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Cable TV Decline Google Facebook Rise

In internet, lifestyle on November 27, 2013 at 10:06

A  Study has revealed that the local cable TV connections are losing their way to Google and Facebook .

Though the figures are not alarming, it shows a clear pattern of preference to Online TV watching, provided by Google and Facebook.

One reason is the cost of the local cable.

Another is the technology.

The unlimited channels available Online can not be matched by Cable TV.

The quality of the videos are so fine that they can not be matched by the Cable TV.

On the concern side is also the fact that Smart TVs spy on you.

So are the internet sites.


A recent survey by Wedbush Securities of 2,500 U.S. consumers found 12% had cut premium cable services over the past year, with 7% axing cable altogether. After seeing the trend percolate for several years, market-research firm Parks Associates last December estimated that half a million households had so far cut the cable cord in favor of online-only content.

Now, the prospect of ESPN streaming live sports via Microsoft Corp.’s MSFT -0.77% Xbox 360, the emergence of alternative TV service Sezmi and the recent relaunch of Apple Inc. AAPL +1.84% ‘s Apple TV box could convince people that the cable bill—which has grown nearly 38% on average over the past 10 years—is an expense they can live without.

“There’s evidence this is going to happen,” said Forrester Research FORR -0.49% analyst James McQuivey, adding that data show people watch, on average, an extra half an hour of video a day more than a year ago, with much of this attributable to online video.

Betty Chen, for instance, no longer pays for cable television, but that doesn’t mean she can’t get what she calls her “trashy TV fix.”..


TVs being unplugged.

Time Warner Cable, for instance, lost 306,000 TV subscribers in Q3, and 24,000 broadband web subscribers, too.

And Tom Rutledge, CEO of Charter Communications, told Wall Street analysts he was “surprised” that 1.3 million of his 5.5 million customers don’t want TV – just broadband internet. “Our broadband-only growth has been greater than I thought it would be,” he said.

The following charts show the evidence that cable TV is dying, and that people are also unplugging from broadband internet service.






Squirrel Hangs By Balls Bank Posts In Social Website

In banks, Interesting and funny on October 20, 2013 at 20:25

A Squirrel was shown hanging by its Balls !

This image was posted by a Bank!

Squirrel hung by its Balls.

Squirrel Hangs by its Balls.

French bank Caisse d’Epargne in Auvergne-Limousin wanted to make a “bit of a buzz” in the social media in France on Friday. However, the bank ended up embarrassed after clients and followers complained.

It was all a bit of a balls up really, as they chose to post a photo of a squirrel, hanging upside down from a feeding stand by his testicles, as the hapless creature tries to get himself some nuts.

The bank shared the image with its 24,000 Facebook followers, with the caption: “Because accidents don’t just happen to others, insurance will also cover you for any temporary injuries”.

At first, apparently, followers thought that the bank’s Facebook page had been hacked, but once they realized that the bank had posted the image itself many complained, saying that the image was in very bad taste.

Linternaute (French language) said that animal lovers were particularly upset at the image posted by the bank.

One disgusted customer apparently posted the comment: “It’s absolutely despicable to use this for publicity. As a customer I completely disapprove. Shame on you.”



How Twitter Makes Money

In Business, internet on October 5, 2013 at 08:12


How Twitter Makes Money.

I was curious as to how Twitter makes money.

While idiots like me believe in the objectivity of social media and takes pleasure in writing to be ‘heard’ how do the people who sustain this illusion make money.,for these are not altruistic gems.

This is how twitter makes it money through you and me.

Twitter also sells data. It will generate about $583 million this year. Twitter is expected to generate a little less than $1 billion in 2014, according to eMarketer.

Most of Twitter’s revenue comes from three types of ads, although it plans to have a more robust advertising offering next year.

The New York Times’ Vindu Goel gives a good rundown of those three money-making ad products:

  • Promoted tweets: Advertisers pay to have brief messages show up in users’ stream of Twitter messages. They can use keyword targeting to reach specific users. Advertisers can also use a little bit of demographic targeting, although Twitter doesn’t know as much about its users as Facebook does. Twitter gets paid when users engage with the promoted tweets (when they favorite, comment on, or retweet the ad).
  • Promoted trends: Twitter lists which topics are being talked about most on its platform. The trends vary by location, so Twitter’s list of topics in the US might not be the same as the list in England, for example. Advertisers can pay to have a topic of their choice listed too. A promoted trend costs roughly $200,000 for a day of exposure on all US Twitter accounts, the New York Times reports.
  • Promoted accounts: If a brand wants more Twitter followers, it can pay to have its account recommended to Twitter users.(Business Insider)

Twitter likes to measure its advertising revenue for every 1,000 timeline views, (for some reason, they call it “advertising revenue per timeline view,” as if they’re counting one at a time, but ignore that for now because it’s confusing). What counts as a view? It’s every timeline “requested when registered users visit Twitter, refresh a timeline or view search results while logged in,” either from your desktop or mobile device. Across the entire world, the company makes $0.80 per thousand views, or $0.0008 each time you look at your feed.

But all views are not worth the same. In the United States, the value is $2.17 per thousand views, or $0.00217 per time you refresh. Elsewhere, it’s $0.30 per thousand, or $0.00030 per refresh. That’s why even though 77 percent of Twitters 215 million monthly users come from outside the U.S., only 25 percent of its revenue comes from advertising to them.

Twitter allows a single “Promoted Trend” to sit above the other nine. According to a source, brands are asked to pay $200,000 a day in the U.S. if they want to feature a trend – usually a hashtag – of their choice.

This digital billboard is in high demand.

Over a six-month period from March to September, Twitter may have raked in as much as $23.8 million with its U.S. promoted trend, selling the digital billboard 119 times in 179 days, based on tracking by CNBC.

Twitter didn’t immediately reply when emailed for comment on the pricing.

So who’s buying?

By CNBC’s count, media companies promoting movies and TV shows were most interested in the ad buy, purchasing 43 promoted trends for a total of $8.6 million during that time.

The technology industry bought 24 trends ($4.8 million), while food and retail companies purchased 31 trends ($6.2 million). Education services, auto companies and the finance industry ordered a combined 17 trending topics for $3.4 million.

Time Warner‘s Warner Brothers led the pack with nine buys, followed by McDonald’s with seven. Sony Pictures, Google and Samsung each purchased five trends.

It’s worth noting that the money spent here does not include additional purchases on Promoted Accounts and Promoted Tweets, which advertisers also tend to invest in on days it features its trending topic.




100 WordPress Blog Followers Gone Five Minutes

In Blogging on September 5, 2013 at 09:52


I have my blog at www.ramanan50.wordpress.com
I had as, per the Stat., 898 Blog followers, till about ten minutes back.
Suddenly,it came to 722 in one shot.
It is strange that nearly 160 followers unsuscribed at an instant.
Could this be Technical Hitch?

Word Press Reply:

8 September 2013.

“Hi again,

Ahhh now I understand – thank you for verifying! While we do not appear to have a log of any outage on our end, it is possible that it was just a glitch in how things were displayed, somewhere between the servers and your computer.

I’m glad it’s all fixed up now!


Zandy | Happiness Engineer | WordPress.com

Update: The anomaly seems to have been resolved.

Now figures show the earlier ones plus Four more followers.

Thanks to people who have expressed their views , reasons and explanations.

I shall update on receiving reply from WordPress.

As I have been mentioning in my posts about what I blog,I write because I want to be heard.

Whether somebody hears it, does not matter!

However I keep checking the Statistics in the Admin section of my blog site.

While posting a Blog this morning, I noticed a curious thing.

I had 898 Blog followers.

Total was 14888, which included Comments, Twitter and FaceBook and Tumblr followers, where I distribute my posts.

While writing a Post, this morning, I had to refer my earlier posts.

While doing so, I noticed that the Blog Followers, which just about five minutes back was 898, had become 722, in one shot.

I am curious.

Have the people who have been following my posts suddenly decided that my posts were not worth following and unsubscribed in five minutes simultaneously?

Or the Followers are nothing but Spam?

Or is it because of some articles I have been publishing for the past two days, notably on The Taj Mahal being a Hindu temple and a Series, a political Satire  on India?

Or is a Technical Glitch?

I do not know.

I have written to WordPress whether this is technical hitch.

Reply awaited.


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