Andreas Ramos

Andreas Ramos I posted my FB archive to my website. Why? Google can't index FB. So I downloaded my archive last year, added it to my website, and added it to my sitemap so Google can index it. If you want to see it, go andreas.com/facebook/html/profile.html
February 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm Public
Lalit IndoriaWhat happens when you fetch the URL in Webmaster tools?
February 3, 2013 at 12:35 pm
Andreas RamosI'll find out :-) The archive's header included NOFOLLOW, NOARCHIVE; I changed those to FOLLOW, ARCHIVE. I also submitted the URL to Webmaster Tools at both Google and Bing. Let's see if they pick this up.
February 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm
Andreas Ramos Some of you know that I've been looking into "influencer analytics." Tools can identify the "high influencers" in a network. This has all sorts of implications. The following study also shows the downside: weak students are locked out of study groups and they fail or drop out. This isn't just college students; the same happens in every activity.

http://phys.org/news/2013-01-wont-good-grades.html
(Phys.org)—Students who work together and interact online are more likely to be successful in their college classes, according to a study published Jan. 30 in the journal Nature Scientific Reports and co-authored by Manuel Cebrian, a computer scientist at the Jacobs School of Engineering at the Univ...
February 3, 2013 at 10:53 am Public
Andreas Ramos In 2012, 295 US soldiers died in combat. 349 US soldiers in active duty killed themselves. 6,500 US veterans killed themselves.
Special report: Last year, more active-duty soldiers killed themselves than died in combat. And after a decade of deployments to war zones, the Pentagon is bracing for things to get much worse
February 2, 2013 at 9:54 am Public
Alexander Skou KristensenSo sad ...
February 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm
Lisa CarlsonSickening. Much has been written about this, but little has been done that's meaningful.
February 2, 2013 at 1:34 pm
Barbara CicioThis is tragic... and a national disgrace. More needs to be done to support our heroes.
February 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm
Andreas Ramos Netflix is creating its own TV shows. Going after HBO. Launched a $100m 13-episode series. http://t.co/59wOmVr8
Video streaming firm uploads 13-episode series starring Kevin Spacey to more than 30 million subscribers across world
February 1, 2013 at 10:31 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos Retweeted Daniel Feit (@feitclub):

The #Applebees waitress who got no tip because "God gets 10%" and then lost her job tells her story http://t.co/5uV1Aw0O v @carolynmichelle
Chelsea Welch: An Applebee's diner refused to leave a tip for religious reasons. The waitress who exposed it wonders if Jesus will pay her bills
February 1, 2013 at 7:36 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos RT @leeodden: @Andreas_Ramos Do you mean http://t.co/BboG7aBU ? Interesting No, meant http://t.co/EnHUnxBJ (w/ "s").
Easy Insight provides a self service, business user friendly solution for quick, easy, and affordable business intelligence over the cloud.
February 1, 2013 at 11:08 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos RT @matthewepsmith: The New SEO: Search Marketing Integration http://t.co/JWYrfNiL (Many good points. -- andreas)
The days of SEO as a distinct, independent discipline are numbered. SEO is fast evolving into a more creative, diverse, and challenging profession. Here’s how the integration of social, branding, PR, paid search, and video is changing the SEO model.
February 1, 2013 at 7:28 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos Met Duane Atkins, CEO http://t.co/qVOQsKas. V clever social analytics tool from Finland. We'll use this for several projects.
Ezyinsights is a cloud based analytics service that helps companies improve their marketing on social media by showing the important metrics that are relevant to their business. EzyInsights removes the complexity problems that the competitors? products are causing for their users. EzyInsights saves…
January 31, 2013 at 7:06 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos RT @tomforemski: Can Pictures Of Cute Animals Calm Legal Threats? - SVW http://t.co/mRsBwT7V
Here's a hilarious exchange between David Galbraith and the legal eagles representing Lockheed Martin, threatening him over the ownership of a domain name:
January 30, 2013 at 3:13 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos RT @equinevalentina: For the record, just b/c my name is Valentina doesn't mean I'm cupid.
January 30, 2013 at 3:08 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos Finished chapters on SEO + PPC yesterday. 1st draft for my book on Content Marketing will be finished by Friday. http://t.co/SG9vQ6Y3
January 30, 2013 at 1:20 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos I'm texting (SMS) from my computer, sync'd with my phone & current #, with @mightytext http://t.co/nMXOuUt1 #android
January 30, 2013 at 12:24 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos http://t.co/iEAv0wh9 Look at studies by CMA, The CMO Council, CMI, etc. CMOs at large corps are allocating 30-40% of their budgets to...
January 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos I totally agree with this. It's time for Congress to either get to work or get fired.
January 28, 2013 at 9:39 pm Public
Lisa CarlsonTime's up!
January 28, 2013 at 9:48 pm
Andreas RamosWarren Buffet for president!
January 28, 2013 at 9:53 pm
Bob PlatkinA non-violent people's revolution! The simplest solution to our deadlocked congress.
January 29, 2013 at 10:06 am
Andreas Ramos Helen has been baking bread for the last few months. It gets better and better. Here's her newest loaf. We stopped buying bread.
January 28, 2013 at 1:47 pm Public
Ilja SarroLooks good. What kind is it?
Everyone should learn how much fun it is and how much money it saves to just buy raw ingredients and create great, healthy foodstuff at home.
January 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm
Andreas RamosLots of whole grains, a handful of sunflower seeds, plus other seeds and grains. Helen figured out how to make bread without too much kneading.
January 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm
Shuyi GaoLooks yummy!!
January 28, 2013 at 3:28 pm
Nana Nicole WitzkeLooks so good!!!
January 28, 2013 at 5:03 pm
Andreas Ramos Helen has been baking bread for the last few months. It gets better and better. Here's her newest loaf. We stopped buying bread.
January 28, 2013 at 1:47 pm Public
Ilja SarroLooks good. What kind is it?
Everyone should learn how much fun it is and how much money it saves to just buy raw ingredients and create great, healthy foodstuff at home.
January 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm
Andreas RamosLots of whole grains, a handful of sunflower seeds, plus other seeds and grains. Helen figured out how to make bread without too much kneading.
January 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm
Shuyi GaoLooks yummy!!
January 28, 2013 at 3:28 pm
Nana Nicole WitzkeLooks so good!!!
January 28, 2013 at 5:03 pm
Andreas Ramos http://t.co/sBDgPkxU I re-read "Inbound Marketing" (Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah of Hubspot) over the weekend. It's one of the best...
January 28, 2013 at 10:42 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos Google will earn far more from its driverless cars than search. Forbes series on G's cars.
http://t.co/FvGcVWQs
Google's driverless car has broad implications for society, for the economy and for individual businesses. Just in the U.S., the car puts up for grab some $2 trillion a year in revenue and even more market cap. It creates business opportunities that dwarf Google's current search-based business and …
January 28, 2013 at 10:08 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos Sonja Jefferson's Valuable Content Marketing (book): http://t.co/qzp8JxSL
January 28, 2013 at 1:57 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos What's it like to travel in Saudi Arabia? What's it really like? And what about the women? http://t.co/3dwtkc9N…http://t.co/EFOAlCFr
January 27, 2013 at 11:11 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos NFC Tags. What are NFCs? What can they do? How to make an NFC tag (it's easy)
http://t.co/a7lozWEU
January 27, 2013 at 11:07 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos Writing Content... for the Future?: http://t.co/NYTXyKF2
January 27, 2013 at 8:50 pm Only Me
Mariianne Crary www.wimp.com
Cat helps out with dirty laundry.
January 27, 2013 at 7:27 pm
Andreas Ramos Want to set up a startup? You'll need term sheet, exec summary, stock agreements, contracts... All free at http://t.co/ZmCblzT7 Share!
About startups and what you'll need.
January 27, 2013 at 11:06 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos Looking for a job in Silicon Valley? Lots of free info about startups, resume, recruiters at http://t.co/9PyynezM Share w/ your friends.
Job hunting in Silicon Valley
January 27, 2013 at 11:06 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos Looking for a ob in Silicon Valley? Lots of free info about startups, resume, recruiters at http://t.co/9PyynezM Share w/ your friends.
Job hunting in Silicon Valley
January 27, 2013 at 11:03 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos Want to set up a startup? You'll need term sheet, exec summary, stock agreements, contracts... Free docs at http://t.co/ZmCblzT7 Share!
About startups and what you'll need.
January 27, 2013 at 10:59 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos We watched Headhunters, a Norwegian art theft movie. Quite a thriller with a complex plot of twists and betrayal. Reminds me of Layer Cake (English) and Nine Queens (Argentinian).
January 26, 2013 at 11:10 pm Public
Andreas Ramoshttp://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Headhunters/70209132
January 26, 2013 at 11:10 pm
Andreas Ramos Cool little tool: MightyText lets me send/receive SMS via my desktop Chrome browser. It adds SMS to my desktop computer. Now I can send text msgs without picking up the phone.
January 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm Public
Andreas Ramos It's Friday, so it's time for a funny cat video. Yes, Swedish cats skydiving!

http://www.folksam.se/forsakringar/djurforsakring/kattforsakring
Välj Folksams kattförsäkring! Vi erbjuder en omfattande men prisvärd försäkring. Välj en försäkring som ofta rekommenderas av veterinärer och djurvårdare!
January 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm Public
Andreas RamosThey're offering life insurance for your cat, in case she goes skydiving...
January 25, 2013 at 1:44 pm
Cecilia OlinYeah that's what we Swedish cats do :P
January 25, 2013 at 2:20 pm
Andreas Ramos Better Late than Never? Olympus replied today to an email that I sent five years ago!

> ---- Original Message ----
> From : Andreas Ramos
> To : Orders@Olympus.com
> Subject : Re: Olympus VN-4100pc
> Date : Wed, 23 Jan 2008 19:36:48 GMT
January 25, 2013 at 12:28 pm Public
Martin Frederiksen...and they wrote: We have forwarded your request to department xyz. You will hear from them in a short while."
January 25, 2013 at 12:52 pm
Dave MundtCompanies that do not reply to emails in a timely fashion REALLY torque me off. I suspect that it annoys pretty much everyone, and, that can really hurt a company's reputation.
January 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm
Andreas Ramos http://t.co/ViT34T51 Joe's short definition is good, but there's no detail. I wrote a blog post with a list of what has to be in...
January 24, 2013 at 9:42 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos http://t.co/UftMDd4A The current numbers for the US market: Google 66.7% and Bing/Yahoo 28%. Together, 95% (Jan. 2013) (I checked this...
January 24, 2013 at 9:31 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos Style guides are usually PDF, which means "outdated." Yale's style guide is online. ++good idea. http://t.co/rXW830B6http://t.co/Flr9yTty
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January 23, 2013 at 9:25 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos RT @tomforemski: Sensible stuff here..."Social Media Is Bullshit" Interview With Brandon Mendelson http://t.co/18ZcLh8n
In September 2012, Brandon Mendelson launched a book titled “Social Media Is Bullshit”. With such a bold title, it definitely rubbed many in the social media industry the wrong way. After seeing a scathing blog post written about it (which the person didn’t actually read it), I was fairly certain it…
January 22, 2013 at 1:40 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos USA Today fired Gallup Poll. Gallup called only 60% of elections since 1976. It got much worse: They called only 25% of elections since 2000. In four races with a less than 5$ margin, Gallup failed all of them. What happened? Gallup's polling methods are outdated. http://bit.ly/XmFdBN
Harry J Enten: The company that predicted a win for Mitt Romney has suffered another blow. Let's hope it learns from its mistakes
January 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm Public
Andreas Ramos #USAToday fires #Gallup. Right only 60% of elections since 76. Only 25% since 2000. Gallup failed all tight races. http://t.co/Mzzzt6cT
Harry J Enten: The company that predicted a win for Mitt Romney has suffered another blow. Let's hope it learns from its mistakes
January 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Congressional Republicans heaped fulsome praise on President Obama’s second Inaugural Address today, saying that it had given them a detailed list of things to thwart over the next four years. “My big fear was that the...
January 22, 2013 at 10:59 am
Andreas Ramos This is pretty funny. An Italian company makes a Bluetooth glove that has lets you make phone calls. The microphone in the little finger; a speaker in the thumb. Just talk to the hand :-) Check out the photo!
Les fictions deviennent parfois réalité : le module lunaire de Jules Vernes, la vidéo-conférence de Kubrick... Et maintenant : le gant de l'inspecteur Gadget.
January 22, 2013 at 10:23 am Public
Lisa CarlsonWhat a riot!
January 22, 2013 at 12:19 pm
Dave MundtHum...I recall some years ago reading some speculation that phones would end up implanted, and, the way we would keep from being looked upon as insane as we walked down the street talking to ourselves would be to hold our hand roughly like this.
January 22, 2013 at 7:24 pm
Andreas Ramos http://t.co/FwLCOdNZ There are 15+ style guides in my open http://t.co/jRWPPbgG folder: http://t.co/qpyVNLdz
January 20, 2013 at 5:26 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos Added my collection of 19 brand style guides. ATT, Cornell, SUN, etc. At my folder at http://t.co/XDWDjAIx http://t.co/iCsCXSQs
Upgrade to Box enterprise to either add users in a simple interface or upload a formatted CSV file. Apply bulk settings such as:
January 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos Using Collaboration Tools in Doing Content Marketing?: http://t.co/FLGKXI9l
January 18, 2013 at 11:40 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos The same in Calif: a bit of frost and everyone panics!
Belfast Cinderella 2012-13
January 18, 2013 at 11:20 am Public
Victoria DuffIt depends on what part of California you are talking about. There are some parts that get huge snowfall and Caltrans does a great job. In Los Angeles and San Francisco, not so much ....
January 18, 2013 at 12:03 pm
Dirk van NouhuysI remember once being on a business trip where I went first to Washington and then to Chicago. Washington had suffered four inches of snow. It was on its knees. Some government offices were closed and many schools. Chicago was having a blizzard, 18 inches of snow in 24 hours. It as mildly troublesome but people dressed warmly, drove on chains, the snowplows were out, and life went on.
January 18, 2013 at 5:04 pm
Andreas Ramos Here's a list of US cities that you can use to create control tests. http://t.co/ehaOgDRQ #marketing #contentmarketing
Q: Andreas, you say we should carry out marketing tests where we market in some cities but not others, so we have control groups. This lets us see if the marketing was responsible for the change in results. But what cities should we use? – Perplexed in Peoria
January 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos Here's a list of US cities that you can use to create control tests. http://t.co/ehaOgDRQ
Q: Andreas, you say we should carry out marketing tests where we market in some cities but not others, so we have control groups. This lets us see if the marketing was responsible for the change in results. But what cities should we use? – Perplexed in Peoria
January 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos Apple and Google have a secret underground bus system in Silicon Valley? http://t.co/K5IWLSy0
The idea of a secret public transportation system that only a small, technocratic elite knows about has something of the Knight Bus about it, but it’s a reality here in San Francisco, where thousands of commuters go to their jobs thirty to fifty miles south in Silicon Valley on ultra-secret bus line…
January 16, 2013 at 1:03 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos Sequenti.al's white paper "Cookies Are Out" (Sept. 2012) states 63% of users disable/block/delete cookies.
January 16, 2013 at 10:32 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos http://t.co/zczP9EF1 Rebecca Lieb has lots of corporate experience, which gives credibility to her book.
January 16, 2013 at 10:00 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos When Content Marketing Goes Wrong: The Atlantic, Scientology, and paid content: http://t.co/chchkfTJ
January 16, 2013 at 9:28 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos Here's a list of 10 US cities that you can use this control tests. http://t.co/ehaOgDRQ
Q: Andreas, you say we should carry out marketing tests where we market in some cities but not others, so we have control groups. This lets us see if the marketing was responsible for the change in results. But what cities should we use? – Perplexed in Peoria
January 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos #Google+ #hangout is dead this morning. 404 error msgs.
January 15, 2013 at 10:26 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos RT @tomforemski: 2013: The rise of corporate media and Silicon Valley's disruption of all media. http://t.co/ledK8LGM #contentmarketing
Corporations are becoming media companies and they're using Silicon Valley technologies to do it.
January 14, 2013 at 9:46 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos http://t.co/EOfhGL6K Mark Spanner posted a case study. He concludes: "Results: 3.2 times more leads rated as "hot" provided to...
January 14, 2013 at 9:35 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos http://t.co/BOvKlccr Mark: Very good example with lots of details. John: I don't think any CFO is going to buy content marketing for...
January 14, 2013 at 9:25 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos Why are there no case studies in content marketing? What is needed for a case study? http://t.co/j5oZW18u
So far, I have not found a single case study that shows content marketing is successful. I’ve searched the web; I’ve looked at dozens of “leading websites”; I’ve talked to many people, incl. heads of agencies and published authors. None of them have been able to give me an example of a content marke…
January 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos Pick up 2-Buck Chuck. Next week: Up half buck. Stock up now; Good luck! Yes, Two-Buck Chuck is going up! :-)
January 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm Public
Lisa CarlsonAt Whole Foods in Santa Monica: Triple Play...red, white and rose at $2 apiece!
January 12, 2013 at 3:27 pm
Ben RothfeldDid someone murder schoolchildren with two-buck Chuck?
January 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm
Rick O'HerronWell, they've also had 3 Buck Chuck for a while now....
January 14, 2013 at 9:26 am
Andreas Ramos Pick up 2-Buck Chuck. Next week: Up half buck. Stock up now; Good luck! :-)
January 12, 2013 at 2:20 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos A short list of the necessary elements of a Content Marketing strategy. http://t.co/Bxvfx5z1
January 11, 2013 at 9:48 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos http://t.co/94YEGhdX Exactly! I saw that article. We always look at open rates vs. the day of the week. It depends on the type of...
January 11, 2013 at 9:17 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos http://t.co/xx6XfXNL I think only 16% or so (it's a low number) of mid-and-large companies are outsourcing their content marketing....
January 11, 2013 at 9:11 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos What happens when Google can't show its ads at all? An ISP is deleting Google's ads. http://t.co/gK1UI52A
The French Internet provider Free is supplying its customers with software that will automatically block Internet advertising, the life blood of companies like Google.
January 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos What if Apple ran the Post Office? (Humor) http://t.co/orkZNdp6
At dinner during the holidays, several friends talked about the long lines at the post office. Someone said you’d never see that if McDonalds ran the place. Or Apple. What if Apple ran the post office?
January 10, 2013 at 9:28 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos One of the coolest videos ever. Sunita, who was the commander of the ISS space station for six month, shows you around the space station. She gives you an extensive tour (25 minutes). See where they work, eat, exercise, sleep, and look out the windows.
In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory and downlinke...
January 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm Public
Andreas Ramos We once went to the mall with our cat, where she had never been before. At the mall, the cat jumped out and was soon lost in the parking lot. We gave up and went home. Two days later, the cat was at the door. She crossed about five miles of suburbs and woods.
How could a spoiled and pampered pooch with no canine “street smarts” survive nine nights on his own?
January 6, 2013 at 5:07 pm
Andreas Ramos Could Amazon kill Google? Is Google necessary? http://t.co/P99j3085
Google’s business is based on purchase: we go to Google to find a product or service. 98% of Google’s revenues comes from advertising (Google Adwords, Adsense, Youtube, etc.)
January 6, 2013 at 1:43 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos More Disney. I ordered the movie Peter Pan, so I thought I'd first read the book. Whoa! J.M. Barrie's book is very dark. It's not really for children. Tinkerbell is vicious and jealous; she tries to kill Wendy twice. The children go out to kill. Peter is irresponsible and self-centered. At the end, Wendy asks Peter about Tinkerbell, but she's dead and he doesn't even remember her. Disney erased all of this. The book is pretty funny and worth reading. As I said, it's not for kids.
January 5, 2013 at 9:41 pm Public
Andreas RamosOf all the classic Disney animated movies so far, Dumbo is the best. Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Pinocchio range from not-good to bad.
January 5, 2013 at 10:25 pm
Samantha ClarkHave just finished reading WALT and The Promise of Progress City by Sam Gennawey. There are a lot of books out there about the studio and the theme parks. This one goes into Walt's ideas about urban planning. He was hoping to build an experimental city right before he died. What would it be like to live in a Disney World?
January 6, 2013 at 7:37 am
Howard DernehlGlad Walt toned down the viciousness of the original story for his animation classic. A boy that never grows up makes for a pathetic situation.
January 6, 2013 at 9:33 am
Andreas RamosDisney Corp did build these cities. One is called Celebration, Florida. It goes beyond gated community; it's total control, like North Korea. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celebration,_Florida
January 6, 2013 at 10:14 am
Samantha ClarkThis is nothing compared to what Walt had in mind.
January 6, 2013 at 11:50 am
Raul Ramos-SanchezLeave it to Disney and every story becomes pap.
January 6, 2013 at 3:17 pm
Lisa CarlsonI'm trying to figure out if Celebration, FLA is the same as "The Villages," a FLA retirement community that sounds similar, like a cruise ship on land.
January 6, 2013 at 3:40 pm
Samantha ClarkAccording to Wikipedia, The Villages is near Celebration (same general area in FL), but had a different developer.
January 6, 2013 at 3:56 pm
Samantha ClarkSee http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Villages,_Florida
January 6, 2013 at 3:56 pm
Lisa CarlsonThanks!
January 6, 2013 at 4:27 pm
Andreas RamosJim Carrey's movie "The Truman Show" was set in Celebration, Fl.
January 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm
Andreas Ramos Consulting/Business Services
January 5, 2013 at 9:16 pm
Andreas Ramos Here's the draft of the cover for my next book: "Content Marketing Strategy & Tactics" http://t.co/ANMdCuee
January 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos RT @jfouts: Metrics & ROI - Three Myths of Social Media ROI #Infographic http://t.co/fD1z0yYQ
Metrics & ROI - Three Myths of Social Media ROI #Infographic
January 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos Have you ever seen the first newspaper ad? http://blog.andreas.com/?p=391
I found the first newspaper ads in La Presse, a French newspaper in Paris, for Sept. 15, 1836, at the Gallica Bibliotheque Numerique (digital archives of French newspapers). Here’s the image. The ads are for insurance, pharmaceuticals, job agencies, stock, travel, mustard, and various medical treatm...
January 2, 2013 at 9:02 pm Public
Gene McKennaI like that apparently Stephen Colbert was alive then and running a pharmacy.
January 2, 2013 at 10:57 pm
Suzana Perta GoreaAmazing, thanks for sharing Andreas!
January 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm
Suzana Perta GoreaTestimonials, celebrity endorsements, storytelling ... all of it is in there, from the very beginning, ancient techniques! No design is the best design!
January 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm
Andreas RamosI went to archives of British newspapers and found The Spectator, Nov. 1711, had advertisements. These however aren't yet modern advertising: no logo, etc., and it's not clear that people paid to have these placed in the Spectator. La Presse may be the first newspaper that was based on advertising revenue. See http://historybuff.com/archives/new/?ID=403 , esp. page one, left column, where the publisher writes about advertisements, and then lists a series of these on the right side. By these, he seems to mean reviews.
January 4, 2013 at 6:47 pm
Andreas RamosI updated the blog entry to add the image of the British newspaper. Go to http://blog.andreas.com/?p=391
January 4, 2013 at 6:58 pm
Andreas Ramos Have you ever seen the first newspaper ad? Paris, 1836. Here are the ads. http://t.co/QGXPFCUB
I found the first newspaper ads in La Presse, a French newspaper in Paris, for Sept. 15, 1836, at the Gallica Bibliotheque Numerique (digital archives of French newspapers). Here’s the image. The ads are for insurance, pharmaceuticals, job agencies, stock, travel, mustard, and various medical treatm…
January 2, 2013 at 9:01 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos Yes, I'm at AOL offices. They get younger every year. http://t.co/SfUCh5yo
Get the whole picture - and other photos from Andreas Ramos
January 2, 2013 at 3:55 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos 2013: What do YOU think is coming in 2013?: http://t.co/rs79uGAk
January 2, 2013 at 11:00 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos Sociogram in FB via Wolfram: http://t.co/XWuJVXNL
January 1, 2013 at 7:38 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos Wolfram keeps improving and adding things. You can run an analysis of your FB postings, which shows you all sorts of (mildly) interesting data about your activity.

It also shows you a sociogram (a map) of your FB relations. Here's my network of some 480 people. The red cluster are friends at Acxiom; family and relatives (upper right); a pack of Norwegian kids (hej, Ahsan!) (lower left); friends in Denmark (center); friends in Silicon Valley (center). At the bottom, small groups of four or five people who know each other. At the right, pairs of dots where I know people who also know each other.

To do this for yourself, go to WolframAlpha.com and search for Facebook.
January 1, 2013 at 7:25 pm Public
Ilja SarroHmmm interesting. What else does Wolfram do with the information gathered? I understand they collect all your personal FaceBook data, or whatever data you'd like to research etc...
January 1, 2013 at 7:35 pm
Lisa CarlsonCreepy!
January 1, 2013 at 8:01 pm
Joel GossAnd they say they can/will post for you...
January 1, 2013 at 8:20 pm
Lisa CarlsonEven creepier!
January 1, 2013 at 8:27 pm
Andreas Ramos Pandora sent me a summary for 2012. They played music to me 21,985 times.
December 31, 2012 at 11:38 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos You can buy my SEO, PPC, and analytics courseware. Use it to teach courses, training, etc. Go http://t.co/xWN0LV4O
About Paypal
December 30, 2012 at 10:26 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos Why is marketing broken, why it won't fix itself, and who's going to fix it. http://t.co/xoANid56
Why does marketing have such low credibility among CFOs? Much of it has to do with the lack of credible metrics. There’s a way to fix this, but that will come from somewhere else.
December 30, 2012 at 11:33 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos Have a great 2013! It's finally the Teens! :-)
December 28, 2012 at 6:20 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos When Instagram said they will sell users' pixs, number of daily users dropped from 16.4m to 12.4m. Yep, they lost 25% of …http://users.After
December 28, 2012 at 6:01 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos http://t.co/akyoYuAw Jo, I'd be reluctant to remove the low-traffic pages. They get only 14%, but these also have a long-term traffic...
December 28, 2012 at 8:29 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos Here's a poem for the quiet holiday week. I liked the line about the dog. The poem was posted at 3QuarksDaily, one of my favorite blogs. -- andreas

Personal
by Tony Hoagland

Don’t take it personal, they said;
but I did, I took it all quite personal—

the breeze and the river and the color of the fields;
the price of grapefruit and stamps,

the wet hair of women in the rain—
And I cursed what hurt me

and I praised what gave me joy,
the most simple-minded of possible responses.

The government reminded me of my father,
with its deafness and its laws,

and the weather reminded me of my mom,
with her tropical squalls.

Enjoy it while you can, they said of Happiness
Think first, they said of Talk

Get over it, they said
at the School of Broken Hearts

but I couldn’t and I didn’t and I don’t
believe in the clean break;

I believe in the compound fracture
served with a sauce of dirty regret,

I believe in saying it all
and taking it all back

and saying it again for good measure
while the air fills up with I’m-Sorries

like wheeling birds
and the trees look seasick in the wind.

Oh life! Can you blame me
for making a scene?

You were that yellow caboose, the moon
disappearing over a ridge of cloud.

I was the dog, chained in some fool’s backyard;
barking and barking:

trying to convince everything else
to take it personal too.

by Tony Hoagland
from Poetry, Vol. 194, No. 4, July/August, 2009
December 27, 2012 at 11:13 am Public
Eva Maria KnudsenThanks - fantastic - and when you read it out loud it even gets better - i like the line: "oh life - can you blame me for making a scene?"
December 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm
Andreas Ramos A short note (a bit funny) about dealing with the kids at Google. http://t.co/LCFPJI3u http://t.co/RoUUnTrb
I was having lunch with a director at Google. I asked her about her previous company. She replied this was her first job. She just graduated from college, only four months ago.
December 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos ¡Feliz Navidad! Glædelig jul! Happy Leap William Day!
December 24, 2012 at 11:31 am Public
Anna Billstromgod jul!
December 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm
Eva Maria KnudsenTak i lige måde. Danke gleichfalls . Toi ici
December 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm
Susanne Skou KristensenOgså glædelig jul til jer
December 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm
Andreas RamosQuiet day over here. Our neighbor gave us a mulberry tree and we planted it in the front yard, next to the gate. It's sunny and warm, so Cat was happy to race around outside after several days of non-stop rain. One of the Palo Alto creeks flooded yesterday and the 101 freeway was blocked. It's so warm that flowers are coming out in the yard. We can still pick tomatoes from the garden.

I made Christmas dinner for Helen, my mom, and Cat . I roasted the turkey breast separately, which goes much quicker (90 min at 350F). (I roasted the legs and wings for later meals.) I bought a pound of fresh cranberries. Add cranberries, a cup of water, and half a cup of sugar in a small pot and set to a low temperature. Tastes fresher than canned cranberries. Stuffing was also easy: saute sausage, celery, onions, green onions, garlic, apples, etc., add herb de provence, and mix with crumbled cornbread in a large pot and put it in the oven. Cat ignored my dinner and brought in a large rat, freshly caught. After dinner, we watched "The Women on the Sixth Floor", a charming French comedy in both French and Spanish (and sometimes, both in the same sentence.) I lived in apartments like that in Paris.
December 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm
Howard Dernehl"Merry Christmas" to all !!!
December 25, 2012 at 9:00 am
Andreas Ramos RT @tpldrew: Very useful infographic: The different types of wine! http://t.co/XMzNMXXl
With over 1,300 different wine grapes out there how do you find wines you'll like? Discover similar tasting wines with this chart of almost 200 diffe
December 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm Only Me
Andreas Ramos I finally got Helen to write down the recipe for her Miso Salad Dressing. She came up with this and makes it most nights for dinner. Totally delicious. http://andreas.com/recipe-miso-salad.html
Miso Salad Dressing
December 14, 2012 at 10:54 pm Public
Eva Maria KnudsenSounds delecious - i all ready have the miso so Ill go to the market for greens
December 15, 2012 at 1:59 am
Jon RortveitThanks for sharing!
December 15, 2012 at 7:19 am
Susan LevittI feel a cookbook coming on...
December 15, 2012 at 8:54 am
Andreas Ramos bad news. shooting at a school in Connecticut. 27 killed, incl. 18 school kids.
December 14, 2012 at 10:32 am Public
Kristen Kuhns:( no words
December 14, 2012 at 10:36 am
Geene ReesDon't understand this madness at all.
December 14, 2012 at 10:37 am
HC SaustrupNot again :-(
December 14, 2012 at 10:49 am
Lisa CarlsonDevastating. Numbers are up.When will it stop?
December 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm
Andreas RamosThe US is 5% of the world's population. Of kids worldwide killed by guns, 87% are American kids.
December 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Dave MundtYet another case, I suspect, of someone going insane, and showing the signs, but, having the signs of this be ignored by the people around him. It is a terrible tragedy, and, alas, there are no easy answers as to how to solve the problem (although some folks like to come up with what sounds like a simple way to deal with it).
December 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm
Andreas Ramos We're ready for the Mayan Apocalypse. Bought a 50-pound bag of Gummy Bears at Costco.
December 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm Public
Matt SnowAnd I thought my 5lb. bag of haribo gummy bears was a lot...
December 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm
Dave MundtSince my previous try seems to have vanished - Another good reason to get a CostCo card! I like them especially well when they are chilled down in the freezer!
December 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm
Dave MundtSpeaking of goodies, though, I think I am going to celebrate the 21st with a big batch of the Mexican/Mayan Hot Cocoa you have the recipe for on your site, Andreas! It looks PRETTY tasty.
December 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm
HC SaustrupThat's an excellent rule of thumb - always being plenty of snacks to an apocalypse :-)
December 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm
Dave MundtHey, they can be very useful. Dr. Who, played by Tom Baker, dealt with several difficult situations by offering the other person the English equivalent of a Gummi Bear.
December 13, 2012 at 10:34 pm
Søren Erland Vestø50 pounds?! The mind boggles..
December 14, 2012 at 12:01 am
Andreas Ramos Government Organization
To proudly serve and protect the public with respect and integrity.
December 13, 2012 at 11:23 am
Andreas Ramos Greg and Dev: Look at Google Barometer. It shows that a user's first step is to research the manufacturer's website (in general, twice as likely over searching at Google). In the awareness and consideration phase, users are researching (we're talking about items over $200 which aren't spontaneous purchases).
Google wants website owners to add as much structured data to their sites as possible in order to improve its search results and Knowledge Graph boxes with rich snippets like event listings, reviews and other information. Adding this kind of metadata to a site, however, isn't always trivial a..
December 13, 2012 at 10:03 am
Andreas Ramos Mike: My wife is Chinese. We were watching the movie "The Incredible Mr. Fox" (charming fun). Did you know the word for "fox" in Chinese? Yep: "Houli". Spelled the same way. And it means the same as in English: Clever. I thought you'd like that.
December 12, 2012 at 11:19 am
Andreas Ramos Happy 12.12.12! That's the last sequential series for this century.
December 12, 2012 at 8:03 am Public
Mike HoulihanI suspect, a World Ending prediction will occur on 2/2/22, provided my world is still rocking by then...
December 12, 2012 at 10:27 am
Andreas Ramos hey, i'm testing analytics and tracking. can you please click this link? http://bit.ly/XQoWLb (it just goes to a page at my website.) thanks.
Pages with FAQs
December 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm Public
Eva Maria KnudsenClick
December 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm
Claus Rosendal PedersenClick
December 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm
Dave MundtI do not have the energy right now to try out the hot cacao recipe, but, I think tomorrow is going to be a good moment.
December 11, 2012 at 9:24 pm
Sarah KidderClick.
December 11, 2012 at 9:43 pm
Jens Peter NielsenOK..test I will :-). Just tried with an inkognito window with chrome..wonder what analytics makes of that?
December 12, 2012 at 12:54 am
Howard DernehlTest completed 6:09 am on iPad.
December 12, 2012 at 6:09 am
Andreas RamosThanks. I have event tracking and tracking URLs showing up in Google Analytics. That works. The conversion tracking however doesn't yet work. I don't know if it's the setup or whether data hasn't yet shown up in Google Analytics.

I'm doing all of this as part of the new book: I want to show complete tracking of results in content distribution. Be able to track the results and apply KPIs (CPL, CPA). All of these steps (and how to set this up) will be in the book.
December 12, 2012 at 7:59 am
Jim Raymondvery cool. thanks, Andreas.
December 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm
Howard DernehlI got a post that you and I commented on your original post.
December 13, 2012 at 6:49 am
Bob PlatkinLinked up Thursday 4:52PM
December 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm
Andreas Ramos The totals are 70.4m before and 58.6 after, which means 11.6m fake followers (20%). It's possible (and likely) that many of the fake accts are following multiple users. In general, they had 20% fake accounts.

The real question: who did this? Why would anyone create 11m fake accounts? The only one who benefits in this fraud would be Pinterest: if they can show massive traffic and acceleration, their valuation goes up. The SEC should investigate.

Here's a Before/After table:
Joy Cho/ Oh Joy!: before 12,733,689 after 10,124,648.
Bekka Palmer: before 8,465,927 after 6,785,853.
Maryann Rizzo: before 8,073,270 after 6,742,899.
Bonnie Tsang: before 7,889,295 after 5,911,135.
Jane Wang: before 7,514,671 after 6,876,464.
pejper: before 6,826,436 after 5,057,767.
molly pickering: before 6,786,757 after 5,435,822.
Jan of Poppytalk: before 6,703,051 after 5,410,144.
HonestlyWTF: before 5,483,892 after 4,392,324.
Last week, Pinterest began curtailing the number of spammers and fake accounts on its system, in an effort to clear its platform off unwanted elements. At the time, the company noted that this latest big sweep would mainly affect those with larger follower counts, or those who had purchased fake f..
December 11, 2012 at 9:15 am
Hoc Quang PhanGoogle "black hat SEO" and "pinterest", you will see bunch of tools and people trying to make money around Pinterest and Google Ads. It's just a tactic to get traffic.
December 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm
Andreas Ramos 11 Shopping Days 'til the Mayan Apocalypse!
December 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm Public
Andreas Ramos Something for the Supreme Court to consider :-)
December 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm Public
Andreas Ramos We've been warned!
Introducing a new wrinkle into the already fraught fiscal cliff showdown, a consortium of billionaires today warned that if their taxes are raised they will no longer have enough money to buy politicians.
December 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm Public
Dave MundtWow...I thought this was a posting from The Onion at first...but, it does make some very good points, in a satirical fashion, about the state of the super rich in America and their relationship with the Feds that are supposed to be the elected representatives of ALL the citizens. Well written too!
December 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm
Andreas Ramos“...the simple dream of someday owning a President is slipping out of reach.”
December 10, 2012 at 10:57 am
Andreas Ramos Wolf howling. There is something weirdly cool about a wolf's howl. Listen to this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=937A1ELVyUs
Dakota, a wolf at the UK Wolf Centre hears the other wolves howling and joins in.
December 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm Public
Dave MundtIt is a very unique sound...especially echoing through the canyons of the SouthWest.
December 9, 2012 at 10:45 pm
Andreas Ramos And what's with the extreme weather reporting? Palm Springs has rain, and the TV announce they will have team reporting. A team reports on... rain? We had a few days of rain in Silicon Valley. It's just rain. But nationwide, it's reported as severe storms. Okay, the cat got wet.

NYC is regularly hit by "apocalyptic disasters"... about every two weeks now. The news media has nothing better to do say they wildly exaggerate.
December 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm Public
Dave MundtWell, they are in a state of shock now. After all, there is NO election news to report and that has been their focus for the past year or so.
December 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm
Andreas Ramos It's mid-December. The leaves haven't fallen from the trees. Flowers are starting to blossom in the yard. It's in the high 60s. No winter this year?
December 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm Public
Martin FrederiksenI assure you there's winter. We are in the high 10s and it is only mid-December. ;-)
December 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm
Michael WarburtonWe've had snow already in the UK.
December 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm
Carolina PazosI can send you a little bit of our winter... if you want!
December 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm
Robert WynneIt's cool in L.A. ... and the leaves are falling.
December 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm
Dave MundtWell, I was concerned, here In East Tennessee, that we might have a really bad winter, because of that cold snap we had last month. However, things have warmed back up and while it is not shorts and "T" shirt weather (highs in the 60s to low 70s, but, some chilly breezes because of the low humidity in the air, we have not gotten hit with it yet. Maybe the first of the year will bring it on.
December 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm
Margaret MurrayMy pear tree has never kept its leaves before--and they have barely turned. Most are green, some are yellow, fewer are red.
December 10, 2012 at 10:22 am
Helen Gong
December 6, 2012 at 9:42 am Only Me
Andreas Ramos Mixed Metaphors: Kate writes "You never get a second chance on a nuclear story once it metastasizes. The Internet will spread it like a virus."

That has fission, cancer, and viral distribution. It also exaggerates. A cat is made up of atoms, so it's nuclear. So what? A cancer cell can metastasize, but some can take decades to have any effect. In fact, it's normal to have several hundred cancer cells in your body. Most of them do nothing. And most virus don't spread "like a virus." A plantar virus can also take decades to do anything.
November 30, 2012 at 11:00 am Public
Dave MundtThat is more of a goulash than a mixture! As I pointed out to a young man who was disrespecting me on FB the other day, paying attention in English Class is a GOOD thing!
November 30, 2012 at 11:57 am
Lisa CarlsonDitto!
November 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm
Gordon TarasGeorge Takei's take on bad analogies: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=562133997149391&set=a.223098324386295.105971.205344452828349&type=1
November 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm
Gordon TarasIsn't it called a mashup when you combine two unrelated things and pretend you created a third?
November 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm
Dave MundtYea, that is a point, although most of the time it resembles the "meatloaf" that AZ feeds its prisoners more than a good Gazpacho.
November 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm
Howard DernehlA toxic, amalgamatic, slurry mixture of antithetical,deleterious conditions!
December 1, 2012 at 9:05 am
Andreas Ramos Find 7 things wrong in this photo! Someone bought an Apple laptop in China. After a while, he realized it wasn't quite Applely. Compare that logo with your Apple logo :-)
November 25, 2012 at 5:37 pm Public
Mihoko Suginodifferent from my logo!
November 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm
HC SaustrupIt appears to be uneaten. Shouldn't that theoretically be a plus? :-)
November 25, 2012 at 10:11 pm
Andreas Ramos A fascinating article about the changes in Pakistan as feudalism collapses in the face of modernism. The role of peasants, women, and girls has changed radically within a few decades. Europeans went through these changes in 200 years; the Pakistani are doing this in 20 years. (BTW, I found the article at http://3quarksdaily.blogs.com/ , one of my favorite blogs.)
Rural Pakistan has been transformed over the last half-century, the people are more free; but the old values continue to extract a toll.
November 22, 2012 at 6:17 pm Public
Andreas Ramos Who cares about a little bit of rain?
Consider this: In the past 30 days, $142 million has flowed into Seattle area companies by GeekWire's tally.
November 21, 2012 at 10:37 am Public
Andreas Ramos HP paid $10 billion for a fake search engine? http://onforb.es/Q8i7kF
An insider explains how H-P's Autonomy division disguised plain-vanilla storage revenue as software sales, and other tricks.
November 20, 2012 at 9:11 am Public
Howard DernehlHP is lame, a dinosaur. There is a new generation of system and technology vendors.
November 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm
Andreas Ramos Unicorns really exist? The ideas of physics lead to the multiverse and infinite space, which ends up with unicorns. http://www.aeonmagazine.com/nature-and-cosmos/michael-hanlon-multiverse/
Nine theories of the multiverse promise everything and more. But if reality is so vast and varied, where do we fit in?
November 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm Public
Andreas Ramos 11.11: A few days ago, it was the 11th of Nov. The Chinese have a name for that day, and it's a sort of holiday: stores have sales, etc. In Chinese, it's called "Singles Day" because it's a series of ones. I suppose someday, US merchants will discover this and turn it into another American shopping day.

Which reminds me: in a month, it'll be 12.12.12. The 12th of December in 2012. That's the last series like that for the rest of this century. At 12 minutes after 12 noon (yes, that's 12.12.12.12.12), how will you celebrate? :-)

Speaking of holidays, next week is Turkish-American Friendship Day. Americans will sing all day of Turkey, Ataturk, and Istanbul. Yaşa!
November 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm Public
Dave MundtAny excuse for a party!
November 16, 2012 at 8:55 pm
Susanne Skou Kristensenat least you got rid of "make fun of the handicap-day"
November 17, 2012 at 5:59 am
Andreas Ramos Here's a much better photo of the new Palo Alto Apple store. Pix by Helen (with her HTC Amaze camera phone).
November 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm Public
Andreas RamosMihoko, that's you in the pix! :-)
November 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm
Shawn HillmanSatans house.
November 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm
Eva Maria KnudsenAndreas Ramos, it is very kind of you to tag me on that pix - it almost feels like is was there.
November 16, 2012 at 11:25 pm
Eno Mths RasmussenApple cult center
November 17, 2012 at 3:20 am
Andreas Ramos
Here's a much better photo of the new Palo Alto Apple store. Pix by Helen (with her HTC Amaze camera phone).
November 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm
Andreas RamosMihoko, that's you in the pix! :-)
November 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm
Shawn HillmanSatans house.
November 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm
Eva Maria KnudsenAndreas Ramos, it is very kind of you to tag me on that pix - it almost feels like is was there.
November 16, 2012 at 11:25 pm
Eno Mths RasmussenApple cult center
November 17, 2012 at 3:20 am
Andreas Ramos We walked by the new Apple store in Palo Alto. They gutted a large store and put it all glass front to make a giant shoebox. With only glass and concrete, it's pretty noisy inside. Bigger than the old store. The old store is dark.
November 15, 2012 at 10:48 pm Public
Elizabeth Lynn MoonThe upside is that it's driving lots of business to my favorite Thai restaurant next door: Siam Royal. So happy for them. " )
November 16, 2012 at 8:43 am
Andreas Ramos The control room at SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator). Enough data? A single experiment, lasting just a few billionth of a second, can generate terabytes of data.
November 9, 2012 at 9:44 am Public
Matt SnowVery cool!
November 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm
Bob Platkin"Scotty !!! Direct full warp power to the shields, the Klingon's are charging up their mega torpedo". "Aye, aye captain".
November 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm
Barbara CicioThis posting made me go to their website. I know nothing about particle physics... but I agree with Matt - it's very, very cool!
November 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm
Henry Brodersenvery important research ! we should all support these types of studies nationwide.
November 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Andreas Ramos Another pix of Tuxedo Cat with his bowtie.
November 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm Public
Lisa CarlsonThis means the wedding pix are on their way....!
November 5, 2012 at 6:42 pm
Andreas RamosYep! Now to review 508 photos!
November 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm
Eva Maria Knudsenthe cat doesnt look happy! But you do :-)
November 5, 2012 at 9:28 pm
Andreas Ramos Need to write a press release? Free template (Word) and example. Go http://andreas.com/faq-pressrelease.html
How to Write a Press Release. Free templates.
November 5, 2012 at 8:36 am Public
Andreas Ramos Need a one-page executive summary for your startup? I wrote one. Here it is. Use it for your startup. http://blog.andreas.com/?p=266
Along with everything else that I do, I’m with ClassJunky.com, a Silicon Valley startup. We’ve been going to VC and angel events, where we watched other startups go through their presentations. I put these together and re-wrote our one-pager. Here’s a One-page Executive Summary for Your Startup(Word...
November 4, 2012 at 10:28 am Public
Andreas Ramos I finished Pancho Land (final vol. of the trilogy) last night. Whoa! It's quite a page-turner. Very tight writing, fast-paced, complex interactions, vivid settings, and believable plot. Bien hecho, Raul! Don't stop writing!
November 1, 2012 at 10:20 am
Andreas Ramos Fans are concerned about Photoshopped storm images being shared to cause alarm, so I verified this one first with Fox News.
October 29, 2012 at 10:22 pm Public
Raul Ramos-SanchezIs that Bill O taking a dip?
November 1, 2012 at 10:35 am
Andreas Ramos Company
The program is designed and supported by an individually tailored selection of local venture capitalists, successful...
October 29, 2012 at 10:17 pm
Andreas Ramos Learn Another Chinese Word: Okay, today's lesson: Elvis. Yes, Elvis. What is Elvis in Chinese? If you talk about Elvis with Chinese, they don't know that name. He has an entirely different name in Chinese: Mao-Wang (pronounced Mao-Wan).

Which means "The Cat King." Why is he called the Cat King in Chinese? Nobody knows.
Helen says that "Elvis Presley" is too hard to say in Chinese, and Maowang is easier.

And don't tell me that he was once called the "Hillbilly Cat." I grew up in Tennessee. We often saw Elvis (he was just a local guy in the 60s). I was in Memphis the week that he died. And I never heard anyone call him the hillbilly cat.
October 29, 2012 at 10:16 pm Public
Eva Maria Knudsenha-ha, the cat king:) So in a crossword puzzle: Elvis Presley would be wrong - extra credit for the right answer, I guess
October 29, 2012 at 11:06 pm
Andreas Ramos
October 29, 2012 at 10:02 am
Andreas Ramos NASA's satellite video of Hurricane Sandy. It'll reach NYC tonight at 8p EST. http://yhoo.it/UajWdx
Time-lapse images from high above the Earth show Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the East Coast, and highlight the storm's enormous size. NASA's Earth Observatory has released time-lapse animation of the powerful hurricane from a satellite 22,300 miles above the ground. The images reveal details of ...
October 29, 2012 at 8:08 am Public
Lea TerhuneYikes!
October 29, 2012 at 8:10 am
Andreas Ramos I'm giving a talk on digital marketing, branding, and metrics. (San Jose, Nov. 6, 2-5p.) Space is limited. For mid-size and large companies. http://sdrv.ms/T8MSBn
October 24, 2012 at 10:01 am Public
Suzana Perta GoreaCould you share material post event? :-)
October 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm
Bob PlatkinSee you there.
October 25, 2012 at 10:06 am
Andreas Ramos
October 23, 2012 at 3:17 pm
Andreas Ramos Very funny Chinese ad (with subtitles) for Apple's new iPad Mini. http://youtu.be/hXxnmiAfm7E
SUBSCRIBE to Next Media Animation: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=NMAWorldEdition Apple's iPad Mini is set to be released tomorrow. The ...
October 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm Public
Eva Maria KnudsenThis is funny. I love the boy with the extra gadget arm.
October 22, 2012 at 8:10 pm
Susan LevittMy fave is when they declare that Steve Jobs is rolling in his grave.
October 27, 2012 at 10:40 am
Andreas Ramos We're using Comcast Business DSL. We get 50.2 mbps download / 33.1 upload (per SpeedTest.net). We pay $61/month.
October 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm Public
Dave MundtThat is not bad at all.
October 21, 2012 at 8:57 pm
Lisa CarlsonPlus cable TV?
October 21, 2012 at 10:02 pm
Andreas RamosWe don't have a TV. All I need is a fast connection for my work.
October 22, 2012 at 8:08 am
Dave MundtAnd with that speed, I suspect that if you wanted to watch
streaming video, there would be no problem with it.
dave
October 22, 2012 at 8:32 am
Lisa CarlsonSo, when my big tv moment arrives you won't miss me!
October 22, 2012 at 10:11 am
Andreas RamosDon't worry, when you make it big, you'll be on Youtube: that has a global audience :-) The Red Bull people were able to show the space jump for 2.5 uninterrupted hours via Youtube. That's simply not possible with TV: none of the US broadcasters can allocate that much time to a show without commercials and none of them have global viewership. The space jump had perhaps a third of the audience of the Super Bowl.

That's even more astonishing when you consider that some $2.5 billion is spent to promote the Super Bowl (and the network earns another $250m in commercials during the game.) Red Bull's TOTAL expenses, incl. the balloon, was under $1 million.
October 22, 2012 at 11:24 am
Lisa CarlsonI watched it!
October 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm
Mariianne Craryyours is way faster than ours!.. and we pay 50. I will have to call back and present a new demand.
October 27, 2012 at 11:27 am
Andreas Ramos Pubic Education? What are they teaching the kids these days!?!? Sure, it's a typo. But... maybe not? Go to LinkedIn and search for "pubic." There are 7,087 pubic speakers, pubic accountants, pubic teachers, and so on.
October 19, 2012 at 9:06 am Public
Susan LevittSex ed class.
October 19, 2012 at 9:10 am
Lisa CarlsonSame typo was made in my grammar school report cards. Caused an uproar!
October 19, 2012 at 9:19 am
Dave MundtSeems like High School is a lot more fun than it was when WE were trying to survive it!
October 19, 2012 at 9:47 am
Marinela MicleaI see careless errors like this on news reports captioning - looks like many have dispensed w/ editors/proofreaders and rely solely on automatic wordprocessing programs that wouldn't pick up on this sort of thing. Cringeworthy...
October 19, 2012 at 11:33 am
Lisa CarlsonHere's another slide for me to project for my copyediting students.
October 19, 2012 at 11:36 am
Sascha Hardthttp://www.heart-valve-surgery.com/Images/school-typo.jpg
October 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm
Andreas RamosClearly he graduated from there.
October 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm
Andreas Ramos This powerful editorial cartoon from Pat Bagley appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.
October 17, 2012 at 4:08 pm Public
Andreas Ramos Ken Chang (many of you have met him at my house) finally opened his incubator in Shanghai. If you're looking to get into the China market, talk with Ken.
Shanghai Valley’s mission is to help top-tier foreign companies successfully enter the Chinese market. These entrepreneurs will receive one of the best entrepreneurship training and exposure to global resources with a focus on Chinese markets.
October 17, 2012 at 8:10 am Public
Andreas Ramos Would Google like to improve GMail? Easy. Add sorting. It's astonishing that one of the most useful (and necessary) features is missing.

If you're an engineer, you know how to set up filters and folders in GMail. Except these aren't really folders, so it's complicated to explain, which is why, if you look at anyone's GMail account who doesn't understand this, they have 24,000 emails in their inbox. Which is the same as useless.

Instead of fooling around with fonts, GMail should build a much better interface that lets non-experts use email. And allows us to sort. But no, that won't happen. Why? Why can't GMail add sorting? Because it can't. That's right. The way it was built won't allow sorting. So they fool around with fonts.
You get an email, and it's a pretty important one. If you're using Gmail, there's a lot of things you can do with it to make it stand out. Basically, so you don't lose it. You can filter it to have a label, give it a star or mark it for your priority inbox. Once you open the email though, it's impor...
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Andreas Ramos The Taliban demand fair press coverage. Or else. Yes, the Taliban are upset that the media reports they shoot 14-year old girls in the face, so they demand fair coverage, or they'll bomb and murder journalists.
You shoot one 14-year-old girl in the head and you'll never hear the end of it. So goes the lament of Pakistan's Taliban insurgency following a spate of bad press in mainstream Pakistani outlets related to the jihadists' failed assassination attempt of Malala…
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Andreas Ramos Which works for SEO? Blogs, tweets, or Facebook? I wrote a short bit about this. http://blog.andreas.com/?p=246
If you want to stay in touch with your customers and let them know what you’re doing, Facebook (FB) is fine. Build a list of followers and post to them in FB. FB is basically an internal newsletter. Be sure to use photos or video, which get more response, and FB will show your posting to more of you...
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Yesterday was a momentous event in advertising history. Felix Baumgartner achieved the world record for his jump from 120,000 feet and broke the sound barrier w
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Howard DernehlCovad-megapath is one vendor.
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Mariianne Crarytell Comcast what you will pay, or else... I just did that. worked.
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Andreas Ramos Improve your company's revenue by 20%? Easy. Just make it look good...
Companies may want to pay closer attention to their annual reports. A study found investors, regardless of their experience, place a higher value on firms with attractive annual reports...
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Ben RothfeldI'm proud to say that I helped design an annual report so outrageous that Forbes called it out as a prime example of excessive annual reports.
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Andreas RamosPut that on your resume! "Selected by Forbes!" :-)
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Andreas Ramos whoa! rain and thunder in Palo Alto! first rain of Autumn. summer is finally over.
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Jodi Shermanloved it while it lasted down here, sweet! bet your yard is earthy and lush right now, A-Mahn!
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Caryn Louise LeschenFinally! My car got clean!
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Carolina PazosWe have our first SNOW this morning... fall is over! Ha ha
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Jodi Sherman Jodi Sherman just signed this petition on Change.org.
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Andreas Ramos Someone from Kauai is Kauaian... which is a word with five vowels in a row. And something from Kauai is Kauaianese. Seven vowels in a ten-letter word. Can any word beat this?
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Jim LutherEVERY Polynesian word is all vowels :-) Ioe (Yes)
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Sascha Hardtqueueing hass five in a row...and of course there are nice German words like Treueeid (oath of allegiance).
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Andreas RamosSo Kauians are queueing to give their Treueeid? :-)
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Carolina PazosCongratulations!!! Les deseo una vida llena de felicidad y amor. Un abrazo,
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Jodi ShermanBeautiful couple! I'm soooo grinning w/teary eyes. Sweet sweet, A-Mahn!
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Laura LindseyBeautiful !! Congratulations!!
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Stephanie RolletFelicitations. Tous nos voeux de bonheur! Very happy for you and Helen.
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Shirin OreizyCongratulations! Thats fantastic news!
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Those social review/recommendation sites (such as Yelp) are a problem. I hear over and over again from small business owners that the social recommendation sites force them to pay for advertising.
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Andreas Ramos I finally posted my notes and photos about our trip in Sichuan. Read about what it's like to travel in China: the people, their homes, Peking Opera, Chinese food, and so on. Add your comments or questions at the bottom of the pages. You can also read it in Chinese or your favorite language. http://andreas.com/china-travel.html
Notes about China: andreas.com
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Andreas Ramos Tom Foremski: "It takes people in New York about 6 months to understand key ideas from Silicon Valley; and London and Europe takes about a year." :-)
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Michael WarburtonOh we understand them, it just takes us longer to implement them. The real question is why that is.
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Andreas RamosHey, Helen's fish is on FB! That's the one she caught.
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Andreas Ramos Get Google's playbook for display advertising (that's banner ads). Free PDF download. No registration. Go http://bit.ly/RqN1TT
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Andreas Ramos The Chickens of Kauai. Did you know Kauai is overrun by chickens? They got loose a 100 years ago. No natural predators. They're everywhere. Tens of thousands? Millions? Everywhere.

At 5 am, one rooster starts. Another replies. In 15 minutes, roosters as far as you can hear. A bit later, the hens start. Thousands of them. The same at dusk.

I asked people about this. They said that after a few weeks, you don't notice it anymore. But everywhere... in parks, city streets, yards, parking lots, gardens... chickens!
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Eva Maria Knudsenone question: how do they taste?
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Percy LandaAre you allowed to eat them?
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Lisa CarlsonI found them very annoying the first few days, but they are GORGEOUS!
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Dirk van NouhuysI was there last fall -; out son lives in Kauai. It's an amazing spot.
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Carolina PazosBeautiful view!!!
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Andreas Ramos It's the Red-toe Shark!
September 27, 2012 at 11:41 am Public
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Lisa CarlsonYou really chose the best time of year to go!
September 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm
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September 27, 2012 at 11:41 am Public
Laura LindseyCongratulations!! to the Happy couple. Cheers!
September 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm
Eva Maria Knudsenlooking goood!
September 28, 2012 at 1:22 am
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September 27, 2012 at 11:41 am Public
Susan Levittnice honeymoon!
September 28, 2012 at 9:45 am
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September 27, 2012 at 11:41 am Public
Susan LevittAndreas as Buddha
September 28, 2012 at 9:45 am
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Lisa CarlsonGorgeous!
September 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm
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Andreas & Helen in Hawaii, Sept. 2012
September 27, 2012 at 11:41 am
Susan Levittnice honeymoon!
September 28, 2012 at 9:45 am
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Andreas & Helen in Hawaii, Sept. 2012
September 27, 2012 at 11:41 am
Andreas Ramos Waimea Canyon. Pacific Ocean in background. North end of Kauai, a Hawaiian island. We're here for four days. It's 5,200 feet. The water is a mile down.
September 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm Public
Simone LennonHappy honeymoon!!!
September 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm
Jodi ShermanThis is gorgeous, A-Mahn!!! Wow!!
September 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm
Eva Maria KnudsenBeautiful! And happy birthday :-) did you also get married? If so - Congratulations
September 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm
Anders Ellersgaard KruseNice, Andreas! So the white spikes on the horizon are not ice bergs, but clouds. You never know with all this global warming... :)
September 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm
Andreas RamosThe valley is Kalalau. As spectacular as Yosemite.
September 24, 2012 at 9:57 pm
Marinela MicleaI've visited Waimea Canyon - you feel such a sense of tranquility there... Enjoy!
September 24, 2012 at 10:04 pm
Caryn Louise LeschenIt is gorgeous. I've been there too. Enjoy!!
September 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm
Howard DernehlEnjoy yourselves and have fun in Hawaii!
September 25, 2012 at 3:45 am
Lisa CarlsonDon't forget the helicopter ride!
September 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Mark BurgessGreat photo! I've been there -- what an amazing experience. Enjoy.
September 26, 2012 at 11:57 am
Dave MundtThere are some amazing bits of terrain scattered around the planet. It is well worth visiting them.
September 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm
Andreas Ramos The Numbers: YouTube shows about three billion videos per day. It has double the prime-time audience of all three major US television networks combined. Youtube Mobile tripled in 2011.
September 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm Public
Andreas Ramos Look! Up in the sky! The space shuttle flies over tomorrow, Friday 21st. East Bay about 8:30a; San Francisco; Palo Alto, Mountain View, Moffett Field, NASA Ames at 9-9:30a, and L.A. at 10:30a over Disneyland.
On the morning of Sept. 20, 2012, space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to perform a low-level flyover of northern California, passing near NASA's Ames Research Center and various landmarks in multiple cities, including San Francisco and Sacramento en route to its permanent home at the California Sci...
September 20, 2012 at 11:32 am Public
Andreas RamosWe saw it in the distance. Thousands of people lined up along Hwy 101 at Moffet, incl. TV news trucks.
September 21, 2012 at 11:25 am
Lynn SullivanWe saw it from our front porch. It was so close and so low in the sky that we could read the writing on the airplane. Loved it, loved it, loved it!
September 23, 2012 at 7:41 am
Andreas Ramos Free tickets to many US museums on Sept. 29th. Go to
http://sf.funcheap.com/annual-free-museum-day-bay-area/
Smithsonian Magazine’s 8th annual Museum Day takes place Saturday, September 29, 2012 as participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide w
September 20, 2012 at 11:10 am Public
Andreas Ramos I remember the first tablets. Yep, it was 1968!

Another interesting thing from that movie: none of its computers had mice (not even the HAL 9000), although mice were invented in 1964.
Samsung cites "2001: A Space Odyssey" as prior art in its patent battle with Apple.
September 18, 2012 at 9:35 am Public
Gregg GilesCiting a movie in a patent case? Really? I mean, maybe if Stanley Kubrik had filed a patent it would be relevant, but really, Samsung needs to fire it's lawyers, they really are sounding like whining children screaming that something is unfair.
September 18, 2012 at 9:45 am
Andreas Ramos We often see Google's robo-car. Here it passed us on the freeway. The camera on top is spinning around to take images of the road.
September 18, 2012 at 8:54 am Public
Maureen SpitzHow soon can we all get a smart car? ;0
September 18, 2012 at 11:33 am
Andreas Ramos No more driver's license? If cars are automated, you won't need to own one. Just order a car whenever you need it.
The timeline for autonomous cars hitting the road en masse keeps getting closer. GM's Cadillac division expects to produce partially autonomous cars at a large scale by 2015, and the automaker also predicts it will have fully autonomous cars available by the end of the decade. Audi and BMW have also...
September 18, 2012 at 8:52 am Public
Marinela MicleaTheoretically, that would be nice.
September 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm
Andreas Ramos TechnoMoms: 83% of moms research online after they see an interesting TV commercial. If you use TV advertising, you'd better be ready for mom's inspection.
September 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm Public
Andreas Ramos Instead of "print media", shall we call it "fake media"? As much as 41% of the Wall Street Journal's European circulation is fake?
Andrew Langhoff resigns as European publishing chief after exposure of secret channels of cash to help boost sales figures
September 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm Public
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September 14, 2012 at 9:41 am
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September 14, 2012 at 9:40 am Public
Laura LindseyBeautiful
September 14, 2012 at 10:04 am
Carl R SteuernagelSerene....
September 21, 2012 at 7:10 am
Andreas Ramos 2012 ZERO1 Biennial: The convergence of contemporary art and technology. 150 artists from over 13 countries. Silicon Valley, Sept. 12 to Dec. 8. www.zero1.org
September 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm Public
Andreas RamosStreet festival this weekend (Fri/Sat): http://www.zero1biennial.org/emerge
September 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm
Jay Cooke COOL BEANS thanks Andreas Ramos fort the following:
"FB's archive is working again. You can download an archive of your FB postings, messages, and photos: in short, everything you've ever done on FB.

Neat Bonus: The archive is an HTML file, which you can easily upload into your website. All those photo albums, etc. are turned into a HTML. I'll add this in a few days to my website" www.andreas.com
Andreas.com: Andreas' Official Site. Author of Search Engine Marketing (McGraw-Hill), plus eight more books on SEO, PPC, Analytics, and HTML | andreas.com
September 13, 2012 at 9:13 am
Andreas Ramos FB's archive is working again. You can download an archive of your FB postings, messages, and photos: in short, everything you've ever done on FB.

Neat Bonus: The archive is an HTML file, which you can easily upload into your website. All those photo albums, etc. are turned into a HTML. I'll add this in a few days to my website www.andreas.com
Andreas.com: Andreas' Official Site. Author of Search Engine Marketing (McGraw-Hill), plus eight more books on SEO, PPC, Analytics, and HTML | andreas.com
September 13, 2012 at 8:59 am Public
Andreas RamosIt was very easy to edit. Here's my FB archive from 2007 to today: http://andreas.com/facebook/
September 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm
Lisa CarlsonThought you were on your honeymoon, dude.
September 13, 2012 at 8:07 pm
Andreas Ramos You can now verify your G+ account. This gets you more visibility in Google's search engine. Go to http://support.google.com/plus/bin/request.py
Often, issues can be resolved by posting in the products forums. Other users and Google Guides participate in these forums and answer questions.
September 7, 2012 at 11:14 am Public
Andreas RamosI had to use a different Google URL for that: the original URL is rejected by Facebook :-) They're blocking Google URLs just to harass Google users.
September 7, 2012 at 11:15 am
Eva Maria KnudsenThx
September 7, 2012 at 11:36 am
Gregg GilesOh, Google Plus... I remember that. I use it just as much as I do Friendster.
September 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm
Andreas Ramos How about a list of the top fakers? Newt Gingrich is up there! And a tool to let people purge their own accts of fake/inactive followers. And a badge that shows up on Twitter accts to show the level of good followers?
August 31, 2012 at 1:50 pm
Andreas Ramos Super Cool! A tool shows how the number of fake followers for any Twitter account. Enter the Twitter account and bingo! Only 4% of my followers are fake. Yep, I'm going to start checking YOUR Twitter followers! :-)
August 31, 2012 at 12:54 pm Public
Andreas Ramos The Numbers finally get to TV. Unilever spent $6.3m in TV ads for its Axe body spray. The target audience was 18-to-24-year-olds. However, 60% never saw the ads. If other advertisers began to apply metrics, they'll cut their TV ad budgets.
Nationwide US television advertising campaigns are failing to reach a large portion of their target audiences, according to new research based on TV viewing data. Ad targeting company Simulmedia found...
August 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm Public
Lisa CarlsonVery sad for the acting community. ;-(
August 31, 2012 at 5:19 pm
Andreas RamosTV is facing the same catastrophic collapse of newspapers. The Baltimore Sun was sold for $600 million, and then resold for $200m, and it's now valued at $25 million, but mostly for its real estate (it owns a city block). Once the decline starts, it accelerates. Newspapers are falling 25% per year. Journalists are being laid off en masse.
August 31, 2012 at 5:48 pm
Lisa CarlsonThis has been predicted for years, but never in terms of the individual human toll. It's always on an overview level.
August 31, 2012 at 7:31 pm
Andreas Ramos "All the News that's Fit to Print, after it's been approved by the CIA"? The New York Times is the PR wing of the CIA? The transcripts of emails between the NYT and the CIA are... well, see for yourself.

If anyone thinks the web killed the NYT, no, the NYT killed itself. You simply cannot trust anything anymore in the NYT.
Glenn Greenwald: Mark Mazzetti's emails with the CIA expose the degradation of journalism that has lost the imperative to be a check to power
August 29, 2012 at 10:16 pm Public
Andreas RamosAnd who is Mark Mazzetti? The NYT journalist for national security issues. He's not covering the CIA, he's covering for the CIA.
August 29, 2012 at 10:22 pm
Janus BoyeIt is a much ignored fact that most organisations end up committing suicide. Only very rarely is it in fact significant external factors that play in
August 29, 2012 at 10:59 pm
Andreas Ramos At LinkedIn, you can create a visual map of your social connections. I looked at several of these; each person's map is different. It's like a fingerprint.

Here's the visualization of my social world. You're one of those dots :-)
August 29, 2012 at 10:56 am Public
Linda Mostrup PedersenI like the fact that Klean has it owns dot:)!
August 29, 2012 at 11:23 am
Saleh 'Saul' ArmianWhere's Waldo?
August 29, 2012 at 12:04 pm
Andreas RamosHere's the link to the pix (and how to make your own): http://bit.ly/NDvmUm
August 29, 2012 at 9:56 pm
Janet FoutsI love to dig into the clusters, funny how even those with large networks have just a few catalysts
August 29, 2012 at 10:00 pm
Susanne Skou KristensenNice for you, but reduced to a dot - I don't know (-:
September 7, 2012 at 4:22 am
Andreas Ramos Worked with an intern who said he chose marketing because he hated math. Guess what? :-)

Who controls marketing? Not the CMO. It's the CFO who's really in charge, and CFOs understand only CPL and CPA. Yep, spreadsheets, calculations, CPL, CPA. You must prove the numbers.

That's why l like digital marketing: we can track everything.
The demand for the skills required by many new advertising jobs exceeds the number of professionals who have them, particularly in jobs requiring advanced mathematics.
August 29, 2012 at 10:37 am Public
Andreas Ramos Today's Freudian Slip: The "public area of a woman"? (hmmm? hmmm? raised eyebrows :-)
August 24, 2012 at 6:53 am Public
Abhishek Kumarhe he... Have they defined "public area of a woman" term anywhere ;)
August 24, 2012 at 6:54 am
Andreas RamosSee the original at http://www.tonic.com/post/oxford-english-dictionary-get-vajazzled/ before they erase it! :-)
August 24, 2012 at 7:02 am
Abhishek KumarNow they are adding all popular slangs :) Thanks for this link :)
August 24, 2012 at 7:03 am
Eva Maria KnudsenThis is really funny - and a little bit sad
August 24, 2012 at 7:56 am
Howard DernehlFunny!!!
August 24, 2012 at 9:38 am
Andreas Ramos The playroom at a large Silicon Valley company. Asides from pool tables, ping pong, pinball, and foosball, look at the far back. No, not the wall of free drinks and free food. See those guys clustered back there? Yes. Free beer on tap.
August 23, 2012 at 9:31 am Public
Michael WarburtonIf I send you my resumé can you forward it on to those guys? ;-)
August 23, 2012 at 9:45 am
Eva Maria KnudsenMann ... These guys will never get their work done :-)
August 23, 2012 at 9:55 am
Matt Snowwhere? :)
August 23, 2012 at 11:24 am
Andreas RamosIn the rest of the building, everyone is v busy at work. The Calif startup life...
August 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm
Kris Bonifas All finished :)
August 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm
Andreas RamosWhoa! Totally beautiful!
August 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm
Susan LevittThe magic emerald!
September 3, 2012 at 9:22 am
Andreas Ramos "Five-Star Review! Only Five Bucks!" The business of fake reviews at Yelp, Amazon, etc.
A thriving industry is buying and selling rapturous reviews on the Web, and academics and businesses are looking for ways to ferret out the fakes.
August 20, 2012 at 2:26 pm Public
Andreas Ramos What's your secret score? Companies score you and use that to decide if you get a live support person or voicemail, or if you get the good offer or no offer. http://nyti.ms/S5HBzk
Buying-power scores, compiled from huge amounts of data, measure your potential value as a customer. But you’ll probably never learn your total.
August 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm Public
Ben RothfeldFunny. I wanted to create this kind of score for Acxiom seven years ago. Didn't happen.
August 20, 2012 at 3:47 am
Gregg GilesI have a reverse scoring system for companies that provide phone support: every time they have some clueless support person answer the phone, I stop doing business with them.
August 20, 2012 at 6:52 am
Ben RothfeldGregg, that's the most solid business plan I've heard in a long time.
August 20, 2012 at 7:06 am
Andreas RamosGregg, turn that into a service. Rate companies and score them. Bite back!
August 20, 2012 at 7:27 am
Andreas Ramos That "China trains vs US trains" image is getting lots of attention. Some say the photo is an unfair comparison: a Chinese high-speed train vs a US freight locomotive.

No, it's actually way worse than that.

I live in Silicon Valley. My house in Palo Alto is next to the track for the San Francisco to San Jose commuter train (about 45 miles.) A freight locomotive pulls the commuter wagons at about 45-50 mph, uses kerosene, and makes a lot of noise.

China has 6,000 miles of high-speed rail (HSR). By 2013, China will have more HSR than the rest of the world combined. By 2022, they will add another 10,000 miles of HSR.

The US has not one single mile of HSR; in fact, the US doesn't know how to build HSR. If HSR is ever built in the US, it will be done by Germans, French, or Chinese companies.

But I've not yet begun to compare.

Here comes the comparison. So Silicon Valley, the center of US technology, uses a freight locomotive to move commuters.

Shanghai has a frickin' magnetic levitation train. The goddamned thing FLOATS. The maglev train sails at 268 mph and it's rock steady. And it's maglev, so it's totally silent. It doesn't even hum a tune. It runs along a freeway so fast that cars appear to be parked. I know this: I've been on it several times.

Now let's compare. China has maglev. The US has... what? A freight train that runs on kerosene?

Why has the US fallen so far behind? Because we've wasted over 1,300 billion dollars on pointless wars. That's one thousand, three hundred billion. That's 1.3 trillion dollars.

Yes, please share this. Post this, pass it along.
August 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm Public
Lisa CarlsonDid I tell you I was one of the editors on the Maglev engineering proposal years ago? Everything was available in 1992 to make it happen.
August 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm
Teemu PyyluomaRelated on this, a recurring discussion in urban light rail circles, is how on earth is rail construction so expensive and difficult in US? Let me give you an example.

Bergen, Norway just opened a new light rail line a year ago. About 10km/6mi and the project cost about 140M$. Very expensive for this kind of light ral, but one third of it is underground because they had to tunnel through mountains and Norway has very high labor costs and so on.
Now compare to Bergen-Hudson, NJ a similar light rail. 20 miles, 2.2 billion. And it is not just this one project.
August 19, 2012 at 8:22 pm
Lisa CarlsonHave you read the history of the US automobile? It's built into the master plan. No, they didn't teach that in h.s.
August 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm
Roslyn LaytonIndeed, many things needed in American society were sacrificed in the name of wars. Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz shows how social security could have been funded six times for 75 years. If you want to be even more depressed, but informed, read http://www.amazon.com/The-Three-Trillion-Dollar-War/dp/0393067017?tag=duckduckgo-d-20
August 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm
Roslyn LaytonAndreas, the number is actually higher. It is not 1.3 trillion. It is 3 trillion!
August 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm
Andreas RamosThe proposed HSR from San Francisco to LA is projected to cost $90 billion. That's $150m per mile over mostly flat land. Not a single tunnel. I have no idea why it will be so absurdly expensive.

I wonder if the US oil companies, airlines, and car companies are driving up these costs just to prevent it.
August 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm
Gene McKennaWhat is less well known about trains in the US is that we have the world's best system of freight trains. They are the safest, most efficient and most cost effective. It's largely the result of deregulation. http://www.aar.org/~/media/aar/Background-Papers/Americas-Freight-RR-Global-Leaders.ashx
August 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm
Teemu PyyluomaYes, the freight train system is impressive. Regarding passenger HSR cost, for example in Spain there is a plan to add 1 000 km to HSR network to connect the southern coast, at extravagant cost of 12,5 billion euros. That's what, $15M per mile? I'd guess overengineering and brain dead financing in US, that is stupidity rather than malice, but haven't looked at the project.
August 20, 2012 at 9:55 pm
Andreas RamosIf (a very big if) HSR is built in California, China has offered to both finance and build it. Just as Western countries once built critical infrastructure for 3rd World countries, which the imperialists then owned. China is now offering the same deal to the US.

California may have to take it; the state doesn't the money or the technical know-how.

The Republicans will do everything to veto HSR for California. Why? It would only benefit Democrats.
August 20, 2012 at 11:06 pm
Teemu PyyluomaHire a reputable design consultant from say Switzerland, they not only do excellent rail systems but also do it cost effectively. Do not limit construction bids to domestic only, rail construction is a competitive industry with lot of specialized companies that are hard to find in a place where you don't build rail in the first place. 100% external financing is a really bad idea because of the costs, it is very, very difficult to build any kind of transportation infrastructure with VC ROIs, some private money is probably good to provide investment oversight.
August 20, 2012 at 11:14 pm
Andreas Ramos This drain looks too happy!
August 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm Public
Eva Maria Knudsenit sure does
August 19, 2012 at 10:47 pm
Andreas RamosWe saw it and burst out laughing : )
August 20, 2012 at 11:54 am
Andreas Ramos Google sent me a few bars of chocolate. And almonds, peanut bars, and bags of coffee.
August 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm Public
Andreas RamosI like it too!
August 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm
Robert WeimerCan they afford that!?
August 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Andreas RamosIt's a new contest. If my accounts spend $10,000 in September, I'll be eligible to win (wait for it...) an all-expenses paid trip to Google HQ. Which is, yes, a short bicycle ride from my house! :-) I think I'll fly to Beijing and then Google can fly me back!
August 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm
Matt SnowNice! Can you have them send me some too? :)
August 17, 2012 at 6:32 pm
Mihoko SuginoGive me chocolate ! : ) Janglish :(
August 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm
Elizabeth Lynn MoonI had no idea you could be bought for chocolate! Have I got a job for you!
August 17, 2012 at 9:57 pm
Andreas Ramos Today's Laugh: At a FB conf with major advertisers, advertisers asked how could they be assured a return on their investment?

Zuckerberg's response? "That's a great question and we should probably have an answer to that, shouldn't we?"
August 17, 2012 at 11:07 am Public
Dirk van Nouhuyswry chucke
August 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm
Dave Mundt"past results are no indication or guarantee of future performance"
August 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm
Percy LandaGreat article! thank you Andreas!
August 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm
Gordon Taras You might find this interesting.
August 16, 2012 at 10:20 am
Andreas RamosDoes "Janette Evener" exist, or is that a fake profile? It looks fake: there is nothing on its page. Fake profiles and fake Likes are widespread at Facebook. If LinkedIn doesn't stop this, it'll kill LinkedIn.
August 16, 2012 at 11:13 am
Andreas RamosSo how did a fake profile show up as LinkedIn's top recommendation for Gordon's list? And why? Is this some sort of phishing? He connects to it, and it then collects all of his connections?
August 16, 2012 at 11:19 am
Dave MundtHum....the only Janette Evener that I can find is a character in a new SF/Apocalyptic TV show called "Silver City" I find this evolutionary step of Linkedin and FP pretty annoying too. Having advertising merged in with content is a bad thing....and as a side issue I do not like the fact that FB is forcing TimeLIne on me.
August 16, 2012 at 7:02 pm
Andreas Ramos I started reading 3QuarksDaily.com a few weeks ago and it's now one of my top sites. Their editors and contributors find fascinating articles and reviews in science, philosophy, literature, history, and many other areas. Try it out. (And yes, it's free.)
August 16, 2012 at 10:09 am Public
Andreas Ramos Free tech support (Really. No gimmicks.) Answers and help for everything about your computer or digital devices. Over 400,000 members. It's been around since the mid-90s. HelpOnTheNet.com
Tech Support Guy offers free support to users of Windows 7, Vista, XP, 98, and just about anything else!
August 15, 2012 at 4:48 pm Public
Andreas Ramos Maybe the FTC doesn't Like Facebook? The FTC finds FB's privacy policies to be deceptive. See the attachment for a long list of how FB misleads users on the privacy settings. The worst violation: app developers paid FB to get a "Verified App" certificate to assure users that the app wouldn't secretly collect data. The whole thing was bogus. See the FTC doc at www.ftc.gov/os/caselist/0923184/111129facebookcmpt.pdf
August 13, 2012 at 11:49 am Public
Andreas RamosFB is sharing everything about you with advertisers: your messages, your political views, religious views, your photos, everything, even if you set your privacy to maximum. There is zero privacy at FB.
August 13, 2012 at 11:55 am
Eva Maria Knudsenyes, but it is still "just" a computer - FB only knows what i share
August 13, 2012 at 11:58 am
Eva Maria Knudsenyes, but it is still "just" a computer - FB only knows what i share, right?
August 13, 2012 at 11:58 am
Andreas RamosJust you, Jesus, and every advertiser and app maker on FB know what you're doing. There's 500,000 apps on FB.
August 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm
Dave Mundt@Ms. Knudsen - The problem is that it is not just what YOU share, but, what the people that know you, share about you on line. It is relatively simple to filter through this web of information and put together a much more detailed picture of a person.
August 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm
Roslyn LaytonPeople who want to protect themselves online should read Fake It! The book and website are full of tips and tricks for digital self defense. http://www.digital-selfdefense.com/
August 14, 2012 at 12:39 am
Andreas Ramos Looking for your next job? Curious about salaries in your area? Here are salaries for SEO/PPC/SEM directors, managers, analysts, writers, link builders, etc. in 20 cities.
Onward Search provides a career guide showing the top job markets for finding SEO jobs and for earning an appropriate salary for six SEO job types..
August 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm Public
Lisa CarlsonFrom the cover image, salaries seem quite low. Or is that just the designer's joke?
August 13, 2012 at 7:24 am
Andreas RamosWhich number is low?
August 13, 2012 at 8:51 am
Lisa CarlsonAll the manager numbers look low, don't they? Yes, the ranges are broad...
August 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm
Andreas Ramos More Disney: We watched "Snow White" (1937) tonight. A few months ago, I wrote about other Disney films (Dumbo, Pinocchio, Bambi). We finally got the Snow White DVD.

It's as good as Dumbo. Consistent story line and good animation. The characters are shallow and there's little interaction or development.

The movie is in strong contrast to other movies from the same period. De Mille's "Madame Satan" (1930) , Nightnurse (with Barbara Stanwyck, 1931), and so on have strong women characters. But Snow White is virginal and chaste.

By the way, it's impossible to search FB. I can't search for my FB posting about Dumbo. It's not in FB or Google search. This means all postings are basically lost.
August 8, 2012 at 10:22 pm Public
Dave MundtWell, the Disney animations WERE playing to a target audience, although one thing that has pleased me about them is the fact that they DO have enough depth of story and thoughtfulness to keep from being boring to adults. Some of that early animation from Disney Studio was amazingly good too. It is no wonder that it spawned the Anime movement out of Japan!
August 8, 2012 at 10:58 pm
Dave MundtHang in there with FB...I am sure they have not TOTALLY lost the postings...although considering the brain dead things that they have done over the past few years, it is quite likely that they wiped some DB indexes by mistake, or, have tried to roll out a change to the software without adequate testing, and borked up something. Let us see if the condition persists!
August 8, 2012 at 11:00 pm
Andreas RamosBTW: So where is dwarf cottage? It looks like southern Germany (the dwarfs play accordion), but the cottage has a Danish thatched roof. Snow White wears clogs, which is also Danish. So it's Euro-something. But... raccoons? And chipmunks? That's a Disney error: no raccoons or chipmunks in Europe.
August 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm
Andreas Ramos Read this. Be very careful with your Amazon and AppleID.
In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over, then deleted. Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. Here's the story of exactly how my hackers created havoc by exploiting Ap...
August 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm Public
Walter WienersA must read for AppleID users with linked accounts in the Cloud. Hoping the promised sequel article provides a how to summary of the key points spread out over the original 4 page piece.
August 8, 2012 at 7:32 am
Andreas RamosThis morning, Apple shut down their over-the-phone AppleID password help until they can fix this.
August 8, 2012 at 8:19 am
Andreas Ramos Wondering how to charge your cell phone if there's no power? Go solar! In a few minutes, you can connect a USB cable to a solar panel to power your cell phone.
Because we live in California, we were talking about earthquakes and the question came up on how to recharge a smart phone. These phones use USB cables. Rechargers usually don’t have those.
August 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm Public
Eva Maria Knudsengood news
August 6, 2012 at 10:06 pm
Anders Ellersgaard KruseNice! Can you please do a rain/wind/cold-powered version for Scandinavia too? ;)
August 7, 2012 at 1:42 am
Andreas Ramos Psst! Hey, you! Yeah, you. Come here. Wanna tip? It's worth a billion. Yeah, a billion.

Here's the tip: Figure out a way to fix customer access to local business. I try to go local and went loco.

I called a few local banks a few days ago:

#1 has a "I'm away from my desk and will return at 10 am" answering message. Never called.
#2 answers with a fax machine tone.
#3 "The number you have dialed is not in service at this time..." They're open, but they've posted a broken number.
#4: "Our voicemail is full. Please call again."
#5 actually answered. "Hi, this is Timmy." Okay, so it's California, but that's a bit too casual. Anyway. Really nice guy, but the person for mortgages isn't there, but he promised to get her to call me. Never called.

Is it really this bad? Is it that hard for small companies to be available? Customers are knocking, but they won't answer? Those missed calls are huge losses for them. You figure out a way for small companies to ALWAYS be able to take the call. That's worth billions.
August 6, 2012 at 10:27 am Public
Ben RothfeldBesides Google voice?
August 6, 2012 at 10:42 am
Suzana Perta GoreaI know...
August 6, 2012 at 10:51 am
Samantha ClarkUnfortunately, this is why the big companies are so successful. Be aware, If you're going to refi, there is no local. Everyone shops their portfolios with international investors. Doesn't matter if it's a small or big bank.
August 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm
Caryn Louise LeschenThis drives me crazy.
August 7, 2012 at 1:17 am
Andreas Ramos A friend asks "And when are they going stop restrictions on downloads according to where you are physically located?"

Use a VPN (virtual private network). It spoofs the server into thinking that you're somewhere else. For example: You're in Paris. You use your browser to log into your VPN account. The VPN's server is in Nashville. The VPN tells the world that you're in Nashville. The Netflix server in California sees you're in Nashville. You can now watch Netflix in Paris or anywhere in the world.

VPNs are around $50 per year. Just search for VPN and select one. They're pretty much the same. Examples include VyprVPN, WiTopia, StrongVPN, Ipredator, proXPN.

This is how people are able to go around censors and nosy governments.
August 6, 2012 at 9:16 am Public
Ben RothfeldYou must have a very interesting FBI file, Andreas. Or, should I call you COMRADE?
August 6, 2012 at 9:21 am
Suzana Perta GoreaConfirm, just did it myself a few days ago! Paris - NYC, Strong VPN, they have fabulous costumer service too.
August 6, 2012 at 10:10 am
Martin FrederiksenI think Comrade Ramos is doing a fine job of sharing. Furthermore, you can discuss what business models are legal. If I want to view a video on a Netflix account, but you are on holiday abroad, Netflix may block your access to an account you have paid for. It is still your account, right?
August 6, 2012 at 10:11 am
Michael WarburtonThey are available for even cheaper than that. Check out lowendbox.com for cheap deals on Linux VPS.

Of course this requires at least some knowledge of using a Linux shell to install and set up a proxy server.
August 6, 2012 at 10:41 am
Stephanie EricssonExPat Shield is FREE -- http://www.expatshield.com/
August 7, 2012 at 12:13 am
Andreas RamosSeveral asked me about the Olympics. Yes, you can use VPN to bypass the NBC broadcast delay. Sign up for a VPN, set your IP to be outside the USA, and go to the BBC for live streaming.
August 7, 2012 at 8:17 am
Andreas Ramos July 20, two weeks ago, a lunatic kills 12 people in a Colorado movie house. Today, another lunatic kills six in a Sikh temple.

No major US public person denounces the use of automatic weapons in these killings. They're sorry about the victims, but neither the Republicans nor the Democrats take a clear and strong stance against these weapons.

There is no justification, none whatsoever, for anyone to have semi-automatic or automatic weapons.

Both Obama and Romney should together say this has gone too far. But they both are political cowards.
August 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm Public
Robert WynneVery true, Andreas.
August 5, 2012 at 7:46 pm
Søren Erland VestøBut but but.... 2nd amendment.. Well-armed militia.. Protection from rogue government.. They want their guns dangit! (Something I'll never understand...)
August 5, 2012 at 11:39 pm
Margaret MurrayABSOLUTELY THE CASE. This fear defines America.
August 6, 2012 at 7:45 am
Caryn Louise LeschenI totally agree. The silence is deafening.
August 7, 2012 at 1:16 am
Andreas Ramos Watch an animated video of how the NASA Mars landing should happen (if all goes well).
An animation shows the one-tonne Curiosity rover landing on the surface of Mars, an event that is due to become reality on Monday.
August 5, 2012 at 10:39 am Public
Andreas Ramos NASA will try to land a rover on Mars tonight.

Watch here live via web, 9:30 pm PST.
August 5, 2012 at 10:27 am Public
Andreas Ramos Yep, lunch at Buck's.
July 30, 2012 at 2:12 pm Public
Mariianne Crarygoing there tomorrow
July 30, 2012 at 5:20 pm
Eva Maria KnudsenEva says, hi! - who is Buck?
July 30, 2012 at 8:53 pm
Howard DernehlSee a lot of VC deals going down?
August 2, 2012 at 5:47 am
Andreas Ramos Will mobile kill social? Will mobile kill the web?

The conversion rate is $100 offline = $10 on the web = $1 in mobile. In part, the reasons are mechanical: if you put four ads on a web page, a $1 avg CPM is a $4 rate-per-page (RPM) (versus $20-$40 CPMs in traditional media). Mobile CPMs are closer to $0.25, because there is only one ad on those miniature pages.
Michael Wolff: Smartphones will soon be the primary news source for most Americans. That's if anyone can still make money by reporting
July 30, 2012 at 7:54 am Public
Howard DernehlMobile ads need to be targeted to the moment and location of the device, and considering the small form factor. People using mobile are usually on the go, typically not having the longer time horizon considerations of a PC or tablet user. Form, fit and function go together.
July 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm
Andreas Ramos Dave Barry on the London Olympics, the Mitt Mess in the UK, naked volleyball, and crazy squirrels.
The Olympics officially got under way Friday with the much-anticipated opening ceremony, titled "Isles of Wonder." The complex and imaginative show went off without a hitch, except for one unfortunate incident when four of the sheep were shot by members of the Kazakhstani Olympic archery team, who a...
July 27, 2012 at 4:13 pm Public
Andreas Ramos Your Mid-Semester Exam Question: "Describe the impact of Facebook on the Illiad." Yes, it can be done. Physicists are applying network theory to myths to see if myths have a basis in real events. The answer is quite surprising.
Can you Friend the Minotaur?
July 26, 2012 at 10:11 am Public
Ben RothfeldOw. Just ow. Don't get me started. I may start hurling epithets, and not just "Achilles, Swift of his Feet."
July 26, 2012 at 11:16 am
Andreas Ramos The Numbers: For new smartphones in April, 61.5% Android, 25.2% iPhone, 7.1% Microsoft, and 4.8% BlackBerry. Major factor: every carrier offers Android phones and often for free.
July 26, 2012 at 8:07 am Public
Michael WarburtonMicrosoft is saying they're going to make big improvements for business users with Windows phone 8, and BlackBerry are also going to be making a lot of noise about BB10. Will be interesting to see how they do.

Google building some decent hype with jelly bean and their nexus 7 tablet, although Apple are rumored to release their own 7 or 8 inch tablet soon. Can't see them matching Google's price point, but that's never stopped people buying Apple products.
July 26, 2012 at 8:24 am
Gregg GilesYet the Android makers can't keep their OS versions in sync... details.
July 26, 2012 at 8:25 am
Andreas RamosMy mom upgraded from an iPad to a Google Nexus 7 this past weekend. She likes the slightly smaller size: more portable.
July 26, 2012 at 9:57 am
Andreas Ramos Escape the search bubble. When you use Google, it shows you results based on your past searches and your friends' searches. But what if you want to see objective results? What if you want to know more what your friends know? Here's how to get out of the search bubble.
Google has put all of us in our own search bubbles. It shows you search results based on your previous searches and your friends’ searches.
July 24, 2012 at 10:13 am Public
Barbara CicioThanks Andreas - getting better results already!
July 24, 2012 at 10:50 am
Lisa CarlsonI never search using Google, unless it's for a map. Lots of ways around it.
July 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm
David RogersThis is great Andreas! Thanks- very useful. I'm gonna test some between browser and between 'bubble' for airfare and review... I have a hypothesis :-)
July 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm
Barbara CicioDavid - Please tells us your results!
July 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm
Andreas Ramos Peet's was sold for nearly a billion dollars. That's a lot of coffee!
No changes expected in the way Emeryville-based Peet
July 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm Public
Alex LopezGermans have good taste...
July 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm
Gregg GilesYeah but at $4 a cup... adds up fast. :-P
July 23, 2012 at 5:34 pm
Alex LopezTouche...
July 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm
Susan LevittI remember when they started in Emeryville.
July 29, 2012 at 9:05 am
Andreas Ramos In one year, people used guns to murder 35 in Australia, 39 in England and Wales, 194 in Germany, 200 in Canada, and 9,484 in the United States. Yay! USA is number one! </sarcasm>
July 21, 2012 at 5:55 pm Public
Matt SnowI wonder which country leads in vehicle related deaths?
July 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm
Roslyn LaytonTotal madness.
July 21, 2012 at 10:38 pm
Leo HugoAs Chris Rock once said: "Guns don't kill people. People don't kill people. BULLETS kill people." http://www.youtube.com/#/watch?desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DOuX-nFmL0II&v=OuX-nFmL0II&gl=GB
July 22, 2012 at 4:02 am
Yasuhiro Ohkura5 in Japan.
July 22, 2012 at 5:10 am
Dominique Lahaixand you have the death penalty, maybe to make up for (eventual) bad years </sarcasm>
July 22, 2012 at 6:24 am
Andreas RamosVehicle deaths? I once looked into this. Traffic fatalities are measured by deaths per 100,000 vehicles or by miles/kilometers. The USA is at 15 per 100,000 vehicles, which is fairly low. Singapore is 30; Russia has 55; India is 315; and Togo has an astonishing 14,000. The WHO collects these statistics.
July 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm
Lisa CarlsonI'll bet they are a couple of years old, though. We are catching up to the other countries, on I-880 alone!
July 22, 2012 at 9:29 pm
Andreas Ramos Visiting San Francisco: A friend asked me what to see and do in two days in SF. You can share it with others, change it, etc.

First, what to wear: Okay, it can be 105F in the USA and it can be 90F in California, but SF is at the entrance of the Pacific Ocean and it can be very very
cold. Shorts are okay, but you must have a good thick fleece sweater
(not a light one). Tourists come to SF in the summer in their T-shirts
and shorts: that's why SF sells so many fleece jackets! :-)

SF also has micro-climates. It can be 90F in one neighborhood and
you go four blocks and it's suddenly 65F and a chilly wind. The steep hills, the
sunlight, the fog, etc. cause that.

SF is a serious walking city. It's not flat. Wear good walking
shoes. Either running shoes or walking shoes. We also recommend that
you save your feet: take taxi as much as possible.

Start early in the morning. Take a taxi to Hallidie Plaza (at Powell
& Market).

Cable Car: Absolute must. Ride the Powell-Hyde line. Be careful,
there is also a Powell-Mason line: you don't want that one. Go to
Powell Street Turnaround at Hallidie Plaza (Powell & Market). Often a
crowd, so get there early and get in line. Bring $5 cash to pay for
the ticket. Try to grab a standing spot either at the front or the
back and hang on!

When you get to the end, you can either go to the right and see
Fisherman's Wharf, etc., but it's just tourist stuff: T-Shirts,
bad food, etc. We recommend China Town. Take the cable
car back and hop out at Bush Street. Walk a few blocks downhill to
Grant.

China Town: Start at Grant & Bush (the Dragon Gate.) Walk through the gate. Go all the way to the end. Brings you to North Beach.

North Beach (Italian neighborhood): Cross the street and continue on
Columbus, named for the famous Italian. Time for lunch. Lots of places to
sit outside for a pizza. Plus shops for Italian ice cream and bakeries. Go
4-5 blocks to the park, where you'll see St. Peter & Paul Cathedral.
When you see weddings in movies, the outdoor scene is often here, even
if the movie wedding is in NYC or Boston :-)

It'll now mid-afternoon.

Get a taxi to Cliff House at Seal Point. Spectacular views of cliffs, the ocean, and seals. Walk around the complex there. Walk down to the beach. Take off your socks and walk in the surf. You should be wearing shorts, not jeans.

Walk as far as you want. On the way back, just across the beach road,
is Beach Chalet, which is a restaurant (1000 Great Highway,
San Francisco, CA 94121. (415) 386-8439. beachchalet.com). Plan ahead
and make reservations. Try to get a seat by the window. Spectacular ocean sunset
view.

It'll be late evening. Ask the hostess to call a taxi. Back to your hotel to crash.

Day 2: Redwood Forest, Pacific Ocean, and Napa. Get a car. Go to the
Golden Gate Bridge. Cross over. Stay in the far right lane. Put your friends on the right side with camera ready to take photos. Drive slow. At the end of the bridge, take the first right: that brings you into a parking lot. Park wherever you can. Walk to the
scenic view. Lots of great views of the bridge, SF, Alcatraz, the Bay,
etc. Lock your car and watch your stuff: lots of pickpockets too. And
lots of plainclothes police to catch the lots of pickpockets.

At the parking lot exit, bear right. Continue a few miles down the
hill to Sausalito. Go to the downtown area and park wherever you can
and walk around. Very pretty Northern California town. Find a
place to get sandwiches and drinks. You must get food
in Sausalito; in a few miles, there will be no shops at all for the
rest of the day.

Continue to Muir Grove. Get there early; it can fill by mid-afternoon.
It's a great place to walk in a redwood forest. You can picnic there.
The hills, the curvy roads, the views are very Northern Pacific Coast.

Continue along Muir Woods Road to Muir Beach. Very nice place.

Return over the Golden Gate (toll is $6, cash) and back to SF for dinner.

Food in SF: Ask your concierge. Don't go to Chinese restaurants in SF;
they're mostly for tourists and pretty bad. Go for pizza in North Beach or lots of
places around Union Square. Thtere is also the Ferry Building, which
has super good small restaurants.

Look in tourist books. There's other stuff to do. The stuff above is unique to
SF. You may want to go up to Coit Tower. Good views of
the city. You can walk up there (good long walk!)
July 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm Public
Ben RothfeldLadies & gentlemen, is there anything Andreas Ramos CAN'T do?
July 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm
Suzana Perta GoreaTry the margaritas at the Cliff House, the BEST I've ever had!
July 21, 2012 at 11:05 pm
Stephanie EricssonTHIS is exactly what we natives of SF do on weekends. Andreas--you've described countless days of my past. The only thing I'd add is to go wander through the Japanese Tea Gardens in Golden Gate Park and then sit, and enjoy jasmine tea and almond cookies in the quiet--something my mother & I did every Saturday when I was a kid.
July 21, 2012 at 11:49 pm
Andreas Klinke JohannsenSounds like an invitation :-)
July 22, 2012 at 12:11 am
Samantha ClarkThis is great! Thanks.
July 22, 2012 at 5:33 am
Dominique LahaixI would add the ferry from Emarcadero to Sausalito. Great views of the bay.
July 22, 2012 at 6:28 am
Andreas RamosWhat else? If visiting friends have only ONE day in SF, what would you recommend?
July 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm
Jim RaymondPier 39 and the Academy of Sciences
July 29, 2012 at 11:38 pm
Andreas Ramos Happy Ramadan to everyone!
July 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm Public
Andreas Ramos The Numbers: What's the ROI in sponsoring a sports event? The National Guard paid $26.5 million to sponsor Dale Earnhardt's NASCAR race car. 24,800 people expressed interest. Only 20 were qualified and zero joined.
July 20, 2012 at 10:16 am Public
Ben RothfeldFunny, I was just going to write about this on my blog. I'ma steal these data.
July 20, 2012 at 10:19 am
Ben RothfeldThe real trick is getting consumers to switch from interest in the sport to interest in your brand. We all love Dale Earnhardt, but not everyone loves joining the Guard...
July 20, 2012 at 10:19 am
Andreas RamosEveryone may love NASCAR and joining the National Guard, but nobody wants to be shipped to Afghanistan for three years.
July 20, 2012 at 10:24 am
Gregg GilesYes. Because if there's one thing NASCAR fans don't know anything about is the National Guard. /facepalm.

Chances are many NASCAR fans are already in the Guard, so I'm puzzled why the NG would feel compelled to waste money doing that...
July 20, 2012 at 10:36 am
Martin FrederiksenIf you are a Nascar driver you can get out of Afghanistan if you drive fast enough. :-)
July 20, 2012 at 10:43 am
Elizabeth Lynn MoonAnd when did they add "Inter" to National Guard. It's not "defense" if we send those who protect our country and shores, off to other countries and shores.
July 20, 2012 at 10:44 am
Mark CrossYes we do all LOVE Dale, and I suspect that the National Guard Senior leadership, Agencies and their families got to PARTY with Dale after the "go around the track" 500.
July 20, 2012 at 10:52 am
Gregg GilesNG being used for international engagements isn't anything new. What is relatively new is how extensively the NG has been relied on for frequent, repeated, and prolonged international engagements for an undeclared war. Thank Dubya for that... he had to pay for those great tax cuts somehow, and this is one of the ways it was done. (Don't increase the size of the active military, just mobilize the NG.)
July 20, 2012 at 11:04 am
Andreas RamosI wonder if there is ROI tracking of other event sponsorships. This is a large industry. Do they look at the results, or is it as Mark says, a chance for upper management to party with stars? I'm curious about this because we're looking at event sponsorship for several projects.
July 20, 2012 at 11:57 am
Mark CrossWhere did you get the data Andreas? It would be interesting to know their plan and goals. Is the sponsorship for one season? How many people signed up? They may be looking at it as a branding excercise vs direct measurable... I really enjoy your posts and find them very informative and useful.
July 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm
Andreas RamosThere are several news stories about this today. The US Army spends $8.4m/yr to sponsor a race car. Yesterday, a congress critter tried to stop sponsorship of sports events (the military budget spends $71m/year on this). But lobbyist worms kept this in. See http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/07/house-says-military-can-keep-nascar-sponsorships/
July 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm
Suzana Perta GoreaJust my general knowledge: sports sponsorships are about building brand goodwill as they create emotional connections with your audience vs driving sales. That is a very good question: what metrics to use in determining their ROI. I'll keep digging.
July 21, 2012 at 11:11 pm
Andreas Ramos #Hashtags in SEO? Okay, so you can use hashtags in Twitter. Search for #mitt and you'll find all tweets about Mitt Romney.

But what about Facebook? FB doesn't search the content in postings (FB's search capability is very primitive). So it has no SEO effect. But it's useful as a way to emphasize a topic for the reader.

What about Google? If you search Bing, Yahoo, or Google for #mitt, you'll get pages about Mitt (without the hashtag). Google will also send you to Twitter.

So... hashtags have little SEO effect outside of Twitter. However, they are a good way to mark a word for your readers. If they see the hashtag, they may search for it and if they're using Google, they'll get the tweets about your topic.
July 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm Public
Michael WarburtonUsed on Google+ too.
July 19, 2012 at 10:33 pm
Andreas Ramos Looking for an intern. Be bilingual (read and write both English and Spanish), familiar with social media, and around Palo Alto. The position will turn into a paid job. If you know someone, let me know.
July 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm Public
Lisa CarlsonSend me an email with job description and I will post it for my students. If not for them, they have friends.
July 18, 2012 at 10:47 pm
Martin FrederiksenI'll take it..! ;-)
July 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm
Suzana Perta Goreatake it too :-)
July 19, 2012 at 1:26 am
Dominique LahaixCan you send me a job desc?
July 19, 2012 at 1:52 am
Andreas RamosThe job description: Carry out research; manage social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.); use various social media tools. Be involved in the marketing strategy (produce TV ads, arrange event sponsorship, etc.) Must be able to write in colloquial Latin American Spanish (i.e., not Spain).
July 19, 2012 at 8:11 pm
Andreas Ramos Is Facebook slow on your computer? It's the apps. They copy everything you do and send it to their makers.

Delete the apps that you don't use. Go to Home > Account Settings > Apps. Delete whatever you're not using.

What kind of information do they collect? Here's one of my apps. None of this is relevant to them, yet they collect it. Yes, it's collecting relationship details, political views, and religious views of my friends. I got rid of it.

Your profile info: description, activities, birthday, education history, groups, hometown, interests, likes, location, relationship status, relationship details, religious and political views, website and work history.

Your stories: events, notes, photos, status updates and videos.

Friends' profile info: descriptions, activities, birthdays, education histories, groups, hometowns, interests, likes, locations, relationship statuses, relationship details, religious and political views, websites and work histories

Stories shared with you: events, notes, photos, status updates and videos
July 18, 2012 at 8:40 am Public
Joanne FedeykoIt just feels like they are violating everything about us ... where did I ever sign up to say they could do all of that? I don't like it.
July 18, 2012 at 9:38 am
Andreas RamosWhy would an app collect my friends' political views, religious views, and work history? This is bizarre.
July 18, 2012 at 9:49 am
Lisa CarlsonIt's da goment, mon.
July 18, 2012 at 10:48 pm
Andreas Ramos Yahoo's new CEO: Marissa Mayer of Google.
Marissa Mayer, one of the top executives at Google, will be the next C.E.O. of Yahoo, making her one of the most prominent women in Silicon Valley and corporate America.
July 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm Public
Alex LopezDo you think Yahoo can go to the next level? Google has gone far beyond them, while Yahoo has stayed stagnant for so long.
July 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm
Andreas RamosMayer's challenge isn't strategy for Yahoo. The real problem is the vicious war among the major investors and the board of directors. Why did they appoint her? Do they think she can fix things? Or did they pick her because she's weak, so it's a compromise between factions, and each faction secretly thinks they'll be able to manipulate her? (That's why Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc. appointed W. Bush: someone they could control.)
July 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm
Alex LopezThat totally makes sense...
July 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm
Ben RothfeldGood luck with that.
July 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm
Lisa CarlsonMy questions: 1) Do you know her? 2) Can she save Yahoo?
July 16, 2012 at 5:39 pm
Suzana Perta GoreaHey, don't underestimate the lady! She's super smart. And I mean really smart. Also, I bet she has a Plan B, leave with a 7 -8 figure check in case things turn sour. I'm happy for her. She has a good (tough but good) chance to prove herself. And if you know her, or know someone who knows her, the disruptive ad model I've designed two years ago can totally transform Yahoo! and they have the resources to implement it...
July 17, 2012 at 2:29 am
Howard DernehlThis may be the last great opportunity for Yahoo! to survive in the form and attributes as users have come to know it, and for it to make a leadership move to thrive through innovation, creativity and execution of its business model. I wish for the success of Ms. Mayer!
July 17, 2012 at 5:42 am
Marianne McGlynnGood for her. Yahoo is in dire straits and has been through a number of CEOs including the founder. The publicity surrounding her is good for her and Yahoo, I hope as the top leader she can move the company in a better direction and bring new energy and talent to the place, maybe even other Google people. It is a risk worth taking for her. But it will take much more than getting a new CEO to get things rolling again.
July 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm
Andreas Ramos Here is one of the things that can be done with predictive analytics. The social and legal implications are... well... unknown.

This is also being used for marketing, insurance, health, and many other things. http://reason.com/archives/2012/07/10/predictive-policing-criminals-crime
Predictive policing helps police protect citizens. It could also be used to oppress them.
July 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm Public
Andreas Ramos Local Business
We have a dream. To deliver virtual bagels over the internet to a world of virtual eaters. Join us in this low calorie...
July 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm
Andreas Ramos Check out Jim Carrey's website. Unique experience. http://jimcarrey.com/
Explore the eccentric, psychedelic corners of Jim Carrey's mind on his official site. Discover archived appearances and movie trailers, behind the scenes clips, family photos and even notes from Jim himself!
July 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm Public
Lisa CarlsonThis is so fantastic!
July 14, 2012 at 9:21 pm
Susan LevittClick on the rocket ship.
July 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm
Andreas Ramos The gang goes out for pizza. Jing, Ling, Helen, and Linda.
July 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm Public
Lisa CarlsonLucky boy!
July 13, 2012 at 8:07 pm
Andreas Ramos It's really hard to get information these days:

- Magazine reviews generally favor the company that pays the most advertising. A company places a few full-page ads ($20,000 per page) and the CEO show ups on the cover, plus they get great reviews. Those "Ten Products for Christmas" pages? It's all paid placement.
- Crowd-based reviews (Likes, comments, votes, etc.) are generally faked by either the site itself (Digg did this, and I suspect FB too) or the ad agencies (JWT adds massive numbers of Likes to posting for their clients.)
- Search results: Google favors large advertisers (the more money they spend in Adwords, the higher they rank in the search results).

Has "information" turned into manipulation? The only source I trust is ConsumerReports.org.
July 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm Public
Dave Mundta lot of truth here. It is a shame, too, as the Net had such potential for allowing us to access reviews of products and services by actual users. I agree about ConsumerReports.org completely, as they have a long track history of unbiased testing and reporting. It is also a sad thing that the journalists have prostituted themselves so much that the idea of integrity is looked upon as an obsolete and out-dated concept. Byte had the same problem. During its run, it went from a good source of information and discussion to nothing more than a catalog, bought and paid for by the hardware and software companies. No one seems to have learned from the fact that as the magazine rotted away, subscribers disappeared in droves, until there were so few that the rag got the "ziff-davis" treatment and went away.
July 14, 2012 at 2:44 am
Andreas RamosWhen newspapers and magazine are run by corporations, finance becomes the goal. The accountants and sales people take over.

Crowd-sourced news is good in theory, but it allows companies to hide behind the news (e.g., Digg, FB, etc.) None of these have had a major impact in journalism.
July 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm
Dave MundtI certainly agree that the issue of companies being able to flood the Net with self-serving reviews is a serious weakness in the review process.. As for the financial aspects of it - I have been ranting for some time that a major problem with American business these days is the focus on making as much profit with the minimal effort, instead of the idea of producing an excellent product and making money off those sales. Typical attitudes when the bean counters take over....
July 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm
Susan LevittThis has been called out as a problem for years in the fashion industry. In magazines, the model on the cover wears the clothing of the design house who bought the most ads, including cosmetics & perfume ads. The editorial articles all praise the trends of the few most highly-advertised designers.
July 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm
Andreas Ramos The BBC writes about the fake accounts at FB. Their number is low: FB itself admits 10% of accounts are fake. That's 90 million fake accounts. Who did this? What are they doing with this?

Indeed, who would stand to profit from hundreds of millions of fake clicks at Facebook?
An investigation suggests firms are wasting money to gain "likes" from fake profiles and users who have no interest in their products.
July 13, 2012 at 3:57 pm Public
Andreas RamosLast year, Mother Jones wrote oil companies are using fake social accounts to create a swell of opinion to favor their positions. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/aug/05/fake-twitter-tar-sands-pipeline
July 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm
Andreas Ramos This will be in kids' playrooms in a few years. http://youtu.be/cl8ptneR1Kk
Willow slaat de handen in elkaar met de winnaar van de publieksprijs van de Canvascollectie, Filip Sterckx, voor de videoclip van de nieuwe single ...
July 13, 2012 at 10:48 am Public
Eva Maria Knudsenso they will say: I DID clean my room - my virtual room. And then, what do we do?
July 13, 2012 at 11:59 am
Eternity TimeI can also see implications in the education world...why pay for a brick-and-mortar building if you can have this set up and each kid 'take the bus' to 'school'--keep the social interaction, because it would be real kids next to each other in chairs as they are now) but eliminate the need to leave the room (you could even have 'recess' together - ) Although, I just mentioned this to a 14 and 19 year old-and they had great dismay at that sort of model...but in terms of a cost-saving benefit (and with fewer and fewer wanting to pay for public school...), it seems like it might be on its way...They liked the entertainment/playroom idea better...
July 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm
Monte Clarkbrilliant
July 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm
Andreas Ramos Digg got dugg. One of the first social media sites, Digg had $45m in funding, 240m annual visitors, and a $200m valuation. This morning, it was sold for only $500,000 (the going price for an apartment in Manhattan or a dog house in Palo Alto.)

Embroiled in endless controversies (just read the Wikipedia article on Digg), it lost credibility. Traffic collapsed.

What's the future for any other social sites with an erratic CEO and endless controversies? :-)
Betaworks is buying Digg for $500,000, the Wall...
July 13, 2012 at 8:16 am Public
Suzana Perta GoreaRead that this morning. Ouch!
July 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm
Alex LopezWow, how the mighty fall....
July 13, 2012 at 5:52 pm
Lisa SimonOr a dog house in manhattan
July 13, 2012 at 11:07 pm
Andreas Ramos What happens when a bunch of Silicon Valley guys fool around with new technology?
Building a Portal gun. This was the most challenging project I have ever undertaken.
July 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm Public
Andreas Ramos Remember the Yahoo vs FB lawsuit? (Quik Review: 10 yrs ago, G stole Y's patents; Y sued G; G paid $1b; now, FB steals same Y patents; Y sues FB; I predicted win, Y's favor.)

Yep, just as I predicted. Y wins. Y will be able to place ads on FB. FB ads can also appear in Y and Y get part of the revenue. Value of deal? I'll put it in the billion dollar range.
July 7, 2012 at 3:04 pm Public
Paul StoneAnd when my facebook starts inundating me with ads, I will leave... along with billions of others.
July 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm
Lisa SimonSo all Y has to do instead of coming up with anything new is sit around waiting to sue
July 7, 2012 at 9:37 pm
Andreas RamosSo Yahoo is the bad guy because FB stole their patents?
July 7, 2012 at 11:13 pm
Lisa SimonNo but it's interesting
July 8, 2012 at 7:50 am
Andreas Ramos Stop this useless military madness.
I just signed a petition to U.S. Navy EIS Comments: Stop the killing of 1,800 whales and dolphins and the deafening of 15,900 more by ceasing the operation of the Navy's underwater sound system in the Hawaiian Islands, the California and Atlantic Coasts, and the Gulf of Mexico.
July 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm Public
Ben RothfeldAndreas, the military is an extremely conservative institution. If you want them to stop killing cetaceans, you need to suggest something else they can kill. So, consider Iranians, Syrians or Na'vi.
July 7, 2012 at 3:21 pm
Andreas RamosThey can kill time. Just stay on their bases and watch movies.
July 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm
Andreas Ramos Google "lost" another class action. But in Google World, "lose" means "massive legal victory".

Okay, you Adwords users, have you ever noticed Google "accidentally" overcharges your daily budget? By 2% or so? Google says that's because computers aren't accurate. We all make tiny mistakes, and my bad, you don't really mind, do you?

2% of $40 billion (G's annual revenues) is a teeny-weeny $800 million.

Google paid $20m to settle the "Hanson vs. Google" class action lawsuit. This means nobody else can sue on this issue, so Google will continue the 2% "accidental" overcharge and collect $800m per year. It's okay. Evil is now legal.
July 6, 2012 at 7:35 am Public
Lisa Loefflerhttp://www.wordwatch.com is supposed to help with getting overcharged for AdWord campaigns.
July 6, 2012 at 8:45 am
Lisa CarlsonGood analysis. Does that make Google any different from other top U.S. corporations?
July 6, 2012 at 9:01 am
Robert WynneYou should be the U.S. attorney in charge of California. Well done.
July 6, 2012 at 10:41 am
Roslyn LaytonBrilliant legal strategy: win by losing.
July 7, 2012 at 9:35 am
Andreas RamosA friend at Yahoo said to me yesterday " Well, it makes sense. "Evil" rhymes with "Legal."
July 7, 2012 at 9:48 am
Antje Wilschwow. Just... wow.
July 7, 2012 at 10:14 am
Andreas Ramos BOOM! Whoops! San Diego accidentally set off all their fireworks at once.
San Diego Bay fireworks mishap disappointed thousands on July 4, 2012.
July 5, 2012 at 6:40 am Public
Dave MundtWell, there is one company that will never get the contract for a show again! Somebody likely screwed up a connection some where and fired all the squibs at once. I am sure, though, it was one of the brightest, loudest show that the audience had seen - for 15 seconds!
July 5, 2012 at 11:56 am
Andreas Ramos Reading the news from CERN. They have evidence of the Higgs particle. 40 years of theory and research led to this.
July 4, 2012 at 1:02 am Public
Andreas RamosThe work in physics spins off stuff for everyday life. Tens of thousands of scientists worked at CERN. So they could communicate, Tim Berners-Lee (a physicist) created the web and HTML. Everything we call the web came out of that: Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Craigslist, and so on.

It was quite appropriate to learn at 2 am last night about the discovery of the Higgs via the web.

This is also why several years ago, I was at the Swiss consulate in SF, also very late at night, for a live video feed from CERN to celebrate the start of the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) at CERN.
July 4, 2012 at 10:21 am
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Suzana Perta Goreacareful, don't bruise the molecules :-)
July 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm
Andreas Ramos I met with Alex last week, who's a senior games designer at Disney, and we began talking about web sites on mobile. A few days earlier, I was in Sacramento and met with Shane and Steve, who are developing a website for a new startup that we're building. We also talked about a mobile web site for the project.

Suzana found a mobile showcase site (apparently, it's the only one; yes, that's how primitive this area is). I went through 150 mobile sites and wrote tips for mobile web design (incl. things to avoid.)

If you're thinking of a mobile site for your company, look at this. Or if you have one, this'll give you ideas how to improve your site. Give it to your web team.

I'd love to hear your ideas and feedback. We're working on more projects and we need ideas.
Summary: Why mobile is different, tips on what to do (and avoid), along with a list of great examples of mobile websites.
July 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm Public
Lisa SimonSo who can do the fastest app for the best price and still make it unique
July 2, 2012 at 10:47 pm
Andreas RamosThat would be a great discussion. Fees range wildly. It can be $50,000 or $2,000.
July 3, 2012 at 6:43 am
Andreas Ramos EuroCup: Spain 4, Italy 0. Pix came from a friend in Madrid a few minutes ago.
July 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm Public
Suzana Perta GoreaThis is an incredible pix!
July 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm
Dave MundtCats are only happy if they can be "on" something. I am sure the gentle glow of superiority from the Spanish flag helps too!
July 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm
Marsha FortnerThis cat is onto something and I think he knows it!
July 1, 2012 at 8:04 pm
Andreas Ramos "Any sufficiently advanced bug is indistinguishable from a feature." -- Alfred E. Clark
June 30, 2012 at 10:28 pm Public
Andreas Ramos To escape the heat in Palm Springs, where it's 110 degrees, my brother went to Nashville for the week. Where it's only 109 degrees :-)
June 30, 2012 at 9:59 am Public
Susan LevittHe can wear open-toed clogs to beat the heat.
June 30, 2012 at 10:03 am
Eva Maria Knudsencooler is cooler :-)
June 30, 2012 at 10:32 am
Suzana Perta Gorea Andreas Ramos: check this also -
June 30, 2012 at 7:43 am
Andreas Ramos Help! We're developing websites for several projects. The sites should be easy to use on mobile devices. Have you seen good examples of web design for mobile?

I like Microsoft's design: large text, large buttons. See this link: http://bit.ly/zMIlxV
June 29, 2012 at 11:06 pm Public
Suzana Perta GoreaMicrosoft's one of the best! Check these also:
June 30, 2012 at 7:16 am
Suzana Perta Goreahttp://www.mobileawesomeness.com/
June 30, 2012 at 7:16 am
Andreas RamosIncredible! Very good resource. Thanks!
June 30, 2012 at 10:01 am
Andreas RamosI found two more (search Bing for "showcase mobile websites".)

http://www.bluetrainmobile.com/mobile-showcase
http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/inspiration/mobile-web-designs-show-future-trends/
June 30, 2012 at 10:16 am
Martin FrederiksenGo responsive!
June 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm
Martin Frederiksen...and skype with Jonas from Klean. He can update you on wireframing and coding tips!
June 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm
Lisa SimonLet's talk this week
June 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm
Matt Smithfor what it's worth, I think Google came out in favor of responsive as the preferred way to handle mobile sites. but you'd still be ok going m.site.com, etc, anyway
June 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm
Andreas Ramos Google, FB, and Twitter have assigned teams to work with Super PACs to help them manipulate the US elections. Yes, that means they'll give massive amounts of personal data to the Super PACs.
Facebook, Twitter and Google employ teams to work directly with Super Pacs to target key swing state voters online
June 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm Public
Howard DernehlAttracts those that think money buys votes, and I suppose it does to some degree-- mainly to the undecided or independent voters. Probably 80% of the voters have already decided their vote.
June 29, 2012 at 8:06 pm
Gregg GilesPretty scummy. When is enough money enough?
June 29, 2012 at 8:16 pm
Lisa CarlsonI have such a great idea... let's talk.
June 29, 2012 at 8:34 pm
Andreas Ramos Google, FB, and Twitter have assigned teams to work with Super PACs to help them manipulate the US elections. Yes, that means they'll give massive amounts of personal data to the Super PACs.
Facebook, Twitter and Google employ teams to work directly with Super Pacs to target key swing state voters online
June 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm Public
Andreas Ramos A friend asked about SEO. Here's my reply:

Most books and articles about SEO were written 3-5 years ago. At that time, Google used text and links to evaluate ranking (because that's all they could track.)

However, social media (Facebook, Youtube, MySpace, Twitter, etc.) showed the significance of comments, likes, ratings, and sentiment.

In 2010, Google began to change. They released Google+, they began indexing Twitter, etc., and they changed their algorithms. Affiliates (single-page websites that sell products of other companies) have been decimated almost to extinction. Google now gives priority to large brands (esp. if those companies pay for lots of Google Adwords advertising). Small companies and webshops that sell products of other companies have lost their ranking.

Keywords, such as TITLE tag, DESCRIPTION tag, H1, etc. were the bedrock of traditional SEO from 2001 to mid-2010. Today, these are basic necessities (you must have these), but they are not sufficient (this alone isn't going to do much, if anything.)

You carry out SEO in Google, and also in Twitter, FB, etc. You also use PPC in Google Adwords, Bing, FB, and LinkedIn. You also use social, video, onsite comments, ratings, sharing, etc. You can't use only SEO or PPC.

The goal is to build grow traffic. The more traffic and social activity (likes, Google pluses, etc.), the higher you rank.
June 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm Public
Lisa CarlsonSuccint!
June 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm
Elizabeth Lynn MoonTried to block and copy this to safe for reference, but FB won't copy anything beyond the "more." Yet again a display of the fact that they care little for their users...we're just data crops to harvest.
June 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm
Lisa CarlsonTo Elizabetht Lynn Moon: you can copy...just be patient and do a little at a time using Word.
June 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm
Andreas Ramos900 million people are going to be very unhappy when FB collapses in a year. Their postings, messages, friend lists, and pics will disappear.
June 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm
Lisa CarlsonBut, aren't we prepared for it all to be so ephemeral?
June 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm
Elizabeth Lynn MoonLisa, I tried several times and it wouldn't cooperate but this time I did it from the bottom and was successful. Thanks for nudging me to give it one more try. " )
June 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm
Lisa CarlsonNever give up!
June 29, 2012 at 8:35 pm
Elizabeth Lynn MoonLOL. Well, with limited time and energy, prioritization is critical. " )
June 29, 2012 at 8:42 pm
Lisa CarlsonI know. Gotta choose yer battles....
June 29, 2012 at 9:12 pm
Andreas Ramos Anyone else here using TheBrain.com? It's a mind map tool, but it's also a UI for your desktop (all your files can be put into it), plus you can link it to other people. Wondering if others are using it.
TheBrain provides advanced Mind Mapping Software and Knowledge Management Software that uses visualization and intuitive concept maps to enable intuitive searching, browsing, and organization of information. Disparate data sources are integrated and connected into an associative knowledge network to...
June 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm Public
Lenny MontanoNo, but sounds very cool!
June 27, 2012 at 9:24 pm
Lisa CarlsonIs it in the cloud? As in, upload your brain and your files? Estate planners need to get involved....
June 27, 2012 at 10:22 pm
Angelika BlendstrupThanks Andreas!!
June 28, 2012 at 9:49 am
Susanne Skou KristensenThank you Andreas, I knew that one day, there would be hope for me too.
June 28, 2012 at 10:52 am
Lixia Sun Thanks! Andreas,I am glad be a friend with you.
June 27, 2012 at 7:58 am
Andreas Ramos Does Google Instant show a preference for the top brands? See for yourself. http://blog.efrontier.com/insights/2010/10/google-instants-brand-bias.html
Google Instant “predicts the most likely completion and streams results in real-time” as per the official Google blog. If that is indeed the case, we must be searching for a lot of brands. I typed all the letters in the...
June 27, 2012 at 7:01 am Public
Andreas Ramos Facebook should not do things like this. Your email address is how people can contact you. FB shouldn't just change it without your permission.
Facebook just removed everyone's email address from their profile and replaced it with an @facebook.com email address without asking you. Here's how to easily fix the problem.
June 26, 2012 at 6:45 am Public
Mariianne CraryI feel they just took away the mailbox outside the house and put in a new one that they have the key to.. WTF.
June 26, 2012 at 8:56 am
Stephanie EricssonThis isn't the only thing that has been messed with by FB... I've caught several changes that were made... the authors of my quotes were all screwed up and several members of my family in Sweden who I was friends with on FB and suddenly am not any longer, one here in the US that I know of... ??!!
June 26, 2012 at 10:01 am
Dave MundtThe rather arrogant way Zuckerberg, et al, have of making serious changes to the system, with out bothering to notify the users is fairly irritating, and, I think, will be a root cause of FB's long-term failure. Glad I did not buy any of the stock!
June 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm
Rosie HauslerData-driven decisions can bite if not executed properly.
June 27, 2012 at 3:27 pm
Stephanie EricssonFB has demoted me as administrator of my book's page ...and all I'm getting are form letters back from them... BTW- they did this without consulting me... It's not like it can't be confirmed that I wrote the damned book! https://www.facebook.com/CompanionThroughDarkness
June 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm
Andreas Ramos Society/Culture Website
3 Quarks Daily is a highly acclaimed, award-winning blog, and has been called "an intellectual wonder-cabinet." You can...
June 25, 2012 at 7:34 am
Prakash Kp Hi Andreas,
Hope you are doing well. I had this doubt haunting me for quite a while. I hope you can help me. I get these messages showing some poor kid who needs urgent surgery to survive etc... and asking us to share the pic, so facebook would donate 'x' amount for every share. I personally feel this is fake. Some people do this spontaneously and ask us to do so. What do you think about this and how true or false it is?

Thanks in advance :)
Prakash
June 25, 2012 at 4:47 am
Eva Maria Knudsen It was "Skt. Hans" yesterday in DK - do you remember "Midsommer" in DK or Sweden? The longest and most beautiful night of the year. We sit around a campfire, sing a song etc. etc.
June 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm
Andreas RamosIt's one of the best holidays in any country.
June 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm
Andreas Ramos Apple store employees produce $473,000 in annual sales and get paid $11.25/hr (about $25,000 per year). That explains unhappy Apple employees. http://nyti.ms/ME4ru7
June 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm Public
Ben RothfeldI like Google more and more these days, but I'm sure it's only a difference of degree.
June 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm
Gregg GilesThey work in retail, what did they expect? If they want to make more money, they need to become the people that create the products, not just be the people that handle point-of-sale transactions and customer support.
June 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm
Dave MundtOr, even better, the middle-men that broker the goods. Low overhead, decent money and little or no heavy lifting.
June 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm
Mariianne CraryI guess that it would make sense to not categorize Apple store employees as "store workers". They need to have significant expertise that is not cheap. So.. fix it by creating a "different" category for Apple store employees. And give them a salary that fits the expertise they bring in.
June 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm
Andreas Ramos Went to see "Prometheus", Ridley Scott's latest movie. Lots of big images, but the plot makes no sense. Wait for it on DVD.
Prometheus Teaser Trailer A Film by Ridley Scott ▸ More at http://www.Facebook.com/PrometheusMovienews - Even more at http://www.PrometheusForum.net This Pro...
June 23, 2012 at 10:27 pm Public
Gregg GilesIt's basically the same plot line as the original Alien. Ship lands on alien world, finds mysterious alien ship, hidden agenda leads to betrayal, evil aliens start killing everybody, the tough chick wins. It was okay, but definitely not worth $18 on IMAX 3D.
June 24, 2012 at 11:10 am
Andreas RamosI read the Wikipedia article; they didn't figure it out either. The movie is really just a monster movie.
June 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm
Harry PettyInteresting review of Prometheus. http://cavalorn.livejournal.com/584135.html
July 4, 2012 at 11:38 pm
Andreas RamosOkay, the review makes sense of the movie. But it puts the movie in the same situation as modern art: when you look at the art work and then you have to read the caption to understand it, then the artwork failed. That's why so much of modern art is not art.
July 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Harry PettyI agree with you but I remember many fun debates on the meaning of the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick. What did that end sequence mean? And there was the scene when the black monolith tumbled in the screen acroos the aligned Jovian moons and Jupiter below forming a cross...
July 5, 2012 at 7:12 pm
Robert WeimerWait for it on DVD, then don't watch it.
July 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm
Dave MundtArt, alas, is in the eye of the beholder. There are some folks that are deeply moved by contemplating a Jackson Pollock piece. There are others who see nothing but an over-priced dropcloth hanging on the wall. In any case, I suspect that I will not be pushing to see Prometheus, as it seems to fail to achieve my basic requrement for a movie - that is, a movie should have some core of insightful thought to build around. It is sounding more and more as if Prometheus is little more than a plot retread used to exhibit the cool CGI that the gnomes in the basement created. 2001 was a very abstract film, but, at its root it had those eternal questions of "what is man?" and "What is our destiny? Can we evolve to a greater state of being, or are we an evolutionary dead end". I watched it again the other day, and, the impressive thing to me was that it has held up very well. It is still worth watching.
July 6, 2012 at 7:24 am
Andreas Ramos Want to work at a startup? http://www.startupers.com/
The startup job board for people who are enthusiastic about StartUps.
June 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm Public
Andreas RamosA friend once asked me "you work at an upstart?"
June 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm
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June 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm
Helen Gongtook off from Airship this morning.
June 23, 2012 at 5:45 pm
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Gene McKennacool - how do you get to ride in a zeppelin? sign me up.
June 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm
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Andreas Ramos Yahoo sued Facebook over patents. Why are they doing this? Who will win? What does Google have to do with it? Why did Google lose? http://bit.ly/wAG2Ic
A few days ago, Yahoo sued Facebook (FB) for several patent issues. Yahoo is in a very strong position; FB will pay a heavy price; and Yahoo will win.
June 22, 2012 at 7:53 am Public
Dave MundtI am pretty sure that the only ones that will really "win" in this situation are the lawyers.
June 22, 2012 at 11:20 am
Andreas Ramos Although China has been in space only a few times so far, they just sent up Liu Yang, China's first woman in space. She went up on 16 June 2012, 49 years to the day of Valentina Tereshkova's flight (1963), the first woman in space for the USSR. It took 21 years for NASA to send up a woman (Sally Ride, 1983).

In early July, Tiangong will pass over Palo Alto. I'll post the time/position so you can see it.
June 20, 2012 at 10:09 am Public
Andreas Ramos(Tiangong is the Chinese space station.)
June 20, 2012 at 10:11 am
Gregg GilesThe difference is that the Chinese didn't have to invent new technologies to put humans in space. NASA did. Regrade the Chinese without a curve and it looks a whole lot less amazing. Significant, yes, but not earth shaking - this was just a matter of time.
June 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm
Andreas RamosAt the moment, the US doesn't have the ability to put anyone in space. The space shuttle was moved to museums. There is no political will to invest in space. Companies are building their own rockets. I grew up watching the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. It's pathetic that the US has given up. We should be doing much more.

So when China gets into space, it's great, because it means humans are still doing this. And it's really cool they put their confidence in women. The Chinese say women hold up half the sky. Now, they're in the sky.
June 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm
Gregg GilesOh I agree. Americans need to stop demonizing taxes so they can go buy cheap junk at Walmart - which is made in China.
June 20, 2012 at 5:59 pm
Dave MundtI am right with y'all on this. I think it is obscene that the USA can burn trillions of dollars on useless wars, but, essentially, nothing on the space program. One thing that has puzzled me about this trend is that, according to various polls the interest in space has been steadily increasing since the 70s and the moon landing.
June 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm
Andreas Ramos A few months ago, I wrote about the Steve Jobs bio. It shows Steve Jobs as a person and a businessman, and whether we can learn anything from that.
Steve Jobs: A Biography by Walter Isaacson
June 20, 2012 at 9:10 am Public
Andreas RamosThe Steve book isn't boring. The writing is fairly light; you can read this in a weekend. It has so many Steve Stories, so you keep reading. Jobs was pretty crazy, and not in a good way. Some of the stories are funny. Others are odd. He often did irrational things, and never explained why he did that.
June 20, 2012 at 7:11 pm
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June 18, 2012 at 10:29 pm
Andreas Ramos The 5 Types of Websites:
1) Broshure. Few of these now. Obsolete.
2) Content Sites: Use content to draw traffic. Examples: Blogs, GigaOm, etc.
3) eCommerce: Sell stuff. Structured with categories and products. Amazon.
4) Lead Gen: Ggenerally B2B with long or complex sales cycle. Offer white papers. Collect leads.
5) Site as a Service (SAAS): Site is software. Examples: Facebook, Netflix, Google Seach.
June 18, 2012 at 7:43 am Public
Andreas Klinke JohannsenYou missed 1.5: "Brand sites". Used to polish the marketing exec's ego. Obsolete before invented.
June 18, 2012 at 8:44 am
Andreas RamosI also forgot #0: Cat Sites. The origin of the web :-)
June 18, 2012 at 9:24 am
Dominique LahaixYou mean: TEH ORIGIN OV TEH WEB ;-) your cat should learn lolcat !
June 18, 2012 at 10:35 am
Eva Maria Knudsen Andreas Ramos hey, can you help?
I am looking for a cameraman/VJ in California, San Francisco area ASAP for a two day reportage job friday and saturday this week: Danish EV Car investor Carl H. Nielsen from Cleardrive (cleardrive.dk) will be testing the new Tesla S and visit the Tesla factory in Freemont in the SF Bay Area. Please let med know here on FB or contact me at cat@elmstreetmedia.dk or 004522504136 - and please share!
June 18, 2012 at 6:26 am
Andreas Ramos Disney Classics: In the last few months, I watched Pinocchio, Bambi, and Dumbo. I haven't seen these in 30+ years.

- Pinocchio (1940): Very disappointed. The story line is a jumble. The characters are idiotic. The art work is just okay. If you love this movie, don't watch it again. Luckily, the DVD is very difficult to find.

- Bambi (1942): Okay, did you know Bambi is a boy? His name comes from "bambino", Italian for "little boy". The movie goes from maudlin nature documentary to quite brutal slaughter that doesn't make sense. Again, don't ruin your memory of this by watching this.

- Dumbo (1941): I didn't expect anything of this. This may be one of Disney's best movies. The titles are gorgeous; the interactions between the animals and their babies is very sweet; Dumbo's character develops through the movie. It's a story of charming characters who overcome adversity. The crows steal the movie; they're very funny and well presented. They speak Southern Black and play jazz music, and they're the ones who embolden Dumbo to courage. The artwork and music score are brilliant; it even includes a Fantasia-like sequence.

I can barely bring myself to watch Cinderella (1950) or Snow White (1937). Have any of you seen it lately? Worth watching?
June 17, 2012 at 10:11 pm Public
Christopher WebbI've watched many of these with my boys in recent years and - through their eyes - still enjoyed them. My favorite is perhaps "Alice in Wonderland."
June 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm
Eva Maria Knudseni think my kids should answwer that question :-)
June 18, 2012 at 12:03 am
Lisa CarlsonWere you doing memory research?
June 18, 2012 at 10:24 am
Maureen SpitzGreat movie notes, Andreas!
June 18, 2012 at 10:53 am
Andreas Ramos 4 Stages of Your Target Audience's Attitude to Your Brand :-)
1) Indifference ("Who cares?")
2) Incomprehension ("Can't figure out what they do.")
3) Hostility ("Their ads are bugging me.")
4) Apathy ("Who cares?")
June 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm Public
Dave MundtI tend to agree. It was not that long ago that one of my favorite games was called "figure out what the commercial is for". While the perfume commercials were especially bad, even the car commercials kept one guessing. Now, though, it is "will more than half the time alloted to this drug commercial be listing its negative side effects"
June 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm
Andreas Ramos What to do today? Hear 50+ kinds of music. Free. Today in Palo Alto, starting at 3pm.
New this year: Irish dancing, tango, flamenco, Mexican folkloric dances, Punjabi Folk dances... and public dancing on King Plaza!
June 17, 2012 at 10:05 am Public
Andreas Ramos FB climbed all the way back up to $30.01 today.
Get the chart for Facebook, Inc. (FB) and see various technical analysis indicators including MACD, MFI, ROC, RSI, Slow Stoch, Fast Stoch and overlays such as bollinger bands, parabolic SAR, moving average and EMA.
June 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm Public
Andreas Ramos Mark, that's so sweet! I joined FB five years ago today. FB sent over flowers and a cake.

Actually, they sent nothing.
June 14, 2012 at 10:49 am Public
Matt Snowlol
June 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm
Joanne FedeykoUn-be-liev-able ... note to the next social media giant ... send a little something on the 5-year sign-up anniversary! :-)
June 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm
Andreas Ramos FB works, because ComScore says so (and it doesn't matter that FB is a major ComScore client). Never mind the 0.038% for FB's own engagement rate. (21-page PDF, free, registration required). Get the doc, read it, and let's discuss it.
The Power of Like 2: How Social Marketing Works is the second research report in a series examining the ways in which brands can quantify the paid and earned effects of their social marketing programs on Facebook and optimize their efforts. The analysis leverages data and insights from the comScore ...
June 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm Public
Andreas RamosYou can go straight to p. 13-16. These contain the key data. FB carried out four-week campaigns for Starbucks, Target, and a large retailer (unnamed). They used control groups.

The Results: There was some lift in transactions. For Starbucks, 0.58% over the control. For Target, Fans were 19% more likely to shop and Friends of Fans were 27% more likely (however, these are percentages of unstated numbers, and those numbers are likely fractions of 1%). For the unnamed retailer, there was a 0.2% lift for instore and .22% lift in online purchase.

Problems with the ComCast document:

- The lift in control groups also increased. Why would this happen? The control should be flat. The document does not explain this.

- The important data is the one that is missing: ROI, CPL, CPA. ComCast does not state the cost-per-lead or cost-per-acquisition.

Summary: If you carry out a massive campaign, there will be lift, even if it's 0.58%. After all, FB itself showed a billion ads to get 0.038% engagement for their privacy vote. But at what price? FB won't state the cost of the campaigns. There can be only one reason: the numbers are bad, which means the campaigns were financial failures.

This was FB's attempt to turn the opinion on FB's financial model. They failed.
June 13, 2012 at 10:07 pm
Suzana Perta GoreaOk, read it. It is not only awfully badly written, unashamedly and painfully biased, but also fails to convince even novices in social media marketing that FB is a channel worth considering when it comes to today's much expected transparency on ROI. I'm wondering why people even bother to print such papers, it's very much shooting oneself in the foot, isn't it?
June 15, 2012 at 8:56 am
Andreas RamosComScore got paid to write it. The amazing thing is that even though FB can't show any evidence for the validily of their ad platform, companies continue to pour $4 billion into FB.
June 15, 2012 at 9:13 am
Suzana Perta GoreaYes, but why would FB pay for such a thing??? It does not make sense strategically. Not now; they need solid and trustworthy evidence, or at least evidence of their willingness to be building that solid platform that truly works for brands.
June 15, 2012 at 9:21 am
Andreas Ramos Get Rich with Google! :-) Yes, you can get money every month from Google. How? Four easy steps:

1) Build a website.
2) Use Google Adsense to place Google ads on your site.
3) Add your bank account number so Google can deposit money into your account.
4) Get lots of traffic.

Right, the hard part is #4: Traffic. How much? I've been using Google Adsense since 2004 on my andreas.com website. And yes, I get money from Google. How much?

It averages about $0.01 (one US cent) per visitor. If you get 100 visitors per month, you'll get one dollar. If you get 1,000 visitors, you'll get $10. See? Just get lots of traffic.
June 13, 2012 at 10:52 am Public
Andreas Ramos How Spain became Españistán, or, A Short History of Spain's Economic Boom and Collapse. Hilarious video. With subtitles (click the little red "CC").
Spainistan- Video with English subtitles (from the original "Españistán, de la Burbuja Inmobiliaria a la Crisis (por Aleix Saló)" Uploaded by aleixsalo on Ma...
June 13, 2012 at 7:33 am Public
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Mariianne CraryNWST HQ potential!
June 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm
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June 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm Public
Andreas Ramos The ruins of the US Army buildings from WWII. Soldiers passed through Angel Island on the way to the Pacific war.
June 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm Public
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Andreas Ramos Shèjiāo méitǐ: That's "Social Media" in Chinese (社教媒体). Useful to learn, because social is big in China. 411m Chinese users vs 169m US users (2.4x bigger than the US social media market).

When will the US catch up? Never. There are only 312m people in the USA. The China social media market is greater than the entire population of the USA. If you're building social, then get into the China market.
June 11, 2012 at 8:22 am Public
Andreas Ramos I read the "2011 Zappos Culture Book" this weekend. 325 pages of short statements by their team on working at Zappos. Zappos has an intensely loyal workforce. It's interesting, but I don't see how anyone could use this for another company. It works for Zappos because they are a customer-facing operation.
The culture book is a collage of unedited submissions from employees within the Zappos Family of companies sharing what the Zappos culture means to them.
June 11, 2012 at 7:48 am Public
Eva Maria KnudsenI read "delevering happiness" great book! ( aldo about Zappos)
June 11, 2012 at 8:01 am
Eternity TimeI also just finished Delivering Happiness, too, and thought it was a great book and had great ideas. It does discuss (somewhat) how a company could adapt some aspects of its culture for others.
June 11, 2012 at 9:25 am
Andreas Ramos "We got only 0.038%? That's it? But we're Facebook! We placed a billion ads! And we got only 0.038% engagement? FB sucks!" -- Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook is disappointed in the low level of engagement at Facebook. Despite a billion ads, only 0.038% voted.
A seven-day voting period regarding whether Facebook should adopt a new privacy and user rights policy or continue using the existing one has come and gone, and despite an overwhelming percentage of voters choosing the current regulations, the revised code will be implemented by the popular social n...
June 10, 2012 at 10:33 am Public
Howard DernehlI think the public is satisfied with, but not loyal to, Facebook.
June 10, 2012 at 11:12 am
Andreas RamosI was pretty astonished by this. Not even 1/10th of 1%. It was discussed in the news; FB ran a billion ads; and still, hardly anyone bothered.

If FB itself can't get engagement with its own users, then maybe GM was right.
June 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm
Antje WilschI know I looked at it and kind of thought, "like they're going to give a crap what any of us want/say- they never have before, why would they start now?.....
June 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm
Andreas Ramos Hakone Garden today. Finally fully renovated.
June 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm Public
Cecilia OlinLovely:)
June 10, 2012 at 7:04 am
Maureen Spitzgorgeous
June 10, 2012 at 11:41 am
Andreas Ramos Denmark 1, Holland 0 in the Euro Cup.

In 1992, Denmark was dead last, and won every game, incl. Germany, to win the Euro Cup. Spectacular series of games; the best I've ever seen. Everyone went crazy with celebrations; we stayed out all night.
They may be the underdogs in Group B, but that role seems to suit the Danes. It gave the Nordic country its biggest soccer success, after all, when it won the championships in 1992.
June 9, 2012 at 11:13 am Public
Martin FrederiksenTo make it even better we did not qualify, but because of the political situation in Yugoslavia there were not permitted to play and the Danish national players had to leave the post-season barbecue parties and show up at the training camp. Three weeks later Germany was defeated 2-0 in the final game.
June 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm
Janus BoyeWe lost to Sweden along the way, but still 92 was a good summer
June 9, 2012 at 12:58 pm
Roslyn LaytonIf you can't join 'em, beat 'em!
June 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm
Dominique LahaixHey guys, this is just plain luck ;-). Holland should have won by a wide margin. nevertheless, happy for you.
June 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm
Martin FrederiksenOh yea, we know. However, UEFA forgot to change the rules and add
more than one refereree to the game. The still live in the 19th century. As long as they don't care about a fair game soccer remains a lottery. I apologize to Holland but please blame UEFA.
June 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm
Martin FrederiksenHope you are doing well, Dominique! Looking forward to seeing you soon. :-)
June 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm
Jon RortveitYes, I remember 92, we went to Sweden, narrowly escaped clashes between English hooligans and Swedish riot police and saw two 0_0 games, but a great time was had
June 9, 2012 at 7:09 pm
Dominique LahaixHi Martin, First Monday - France-England. btw if you like soccer, the last goal from Messi against Brazil today is really nice !
June 9, 2012 at 8:20 pm
Andreas Ramos www.wimp.com
Two dogs get into a heated, subtitled, argument.
June 9, 2012 at 8:00 am Public
Andreas Ramos SERP and Keyword Position, or, What's your keyword rank in Google? A few weeks ago, I tested several SERP tools (SERP: Search Engine Results Page, or, where your URL shows up). The candidates: Inspyder.com (Rank Reporter v3, free trial, $85 one-time fee). Wordtracker.com (free trial, $69/month). AuthorityLabs.com (free trial, $24/month for 10 URLs). There is also WebPosition Gold, which has been a long-time standard, but Google bans it, so if you use it, you can be banned. Ouch!)

The winner: Inspyder. Why? Good reports, easy to use, track multiple URLs, and it's only $85. The others are several hundred dollars per year.

If you use one that is better than Inspyder, let me know.
With Inspyder Rank Reporter, easily monitor your website search engine ranking, automatically collect website ranking on a daily, weekly or monthly basis
June 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm Public
Andreas Ramos Looking to do campaigns in FB? Try their FB Studio page. Lots of ideas, examples, etc.
Facebook Studio showcases creative, innovative, and effective marketing with Facebook. It is a community for agencies and marketers to share and be inspired. Check it out, and submit your campaign today.
June 8, 2012 at 9:59 am Public
Andreas Ramos "Loose Tweets Sink Fleets" (That's in the US Navy's handbook on social media, which is actually useful and well-written.)
June 7, 2012 at 9:49 am Public
Andreas Ramos Was your LinkedIn password stolen by Russian hackers? This tool lets you check. Yep, my password was stolen. Please pass this to your friends. Click the "Share" button. https://lastpass.com/linkedin/
LastPass is an online password manager and form filler that makes web browsing easier and more secure.
June 7, 2012 at 7:59 am Public
Tim SteeleSorry yours was stolen. Fortunately, mine wasn't (but I changed it anyway!)
June 7, 2012 at 8:16 am
Matt Snowsame thing at http://leakedin.org/ but I don't recommend typing in passwords to unknown web forms like this to check if you lost it. i'm sure one of the many sites like this popping up will do something bad, like pull your cookies, and check if your password works on various other sites.
June 7, 2012 at 8:25 am
Andreas Ramos Why does FB want to add kids? There are around 25 million kids between 7-12 in the US.
June 6, 2012 at 7:52 pm Public
Martin Frederiksen...and one million already faked their age to be on Facebook.
June 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm
Andreas RamosAbout 40% lie about their age and join FB anyway.
June 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm
Susan LevittAnother untapped "market" to buy more kid's crap that we don't need.
June 7, 2012 at 8:25 am
Andreas RamosNo, it's an untapped market to sell to kids. FB should say "If you're under 18, we'll never show advertising to you."
June 7, 2012 at 9:47 am
Dave MundtNever will happen. Kids are, perhaps, the best market, because they do not have the knowledge to filter out the crap, or to understand the difference between "want" and "need". In addition, it seems that today they, either directly or indirectly, control fairly large financial resources.
June 8, 2012 at 11:49 pm
Andreas Ramos FB wants to open up FB to kids. But there are already social sites for kids: Togetherville.com (a social network), ClubPenguin.com (by Disney) & Kidzui.com (a safe browser for kids). Can FB do better than these?
Welcome to Club Penguin, a virtual world for kids guided by an unwavering commitment to safety and creativity
June 6, 2012 at 10:06 am Public
Lisa CarlsonInteresting....20 years ago, in Manila, my bro had the first website for kids and teens!
June 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm
Andreas Ramos People taking photos of the image of Venus. Yes, that's Helen with the white camera in the center.
June 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm Public
Andreas Ramos The crowd at NASA Ames. Lots of telescopes and people. Another few hundred people on the other side of the tent.
June 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm Public
Dave MundtI went to a Planetarium as they were doing a combination 10th anniversary party and celebration of the Transit. Overall a pleasant time was had by all, however, it is pretty amusing to see a group of volunteers scrambling to deal with it when 100+ people show up and they were expecting maybe 30! They had cake (and pretty good cake too), but, they were cutting it into about 3/4" squares so as to be sure that everyone could get some! We hung around until after 2d contact, then, rolled back to the condo, for other events. I did a bit of image projection with the binoculars (which worked very well) and watched a GooglePlus "get together" with Phil Plait and many others, so pretty much saw all the exciting parts.
June 5, 2012 at 8:51 pm
Andreas Ramos Pix of Venus on the Sun.
June 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm Public
Peter MikkelsenDid you take it?
June 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm
Andreas RamosYes, I took that with my camera phone. The image came through an 8" telescope projected onto a screen.
June 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm
Andreas Ramos And here's Regina Spektor's "Fidelity". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wigqKfLWjvM
© 2006 WMG Fidelity (Video) Regina's new album 'What We Saw from the Cheap Seats' is available now: http://smarturl.it/whatwesawitunesyt For more Regina: htt...
June 5, 2012 at 7:36 am Public
Andreas Ramos I've been listening to Lenka and Regina Spektor in Pandora for a long time. I thought it was too niche: who listens to Australians and Russians? But lately, they're showing up everywhere. Youtube is featuring Regina Spektor this afternoon.
Music video by Lenka performing The Show. (C) 2008 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2012 at 7:35 am Public
Andreas Ramos Disney: Secretly controlled by Murdoch? Or is it mere coincidence that Disney's new "Brave" features Rebekah Brooks?
June 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm Public
Andreas Ramos Google's Humans: Google has 10,000 people who review sites for Google. Yes, that's right: Google uses people to review and rate ads and sites. If they think your page or ad is good, it gets points. But if they think it's a scam, you end up on page 47. So someone can do lots of SEO on a useless site and it won't show up anywhere.
Since at least 2005, Google has been using a large, worldwide focus group to help review its search results and the quality of the web pages that rank well in its algorithm. The people in this program are called Quality Raters and, as you can imagine, the work they do is important to search marketer...
June 4, 2012 at 7:57 am Public
Susan LevittInteresting. Not surprised.
June 4, 2012 at 8:02 am
Andreas Ramos All the movie that is print to fit. Did you know that TV cuts movies so they fit into the time slot? Why? Because there are too many commercials, and they won't cut commercials, so they cut the movie. "The Wizard of Oz", for example, is cut by 14 minutes. Another reason to give up TV.
June 4, 2012 at 7:32 am Public
Lisa CarlsonYes, we have known this for 30+ years, and that's why people used to go to the Cinematheque and art houses before tape and DVD and streaming came into being. Public TV also used to run the full-length films....Then there's the sacred "director's cut."
June 4, 2012 at 8:33 am
Marsha FortnerIf they cut the 'smoking mirrors' part it would be ok with me, though. lol
June 4, 2012 at 9:45 am
Andreas Ramos FB's $104 billion valuation is down to $58 billion.
June 4, 2012 at 7:04 am Public
Martin FrederiksenNot bad. I would sell for $58 billion.
June 4, 2012 at 7:20 am
Edgar EstanislaoOuch!
June 4, 2012 at 9:18 am
Marsha FortnerImagine being that poor fellow - now only worth 58 billion!!
June 4, 2012 at 10:53 am
Gregg GilesThat's a lot of hoodies.
June 4, 2012 at 5:31 pm
Andreas Ramos The Transit of Venus: (This Tues, from 3p to sunset, PST.) In the early 70s, I watched the transit of Mercury. My brothers and the neighborhood kids joined. I don't think any adults cared about this. Stuff like this was only for serious astronomy people. Today, it's in all the major news and there's general excitement about it. Like the "Super Moon" a few weeks ago: okay, so it's the moon. And hundreds of people lined up the shoreline to watch.

Anyway, for more info, go http://www.transitofvenus.org/
Resources for experiencing 2012 Transit of Venus, including safe viewing techniques; FAQs; hands-on activities; art exhibits; videos and new media; historical artifacts on display; educational outreach and teacher resources; Transit of Venus phone app; blog; Facebook Group; map of events; history, i...
June 3, 2012 at 7:29 pm Public
Dave MundtThe renewed interest in the Universe is, I hope, a good thing. I am going to a planetarium Tuesday evening, for a seminar about the transit, and, then, to watch it with their solar telescope. I had thought about setting something up myself, but, this is a much better option, I suspect.
June 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm
Elizabeth Lynn MoonHopefully it's a better option, because if you're disappointed you'll have to wait more than a 100 years for a repeat. " )
June 3, 2012 at 8:29 pm
Mariianne CraryWe will be at HMB... want to join us?
June 3, 2012 at 9:16 pm
Camilo VillaWell the positive side is that people are looking to the sky mre often, hehehe
June 4, 2012 at 6:34 am
Andreas RamosWe're going to NASA Ames. Telescopes, events, feed from the large NASA telescope in Hawaii, etc.
June 4, 2012 at 7:39 am
Susan LevittFinally Andreas, the rest of the world is just catching up to us astronomers & astrologers.
June 4, 2012 at 8:04 am
Elizabeth Lynn MoonWell, Susan, they may finally be getting with the program, but I question whether they are catching up. (unless you're slowing down.) LOL
June 4, 2012 at 8:34 am
Andreas Ramos Have you ever seen a hummingbird in her nest? Here is one in a tree in my yard. The nest, made of feathers and spider silk, is the size of an eggcup. She flies right out of it, hovers over it, and lands right in again.
June 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm Public
Andreas RamosI took the photo with a SLR Sony camera at maximum zoom.
June 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm
Maureen Spitzwow!
June 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm
Marsha FortnerThat's beautiful- thanks for sharing the picture.
June 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm
Susan LevittGood luck there!
June 3, 2012 at 8:45 am
Katherine TerhuneWow! Wonderful photo! Wishing her health and luck with her egg(s)
June 3, 2012 at 8:56 am
Howard DernehlGreat picture!
June 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm
Andreas Ramos Fake Numbers: 85% of the Twitter followers of the top GOP candidates were fake. 98% of Gingrich's "followers" were fake. 80% of Sarah Palin's "followers" are fake. Pawlenty had the most real followers, but it was only 32% (68% were fake). They buy fake follower accounts to inflate their numbers.

It's not just politics. 53% of Brian Solis' "followers" are fake. It looks like many high numbers of followers are fraud. If anyone has more than a few thousand followers, it's probably fake.

How to get fake Likes and followers? Just search Google for "buy fake followers." FB and Twitter know this is going on, yet do nothing about it.
June 1, 2012 at 8:00 am Public
Mike Houlihanwell said Andreas. Like the old days when Hard Rock paid folks to stand in line prior to the daily doors opening... Integrity!
June 1, 2012 at 8:22 am
Dominique LahaixHi Andreas. Do you have a pointer to the data/ study?
June 1, 2012 at 8:32 am
Andreas RamosHard Rock did that? Nothing new on the web, then.

Read more about Newt's fake followers at Gawker: http://gaw.kr/qI4lmN
June 1, 2012 at 10:54 am
Bob PlatkinHey, Andreas, may I be one of your real fans?
June 1, 2012 at 11:21 am
Howard DernehlHey, this is a real community with real people-- Hi Andreas and Bob!
June 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm
Mark BurgessWhat ever happened to the quality of followers? Quantity means nothing without quality
June 2, 2012 at 5:53 am
Andreas RamosHere's an idea: a tool that looks at Twitter or FB followers and tells you how many of the followers are fake. It overlays the number (or a red flag) on the person's name so you can avoid their messages.
June 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm
Mauricio SanchezDid the article tell us how many of Obama's are fake? Or are we assuming 0%?
June 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm
Mauricio SanchezNope, just scanned the article...no word. Interesting!
June 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm
Dominique LahaixJust a little self promotion ;-). We actually measure how many "influential followers" a brand or a person has. We work it the other way round 1- we find all the relevant influencers for a domain 2- we compare brand/person list of followers with the domain list we found. Interestingly, the more connected one is to the influencers who matter for his/her domain, the higher he/she is talked about: http://blog.ecairn.com/2012/05/30/brands-influencers-on-twitter-huge-pay-back/
June 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm
Andreas RamosI'm always surprised to see the massive impact of influencers. It's not just a little bit. It's huge.
June 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm
Andreas RamosMauricio, that's a good question. When PeekYou released that data, there were 12 GOP candidates who were dominating the news. So PeekYou took advantage of the news interest and analysed their accounts to show that all of them had bought fake followers (the average for all of them was 80%).

They didn't talk about Obama because he wasn't in the news as much (remember, for six months, there were GOP debates nearly every other week. So just write anything about the GOP and it got press attention.) In August 2011, someone asked PeekYou to look at Obama's followers, and they promised to do that, but they never released the results. I searched, but couldn't find it. Perhaps PeekYou is pro-Obama, or the data isn't newsworthy, or they lost interest.
June 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm
Andreas RamosI sent PeekYou an email to ask about this.
June 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm
Andreas Ramos TMail = Terrestial mail. Another word for snail mail, which is mail sent with a stamp via the post office, such as post cards, letters, brochures, catalogs, etc.
May 31, 2012 at 7:40 am Public
Eva Maria Knudseni had a user test with a young man - around 20. He told me that he would really like a text messages if we (Odense municipality in Denmark) sent him something via Tmail, because he rarely checked his mail-box - because it was almost empty!
May 31, 2012 at 10:09 am
Gordon TarasWhat if you use air mail?
May 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm
Howard DernehlI like some tangible stuff. I use a blend of electronic and other communication. I like to get hard copy statements for the mortgage and credit cards through what I call postal mail, but order electronically with my credit card. I think the post office should deliver three days a week, not six.
May 31, 2012 at 8:38 pm
Andreas Ramos How low can he go? FB continues the down trend. Heavy trading this morning, i.e., selling. FB will break the $27 line.
Get the chart for Facebook, Inc. (FB) and see various technical analysis indicators including MACD, MFI, ROC, RSI, Slow Stoch, Fast Stoch and overlays such as bollinger bands, parabolic SAR, moving average and EMA.
May 31, 2012 at 7:11 am Public
Andreas Ramos "You First." A friend who worked in Hollywood told me this story yesterday. I looked it up. Here's the whole story,

Fred Zinneman directed the movies Oklahoma!, From Here to Eternity, Day of the Jackal, A Man for All Seasons, High Noon, and 21 other movies.

He won four Academy Awards.

His actors included Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Jason Robards, Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda, Gary Cooper and Maximilian Schell.

In the 1980s, during a meeting with a young Hollywood executive, the young executive asked Zinnemann to list what he had done in his career.

Zinnemann replied, "Sure. You first."

In Hollywood, the story is known as "You First," and is often retold when veteran creators find that upstarts are unfamiliar with their work.
May 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm Public
Lisa CarlsonI'd love to use this next time a 12-year-old recruiter calls!
May 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm
Eternity TimeThanks for this one!
May 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm
Andreas Ramos Want to see your competitors' image ads (banner ads)? Try www.moat.com
Moat Ad Search is a search engine for online display ads, making it easy to find your favorite brands and to discover what banner ads are running on top sites. Moat is focused on building easy-to-use products that help advertisers build and sustain their competitive advantage through better creativ...
May 30, 2012 at 6:50 am Public
Andreas Ramos FB needs some static electricity on the ceiling. Their stock is sliding down. See that chart? See that trend? The cat would have fallen by now.

Get the chart for Facebook, Inc. (FB) and see various technical analysis indicators including MACD, MFI, ROC, RSI, Slow Stoch, Fast Stoch and overlays such as bollinger bands, parabolic SAR, moving average and EMA.
May 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm Public
Dave MundtI think they would do better to spring Bernie Madoff from Jail and put him in charge of their financial program. Unless FB starts pushing advertising to a really annoying amount, I do not see any real income streams from it. I also think that if they start doing that, the flood of folks leaving will resemble what it would look like if Hoover Dam broke.
May 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm
Enrique Villa Van CotthemNo surprises...the new bubble...
May 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm
Andreas Ramos Don't you hate when static electricity sticks your cat to the ceiling?
May 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm Public
Bob PlatkinPinteresting decoration.
May 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm
Stephanie EricssonI know, it happens all the time!
May 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm
Dave MundtIndeed....that is one reason I rarely have anything but short-hair cats. It cuts down on the sticking problem quite a bit. Alas, they still can lose their weight in fur about every 45 minutes at this time of year....
May 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm
Dave MundtFor some reason, when I look at the expression on the cat, I am reminded of Phil Plait's book "Death from the Skies"...(See http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/ for more)
May 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm
Howard DernehlWish for humidity!
May 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm
Andreas Ramos GMail Translator: Did you know Gmail can translate your emails from other languages? In Gmail, go to the little "gear" icon in the upper right corner. Select "Labs". In Labs, search for "Message Translation." Enable that and save changes. When you get an email in Danish or Chinese, it will be translated into English.
May 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm Public
Andreas Ramos India plans to build 1,000 universities and 50,000 colleges in the next ten years. By comparison, the total number of colleges in the United States, including two-year institutions, is 4,200.
May 28, 2012 at 10:20 am Public
Sandeep TiwariAccording to Wikipedia, india currently has 562 universities...
May 28, 2012 at 10:37 am
Sandeep TiwariUS had around 20 million students in universities and india around 9 million.
May 28, 2012 at 10:46 am
Eternity TimeI wonder how much it will cost to attend?
May 28, 2012 at 11:04 am
Bharathkumar N Yeshwanthcost is no more problem, but here we educate every children, weather poor family or middle family..
May 28, 2012 at 8:57 pm
Eternity TimeSo, is there no cost to the family for college?
May 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm
Sandeep TiwariChina has 2000 universities with over 6 million students.
May 28, 2012 at 10:51 pm
Andreas RamosThese numbers are decisive. China and India, by sheer numbers in population, will become the center of the world. Just as everything was determined by the US from 1945 to the late 90s, India and China will become the center. The American workforce must prepare for that shift.
May 29, 2012 at 10:49 am
Andreas Ramos Stolen! A friend stole a photo of the top-secret Facebook phone. Here it is.
May 28, 2012 at 10:05 am Public
Tom ForemskiPoke... I never did make sense of that until now :)
May 28, 2012 at 10:09 am
Victoria DuffFunny .... er..... well ....maybe not so funny.
May 28, 2012 at 10:10 am
Ask Berstad KolltveitArent you supposed to smoke weed at 4:20?
May 28, 2012 at 10:26 am
Ahsan Khanyeah?????????
May 28, 2012 at 10:44 am
Matt Snowif facebook wants to fix this "mobile market" issue, they need to make a phone people want more than Android, and maybe, even more than the iPhone.
May 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm
Howard DernehlFunny! How do they monetize? Should investors double-down on the stock-- Ha, ha!
May 29, 2012 at 7:48 am
Andreas RamosExactly! Wait for Zuck's press release via his FB status update: "FB is confident to sell 3 billion handsets in six months. Our valuation will go to $200 billion. Buy stock now! (NASDAQ:FB)"
May 30, 2012 at 9:59 am
Andreas Ramos Sie können gewinnen Sie eine Reise von McDonalds an den Olympischen Spielen 2012 in London.
http://www.championsoffood.com/cfp/promo.html?call=changeLanguage&lang=de_DE
Mit dem Wettbewerb „Champions of Food" sollen Familien zur Kreativität angespornt und dazu bewegt werden, uns mitzuteilen, wie sie ausgewogene Speisen (wie frisches Obst, herzhaftes Gemüse, Vollkornspeisen und fettarme oder fettfreie Milchprodukte) schmackhaft und zum Bestandteil einer ausgewogenen ...
May 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm
Andreas Ramos Sie können gewinnen Sie eine Reise von McDonalds an den Olympischen Spielen 2012 in London.
http://www.championsoffood.com/cfp/promo.html?call=changeLanguage&lang=de_DE
Mit dem Wettbewerb „Champions of Food" sollen Familien zur Kreativität angespornt und dazu bewegt werden, uns mitzuteilen, wie sie ausgewogene Speisen (wie frisches Obst, herzhaftes Gemüse, Vollkornspeisen und fettarme oder fettfreie Milchprodukte) schmackhaft und zum Bestandteil einer ausgewogenen ...
May 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm
Andreas Ramos Sie können gewinnen Sie eine Reise von McDonalds an den Olympischen Spielen 2012 in London.
http://www.championsoffood.com/cfp/promo.html?call=changeLanguage&lang=de_DE
Mit dem Wettbewerb „Champions of Food" sollen Familien zur Kreativität angespornt und dazu bewegt werden, uns mitzuteilen, wie sie ausgewogene Speisen (wie frisches Obst, herzhaftes Gemüse, Vollkornspeisen und fettarme oder fettfreie Milchprodukte) schmackhaft und zum Bestandteil einer ausgewogenen ...
May 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm
Andreas Ramos How to Use LinkedIn: I rarely meet people who know how to use LinkedIn's job search tools.
1) Go to your LinkedIn page
2) In the top menu row, click "Jobs"
3) In the new page, under the big blue "Search" button, click "Advanced"
4) Okay, the task here is to build several job search forms. Not one. Several. So pay attention.
5) In the "Keywords" box, type one word or phrase that your mother would use about your field. For example, "marketing", "sales", "accounting", "bank robbery" (if you work in Wall Street), and so on.
6) In the "Job Title" box, enter the job level. For example, write either "manager" or "director". Don't put two titles (manager or director). LinkedIn's search algorithm is stupid and will look for jobs with "manager or director". Of course, it won't find any. So for the first job search, put just one title.
7) Postal Code: Enter your zip code.
8) Within: How far are you willing to commute? Put 10 miles or 25 miles.
9) Functions: Select the relevant functions.
10) Experience: Select the ones that apply.
11) Date Posted: Select "1 day ago."
12) Scroll down and click "Search."
13) Okay, the important step: In the upper middle of the page, there is a small green "plus" sign. Next to it is "Save". Click "Save."
14) In the box, enter a name for the search. I use the keyword, title, and distance, e.g., "marketing director 10 mi." For "Send Alert", select "daily". You'll get a daily email with the latest postings.
15) Good. Now go back and do this again for the other keywords and titles. You'll end up with four or five searches.
16) Repost this, share this, pass this on to your friends. They can get a job or they can get a better job.
May 27, 2012 at 11:52 am Public
Lisa CarlsonGood job!
May 27, 2012 at 11:59 am
Andreas Ramos Affiliate Marketing: Many web scams are based on affiliate marketing. You want to sell your product (say, embroidered pillows). You sign up a few thousand affiliate marketers. They create web pages and do web marketing to get traffic and sales. You get 10,000 orders. Within 14 days, you pay the affiliates their 20%. Good, right? Just wait another few weeks.

Some affiliates are criminal operations. They buy 100,000 credit card numbers from Russian hackers. Using a few dozen affiliate IDs, they place the 10,000 orders. You pay them their 20% fee and ship out 10,000 pillows. A week later, the pillows start coming back: no valid address. And a few days later, the bank calls up to notify you that the 10,000 credit card orders are all invalid. The bank also cancels your credit card processing service. You're out of business.

How do they buy 100,000 credit cards? Why, just use Google.
May 27, 2012 at 10:06 am Public
Andreas Ramos Long article on FB's IPO. Summary: FB mobile traffic is growing, but mobile ad revenues aren't. That's why FB bought Instagram ($1b) and AOL's mobile patents ($550m).

This also explains why FB didn't release a mobile app for so long: they knew it would hurt their revenues. What they finally released is primitive... and that's intentional. They don't want to accelerate the switch from desktop (produces revenues) to mobile (no revenues).

FB's long-term situation is not good. Their revenues aren't growing, but users continue to grow. This means costs go up (they had to build a $500m data center, which costs $100m/year to operate).
There’s been a ton of coverage about the Facebook IPO disaster, but very little of it looks at the crucial point two weeks ago where things went terribly wrong. It’s becoming increasingly clear that Facebook itself messed up at that juncture.
May 27, 2012 at 9:20 am Public
Eva Maria Knudsenwhy dont fb make an app that will show the facebook adds? There are no adds on mobile but plenty on the computer - thath seams stupid?
May 27, 2012 at 9:30 am
Andreas RamosI'm looking at the FB app right now. There simply isn't any room for an ad. Many people add pixs, and the photo takes up 2/3s of the screen. Two lines of text from the person. That's it. No more room.
May 27, 2012 at 9:53 am
Eva Maria Knudsen- yep i know, they should make a different design for their app
May 27, 2012 at 10:00 am
Susanne Skou KristensenThe phones are getting bigger, so maybe....
May 27, 2012 at 10:02 am
Milan Lukicthx, branko already sent me just few minutes ago
May 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm
Andreas Ramos Você pode ganhar uma viagem de McDonalds para o Jogos Olímpicos de 2012 em Londres.
http://www.championsoffood.com/cfp/promo.html?call=changeLanguage&lang=po_BR
O Champions of Food deseja inspirar famílias a criar e compartilhar o modo de tornar suas receitas favoritas (como frutas coloridas, vegetais saudáveis, grãos integrais e laticínios com baixo teor de gordura ou sem gordura) em uma dieta divertida e equilibrada.
May 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm
Andreas Ramos Você pode ganhar uma viagem de McDonalds para o Jogos Olímpicos de 2012 em Londres.
http://www.championsoffood.com/cfp/promo.html?call=changeLanguage&lang=po_BR
O Champions of Food deseja inspirar famílias a criar e compartilhar o modo de tornar suas receitas favoritas (como frutas coloridas, vegetais saudáveis, grãos integrais e laticínios com baixo teor de gordura ou sem gordura) em uma dieta divertida e equilibrada.
May 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm
Andreas Ramos Você pode ganhar uma viagem de McDonalds para o Jogos Olímpicos de 2012 em Londres.
http://www.championsoffood.com/cfp/promo.html?call=changeLanguage&lang=po_BR
O Champions of Food deseja inspirar famílias a criar e compartilhar o modo de tornar suas receitas favoritas (como frutas coloridas, vegetais saudáveis, grãos integrais e laticínios com baixo teor de gordura ou sem gordura) em uma dieta divertida e equilibrada.
May 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm
Andreas Ramos あなたは、マクドナルドからの旅行を獲得することができます。2012年ロンドンオリンピックに行きます。
http://www.championsoffood.com/cfp/promo.html?call=changeLanguage&lang=ja_JP
このコンテストを通して、体によい食材*を使った料理を作り、バランスのとれた食生活を楽しみましょう。*色とりどりの果物や栄養価の高い野菜
May 26, 2012 at 2:10 pm
Andreas Ramos Sie können gewinnen Sie eine Reise von McDonalds an den Olympischen Spielen 2012 in London.
http://www.championsoffood.com/cfp/promo.html?call=changeLanguage&lang=de_DE
Mit dem Wettbewerb „Champions of Food" sollen Familien zur Kreativität angespornt und dazu bewegt werden, uns mitzuteilen, wie sie ausgewogene Speisen (wie frisches Obst, herzhaftes Gemüse, Vollkornspeisen und fettarme oder fettfreie Milchprodukte) schmackhaft und zum Bestandteil einer ausgewogenen ...
May 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm
Andreas Ramos Sie können gewinnen Sie eine Reise von McDonalds an den Olympischen Spielen 2012 in London.
Mit dem Wettbewerb „Champions of Food" sollen Familien zur Kreativität angespornt und dazu bewegt werden, uns mitzuteilen, wie sie ausgewogene Speisen (wie frisches Obst, herzhaftes Gemüse, Vollkornspeisen und fettarme oder fettfreie Milchprodukte) schmackhaft und zum Bestandteil einer ausgewogenen ...
May 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm
Andreas Ramos Meanwhile, newspapers continue their death plunge. Their 2012 revenues is now at the level of 1950. You have to see the graph in this link.
Print newspaper ads have fallen by two-thirds from $60 billion in the late-1990s to $20 billion in 2011.
May 26, 2012 at 9:26 am Public
Dave MundtI am trying to care about this, but, totally failing. I used to subscribe to the newspaper, and read it every day. However, some years ago (say, the late 80s), I dropped back to Sunday edition only, then, a few years later, dropped the subscription entirely. There were several factors that influenced these steps. Back in the 80s, the quality of writing in the papers started taking a nosedive. Thoughtful analysis went out the window, replaced by a sound-bite style that hardly even provided a single fact. The percentage of copy to ads shifted towards the ad side, forcing me to search for what little bits of information tossed into the mix. A bit after I switched to the "Sunday only" edition, I realized that the cost had jumped again, and, the only thing I was really reading was the comics section. The rest of the paper was only good for (expensive) mulch. Perhaps the breaking point for me was the year that the NY Times stated that they were going to consider paraphrases the same as quotes. There are still some good/adequate papers out there, but, between staff cuts and the flood of news channels and analysis programs on, it is hard for most of them to produce the quality product necessary to survive in today's world.
May 26, 2012 at 10:49 am
Marsha FortnerThe trend of less paper is a very popular one- who can ever find what they printed unless they have a meticulous filing system that they keep in tact. Electronic storage seems easier somehow- no doubt contributing to the paper's demise.
May 26, 2012 at 11:13 am
Marsha FortnerAnd the growing concern among more and more people of the ecology- we need trees in the ecological cycle- they attract rain clouds. We shouldn't be cutting down all our trees.
May 26, 2012 at 11:23 am
Dave MundtWhile I have been against cutting trees down for 50+ years now (hence the reason I used to live in the only jungle along the residential road) at least news print is typically the final resting place of other, recycled paper products - many of which have been through several incarnations.
May 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm
Andreas RamosI subscribed to papers for many years. Sunday mornings was the newspaper and coffee. It's different now: a tablet is much better: I look at five or six newspapers in various languages. With a printed newspaper, you looked at nearly every page, but on a tablet, I doubt I see even 5% of a newspaper's website now.
May 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm
Andreas Ramos Who does Google think you are? Find out. See what Google knows about you.
Google aims to show you relevant ads based on your interests. Use this tool to select interest categories so that the ads we show you are more related to your interests.
May 25, 2012 at 4:08 pm Public
Dirk van NouhuysI check this a while ago. They were far from right on.
May 26, 2012 at 8:45 am
Andreas Ramos What will augmented reality be like? Watch this video. http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/nstv/2012/05/what-life-in-augmented-reality-will-be-like.html
What would the world look like if we could seamlessly blend our physical and digital environments? In this video, designer Keiichi Matsuda overlays information over physical space in real time to show what augmented reality might be like in the future. His visualisation depicts how the technology wo...
May 24, 2012 at 11:33 pm Public
Andreas Ramos (Tell your friends in Germany, Brazil, or Japan. -- andreas)

McDonalds has a contest to win a free trip for you and your child (age 8-11) to the London Summer Olympics (flight, 5 nights in London, ticket to an Olympic event).

Here's the secret: The US ad agency completely screwed up the ad campaign. The deadline is this May 30. And there are only five entries in the contest so far! :-)

If your friends in Germany, Brazil, or Japan enter, they have a very high chance to win.

This contest is ONLY for people who live Germany, Brazil, and Japan. So tell your friends in Germany, Brazil, or Japan who have kids. To enter, go to championsoffood.com

Good luck!
May 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm Public
Andreas Ramos Pinsanity! The satire of Pinterest. Very funny.
When Pinterest addiction goes a too far! OMG!
May 24, 2012 at 9:09 am Public
Andreas RamosThanks, Howard!
May 24, 2012 at 9:09 am
Andreas Ramos G+ in Android: check it out. Great new look. More colorful, more lively. BTW, I went to the Microsoft store yesterday to look at their phones. The salesguy showed me his own phone and how he used it. The interface is far better than iPhone or Android. Faster, easier to use, and, yes, prettier. If you're looking for your next phone, check out Windows mobile. (BTW, I use Android.)
May 24, 2012 at 8:38 am Public
Andreas Ramos "Mom, what's "ee-mail?" 63% of teens use text messaging daily. 39% make phone calls. 35% talk face-to-face outside of school. 29% send messages through social sites. Only 6% use email.
Teens are texting more than ever and are showing no signs of slowing, according to a new study.
May 24, 2012 at 8:01 am Public
Suzy Childs McKeeI have to text my kids to let them know I've sent an email.
May 24, 2012 at 9:33 am
Roslyn Layton http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/05/three_myths_about_customer_eng.html
This post is the last in a three-part series. Most marketers think that the best way to hold onto customers is through "engagement" — interacting as much as possible with them and building relationships. It turns out that that's rarely true. In a study involving more than 7000 consumers, we fo...
May 24, 2012 at 3:30 am
Andreas Ramos Correlate: An odd, but very useful Google tool. Enter a keyword and it shows you other things that are correlated with it. It helps you to uncover patterns.
Google Correlate finds search patterns which correspond with real-world trends.
May 23, 2012 at 9:05 am Public
Marsha FortnerInteresting
May 23, 2012 at 8:31 pm
Andreas Ramos Tim Berners-Who? Here's the problem with Klout: Tim Berners-Lee's Klout score is 53. My score is 52. Klout simply doesn't measure influence in any meaningful way. There should be a way to do this, but Klout, etc. aren't doing it. Any ideas?
May 23, 2012 at 8:45 am Public
Gregg GilesHow do you assign a value to an intangible measure?
May 23, 2012 at 9:23 am
Andreas RamosA solution was invented in the 1920s and 30s with bibliometrics. To determine the value of research papers in Chemical Abstracts (an academic journal), research librarians noted the number of citations from other published, peer-reviewed articles. (This is the original idea for Google's link system. Google is just a computerized version of a standard method in library science.)

The significance of a person within their social sphere (chemistry, medicine, computers, etc.) could be measured by the traces of their work in others.
May 23, 2012 at 9:31 am
Antje Wilschdon't use klout
May 23, 2012 at 10:13 am
Gregg GilesYeah, that's like the brand valuations that are done trying to tie a number to an intangible.
May 23, 2012 at 10:25 am
Antje WilschKlout not only doens't know how to manage, it also puts value on you inviting more friends. That is a way for them to grow, but no way to grow your "klout" and that alone was enough to annoy me.
May 23, 2012 at 10:27 am
Virginie GlaenzerActually, eCairn calculates influence within a specific community which brings relevance to an influencer's score.
May 23, 2012 at 10:33 am
Howard DernehlKnout scores don't amount to anything in my assessments of influence. I think the majority of the rating is gamed. A better system is needed. Also a system that took into account the trust I have in others, and their preferences, connecting to friends of friends assessments, would be effective and valuable.
May 24, 2012 at 5:51 am
Andreas Ramos Ready for an SEO Joke? So this SEO guy walks into a bar, pub, alehouse, barroom, beer garden, bistro, canteen, cocktail lounge, drinkery, inn, lounge, pub, public house, rathskeller, saloon, tap, taproom, tavern, watering hole...
May 23, 2012 at 7:30 am Public
Gordon Tarasand (dammit, get out of my face. i am not interested in earning a law degree from the cayman islands)
May 23, 2012 at 10:25 am
Matt Snowlol!
May 23, 2012 at 11:56 am
Andreas Ramos Pakistan has it both ways. They say they did not know bin Laden was there. But now, they gave a 33-year prison sentence for treason to the doctor who helped the US find bin Laden. Thus Pakistan admits they were hiding bin Laden.
A Pakistani doctor who led a phony vaccination campaign aimed at helping the CIA pinpoint Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts was convicted of treason Wednesday and sentenced to 33 years in prison.
May 23, 2012 at 6:47 am Public
Andreas Ramos There was GeoCities, Tripod, MySpace, Facebook, Google+... and now, there's So.cl. It's Microsoft's social network.
Share your Search. Rediscover search through your friends and community on the all new social search experiment from Microsoft Research FUSE Labs.
May 22, 2012 at 9:05 pm Public
Andreas Ramos Of Facebook’s 3,700 employees, about 600 will become millionaires, according to PrivCo. An additional 250 former employees are millionaires or soon will be.
The IPO has spawned a new class of angel investors looking to help other startup companies.
May 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm Public
Antje Wilschcan't wait to see what companies the facebook mafia invests in - oooo more games and spam tools!
May 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm
Andreas Ramos I was pessimistic on FB stock and it turns out that I was right. Meanwhile, most people expected it to go to the mid-50s and some said it would be in the $80s. Today, it's down 11% to $34.03.

Here's another guess: FB will drop to $20 within 90 days. Why? Even at $20, that's a high number for a company with bad numbers for revenues, CTR, conversion rate, growth rate, etc.
A fun experiment to predict the Facebook IPO Day Closing Price.
May 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm Public
Victoria DuffBuying a much-hyped stock on an IPO is risky. The Facebook issue was so huge, it was unlikely to attract enough post-offering buying interest to keep it afloat. Not so sure it will recover from this bad IPO. When this sort of thing happens, people tend to avoid the stock for a long time. Also, there are a lot of people holding underwater shares that are just dying to sell out at $38 to break even. The stock will have a heck of a time getting through that resistance!
May 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm
Paul StoneFacebook will be gone in a few years.
May 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm
Andreas RamosTripod, Geocities, Myspace... Facebook. There's a big opportunity to make a social network that truly supports social interaction beyond simple Likes. FB and LinkedIn don't work for this.
May 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm
Dave MundtIt is kind of a shame that Geocities went away, as there were some websites with excellent info on them located there. I wonder, though, is it POSSIBLE to create a social network online that is likely to last. I rather think not, because I am not sure that it is possible to make new, "real" friends through such an ephemeral medium. I have had fairly positive interactions with hundreds, if not thousands of people through the Net, but, the only people I would consider to be "friends" are those people that I had met in the real world, and reconnected to via the Net. It has been my experience that folks on the Net tend to vanish without warning, and without further contact. This can be because of computer problems, a loss of interest, or other complications in their lives. Not only that, when they do vanish, it is often with no way to even be able to reach out via other means and make contact. So...my question is this (and it is sort of rhetorical): How could one address those problems and modify something like FB to deal with them?
May 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm
Marsha FortnerI think FB's IPO was much too high. Now they're bringing the price down, and people that already bought are trading in already.
May 21, 2012 at 6:43 pm
Robert WynneLet's give Andreas credit. He told us this 2 weeks ago. Now ... who's going to win the presidential race?
May 22, 2012 at 8:23 am
Marsha FortnerWell, I'm one of those who has to read it for myself. I found an article at newsmax.com written by a professional investment analyst- and he mentioned some of the same things that Andreas knew- the percentage of sales to purchase price was an indicator that it was headed for some trouble. The IPO was too high. It was probably articles like his that drove the price down. I think Andreas is right - that the price will continue to drop.
May 22, 2012 at 9:02 am
Andreas RamosA good summary of the FB IPO fiasco: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/may/23/facebook-ipo-debacle-greed-hubris-incompetence
May 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm
Andreas Ramos More on how (and why) Wall Street propped up Facebook. http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidmaris/2012/05/21/facebook-stock-drops-what-really-goes-on-in-ipos/
So by most accounts, the Facebook IPO is disappointing.  Facebook’s stock ended its first day of trading a mere $0.23 above the deal price and today, Day 2, it has dropped more than 10% intraday.  It was no accident it closed ever so slightly above the IPO price, but many [...]
May 21, 2012 at 11:20 am Public
Andreas Ramos Did you hear a pop? Friday's final numbers: Zynga fell 13% (until trading was halted). Yelp is down 7%. Groupon is 6% down. Pandora down 4%. LinkedIn down 2.5%.

It's odd how a company can get $100b (oh, okay, $104b) and people write it off as a dud. We'll see what happens over the next few weeks.
May 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm Public
Ben RothfeldSomewhere, I imagine Rupert Murdoch in his best Edward G. Robinson voice saying "where's your social media now?"
May 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm
Andreas RamosFB is down almost $5 at the moment. http://finance.yahoo.com/q/ta?s=FB+Basic+Tech.+Analysis&t=5d
May 21, 2012 at 7:07 am
Andreas Ramos The coolest thing at Maker Faire: the 3D printers. There were at least six stands with these; a number of the stands were by engineering students. 3D printers can make all sorts of complex shapes.

It's only a matter of time for these things to become larger, faster, and use better (stronger) material. Manufacturing jobs will disappear, just as farm labor is gone (150 years ago, 75% of the population worked on farms. Now, less 2% produce all the food.)

The social implications are enormous and unforseeable. The transition from farm labor to industrial production caused revolutions in politics (the end of aristocrats, the rise of populist democracy), feminism, the end of slavery, and so on. Industrialization also made possible the industrialized slaughter of WWI, WWII, the Cold War, and so on. Nobody predicted any of this when the first steam engine was built. This cycle won't take 150 years; it'll happen in 5-10 years. Anyone who thinks manufacturing can be restored in America has no idea what's coming.

Maybe Kinkos can become a manufacturing company. When you want something, you order it at Amazon and the file is sent to Kinkos, which "prints" the product. No more shipping.
May 20, 2012 at 10:00 am Public
Linda GoldsteinThese are all true statements, when we cannot adapt we fall victim to succession.
May 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm
Andreas RamosMy mom pointed out issues with patents. If replicators are cheap and wide-spread, there can't be enforcement of patents. Just as digital copying has destroyed the music industry (revenues have collapsed), digital duplication of products will also lower industrial production revenues.
May 20, 2012 at 3:27 pm
Linda GoldsteinIf the laws are not adressed and enforced they too will fall victim to succession. I agree that it will effect revenues it only makes sense that it will have a negative effect on the industry if it doesn't adapt as well. The key to success is good planning we can already see what can happen. The question is how to address it.
May 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm
Eternity TimeDoD was giving all high schools a 3-d printer...Libraries are beginning to have them, too, so people can become creators...
May 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm
Matt SnowThe 3D printer is by far one of the most revolutionary devices we've seen in a while. These devices are allowing for some amazing ideas to actually come to life, with zero waste, curbside recyclable. Check out the ETL talk by bespokeinnovations.com co-founder http://ecorner.stanford.edu/authorMaterialInfo.html?mid=2808 . life changing for a small percentage of people.
May 20, 2012 at 9:44 pm
Andreas RamosWhat are the implications for the US political parties? What happens when jobs disappear? The political parties can't promise they'll provide full employment if there aren't jobs. What happens to economics when the price of things collapse?
May 23, 2012 at 6:58 am
Mariianne CraryWe need to invent a new concept of what a job is. The present definition will be gone, before we know it.
May 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm
Andreas Ramos At the movies: Two hotdogs and a Coke = 2,338 calories. The sign also warns that 2,000 calories is an entire day's intake. Not merely junk food: this should be classified "toxic".
May 20, 2012 at 9:46 am Public
Susan LevittIt's not even food.
May 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm
Matt Snowwow. wtf are they putting in those things?
May 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm
Andreas Ramos We watched "The Avengers." It's fairly okay. Typical Hollywood summer movie. Lots of explosions. I suggest you wait for it on DVD.
May 18, 2012 at 9:56 pm Public
Andreas Ramos Facebook (NASDAQ: FB): Follow the fun at Yahoo Finance's ticker for FB. It opened at $42. Currently at $38.70. Market Cap $106.74B.
View the basic FB stock chart on Yahoo! Finance. Change the date range, chart type and compare Facebook, Inc. against other companies.
May 18, 2012 at 8:16 am Public
Gregg GilesAn interesting day and IPO, wasn't expecting it to hover near the open.
May 18, 2012 at 8:56 am
Lisa CarlsonWere you able to buy your shares yet?
May 18, 2012 at 9:42 am
Andreas RamosI'm an angel investor in my cat's startup. He's doing it in a Palo Alto garage.
May 18, 2012 at 10:39 am
Andreas RamosNot looking good. The underwriters are propping up FB's stock to keep it from going below $38. http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-facebook-trading-20120518,0,6622700.story
May 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm
Gregg GilesYeah, have to say I'm very surprised it's been a flat opening. From all the hype built up around it, I really expected it to jump $10-$20 a share, at least. I've been hearing CNN, CNBC and NPR also report that the underwriters are propping up the price. Ouch. Kind of makes me wonder if the opening day doesn't seem to have the demand everyone expected, how much stock are the underwriters going to get stuck with to support the price, and when will they be able to sell it to take profits? Another interesting side effect of the underwriters' support: they might end up holding a larger percentage of the company than anybody expected, and if the stock price falls or earnings don't match expectations, it could be an interesting first earnings call...
May 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm
Andreas RamosI think a lot of people are going to short the stock for Monday. The underwriters won't float this forever.
May 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm
Lisa CarlsonKai Risdal did a good piece on "Marketplace" today...explained it well.
May 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm
Andreas Ramos The top ten companies where engineers want to work.
On LinkedIn's blog today is a post about the top 10 most sought-after engineering startups in Silicon Valley. And no, Facebook and Google didn't make the cut because this was a list of companies with fewer than 500 employees.
May 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm Public
Mariianne CraryJust you wait!
May 17, 2012 at 10:42 pm
Andreas Ramos Google is adding "Knowledge Graph" to search results. The name is intentionally misleading. It's really "Google's Own Short Notes about a Topic", which really means "Don't bother looking at other websites. Just read our short summary." It's basically mini-Wikipedia.

So Google is no longer indexing the web? You search for "lion" or "andromeda" and Google gives you their summary. Very nice for Google, but millions of websites will disappear.
May 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm Public
Dave MundtThe car talk guys speak of living life "unhindered by the thought process". I think Google is taking that philosophy to heart
May 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm
Eva Maria Knudsenthis is very bad! I guess we have to start using other search-engines, then
May 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm
Andreas Ramos "Zuckerberg! The Musical" Watch it now at http://www.cdzamusic.com/
We create musical video experiments.
May 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm Public
Susan Levittchampion of democracy...
May 18, 2012 at 7:52 am
Andreas Ramos Pinterest got $100m in additional funding today. That brings the valuation to $1.5b.
May 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm Public
Andreas RamosMy cat raised $72 in a Series M funding round this morning. His management team invested it all in cat food, cat toys, two more collars, and another blanket.
May 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm
Marsha FortnerWhat a successful cat!!
May 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm
Dominique Lahaixwhen is your cat IPO?
May 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm
Andreas RamosHe won't say a word.
May 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm
Andreas Ramos Maker Faire: The ultimate fair for all things Silicon Valley. It's total fun: you'll see all sorts of stuff that's only in Silicon Valley. Plan on spending at least 2-3 hours walking around. This weekend in San Mateo. I'll be there on Saturday.

Join your fellow Makers at the Maker Faire! Like a science fair, the Maker Faire will have lots of DIY tech projects from the magazine and elsewhere. It's a celebration of Makers of all kinds and a great opportunity to learn and explore your interests.
May 17, 2012 at 9:24 am Public
Suzana Perta GoreaI'll be there too. Bubbles with Benefits on Saturday + Intel party on Friday evening :)
May 17, 2012 at 11:58 am
Andreas Ramos Yahoo's CEO Scott Thompson was forced to quit because he lied about a college degree. How common is this?
43% misrepresent themselves in their resumes
27% misrepresent their past salaries
19% misrepresent responsibilities at their past jobs
17% misrepresent their skills
15% misrepresent length of employment
12% misrepresent their credentials

(Source: Allie VanNest at GetHired.com)
May 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm Public
Dave MundtIn a competitive environment, one always wants to maximize one's saleability. As these stats show, a significant portion of the people are willing to lie about it. The fact that the basic facts are rarely checked out and when one does, it is far more likely that one will run into a brick wall of privacy, makes it much easier to get the lie across. Actually, I am surprised that the numbers are so low fro most of the categories...
May 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm
Andreas RamosThere are tools to verify resumes. But these are a bit expensive, so most resumes don't get screened. You're right: I expected the numbers to be higher. If people are desperate for a job, they'll do just about anything.
May 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm
Robert WeimerBut 99% are not CEOs at publicly traded companies.
May 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm
Lisa CarlsonEvery place I ever worked on staff in the last decade checked my resume carefully. I had a very creepy experience once when they couldn't find my actual degree at NYU because they didn't reach the right person "in the morgue," literally a basement where NYU keep its old records. So, I had to bring my paper version to work. I'd love to hear others' stories about this sort of thing.
May 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm
Andreas Ramos The New Yorker (May 7) writes about Clayton Christensen, the fellow who wrote "The Innovator's Dilemma" which shows how disruption destroys large, established companies. Companies such as Intel have used Christensen's ideas to successfully defend themselves.

The role of disruption is counter-intuitive. Large companies "do the right thing", and that's what causes their destruction. Christensen also found that disrupting technology doesn't have to be better: in fact, it's generally cheap and low-quality. And that's precisely why it destroys the better technology. It's "good enough" at the low price, which eats away at the large company's margins.

So if you're thinking of a startup, don't focus on being better. Focus on being low-cost and "just good enough."

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disruptive_innovation : "In low-end disruption, the disruptor is focused initially on serving the least profitable customer, who is happy with a good enough product. This type of customer is not willing to pay premium for enhancements in product functionality. Once the disruptor has gained foot hold in this customer segment, it seeks to improve its profit margin. To get higher profit margins, the disruptor needs to enter the segment where the customer is willing to pay a little more for higher quality. To ensure this quality in its product, the disruptor needs to innovate. The incumbent will not do much to retain its share in a not so profitable segment, and will move up-market and focus on its more attractive customers. After a number of such encounters, the incumbent is squeezed into smaller markets than it was previously serving. And then finally the disruptive technology meets the demands of the most profitable segment and drives the established company out of the market."
A disruptive innovation is an innovation that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually goes on to disrupt an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology. The term is used in business and technology literature to describe innova...
May 16, 2012 at 10:38 am Public
Roslyn LaytonConvenience wins over everything, including beauty.
May 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm
Howard DernehlThe Innovator's Dilemma is a must read for any manager in high-tech. I was surprised to learn that a disruptive innovation might be of a lower quality, but successful if a lot cheaper. I've purchesd his latest book, "The Innovators DNA."
May 17, 2012 at 9:09 pm
Andreas Ramos Harvard Business Review writes that Apple's target audience in China is... rich boyfriends? Read how the Chinese are bypassing Apple's software so they can use the iPhone better.
The 8 million iPhones that Apple sold in China last quarter are a lot like exotic pets: They're cute and they make great gifts for rich young men to give to their girlfriends, but outside of their native ecosystem, their survival prospects don't look very good. The unexpected sales boom in China (8 ...
May 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm Public
Andreas Ramos Ad CTR and A/B Testing: Whenever I take over an account, I often see that there are many ads in an ad group, each with a different CTR (click-through-rate.) The CTR ranges from high to low. The person didn't delete the weak ads. That hurts the number of sales. Why?

Let's say an ad group has three ads. The ads have 100,000 impressions each. The CTR is 5% for the two top ads and 1% for the weak ad. Let's assume they all have a 2% conversion rate (sales rate) (in reality, the strong ads will have a higher sales rate, but let's keep this simple.)

That means the top ads have 5,000 clicks and the weak ad has 1,000 clicks. The 2% sales rate means the top ads produce 100 sales and the weak ad has 20 sales.

If the weak ad had been deleted, its 100,000 impressions would have gone to the two top ads, thus producing 80 additional sales. By keeping the weak ad, the campaign lost 80 sales.

Look at your ad groups. Create four or five ads (to test various ads). When they have 1,000 impressions, compare the CTR. As a rule, I don't keep ads that have a CTR lower than half of the top ad's CTR (i.e., if the top ad is 2%, then no ad should be less than 1%.)
May 15, 2012 at 9:42 am Public
Ben RothfeldI feel your pain. One thing I think I’m hearing louder and louder is that some clients focus more on scale than anything else.
May 15, 2012 at 10:01 am
Suzana Perta GoreaAndreas, why this very basic lesson? Is the situation thaaaat desperate?
May 15, 2012 at 10:08 am
Ben RothfeldSuzana: yup.
May 15, 2012 at 10:28 am
Dave Mundtit is basic truth that folks will often hang onto a failing ad for one of two reasons. 1) THEY created it or had the idea so it is "their baby" and they have too much ego tied up in it to let go. 2) Inertia. Too many management folk, being short on the skill of analytical thought, will look at an ad and focus on the fact that it is producing leads...ignoring the fact that it is failing to produce decent numbers of leads.
May 15, 2012 at 10:39 am
Suzana Perta GoreaHmm: how do you kill the ego without killing the creative genius? How do you ingrain decent analytics with account teams? How do you not go just for volume? How do you create revenue & margins, ROI accountability? How you just do not pay $1billion for no revenues, just scale? How you don't just throw funny money? How do you stop a bubble?
May 15, 2012 at 11:22 am
Ben RothfeldThe answer is...you can’t. Sorry, but I see ads all over New York for Coke Zero’s sponsorship of “Battleship.” It’s one thing for a toy company to license an old product to a Hollywood Studio. it’s another thing for said studio to pour millions of dollars into a remake of “Transformers.” And it’s yet another thing that one of the greatest marketing organizations in the history of the world should decide “hey, if we run promotions around this movie, more people will buy Coke Zero.” Jesus wept.
May 15, 2012 at 11:26 am
Ben RothfeldSomewhere out there, there’s an ashram with my name on it. And I don’t mean for branding purposes.
May 15, 2012 at 11:27 am
Suzana Perta GoreaHaven't seen those. What is the brand idea/hook? Cannot be just plain promotions/ movie endorsement...
May 15, 2012 at 11:34 am
Ben RothfeldOh, I’m sure there’s a “you sank my battleship!” sweepstakes where you can win a Missouri-class warship or some such nonsense. And I’m sure someone got a raise for being so fiendishly clever. Not that I’m bitter or anything.
May 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm
Suzana Perta Goreasad...
May 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm
Andreas RamosHow can there be a movie based on "battleship"? What's next? "Tic-Tac-Toe: The Epic"? "Playground Swing: The Secret"?
May 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Andreas RamosHollywood has ran out of ideas. We saw "Departures" this weekend. Japanese movie. Unlike anything from Hollywood. It
May 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm
Andreas RamosIt's a great movie.
May 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm
Lisa CarlsonShould I move to Japan for my acting career?
May 15, 2012 at 9:23 pm
Andreas Ramos A single injection and your lifespan will be extended 24%? Researchers in Madrid can do this with mice. What are the social and economic implications?
A new study consisting of inducing cells to express telomerase, the enzyme which -- metaphorically -- slows down the biological clock -- was successful. The research provides a "proof-of-principle" that this "feasible and safe" approach can effectively "improve health span."
May 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm Public
Mariianne CraryTaking the first flight to Madrid, trying to look like a mouse!
May 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm
Lisa CarlsonWell, if you live in Spain and you are not wealthy or protected by family or state, your LifeSpain may not be all that interesting to preserve...On the other hand...you could live long and move somewhere cooooool!
May 14, 2012 at 10:25 pm
Dave MundtI will assume, for the sake of argument, that the initial results continue, and, the effects of aging are halted, or perhaps reversed a bit. Let us look at some of the economic impacts first. Social Security would either totally implode, or, it would require some fundamental changes on how it is funded. For example, the current cap on SS taxed income would have to be removed entirely. Depending on the population changes, it might be necessary to pump up the current tax rate of 17% or so to a rather higher number. It would likely require that we work for a longer period of time - say, up to the age of 85 or 90. This would impact the younger folks, because there would be fewer job openings available to them. Considering the difficulty of getting work now, that could be a considerable hardship. It might be necessary to restart the WPA or some other form of government works program, to get the unemployed back to earning something. I suspect that the folks that make viagra and other "performance enhancing drugs" would show record profits! As for the social aspects (some of which I touched on above), again, there would likely be some changes. While the treatment does slow down the aging process, it does not halt it. So those folks that, today, have to look forwards to a decade of dealing with a parent with dementia or other problems could look forwards to 15 or 20 years of that joyful task. The transition period once the treatment is widely available would be the most challenging I suspect. Think of what will happen to all those folks who have to retire at 65, but, now have another 30 years to fill! I know a number of folks that are likely to die shortly after retiring, just because their work is their entire life, and, once that is taken from them, they have not got the mindset or education to move on and do anything else. On a more positive note, perhaps this increased lifespan would Push Americans to grow spiritually and become more focused on the reality of death and its meaning. I suspect I could rant on for some time on all this, but, the post IS getting a bit long...
May 14, 2012 at 11:04 pm
Dave MundtBy the by, does anyone else besides me find it somewhat ironic that one of the researchers is named "Jesus" (and yes I KNOW that is not his entire name....)
May 14, 2012 at 11:06 pm
Andreas RamosI wonder about the distribution. Let's say it costs $1,000 for the treatment. The Scandinavian countries, Germany, Holland, etc., will pay this for their citizens.

But what about the US? Would the US offer this to everyone? Or would it be another of those "you make your choice" situations that the US uses for health care, education, and so on? So we end up with life extension for the wealthy and an early death for the lower classes?

Which would mean the lower classes will work to pay taxes to maintain the elite who live longer?
May 15, 2012 at 8:15 am
Andreas Ramos JPMorganChase not only lost $2 billion: they don't know where it went. This is a bank out of control.
May 14, 2012 at 11:43 am Public
Maureen SpitzLosses expected to reach 4 billion. Where did financial reform go?
May 14, 2012 at 12:34 pm
Dave MundtSeems to be the habit these days. Going back a bit, what about the container loads of cash that disappeared into Iraq a bit ago? No sign of that either. As for financial reform, as I have mentioned elsewhere, as long as the politicians know they have a 90%+ chance of staying in office, they will pander to the highest bidder - and that means removing the regulations that keep the rest of us from being screwed over.
May 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm
Howard DernehlI'm all in favor of a strong version of the Proposed Volcker Rule Regulations being instituted and enforced, for a more stable banking system. The banking system went downhill because of the repeal of the Glass-Steagall banking regulations. This snafu is a timely wakeup call.
May 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm
Leonardo C. SelbachReminds me of this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhFTG7fFwc4
May 14, 2012 at 5:39 pm
Dave MundtThey are claiming it was a hedge...so since this turned out to be such a loser, I wonder what snake oil they were investing in that this was supposed to cover?
May 14, 2012 at 9:07 pm
Matt Snowlots of bitcoins.
May 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm
Gregg GilesDon't worry. The GOP will blame it all on over regulation, bloated government and oppressive taxes.
May 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm
Enrique Villa Van CotthemNo surprises Andreas...banks are out of control since 2008 all over the world
May 15, 2012 at 5:25 am
Andreas Ramos Cul de Sac's very funny cartoon about crazed mothers... on Mother's Day. http://www.gocomics.com/culdesac
Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac, is a comic strip about the life of a pre-school girl named Alice Otterloop. It is a light-hearted comic strip centered around a four-year old girl and her suburban life experiences on a cul-de-sac with her friends Beni and Dill, older brother Petey and her classmates a...
May 13, 2012 at 10:56 am Public
Marsha FortnerThat was very funny, Andreas.
May 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Eternity TimeI shared with B--totally think he'll relate!
May 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm
Dennis Yu Andreas-- agreed. Startups are not for everyone. But if you can brave the Class V rapids and survive, that is quite an accomplishment!
May 13, 2012 at 7:39 am
Andreas Ramos 10 Reasons to Ban Gay Marriage - read til the end
http://9gag.com/gag/4142223
May 12, 2012 at 8:26 am Public
Satchmo William TragarsReason #11: If God had wanted people to be gay, he wouldn't have created a world so full of misery and sorry. There would only be sunshine and singing and money floating down like autumn leaves.
May 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm
Andreas Ramos Prime Minister? Or Prime Twit? David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK, signed his text messages with "LOL". He thought that meant "Lots of Love" :-)
May 11, 2012 at 7:01 am Public
Mariianne CraryTerrific! - at least, he is trying... LOL
May 11, 2012 at 7:06 am
Andreas RamosWhat did he think LOLCats was about? :-D
May 11, 2012 at 7:13 am
Eva Maria KnudsenWell i hope we laugh with lots of love :-) what DOES lolcats mean? Or is that x- rated?
May 11, 2012 at 7:22 am
Andreas RamosNo, LOLCats is a silly site about cats. But Cameron probably thinks different. I wonder what he thinks "FYI" means?
May 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm
Howard DernehlTwit--he should have known what a word means before using it.
May 12, 2012 at 7:17 am
Maureen SpitzIndeed...
May 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm
Andreas Ramos Looking for better jobs? The biggest job sites are Indeed.com and CareerBuilder.com (much bigger than Monster.com). Be sure to use LinkedIn as well. Pass this on to your friends.
May 10, 2012 at 6:50 pm Public
Lisa CarlsonI think LinkedIn has the more interesting and timely gigs. Indeed's are pure recycling from a bunch of other sites and CareerBuilder is not impressive. Monster has descended into some sort of graveyard for pitiful gigs that would have been seen on Craigslist five years ago.
May 10, 2012 at 10:41 pm
Andreas Ramos Good article on how FB's rich and highly-networked kids use their money to start more companies.
The windfall from Facebook’s public offering may prompt some employees to leave, in what could be one of company’s lasting legacies — a new generation of tech tycoons looking to create or invest in, well, ...
May 10, 2012 at 7:20 am Public
Andreas Ramos Make less than $76,000? Sorry, you can't live in San Francisco.

The boom is bringing lots of people to work in social media startups. These pay well, so they can afford the rents. Which drives up the price. It's also locking everyone else out of the market.
Michael Austin and Emily Morrison aren't highly paid tech workers. He's an actor with a day job as an administrative assistant; she's an arts teacher at CalShakes. Newly engaged, they've been seeking an apartment in San...
May 9, 2012 at 9:07 am Public
Andreas Ramos The Pebble Watch has raised $9,963,510 via Kickstarter. It's going up by about $1,000 every few minutes, so they'll reach $10m in a few hours.

The watch connects to your Android or iPhone phone via Bluetooth. The display can be customized, changed, etc. to show all sorts of info. You can also use it to control other devices. Pretty clever. This will lead to all sorts of info-display devices.
Pebble is a customizable watch. Download new watchfaces, use sports and fitness apps, get notifications from your phone.
May 9, 2012 at 9:02 am Public
Andreas RamosYep, they just passed $10m.
May 9, 2012 at 10:32 am
Andreas Ramos How to go viral in Youtube: Youtube's own handbook (Free, PDF, 30MB). This book benchmarks everything they know about how brands can achieve success on YouTube. Ensure your content is discovered, optimized, targeted and shared by being strategic in conception and execution of your ‘viral’ campaigns. Yes, download this now.
May 8, 2012 at 7:00 am Public
Angelika BlendstrupThanks Andreas, you always provide such good articles.
May 8, 2012 at 7:32 am
Andreas Ramos Feeding Frenzy: A nearby condo went on the market in Palo Alto this weekend. Several hundred people came to the open house. The asking price was $350,000. It sold for $600,000.
May 7, 2012 at 9:00 pm Public
Eva Maria Knudsenjust like you said in Aarhus :-)
May 7, 2012 at 9:00 pm
Andreas RamosYeah, it's totally crazy.
May 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm
Stephanie EricssonWhat world are these aliens from?
May 8, 2012 at 2:59 am
Andreas Ramosten days left to the FB IPO.
May 8, 2012 at 6:54 am
Gregg GilesGet ready for the new 1 percenters from Facebook.
May 8, 2012 at 8:24 am
Lisa CarlsonLocation, location, location!
May 8, 2012 at 11:16 am
Susan LevittDragon, Dragon, Dragon -- like Dragon year 2000.
May 8, 2012 at 11:40 am
Andreas Ramos At Amsterdam airport, I overnighted at Yotel, which is a capsule hotel. The tiny rooms are just large enough. Quite fine, esp. I didn't have to leave the airport. In the morning, it was only eight minutes to the gate. $100 per night.
May 7, 2012 at 9:13 am Public
Antje Wilsch$100??? should be like $20
May 7, 2012 at 9:23 am
Carolina PazosMe daría claustrofobia!
May 7, 2012 at 10:41 am
Dave MundtHum...If one takes into account the convenience factor , the cost of transport, and the fact that hotel rooms seem to be running $150/night and up, that is not a bad deal. It gives a person a private place to sleep that is really handy. However, I have one question there - how noisy was it? I take it from your remark that it was not TOO bad...
May 7, 2012 at 11:22 am
Jesper SørensenGives new meening to the phrase "sleep tight"
May 7, 2012 at 11:30 am
Susanne Skou KristensenDer er sådan lidt burhane over det, men billigt og bekvemt, godt du ikke lider af klaustrofobi.
May 7, 2012 at 11:54 am
Lisa CarlsonI feel even better now about my place at the beach for $15/night.
May 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm
Marsha FortnerThey realize the convenience allows them to charge what they do. Not a bad deal, though. Just lay your head on the pillow and lights out.
May 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm
Andreas RamosThe price is cheap. Most travel hotels for business people are $300-$400 per night. At this place, I didn't need a taxi, etc. Even tho' it was in a large airport (that included a mall and a casino) along with airplanes landing and taking off, it was silent in the room. Totally silent. For short layovers (six hours, etc.), you can pay by the hour.
May 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm
Camille Bundrick WilliamsHall bathroom? How many share it?
May 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm
Andreas Ramosyour private bathroom (toilet, sink, and shower) is also in the cube. it's like a small prison cell. it's just large enough. at the foot of the bed is a wall TV. wifi included. note all the electrical outlets so you can recharge everything.
May 7, 2012 at 4:48 pm
Andreas Ramos Hollande's win in France will lead to major changes in European politics and economics.
May 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm Public
Suzana Perta GoreaLet's truly hope so.
May 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm
Lisa CarlsonThat's an understatement, dit donc....
May 6, 2012 at 7:47 pm
Dave MundtHum...Hollande does seem to have some specific goals that MIGHT help the lower and middle classes in France. I suspect that while he may not be as successful as he would like, it is probable that he will be a catalyst for change that could spread through Europe. For example his goal of dropping retirement age to 60 from 62, and, expanding funding for education both sound very good. It gets back to who is going to pay for it though? In any case, I suspect it is going to be an interesting ride for the next few years.
May 6, 2012 at 8:10 pm
Andreas RamosHollande will have to deal with France's economy, the immigrants, and the EU bailout of Greece, Italy, and Spain.
May 6, 2012 at 10:03 pm
Leo HugoSorry Andreas, I disagree. Merkel will learn how to keep Hollande on a short leash, because Germany is paying the bills. It's the golden rule.
May 7, 2012 at 6:01 am
Andreas RamosI didn't mean Hollande would be successful: I meant he will have to deal with these issues. These are huge problems with no clear resolution. The first two are bad enough; the EU bailout is a mega-problem. At stake is not merely Greece: it's the future of the EU and its global position. Leo, you're right: Merkel has more power because they have more money. But that puts a very heavy political burden on them.
May 7, 2012 at 8:08 am
Dave MundtThat is a good point. While I am not intimately familiar with Franche's economy, I see that it is almost as badly debt driven as the US. That is going to make any increase in socially active programs diffiuclt at best.
May 7, 2012 at 8:11 am
Dave MundtOh yea, I also happened to notice that one of his platforms is dumping nuclear energy! I wonder what he is planning to replace it with? I am sure that the citizenry is not going to go back to lighting with candles and cooking with coal stoves!
May 7, 2012 at 8:31 am
Howard DernehlIf France has a growth strategy that means deficit spending, then the euro currency system will not be feasible. We may see breakup of the common currency and even bigger financial messes.
May 7, 2012 at 9:11 am
Andreas RamosFriends in France who run companies are saying this will make it hard for them. Meanwhile, the JOBS Act in the US makes it easier to start companies. Plus the remarkable ease to offshore to India, China, and the Ukraine.
May 7, 2012 at 9:16 am
Leo Hugo@Andreas - Yes I agree, Germany is becoming ever more unpopular in places like Greece, but I can't imagine even Greece refusing to enforce European law. That would be the same situation Great Britain ended up in with its American colonies, all we all know how that ended ;) @Dave - Given that almost 80% of France's electricity comes from nuclear power, there's no way Hollande can dump it without sending the country back to the stone age. Phasing it out over 30 years might just be possible, but he'll be long gone by then.
May 7, 2012 at 9:17 am
Dave MundtI did recall that France was quite dependent on nuke energy. I have to wonder what his reasoning is for abandoning that power source. It seems to me that their designs are robust enough that there have been minimal problems so far. As for the EU...that seems to me to be as fragile as one of those "glass lace" sculptures that one can get. It seems that every time I turn around I hear about another country threatening to leave the Union because of political disagreements. I am fairly sure that this makes any positive movement even harder than it normally would be and continues to weaken the alliance. Finally, as for the attitude towards the Germans - (sarcasm on) WHAT a surprise! (sarcasm off)! Not only is the history between Germany and France kind of dicey, but, the general attitudes towards life are designed to clash! I would hope, though that France is smart enough to look at America's financial state and understand that taking on massive debt is NOT the way to spend oneself out of a recession! Sigh... Perhaps by making it easier to create jobs in America, companies will start opening up locations here, and, help knock down the huge unemployment percentage that we are suffering from. We shall see!
May 7, 2012 at 11:35 am
Leo HugoPersonally, I think his reasoning was to say whatever it took to get elected and sort it out later.
May 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Susan LevittStart a political blog.
May 8, 2012 at 11:42 am
Andreas Ramos Nobody knows like a dog nose.
May 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm Public
Lisa CarlsonI am so into dogs these das...you can't believe it.
May 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm
Eva Maria Knudsenhey man, you need a hobby :-)
May 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm
Dave MundtOne of the NCIS re-runs last night was an episode where a German Shepherd was accused of killing its handler. An amusing aspect of the show was the running gag of dog-related comments, puns and commands that kept appearing. Also, I have to say the dog was as good at acting as the cast...
May 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm
Howard DernehlDogs can smell between 100,000 and a million times better than humans. Interestingly, nothing smells disgusting to a dog!
May 6, 2012 at 7:56 am
Mark BurgessGreat photo! Reminds me of my dog. He's about 13 now but still has an amazing sense of smell!
May 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm
Andreas Ramos Out at the shore to watch the moon rise. It's peach colored.
May 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm Public
Gregg GilesSaw it from Napa, amazing view.
May 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm
Dave MundtThe moon is close to zenith just now, and it is bright enough that I can see colors by its light. That does happen with the full moon, but, this is fairly unusual.
May 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm
Andreas RamosI figured we'd be the only ones who would go out to see the moon rise. I was surprised to see several hundred people along the shore. People chatted together. Nothing like a moonrise or a fire to bring people together! :-)
May 5, 2012 at 10:12 pm
Lisa CarlsonIt's outrageous right here, at home...you would be astounded.
May 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm
Dave MundtFor such a relatively common astronomical event, it has gotten a LOT of press recently, and that is good for inspiring curiosity! Good to hear that there is interest, though. It is a wonderful thing to go out and contemplate the skies - Even the limited view we get from Earth provides amazing sights and a moment to contemplate the universe.
May 5, 2012 at 10:50 pm
Ben Rothfeld My friend and former colleague Andreas Ramos explains the business of the web in about, oh, six paragraphs. Crazy thing is, he makes it sound so simple.
The Essential Laws of Computering
May 3, 2012 at 11:11 am
Andreas Ramos (Wrote this last night -- andreas)

Dotcom California

On 101 Highway, cool wind in my hair,
Warm smell of espresso, rising up through the air,
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light,
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim,
I had to stop for the loot.

There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the Wall Street bell,
And I was thinking to myself,
'This could go bust, or this could IPO!

Then she handed me a pen and showed me where to sign
There were voices in the corridors,
I thought I heard them say...

Welcome to the Dotcom California...
Such a lovely place...
Such a market space...
Plenty of boom at the Dotcom California
Any IPO, you can find it here...

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the BMW bends
She got a lot of pretty VC boys that she calls her friends
How they samba in the hallways, sweet midnight sweat.
Some dance to get rich, some dance to get richer,
So I called up the concierge,
'Please bring me champagne!'
He said, 'We haven't had that spirit here
Since 1999!

And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say...

Welcome to the Dotcom California
Such a lovely place
Such a market space
Plenty of boom at the Dotcom California
Any IPO, you can find it here...

They livin' it up at the Dotcom California,
What a nice surprise, name your strike price,
Posters in the cubes,
The pink Snapple's for free.
And she said 'We are all just prisoners here of our own strike price

And in the VC chambers,
They gathered for the feast.
They stab it with their steely eyes,
But they just can't kill the beast!

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door.
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before.
'Relax,' said the night man,
We are programmed to receive.
You can check out any time you like,
but you can never leave!
May 3, 2012 at 11:02 am Public
Lisa CarlsonEffing brilliant, Andreas!
May 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm
Jennifer Goldenfantabulous!
May 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm
Susan LevittSo I called up the concierge,
'Please bring me champagne!'
He said, 'We haven't had that spirit here
Since 1999!
TOO FUNNY
May 4, 2012 at 8:51 am
Andreas Ramos NYC on a rainy afternoon (taken with HDR on my cell phone)
May 3, 2012 at 8:41 am Public
Victoria DuffOh, thank you, Andreas. What a wonderful picture!
May 3, 2012 at 9:14 am
Robert WynneFantastic photo!
May 3, 2012 at 9:40 am
Maureen SpitzI love NYC
May 3, 2012 at 11:28 am
Marsha FortnerI'm glad to be here in Walnut Creek
May 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm
Andreas Ramos Funny commercial with a surprise ending.
In an ancient Chinese temple, two martial artists face off in a battle for the power outlet. Introducing Ultrabook™ - inspired by Intel. Everything else seem...
May 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm Public
Andreas Ramos This Ruption. That Ruption. Or, are we in a bubble? VCs say no, and do we trust them? Or not?

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/disruptions-with-no-revenue-an-illusion-of-value/
Small start-ups that make money often find it difficult to recruit additional investment. By keeping their revenue at zero, they can pluck a projected valuation out of thin air.
May 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm Public
Andreas Ramos How does social affect your SEO ranking in Google? Should you use Facebook? Get 1,000 followers in Twitter? Put up a page in Google+? Let's test this and see the results...
Infographic: Can social media activity impact organic search rankings? Popular wisdom says yes, but we set out to prove it with a simple test.
May 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm Public
Andreas Ramos "Instagram has no discernible monetization strategy, so Facebook is not generating real value for potential investors, but rather more speculation of future value. Bubbles don't happen just because of exuberance, but also through the calculated moves of companies who know how to game the system." -- Bob Knorpp, host of The BeanCast.
May 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm Public
Howard DernehlYes-- it seems to be an Internet speculative grab game!
May 3, 2012 at 10:33 am
Andreas Ramos Are there laws in computering? There's Moore's Law (the number of transistors on a chip doubles every two years). Here are several more rules that I've noticed. I finally wrote them up.
The Essential Laws of Computering
May 2, 2012 at 10:50 am Public
Andreas Ramos Bing has the best tool to find cheap flights. It even tells you the best of the week for a ticket.
Find cheap flights with price predictor, cheap hotels, and find great travel deals and receive free fare predictions on Bing travel.
May 2, 2012 at 7:31 am Public
Carolina PazosGood to know; flying in Canada is really expensive.
May 2, 2012 at 10:22 am
Andreas Ramos Bone marrow donor.
May 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm Public
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April 30, 2012 at 12:06 am
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Martin Frederiksen byder velkommen
April 30, 2012 at 12:06 am
Andreas Ramos Want to know how many FB Likes you have for your website? Or any website? Use Kamil's free tool: http://zubastat.com/
Check how many Facebook likes, shares or comments your page has.
April 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm Public
Kamil AlibekovThanks Andreas :)
April 29, 2012 at 5:59 pm
Andreas Ramos My fellow Americans, look at this. That's 12.38 Danish Kroner per liter. That's $2.21 per liter. There's 3.79 liters in a gallon, so that's $8.38 per gallon. Yes, it can go that high.
April 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm Public
Andreas Klinke JohannsenWhere did you find that?! That is a bargain. Normal price above DKK 13.30 pr litre.
April 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm
Rachella SinclairHaHaHa It's about $10 a gallon in the UK
April 30, 2012 at 12:33 am
Dave MundtWhile I am sure this is supposed to make me feel better, it really does not. It does seem as if Big Oil is trying to push America to that level of cost too, though, it will have a severe economic impact on society. By the by...it is still something like $0.22/liter in Bahrain (Manama)...
April 30, 2012 at 6:35 am
Andreas Ramos Back in Palo Alto. It was a great trip. It'll take weeks to process everything.
April 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm Public
Kamil AlibekovWhen to expect detailed report w/photos on your site?
April 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm
Andreas Ramos Double-page article in today's Jyllands Posten (newspaper in Denmark) about my presentation a few days ago.
April 27, 2012 at 12:58 am Public
Eva Maria Knudsensuper cool
April 27, 2012 at 1:43 am
Yasuhiro OhkuraWhat presentation was it?
April 27, 2012 at 1:52 am
Eva Maria Knudsenabout trends in sillicon valley. I attended and we where all spellbound here in Denmark
April 27, 2012 at 1:53 am
Saleh 'Saul' ArmianSkol Brother! nice!!
April 27, 2012 at 6:26 am
Mihoko SuginoCool ! Looks Young... sorry :)
April 27, 2012 at 8:05 am
Andreas RamosI'll post the presentation in a few days.
April 27, 2012 at 8:16 am
Rosemary DiMaria RyanWow, Denmark! Would love for you to email me a transcript or overview. You’ve always had proven to be truly a credit and valuable asset to the IT community in any arena in any part of the country, and now Denmark! Good for you, Andreas, I'm still hopeful I'd get to work with you again! Rose
April 27, 2012 at 8:19 am
Ray BeauchampCongratulations Andreas Ramos
April 27, 2012 at 8:41 am
Howard DernehlGood job!
April 27, 2012 at 8:47 am
Maureen SpitzYou're a star yet again!
April 28, 2012 at 10:10 am
Andreas Ramos
Double-page article in today's Jyllands Posten (newspaper in Denmark) about my presentation a few days ago.
April 27, 2012 at 12:58 am
Eva Maria Knudsensuper cool
April 27, 2012 at 1:43 am
Yasuhiro OhkuraWhat presentation was it?
April 27, 2012 at 1:52 am
Eva Maria Knudsenabout trends in sillicon valley. I attended and we where all spellbound here in Denmark
April 27, 2012 at 1:53 am
Saleh 'Saul' ArmianSkol Brother! nice!!
April 27, 2012 at 6:26 am
Mihoko SuginoCool ! Looks Young... sorry :)
April 27, 2012 at 8:05 am
Andreas RamosI'll post the presentation in a few days.
April 27, 2012 at 8:16 am
Rosemary DiMaria RyanWow, Denmark! Would love for you to email me a transcript or overview. You’ve always had proven to be truly a credit and valuable asset to the IT community in any arena in any part of the country, and now Denmark! Good for you, Andreas, I'm still hopeful I'd get to work with you again! Rose
April 27, 2012 at 8:19 am
Ray BeauchampCongratulations Andreas Ramos
April 27, 2012 at 8:41 am
Howard DernehlGood job!
April 27, 2012 at 8:47 am
Maureen SpitzYou're a star yet again!
April 28, 2012 at 10:10 am
Andreas Ramos Good Bloomberg summary of Murdoch phone hacking scandal in the UK. Read it here because you won't see this in his US news operations, including Fox News or Wall Street Journal. http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-04/D9UCRC0O0.htm
Developments in a phone-hacking scandal involving British newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.:
April 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm Public
Andreas Ramos After the conference. Beer is ready, we're waiting for the pizza! My diet today was coffee, croissants, coffee, cake, beer, and pizza :-P
April 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm Public
Andreas Klinke JohannsenThe healthy Nordic diet ;-)
April 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm
Andreas Ramos Monday morning team meeting at Klean.dk in Denmark. Great people. It's been a lively week of meetings.
April 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm Public
Lisa CarlsonLove this room and rugs.
April 25, 2012 at 11:49 pm
Kamil Alibekov it is live now:) meet the http://ZubaStat.com/
Check how many Facebook likes, shares or comments your page has.
April 25, 2012 at 2:59 pm
Andreas Ramos
Andreas Klinke Johannsen møder Andreas Ramos inden første foredrag.
April 25, 2012 at 9:55 am
Roslyn LaytonAndreas meets Andreas. Finally!
April 25, 2012 at 10:53 pm
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Andreas Ramos fortæller om The JOBS Act, der skal skabe flere arbejdspladser i USA - og som også får stor betydning for it-branchen.
April 25, 2012 at 9:55 am
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Fremtiden er...? Disruption.
April 25, 2012 at 9:55 am
Andreas Ramos
Remarketing, retargeting. Hvis du arbejder med online-marketing er der noget at lære her.
April 25, 2012 at 9:55 am
Andreas Ramos Helen with her first fish!
April 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm
Andreas Ramos Are blogs dead? Dartmouth reports that of the list of 500 fast-growing companies listed by Inc., 50% had a blog in 2010 and in 2011, only 37% have a blog. Among Fortune 500 companies, only 23% have a blog in 2011.
Companies are replacing blogs with tools requiring less time and resources, such as Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.
April 20, 2012 at 7:33 am Public
Dorte ToftInteressant, tak. Og forudsigeligt:-)
April 20, 2012 at 7:48 am
Dave MundtI recall seeing a statistic a bit ago that said that some 85% of blogs were abandoned. It is easy to see that happening, because writing a blog is hard work. People see the shiny thing and think that all they have to do is set it up and by magic content will appear. I have had a number of clients that had that attitude, and, nothing came of it, in spite of my warnings up front and my prodding them to put content on the thing. I still blog (http://blog.beemandave.com/ ) but not as often as I would like. I can see the attraction of FB too. After all, with this medium, all one has to do is post a sentence or two every so often. No depth needed!
April 20, 2012 at 11:24 am
Andreas Ramos A few weeks ago, Congress passed the JOBS Act and Obama signed it. The law declares Steve Jobs to be a saint, June 4th will be Steve Jobs Day (a national holiday), and everyone gets a free iPhone.

No, it's something else. It'll have a big impact on Silicon Valley, but oddly, there's been very little talk about this.

The JOBS Act encourages small business growth by removing restrictions on investment. Previously, an investor had to be "accredited", which meant $1m in assets or $200K in income. Now, anyone can invest up to 5% of their income. The video clerk can be an investor now. The crowdfunding sites (such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo) allow thousands of people to fund projects. Sounds good, right?

Here we go again. Remember when Al Gore said he invented the Internet? It wasn't far off the mark. I was working in a telecomms startup and we knew about this. Netscape IPOed in 1995. In 1996, President Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act. Those two events were the key to the dotcom boom. The telecomms act was part of the deregulation craze of the 80s and 90s: it got rid of rules and allowed anyone to get into telecomms. When Netscape raised $5b, hundreds of Wall Street investment bankers (IBs) dashed out to Silicon Valley to see how they could make more money. The Telecomms Act allowed them to create companies and make outrageous lies about consumer adoption, trends, revenues, and profits. Those investor prospectus were fake. But investors were so eager to get rich like Netscape so they invested. So, yes, President Clinton's Telecomms Act created the Internet, or at least, the dotcom boom.

Which later became known as the dotcom bubble, which popped in spring 2000, because the numbers were fake. Those dotcoms weren't profitable, heck, many didn't even have revenues. VCs created shell companies, IPOed them on Wall Street, and took money from investors. After the IPO, they walked away. Was the company sustainable? Could it actually make money? Who cared? Hundreds of thousands of workers got screwed; Five trillion dollars vanished.

Okay, write this in your diary: April 5th: Obama signs the JOBS Act. May 17th: Facebook IPOs for $100b. Circle these dates with your red lipstick (may I suggest "Colour Riche"?) One day, you'll show those diary pages to your grandkids as all of you huddle under a bridge.

Here's what's coming.

- FB's $100b IPO will turn VCs and IBs into cocaine-crazed freaks to create more companies that also get billion-dollar valuations (such as Instagram, which has zero revenues).

- The JOBS Act removes onerous regulations that require startups to report actual numbers. No more independent auditors. Startups can say whatever they want. (BTW, my cat is building a startup in my Palo Alto garage: it's amazing. Not even three weeks and the cat already has $4.2 billion in revenues. What a cat! You can buy pre-IPO shares.)

Remember the national craze over that $500m lottery a few weeks ago? We're talking $100b. That's 200X more than that lottery. There's going to be traffic jams of Ferrari and Lamborghini in Palo Alto.

Yes, it's a bubble. Yes, they're doing it again. But do you want to get rich this time? Of course you do! Hurry and buy pre-IPO stock in my cat's startup! OMG! The cat just made another billion! Freaking incredible! HURRY!
This law appears to have been specifically written to encourage fraud in the stock markets.
April 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm Public
Marsha FortnerWe might prefer your interpretation of the Jobs Act when all is said and done, not that I need a free iPhone. !!!
April 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm
Andreas Ramos A good summary of the issues at the summit in Colombia, led by Colombia's president Jorge Santos.
"Latin Americans are creating these bodies that are deepening integration, political and economic integration, which also exclude the USA.
April 19, 2012 at 7:48 am Public
Andreas Ramos So there's a hologram performance of Tupac at Coachella? The Japanese have been doing this for years. Hatsune Miku is a superstar in Japan and she's virtual. Watch her perform live in concert...
April 18, 2012 at 9:17 pm Public
Caryn Louise LeschenOh come on isn't that someone in an anime suit?
April 18, 2012 at 9:55 pm
Leonardo C. SelbachI'm still trying to figure out what is more degrading: Bringing someone back from the dead to sing with someone else for profit or a full audience eager with the show of a marketing oriented virtual singer
April 19, 2012 at 6:04 am
Andreas RamosWait until Tupac becomes a product from a bunch of MBAs and corporate suits.
April 19, 2012 at 7:56 am
Andreas Ramos Set up your startup in Chile. Get $40,000. Chile is giving $40K to get people to do startups there.
Mucho trabajo, poco dinero. What to do? Steve Davis packed his laptop and his Spanish phrasebook and moved to Chile. On arrival...
April 18, 2012 at 9:08 pm Public
Anna BillstromYeah I have a friend doing this, this year. Insane.
April 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm
Andreas Ramos The Party starts May 17th.
Social network giant Facebook is allegedly targeting May 17 as the potential date for its initial public offering, according to a TechCrunch report that cites unnamed sources familiar with the company.
April 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm Public
Andreas Ramos And here's a pix of me with a fish (I'm the one with sunglasses). Our fishing guide is Bob Sparre (bobsparre.com) who provided the boat, gear, and took us to the best places :-) We caught our limit by noon.
April 18, 2012 at 11:59 am Public
Scott Jacobsnice!
April 18, 2012 at 10:27 pm
Susan Levittfish whisperer
April 19, 2012 at 7:02 am
Andreas RamosHelen says the fish is getting more likes than me.
April 19, 2012 at 7:56 am
Andreas Ramos Maybe Google is finally discovering that brand marketing works? Or maybe they just want the money :-)
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April 18, 2012 at 6:51 am Public
Andreas Ramos Pix from today's fishing trip on the Sacramento River. We went with a guide, boat, and two friends. We were on the river by 6:45 am. Helen caught the first fish and the second-largest fish. We fished for stripers and caught our limit. Brought home fish between four to six pounds each. The cat is very happy.
April 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm Public
Ian LeeBah, striper fishing on the sac river! I miss that the most...
April 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm
Lisa CarlsonProud of you two...you got away from work and technews!!!!!
April 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm
Susan LevittHelen is a natural
April 18, 2012 at 8:13 am
Laura LindseyMost important thing...The Cat is Happy! Glad you guys had fun fishing.
April 18, 2012 at 10:17 am
Andreas RamosNot much getting away from tech. Everyone had iPhones or Android phones. They got calls, messages, etc., plus took pixs and posted to FB :-)
April 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm
Andreas Ramos Next week, Denmark!
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April 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm Public
Eva Maria Knudsenoh we need to make plans :-)
April 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm
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April 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm Public
Andreas Ramos Lizard sunning himself on the woodpile. Looks like summer is finally here in Calif.
April 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm Public
Lisa CarlsonLooks happy, dude.
April 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm
Maureen Spitzlove it! Summer's coming...
April 17, 2012 at 8:00 am
Andreas Ramos Facebook Feeding Frenzy: Okay, in less than four weeks, FB will IPO for $100b. Remember when Netscape IPOed for $5b, which kicked off Crazy Weekend (also known as the Dotcom Boom) that lasted from 1995 to 2000? How totally bonkers could Silicon Valley go with $100b?

Here's an indicator. JeffandSteve.com are the top realtors in Palo Alto and they publish great data about real estate here. Look at these numbers. It's like a mag. 8 earthquake on the way.

Palo Alto home values have jumped up $245K. They're closing at 107.2% over asking. Price per sq. ft. rose nearly $100. And listings have dropped 20%.

Why have new listings dropped? Because home owners are waiting for those happy 1,000+ FB millionaires. FB kids alone could buy practically every house in the area for a whole year. Either buy a house this weekend or forget it until 2013. And pay way more.

Listings, News, Trends and Commentary from Jeff Stricker and Steve TenBroeck of Alain Pinel Realtors
April 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm Public
Russell BirkeloGoing to sell your house into the surge? Problem is, where do you live after you sell???
April 16, 2012 at 2:17 pm
Andreas RamosI'll take offers on the doghouse in my backyard! 6 sq. feet. Four minute commute to FB. Asking $50,000 :-)
April 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm
Robert Wynne$25 for the doghouse.
April 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm
Gregg GilesA lot of Facebook employees are about to join the 1%. I'm sure they won't see it that way...
April 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm
Andreas RamosWe have $25. That's $25 from bidder #49. Do I hear $50? $50, anyone? 25, 50, 25, 50. Let's hear 50.
April 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm
Russell BirkeloThat amount of money dropped in all at once is just mind boggling. I'll give you $50, what kind of zoning permits do I need for a doghouse tear down?
April 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm
Andreas RamosThe frenzy is ON! Yeah! I hear $50. We have $50. 50 from the man in row 120. Do I hear 100? We have 50. 100, 100, going for 100. Doghouse was recently renovated. Cover story in "Beautiful Homes". Make this your dream home! C'mon, you lucky Facebook kids, let's see 100!
April 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm
Andreas Ramos Here's a study on advertisers at Facebook. Look at the verticals in this chart. Notice anything? Finance has a small share and that's likely just credit card ads, prepaid cards, etc. Not a ringing endorsement for "big business" in FB...

What's missing? The biggest advertising sectors are telecom, finance, automobile, and travel (hotels, airlines, etc.). And most of those are missing. The big advertisers are not using Facebook. Very bad sign.
See what's missing...
April 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm Public
Andreas Ramos Rocks from Earth have reached another solar system? So earth life forms could be there?
A handful of rocks could even have made it to planets around other stars. Scientists calculated rocks from the Chicxulub impact could have reached other stars in about a million years, meaning any life would have 64 million years to develop - or die off.
April 15, 2012 at 7:18 pm Public
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Jodie Shihsweet!
April 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm
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Azizeh Khosravivery nice picture...i'm talking about fish!!!!!!!!!!
April 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm
Andreas RamosThat's a 7-pound fish. Quite large.
April 18, 2012 at 8:56 pm
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April 15, 2012 at 11:00 am Public
Azizeh Khosravivery nice picture...i'm talking about fish!!!!!!!!!!
April 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm
Andreas RamosThat's a 7-pound fish. Quite large.
April 18, 2012 at 8:56 pm
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Jodie Shih咦?! 還真有ㄝ!!!!! 有兩把刷子呦.....
April 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm
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April 15, 2012 at 11:00 am Public
Jodie Shihhahaha, 妳有釣到魚嗎?
April 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm
Azizeh Khosravivery nice....................
April 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm
Stella MiaoThis is when the indoor animal gets out --
April 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm
Helen Gonglol.
April 19, 2012 at 7:39 pm
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Jodie Shihsweet!
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Azizeh Khosravivery nice picture...i'm talking about fish!!!!!!!!!!
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