Facebook and Goldman Sachs: Inflating a New Bubble?

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?


Goldman’s gambit, of buying Facebook shares before they go public, values the social network at a hefty $50 billion

By Mathew Ingram
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jan2011/tc2011013_185170.htm

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? Leer más “Facebook and Goldman Sachs: Inflating a New Bubble?”

Is there a new measure of success for social media?

The difference between popularity and effectiveness

The findings of this survey have to be taken in context. This was not looking at which companies worldwide are the most social, but using the indicator of the Fortune 40 companies that are listed as the most admired. So how does that admiration translate in social terms? While there are some companies in the top 10 of that list that fully deserve their place – such as Disney and Coca-Cola, others are more surprising, such as Apple and Google. Were I to think of the top social companies, these certainly wouldn’t be in my top 10. That’s where the difficulty comes for what is actually effective, and what is perceived to be effective. Because the whole of Twitter is talking about Apple, does that mean their social media strategy is effective, or that in fact that are an incredibly popular company that is talked about by default, rather than engaging with these conversations directly?


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measuring success Is there a new measure of success for social media?Well according to the Huffington Post and APCO – there is. A recent study by the two organisations – Social EQ – sought to rank the Fortune 40’s top admired companies, in terms of the effectiveness of their social media strategies. The results (shown below) might be surprising, which begs the question of whether this really is an accurate measure of success in social media. To give some context to the study, it was run by working with a group of Social Informants (avid users of social media inside and out) who identified 6 key factors of social media success : dialogue ; customer service ; quality of content ; platform diversity ; engagement & interaction ; optimisation. Then a larger group of over 4,000 people were surveyed, to rank the 40 companies according to these factors. The graphic below shows the rankings :

SocialEQ Rankings Is there a new measure of success for social media?

The difference between popularity and effectiveness

The findings of this survey have to be taken in context. This was not looking at which companies worldwide are the most social, but using the indicator of the Fortune 40 companies that are listed as the most admired. So how does that admiration translate in social terms? While there are some companies in the top 10 of that list that fully deserve their place – such as Disney and Coca-Cola, others are more surprising, such as Apple and Google. Were I to think of the top social companies, these certainly wouldn’t be in my top 10. That’s where the difficulty comes for what is actually effective, and what is perceived to be effective. Because the whole of Twitter is talking about Apple, does that mean their social media strategy is effective, or that in fact that are an incredibly popular company that is talked about by default, rather than engaging with these conversations directly? Leer más “Is there a new measure of success for social media?”

Eric Schmidt (Google): “La publicidad móvil display será la próxima gran revolución”

En la entrevista, Schmidt se refiere a la seria amenaza que su compañía representa para el sector editorial, una amenaza que no se produce además entre iguales, puesto que las editoriales de periódicos y revistas tienen asumido que juegan en una liga inferior a la de la todopoderosa empresa de internet. En realidad, los directos competidores de Google, reconoce Schmidt en Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, son Facebook y Apple. Con ambas empresas, Google admite mantener ciertas disputas. Sin embargo, “yo no lo llamaría un guerra, sino una batalla estratégica”, aclara Schmidt. El consejero delegado del gigante de internet está convencido de que el sistema abierto de Google supera tanto a Facebook como a Apple. “El aperturismo es mi religión. La religión de Apple es todo lo contrario. Lo sé porque me he sentado en su consejo de administración”, sentencia el CEO de Google.


Apple es una “religión”, la publicidad móvil display será el killer las aplicaciones y Google está dispuesto a ayudar a las editoriales con un sistema de pago. Con estas jugosas declaraciones se despacha Eric Schmidt, CEO del gigante de internet Google, en una entrevista para Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

En la entrevista, Schmidt se refiere a la seria amenaza que su compañía representa para el sector editorial, una amenaza que no se produce además entre iguales, puesto que las editoriales de periódicos y revistas tienen asumido que juegan en una liga inferior a la de la todopoderosa empresa de internet. En realidad, los directos competidores de Google, reconoce Schmidt en Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, son Facebook y Apple. Con ambas empresas, Google admite mantener ciertas disputas. Sin embargo, “yo no lo llamaría un guerra, sino una batalla estratégica”, aclara Schmidt. El consejero delegado del gigante de internet está convencido de que el sistema abierto de Google supera tanto a Facebook como a Apple. “El aperturismo es mi religión. La religión de Apple es todo lo contrario. Lo sé porque me he sentado en su consejo de administración”, sentencia el CEO de Google. Leer más “Eric Schmidt (Google): “La publicidad móvil display será la próxima gran revolución””

The Look That Says Book

The vast majority of books and magazines are typeset using hyphenation and justification (written as H&J from here on in). In print, it’s everywhere: All lines of text except the last lines of paragraphs are stretched out to the same length. Flush left and flush right. Hyphens are used to break words at the end of lines to help prevent gaps in word spacing. Like this:

We hold these truths to be self-ev­i­dent, that all men are cre­at­ed e­qual, that they are en­dowed by their Cre­a­tor with cer­tain un­al­ien­a­ble Rights, that a­mong these are Life, Lib­er­ty and the pur­suit of Hap­pi­ness. That to se­cure these rights, Gov­ern­ments are in­sti­tut­ed a­mong Men, de­riv­ing their just pow­ers…


by Richard Fink

The Look That Says Book

The vast majority of books and magazines are typeset using hyphenation and justification (written as H&J from here on in). In print, it’s everywhere: All lines of text except the last lines of paragraphs are stretched out to the same length. Flush left and flush right. Hyphens are used to break words at the end of lines to help prevent gaps in word spacing. Like this:

We hold these truths to be self-ev­i­dent, that all men are cre­at­ed e­qual, that they are en­dowed by their Cre­a­tor with cer­tain un­al­ien­a­ble Rights, that a­mong these are Life, Lib­er­ty and the pur­suit of Hap­pi­ness. That to se­cure these rights, Gov­ern­ments are in­sti­tut­ed a­mong Men, de­riv­ing their just pow­ers… Leer más “The Look That Says Book”

Sync and Manage Google Docs with Memeo Connect 2.0

Memeo Connect, an app for managing and sycing Google Docs across multiple devices, got a significant upgrade earlier this week.

The app is targeted at small and medium-sized businesses as a means to create, share, edit and manage Google Docs both online and offline.

Version 2.0, which was in beta for eight weeks, features advanced document filtering, Google-powered document search, among other updates to the app’s UI and functionality. One major addition to the product is GDrive, a Dropbox-esque virtual disk drive for exchanging and storing large files in the cloud.


By John Paul Titlow

memeo-logo.png Memeo Connect, an app for managing and sycing Google Docs across multiple devices, got a significant upgrade earlier this week.

The app is targeted at small and medium-sized businesses as a means to create, share, edit and manage Google Docs both online and offline.

Version 2.0, which was in beta for eight weeks, features advanced document filtering, Google-powered document search, among other updates to the app’s UI and functionality. One major addition to the product is GDrive, a Dropbox-esque virtual disk drive for exchanging and storing large files in the cloud. Leer más “Sync and Manage Google Docs with Memeo Connect 2.0”

BlackBerry Challenges Set to Spread as Governments, RIM Collide

By Anthony DiPaola, Hugo Miller and Vivian Salama

Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, faces challenges to overseas expansion as developing countries tighten restrictions on mobile e-mail.

The United Arab Emirates, home to Middle East business hub Dubai, said yesterday it may suspend BlackBerry e-mail services in October because of concern the devices could be used in crimes. The move comes days after an official in India said that country may ban BlackBerry e-mail use and reports that Saudi Arabia could take similar steps.

“It’s a reflection of fears of cyber security and espionage that now extend to mobile phones,” said Ron Deibert, director of the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, who helped colleagues uncover a plot against the Indian government that involved computers in China. “It’s the type of thing that will become more common for RIM as they grapple with public policy and ethical issues in emerging markets.”

RIM, based in Waterloo, Ontario, is focusing on countries including India, the U.A.E., Indonesia and Brazil as a decade of North American expansion slows. Revenue from outside North America and the U.K. nearly doubled last quarter as U.S. sales, which account for a quarter of revenue, dropped 7 percent.

For RIM, the pioneer in handheld e-mail devices, security is one of the main advantages it touts over competitors. All BlackBerry e-mails are handled by the company’s own enterprise servers, making the devices popular with companies and government officials including Barack Obama, who kept his BlackBerry after becoming U.S. president.


By Anthony DiPaola, Hugo Miller and Vivian Salama

Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) — Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, faces challenges to overseas expansion as developing countries tighten restrictions on mobile e-mail.

The United Arab Emirates, home to Middle East business hub Dubai, said yesterday it may suspend BlackBerry e-mail services in October because of concern the devices could be used in crimes. The move comes days after an official in India said that country may ban BlackBerry e-mail use and reports that Saudi Arabia could take similar steps.

“It’s a reflection of fears of cyber security and espionage that now extend to mobile phones,” said Ron Deibert, director of the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, who helped colleagues uncover a plot against the Indian government that involved computers in China. “It’s the type of thing that will become more common for RIM as they grapple with public policy and ethical issues in emerging markets.”

RIM, based in Waterloo, Ontario, is focusing on countries including India, the U.A.E., Indonesia and Brazil as a decade of North American expansion slows. Revenue from outside North America and the U.K. nearly doubled last quarter as U.S. sales, which account for a quarter of revenue, dropped 7 percent.

For RIM, the pioneer in handheld e-mail devices, security is one of the main advantages it touts over competitors. All BlackBerry e-mails are handled by the company’s own enterprise servers, making the devices popular with companies and government officials including Barack Obama, who kept his BlackBerry after becoming U.S. president. Leer más “BlackBerry Challenges Set to Spread as Governments, RIM Collide”

Fantastic Examples of Typography


The principle behind topography is based on the creation of a complete text by reusing identical characters. Typography to define is the art and technique of arranging type, type design, and modifying type glyphs.

This art has a great role in life of graphic designers. I have arranged Fantastic Examples of Typography.

A River Runs Through Them l Fantastic Examples of Typography Leer más “Fantastic Examples of Typography”