I blog. Do you?
Who and what is the blogosphere? Of everyone who is blogging, what age group is the largest? Do men blog more than women? How educated are bloggers? How much do different bloggers earn? Where are most bloggers found, worldwide? How long have bloggers been blogging? How often do they update their sites? How many blogs exist on the Internet?
Interesting questions. A recent study by Technorati asked bloggers about their demographic information, blogging activity and profitability. The result? Some rather interesting findings.
Subway systems all over the world have been wired for Wi-Fi and cell-phone service. And now the Big Apple is catching up. Pretty soon you’ll be able to communicate via a $200 million renovation of the New York City subway system.
Staying connected – it’s what it’s all about.
In with the “in” crowd
Now you can “virtually” shop online with your friends at Amazon.com, which makes shopping more social by letting you connect their Amazon and Facebook accounts.
Customers can keep track of their friends’ birthdays and get gift suggestions based on what their friends have said they like on Facebook.
Got a question?
Facebook is rolling out Facebook Questions. What is that? Good question!
In a company blog post, Facebook gives you the answer, writing that users can get a broad set of answers and learn valuable info from people who are knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects.
The feature taps into the “collective knowledge” of more than 500 million people. Questions and answers will be public, so anyone on the Internet can see them. The only way to ask a question privately is by posing it as a status update on your profile. Just click on the “Ask Question” button on the homepage to generate a host of “questionable” features.
Enviros want it both ways
Speaking of Facebook, Greenpeace and its army of 8,000 enviro-wacko Facebook friends have declared war against the social-network giant.
Why? They don’t like the fact that Facebook is building a $200 million data-storage center – being built to green standards, by the way – in Prineville, Ore., which will be powered by coal plants and will use 30 megawatts of electricity, the equivalent of power supplied to 30,000 homes.
Greenpeace says Facebook – whose building design earned a silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design status – could have located its plant in an area where most of its power came from renewable sources.
Facebook chose Prineville because of its high desert climate and chilly evenings with overnight lows in the 40s even during the summer, helping cool the servers with a lot less electricity.
“Prineville officials are angry,” according to Dan Springer of Fox News. “Crook County has the highest unemployment in the state at 16.4 percent. Facebook is bringing 200 construction jobs and 35 good paying permanent jobs to a region decimated by cuts in the logging industry. There used to be five timber mills in town. All are now closed due to environmental restrictions.”
The Daily Booth
Climb into the Daily Booth and keep up with what’s happening with your iPhone.
“Before the conversation would stop when you’d leave your computer, since there was no way to do mobile picture comments,” DailyBooth’s chief executive Brian Pokorny said. “With the new app, that is all changed so people can carry on during the entire day snapping pictures back and forth with one another.”
Upload photos to the service, see a stream of pictures from the people you follow on it and make comments with one click. The DailyBooth App has been approved by Apple and is available for free download in the app store.
Britain clears Google in wireless data collection
Though Google is still defending itself against lawsuits here in the U.S., including a congressional probe and a 37-state investigation led by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the Internet giant has been cleared of any wrongdoing in Great Britain.
The investigation focused on personal info Google collected from unsecured wireless networks while gathering photos and data for its Street View mapping service. Google grounded its Street View fleet after disclosing in May that it had gathered bits of information by mistake.
Great Britain says it found that Google’s data collection included only fragments and no “meaningful personal details that could be linked to an identifiable person.”
“There is also no evidence as yet that the data captured by Google has caused or could cause any individual detriment,” according to the statement.
Add Russia to the list of Turkey, China and Pakistan of countries that are blocking YouTube.
And it was believed that China had again blocked Google. According to published reports, this is the first time Google was “fully blocked” to users in mainland China.
Two other services – images and news – were also partially blocked.
But could advancing technology make censorship irrelevant? Like water, information seeks the largest possible audience.
More WikiLeaks Twists and Turns
The latest in the ongoing curious Wikileaks saga. Now they’re saying that the Army intelligence analyst who is charged with leaking classified docs to WikiLeaks also allegedly sent classified documents to the hacker who turned him in to the feds. This tale just keeps getting “curiouser and curiouser.”
One of the fastest-growing businesses on the Internet, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation, is the business of spying on Internet users.
Meanwhile, Facebook’s inventor has had the tables turned on him. America’s youngest billionaire who got rich “turning strangers’ intimate moments into riches” is now under the media microscope, getting the paparazzi treatment. The making of Mark Zuckerman, a timeline.
May I suggest?
Twitter has rolled out a new feature that gives you the opportunity to connect with people you might find interesting. There are currently more than a hundred million users on Twitter, so there’s bound to be loads of accounts that will reflect your interests.
“Suggestions for You” works like this: algorithms suggest people based on several factors, including people you follow and the people they follow. Suggestions are given on Twitter.com and the Find People section. Like a suggestion? Click “follow.” Don’t like a suggestion? Click “hide,” and it goes away forever.
Twitter is working on stability issues, shifting its resources to address recent glitches.
“We are working on long-term solutions to make Twitter a more reliable and stable platform,” Twitter says. “It’s our number-one priority.”
That should have the tweeting bluebirds chirping happily!
Congrats to the folks at Twitter, which had its 20 billionth message posted at 1544 GMT July 31st. The tweet was sent by an ad agency graphic designer in Tokyo. It took Twitter four years to reach its 10 billionth tweet in March this year, and less than five months to double it.
Who’s lobbying Congress?
Verizon tops the big telcos in money spent to convince members of Congress to see broadband- and mobile-related matters its way.
According to the latest data provided to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Office of the Clerk, during the second quarter of this year, Verizon forked over $4,440,000 to its team of crack buttonholers, who talked up every issue from net neutrality to the proposed Distracted Driving Prevention Act.
Last year at this time, the company spent $1,120,000, less than a third of this year’s.
Click here to see what AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Google and other Internet players are spending to nudge Congress their way.
Just the black keys
This video has been around for a while, but I bet you’ve never seen it. It is amazing grace.
Here’s a searchable online Bible in over 100 versions and 50 languages. Enter the Bible passage, keyword or topic you want to find.
In the rearview mirror
1945 – Atom bomb hits Nagasaki
1964 – Guns fall silent in Cyprus
Now Playing at the Princess in Urbana, Ill.
Congratulations to WorldNetDaily reader Debra Buchanan of Quinlan, Texas, who correctly guessed actor Michael Douglas in his portrayal of Superior Court Judge Steven R. Hardin in the 1983 movie “The Star Chamber.”
Judge Stephen Hardin finds himself distraught when he’s forced to dismiss the charges against an obviously guilty criminal due to a legal technicality. Judge Ben Caufield (played by Hal Holbrook), sensing Hardin’s distress, informs him that a secret organization of judges has been meeting and hiring a hitman to kill other criminals who have similarly gotten off the hook. Caufield invites Hardin to join the organization.
The quote was: “I swear to God, if I even feel somebody behind me, there is no measure to how fast and how hard I will bring this fight to your doorstep. I’m on my own side now.”
This week’s quote is: “And you’ll just forget about me, right?” – “Every day.”
Name the movie, the actor and the character. Send your answer to me at the email address below. Good luck!