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February 25, 2013

Kim Dotcom and Mega

Some of you in the crowd may remember the file-sharing site, Megaupload. They used to be the go-to option for cloud storage and easy access, yeah? As many of you know, that site hasn’t been around in ages, 1 year to be exact, but as the saying goes, ‘when one door closes, another one opens.’ From the ashes of  Megaupload’s destruction rises MEGA, founded by Kim Dotcom.

What is MEGA?

Mega stands for Mega-Encrypted-Global-Access, and it may or may not put you at ease considering where you stood this time last year when Megaupload bit the dust. The site is geared for brilliance no matter which way you look at it, though:

  • 3 low-cost plans, 1 free plan
  • Awesome traffic ranking thanks to some massive back-linking efforts
  • More files than you can shake a stick at, 50M and going strong
  • Privacy and Protection, as only 1 user has ever been fined for piracy

This certainly is not the Megaupload of yore, folks. They have a 10 Gigabit throughput and that delivers you some of the best speed from any file-sharing or cloud storage site. Ever.

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February 7, 2013

SEO in 2013: year of the consumer

If you have a website and you actively monitor keywords (and you should do the latter if have the former!) to bring in traffic, then you probably know the situation on the Web has changed a bit in the past year or two. Algorithms have been altered to help content creation get a kickstart; from a users point of view, this is great news. From a strict SEO view, however, things may appear more dicey.
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November 21, 2012

An Educators Guide To Pinterest [Infographic]

Pinterest for EducatorsPinterest grew by 4,377% from March 2011 through March 2012. The social networks growth is largely credited with its ability to engage users in a simple but effective way. The site has become so popular that the average user now spends 98 minutes per month simply browsing through Pinterest boards.

With engagement increasing and users discovering new recipes, tech tips and other information the teams atWorldWideLearnandQuinstreethave built a case study around how a virtual pinboard works for showcasing a students work to creating a sense of community through pictures.

The study includes information obtained from top-tier Universities who have used the social sharing platform to engage with students. read more

Your Computer Can Kill You

Working from home or in an office is one of the biggest factors for people living an extremely sedentary life. By spending so many hours every day in front of the computer, the average worker is not getting the physical activity needed to keep fit. So what happens is that various health problems arise because being cooped up in front of the computer.

This infographic shows the many health problems that arise from extensively using a computer. Problems like obesity, insomnia, and chronic pain, among others, are caused by using computers for long periods of time. Fortunately, there are also solutions to solve these health problems, which is also incorporated in the infographic. read more

November 2, 2012

HootSuite Has 5 Million Users, Celebrates With An Infographic

Hootsuite MilestonesHootsuite, the social media management dashboard that is preferred by millions of users has passed the 5 million users milestone. According to the company that milestone was reached on October 12th. You may recall that only a few short months ago the company passed the 4 million users level.

In an infographic provided with the company’s announcement HootSuite officials laid out a timeline that included reaching one million users in January 2011. The company then doubled in size to two million users in January 2012 before growing exponentially throughout the year,

HootSuite isn’t just a big hit in the United States, in fact it can now be downloaded with support for 20 different languages.

HootSuite is also one of the more robust social network platform support systems with 35 different social networks now available for monitoring and interaction. read more

September 26, 2012

Social Media’s Biggest Blunders [Infographic]

Social Media BlundersWhen it comes to using social media all companies, politicians and celebrities are not created equally. In fact some companies and people would have been better off had they never made the social media blunders they attempted to master.

Remember Anthony Weiner? We can name at least one part of the former U.S. Representative you probably remember. How about Woody Harrelson’s awful Reddi AMA (Ask Me Anything) segment that he tried to gear towards his upcoming movie?

And its not only people! There was the Red Cross employee who accidentally tweeted#gettingslizzerd from the charitys official account when they thought they were logged into their personal account.

Also guilty of outright stupid tweets and Facebook posts areRagu, Nestle and Kenneth Cole among others. read more

September 17, 2012

Facebook Users Don’t “Like” Back-To-School Posts [Infographic]

FB Infographic for back to schoolStudents not only hate going back to school, they outright refuse to share information about products relating to back-to-school sales. A recent study bysocial software companyExpionhas found that back-to-school posts online are shared far less often than other posts in terms of Facebook “likes.”

To reach its conclusion Expion examined 18 of the top department stores, mass merchandisers, pharmacy stores, internet retailers, warehouse stores, and even dollar stores to check out fan reactions to certain types of posts.

While regular sales and other promotions were often shared by fans of the 18 store types, back-to-school posts were liked 79 percent less than just about every other subject.

Researchers examined how many likes each post received based on every 10,000 fans the company has, allowing for an accurate picture of a posts virality.

The study also found that brands shied away from too much back-to-school hype with only 16 percent of their posts focused on back-to-school sales. read more

September 10, 2012

Obama Supporters Vs. Romney Supporters. The Social Game Is Vastly Different [Infographic]

President Obama Social Media TrailPresident Obama fans and Mitt Romney supporters have vastly different tastes in movies, activities and in many cases the brands they purchase. The team atCompass Labsrealized those difference existed and used Facebook pages for theRepublican and Democratic parties to discover how much Romney vs. Obama fans are alike and different.

President Obama of course is no stranger to Facebook with more than 28.3 million fans while Mitt Romney is still hovering just shy of 6.5 million.

The infographic is broken down by various segments including the age, gender and favorite pages of users.

While Mitt Romney fans like guns, Fox News and Walmart (no surprises there), Obama fans prefer playing computer games,The Blind Sideand shopping at Target (slightly less evil than Walmart). One common factor? Apparently GOP and Democrats agree thatThe Hangoverwas a great movie. read more

September 7, 2012

Big East Conference Dominates Check-In Totals On Foursquare [Infographic]

Big East ConferenceLocation based service Foursquare continues to attract millions of new users and none more so than in the Big East Conference. According to a recent report It’s not USC, Alabama or even Oregon leading social check-ins but rather Pittsburgh, a school not even ranked in the AP top 25.

Pittsburgh fans apparently checked in 921 times on Foursquare for the schools opening day loss to Youngstown State. At the game were 40,837 people which means more than 2% of Pittsburgh fans checked in before their team checked out.

In terms of top 25 teams Texas drew the most check-ins with 665 with attendance peaking over 101,000.

Why the Big East Conference is so heavily integrated with Foursquare is anyone’s guess. The check-in rate is likely due to the rate of adoption towards location based services in the area. As with any technology there is usually a “first adopter” mentality in certain geographical locations. read more

August 28, 2012

Flipboard Goes From 5 Million To 20 Million Users In 8 Months [Infographic]

Flipboard User BaseSocial news reading platform Flipboard is on a tear, adding 15 million new users to its platform over the last eight months. With 20 million users now reading stories on the mobile platform the company has managed to quadruple its user base in less than one year.

The platforms biggest advantage of late has been its massive expansion from an iPad only application to options for iPhone devices and in June the launch of Google Android smartphone support. The company has also launched region-specific content in China, France, Germany, Korea, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.

Customers have also raved over the company’s new features including audio capabilities, Google+ access and premium content provided byThe New York Times. read more