The Impact of Bandwidth Costs

Bandwidth costs greatly impact profit margins of organizations that deliver enormous amounts of data. Several products and services that are immediately impacted by bandwidth costs are:

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Bandwidth costs greatly impact profit margins of organizations that deliver enormous amounts of data. Several products and services that are immediately impacted by bandwidth costs are: Continue reading “The Impact of Bandwidth Costs”

Reduce Platform Switching Barriers

The computing platform is what matters. It’s one thing if you’re the big fish with THE platform. But what do you do when you’re the small fish, your competitor already owns the dominant platform, and has millions of customers? How do you switch customers to your platform? Answer: Reduce the platform switching barriers. However, it … Continue reading “Reduce Platform Switching Barriers”

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The computing platform is what matters. It’s one thing if you’re the big fish with THE platform. But what do you do when you’re the small fish, your competitor already owns the dominant platform, and has millions of customers? How do you switch customers to your platform? Answer: Reduce the platform switching barriers.

However, it may be more difficult than you think. I find it difficult enough to switch phone carriers. Maybe not, necessarily, for myself, but I find it difficult to get all my friends to switch with me. The benefit of a platform is exclusive lock-in. The benefit of getting your friends on the same phone carrier is free mobile-to-mobile chatting. Can you convince all them to switch again and again? Continue reading “Reduce Platform Switching Barriers”

10 Ways To Go Viral

We’ve all seen it before, a small company comes out of nowhere and takes the world by storm. Within days everyone seems to know about them. How is this possible? Many times this happens by accident, but other times, it has been carefully planned out to go viral — spreading the news like wildfire.

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We’ve all seen it before, a small company comes out of nowhere and takes the world by storm. Within days everyone seems to know about them. How is this possible? Many times this happens by accident, but other times, it has been carefully planned out to go viral — spreading the news like wildfire. Continue reading “10 Ways To Go Viral”

The Platform Is What Matters

Today, Steve Jobs mentioned that the Apple iPhone will finally opening up for third-party application development in February 2008. Apple will provide a iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers to create applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

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Today, Steve Jobs mentioned that the Apple iPhone will finally opening up for third-party application development in February 2008. Apple will provide a iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers to create applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Continue reading “The Platform Is What Matters”

10 Things on My Google Wish List

Google is an amazing company. I have written quite extensively on the merits of their technologies and platforms. However, as with every corporation, there are improvements that can be made to their product line.

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Google is an amazing company. I have written quite extensively on the merits of their technologies and platforms. However, as with every corporation, there are improvements that can be made to their product line. Continue reading “10 Things on My Google Wish List”

Social Network Wars

The interesting thing about social networks, like other forms of social media, is that users create the content. A social network becomes more valuable as more users join and get connected with other users. This is known as network effects. It is not necessarily the best social network that wins — in terms of architecture, … Continue reading “Social Network Wars”

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The interesting thing about social networks, like other forms of social media, is that users create the content. A social network becomes more valuable as more users join and get connected with other users. This is known as network effects.

It is not necessarily the best social network that wins — in terms of architecture, design, and features — but the one that owns the majority of users. In other words, if all my friends are using a particular social network, that’s the one I’m going to use, because if I switch to another one, even if it has better service, who am I going to talk to? This is a trend that is also found among e-mail and instant messenger usage. Continue reading “Social Network Wars”

Mashable

Mashable is the largest blog focused on social networking. Like TechCrunch, it has an amazing amount of coverage and, surprisingly, launched at nearly the same time. Mashable was launched by Pete Cashmore in July 2005. Currently, it has over 5 million page views per month, making it one of the most popular blogs on the … Continue reading “Mashable”

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Mashable is the largest blog focused on social networking. Like TechCrunch, it has an amazing amount of coverage and, surprisingly, launched at nearly the same time. Mashable was launched by Pete Cashmore in July 2005. Currently, it has over 5 million page views per month, making it one of the most popular blogs on the Internet.

The name “Mashable” comes from the word “mashup” — which is a web application that combines data from more than one source. It regularly covers popular social networks such as MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, Orkut, YouTube, as well as less high-profile sites.

Google’s Trading Floor

Google dominates the online space. Google is often our homepage and the first place we go to when we open a web browser. We use Google Web Search when we’re looking for something on the Web. We use GMail to read and write email. We use Google Maps to get directions or find the nearest … Continue reading “Google’s Trading Floor”

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Google dominates the online space. Google is often our homepage and the first place we go to when we open a web browser. We use Google Web Search when we’re looking for something on the Web. We use GMail to read and write email. We use Google Maps to get directions or find the nearest stores. We use YouTube to find the hottest videos.

Within a relatively, short period of time Google has developed or acquired an unbelievable number of products. Here are some of Google’s more famous products: Continue reading “Google’s Trading Floor”

What is a Social Graph?

by GustavoG Facebook is about to launch personal ads. Google already targets advertising to personal, search queries and a website’s content. Both approaches are in the early stages of utilizing a social graph. A social graph takes into account how people are interconnected. Similar in concept of how Google’s PageRank algorithm takes into account how … Continue reading “What is a Social Graph?”

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Facebook is about to launch personal ads. Google already targets advertising to personal, search queries and a website’s content. Both approaches are in the early stages of utilizing a social graph.

A social graph takes into account how people are interconnected. Similar in concept of how Google’s PageRank algorithm takes into account how websites are interconnected. This can also be used to predict a person’s tendencies, trends in culture, consumer wants, even the state of the economy. As always, this sort of knowledge is power. Continue reading “What is a Social Graph?”

Digg Dugg

Digg is a phenomenon. It has eclipsed other social content, news sites such as Slashdot and kuro5hin. Launched in 2004, by Kevin Rose, Owen Byrne, Ron Gorodetzky, and Jay Adelson (who serves as CEO), it has quickly surpassed its rivals. Now, other popular news sites are mimicking its design and features. It has done for … Continue reading “Digg Dugg”

Digg

Digg is a phenomenon. It has eclipsed other social content, news sites such as Slashdot and kuro5hin. Launched in 2004, by Kevin Rose, Owen Byrne, Ron Gorodetzky, and Jay Adelson (who serves as CEO), it has quickly surpassed its rivals. Now, other popular news sites are mimicking its design and features. It has done for news what YouTube has done for video.

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This is viral, word-of-mouth, news at its best. Readers can now get their news in moments. Usually the stories are technology or science related, but Digg has recently opened up to covering all fields of interest. Recently, Digg has added a video and podcast section, in addition to news. The site is constantly being refreshed with new content. Continue reading “Digg Dugg”