Facebook, News

Facebook’s first earnings report exactly as expected, stock price falls anyway

Facebook Like Well there's one for the books. The analysts were pretty much dead on the money when it came to Facebook's first earnings call as a publicly listed company. The social network pulled in US$1.18-billion with a profit of US$0.12 per share. Analysts were predicting US$1.15- billion, also at US$0.12 profit per share. If you were looking for any spectacular revelations from CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg, sorry no luck. The message from the hoodied one was more or less the ...

News

Which global leaders are winning when it comes to Twitter?

Twitter logo blue on grey Twitter's important. Most of us get it, and it seems the vast majority of politicians do to. At least, they get that being on Twitter's important -- some of them just aren't sure what do once they're there. In fact, according to a study released today by PR company Burson-Marsteller, nearly two-thirds of the world's leaders are now on the 140 character-or-less social network. Bizarrely though, less than half follow their peers from around the globe. The company claims that ...

Google, News

It’s not just you — Google Talk is down

Google logo No, it's not just your computer or your phone or your tablet -- it's everyone. Google has confirmed that its messaging service is offline, and that it's working on the problem. Visitors to its app status dashboard will be greeted by a comforting red dot, and the following message: We're aware of a problem with Google Talk affecting a majority of users. The affected users are able to access Google Talk, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. We ...

Google, News

Google now lets you search with handwriting

This is very cool. Google search now recognises search queries via handwriting. The new service, officially announced today, allows you to hand write your searches on tablets and mobile phones. Here's how to get started: Go to Google.com in your mobile browser, tap on “Settings” at the bottom of the screen and enable “Handwrite.” Note that after you've saved the setting, you may need to refresh the homepage to see the feature. On tablets, the Search settings are available as ...

Facebook, News

Facebook rolls out Recommendations Bar, claims tripled click-through rates

Facebook ipad Looks like Facebook's taken a leaf out of Twitter's "search and discovery's where it's at" book. The world's largest social network today announced that it was rolling out a recommendations bar. The new social plug-in is aimed at helping people find articles based on what their friends like and share from your site. As a person reads an article, a small pop-up surfaces at the bottom of the screen highlighting recommended articles and prompting them to like the page. Recommendations ...

Advertising & Marketing, Google

Why Google display advertising is like dating

lovekeyboard Ever wonder what makes display advertising work? Ever wonder what makes for the perfect date? Well you're in luck! Here are some of my tips and tricks to keep in mind when looking to win those moments that matter! Context/ Environment -- Even if your personality doesn't sparkle with rays of sunshine, with the right environment even you stand a chance at romance! Category -- Do you go for quaint dinner? Do you go for a playful day out? Your ...

Mobile

10 things you need to know about the way we use mobile phones

SMS The mobile phone is the future. It’s prosperity, hope, development and empowerment all rolled into one handy device with a camera and an FM radio. What we do with our cellphones matters, wherever you are. Given all of this, it was hardly surprising that the meeting room tech media were gathered to hear the latest results from the Mobility 2012 survey conducted by research company World Wide Worx and sponsored by financial giant First National Bank (FNB) was so crowded. ...

Google, SEO

Hyperlinks are dying and Google’s to blame

Grim Reaper There is something extraordinary taking place. Google's war on spam sites is tipping the online world upside down and now threatens that most fundamental element of the world wide web: the hyperlink. There is a massive erasure underway of millions of links and it will only accelerate. The communication lines are the spider's silk but it's the links that make the structure of the web. But because of Google's battle with spammers, the hyperlink could disappear in its current form, and ...

Cloud

How the cloud has changed the business world

cloud-computing According to Eric Knorr and Galen Gruman at InfoWorld, cloud computing refers to “virtual servers available over the Internet.” Not really the nebulous definition one envisions, but as cloud computing is in its earliest stages, the actual application of the cloud can seem pretty vague. Some of the most common ways that we are seeing the cloud used in business today include increasing storage capacity, training new employees, and downloading new software. Cloud computing also allows businesses to extend their ...

News

Twitter is down…again [update]

Here we again. Twitter is down, having been up a whole month after its last outage. This time though, things appear to have gone catastrophically wrong. When Memeburn tried to log onto the web version of the social network, we were met with the following error. According to Twitter's status page, its engineers are aware of the problem and are working on a fix. Update: The social network appears to be back up. If you're desperate for your 140 character fix, ...

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