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2014 Internet Stats

Posted October 22nd, 2014


From Host Advice

Did you know that it takes 50 million horsepower to keep the internet running smoothly for the current 2.4 billion users world wide? Or that every minute almost 3 days worth of content is uploaded to YouTube? Find out more information on the current state of the web…

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Impressive Internet Facts That Are Sure to Blow Your Mind!

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Social Media and the New Corporate Message

Posted August 7th, 2013


Marshall McLuhan’s profound observation that “the medium is the message” is often misunderstood. It is assumed the 20th-century communications theorist meant that channels of mass media eventually take precedence over the content they deliver, but that’s not the case.

McLuhan’s notion of a medium was “any extension of ourselves,” which could easily be a wheel or a Walkman®. The message the medium conveys is found in “the change of scale or pace or pattern” that it introduces into human affairs—in other words, how the medium transforms people.

In the mid-1800s, for example, the telegraph transformed the world. By accelerating the pace at which business was conducted, the telegraph (medium) resulted in a populace that came to expect instant gratification in matters of discourse, regardless of distance (message).

What today’s Internet is telling us is still unclear, even if we know its message is vastly more complex than the telegraph’s. Indeed, that message will likely be at least as far-reaching as the medium itself. And social media are increasingly a part of whatever story is unfolding—as Corporate America is about to discover in ways it probably could have never imagined.

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This is what happens every 60 seconds on the Internet

Posted July 31st, 2013


From FastCompany

Got a minute? That’s time for 1.8 million “Likes” on Facebook or to send 204 million emails or to view 20 million photos on flickr or for 278 Tweets or…

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Police patrolman’s beat: Break up Facebook fights

Posted March 13th, 2012


From CNET

According to a U.K. police inspector, one patrol car is assigned to be driven from house to house to deal with people’s complaints about things written on Facebook.

Here is a job that many modern, ambitious police officers would surely adore: driving around to people’s houses all day in order to listen to their complaints about Facebook. No, these folks aren’t up in arms about losing their privacy legs. They are upset at what others have posted about them. Who cannot thank the Daily Mail for noting that one British police inspector revealed this rather modern form of policing? On his Inspector Gadget blog, the unnamed policeman wrote that the “Facebook car” is what is officially known as the “Diary Car” or the “Pending Car.” He described its operation like this: “Neighborhood Constables have to drive from address to address all day, listening to endless tales of harassment on Facebook, threats by text and insults in the queue by the cigarette counter at the local Asda [supermarket].” Some might find it refreshing that the Brits, known for their stiff-lipped valor under pressure, choose to call the police when they are maligned by the loose-lipped on Facebook. Others might despair at the depths to which society is currently taking its trowel. You might wonder who would be posting nasty things about these hurt, sad souls. Well, the inspector offers: “Almost all of this conflict is between vaguely related family groups, usually started over the genetic origin of whichever baby happens to be screaming in the buggy at the time.” The family, like privacy, seems to have become an outdated–or at least remolded–concept.

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“Charlie Bit My Finger”

Posted February 10th, 2012


From The New York Times

 

MAIDENHEAD, England — Visiting the local park not long ago, Shelley Davies-Carr and her four sons were suddenly surrounded by a gaggle of overexcited teenagers wielding cellphones and taking photographs. “Oh, my God!” the teenagers shrieked, as only teenagers can. “ ‘Charlie Bit My Finger!’ ”

Indeed, it is hard to find anyone in the video-watching world who has not heard of “Charlie Bit My Finger,” a YouTube video featuring tiny Charlie Davies-Carr chomping on his older brother, Harry. Since it was posted in 2007, the 56-second clip of English-accented toddler indignation and infant bliss has been viewed a mind-boggling 417.6 million times, making it the most successful noncommercial video in YouTube history.

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Lady Gaga Launches Little Monsters

Posted February 10th, 2012


From CNN

Lady Gaga is already the reigning queen of Twitter, with her nearly 19 million followers topping those of anyone else on the site.

Now, she’s launching a site of her own.

Little Monsters, now in invite-only beta testing, is the pop princess’s effort at creating a network built around her fan base — which she’s dubbed the aforementioned “monsters.”

An early look at the site suggests it will be designed a lot like Pintrest, the fast-emerging mobile app that lets users “pin” locations and items that they like. Gaga’s site also will emphasize sharing and creating photos and videos, as well as letting other users promote content from others that they like (something similar to sites like Reddit and Digg).

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Looking for Crooks in Lower-Saxony? Try using Facebook

Posted February 8th, 2012


From REUTERS

Police in the German state of Lower-Saxony will soon use their networks of Facebook “friends” to find missing persons and hunt out suspected criminals, according to the state’s interior minister.

The decision to use social media in manhunts follows the completion of a pilot scheme in the northern city of Hanover last year which drew sharp criticism from data protection groups.

The scheme helped police clear up six criminal investigations and two missing persons cases after identikits of suspects and stills from Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage were circulated on the social networking site Facebook.

 

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Note to Jurors: Don’t Facebook Friend the Defendant

Posted January 5th, 2012


From Forbes

Social media continues to pose problems for courts across the country, as a Florida man was kicked off a civil trial jury after trying to friend a defendant on Facebook.

The juror, Jacob Jock, was in a jury pool for a personal injury lawsuit involving a traffic accident, and said he decided to look up people in the case to see if he knew them. When he came across the female defendant’s profile, Jock claims he “accidentally friend requested her,” when he didn’t think he’d get picked for the jury.

The Florida case is just the latest in a series of incidents involving jurors’ improper use of social media sites, and judges are starting to crack down, threatening jurors with contempt of court charges if they insist on giving constant updates or contacting defendants.

For the full story go HERE.

 

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$430K Settlement Reached in Love Twitter Lawsuit

Posted March 7th, 2011


from AccessAtlanta

Courtney Love’s 140 character Twitter rants against a fashion designer are costing her more than $430,000, an attorney says.

The singer has settled a lawsuit filed by Dawn Simorangkir, who sued the Hole frontwoman in March 2009 accusing her of making false statements about the designer and her past in a series of postings on the microblogging site Twitter and Love’s Myspace blog.

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Second Lifers Sue Linden Lab Over Virtual Real Estate Ownership

Posted May 11th, 2010


Second Life “residents” are taking virtual property rights to a California court citing the state’s consumer protection laws. The property owners in the virtual world filed a class-action suit against Linden Lab, the online world’s creator, alleging the company misled players into thinking they owned the virtual lands they pay for with real money.

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