Advertising & Marketing, Infographic

How Google made its ad money in 2011 [Infographic]

When Google released its 2011 financial results, general consensus was that the internet giant had performed worse than expected. Thing is, disappointing for Google and disappointing for any other company are two very different things. Google still managed, after all, to bring in a whopping US$37.9-billion in ad revenue. US-based Pay Per Click (PPC) company Wordstream decided to take a deeper look into what industries made up the bulk of that revenue. Google doesn’t generally release the kind of information ...

News

Piratebay offers 3D downloads, names them ‘Physibles’

The Piratebay, one of the world largest torrent sites, will now offer physical downloads, or Physibles as it has lovingly named them. According to the site, which is often on the wrong side of the law, Physibles are the "next evolution in copying". These downloadable objects are nothing more than 3D render files which can be physically printed on the currently small selection of available 3D printers. But what the Piratebay proposes are "perfect 1 to 1 digital copies of things". Outlining ...

Infographic

Facebook and Twitter: Key moments in social media law [Infographic]

Every day one tech company or another seems to be embroiled in some kind of legal battle. The rocketing growth of prominent social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook seems to have, in some way, influenced the legal system. The more we immerse ourselves in social media and the more these platforms define our we lives, the more issues around how we use them change. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter have given rise to new regulations in privacy, user ...

News

Nando’s wants you to respect your mother tongue

Nando's #VernacChicken A number of South African state schools using English as their medium of instruction, are reportedly considering scrapping their syllabi in African languages such as Xhosa and Zulu. All pupils in South African state schools are required to learn two language. The proposed move would force pupils in such schools, no matter what their background, to study Afrikaans as their second language. This is a particularly controversial idea given the country’s past experiences with language in schools. The forced use of ...

News

‘Operation global blackout’ — Anonymous targets Facebook

Facebook has once again caught the attention of everyone's favourite hacktivist group, Anonymous, reports Business Insider. The group has been on a retaliation quest over the past few days, following the takedown of MegaUpload. In a weekend of mass attacks, the group diverted all traffic away from CBS.com, took down Universal Music Group and various government sites. A new video posted on a supposed Anonymous-affiliated YouTube account, has singled out Facebook as the group's next target. The video, ...

News

File sharing sites shutter operations following MegaUpload arrests

In an effort to mitigate the potential fallout, file sharing sites with affiliate programs are shutting down regular operations. In the wake of the MegaUpload crackdown, FileSonic, FileServe and numerous others have disabled their affiliate rewards programmes and now only allow users access to their own files. The programmes rewarded members for uploading content -- pirated or legal. Many other file-sharing sites are following suit and some are taking drastic measures, blocking incoming traffic from the US, deleting incriminating content or ...

News

YouTube hits 4-billion daily videos

YouTube is now streaming 4-billion videos a day, a 25% increase over the past eight months, according to a report from Reuters. The number represents daily videos viewings across all platforms including mobile devices and PCs. The company has also revealed that roughly 60 hours of video are now uploaded to YouTube every minute, compared with the 48 hours of video uploaded per minute in May 2011. YouTube is seen one of Google Inc's key opportunities for generating new sources of ...

News

SA Space Agency looks to cyberspace for help with real space

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has put out a call on Facebook and Twitter for the country’s citizens to have a say in the drafting of the National Space Programme (NSP). According to agency’s website, the aim of the NSP is to "make South Africa a leading space player by 2030". The site also invites South Africans to share their "thoughts on 'Space Vision 2030' via the face book [sic] or Twitter". Speaking to Business Day, a ...

Design, Twitter, Usability

How I would have stuffed up Twitter: Usability’s quest for simplicity

Black Twitter I've often wondered what it was like in the early days of creating Twitter. It must have been interesting times working out what the social network would be, what it would look like and how it would function. Of course, no-one then knew for certain it would be the slam-dunk success of today. In those early, startup days of rapid development and innovation, there must have been countless arguments, debates and jousts over how it would look and how it would ...

Advertising & Marketing, Social media

We don’t talk about brands online — so what are we talking about?

tin can phone Social media is not about brands. It’s throwaway headlines like that which make brands and businesses -- especially SMEs -- shy away from social media and from entering into a conversation with their potential clients online. At first glance this reinforces a marketing manager's preconceived notion that no good can come from his brand engaging online, but what is the truth behind this kind of sentiment? Offline discovery still works Brands are still largely being discovered offline -- this is through word ...

MORE HEADLINES

news

VIEW MORE

interviews

VIEW MORE

future trends

VIEW MORE

entrepreneurship

VIEW MORE

social media

VIEW MORE

facebook

VIEW MORE

twitter

VIEW MORE

google

VIEW MORE

advertising & marketing

VIEW MORE

online media

VIEW MORE

design

VIEW MORE

mobile

VIEW MORE