Many websites are never given the chance to grow because they monetize too aggressively and look to spammy to enjoy the benefits of organic growth and community building.
I’ve seen a lot of nationalities get insulted online, and no one seems to detect and respond to those insults as quickly as the French. Now I know why: according to a new Forrester Research study, young French Internet users are more likely than just about anyone else in Europe to visit a blog.
Last night I met Dan Pritchett, technical fellow at eBay. He told me that eBay alone has 21 identity systems.
So, if you wanted to use every part of eBay’s empire, like Skype, PayPal, StumbleUpon, etc, you’d need to sign in 21 different times.
Needless to say he, and others at eBay, are working on solving that problem.
Why did I meet up with Dan Pritchett? Because of a speech by Tim Berners Lee, the guy who invented the Web. No, Al Gore didn’t do that. Heh.
One of the frustrating things about some websites, including many blogs, concerns printing.
Let’s say you’re on a site reading an article or post and you want to print out a hard copy. It’s common to get a result that runs into pages, more than you actually need, and not formatted for the purpose. Worse, especially if a website uses frames, you may get lots of blank pages before (or after) you get that one page you want.
Just about everybody uses Google, and the statistics that prove this are always impressive. It’s especially interesting to see government agencies tied to the search giant, though, and in the latest example of this, the EPA is working with Google Earth.
Buying in bulk is great until you actually have to transport and store 50 gallons of peanut butter or whatever else is at stake. Uploading in bulk also has its share of problems, but Google Base has introduced a new bulk upload dashboard to make things simpler.
Google Maps is great, but, if we’re to face facts, it is not spot-on. Addresses appearing on the wrong side of the road, or addresses appearing in the road, can confound users. Now, however, they can take it upon themselves to correct place markers.
At ad:tech last week, fellow PR/new media marketing practitioner and blogger, Rohit Bhargava and I were talking about his new book, “Personality Not Included – Why Brands Lose Their Authenticity and How Great Companies Get it Back”, and he mentioned that I should send him a list of recommended reading for a new bookstore feature he’s adding to his blog.
Public transportation doesn’t seem too tempting when you’ve got a car in the garage. But if you’re on vacation in another country, those sorts of systems start to look quite nice, and so we welcome the introduction of Google Transit trip planner for Europe.