St Patrick’s Day is here! If you are looking for something different from pints of Guinness then try some of these drink suggestions below. If you’re a beer lover don’t forget to use these apps.
The top legal verdicts of 2012 ranging from the much talked about Samsung patent infringement on Apple’s mobile products and the payout of almost $1 billion that they were forced to pay and the US chip maker Marvell Technology having to pay an even larger sum to local university Carnegie Mellon in a record case.
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 Â 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.
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.
Pinterest 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 at WorldWideLearn and Quinstreet have built a case study around how a virtual pinboard works for showcasing a student’s 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…]
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…]
Hootsuite, 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…]
When 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 charity’s official account when they thought they were logged into their personal account.
Also guilty of outright stupid tweets and Facebook posts are Ragu, Nestle and Kenneth Cole among others. [Read more…]
Students not only hate going back to school, they outright refuse to share information about products relating to back-to-school sales. A recent study by social software company Expion has 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…]
President Obama fans and Mitt Romney supporters have vastly different tastes in movies, activities and in many cases the brands they purchase. The team at Compass Labs realized those difference existed and used Facebook pages for the Republican 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 Side and shopping at Target (slightly less evil than Walmart). One common factor? Apparently GOP and Democrats agree that The Hangover was a great movie. [Read more…]