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Come one.Come All. Lets Shop!

Filed under: teambuy,chinese,shopping 2.0, Talk of volume discounts? Well, Chinese consumers are talking about Discount Volumes. Chinese sites like 51tuangou.com / teambuy.com.cn, enable consumers to discuss their shopping list online, decide on the shopping location/stores/time. And then these consumers enter the store in huge numbers (100+), and ask for a huge insane discount% (which ranges from 10-30%!). While most of the stores are happy and welcome these mobs, few express concerns and have at times closed its doors to these frenzy mob. This is definitely a new form of social networking (Shopping 2.0?), and am sure this business model will see more replicas across the globe..

Online Newspaper Readers – Profitable Target for Advertising?

Filed under:Online newspaper, advertising Are online newspaper readers avid buyers too? Well, YES! NAA (Newspaper Association of America), in its recent study found that People who visit newspaper Web sites on an average day are more likely to make online purchases, and make greater use of the Internet for advertising, shopping information and various types of news and information. The study found that 82% of *Power Users* (as the study calls them) purchased products online, 76 percent browse products for sale, and 43 percent download coupons. Few characteristics of this segment are: Young crowd (avg. age is 39 years), better-educated, affluent and at ease with purchasing onlineTend to use more of online services (bill payment, map directions etc) At least 65 percent of Power Users have hi...

Paypal’s new Pal?- Checkout

Filed under:: Checkout,online payment,competition for paypal With the launch of its online payment system – Checkout, Google is surely going to change the way consumers manage their e-wallet. First things first. It’s not a beta product (yay!) How does it work? All you need to do is create a Google account (i.e. register your credit card/payment/ tax id/shipment info etc): While making the payment for your shopping, enter your google account info and that’s it!! One of the major reasons why merchants and consumers would like to switch to Checkout will be its ease of use, and also: Checkout aims to minimize the no. of clicks/steps while making an online purchase.(thereby expediting the purchase process, and reducing the no. of aborted shopping) The payment/credit card info will reside with G...

Blogging Tool Comparison Continued..

Continuing from my earlier post on wordpress vs blogger comparison — Few of the features that need mention are: Import/Export:: Well, if you are in Blogger and want to switch to wordpress, its damn easy. WP has a cool import feature. But this is a 1-way street. You cannot import wordpress/non-blogger blog to Blogger. The only option is to copy/paste your blog (sounds quite naive!). Also, WP does allow one to export the entire blog to an xml (Blogger still doesn’t). Cool Features: Wordpress’s blog traffic statistics stands apart. They are sexy/to-the-point/ informative, while Blogger doesn’t by itself has a blog statistics section. To view the blogger stats, one needs to use Google Analytics (which is way too extensive from a blogging perspective), or even other prod...

Google – The Road Ahead

Filed under: jellyfish,french map,google. Google has got 2 new competitor – 1. French government, and 2. jellyfish In the past, few governments have expressed concerns over Google’s satellite imagery (Google doesn’t mind showing other countries millitary base/sensitive details, although’White house’ is completely covered with blankets!! Double standards eh? ). The security issues prompted the French govt. to launch their own map site – which has better coverage of France, and a little better resolution (0.5 meters, compared to Google’s ~1 m) This, I believe should be taken seriously by Google – since much of their sites/applications are geek driven and they eventually tend to play with user’s personal info/sensitive information.. 2. Jel...

Microsoft finds Google Girlish

Filed Under: adcenter,girlish google,microsoft Newly launched Microsoft’s adcenter’s Demographics Prediction tool (MS’s answer to google’s Adsense) enables (or claims to) an advertiser to predict their customer’s age/gender/demographic details. Enter www.google.com in the textbox, and the results shows Google as a female. Have a look While Microsoft is a male! :-D Will we see some chemistry between the two? I doubt! that :-D

Businesweek’s Top 100 Global Companies

Businessweek has compiled the list of top 100 Global companies. Data from S&P, was used to compile the list. Few of the criteria for filtering the list were: 1. Companies had to have revenues of at least $500 million 2. Companies whose stock price has dropped more than 75%, whose sales shrank, or where other developments raised questions about future performance, were eliminated from contention 3. Dropped some phone companies whose monopoly or near-monopoly power in their countries gives them an unfair advantage over competitors The deciding factors were: RoE, Shareholder return, Revenue Growth and Total revenues. Interestingly, the no. 1 Indian co. in the list is Bharati. Other entries are TCS, Wipro, Satyam and of course,Infy. Overall, America Movil (a Mexican co.) is No. 1 while Goo...

Desktop search – Google vs. Microsoft

The internet community had felt the need for a desktop search, but the need was never really addressed properly. Until Google came. While google didn’t had the first mover advantage (though there were other products like X1,Copernicus, dtsearch, etc..but they hardly had any awareness in the internet community), it was successful in gaining a good share of desktop search market. I have been using Google desktop search for quite some time, but now I have decided to switch to MS. And the reasons are pretty simple a) size, b) usability c) performance. When I got my new laptop, I instantly downloaded GDS and with itcame along all the useless widgets etc. I know I can uninstall all that, but even then I found out that Google eats a lot of space (I used the ToDO widget) and with my harddriv...

(By) Products of all time

  Here is the list of top 25 Worst tech Products of all time (compiled by pcworld). Ironically, Apple and IBM are featured twice and Microsoft makes it appearance thrice! America Online (1989-2006) RealNetworks RealPlayer (1999) Syncronys SoftRAM (1995) Microsoft Windows Millennium (2000) Sony BMG Music CDs (2005) Disney The Lion King CD-ROM (1994) Microsoft Bob (1995) Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 (2001) Pressplay and Musicnet (2002) dBASE IV (1988) Priceline Groceries and Gas (2000) PointCast (1996) IBM PCjr. (1984) Gateway 2000 10th Anniversary PC (1995) Iomega Zip Drive (1998) Comet Cursor (1997) Apple Macintosh Portable (1989) IBM Deskstar 75GXP (2000) OQO Model 1 (2004) CueCat (2000) Eyetop Wearable DVD Player (2004) Apple Pippin @World (1996) Free PCs (1999) DigiScents iSmell (...

Comparison of free blogging tools..

Who should read this? – Bloggers who are looking for free blogging tools (typepad etc. paid tools excluded) Over the past few months, I have been struggling to get my *almost perfect* blogging tool and looks like I have found one: Before we go ahead and start comparing, let’s define the evaluation parameters:: 1. Free 2. Easy to customize (if not fully, atleast give me a control over the UI) 3. Ability to tag blogs 4.Great choice of templates (varying from funky to professional), 5. Ability to add Adsense/Chitika/advertising code. 6. Post Editor Quality And Here are my observations: 1. Free – I am comparing only the free tools and for this discussion purpose, I will take only Blogger and WordPress (Others like Rediff/myspace etc. aren’t worth talking about!). I am e...

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