Advice to Facebook: Time to Launch Operation Baby Come Back

Google started field testing Google+ last Tuesday. This has been very widely anticipated. Rumors have swirled for months about Google’s social strategy — what would it be, and when would it happen? Conventional wisdom has held for some time that Google is too geeky to get social right and that it is game over. Many pundits say Facebook has already won. Facebook has hired a bunch of former Google stars and has been considered the...
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FamilyLink seeks Cloud Computing System Administrator

FamilyLink has posted a job opening on Dice for a system administrator with Amazon or Rackspace cloud computing experience, as well as the following other requirement: 4+ years of Linux/UNIX administration experience Experience with: -SMTP -RAID -networking -firewall configuration -subversion -MySQL -MySQL replication -PostgreSQL -DB monitoring & optimization -Apache -memcached -haproxy –systems monitoring software -ssh This year we have hired several key team members, including a couple engineers and designers, 2 former Ancestry.com employees, FamilySearch’s lead...
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#FinReg A Front Row Seat

I came to Washington DC this week on business, working on family history content partnerships with a half dozen major federal agencies, and also to attend the American Library Association conference which starts tomorrow. But my trip coincided with the House/Senate reconciliation conference on Wall Street Reform. And today is the day they are supposed to discuss derivatives, which I consider the central part of the reform bill. I blogged last month about how worried...
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Who will actually quit Facebook over privacy issues?

There is a lot of media coverage about the high-profile people who are quitting Facebook and some surveys claim that up to 60% of Facebook users may quit Facebook over the recent privacy issues. I am very skeptical of surveys like this and so I decided to run my own survey on FamilyLink.com. We have been the leading Facebook app for families for years and the #1 Facebook connect site for several months. Our audience consists...
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Why This Entrepreneur is Having a Sleepless Night

Dear World. I bet if I were to ask everyone who knows me – including my family and all my entrepreneurial friends – to guess why I’m having a sleepless night – that no one would be right. Some of my friends might speculate that I’m having a “platform epiphany” like I did 3 years ago in May when Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook Platform and I couldn’t sleep until I blogged extensively about the Facebook...
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US Virtual Goods Market Size

Chart: U.S. Virtual Goods Revenue Ready To Explode | SAI The virtual goods market in the U.S. is ready to take off. Right now, the U.S. only has 28% of the total market. By 2013, the U.S. will make up 41% of the market with $2.5 billion in sales, according to research from Piper Jaffray. via newmedici.com A chart from 3 months ago, but one I want to be able to find again. Thus, the...
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MarketingSherpa: New Chart: How Much of the Online Budget is Social Media Getting?

Social Media’s Share of the Online Marketing Budget Click here to see larger, printable version of this chart Social media, which would have accounted for a very small increment of the “Other online marketing” slice just a few years ago, is now garnishing 11% of the average online marketing budget. Based on other trends indicated in this report, social media’s share will continue to increase in the year ahead. via marketingsherpa.com Posted via web from...
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comScore Media Metrix Ranks Top-Growing Properties and Site Categories for December 2009

via ir.comscore.com comScore Top 10 Gaining Properties by Percentage Change in Unique Visitors* (U.S.) ---------------------------------------------------------- December 2009 vs. November 2009 ------------------------------- Total U.S. - Home, Work and University Locations ------------------------------------------------ Source: comScore Media Metrix ----------------------------- Total Unique Visitors (000) --------------------------- Rank by Unique Nov-09 Dec-09 % Change Visitors ------ ------ -------- -------- Total Internet : Total Audience 201,139 205,709 2 N/A ---------------------- ------- ------- --- --- FAMILYLINK.COM 2,590 6,273 142 222 -------------- ----- ----- ---...
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