Archive for June, 2006

The Rich Jerk

You have probably seen people telling you about some information in which the writer claims to earn millions of dollars and it shows you the methods he uses to do it. Well the claims are true, but what has come to my attention is that he’s now selling the program for only $9.95. Most people previously bought it for $97, and it looks like The Rich Jerk is testing his price. We paid $97 for it, so you haven’t done so, now’s the time you can grab the offer before god knows when it resumes normal pricing again.

Is Friendster Dead?

Rival Myspace is catching up with its attractive features.

It was once so addictive users claimed they were getting fired from their jobs because of it.

Lately, however, social networking website Friendster seems to have lost its edge.

Competitor Myspace is now making headway in the popularity stakes.

Friendster, launched in March 2003, made news for giving the dating website format a twist. Instead of ploughing blindly through profiles of date-able strangers, one could get connected to friends and friends-of-friends.

Every user creates an online identity by filling out a questionnaire profile and uploading a picture. They then browse existing users and add them as friends.

Owing to this non-threatening vibe, the community grew to more than 20 million users. Even stars like Pamela Anderson got their own Friendster profile.

But the website was plagued by slow server response time in its early stages. Many users found it hard to log on to their pages.

Among similar web services which have popped up are Friendscene and Profileheaven. Another, Thefacebook, is targeted at undergraduates. You have to be 16 and above to sign up on Friendster.

Myspace, founded in July 2003, is one of the strongest contenders. It has grown to more than 16 million monthly users.

The concept of Myspace is similar to Friendster’s, with user profiles, photo-sharing and a growing gallery of friends. Users can customize their profiles and stream music from their profile pages.

Popular bands like The Black Eyed Peas post tracks on their Myspace home page for others to listen to for free.

In July this year, Rupert Murdoch News Corporation bought Internet company Intermix Media, which owns Myspace, for US$580 million.

In Singapore, Myspace is steadily gaining fans like marketing executive Joanne Tan, 25. She now logs on to check her page 3 times a week. She still visits her Friendster page, but only sporadically.

She says, “Myspace is very personal and interactive.”

One feature she likes is the existence og ‘Tom’, a real-life Californian, on the site who is there to help confused users.

She says, “I saw on his profile that one of his heroes is Lee Kuan Yew, so I messaged him out of cynicism. And he replied. Since then, we’ve chatted on Myspace’s instant messenger, and he would recommend good movies.”

But don’t sound the death knell for Friendster yet. Oil analyst Luke Panchymuthu, 31, says he still visits the site, especially when he gets automated e-mail reminders about his Friendster contacts’ birthdays.

He adds, “It sure looks like there are loads of people who use it.”

Friendster vs. Myspace

What They Are: Both are social networking websites originating from the US that allow you to meet friends-of-friends and so no.

Friendster launched in March 2003 by its chairman Jonathan Abrams, while Myspace was founded in July that year by its Chief Executive Chris DeWolfe and president Tom Anderson.

Design: Friendster has a clearer interface with a grey-and-white page. Myspace’s blue-and-white design looks generic and feels cluttered.

Reach: Friendster has more than 20 million members while Myspace has more than 16 million users.

Buzz: Since the initial frenzy, Friendster has quietened down. Some members have logged on to their pages since 2003.

According to Nielsen/NetRatings, Myspace drew 12 million visitors in June this year, ranking 6th among users in terms of page views, behind Yahoo!, eBay, MSN, Google and AOL.

Features: Myspace has games and allows you to download musice posted on a band’s personal page. Friendster recently added a games section. Unlike Friendster, Myspace allows you to pick your own URL for your personal page.

Help: Friendster has a team of support staff to help answer questions. Myspace features ‘Tom’, a 29-year-old from California, who is a kind of multi-purpose friend.

‘Tom’ who has 27,744,387 friends on his Myspace page, answers messages from confused users 24/7.

News article by Clara Chow. Extracted from The Straits Times.

Advantage of Google’s blog search tool.

Here’s what you can do with Google Blog Search. Just type in your keywords, and see the RSS subscribe link at the bottom of the results. Lots of possibilites, including a great research tool to add to their alerts service. For example: You could type in an exact match search for your name or product name and subscribe to the feed. You will then know when anyone writes about you or your product on their blog (assuming their blogs are listed on Google). More info can be found here.

What is Google up to?

Started by 2 Stanford Ph.D students, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, in the proverbial garage in Silicon Valley, it changed the world withs its search function and out out of business 2 earlier search engines, Alta Vista and Excite.

It gets all its revenue from keyword search advertising.

The biggest player in the global Internet advertising market, it has about US$8 billion in annual sales.

While many of its competitors like Yahoo! and AOL have introduced their e-mail, instant messaging and other similar services earlier, Google has had to play catch-up.

Without doubt it is ambitious. Google is everywhere on the computer desktop to ensure that it will be used by everyone in communications, entertainment and information handling. Hence its product pipeline is continually turning out new services which are better than its competitors, say reports in global newspapers and IT magazines.

USA Today in its online edition last week said, “To its credit, Google is often getting there by coming out with products that are better than those from competitors. Google Maps can just flat-out do more than Yahoo! Maps. GMail trumps Hotmail.”

By extending its real estate space, it is attracting visitors who uses its search service to stay longer within its space rather than simply completing the search and then clicking away. In this manner, it can monetize the eyeballs and hence, increase its advertising dollar.

MSN Keywords: New kid on the block

While Google muscles in on the instant messaging scene, long a stronghold of Microsoft and Yahoo!, Microsoft bites back by introducing paid-search advertising by keywords on its own search engine.

When users of the Microsoft Live! search engine input keywords bought by advertisers, links to their websites appear at the top or side of the screen. But unlike its competitors, MSN Keywords is able to tell the advertiser what demographic of visitors are clicking its ads.

Their ‘intelligent’ backend systems recognize their users’ profiles, even if they have signed off and shut down their computers, said Ms. Eva Balan, marketing manager of Microsoft Advertising in South-East Asia.

She added that small- and medium-sized businesses would benefit from advertising with them because they can use the visitor reports to tailor their ad campaigns.

Budget-wise, it’s also more affordable for the SMEs, with a one-time sign-up fee of $10 and pay-per-click rates starting at 10 cents per keyword.

Currently, there are more than 400 million users of the Microsoft Network and 2.5 billion worldwide search queries each month.

Random Positioning: No longer at the bottom.

Gary and Jennifer Ambrose have started a new list builder YET AGAIN.

This is a variation of “The List Machine”. Whereas TLM functions on a ‘forward-reverse’ dual matrix, Your Lucky List ALSO keeps placing you in a random position from time to time…Whatever that means, you will never be stuck at the bottom ever again.

Yes, there’s a system mailer and it’s free to use, but up to a maximum of 6 levels in your downline network. Various upgrade options enable you to mail more than once per week and beyond your first 6 levels. Details of FAQ are inside your account and the community forum (where you can also JV and advertise your offers too).

If you tell your friends about it, it’s very easy to bring them on. FREE to join!

Skype announces 2 new tools.

Of late, Skype has announced it will make its software more widely available and easier to use, in an effort and race against the portal giants to draw more people away from traditional land-lines and mobile networks.

2 up-&-coming ones, SkypeWeb and SkypeNet, enables creators of websites and computer software to build Skype voice and instant messaging communications into their own products or web pages.

Much as an e-mail address embedded in web text and messages can provide one-click creation of a new message, incorporating SkypeWeb and SkypeNet code would make contacting Skype users possible in a single click without the users having Skype’s software loaded in their computers.

Skype will provide all these tools and more free of charge. Watch this space for later news.

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Internet Success System

If you’re like me, you can’t stand going to a ‘live’ conference and having the speakers parade in and give you a sales pitch disguised as a seminar presentation.

That’s a lousy way to spend a weekend, and a whole bunch of money too.

But what if you could find a conference that was more like a ‘mastermind’ group, where the speakers
actually taught you things and stayed around to answer your questions over the whole weekend.

And you got to know lots of people who’ve already built their internet businesses and are willing
to get to know you too.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

I’ve found something that I’m excited about and I think you might want to know about it too.

Mark Hendricks has 6 of his monthly Mastermind Teleconferences available for a short time free just so you can get a taste of what this master is capable of in teaching you.

This is someone who has been doing business online since 1994. He’s made his money developing software, selling all kinds of things, and he still likes to coach and teach others how to build their own
successful internet-based business.

I think you might want to take a look and see what he’s put together; it’s truly remarkable.