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Google Market Share Takes “Giant” Fall

Google the search engine Giant appears to have been felled from the ranks of “giant” to now a, er- lesser giant.

The search company search engine market share dropped little more than 10%, from a whopping 73.9% in May 2010 to 63.6% as of this May due to competition from Microsoft Bing, up 7.3% from to 9.7% May 2010 up to 17% in May 2011.

Web Search Market Share and Volume via News.Cnet.Com

Read more here.

Charlie Sheen PWNs Mainstream Media on UStream, Twitter: #Winning

The Sheen on Sheen: Charlie dumps mainstream media for social media… and is #winning.

Charlie Stream Ustream2

He was fired from the hit show Two and a Half Men, but he is definitely #winning in the online social media.

Pwnd

“The @charliesheen [Twitter] account has highlighted the ability of the Twitter platform to enable individuals to build an owned audience, in real-time, in scale, with a narrative that does not need to pass through the traditional media gatekeepers,”

-Lou Kerner, Internet & social media analyst for Wedbush.

Yes he said owned.

Mystic, Worlock or Social Media Maven

Yes, Charlie Sheen is winning. There is no doubt about that. His public tirades and rants are a turn off and may even be a call for professional help. But regardless of what we think of this man’s tired raving appearances, Charlie Sheen is not missing the social media boat, and in fact, intends to own it.

I really don’t think America only knows what hit them the day after Sheen’s UStream webcast. Dubbed, Sheen’s Korner, the live broadcast showed the notorious celeb along with his posse of confidants promoting Charlie’s case, or cause, to the world; and he did it with record-breaking panache. If you don’t think he is motivating millions, keep watching the dial.

Breaking Records: Winning

After CBS fired Sheen, the star fired back. Sheen launched his social media torpedoes on Twitter and Ustream, and in #winning back his own website name. Charlie then took his case to his public. On March 6 his live broadcast peaked with over 118,000 simultaneous viewers and netted over 1.2 million viewers.

Sheen's Korner on Ustream

Did Sheen miss the boat in not setting up his own broadcast network? Has he failed to leverage his massive television audience and Twitter followers? He may yet marshal his star power to produce his own network shows. A couple unscripted shows is one thing, broadcast network programming with ready-made audience is another.

But he’s still winning.

Social Media Sponsors:  *sigh* Winning

Sheen won celebrity micro-endorsement agreements with Ad.ly, where their top celebrities earn about $10,000 per tweet, and with the backing of Internships.com, his first sponsor, reportedly paid Sheen handsomely for his social media intern search from their service. And as long as he doesn’t implode come May, there will surely be more sponsors to come.

No, Charlie Sheen hasn’t missed the boat. He’s sailing a wave of newfound social media fame.

In fact, ala Conan O’Brien, Sheen took his show on the road, and recently announced a short film role in “Warlocks.” Hardly a ladder climber. Though, how and where the film is released, how many sequels, video game rights, all have yet to be realized in Vatican Assassin Warlock style.

Eye on the Tiger: The Sheen of Sheen

Charlie Sheen appears to have that glow. That Hollywood stardom lustre that says I’m on top: “winning.”

Though whether you believe he’s got #TigerBlood or think that his social media program is #winning, keep a close eye on how this modern-day P.T. Barnum cum Hunter S. Thompson turns social media into his own Trump empire.

Or will it will be Nero?

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Find the real time Sheen.
Plumb Charlie’s website.

Watch “Winning” Youtube Fan Video <–this rules!

How to wipe Charlie Sheen off your Web browser
A Firefox and Chrome browser extension that blots out Sheen’s name anywhere it appears on the web.

@CharlieSheen Twitter Facts

  • Broke the record for the fastest rise to 1 million followers – 25 hours
  • Just 2 Weeks after launching his Twitter Channel 2,829,389 – #winning
  • First Tweet received the fastest twitter account verification

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Twitter users send 1 billion tweets per week

1 Billion Tweets Weekly

It took Twitter 3 years, 2 months and 1 day to send a total 1 billion tweets. Now, Twitter users send 1 billion tweets per week.

Twitter users now sending 1 billion tweets per week.

Twitter Founder Supports “Freedom of Expression” as a Human Right #Egypt

Twitter: The Hand on the Cage of Freedom

From Twitter Declares, “The Tweets Must Flow” – Yahoo! News.

 

Twitter is the hand on the cage of freedom

(c) All rights reserved by Mary Wit via Flickr.

“Our position on freedom of expression carries with it
a mandate to protect our users’ right to speak freely
and preserve their ability to contest having their private
information revealed.”

–Biz Stone, Founder, Twitter

Current political protests in Egypt much like those of 2009 in Iran may again catapult Twitter into the media and internet spotlight. This time the short messaging social network and its Founder Biz Stone called for support of “freedom of expression”as a human right in Stone’s blog post, “The Tweets Must Flow.”

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Rupert Murdoch Convinced Newspapers are Dead: Sees iPad as “The Message”

iPad Display Item

Image via Wikipedia

The iPad Is “The Message”

It’s all about media in the media…

The internet and social media disruption to former “traditional media” formats became ever more distinct as Rupert Murdoch announced his iPad Newspaper.

Rupert Murdoch is currently leading the charge to build The Daily, an iPad-centered newspaper. Yep, that’s iPad centric; to include all forms of tablet computers for its future news presentation and distribution.

Today more than 65 percent of Fortune 500 companies
are deploying or piloting the iPad.    -Apple Inc.

Seems Murdoch is advancing what will soon become more commonplace in both enterprise and consumer trends.

iPad: An Enterprise and Social Game Changer

Calling Apple’s iPad “an exception” and “more than just the latest consumer gadget,” Gartner Research recently sent a clarion call world wide to CEOs and business enterprises. Gartner called for CEOs to get directly involved in specific technology device decisions with their CIOs based on the iPad’s disruptive potential for business. Recent news posts cite that change is happening, and fast.

[T]he iPad is not a notebook replacement for most users,
but a valuable companion device. As it is much less
intrusive in face-to-face environments than conventional
notebooks, it is well suited to a sales or information-sharing
environment. It also makes electronic media consumption
effortless and casual, thereby increasing consumption

Media is changing the face of mass media and business, and mediating the rate at which we will mediate all media. And the iPad is the message.

Read more on Murdoch’s iPad newspaper revolution here.

Chalk one up for the Men in Black

FTC takes down bad business. Scores one for business and consumers.

A U.S. district court ruled in favor of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) who successfully sued Inc21.Com for illegally slamming businesses and consumers into internet service accounts.

From the FTC’s release,

“The most compelling proof of these violations is a comprehensive expert survey of 1,087 of defendants’ so-called ‘customers.’ This survey revealed that nearly 97 percent of defendants’ ‘customers’ had not agreed to purchase defendants’ products. Even more egregious, only five percent of them were even aware that they had been billed.”

Read the FTC Release.

Google speeds up the web – Bit by bit

Google releases WebP, a new image file format to speed up the web.

Google WebP the new image format

Taking their initiative to the streets on the superinformation highway, Google announced the release of WebP, a new image format that will “significantly reduce the byte size of photos on the web, allowing web sites to load faster than before.”

Google WebP new image format

Images via Google
Serious About SEO and Web Optimization

In its announcement, Google layed out its steps to introduce its suite of tools to help site owners speed up their websites and build new apps that offer greater optimization to all elements affecting page load times and thus, to speed up the user’s experience with a quicker, faster internet.

Google’s speed set of tools includes:

  • WebP image format and file conversion tool
  • Speed Tracer a Chrome extension that helps
    identify and fix performance problems
    in web applications.
  • Page Speed, a Firefox extension to evaluate
    web page performance.
Read more on Google’s WebP format.

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