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The Internet, 2011 vs. 2010


The Internet, 2011 vs. 2010

Where were you on the Internet in 2010? What about in 2011? The folks over at Royal Pingdom have compiled a nice set of data for the Internet, by the Internet. That is, an entire list of data about email, websites, web servers, domain names by their .dot web addresses, Internet users by country, types of social media, web browser usage, mobile users, videos and images. We decided to take a look at the data points that tell us the most about the read/write web: websites and domain names, Facebook, Twitter and Internet users by continent. More importantly, we’ll look at how the Internet of 2011 compares to the Internet of 2010.     Facebook & Twitter:...

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The Other 1%


The Other 1%

Today the Internet bids another goodbye to Internet Explorer 6, whose U.S. death is inevitable. New data from Net Applications shows that less than 1% of U.S. Internet users choose IE6 as their browser of choice. And when it comes to the mobile/tablet browser market share, only 0.41% use some variation of Internet Explorer, period. iOS devices come with pre-installed Safari browsers, which make for 53.3% of the mobile browser market. Meanwhile, Opera Mini and an Android browser account for 21.66% and 15.87% of the mobile market, respectively. Browser trends from Sitepoint showed some IE6 death signs just a month ago, noting that more people browsed the Web on their...

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First Details About Lift


First Details About Lift

The recently-departed co-founders of Twitter now working together again under the old Obvious Corp. name (Ev Williams, Biz Stone and Jason Goldman) announced their first official partnership today, with a stealth alpha app called Lift. It’s described as a way to help users achieve their goals through positive reinforcement. It sounds like Twitter in its simplicity and from what I’ve seen it looks a lot like Twitter too – but with more structure. What’s called Lift today was apparently called Mibbles just weeks ago and was described then as “a very simple tracking and encouragement tool.” GetMibbles.com now redirects to Lift.do. What...

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Tech Media Obsessed With Deals & Rumors – Bring Back Ideas


Tech Media Obsessed With Deals & Rumors – Bring Back Ideas

Big ideas aren’t prevalent anymore, posited academic and author Neal Gabler in a New York Times op-ed. “We are living in an increasingly post-idea world,” he wrote, “a world in which big, thought-provoking ideas that can’t instantly be monetized are of so little intrinsic value that fewer people are generating them and fewer outlets are disseminating them, the Internet notwithstanding.” While this could be seen as just another variation of ‘the Internet makes you dumb’ argument, a favorite of academics and contrarian technology writers, Gabler’s article touched a nerve for me. As I look around at my own industry, tech...

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The Future of WordPress


The Future of WordPress

Named as one of the 25 most influential people on the web, Matt Mullenweg founded and runs an open source web platform that has revolutionised website publishing. WordPress began its life as free, open-source blogging software which quickly evolved into a general-purpose CMS used by millions of sites on the web. The success of WordPress speaks for itself — and it is one of the most popular content management system engines around today, also used by many Fortune 500 companies. Mullenweg at only 27 also runs the commercial arm of WordPress, Automattic, which is the company behind WordPress and a handful of other software projects. WordPress is used by more than 14% of...

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Monitor Your Reputation with Networking


Monitor Your Reputation with Networking

One of the most important assets a company has is its online reputation. Your online reputation effects how customers view your company and brand, how much search engines “trust” your website and whether or not your company will be able to survive any negative attention. Monitoring what people are saying about your company online is a crucial component is maintaining your online reputation. Social networking sites offer a bevy of information and online chatter about your brand. If you aren’t actively checking online conversation that center around your company, you could be in the middle of a firestorm and not even know it. Twitter is a great place to keep an eye...

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