Economy Articles

Seattle Economy Still Tied To Microsoft

You’ve probably seen more than a few “used to be” towns; they “used to be” supported by coal, steel, or some other industry, but became troubled as times changed.  Now, although things are nowhere near that bad, some onlookers are questioning Microsoft’s role in Seattle.

Paid Links Economy

Measuring the quality of an ad system

Many bloggers and other website owners around the world aren’t selling their content these days, they’re financing their site with advertising. Almost every ad system seems to be a compromise. You can measure this compromise across different parameters: is the ad relevant? Is it unobtrusive? Is it disclosed? Is the product or service advertised fair to users? Is the ad directly influencing search engine rankings? Is the ad creating a conflict of interest? Is the ad obfuscating the voice of the website owner?

What Makes the Super Bloggers Great?

I started this article as a congratulatory note to David Armano, but I ended up using to do something I’ve been meaning to for a while, which is highlight some great blogs and talk about why I think they have been so successful, particularly over the last year.


Analyzing Attention

Read/Write Web had a good overview the attention economy the other week,written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus.  They suggest information overload will be solved through personalization and explain the trust issues of information metadata.  Unfortunately, the analysis is flawed on both the cause and scope of the solution.

Perhaps Entrepreneurs Can Stay East After All

A little while I ago, I wrote an article on this blog titled

Digg Experts
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While keeping informed and up to date about what is being written about Digg over the past several months I have come across a lot of information that really isn’t that insightful or in some cases is even just plain wrong.

Alternative Media Gains Credibility

Nearly half (49 percent) of senior executives surveyed recognize that reaching audiences only through traditional mass media is no longer effective.

Five Years of Blogging

When I sat down in my first economics class at UCLA, the professor wrote on the blackboard all we would learn, in really big letters:

The Virtually Taxable Imaginary Economy

If you thought your virtual assets were safe from government pick pocketing, think again. You know that pretend sword you sold for $500? The US government wants its cut.

Blogs, PPC and MySpace for Online Marketing

Kauffman eVenturing is featuring several new articles focused on helping entrepreneurs evaluate different aspects of online marketing, from search engine optimization and key word advertising to blogging, online publishing and using eBay as a distribution channel.

The MySpace Economy

Nial Kennedy has a round-up of stats about Technorati’s traffic. Much of it comes from MySpace.

Microsoft Plan To Boost Portugal Economy

Microsoft has said it will carry out 18 technology projects in Portugal as a way of boosting the country’s lagging economy.

DIY PR in a ‘Cheap’ Economy

Putting aside all the recent rhetoric and controversy surrounding Web 2.0 companies, a few facts remain, one of which is this: the costs associated with starting and running a business today are significantly lower than they were a few years ago.

Greenspan: Favorable Outlook for Economy

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan gave a mostly positive speech to the House Banking Committee saying that economic growth outlook is good, and the Fed should continue to raise interest rates.

Ten Ways To Profit In An Uncertain Economy

1. Sell more back end products to your existing customer base. You already created rapport, trust and proved your credibility to them.

Conference Board Shows US Economy Declines

A drop in the leading index for the month of May follows a period of no change in April for the American economy.

Greenspan Says Economy Not So Bad, Right Now

Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan testified before the joint economic committee of Congress today and gave reassuring word that the economy, while somewhat soft in the first quarter, continues to remain strong overall.

EU Exec Calls For Mandatory Phone Logging

The European Commission’s Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Information Society and Media, wants communications recorded for a year.

Economy Growing At a Better-Than-Expected Rate

Last month, it was estimated that the United States economy would grow at a rate of 3.1% in the first quarter of 2005. Today, the Commerce Department released a report that blew past that estimate.

Where Is The Economy Going?

Well at least bond traders are happy. Other investors see a flat to sliding economy based on the latest data.

Economy Growth Suffers From Energy Prices

The rising of oil and gasoline prices significantly lessened consumer and corporate spending in the first quarter.

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