Date: September, 2010

What You Need To Know About Google Instant

On September 8th, 2010, wrote:

Earlier today, Google officially announced Google Instant- a real-time search experience that predicts search results as you type. As with most announcements, the long-term impacts are not yet known, but let’s look into the important parts.

Discover Where You Are Across Social Media Networks with KnowEm

On September 8th, 2010, wrote:

Facebook. Twitter. MySpace. Tumblr. Hundreds and hundreds more. For individuals trying to find out where they have signed up for among social media networks is probably like trying to find a specific scroll in the Library of Alexandria. The sheer size of where you have to look – much less update – is intimidating. It’s the same for businesses. Do you know where your brand, product, trademark, or even company name is being used in all these popular and emerging social media websites? You might be surprised to find that it’s being used unofficially – a classic case of brand identity theft. You lose control. Your online reputation isn’t secure. Thanks to something called KnowEm, representation across all social media has become a lot easier. KnowEm is a service that lets you discover where your name, brand, trademark, or product is available on social media networks. It also lets you know where it has been stolen. Developed in April 2009 – Read the full article

Location Applications: Privacy vs. Value to Users

On September 7th, 2010, wrote:

With the recent launch of Facebook Places, many social media users and experts are debating the utility of location-based applications compared with the privacy concerns associated with services like Places, Gowalla, Foursquare, and Yelp. While Foursquare, Gowalla and Yelp location applications have gained popularity over the past year, Facebook Places is bringing location services to the mass public, not just social media savvy users. With over 500 million users, Facebook is undoubtedly the most popular social media platform available. Although Places is currently only available in the United States and has not yet become accessible to all users, some users argue that Facebook’s popularity means Places may pose a major threat to other location applications. Other social media users disagree, arguing that Facebook and Foursquare serve somewhat different functions. While people using Foursquare are clearly comfortable sharing their location with others, many Facebook users feel that Places is an invasion of privacy and have serious reservations about using the service. – Read the full article

Preparing for the Internet of Things

On September 6th, 2010, wrote:

Intel’s recent purchase of McAfee for $7.68 billion directly addresses the movement towards an age of Internet of Things.  According to IMS Research, the number of objects connected to the Internet is expected to hit 5 billion this month and eventually 22 billion by 2020.  Right now we are accustom to “devices” like computers, cellphones, GPSes, modems, and televisions having connection to the Internet but there is already incredible momentum of more things gaining connection.  That is to say, Internet connection is no longer restricted to devices.  Objects are gaining Internet connection, or rather, Internet identity and presence, which in turn makes them into devices.   Think about the Smart Meters ComEd now offers around Chicago.  We can monitor our energy usage with real-time updates when we visit our account online.  Considering this quote referring to the necessity of cyber security in the coming of such an age on, though, we see that there is a lot more to in – Read the full article

Shoeboxed Review: Receipt Tracking and Expense Reporting Made Easy and On the Go

On September 5th, 2010, wrote:

One of the most tedious tasks that we’ve all hoped we could do without is tracking receipts. It doesn’t matter if you’re a young corporate hotshot, a one-man startup, a small business owner, or a high-powered on-the-go executive: at one point or another, you’ll have to gather those receipts for office expenses, keep track of those credit card and online payments, and spend time – hours, sometimes – on entering data into your financial records. Bo-ring. It can keep you off working on what really matters, too. But do any of us have a choice? We want to be spared tax-related hassle. We need to stay on budget. Enter the app called Shoeboxed, which basically combines free online software with a paid scanning service to literally digitize and organize your receipts. Shoeboxed is the secretary we all wished we had, the receipt tracker who would never mind the time-consuming task of collecting receipts and doing the math for us busy – Read the full article

Effective Tips to Green Your Website or Blog

On September 3rd, 2010, wrote:

It can be tough to measure in tangible terms the impact of the Internet on the environment, but this doesn’t mean there isn’t any. As we continue to enhance our presence online and live and work towards the digital, it’s important to note that the environmental costs of using the Web will inevitably rise, too. The heavier the burden will get. If you have a website or blog, you can be sure that it takes plenty of energy to keep that up and running. The infrastructure needed, the electricity used, the data servers and power plants required to keep all the information online 24/7 are only some of the things through which our online goings-on can affect the environment. Start “greening” your own little place on the Web and minimize the Internet’s environment footprint in your own way. Here’s a list of great tips to help you do just that. Go for green web hosting These days there are plenty – Read the full article

Easy to Use Rank Monitoring Tool AuthorityLabs is not Rocket Science

On September 2nd, 2010, wrote:

It’s kind of stressful trying to figure out ways on how to rank better in search engines. Just figuring out where your website stands, in terms of relevant keywords, is like rocket science. Like, “Where does my culinary website appear on Google’s search results pages whenever someone searches for ‘easy homemade recipes’?” Sure, there are plenty of web-based apps and tools that promise to help you do just that. But sometimes, these apps and tools are still too expensive. Or too complicated. Their interface makes you want to squint, or hide under a desk. Enter AuthorityLabs. It’s a super simple search engine monitoring service, founded in Arizona by a guy named Chase Granberry. Basically what it does is give you the data or the feedback that you need in order to rank better. It doesn’t matter if you’re a small business, an enterprise, an Internet marketing company, or an interactive communications agency; AuthorityLabs is pretty scalable – and extremely easy – Read the full article

How to Build an Online Community

On September 2nd, 2010, wrote:

There are many benefits to creating an online community- mostly to make sure your specific messages get out within the right audience. This is quick guide to building an online community. And, the truth is, this is not a simple task, that takes a lot of social networking. Your Website Building an effective website is critical to building an online community. Landing Pages Information Pages Multimedia section (video and picture pages) User Submitted Section Resource Page (Tools and Links) A Blog A Forum This will offer the user everything they would be interested in on the subject matter. Now, some subject matters are harder then others. Doing something on cancer is harder then doing something on, say, the pop entertainer Kesha. People have more of a will to interact with entertainment then they do something serious, Kesha has hundreds of pictures and tons of entertaining videos. Cancer has odd photos and videos of doctors explaining it and parents discussing subjects – Read the full article