Thursday, February 10, 2011

Digital Power ┌П┐(◉_◉)┌П┐

ZOGBY is out with some numbers:

Facebook has become a primary means of finding and expressing romance for millions of Americans. Nearly one-half of this nation's adults on Facebook use it to tell the world they are in a relationship with someone. Nearly three-fourths of all Facebook users who are not in a relationship log on to learn about people they want to date. Romance-related uses of Facebook for people ages 18-29 are even greater.

Among those 18-29 who have Facebook pages:

  • 94% of those not in a relationship will either immediately, or within a day or two, check out the page of someone they may want to date
  • 43% would post information about breaking up a relationship
  • 42% of those in a relationship look to see whom their partners' friends are on their partners' Facebook pages
Some believe that #Egypt has been changed by the power of people unifying via the internet. Does this mean that social networking will play an even greater role in shaping the future? Paul Wafula writes on Business Daily::: "The organisers of the Egypt demonstrations—mainly university students in their 20’s used social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google Doc to gather the protesters against President Hosni Mubarak’s government.

Armed with cameras to document police brutality to upload on sites like Facebook and Twitter and share with the rest of the world, further heightening tension.

They circulated a rap song while encouraging more people to join the protests a move that forced the government to cut off upto 88 per cent of Egypt Internet access. [Could a government-imposed Internet blackout happen in the United States?]

Through Twitter, the Egyptian protesters had agreed that all marches should converge at Shubra—a working class district in the centre of the city known as a stronghold of the Coptic Christian community."

People power! Yay! BUT Beware of small things that can kill you...
What would YOU do in the event of a national emergency?
--->>>>>>>>>> FIND OUT NOW! <<<<<<<<<<---
Whatever happens netwise, boys will be boys...

Now that the surprise news that AOL is buying The Huffington Post for $315 million has had some time to marinate, some in the media world are in a stew over what it will mean for the future of journalism. On Pressed, Teresa Novellino writes "As Business Insider, which gained access to alleged internal AOL training documents, points out, AOL tells its editors to decide what topics to cover based upon four considerations: traffic potential, revenue potential, edit quality and turn-around time. Notice what is third on the list and not first."

EBay to unveil expansion plans for PayPal

Arabic Tweets, U.S. style!
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