According to Web serverâ€™s last statistics elaborated by NetCraft, there are more than 100 million web sites in the whole world. As you can see in the graph, the growth has been enormous principally in the last 2 years. In August, 1995 they existed near than 19 thousand sites, in 2004 near than 50 million web sites and know more than 100 million.
According to the web statistics company, the main cause of this explosive growth of last two years, are blogs and small business web sites. Can you even imagine that? I do.
Under the same style as BugMeNot, place in which a user shares his information to accede to commercial sites (magazines or online diaries for example); now there has been thrown RetailMeNot.
RetailMeNot is a free service that helps to find discount coupons for online services. Simply coarse to write a web address and RetailMeNot will show a list of coupons, which have been provided by other users of the web.
Getting Real, a book elaborated by the company 37 signals (creators of Basecamp, Ta-da List and others), is already available and free, only online. The PDF version to download still continues costing US$ 19.00.
The book had very good reviews, for what is a recommended reading. Itâ€™s not a practical book but rather theoretically (planning, skills, advices and philosophy) that looks for the simplification of the Web cycle development and the orientation to the final user.
Digg is for sale and not precisely for bargain. Michael Arrington asks for his creation the amazing quantity of 150 million dollars, something that doesnâ€™t seem to convince the possible buyers, between whom (it is said) is News Corporation.
And even when nobody denies that Digg should be one of the Web 2.0 pioneers, is discussed that they have so much traffic as says. Digg assures they have 20 million unique users a month and continue increasing. But ComScore’s external statistics, registered in September only 1.3 millions unique users, and a growth reduced from April. Of course, ComScore is not excessively trustworthy, but the difference is too big.
The certain thing is that, sooner or later, Digg was going to sell. Simply it doesnâ€™t turn out to be profitable and there is no one who supports the costs of broad band that they suppose. To have an idea, it is supposed that they use 75 servers to do the work of 25.
A business model that VC* adores. Business 2.0 has published a series of advices toÂ make money offering free services. Which is the strategy? The “Freemiums”services. That is to say, services 100 % free that attract users to a basic product, to offer then a special product, with a respective payment.
Examples of this strategy success are many, the Magazine mentions, between others, two examples: Adobe, which started by giving their PDF reader in 1995; and MySQL, the second company in open-source database software, that also offers it for free.
These are nine advices to begin your “Freemium” business:
The World Bank published in July a very interesting report called Doing business in 2006: Creating Jobs. And even when itâ€™s not a recent new, let me tell you that itâ€™s very helpful is to know wich are the top thirty economies based on the ease of doing business. To summarizes, this report is a product of an investigation on the regulations to the economic activity that must be fulfilled in every country using new quantitative indicators on the regulations to the business and doing comparisons between 155 countries (from Afghanistan up to Zimbabwe). In my opinion,Â a very interesting reading.
Follow these five golden rules, says Michael Parsons, and nothing can possibly go wrong
At this point even the most cynical will probably concede that this internet thing is going to be around for a while. For good or ill, the audience is moving online, which means the people who serve the audience have to move with them, whether they’re selling TV, baked beans, or words. This means a lot of change: The Daily Telegraph is even going to a specially designed, brand new round office in Victoria as part of its belated conversion to the importance of new media. I’m sure they will be absolutely fine, as long as they study my five basic principles for understanding online publishing.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin thought that with the acquisition of YouTube they would obtain a community with million users. At only few days of the acquisition, this is not the only thing they have obtained â€¦.
Recently, the Time Warner has demonstrated, in the British diary The Guardian, that they have initiated conversations with the managers of YouTube in order to guard over their author’s copyright. To guard over their rights? Though it is true, YouTube might be infringing their author’s copyright, but what a coincidence that they announce their worry just after the famous buy.
Dick Parsons, chief executive of Time Warner said that even when they have started actions, the decision to guard over their author’s copyright has not been a consequence of YouTube’s acquisition by Google.
Yesterday they signed the contract and today services are announced… According to the British diary dailymail, YouTubeâ€™s users might get a slice of the advertising revenue on the pages containing their uploaded videos. Will it be AdSense? There is nothing confirmed yet, but witch other system could be.
YouTube has turned into one of the most popular sites in the net, with more than 100 millions of video clips seen per day and approximately 72 millions of users.
On the other hand, many people think that the acquisition of YouTube’s by Google could make force on Yahoo in order to buy Facebook, the second most popular social site in Internet. As said by the diary, Yahoo! has offered approximately US$ 790 million dollars for Facebook (application very used by university students who store their information and also share with friends).
After several days of negotiation, Google has just announced the acquisition of Youtube for US$ 1.65 billion dollars.
YouTube will continue operating as an independent service, but both companies will be benefit by sharing their technologies. For example, the have announced AdWords’s support in the videos.
Together with the acquisition of blogger, this one looks like one of the big plays in the strategy of Google for dominated the web services. Besides, today even Google and YouTube have realized agreements with diverse companies of audio-visual contents (CBS, Warner and Universal) to obtain licenses of materials with copy rights.