Internet Trends for 2013

Did you know Vine’s user base doubled from March to April? And nearly 150 million photos were shared on Snapchat last month, up from 60 million in February? Or that U.S. citizens, even in the homeland of both those apps, share much less online than people in Saudi Arabia, India and Indonesia? These stats and […]

Big International Social Networks Are Closing In On Facebook

Last year, Facebook marked a new milestone in its nine-year history. It lost users. While the network did pass the 1 billion monthly active user threshold globally in 2012, Facebook also lost 1.4 million U.S. monthly active users late last year, a small but symbolic decline. Nor was it the only network experiencing a slowdown. […]

Egypt – Pressures for Change & the Social Media Impact

What is happening in Egypt is not just a revolution. It is the result of socio-cultural change that has been in motion for longer than the 30 years reign of Mobarak. This change has been amplified by the development of social media like Twitter, Facebook, and Blogs. The Jasmin Revolution in Tunisia, an apparently uncoordinated […]

The Truth about QR Codes

You’ve probably noticed already some small, square codes popping up in places like print ads, magazines, billboards and trade-show booths. These useful, efficient little marvels are QR codes, also known as Quick Response codes. Although virtually ubiquitous in Europe and Japan, they’re just starting to gain popularity in the States. QR codes are readable by […]

EU Chews on Web Cookies

Seeking to be a leader in protecting online privacy, the European Union last year passed a law requiring companies to obtain consent from Web users when tracking files such as cookies are placed on users’ computers. Europe’s effort to regulate online “cookies” is crumbling, exposing how tough it is to curb the practice of tracking […]

Branch Network

The phenomenal growth of Facebook and other social media has been seen by many companies as a great marketing tool. But could their impact be even more profound, shifting for ever the traditional hierarchical organization of business? A partner in Deloitte’s technology integration practice, says: “There are now many companies that are looking at taking […]

Bogus

Facebook users are on the horns of a dilemma: Blindly give away their personal information to any third-party app that interests them, or hoard their personal information and steer clear of all third-party apps. Facebook either can’t or won’t tell users which apps are safe and which are scams, so it’s apparently a case of […]

Small Business Options… Credit & Microlending

Before the economic collapse, microfinance – the granting of very small loans, mostly to poor people – was a concept most closely associated with the developing world. Now increased demand for smaller loans in the United States, gives microlending a higher profile and broadens its appeal. More Information For more information go to: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/29/business/smallbusiness/29sbiz.html?_r=1&ref=smallbusiness