Monday, October 29, 2007

Important figures about Facebook & Microsoft

- Facebook shows an estimated $150 million in revenue

- Facebook has recently been valued at $15 billion

- 24-year-old Mark Zuckerberg is now worth between 3 and 5 billion dollars

- Facebook has 50 million users today

- FaceBook’s revenue model today rests on banner ads and $1 virtual gifts.

- Microsoft was willing to pay $240 million for a 1.6 percent slice of Facebook

- Microsoft wanted to block Google from horning in on its advertising relationship with Facebook.

- Facebook is Microsoft’s largest advertising partner.

- Microsoft -- CEO Steve Ballmer has publicly boasted that
online advertising will be 25 percent of Microsoft's revenue within a few years -- it's currently a big disappointment, and is the only major division of Microsoft that's losing money

- Online Services Business, which encompasses online advertising, Live Search, MSN Messenger and Hotmail, among other things, showed a net loss of $262 million in the company's most recent quarter. Its revenues, $671 million, represented just 5 percent of the company's quarterly total.

All this information is available on wired

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Important Blogging Statistics

Here are a few statistics about blogging from the blog world expo taking place on November 8-9 in the Las Vegas convention center

- Over 12 million American adults currently maintain a blog.
- More than 147 million Americans use the Internet.
- Over 57 million Americns read blogs.
- 1.7 million American adults list making money as one of the reasons they blog.
- 89% of companies surveyed say they think blogs will be more important in the next five years.
- 9% of internet users say

they have created blogs .
- 6% of the entire US adult population
has created a blog .
- Technorati is currently tracking over
70 million blogs .
- over 120 thousand blogs are
created every day .
- There are over 1.4 million new blog posts
every day .
- 22 of the 100 most popular websites in the world
are blogs .
- 120,000 new blogs are
created every day .
- 37% of blog readers
began reading blogs in 2005 or 2006 .
- 51% of blog readers
shop online .
- Blog readers average
23 hours online each week .

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Virtual Reality (yeah right!)

We have been using the term virtual reality for a very long time, ever since the digital world existed, however with all our advances in the virtual world, very little was used to change / update our understanding of this term.
Here is the WikiPedia definition:
Virtual reality (VR) is a technology which allows a user to interact with a computer-simulated environment, be it a real or imagined one. Most current virtual reality environments are primarily visual experiences, displayed either on a computer screen or through special stereoscopic displays, but some simulations include additional sensory information, such as sound through speakers or headphones.

Is the best way we can link the digital world to reality through images, and movement? What about the virtual world interacting with the real one in terms of experiences?

Why can’t we buy real life stuff on second life, interact with brands on FaceBook (no I don’t mean web banners), or follow the progress of something real on twitter (other than our friends).

I am writing this article because I think there is a lot of potential on doing real things as netizens.

There has been several attempts to make people share their every minute thoughts and needs with everyone online or via SMS namely Blogger, FaceBook, Twitter, hi5, and ASW. All of these applications offer you a place to mention and constantly update your status, mood or needs. The issue with these programs is that they only link you to your friends (or friends or friends), but not those directly around you, and in many cases not to the people or items that you are looking for.

There is no conclusion behind this article.
Actually there is one that I would like to use as a premise to set up a company in the future.