Manas Kumar, Thinking out Loud

my thoughts & visions for technology

Latest Facebook Traffic Statistics

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$10 to anyone who can explain the equation in this graphic. Ill pay using PayPal

$10 to anyone who can explain the equation in this graphic. I'll pay using PayPal

Found some interesting traffic stats for Facebook

General Growth
More than 250 million active users
More than 120 million users log on to Facebook at least once each day
More than two-thirds of Facebook users are outside of college
The fastest growing demographic is those 35 years old and older

    User Engagement
    Average user has 120 friends on the site
    More than 5 billion minutes are spent on Facebook each day (worldwide)
    More than 30 million users update their statuses at least once each day
    More than 8 million users become fans of Pages each day Read the rest of this entry »

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    August 7, 2009 at 10:45 am

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    How to use Facebook for Viral Marketing

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    There are many ways to do that, however, in this post, I am going to specifically talk about 1 way you can build your database using nothing but Facebook.

    Facebook has something called Facebook Connect – It’s a tool available only to advanced programmers who know how to manipulate the Facebook programming architecture to connect to it’s database and pull some specific information and use it in several ways.

    Now this is not hacking. Facebook has an API (Application Programming Interface, a bridge used to connect two or more disassociated applications) that allows developers to tap into it’s database and access certain information. Facebook preserves your privacy and does not share your email address with anyone. So you have nothing to worry about.

    So here’s a simple but effective recipe to virally grow your database through Facebook using the Facebook connect API. Read the rest of this entry »

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    August 2, 2009 at 4:46 am

    Where to next with the Twitter phenomenon?

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    Here’s something interesting.

    The United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has produced a generic Twitter strategy for all government departments, despite the risk of “criticism of jumping on the bandwagon” and “pointless content”

    Did you know?

    When people working in the Empire State Building twittered that they were craving ice cream delivery, New York local chain Tasti D Lite was there to listen and meet their need. When electronics buyers look for good deals, the Dell Outlet Twitter account helps them save money with exclusive coupons. When Houston’s coffee drinkers decide where to get their daily dose, many choose Coffee Groundz, which lets them order via Twitter.

    Is that crazy or what? Full marks to companies that are proactive in spotting such opportunities and being there at the right place at the right time. Read the rest of this entry »

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    July 28, 2009 at 8:36 am

    7 mistakes to avoid on Twitter

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    Found this one on Google. Nice eh?

    Found this one on Google. Nice eh?

    It seems like all of a sudden, everyone is talking about Twitter.

    For businesses that find out about Twitter from a news story or an article in your favourite business magazine, there’s almost a sense of urgency about getting onto Twitter and using it for growing your business.

    How many of you know that if you find out about the latest technology through the news, then it’s already too late – everyone has already caught onto it and the “ship has left the harbour”.

    Never mind. Let’s talk about Twitter. While many businesses I know are on Twitter, but only a handful are doing it right. Read the rest of this entry »

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    July 22, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    How much of your business is in the cloud?

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    Cloud Computing Information Super Highway

    Cloud Computing Information Super Highway

    Hello readers…what a month this has been. I must admit, this month has actually been busier than any other “June” in the last 7 years of my business history. I guess it’s a good thing – I’m not complaining… Anyway, but before I shoot off on a tangent, let me bring your focus onto something that you as a business need to be thinking about going forward.

    I am certain that most of you (one of my 8,000 odd readers) would have come across the term “Cloud Computing” – well if you havent then here you go – Cloud Computing.

    Here’s how our corporate website defines it

    http://www.genesisweb.co.nz/genesis+interactive/content/What+is+cloud+computing/58

    Here’s how I personally define it – The central nervous system of the operating system of 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

    The Internet is about to CHANGE in a big way

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    This article will surely raise some questions for you. But no matter what, please remain calm

    This article will surely raise some questions for you. But no matter what, please remain calm

    To innovate or not to innovate?

    The other day while driving back from a meeting across the shore, I had one of those “flashes”. I happen to get these flashes quite often and it is these that are responsible for some of the most innovative “stuff” we have come up with at Genesis Interactive.

    This blog post is not about all the past flashes so I’ll get straight into it now.

    The flash: We have this plethora of online “channels” around us; social networking sites, blogging platforms, microblogging platforms, email systems, online softwrae, webpages etc. It seems like we have reached a point in history where innovation exhaustion is inevitable. Here’s what I mean. If you are someone like me, you will have a massive online footprint. Google yourself and you will quickly find out what the “online world” knows about you, your past, your present and God knows what else.

    Who is going to consolidate all this informaiton, all this data? How is this going to be done? When?

    You have one login for Google services, another for Acrobat; then comes the multiple logins for social media sites, twitter, facebook, myspace, bebo, LinkedIn and so on…Keeping all these logins the same is a major risk making you vulnerable to identity thefts – guess or crack one login and you’ve got access to virtually the life of a person.

    Notice I mention these social media platforms in lower cases – signifying that there is nothing “unique” about these names to be considered a Proper Noun. Read the rest of this entry »

    Cyber Terrorism: MSN.co.nz Hacked

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    While I am not surprised, the msn.co.nz website has been hacked by a global hacker team that goes by the name of Peace Crew.

    The hacker group have also hacked other high profile websites, according to the BBC. Earlier this year, the US Army website, and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s website were hacked by the group. The group replaced pages with white space and a photograph of a boy throwing stones at an Israeli tank in Gaza.

    The hacked sites also carried pictures of the Israeli, American and British flags with a red line through them.

    No prizes for guessing the religious agenda of this group.

    On this particular occasion, msn.co.nz, which usually displays news stories now shows  a photograph of Microsoft (ex) boss Bill Gates with pie on his face. The photograph was taken after French anarchist Paul Godin hurled a pie at Billy in April, 1998.

    Apparently all the MSN.co.nz sub domains are also unreachable.

    A Google Search revealed msn.co.nz in the following state:

    What happens when you search msn.co.nz on Google.co.nz

    What happens when you search msn.co.nz on Google.co.nz

    But if you go to http://www.msn.co.nz you will see this

    The current "Hacked" state of www.msn.co.nz

    The current "Hacked" state of http://www.msn.co.nz

    Apparently the NZ Herald tried contacting MSN but the receptionist said “No one’s here to comment”. Typical Microsoft.

    Here’s the actual screenshot

    Did you want some proof - click to view full size.

    Did you want some proof - click to view full size.

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    April 21, 2009 at 1:40 am

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