February 2009

Baby boomers jump on the Facebook bandwagon

Inside Facebook recently outlined user growth by age group covering the 120 days preceding February 1st. While 18-25 year olds still account for the most users on Facebook, the fastest growing segments include the 45-65 age groups. Interestingly, women over 55 accounted for the highest percentage growth (175.3%) with over 456,760 joining from October to January. Facebook now claims over 45 million active users throughout the United States.

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RTM giving away free accounts

My favorite task management program is having a buy one get one free sale for thier PRO accounts. They say it is a valentines special but we will see how long it lasts. As of right now (02/15/09 - 11:00pm EST) it is accessible from the rememberthemilk.com homepage. While the free accounts are just fine for most things online, the PRO account is required for the really superb Iphone app. Too bad they didnt have this a few months ago when we purchased our accounts.

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I sure love my Iphone. I hope I am not "THAT GUY"!

Here is nice video clip that Grizgza sent to me. A good diversion for a Friday afternoon... iphoneguy IphoneGuy on Gizmodo

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Facebook scams? Use common sense to stay safe.

Identity theft has found a new platform. A recent article about facebook on CNN.com discussed the proliferation of scammers on facebook. While identity theft, and scams in general, are not new to Facebook, the recent spike in incidents is concerning. I am sure a big portion of this can be attributed to the popularity of the system. Adding 600,000 new users daily can make you a big target. Although the only recommendations for staying safe were; "First, make sure your computer anti-virus programs are up to date; and tell online companies you want better privacy protection," given by Jim Lewis, director of the technology and policy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. There are other methods. Stay Safe on Facebook:
  1. Be careful what you post - Facebook is a public platform, don't post things that you would not want seen in public. Although there are networks and you can limit access, If you have 200 friends, you can't manually monitor each one
  2. Change your password once in a while - the same suggestions that apply to any of your online accounts apply to facebook

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Video Email: Is 2009 finally the year? - I think not...

A recent article published by our favorite email marketing service addresses some of the ongoing technical issues with sending video embedded within email. http://www.campaignmonitor.com/videoinemail/

While this excellent article addresses the technical limitations, it is not until the end where they actually suggest the possibility that it may not be a good idea to send video via email all together. I would have to agree with this point completely. Eventually video email will most likely become a reality and at that point we will all have to deal with a new kind of spam.
How annoying is music on a website right now?... imagine "cool techno beats" coming through your inbox or even your phone. Not to mention what creative ideas the adult industry will come up with.

Let's hope we can keep the videos as links (at least for a while), that way I can choose if I want to watch. Despite what some marketers will try to sell us, I would bet that 2009 is not going to be the year for video email.

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