According to an online survey by UNICEF New Zealand, slow nearing snail-paced internet service is the biggest pet peeve among kiwis. Conducted among 1,000 respondents, the survey is a play on the Internet meme similar to Rich World Problems, in which privileged citizens in developed or First World Nations complain about trivial problems. Unicef NZ’s Digital Marketing Manager discussed that the aim of the viral survey was to also increase the awareness among citizens on real world issues which plague many developing nations like poverty, disease, human trafficking, and crimes against basic human rights.
Eighty percent of the Kiwis who took the survey agreed that slow Internet service is a “first world problem”. This was followed by inconveniences like not being able to find something in the supermarket with 65%, and bad tasting fruits at 55%. Other pet peeves include individuals overreacting to minor problems which garnered 80% as well, the inability to stand the attention given to celebrities, which got 78%, and the TV remote not working (36%).
The survey marks the launching on the online campaign by Unicef to reveal to people “real world problems” and bring to light to New Zealanders world-problems confronted by majority of the globe’s population - from poor access to clean and potable water, child labor, and civil conflicts.
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Web analysts are saying: No.
Facebook, despite having problems at the stock market, remains to be challenged by a competitor which can deliver all of its services and then some. Unfortunately, no other social networking site can offer such an individualized and convenient service as Facebook, and competition like Google Plus haven’t really kept up. Twitter, the popular microblogging site, has merely complemented Zuckerberg’s invention. Facebook appeals to wide demographic which other social media platforms offer only as a specialty. If you want games, go to Friendster but Facebook has that too. If you want to market your business, there is Multiply but Facebook has Business Pages too.
Even those hard-pressed to create online accounts admit to Facebook’s maneuvering to becoming a crucial component of our communications lives. So despite the faltering Facebook stock value (which, most people only see as a minor hiccup), the site will continue having all of us liking and sharing posts, uploading our drunk photos, and ranting away at midnight.
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Google’s latest project, the knowledge graph, should not worry businesses said an SEO expert. The Internet giant’s newest upgrade is an intelligent system which collects information across the web to create a massive database of more than half a billion people, locations, and things and the combined 3.5 billion connections between the two. Currently, Google is testing out the inclusion of Gmail messages in search results.
However, according to chief executive of StewArt Media Jim Stewart, the latest development will have little impact on SEO players and businesses since it focuses mostly on collecting information and relating them to develop the so called “knowledge graph”. The only concern SEO specialists may look into would be how the update would affect more specific categories wherein the graph will most likely come into play.
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Despite having one of the most known brands, and one of the largest Internet audiences, Yahoo’s financial problems has continued. The company posted a 4% decrease in their 2nd Quarter financial results from last year, and their stock closed at $15.60 on Tuesday. The lackluster financial results presents a problem to newly appointed CEO, Marissa Mayer, a former Google executive taken in by the company as it returns back to its Silicon Valley roots.
But what are the other challenges that the 37 year old Mayer face as she tries to steer Yahoo away from its financial malaise?
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