Americans Overloaded On The Internet

No wonder I have had this feeling lately that I am always full and the waistline is expanding a bit. It’s all this information and data that I am ingesting on a daily basis. Boy, if only limiting my data intake time would make the waistline go away I’d be there in a heartbeat but I digress. We all know that the average person is taking in more information on a daily basis than ever before but just how much is too much?

Kaufman Bros. Analyst Upgrades Yahoo
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Just in time for the holidays, a financial expert has given a sort of present to Yahoo.  Or, perhaps, given everybody else a way to spend whatever cash they receive.  Regardless, Kaufman Bros. analyst Aaron Kessler has upgraded his rating on the search company from "hold" to "buy."

Is Twitter Ready For Mainstream Real-Time Search?

If you are a Twitter user, you have probably experienced errors trying to use the service a time or two. In fact, Twitter being "over capacity" is so common on Twitter that the "Fail Whale", which is displayed in such instances has something of a cult following. People even wear T-shirts sporting the image.

Google Most Popular Site Among Seniors
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The number of seniors actively using the Internet has increased by 55 percent to 17.5 million over the last five years, according to a new report from Nielsen.

Among people 65+, the growth of women in the last five years has outpaced the growth of men by 6 percent.

More seniors are also spending more time online. Time spent on the Internet by seniors increased 11 percent in the last five years, from 52 hours per month in November 2004 to just over 58 hours in 2009.

Survey Finds Facebook Most Popular Communication Tool
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Facebook (96%) is now the most popular communication tool, followed by SMS (93%) and email (91%), according to a new survey from Prompt Communications.

When consumers were asked which method they used most frequently to communicate, 37 percent said SMS followed by Facebook and the phone at 28 percent. Respondents feel that email is now less important than social media, but only 20 percent said they could live without it entirely.

Twitter Launches Support For Italian

About 62 million people should now find it rather easier (or perhaps, for the first time, possible) to use Twitter.  Last night, Twitter acknowledged the world’s Italian-speaking population by announcing support for the Italian language.

Twitter first moved beyond English by launching in Japanese in April of 2008.  More recently, it’s added support for Spanish and French.  Obviously, every time Twitter does something along these lines, it allows for the possibility of adding a lot more users.

Google Changes Wording for AdSense Earnings
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Google announced that it has made some messaging changes in the AdSense interface. The changes concern users’ earnings.

Google has added the words "Estimated" and "Finalized" next to "Earnings" throughout users’ accounts. The company says the move was made to be more transparent. The changes in messaging do not reflect any changes to the way finalized earnings are calculated. The company says they’re simply intended to give users a clearer idea of Google’s estimations of earnings and what is actually finalized.

Mozilla Exec Moves To Bing’s Corner
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Mozilla’s director of community development is not at all happy with Google.  Following an eyebrow-raising comment from CEO Eric Schmidt on the subject of privacy, Asa Dotzler has, in fact, pretty much suggested that everyone use Bing instead.

FTC Says Kids Have Easy Access To Explicit Content In Virtual Worlds
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The Federal Trade Commission released a report today that found minors can easily access sexually and violently explicit content in online virtual worlds.

The congressionally mandated report, "Virtual Worlds and Kids: Mapping the Risks," calls on operators of virtual worlds to take steps to keep explicit content away from children and teens, and recommends parents become familiar with the virtual worlds their kids visit.

PayPal Launches “Send Money” Facebook App
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PayPal has introduced a new Facebook app for sending money. The app is designed to allow uses to use PayPal to send money to anyone starting from Facebook. Users only need the person’s email address.

PayPal Director of Product Marketing Heinz Waelchli explains how it works:

YouTube Promoted Videos Branches Out Again

It should now be easier than ever for advertisers to get their videos in front of YouTube users in different countries.  Today, YouTube’s Promoted Videos program launched in the Czech Republic, Ireland, Israel, Poland, Russia, and Sweden.

In return for a little money, Promoted Videos allows advertisers to have their clips stuck at the top of YouTube’s "Related Videos" lists.  The clips get a yellow background to help them stand out, too.

Google And Yahoo To Kick Sex Offenders Off Social Networks
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New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said today that 13 additional social networking sites, including those owned by Google, Yahoo and AOL, have agreed to remove sex offenders from their sites.

The move follows Cuomo’s announcement from last week that Facebook and MySpace had removed more than 3,500 registered sex offenders from their sites.

Yahoo Rolling Out Something Kind of Like Real-Time Search

Reports indicate that Yahoo will be rolling out its own version of real-time search results today. Google of course did this earlier in the week, but Yahoo’s offering will not exactly be real-time.

Women Favor Facebook Over Twitter

The majority (86%) of women are now using popular social networks, a 48 percent increase over 2008, according to a new study by SheSpeaks.

In addition, social networks including Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, have become drivers of purchase intent among women, with 50 percent of social media users reporting they have purchased products because of information on social networking sites, and 40 percent have used coupon codes found on social networks.

Whole Foods Launches Mobile Website
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Whole Foods Market has unveiled a new website aimed at mobile users.

The company says it provides users with the same features as its non-mobile site. Visitors to the mobile site can access Whole Foods selection of over 2,000 recipes, store information including hours, driving directions, store specials and a calendar of events for their local store.

LinkedIn Launches New Design
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Update: LinkedIn is now in the process of rolling out the new design to all users. More from the LinkedIn Blog.

Original Article: LinkedIn is testing a new design. Only a select number of users will see it, however. New features include:

MSN Teams With NBC And Hearst On Local Video

MSN Local Edition has struck content deals with NBC Local Media and Hearst Television.

Microsoft says the partnerships with NBC Local Media and Hearst Television will give MSN around 3,000 news video clips a week across 36 local media markets. The new video content will be available in January 2010.

The iPhone Gets a New Google Mobile App

Google announced that the new version of its Google Mobile app for the iPhone was approved and is now available in the App Store. The new version includes a redesigned search results display that shows more results at once. It also opens web pages from the results within the app.

A Black Hat Debate At SES Chicago
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This is the time of year when morality becomes mainstream; just try going a day without hearing references to "naughty," "nice," a scrooge, or a grinch.  It seems appropriate, then, that at SES Chicago, there was a session called "Black Hat, White Hat: Does It Really Matter Anymore?"

Facebook Connect Has Impressive First Year

Facebook Connect has now been around for a year. In that time it has accomplished quite a lot, and perhaps allowed developers and webmasters to accomplish even more.

The New AOL is Now Live
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Update: The new AOL, or "Aol." rather,  has launched at Aol.com.

Original Article: AOL is re-launching as a whole new entity. Last week, the company unveiled its new logo for its new brand identity post-Time Warner. According to the Wall Street Journal, AOL is reinventing more than just its logo, however,

Media Tactics For Ranking In Real-Time Search
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The advent of real-time search has led to the need for real-time search engine optimization (SEO).

(Coverage of SES Chicago continues at WebProNews Videos.  Keep an eye on WebProNews for more notes and videos from the event this week.)

The Future Of Online PR
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In the olden days, PR professionals might have gotten an hour or more of face time in which to sweet talk someone over a meal.  Now, they occasionally make pitches in 140 characters.  So you can imagine how the information shared during a conference session titled "Online PR: Where to Next?" could prove quite useful to a lot of people.

Twitter “Tweets From Strangers” Problem Persists
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The good news, in terms of Twitter’s performance and reliability, is that the fail whale hasn’t made an appearance today.  The bad is that random people’s tweets are showing up in the timelines of non-followers, and employees may not have much of an idea why.