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Showing posts from November 22, 2009

You Can Install Chrome OS On Your Dell Mini 10v Right Now

You can now run Chromium OS , the open source developmental version of Google Chrome OS , on your Dell Mini 10v . Don't have one? Neither do I, so don't feel too bad. Published by Original source :

Hong Kong Crunch: What’s Up In China?

Hey, guys. I, John Biggs, will be in Hong Kong and Guangdong next week (November 30-December 5) to visit some folks and would love to meet up with Web 2.0 and gadget purveyors in mother China. If you would like to chat, drop me a line at john @ and let me know what's up. I'm thinking about doing an informal meet-up on Thursday so advice on places to meet in Hong Kong are welcome. Published by Original source :

It’s Not Easy Being Popular. 77 Percent Of Facebook Fan Pages Have Under 1,000 Fans

In this age of instant Internet celebrity, anyone can become famous for 15 seconds (to rework Andy Warhol's oft-quoted maxim ). But what does famous mean exactly when anyone can have a Facebook fan page—those public pages on Facebook set up by brands, media outlets, celebs, and wanna-be celebs. As it turns out, being popular is not as easy as it looks. A full 77 percent of Facebook fan pages have less than 1,000 fans, according to an upcoming report by Sysomos , a social media monitoring and analytics firm. Once a fan page is set up ( here's ours ), anyone on Facebook can become your "fan," which is like following someone on Twitter in that it doesn't require a reciprocal friendship. Sysomos analyzed 600,000 fan pages on Facebook and came up with the distribution curve in the chart above. The vast bulk of fan pages have between 10 and 1,000 fans. Only 4 percent have more than 10,000 fans, and less than 1/20th of a percent have more than a million fans.

“Misunderstanding”: Twitter Japan Now Says There Won’t Be A Subscription Model

We reported yesterday about Twitter Japan's plans to start charging followers to view tweets from certain users starting January and explained why this paid subscription model could work in Japan . Well, please forget it, this won't happen. Just a few minutes ago, Digital Garage (the company responsible for Twitter operations in Japan), issued a press release ( English PDF , Japanese PDF ) stating there won't be any fee-based services of any kind on the site and that Twitter in Japan will remain completely free for the foreseeable future. There's also a blog post by the Twitter Japan team (who just copied and pasted the press release text, providing no further explanation). Digital Garage says the media reports on their plans to monetize Twitter are based on a "misunderstood presentation by a DG subsidiary, DG Mobile". We reported yesterday about Twitter Japan’s plans to start charging followers to view tweets from certain users starting January and ex

In The Age Of Realtime, Twitter Is Walter Cronkite

The year is 1963. It's November. At 1:40 PM ET, CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite comes on the air. " In Dallas, Texas, three shots were fired at President Kennedy's motorcade in downtown Dallas. The first reports say that President Kennedy has been seriously wounded by this shooting. " Rapidly, everyone in America descends upon the closest television set to tune in. Thankfully, we have not yet had a tragedy of that magnitude in the age of the realtime web. But we will. It's just a matter of time. If it were to happen today, most people would still turn to their TV sets to get the most up-to-date information on such an event. We saw that on September 11, 2001. But a large number of people would also now turn to the web. And there they would likely find the information they were looking for faster than those watching on television. We've seen it time and time again recently. The year is 1963. It’s November. At 1:40 PM ET, CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite come