Have not yet used this service, but I like the general approach. Instead of tracking analytics in 10s to 100s of different specific sites, like Facebook Insights, YouTube, Yelp, Google Analytics, etc., bring it into one place so you are more likely to actually look at and act on your analytics.
GetSatisfaction puts out some really well done infographics. Stunning, really. And the topics are always right on top of what everyone is talking about. Well worth the time to look at this infographic on social gaming, and the overall library they have (scroll to bottom of the page).
"Using Earn Mojo “as is” (without writing any code), you can set up your site/blog/podcast to reward people with points and badges for the following:
Visiting your site (or using your product) for the first time
Visiting a specific page on your site
Visiting any page on your site on a specific date
Visiting any page on your site on a specific day of the week
Visiting your site (or using the product) on consecutive days
Entering a secret code (can be used in a number of ways, e.g. for signing up for a newsletter, visiting a physical location, watching a video, picking up a business card, finding a sticker in a secret location, etc.
Referring people to your site/product
New: leveling up by earning a certain number of points
Following your Twitter account
Being followed by your Twitter account
Using a specific Twitter Hashtag
Being a member of a specific Twitter List
And coming soon, a whole slew of awards for Facebook. . . .
Using EarnMojo’s API, you can reward points for literally anything, but you’ll need to write some code to do so. Recently a company that does expense reporting software asked us how they could use our API. Here are some examples we thought up for them:
Filling out your expense report early or on time
Filling out N expense reports on time
Saving the company X dollars by staying on (or under) expense budgets
Our API docs are currently private (read: under development) but you can sign your site up right now for free at EarnMojo.com and then just contact me or Mike if you want to use the API and we’re happy to help you get started."
Awfully smart data center design. Very thoughtful in it's flexibility to adjust for both outside/inside conditions, heating the office space during winter, venting out in warmer seasons.
"By Clint Boulton on 2011-04-08 (eWeek) Facebook's Prineville, Ore., data center is almost finished, and to celebrate the ambitious project the social network decided to do something special April 7. As part of the Open Compute Project, Facebook is publishing specs and mechanical designs used to construct the motherboards, power supply, server chassis, and server and battery cabinets for its data center. That's unprecedented enough for a company of Facebook's growing scale, but the social network is also open sourcing specs for its data center's electrical and mechanical construction. The move is somewhat shocking because Facebook so closely defends behind its walled garden the information inside its network. Who would have thought the company would open source the technological blueprint for how it delivers and supports that data in the cloud? Indeed, Facebook's seeming largesse is a departure from strategies of other Internet companies. Google, Twitter and Amazon closely guard their data center and hardware specifications to maintain a competitive edge in the cutthroat cloud-computing market. Why is Facebook giving away its specs to other companies? Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explains why in this presentation..."
Study is from 2005 - is there more recent info? Music and entertainment industry continues to obsess about this - one way or another, the genie is long out of the bottle.
"Downloading 'myths' challenged
Music fans prefer dedicated music players to MP3 phones
People who illegally share music files online are also big spenders on legal music downloads, research suggests.
Digital music research firm The Leading Question found that they spent four and a half times more on paid-for music downloads than average fans.
Rather than taking legal action against downloaders, the music industry needs to entice them to use legal alternatives, the report said.
According to the music industry, legal downloads have tripled during 2005.
In the first half of 2005, some 10 million songs have been legally downloaded."
Obscurity vs. piracy - interesting story - pretty dramatic results
"Last week, Megan Lisa Jones launched a promotion for her new book "Captive" in a (seemingly) unlikely forum: BitTorrent, a space commonly associated with "piracy." At about a week into her two-week promotion, I checked in with BitTorrent to see how it was going. In an email interview, BitTorrent spokesperson Allison Wagda said that as of 10 am Tuesday, "Captive" had been downloaded 342,242 times.
Though the environment may feel like a strange bedfellow for publishing, the impressive level of exposure for a new book release can't be denied. The marketing appeal of BitTorrent, Wagda said, is two-fold:
The technology and the audience. For larger downloads, BitTorrent is the fastest, easiest way to distribute and download a file to lots of people. And there's no infrastructure cost. Since we have a built-in massive audience, publishers and creators gain a unique ability to engage with users.
For more on how a platform like BitTorrent could be used by publishers, I turned to Matt Mason, director of innovation at Syrup and author of The Pirate's Dilemma. Our interview follows."