Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Google + New social networking site competing with Facebook?



Yes, Google has officially announced the new digital platform.  
Something exciting: Circles, Hangouts, Sparks, Huddle

What is new in Google + that is not in Facebook? 
  • This is exciting development for social media marketing.
  • You share different things with different people. So sharing the right stuff with the right people should not be a hassle. Circles makes it easy to put your friends from Saturday night in one circle, your parents in another, and your boss in a circle by himself - just like real life.
  • Tell Sparks what you’re into and it will send you stuff it thinks you’ll like, so when you’re free, there’s always something cool to watch, read, or share.  It is new concept called 'sharing engine'.
  • Sending SMS or texting is good, but not when you’re trying to get six different people to decide on a movie. Huddle turns all those different conversations into one simple group chat, so everyone gets on the same page all at once. Your thumbs will thank you.
  • Hangouts - Specs and limits of Hangouts
    There are a few specifications and limitations of Hangouts that you should be aware of:
    • Maximum 10 participants.
    • There's a 90 minute check-in to make sure you're still there.
    • Can't use Hangouts on a mobile device.
  • Circles
  • Remember Facebook's famous Like button?  Now Google gives you +1 button (plus one).
  • +1 is also available on the Google search engine report.
Do you think people will ditch Facebook and join Google plus?
Do share this exciting development.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Technorati is a search engine for blogs

Claim Your Blog on Technorati

Claiming your blog allows you to attach your Technorati profile to your blog to give yourself more online promotion, and it allows you to add keywords and descriptions to your blog to make it easier for other people to find your blog through searches.

Claiming your blog will add it to Technorati's "Blog Directory", in the categories you specify, and will let you see links from sites in our index to your blog. You can also specify tags for your blog, and it will appear in the lists of blogs on our Tag pages for those tags. If there are links to your blog, we will track your Technorati Authority over time Your claimed blog will also appear on your public profile page, so anyone who views that page (perhaps clicking through from a comment you make) will see it.

Read more: http://technorati.com/blog-claiming-faq/#ixzz1PT5sGPuo


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Friday, June 10, 2011

Amazon associates - CT, USA dropped


Unfortunately, the budget signed by the American Governor Malloy contains a sales tax provision that compels Amazon to terminate referral program for Connecticut-based participants effective immediately. It specifically imposes the collection of TAXES from consumers on sales by online retailers – including but not limited to those referred by Connecticut-based affiliates – even if those retailers have no physical presence in the state. New tax law is unconstitutional and counterproductive. It was supported by big-box retailers, most of which are based outside Connecticut, that seek to harm the affiliate advertising programs of their competitors. When the Government interest interferes business, business will go elsewhere.

  • Amazon is the most successful online E-commerce company in the world.  Amazon is the King of e-Commerce business.  A $34 billion online empire made of click & mortar.  It is just the beginning.  Amazon is one of the most admired companies in the world.

  • When a business buys from another business it is called Business-to-Business (B2B) online shopping.  Both B2C and B2B online shopping are forms of e-commerce.  Amazon.com is B2C site where consumers are buying directly from the business (manufacturer).

    Some fast facts about #1 retailer in the world:

    • An online shop, eshop, e-store, internet shop, webshop, webstore, online store, or virtual store evokes the physical analogy of buying products or services at a bricks-and-mortar retailer or in a shopping mall. The process is called Business-to-Consumer (B2C) online shopping.

    • Amazon Prime offers FREE shipping (for a ~ $79 yearly fee) is a hit with consumers that gives Amazon repeat sales across its many categories.

    • Amazon has ~ 33,700 employees.  Amazon was founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos as an online book store has now become the internet’s largest retailer.  Please click on any of the link below to enter the official website of Amazon.

      According to amazon management email:  ”As a result of the new law, contracts with all Connecticut residents participating in the Amazon Associates Program will be terminated today, June 10, 2011. Those Connecticut residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to Amazon.com, Endless.com, or SmallParts.com”.

Do you think this kind of development is good for online business in general and in particular for the Amazon associates? Your comments will be appreciated.