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Apple sells 50,000 iPads in 2 hours!

According to an article on Mashable.com, Apple sold 50,000 iPad pre-orders in the frist 2 hours! “The iPad officially became available for pre-order earlier today and while plenty of you are still debating about whether or not to pre-order, it appears as if the device might already sold 51,000 units in just two hours via pre-order.” Wow.

Skitch – the ultimate screen grab tool for the Mac

The concept of screen capture has been around almost as long as the graphical user interface, but only recently has it truly evolved. OS X has featured the Grab utility for a while which made capturing a screenshot, selection, or single window easy, but once you have the capture, what do you do with it? Plasq solves this problem with , the evolution (or perhaps revolution) of screen capture to the Mac. Go to http://www.skitch.com and download your free copy

Another reason you need a Facebook Page, not just a Facebook Profile

Google announced today that Facebook Pages (not Facebook Profiles) will now be included in Google real time search. Another reason you need to include Facebook as part of your Social Media and Social Networking strategy!  http://mashable.com/2010/02/24/google-facebook-pages-realtime/

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You can't ignore Facebook in your Social Media Advertising

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According to the new Nielsen ratings released today, users spend and average of 7 hours per month on the social media and social networking site Facebook! Back in June 2009, Nielsen estimated that the average U.S. user spent 4 hours and 39 minutes on Facebook per month. That’s about 9.3 minutes per day in a 30 day month. In August, that number rose to 5 hours and 46 minutes, or 11.5 minutes per day. In January 2010 though, the amount of time the average person spent on Facebook jumped to over 7 hours. Each American Facebook user spent an average of 421 minutes on Facebook per month, which amounts to over 14 minutes per day.

Five Social Media Marketing Stats That Will Blow Your Mind

The December 2009 data from comScore (SCOR) were released Tuesday, and the results for the social media sector are nothing short of staggering. Fifty-four percent (112 million) of the 205 million-strong U.S. internet-user population are on Facebook, with 27% (57 million) still using News Corp.’s MySpace. But according to data from both comScore and Experian Hitwise (EXPN), the most active users were on Tagged, MyYearbook and Orkut. And Facebook users were more active than those on MySpace.

There’s no doubt that plenty is happening in the social media space, but there are some facts that just might surprise you, either because of the speed of change or the discovery of players that may not have occurred to you.

1. Growing impact of social networking on surfing habit: In the U.S., 25% of all page views came from the top social networking sites and that is up 83% from the 13.8% posted in December 2008.
2. Social media is still growing: one in 10 went to a social networking site in December 2009, up almost 100% from December 2008’s 5.8%. Compare this to the page view data and you get a sense of how sticky the social media sites are.
3. Social media sites are more vulnerable to trends: From December 2008 to December 20009, MySpace and Facebook switched spots. A year ago, 64% of visits to the top 10 social networks belonged to MySpace, with 29% going to Facebook. By December 2009, 28% went to MySpace, with 68% at Facebook.
4. Facebook’s prowess: Facebook’s market share surged 286% year-over-year, but it wound up being good for everyone, since it grew the market at the same time.
5. Market share growth was a bit rare:
Aside from Facebook, only Tagged gained market share, as an increasingly crowded market required players to fight a little harder for eyeballs. Tagged amped up its share by 35%.

Facebook’s Major Redesign Emphasizes Search and So Much More

Here’s a link to an article on Mashable.com about Facebook, the social media and social networking giant’s new redesign: http://mashable.com/2010/02/04/facebook-redesign-4/

Facebook passes the 400 million mark

Facebook is celebrating its 6th birthday in style, with yet another traffic milestone: 400 million users served. It is now by far the largest social media and social networking site in the world.
Two months ago the social network hit 350 million, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg reminds us that number was less than half of today’s 400 million mark a year ago. It took the site about three months to climb from 300 to 350 million users and only about two months to gain another 50 million, indicating Facebook (Facebook)’s explosive growth is actually still accelerating.
Zuckerberg also mentions some upcoming announcements followed by an all-night Hackathon coding session. We’ll be on the ground at Facebook HQ to cover the upcoming new features, so sit tight for more birthday news on the way.

Freshbooks – Web based time tracking and billing software

I use Freshbooks for all my time Tracking and Invoicing needs. It’s free, easy to use, web based, flexible and customizable. Freshbooks describes it’s services as “The fastest way to track your time and invoice your clients. Send, track and collect payments quickly. Great for teams, freelancers and service providers. Streamline your business through recurring invoices. Set up auto-billing to automatically charge your client’s credit card.” To access the web application and sign up for a free account go to: http://www.freshbooks.com/?ref=6eff94cb68674-1

Google Chrome – extremely fast web browser

Google Chrome is an extremely fast browser. While it does not have the add-on and extension support that Firefox has, it’s sheer speed makes it worth looking at. PCMAG has an article “Why Chrome will be your next browser” and Google describes it’s Chrome browser as “a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the Web faster, safer, and easier. Use one box for everything–type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and Web pages. Thumbnails of your top sites let you access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab. Desktop shortcuts allow you to launch your favorite Web apps straight from your desktop.” I still use Firefox as my main browser, only because of Chrome’s lack of add-ons (and for now the Mac version of Chrome does not support extensions at all, but plans to support them soon). Once Chrome for the Mac does support extensions I will switch faster than Chrome loads web pages, which is pretty damn fast! You can download Chrome here: http://www.google.com/chrome

PDF to Word – The Most Accurate PDF to Word Converter

With PDF-to-Word conversion technology, you can quickly and easily create editable DOC/RTF files, making it a cinch to re-use PDF content in applications like Microsoft Word, Excel, OpenOffice, and WordPerfect. Best of all, it’s entirely free! Click here to access the web based application: http://www.pdftoword.com/