobile phones?? [PDF download link]


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By Todd Ogasawara

What Do People Who Send 200+ Text Messages & 30+ Voice Calls Per Day Have to Say?

The Pew Internet and American Life Project released another report of interest to gadget fans.

Cell phones and American adults (available online & PDF download)

Flowtown.com turned Pew’s numberes into a series of easy to understand pie charts and bar graphs.

How Are Adults Using Mobile Phones?

Some interesting items that pop out of the report and graphics?

- 18% of people 18 to 24 years old send more than 200 text messages per day

- This heavy texting (200+ per day) drops to 3% for people 25 to 29 years old

- Heavy text users do not text exclusively. In fact, they also make a lot of voice calls. 26% of heavy text messegers make 31 or more voice calls per day

What is it these people text and say in all of these messages every day?

http://www.mediabistro.com/mobileContentToday/

La lista de los mejores 50 sitios Web del año, según la revista Time


La sorpresa es que no figuran grandes como Twitter, Google, Facebook o YouTube.

Por Leo González Pérez

Adepta a las listas de “Los mejores…” en numerosos rubros, la revista estadounidense Time dio a conocer la nómina de los sitios de Internet que, en opinión de su staff, son los mejores de 2010. La enumeración, de fuerte orientación localista y naturalmente opinable, está dividida en diez categorías, y resulta una guía interesante para asomarse a lo que está pasando en la Web.

Llama la atención en la lista la ausencia de gigantes masivos como Google, YouTube, Facebook, Skype, Amazon o Wikipedia, todos elegidos en 2009. Sigue leyendo

América Latina es la región con mayor crecimiento en uso de internet


IAB Chile y comScore han dado a conocer los resultados del State of Internet, estudio anual sobre la situación de internet en Latinoamérica. La medición, realizada a través del panel global de comScore, que incluye a dos millones de habitantes en más de 170 países durante 2009, arrojó cifras respecto de visitas Web, demografía de los visitantes, comportamiento de las audiencias, estado de la publicidad online y consumo de medios, entre otros factores.

América Latina -con un 23%- fue la región de mayor crecimiento en el uso de internet durante el año pasado. Pese a esto, representó sólo un 8% de la audiencia global. Por su parte, Chile, con un crecimiento del 16%, fue el país de menor aumento porcentual en la región, que estuvo encabezada por Colombia (36%) y Argentina (28%).

En cuanto al tiempo de consumo online, Chile se ubicó en el antepenúltimo lugar, con 22,4 horas mensuales de uso. Quienes lideran este ítem son Brasil y México, con 26,4 y 25,7 horas respectivamente. El factor más determinante, en esta área es la disponibilidad y penetración de banda ancha. Por otra parte, las mediciones indican que la mayoría de las audiencias prefiere consumir contenidos en su lenguaje nativo. Sigue leyendo

Muchas consultas, pocos créditos hipotecarios otorgados


Si bien el anuncio oficial de la línea hipotecaria lanzada por el Banco Nación trajo una nueva esperanza a la enorme cantidad de argentinos que espera conseguir un préstamo para adquirir su vivienda, por el momento, podríamos decir que fue una desilusión para la mayoría de los solicitantes.

Según datos aportados por funcionarios de la principal entidad financiera del país, los primeros días en que la línea a 20 años con tasa combinada fue ofrecida, hubo un aluvión de consultas que colapsó las sucursales del banco, pero sólo unos pocos iniciaron los trámites para solicitar el crédito (aprox. un 2%) debido a que los demás no cumplen con los requisitos exigidos o las condiciones no le resultan convenientes. Sigue leyendo

¿Cuáles son las diez marcas con mayor reputación del mundo?



¿Cuáles son las diez marcas con mayor reputación del mundo?

Fueron elegidas por el estudio Global Reputation Pulse, en el cual participa el público de 24 países. Evalúan la admiración, el respeto y la confianza.

Google, con 78,62 puntos sobre los 100 posibles, es la empresa con mayor reputación del mundo en 2010, revela el estudio realizado periódicamente por Reputation Institute.En el listado le siguen desde compañías automotrices hasta tecnológicas. Algunas de las destacadas por su comportamiento e imagen ante el público en general son:

* Sony (78,47)
* The Walt Disney Company (77,97)
* BMW (77,77)
* Daimler/Mercedes Benz (76,83)
* Apple (76,29)
* Nokia (76,00)
* Ikea (75,60)
* Volkswagen (75,55)
* Intel (75,39)
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Facebook Open Graph: The Definitive Guide For Publishers, Users and Competitors


Written by Alex Iskold

Facebook just shook the tech world by announcing several major initiatives that collectively constitute an aggressive move to weave the social net on top of the existing Web.The rumors were that the leading social network would launch a “Like” button for the entire Web. Instead, Zuckerberg & Co. unveiled a bold and visionary new platform that cannot be ignored.

// The bits of this platform bring together the visions of a social, personalized and semantic Web that have been discussed since del.icio.us pioneered Web 2.0 back in 2004. Facebook’s vision is both minimalistic and encompassing – but its ambition is to kill off its competition and use 500 million users to take over entire Web.

Whether we like it (pun intended) or not, we have to understand what this move means. It impacts users, publishers, competitors and, of course, Facebook itself. In this post, we summarize what Facebook announced and ponder the impact this will have on everyone.

Facebook Open Graph: Publisher Plugins

The Open Graph is a set combination of publisher plugins, semantic markup and a developer API.

“This new API turns Facebook into a read/write storage of user’s tastes.”

Login with Faces & Facepile: The simpler publisher plugins enhance Facebook Connect. They makes it easy and compelling to sign in by leveraging Facebook cookies and showing faces of Facebook friends who are already members of the service.

Like Button and Like Box: These plugins add the liking feature to any content, typically the whole page. Both can be enhanced with semantic markup, described below. But the very basic intent for these is to get users to Like on the site and post a link to Facebook, which is then permanently stored on a user’s profile and points back to the original site.

Activity Feed and Live Stream: These plugins show static and dynamic activity on the site. Activity Feed lists recent likes and comments from the site, while Live Stream shows a real-time view of activity on the site and is intended for interactive events.

Recommendations: This plugin surfaces personalized recommendations for the user based on what friends and everyone else is liking on the site. It is intended to drive the users to other pages on the site.

Facebook Open Graph: Semantic Markup

Facebook announced simple, RDF-based markup to make the plugins smarter. In a nutshell, the markup enables publishers to say what object is on the page – a movie, a book, a recording artist, an event, a sports team, etc. This automatically enables semantics, that is, an understanding that the user is not just interacting with a webpage, but that he or she is liking a specific kind of thing. Semantics then leads to bucketing of the objects into categories like books, movies, music, etc., and gives rise to all sort of applications, including personalized recommendations.

Perhaps even more importantly, the markup helps Facebook connect the users across common interests across different websites. For example, if both Pandora and Last.fm annotate a page about The Beatles using Facebook’s markup, then users will be able to see their friends, who like the Beatles across different sites. This is very significant, because the data around friends is sparse and scattered around the sites. Previously, Facebook would surface this data in the stream without persisting it. Now, the information about a friend’s likes of movies, music, books, recording artists, events, sports team, etc. will be permanent on Facebook profiles and readily available in context around the Web. Sigue leyendo

Social Networks Said To Account For 60% Of Mobile Web Usage



MySpace put ahead of Facebook, too

There’s good news for social networks – and perhaps MySpace in particular – this week courtesy of Ground Truth.  The mobile measurement firm has determined that almost 60 percent of the time people spend online using a cell phone is dedicated to social networks, and that MySpace is ahead of Facebook in many respects.

Let’s start with the basics.  Ground Truth’s stats indicate that 59.83 percent of “time spent on mobile Internet usage” is committed to social networks.  The runner-up is then the “portals” category, consuming 13.65 percent of time spent, while “operator,” “messaging,” and “mobile downloads” trail further behind.

As for Ground Truth’s site-specific data, the below chart pretty well shows the interesting manner in which things worked out.  It seems that MySpace has a lead over Facebook in every respect, even as a few mobile-specific sites are managing to do better still.

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Modern etiquette: We interrupt this meeting for an email


BY RICHARD BAUM

A Blackberry.The BlackBerry … A new office tool or office distraction? Photo: James Davies

Is it rude to check your BlackBerry during a meeting? Can we really multi-task effectively? Richard Baum explores the etiquette around the smart phone‘s infiltration into the working day.

Do you check your BlackBerry during work meetings? Do you do it furtively under the table, while your colleagues are distracted by a presentation?

Do you leave it in front of you so you can give it the occasional peck whenever it buzzes? Or are you bold enough in the board room to hold it up while you type your replies, a practice that’s provoked comedian Jerry Seinfeld to respond, “Can I just pick up a magazine and read it in front of your face while you’re talking to me?”

Unless you work in a company that bans BlackBerry use in meetings, you’ve seen all these behaviours. Most likely, you’ve been that person. But is it bad etiquette? Don’t the pressures of time and overflowing inboxes make this a necessary evil of the 21st century workplace?

Other journalists who have taken time out from deleting emails to investigate this burning issue have concluded that polite society abhors the employee whose eyes wander from the PowerPoint presentation to the new email alert.

But as someone who struggles to ignore the siren buzz of the BlackBerry, I demand leave to appeal this collective ruling by the media’s finest minds. After all, every new technology that transforms communications encounters resistance from the old guard. Surely the cool kids accept that it is possible to concentrate on a meeting and accept email requests for other meetings at the same time?

It didn’t take much Googling to find some research that confirmed my hunch: while 68 percent of the baby-boom generation born before 1964 think that the use of smartphones during meetings is distracting, just 49 percent of the under-30s see a problem. As this 2008 LexisNexis survey helpfully points out, that’s less than half. If the person running your meeting is a Generation Y’er, there’s a better than even chance that she won’t mind you checking your email.

Still, most of us have bosses who are too old to skateboard to work. What does Generation X think of BlackBerry peckers? I asked John Freeman, a member of that demographic and the author of The Tyranny of Email.

“You never have everyone’s full attention in a meeting any longer, and I think that’s why meetings are becoming so ineffective,” he wrote in a non-tyrannical email.

“Whether it’s the lot who try to thumb under the table, or those who brazenly do it in the open, the message, from a significant group of those gathered, is – I have other things to do. Which totally defeats the purpose of meeting: you want to create a sense of group purpose. And on top of that it’s rude.”

But John, I can multitask. It may look like I’m updating my Facebook status under the table, but a co-worker has sent me an urgent question and I can answer that and concentrate on your presentation at the same time. Surely I can get an expert on multitasking to back me up here.

I called Clifford Nass, a professor of communication at Stanford University in California. Nass was part of a group that researched the concentration skills of students who frequently multitasked while consuming media. Did he find that those of us who listen and email at the same time are an elite brigade of hyper-efficient workers? Not exactly.

“The more you multitask, the worse you become at it,” he said. According to the Stanford team’s research, there’s a cost to memory and attention when you switch from one task to another. And that cost increases for people who multitask heavily… Sigue leyendo

6.8% Of All Business Internet Traffic Goes To Facebook


Google New Logo For YouTube :)
Image by dannysullivan via Flickr

An interesting report, conducted by the Network Box, has revealed some interesting stats about our beloved Internet. It was concluded that more business traffic goes to Facebook than to any other Internet site. Analysis of 13 billion URLs used by businesses in the first quarter of 2010 show that 6.8% of all business Internet traffic goes to Facebook; an increase of 1% since the last quarter of 2009.

Google on the other hand, attracted 3.4% of all traffic, followed by Yimg (Yahoo!’s image server) with 2.8%, Yahoo with 2.4% and DoubleClick with 1.7% of all traffic. In the bandwidth category, YouTube choked up 10% of all bandwith, Facebook used 4.5% of it, Windows Update used 3.3%, Yimg used 2.7% and Google using only about 2.5%.

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5 Of The Most Socially Responsible Companies


CSR LightbulbMediumCorporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is essentially about doing good and doing well. Generally, it refers to the process of integrating social values and mission within business decision-making process, so as to achieve positive and sustainable outcomes towards the business, environment and the community at large.

Many companies nowadays believe that they have this responsibility to give back to society. Such socially responsible companies see to it that this act permeates everything they do.

Here are 5 companies that stood out, in my opinion, as great examples of how social responsibility can be productively coupled with sound strategies to advance goodwill, while building sustainable and impressive businesses.

1. Vodafone

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In April, Vodafone promised to cut down their carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2020 through improving the energy efficiency of its global mobile-phone networks. Additional points for Vodafone on CSR because they are constantly updating us with the results of the campaign; no matter whether it’s going well or not.

Future promises includes pledging to recycle 95% of network equipment waste and plans to reduce work-related accidents that cause lost time by 10%. On top of that, Vodafone is a leading business in socially responsible products such as the text-to-speech software for blind people and easy-to-use handsets for the elderly.

2. The Body Shop

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The Body Shop can be considered one of the pioneers of modern corporate social responsibility. Founder Anita Roddick led her company to stand up for its beliefs and champion causes such as self-esteem, environmental protection, animal rights, community trade and human rights.

One of their major achievements was back in 1985, where they managed to work with Greenpeace and garner more than 4,000,000 signatures against animal testing in the European Union. They have also contributed significantly to the causes they stand for, and exemplifies how others can do the same thing. Sigue leyendo

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