The biggest heist in history was when newspapers and magazines allowed Google to "crawl" their content to readers, to pay nothing and to sell ads around their stories. Google became, in other words, the ubiquitous newspaper right under the noses of proprietors who should have charged.
He's young, lean, handsome, well over six feet tall, has dark, curly hair, a smile that makes women go weak at the knees, wants to build a better world and is the son of a famous Liberal Party leader. No, he's not the one you're thinking of. Instead of trying to become the next prime minister of Canada, this one's trying something even tougher.
I was vacationing in Muskoka, Ontario. As I was relaxing I was startled by a boat rushed back, yelling, "Someone is down out in the water." I pulled out my phone and searched "CPR" on Google. Page after page there was nothing. So I emailed Google about it...
In this era of Big Data, three visions of the future of the Internet have crystallized. Depending on which vision emerges as correct will impact knowledge-generation forever. There's the Zuckerberg Vision, the Tim Berners-Lee Vision and the Jimmy Wales Vision.
Over the past few years, the tech world came to perceive Facebook and Google as enemies controlling different tech kingdoms: Facebook is supposed to be the king of social, while Google reigns over search and advertising. But all that's changing.
Everything is getting connected to the Internet. From your toaster and home thermometer to your fridge and your car. As these appliances do "come online," can you even begin to imagine the media opportunities that arise from such a wealth of human information?
I was fortunate enough to work for Hunter Madsen, the Yahoo! guru who led the team that developed Behavioural Targeting for the company back in early-to-mid 2005. We were in awe as Hunter explained the mechanics of targeting users within the network, based on where they'd been, what content they consumed, what they searched for.
Amanda Todd, the B.C. teen whose suicide unleashed an international debate on cyberbullying, was among the top trending searches of 2012, said a Google year-end report. The search engine's Zeitgeist r...
What are Canada's top Google searches for 2012? Justin Bieber, Stephen Harper and bacon, for starters. Google's annual Zeitgeist revealed 2012's most popular search terms and trends in different categ...
He might not have any Grammy nominations but pop star Justin Bieber is still the talk of Google in Canada, albeit behind boy band One Direction. According to Zeitgeist 2012, a survey of all Google sea...
With complex statistical techniques, and a quickly expanding universe of data drawn from an increasing number of our behaviours online and offline, a multitude of organizations and institutions are using predictive analytics to do that which has always fascinated and eluded the human race -- predict the future.
It's been planes, trains, hotels and automobiles for me this week and here's what caught my attention along the way. How many times a day do you Google something? It's such a part of our everyday life that it's as important as oxygen at SavvyMom HQ. But have you ever wondered what the "Google machine" actually looks like?
Print journalism is changing fundamentally. Three dramatic events last week make the point: On October 18, Newsweek magazine announced it will become a digital only publication in 2013, ending 80 years in print. Newspapers have failed, so far, to acquire the skill sets required for print journalism in the 21st century.
Seeing Vancouver's picturesque Stanley Park is better done in person, but Google Street View has created the next best thing. Tourists planning a trip to the coastal B.C. city can get an idea of what...
The Liberals are trying to argue that they are the party which is really consulting people and casting both the Conservatives and the NDP as unreasonable ideologues. If the Liberals want to really distinguish themselves from the other parties one really good way could be by making the party very open. We're talking more than a couple polls by email but a collaborative, ongoing discussion with party supporters. A discussion which explicitly guides party policy in a very detailed way, day to day.
Marketers often believe that social outlets themselves create change, however most of us know that is not the case. A Twitter feed of "gobligook" is still just a bunch of "gobligook" that no one wants to read about. Using social media to empower and create voice in the virtual world is only as powerful as the reaction people have or can be inspired to have in physical world.
With the hiring of Marissa Mayer, Yahoo Inc. indicated conspicuously, and intentionally, that it was back in the business of meaning business. But don't call it a comeback -- Yahoo's been here for years. If it really wants to tower over the competition once again, it'll have to come up with something unique to set itself apart. And in this day and age, that something is purpose.
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In short, everything that you thought the Internet wasn't about in a world of 140 character tweets, Facebook status updates and YouTube viral video sensations. These deep and rich treasure troves of content are also gaining mainstream attention, and it all seems to be drawing more and more energy towards podcasting: a medium that many have already written off.
Are you looking to re-position your brand and products/services to a distinct audience? Brands that are looking to aggressively grow their business don't want to isolate their current customers because that's their "sweet spot," but they want to grow and need to look to new customer segments to make that happen. Here are some great examples of partnerships that I have seen in recent times.
Yes, Facebook stock is struggling and it may struggle lots more as the shackles are taken off company insiders, which will allow them to sell more into the market in the coming months. But Facebook is real. It is not a vendor of vaporware like so many of those dot.com companies that never earned a penny but burned through cash faster than Mark Zuckerberg could burn through old friends.
CAMBRIDGE BAY, Nunavut - Stephen Harper's not the only one who wants to put the Arctic on the map.As Harper's northern tour touched down in Nunavut, a team from search engine giant Google was already...
I think, like Facebook, Apple has peaked. As I type this on my MacBook Pro -- the "entry-level" model from a few years ago, a computer that is powerful enough to record, edit and multitrack an entire album or batch process hundreds of images at a time -- I wonder why I need such a powerful machine?
The Occupy Movement was wholly underwhelming, and the Kony campaign seemed like a good idea, but an unclear mix of actions didn't lead to much. These sorts of campaigns made me angry, but in Iceland and in the United States, there are examples of how "slacktivism" can actually lead to change
Yahoo is under new management, and according to the business media this week it's up to talented Marissa Mayer to "pull a Steve Jobs" to turn around the company. But today Google still dominates the search engine category, the Huffington Post corners content, and Yahoo dominates, well, nothing. So, sorry, Yahoo. I just don't get why we'd need you any more.
In the highly turbulent world of the Middle East, social media has been playing an extremely significant role in raising awareness and inciting change. But in Iran, the internet is closed-off from the outside world, only giving its citizens government-issued propaganda. People like Saman Arbabi are trying to fight this, and we must help in any way we can.
These are my very own, real leaked documents about the fact that traditional, general-interest journalism is the crucial cornerstone of democracy and that social media threatens to destroy that cornerstone. They're written by students studying journalism. If you have any interest in Canadian journalism in our Canadian democracy you should read them.
I bought Google in its early days because I figured out the business model, and that it was simply a ubiquitous newspaper with a gargantuan circulation that would make billions by selling ads around its content. But I didn't buy Facebook because I have never understood it. But here's another angle that bothered me.
No longer will we have to settle for the environment that someone else has chosen for us. Instead, we can simply switch it up with a mere thought or swipe of a virtual keypad and have it become more suited to our tastes. As the technology becomes more prevalent, major questions begin to form for society about the impact this has.
Did you know that Canadians spend 25 per cent more time on the Internet than Americans do? It's true! Yet, companies and their online marketing campaigns have failed to take advantage of what is quickly becoming, or rather, has become, the best, easiest way to advertise.
Podcasts enable each and every one of us to become the eclectic, program directors of our own radio stations, and best of all, it's the cheapest way to learn that you can find.
Is there a conflict between your organization's policies externally, and the ground rules it enforces internally? In today's world of many-to-many contact and community-building, philosophical alignment is no longer optional. And without alignment, there is hypocrisy.
OTTAWA - Canada's privacy commissioner is "strongly" encouraging Google to clarify a new policy on linking user data across accounts, saying it may make some people uncomfortable.Jennifer Stoddart has...