Daily Archives: September 25, 2012

Google Overtakes GE as Fifth Most Valuable U.S. Company

Google Overtakes GE as Fifth Most Valuable U.S. Company.

Google‘s stock has been on a tear in recent months, rocketing from about $559 a share on June 14 to an all-time intraday trading high of $764.89 on Tuesday. The stock closed at $749.38 for the day.

Thanks to this stock surge, Google’s market cap has ballooned by more than $60 billion in that time period to roughly $245 billion. In the process, Google has gone from being the tenth most valuable company in the United States to the fifth most valuable, passing other juggernauts like Chevron and IBM along the way, according to data from the Bespoke Investment Group.

Most recently, Google overtook General Electric, whose market cap currently sits at around $236 billion. Google is also on the verge of passing Walmart, whose market cap is just shy of $250 billion, to become the fourth most valuable company in the country.

Apple is far and away the most valuable company in the country, having passed Exxon Mobil earlier this year, with a current market cap of more than $631 billion.

Google’s stock surge isn’t attributed to any one factor so much as a combination of strengths in the company, including positive reports about its display advertising and Android activations, as well as strong consumer demand for its Nexus tablets.

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Source: Mashable.com

Gadget Lab Show: Apple’s iPhone 5 Wins, Maps App Fails | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Gadget Lab Show: Apple’s iPhone 5 Wins, Maps App Fails | Gadget Lab | Wired.com.

Apple’s iPhone 5 is just a few days old and, so far, it’s the best-selling iPhone ever. It’s also one of thefastest, most powerful handsets ever. It’s mighty stylish, too.

Our resident Apple reporter, Christina Bonnington, gets her hands on a new blacked-out iPhone 5 and, along with iPhone 4S owner Roberto Baldwin, compares the new and the old in this episode of the Gadget Lab Show. There’s a lot of newsy newness here — bigger display, thinner chassis, an aluminum panel replacing the back glass, the wonder of iOS 6 and, of course, the complete and utter fail that is Apple’s Maps app.

Christina and Roberto break down the good and the bad on the hardware and software. Take a look and stay tuned for Christina’s full, in-depth written review of both the iPhone 5 and iOS 6.

Like the Gadget Lab show? You can also subscribe to the Gadget Lab video podcast via iTunes. Or, if our beautiful mugs are too distracting, check out the Gadget Lab audio podcast. Prefer RSS? You can subscribe to the Gadget Lab video or audio podcast feeds.

Source: Wired News

Twitter Launches New Weekly “People You May Know” Email To Encourage New Follows

Twitter Launches New Weekly “People You May Know” Email To Encourage Follow

Twitter has been experimenting with a variety of new email formats to increase engagement and takeup of following on its service. Today, they’re introducing one that they’ve been testing that introduces you to ‘people you may know’ on Twitter, hoping that you’ll use the list to follow a few more people.

The email is a handful of people that you may want to follow, no more, no less. It looks to be more use of the technology of the social summary tool Summify, which it acquired in January. It previously used this tech to produce the weekly summary emails it began sending in April.

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Twitter explains how the people are chosen:

Suggestions are based on signals like who your friends follow and the contact information imported by people you know. For example, if several people you know follow someone, you may also know them and want to follow them too.

Twitter has a unique problem to solve when it comes to encouraging users to engage more. The fact is that Twitter is nothing until you start following people, and the quality and relevance of the people that you follow has a direct bearing on how much you check the service and how much you interact with tweets you see there.

Obviously, for advertising and growth reasons, getting eyes on Twitter is the most important thing, even if a huge number of people are ‘looking’ rather than tweeting. So these emails, and others like them, are designed to flesh out the timeline of users with content that makes them want to come back and look more often.

Back when Twitter launched its email digests, I felt that they were a great move, despite a lot of complaining to the contrary.

Unlike the email digest, however, there does not seem to be a separate setting for this email in your Email Notifications section on Twitter, at least as of yet. So for those of you who don’t want to see this email, It seems you’ll want to untick the ‘News about Twitter’ box.

Update: As you can see below, Twitter is now displaying a separate setting for those email notifications.

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Image credit: DOUGLAS E. CURRAN / AFP / Getty Images

Source: The Next Web

Yahoo Gets a New CFO

Yahoo Gets a New CFO.

Ken Goldman will soon join Yahoo as its new Chief Financial Officer, the company announced today. Starting October 22, he will be responsible for Yahoo’s global finance functions including financial planning and analysis, controllership, tax, treasury, and investor relations.

Goldman will be replacing Tim Morse, who had joined Yahoo in June 2009 and will leave the company later this fall. As the new CFO, Goldman will be reporting directly to Marissa Mayer, who left her role at Google last July to become Yahoo’s new CEO.

“Ken is one of the most accomplished and respected financial executives in the technology industry having served as a CFO for more than 25 years, and we’re thrilled to have him join Yahoo. His track record leading the financial strategy and stewardship of many successful public and private companies makes him an ideal choice for Yahoo as we enter our next phase of growth,” Mayer said.

Mayer’s comment is a reference to Goldman’s experience working at companies such as Fortinet, Oracle-owned Siebel Systems, Excite@Home, Sybase, Cypress Semiconductor and VLSI Technology. On her Twitter account, Mayer describedGoldman as a “Silicon Valley legend.”

Image credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Source: The Next Web

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The Evolution Of Digital Advertising – Infographic

With computers and the Internet came digital advertising. PointRoll, a digital marketing company, decided to take a stroll down memory lane, revisiting the history of digital ads.

Their history goes as far back as 1987, when Apple introduced the Macintosh which featured HyperCard, widely considered the first multimedia tool. Over time, digital ads have evolved from static images to interactive designs with the help of universally used tools as Quicktime, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and Flash.

The birth of social media and gadgets like the iPhone and the iPad created new opportunities for multimedia, location-based ads that span across platforms, making digital advertising as rich a field as it’s ever been.

Check out the infographic to see the evolution of digital advertising.

Source: Mashable.com, PointRoll.com

Stars Look Beautiful in Blue at the Emmy Awards – Splash Fashion News Video

US Consumer Confidence at 7-Month High, Housing Up – 09/25/2012

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25 Influencers In Customer Service – Infographic

The Customer Service community is a vibrant gathering of people focused on driving forward-thinking, customer-centric conversations in business today. These community members are dedicated to recognizing excellence in customer support and service, and pushing forward new ideas and ways to not only deliver excellent customer service, but also measure its impact both in traditional and social business terms.

Engaging and exceptional customer service is something that MindTouch is deeply committed to, not only via our awesome service team, but through our products as well. Over the last couple of years, we’ve drawn from these leaders to inform on our product strategy, and it clearly shows, given the amazing response to our social knowledge base by our customers and peers.

With that type of influence and thought leadership, we thought it was suitable to frame our next “Most Influentials” list on this very important group.

What does it mean to be influential?

To us, it’s not just about how many followers you have on Twitter (one-dimensional) but your strength and influence you have in all corners of the Internet (multi-dimensional). For example, how passionate your followers are about the topics you share (do they re-post, share, comment?), how well you leverage new technology, your ideas and best practices that push the envelope and how you drive conversation to benefit the industry as a whole.

With that in mind, we compiled our rankings from a variety of multi-dimensional metrics to measure influence. Our formula consisted of a weighted average across a range of metrics including Alexa, Twitter, Klout, PeerIndex, socialmention (passion and strength), Twitalyzer and HowSociable. In addition to calculating out the Most Influentials using our own special algorithm, we asked for YOUR votes to name the Top 5 Most Influential in a recent poll. The outcome were astounding. With over 1,000 votes – we took the wisdom of the crowd and applied those results to our final list. Thank you to all those who voted and contributed to our final ranking!

The infograph illustrates how much influence the individual has in relation to the other thought leaders. We published a few of the scores we considered for this ranking; Twitter followers, Klout and PeerIndex. These thought leaders were first scored for influence then compared to one another to create the top 25 ranking.

Source: Mindtouch

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Blunders In Social Media And The Result – Infographic

Social Media Blunders [Infographic]

Infographic by MDG Advertising

As the popularity of social media continues to accelerate, it’s no surprise that famous faces and well-known brands are increasingly using these platforms to reach the people responsible for their fame. The power of these social media channels allows actors, comedians, athletes, and companies to interact with their followers, yet the casual comfort of these conversations can sometimes result in social slip-ups. MDG Advertising developed the following infographic that shows how the improper use of social media has caused some big names to gain unfavorable attention, but has also allowed them to quickly win back their faithful fans.

First of all, celebrities view social media as yet another stage, but one where they can show more of their real personalities instead of playing a character. Their fans and followers usually shower them with adoration and attention, but sometimes their casual comments can spark major drama. Actor Ashton Kutcher made one such social media slip-up by taking to Twitter to express his outrage over the firing of Penn State Coach Joe Paterno. Unfortunately, Kutcher was unaware of the sordid sexual details behind the termination and his words angered many. Taking advantage of the real-time nature of social media, the actor quickly deleted the tweet and said he was sorry for his rash statement. Following the controversy, Kutcher let his media team control his commentary.

Athletes have also been quick to jump into social media and their fans flock to interact with their larger-than-life heroes. Many sports stars love being able to speak their minds, but sometimes their comments can score serious fan fury. As long as the matter is handled quickly and permanently, all can be ultimately forgiven. This was the case when Kareem Jackson tweeted a picture of himself at a cockfight in the Dominican Republic with a comment comparing the huge spectator turnout to the crowds at a college football game. The brutal photos caused public outrage when people equated them to the Michael Vick’s dog-fighting scandal. Fortunately, the tweets were rapidly deleted and the dilemma disappeared.

Of course, businesses appreciate how social media lets them engage their customers and clients in a more personal way, but they don’t always use good business sense on these sensitive social media networks. This social media infographic shows how Kenneth Cole paid the price for the company’s tactless posts about the uproar in Egypt. Despite an apology on Twitter within hours, the media had already spread word of the gaffe, which led to the hashtag #boycottKennethCole and numerous similar tweets from imposters. Nestle also committed a social snafu when facing the wrath of Greenpeace over the brand’s contract with a firm reportedly destroying the Indonesian rain forests. A snide and snarky response from the brand’s Facebook administrator only angered activists even more, despite their subsequent decision to end the controversial contract. This became a notorious model of social mismanagement.

Surprisingly, some social media mistakes end up having positive results. When a staff member at The Red Cross accidentally used the organization’s Twitter account to make a personal tweet about Dogfish Head beer, The Red Cross calmly issued a tweet stating their deletion of the comment while assuring followers that they do not ‘drink on the job’ and have regained control of their commentary. Their responsibility and sense of humor over the situation shed a positive light on The Red Cross and actually led to a deal with Dogfish Head.

Source: MDG Advertising

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Vacationing The Social Media Way – Infographic

Vacationing The Social Media Way [infographic by MDG Advertising]

Infographic by MDG Advertising

Social media’s increasing influence on our daily lives has rapidly extended into the ways we get away. From planning a vacation with social media to posting reviews of our trips upon our return, there’s no denying social media’s impact on travel today. To demonstrate how more and more people are using social media and mobile technology throughout their vacations, MDG Advertising developed the following informative infographic.

The infographic opens by showing how 52 percent of travelers use social media to find vacation inspiration, with 29 percent of respondents flocking to Facebook for travel planning ideas, followed by 14 percent getting inspired by TripAdvisor’s vacation- planning insight. People are also making mobile technology into virtual travel agents as approximately one-quarter of respondents used their smartphones and mobile devices for comparing airfare prices, as well as checking flight schedules, finding phone numbers for travel resources, and researching airport information. Once the trip has been booked, more than half of travelers jump on Facebook to announce their upcoming vacation status and “like” pages related to their getaways.

Next, the infographic explains how an abundance of Americans take social media along on their vacations. In fact, research shows that 74 percent of social media users check their social sites and 72 percent of adults are likely to use their mobile devices during their trips. Travelers have multiple uses for their mobile devices throughout their getaways, with a full 68 percent using them to stay in contact and almost half of vacationers using them to take pictures and schedule wake-up times. They also use their mobile devices to make reservations, get directions, check online reviews, and translate languages.

Once the vacation is over, many travelers return to social media to report on their experiences. The infographic indicates that 46 social media users post hotel reviews and 40 percent write restaurant and activity reviews on social sites. Forget scrapbooks and slideshows, today’s tech-savvy travelers share their memories online, with 76 percent of social media users posting their photos on social networks.

It’s easy to see how digital technology has transformed the way we travel, from planning a trip with social media to taking mobile along for the stay and then using social to share vacation memories.

Source: MDG Advertising

2012 Emmy Award Winners Determined By Social Media, A Different Outcome – Infographic

Sunday night’s Emmy results disappointed Breaking Bad and Mad Men fans everywhere. But how would the shows fare if social media determined television’s biggest winners instead?

The infographic, created by social advertising company RadiumOne, details the number of social shares about popular Emmy shows, including award recipients Modern Family and Homeland.

Among the victors of “Outstanding Shares”: Game of Thrones for the Drama series category, Girls for Comedy Series and The Voice for Reality Series.

Old standby The Simpsons gets the distinction of being the nominated show with most Facebook likes, clocking in at 54.8 million. (Another fun fact: Homer Simpson has 860,000 Twitter followers). Check out the infographic, below, for more.

Is your favorite show in the social-shares winners’ circle? Do you tweet about your favorite show? Tell us in the comments below.

Source: Mashable.com, RadiumOne