A just-published survey, The iProspect Search Engine User Behavior Study, on people's expectations when searching for information on the web illustrates an evident fact about behaviour - a majority of people (62%) will use the results they find in the first page of information that their search produces. The survey also shows that even more people (90%) click on a result within the first three pages of search results. I wonder what they mean by 'page.' Do they really mean screen, ie, what you … [Read more...] about In search, is page equal to screen?
So Microsoft announced yesterday that Windows Vista will be delayed in its public release for consumers, not coming out until early 2007 instead of the expected later in 2006. Not surprisingly, this news has already attracted wide commentary in mainstream media and the blogosphere alike, nearly all of it highly critical. What I find quite interesting is the focus of Microsoft's press release, pitching this news as a positive announcement as part of the company's overall business strategy … [Read more...] about Spinning Vista and grassroots resentment
Dutch-speaking philatelists can now share their passion with other stamp collectors at the Postzegel blog ("Stamp blog" in English) which launched yesterday. Sponsored by TPG Post, the Dutch national postal service and part of the global TNT Group, the Postzegel blog is the first blog backed by a large publicly-listed Dutch organization, excluding media blogs. It could even be a first of its type in Europe. According to Frank Janssen, a consultant to TPG Post, the new blog offers collectors … [Read more...] about TPG Post-sponsored stamp lovers’ blog launched
If you pay attention to what's going on in the broad tech world (Tech Memeorandum is a great way to get the hum of some opinion), you can't help but notice things like the growing buzz about Microsoft's Origami during the past few days. Like at least half the blogosphere and some mainstream media, I've taken a look at the teasing video showing Origami in action (full instructions via Bink). Ooh, I want one of these! And there's a good buzz effect - I'm not wholly sure exactly what this gadget is … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s Apple-style word of mouth
Alex Ostrovsky is one lucky fellow. He was the purchaser and downloader of the billionth song from Apple's iTunes online store and has won the Apple promotion which ended yesterday. Drool over his prizes: One 20-inch iMac Ten 60Gb iPods (5 black/5 white) One $10,000 iTunes Music Card Total US list price value: about $15,700 (€13,200). Not a bad return on a 99-cent investment. The ROI for Apple will undoubtedly be greater. For instance, how many more people bought/downloaded more … [Read more...] about Big winners of iTunes promo