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Why Facebook Is Stressing You Out

November 28th, 2012 11:32 admin View Comments

Facebook

Hugh Pickens writes “Megan Garber reports that the more friends you have on Facebook — or, perhaps more accurately, the more ‘friends’ you have on Facebook — the more stressed you’re likely to be about actually having them. The wider your Facebook network, the more likely it is that something you say or do on the site will end up offending one of that network’s members. The stress comes from the kind of personal versioning that is common in analog life — the fact that you (probably) behave slightly differently when you’re with your mom than you do when you’re with your boss, or with your boyfriend, or with your dentist. A study of over 300 Facebook users found that on average people are Facebook friends with seven different social circles. The most common group was friends who were known from offline environments (97 percent added them as friends online), followed by extended family (81 percent), siblings (80 percent), friends of friends (69 percent), and colleagues (65 percent). Those are, in the sociological sense, very different groups — groups that carry different (and unspoken-because-obvious) behavioral expectations. Per the study’s survey, ‘adding employers or parents resulted in the greatest increase in anxiety.’”

Source: Why Facebook Is Stressing You Out

Woz Worries Microsoft Is Now More Innovative Than Apple

November 15th, 2012 11:17 admin View Comments

Microsoft

First time accepted submitter yvajj writes “According to a techcrunch interview, Woz believes that Microsoft is now more innovative than Apple. Per the interview, it seems as though Apple is now just doing newer versions of the iPhone, and are potentially headed into a rut. Another gem from Woz is the fact that he treats all new hardware as something new to learn from and does not approach it with any preconceptions (irrespective of who the manufacturer is / what OS etc.). A great short interview from Woz.”

Source: Woz Worries Microsoft Is Now More Innovative Than Apple

Report Says Schools Need 100Mbps Per 1,000 Users

June 4th, 2012 06:10 admin View Comments

Education

alphadogg writes American schools need mega-broadband networks — and they need them soon, a new report says. Specifically, U.S. educational institutions will need networks that deliver broadband performance of 100Mbps for every 1,000 students and staff members in time for the 2014-15 school year. That’s the conclusion reached by the State Educational Technology Directors Association. Why the need for speed? For one thing, more and more schools are using online textbooks and collaboration tools, said Christine Fox, director of educational leadership and research at SETDA. Broadband access must be ‘ubiquitous’ and ‘robust,’ she said, adding that schools should think of broadband as a ‘necessary utility,’ not as an add-on. The report, called ‘The Broadband Imperative,’ further suggests that schools should upgrade their networks to support speeds of 1Gbps per 1,000 users in five years.”

Source: Report Says Schools Need 100Mbps Per 1,000 Users

Gawker Media To Require Commenters’ Facebook, Twitter, Or Google Logins

March 29th, 2012 03:21 admin View Comments

Facebook

First time accepted submitter wynterwynd writes “In a move that seems to be in line with Gawker Media founder Nick Denton’s opinion of his sites’ commenters, some Gawker Media sites are now instructing their commenters that they will have to link their Gawker commenter ID with their Facebook, Twitter, or Google accounts in order to log in. Is this really a good idea, considering the security issues Gawker has had in the past? Per the article, for “security purposes” Gawker is “putting our account security layer in the hands of some of the best in the business — major sites with more security expertise and resources than anyone else on the web.” To my mind, it’s hard to see this as anything but a grab to milk Gawker commenters’ social networking accounts for targeted ad revenue — which really shouldn’t be a surpirse considering Denton’s contempt for most of the Gawker community. Is this a step too far for an online community? Is it a cash grab or a genuine effort to encourage secure and responsible posting?”

Source: Gawker Media To Require Commenters’ Facebook, Twitter, Or Google Logins

Enterprises See One Tablet Request Per Every Three Smartphones [Report]

January 24th, 2012 01:15 admin View Comments

cisco_cius_150.jpgNetworking giant Cisco is attempting to quantify the enterprise market for tablets. So, the company spent the last several months of 2011 surveying 1,500 executives, middle management, salespeople and clerical staffs of medium to large business around the world. What they found that, on average, enterprise IT shops handle one tablet request for every three smartphone requests across the world.

Cisco results are a stab at boiling down how IT departments really feel about the evolution of the “bring your own device” landscape. The results are a little surprising. Most enterprises do not condone the BYOD. While Cisco touts these results as the rise of tablets in the enterprise, it seems there is still along way to go before large corporations are flexible enough to support the requests of their employees.

The United States and France have the highest request for tablets, at 21%. That charge is led by senior executives in the U.S., of which 38% of respondents were issued a tablet. Spain has the highest excitement about tablets with 90% of IT managers believing the tablet will be more popular in the next two years.

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Salespeople are the most likely to request a tablet. On average, 21% of salespeople requested a tablet in the survey results with 31% of German salespeople leading the group. That makes sense as salespeople are often the most connected people in the workforce. Salespeople tend to make the most phone calls and are out and about more often with the need of quick access to information and presentations.

The U.S. also expressed the most concern about tablets with 75% of IT managers saying that new rules must be established around security and device usage. IT managers also want to see restricted access to applications for all employees at 48% of all respondents.

The biggest want for IT managers was the ability to sync a tablet with an employee’s desktop at 71%. There are a variety of ways this can be done, either through VMWare or Citrix.

About half (48%) said that their companies would never authorize a BYOD policy. As a 30-year-old connected tech reporter, I would basically revolt if a BYOD was banned at my place of employment. A lot of U.S. respondents agreed with me as nearly two-thirds (64%) of employees were using personal devices without consent. The fear is that BYOD employees have access to company servers and compromise that data if the device is lost or stolen (64%). Near 44% of IT managers said that handling BYOD issues diverts attention from other important IT projects.

In a briefing with Cisco, company executives outlined the results of the survey but it was not undertaken with some altruistic motive to inform IT managers around the world. Cisco has its own enterprise-grade tablet, the Cius, which it is hawking alongside its latest survey. Cisco said it has 1,100 enterprise companies using the Cius. Having been briefed on the Cius a couple of times in 2011, there was not much exciting to say about it. My thought on the Cius has always been along the lines of, “it is the physical, mobile manifestation of Cisco’s unified communications clients.”

Here is a table of the respondents to Cisco’s survey. It is important to know who the respondents were to get a clearer picture of the survey’s results. The company surveyed 499 people in the U.S. and about 200 in each other country on the survey including Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain.

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IT managers, how are you handling BYOD? Is there significant fear, uncertainty and doubt or is it a giant headache? Or is everything all roses in your BYOD IT department? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Enterprises See One Tablet Request Per Every Three Smartphones [Report]

Testing the MongoDB Global Write Lock Improvements

January 2nd, 2012 01:07 admin View Comments

Databases

rick446 writes “I took some time to benchmark the global write lock improvements in MongoDB 2.0. From the article: ‘MongoDB, as some of you may know, has a process-wide write lock… Per-database and per-collection locking is on the roadmap …, but it’s not here yet. What was announced in MongoDB version 2.0 was locking-with-yield. I was curious about the performance impact of the write lock and the improvement of lock-with-yield, so I decided to do a little benchmark, MongoDB 1.8 versus MongoDB 2.0.’”

Source: Testing the MongoDB Global Write Lock Improvements

Open Source IDE GAMBAS Reaches 3.0

December 31st, 2011 12:28 admin View Comments

Open Source

Kevin Fishburne writes “After years of work, creator Benoît Minisini and friends are just in time for New Year’s celebrations with the first stable release of GAMBAS 3. Per their web site, ‘Gambas is a free development environment based on a Basic interpreter with object extensions, a bit like Visual Basic (but it is NOT a clone !).’ GAMBAS is component-based, so check out the list for an idea of what you can do with it.”

Source: Open Source IDE GAMBAS Reaches 3.0

House Panel Approves Bill Forcing ISPs To Log Users

July 29th, 2011 07:18 admin View Comments

Government

skids writes “Under the guise of fighting child pornography, the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation on Thursday that would require internet service providers to collect and retain records about Internet users’ activity. The 19 to 10 vote represents a victory for conservative Republicans, who made data retention their first major technology initiative after last fall’s elections. A last-minute rewrite of the bill expands the information that commercial Internet providers are required to store to include customers’ names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses. Per dissenting Rep. John Conyers (D-MI): ‘The bill is mislabeled… This is not protecting children from Internet pornography. It’s creating a database for everybody in this country for a lot of other purposes.’”

Source: House Panel Approves Bill Forcing ISPs To Log Users

JailBreakMe.Com Will Jailbreak iPads 2 And Other iOS Devices

July 6th, 2011 07:20 admin View Comments

Through the mists of time, the elders tell of a website that could jailbreak and iPhone in seconds, allowing users to free their devices from the shackles of Apple’s all-seeing eye. They spoke of a great war between Apple and the warriors of justice and how the warriors, for a time, were vanquished. And the elders told that this website would return, gloriously, bringing peace to iOSia once again.

The elders were right. The site has returned. This site will jailbreak devices running 4.3.3.

Point your iOS device right here and watch as your iPad, iPad 2, or iPhone begins to download and install Cydia. You can then quickly and easily install homebrew warez and, if you’re not careful, open up your iPad to potential mischief. Per usual, please back up before you try this and be prepared to restore from iTunes if every goes pear shaped.


John Biggs is a Brooklyn-based writer. You can Tweet him here, Google Plus him here and email him at john at crunchgear dot com.

Source: JailBreakMe.Com Will Jailbreak iPads 2 And Other iOS Devices

(Founder Stories) Eventbrite’s Julia Hartz: “Facebook Is The No. 1 Driver Of Traffic To Our Site”

June 17th, 2011 06:19 admin View Comments

It’s not probably a coincidence that you guys arose or grew right alongside of Facebook basically, right?

Right.

In addition to riding the PayPal wave, you rode sort of the Facebook wave.

Right.

Is that where like a significant portion of your traffic comes from or your…?

It’s an interesting story. So when we launched, we took a pretty heavy bet on SEO. We knew that we, much like Yelp, produces content rich pages on local… We knew that our event pages would be extremely content rich and so we took a big effort to make sure we were highly optimized for search engine and discovery.

And that definitely served its purpose. So Google search was our number one driver of traffic.

In mid-2008, we started to see Facebook pop up to our top 10 drivers of traffic to the site. And when we went into investigate what user behavior was driving that, we found out that organizers were were taking their events from Eventbrite and manually republishing those event details in a Facebook event templateand then linking back to the Eventbrite site to sell tickets.

That was driving a pretty significant amount of traffic to our site. That was right around when Facebook Connect launched, so we were one of the first partners to use the event’s API to integrate and use, you know, create a one-button push.

Is that typically people sharing with their friends? Or is it like bands sharing with their fans? Or both or?

It was typically people sharing it with their friends because I think that pages wasn’t even, I don’t even know if it was born yet?

OK.

Maybe in its infancy, but we now certainly see that as well. There’s actually a third-party app that you can integrate Eventbrite into pages. So we just immediately capitalized on that, we understood that this is where people were going to be sharing information. It’s really hard to get people to talk about clothes that they’ve bought or appliances they’ve purchased online.

It’s extremely easy to get people to share what events they are going to because events are inherently social, so you, events are better when you have people that you know there, your friends. It also defines you. You know, what kind of events are you attending? What kind of conference, what kind of social event, what kind of concert?

And so, we just capitalized on the fact that we ended up really being at the core of social commerce, and that has, you know, if you look at our growth, our GTS, there was definitely and inflection point at which we tapped into the social graph. Which also includes Twittering.

Has that become dominant now, over Google?

Yeah. So, Facebook is the number one driver of traffic to our site. Twitter and LinkdIn are also in the top ten drivers of traffic. And mobile.facebook .com has actually started to creep up, which we’re really excited about, because that obviously presents a new opportunity.

So you don’t pay Facebook?

No .

Yeah, that’s all organic. I mean it’s primarily now news feed shares of I purchased an event, I registered for an event and I want to share that and get my friends to come along. And, it feels a lot like the, you know,a decade earlier when there’s companies just discovering algorithmic search and learning how to
use
that properly and really driving that traffic and now you have that shift from a rhythmic search to this social site, and really what our start up is and what my kind of philosophy on start ups is they’re these science experiments, and you’re looking at your logs and you are looking for these trends, and where you see them happening, you try to encourage them.

So when we saw, when we saw Facebook creeping up in the server logs in terms of traffic driver, how do we build features, just as Paypal when they launched didn’t know how they were going to sell, they thought it was going be a tool to allow people settle their restaurant bills.

Originally it was a mobile.

Originally it was a mobile app, and they pivoted and saw it take hold, saw Ebay merchants really gained value in that and built toolsjust to enable that and better work with eBay and it just shot up. In the same way we’ve really worked to understand Facebook and how to leverage that to help sell more tickets for organizers.

What’s interesting is I’m sure you’re…obviously everyone open to Tech World’s aware of the Google Facebook battles going on and Google turning inter social and…You know, sometimes people question, like, why is Google even worried about Facebook? But it seems…you know…and sometimes people say, “Well, Facebook, you know, obviously is popular, but people are socializing and there’s no purchasing intent the way, you know…” But it sound like in this example, there’s very clearly purchasing intent, and it’s happening much more on Facebook and that probably should be worrisome to Google.

Absolutely.

Absolutely. You know, we’ve published a series of social commerce reports, one last year and one at the beginning of this year, because we wanted to start socializing our numbers and start a dialog with other people in the social commerce space and, you know, we’re finding that there are real dollars attached to these behaviors of sharing.

And it’s not just that organizer sharing their event. It’s much more actually the ticket buyer sharing where they’re going. And that’s driving real traffic back to the site as well as ticket sales.

Do you observe different behaviors on Facebook and Twitter and other social platforms? I mean…

Definitely.

Well, just in terms of value per share, Facebook is still higher and we think that is…

Per share meaning they hit the share button, as opposed to a tweet Yes. weet. I guess in equating a tweet and a share. But I don’t think that means that Twitter is any less valuable. It just means that in the case of Facebook you tend to have your social graph geographically concentrated and in our case it’s events.

I see.

So maybe if it was a physical good that you were buying on Amazon and you were tweeting it, maybe it would be more equivalence but in our case where they tend to be local events you are going to have a higher likelihood of conversion. That, well I guess they were paying for ads, but then suddenly Facebook said hey, we want 30%.

Do you worry about that?

No, because people are sharing their real life events, which is exactly how Mark wants to populate the news feed. So, people sharing where the are going, what they’re seeing, what they’re doing. And that’s Eventbrite, so we’re sort of setting event discovery free wherever it may happen, which right now it’s happening, you know, on places like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn so it’s an organic behavior.

It’s certainly be big enough they’re going to look at you as a possible revenue source or something. But, I guess, is your goal to have enough sort of That’s a very valuable start up lesson just as Wall Street public companies have to always be careful not to be reliant ona single source, you lose that and you lose a big part of your business.

We think about it in terms of different channels so Twitter, LinkedIn is actually growing as they improve the platform for conferences professional still the largest, single largest percentage of events on our system. There is also, you know, search is not gone away. Search will be around for a long, long time and is still very important.

We look to diversify ourselves, in fact, we continue to experiment and what many people don’t realize is that Eventbrite has a free service so you can actually command to and including a ticket type, that is, like, you know, student $10 or general $20, you can create a zero dollar value ticket type.

That’s immensely popular, there’s actually moreoptions that are free, that are paid. And that’s actually been this caused this flywheel of growth of momentum of awareness. So many people find out about Eventbrite and sign up for accounts and learn about it, through all these different channels that we very meticulously groom

Chris Dixon resumes his Founder Stories conversation with Eventbrite’s Kevin and Julia Hartz by asking questions about their strategy for attracting customers. Not surprisingly Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn all factor in to the mix.

Julia Hartz says initially Eventbrite positioned itself to be “highly optimized for search engines and discovery.”  However, search eventually gave way to sharing in the form of Facebook, and now according to Julia, “Facebook is the number one driver of traffic to our site.” (It has been for a while). She notes “It’s extremely easy to get people to share what events they are going to because events are inherently social”  and continues by saying with the “ticket buyer sharing where they’re going” it drives “real traffic back to the site as well as ticket sales.”

Recognizing the importance of not being “reliant on a single source” Kevin tells Chris that Twitter is also a player in their digital strategy as is LinkedIn because “conferences/professional events is still the largest, single largest percentage of events on our system.”

In the below clip, Dixon asks about competition—specifically Ticketmaster.  Kevin responds by talking about the challenges of getting into the music market with some of the contracts that it requires and then lists events Ticketmaster does not necessarily service, such as “a small show, a club … attending a wine tasting event.“ 

Julia notes “there’s always a little bit of friction when you’re trying to democratize an industry” and speaking to “traditional ways of doing ticketing … in music and live entertainment” Julia says it requires “exorbitant fees and that is just not what we stand for.”

Make sure to check it all out in these two videos—and in case you missed episode I with Kevin and Julia Hartz you can find it here.

Past episodes of Founder Stories are here.

Who do you worry about the most in terms of competition? You have direct competitors, you worry about? Ticket Master, do you worry about?

You know, the music market is challenging because of the dynamics of the space, long contracts, up front payments.

Is that a big percentage of your revenues right now?

It’s not, it’s a very small part so we are…

But you see it eventually is being a big part?

You know, everything when we thinking about ticketing, and I know we’re in New York, but I have to use the San Francisco analogy. We think about, a week in San Francisco of what are all the things you would do. And yes it’s going to a Giants game or going to a Lady Gaga concert but it’s also a tour on the bay, it’s going to San Francisco drama.

It ‘s going to a small show, a club. It’s attending a wine tasting event. So it’s a broad range and if we want to have all that inventory, all those great experiences to do, that certainly includes the music.space . It’s a broken space and we’re looking to solve it by producing a great product and helping people sell more.

But the reality is, there ‘s contracts and other factors at play that make it a little more challenging to get into.

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You mean the artist will have these existing contracts where they have agreed to do all of their ticketing or something through Ticketmasternd , you know, I think that there’s always a little bit of friction when you’re trying to democratize an industry. You know, I think that there’s traditional ways of doing ticketing especially in music and live entertainment where it, you know, it requires contracts, it require exorbitant fees and that’s just not what we stand for.

We want user to use our service because they love us not because they’re locked into a contract and we’re not going to inflate fees so everybody can have a piece of thathigh or not, so take he long tale is extremely fragmented. It’s made up of older companies that have been around much longer than us and you know, small scrappy start that we always butt up against.

It’s sort of just an array of different types of ticketing solutions. I’d say that Eventbrite is doing a good a job of dominating in the long tail, but we certainly can’t look constantly coming up against new challenges.

We’ve been fortunate. It’s not like social networking 3 years ago where there was Vevo and My Space and Tagged and and Facebook and so on.

Yeah.

But you always have a lot of work and challenges ahead of us. But, I mean, the bottom line is that if you look at our pricing, our pricing is roughly if you compare it to the average Ticketmaster feeit ‘s one third of the Ticketmaster take.

So, what’s your percentage you take, or?

We don’t publish that.

Oh, OK.

It’s kind of an average. In terms of gross profit per ticket though, they’re roughly And we think over time that, despite all the friction of entering the music market, it’s an inevitable fact that we’ll move upstream.

Oh, so if you don’t publish a percentage, if I go on right now and create a ticket for 20 dollars, there’ll be a percentage.

Sorry, there’s an average. Our OK, so you don’t publish the net.

We don’t publish our average across all.

OK, I got it.

Source: (Founder Stories) Eventbrite’s Julia Hartz: “Facebook Is The No. 1 Driver Of Traffic To Our Site”

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