It is easier today to bootstrap a startup than it was a decade ago. Web hosting used to be reserved for big corporations or people who use Benjamins for napkins. Now, anyone from your high school geometry teacher to your newborn child can have their own basic website for little to no cost whatsoever.
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Google Plus was released as a private beta late last month and since then the service has grown exponentially, with some proclaiming that Google had finally gotten social right. However, as more users continue to signup for the service, they will not come from the early-adopter tech crowd which has constituted the majority of the folks who joined in the first month. Some will wonder why there is yet another place to share things with your friends and family. How is it any different? Why should I care? I’m sticking with Facebook!
Those questions are addressed in a slideshow presentation created by a Google+ user, Saidur (Cy) Hossain. In it, he introduces Circles and explains how sharing on Google+ is different from other services. So, if you have a friend or cousin who complains that they have no clue what Google+ is for, direct them to the presentation.
View the slideshow presentation here.
Photo by The Oatmeal
Must listen? Does anyone actually use that phrase?
Today, I came across an article on Techcrunch dated back to late March of this year, which summarized an interview Twitter co-founder Biz Stone had with radio host, Howard Stern. In it, much was focused on Biz and co-founder Evan Williams’ awkward meeting with Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg back in fall of 2008. The purpose of that meeting focused on a possible acquisition opportunity by Facebook, with an initial proposal of $500 million.
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My mission was simple: write a blog post. With my laptop ready and ideas beginning to flow, nothing was going to stop me, right?
Half an hour later, I stared dejectedly at my WordPress writing panel containing just one lone sentence. I was in trouble, but the worst was yet to come.
With the proliferation of smart phones, consumers have access to the Internet at their fingertips, wherever they go. Looking to catch a good movie later tonight? Forget about buying a newspaper and reading critic reviews. Instead, many people use their iPhones and Androids to read consumer reviews on Fandango and Rotten Tomato. With an abundance of information at our disposal, have we stopped relying on the good word of our friends and family?
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