Infographic: How NFC Is Going To Change The World

Check out this great infographic by NFC Rumors. They tried to give an overall picture of the huge potential and possibilities of NFC covering the most important topics like the “mobile wallet”, NFC marketing, or NFC food! Looking at all the details you realize that NFC is not just about mobile payment… I am looking forward to having the first NFC-enabled phone myself and hope that the industry and commerce adopt the technology quickly too! :-)

NFC

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Infographic: The Internet of Things

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of the Internet of Things, but did not realize how much it has already become reality. Check out this infographic from Cisco, it summarizes some interesting facts about the Internet of Things and its future.

Infographic Internet of Things

Source: blogs.cisco.com

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Quote: Don’t Worry About Balance

I found a great article in The New Yorker about Sheryl Sandberg, one of the most famous female managers in the Internet era, former Google manager and today a leading figure at Facebook.

The article talks a lot about her and others opinion on being a female manager  – in a tech company, in Silicon Valley or elsewhere. It ends with a short but inspiring message from Sandberg, that I wanna share with you tonight. It actually could be my own working motto, or the one of many other workaholics.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook

“Don’t worry so much about balance. Work hard, stick with what you like, and don’t let go.”

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook.

Having said this, let me come to an end for tonight – I still got some work to do! ;-)

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Map: Newspapers All Over The World

I’ve always been fascinated by newspapers, although I barely read one. Back in 2005 I even worked in a newsroom of the local newspaper “Nürtinger Zeitung” in my German hometown Nürtingen. A great experience!

For those of you who are passionate about the newspaper industry as well, I found a great tool online: the “newspaper map“. It lists about 10,000 newspapers from all over the world on a Google map. They are classified by language, or you can search by name or location.  The results show you the name of the newspaper with a link to its website, and sometimes even its Facebook page or Twitter account. One click on a different language opens the newspaper website translated by Google Translate.

Newspaper Map

A fancy tool to discover the world of newspapers! Let’s hope that in a couple of years the map still looks as colorful as it does now…

Link: Newspaper Map

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Quote: The Perfect Ad…

The American author Nicholas Carr was going to have a dreary Thursday until he stumbled upon a blog post on The Official Google Blog that totally made his day. It wiped out his long doubts that there is no perfect ad for Internet users in this jungle of online advertising…

The perfect match“I know that somewhere deep in the Googleplex a flock of code-writing cupids is hard at work fashioning a promotional message that will dovetail perfectly with each and every one of my rational and emotional purchasing triggers. I need only be patient. My ad will come.”

I do feel like the perfect online advertising is already working for me… No matter how hard I am trying to forget about that beautiful pair of shoes I recently discovered on some e-commerce website – it keeps appearing on all kinds of other websites, continuously alluring me and looking so gorgeous… ;-)

Found on: roughtype.com

Latest book by Nicholas Carr: The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

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Video: Social Networks in France

Another video I want to share with you guys, this one is about social networks in France (réseaux sociaux). I have been living in this country for almost one and a half years, so it is quite interesting to look at these figures.

French love Facebook (the social network has about 20 million users in France) like people elsewhere in Europe do, but Twitter didn’t make it yet to the mainstream. Here France is the #33 in a worldwide ranking comparing the traffic generated by the platform.

Oh, and I forgot to mention, the video is in French, but not very difficult to understand! ;-)

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Video: 10 Facts About Facebook

Nice short video that summarizes 10 interesting facts about Facebook – enjoy!

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Infographic: The State of Wikipedia

A couple of years ago Wikipedia was THE hot topic whenever someone talked about social media. Now they all talk about Facebook and Twitter, and we don’t really hear much about the old star of user generated content…

To satisfy this hunger I proudly present you another nice infographic I found on Visual Loop. It summarizes some impressive figures about the online encyclopedia.

Enjoy!

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Video: Personalization Favors Dying Squirrels Over Africa

I found an interesting video on Ted in which the author Eli Pariser (“The Filter Bubble”) talks about the risk of personalization on the Internet. Today search engines or news aggregators from Google to Yahoo, social networks like Facebook or even editorial websites like the New York Times personalize their content based on information they collect from users. Depending on where we live, the users we interact with or what our friends talk about, everyone of us sees different content when looking at the very same website.

Mark Zuckerberg once explained a journalist: “A squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.”

For Pariser personalization is not necessarily a service, he sees a hidden danger behind it. “It moves us very quickly towards a world where the Internet shows us what it thinks we want to see, but not necessarily what we need to see.” This is what Pariser calls a “filter bubble” – a bubble of information tailored and filtered for a specific user (see picture below). But the user himself is not the one who decides what information he sees in his bubble and what information is eliminated, this choice is made by algorithms.

In a broadcast society gatekeepers controlled the flows of information, remembers Pariser. In the Internet age we see the Internet as a free medium, but we actually just moved “from human gatekeepers to algorithmic ones”. The problem is that algorithms don’t have the ethics that human gatekeepers have. According to him, filter bubbles bring our society back into the year 1915.

In my opinion Eli Pariser points out a very interesting and important perspective on what is usually seen as a very positive aspect of the Internet – personalization. Yet, it would be a big challenge to teach algorithms ethics… And it is probably even harder as users to try to find out ourselves, which of the 5 million search results to our queries are really relevant for us.

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Report: What Makes Silicon Valley Startups Successful

A recent study by the Kauffman Foundation shows that more than 90 percent of the job growth in the United States comes from highly scalable startups, although 90 percent of newly funded startups fail. One-year-old firms create on average nearly 1 million jobs, while ten-year-old firms create only 300,000. These results underline the importance of the startup scene. Yet there is such a lack of research going really into details about its success factors. Why is it so difficult to survive and what are the common mistakes of startups?

Well, here comes the answer: The Silicon Valley based startup blackbox just released a report about what makes startups successful. The authors Bjoern Lasse Herrmann and Max Marmer interviewed 1,000 startups and came to quite interesting results. They defined 4 stages a startup goes through and found out that those who skip one of them, are more likely to struggle.

 

The report comes with a bunch of figures and charts showing e.g. numbers of employees by stage, key challenges at a certain stage or competitive advantages. It comes to five essential findings:

  1. Don’t be afraid to change
  2. Seek out mentors
  3. Don’t look to investors for the day-to-day
  4. Get tech support
  5. Plan accordingly

To get the full report, go to startupgenome.cc or look at the infographic below! (I love infographics! ;-) )

Sources: gigaom.com, Kauffman.org

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